Best of British
HE 10th Duke of Beaufort famously started Badminton in 1949 to help British riders prepare better for the Olympics, after a disastrous showing at the 1948 Games. The team’s failure to achieve a single clear cross-country round in Rio last year had echoes of that humiliation, leading some commentators to suggest a return to a more ambitious preparation for championships. Here are the riders who should restore home pride at Badminton.
Success came early to when he won Badminton in 2009, at the age of 26; he’s now the finished horseman. Hugely competitive and often finding the key to enigmatic horses, he’s the Briton
Keeping up tradition: Izzy Taylor, whose great-aunt won Badminton 55 years ago, has a strong chance on KBIS Briarlands Matilda