At home: Andrew Nicholson and Nereo
New Zealand eventer Andrew Nicholson has won his first Badminton title - riding his 17-year-old Nereo. Nicholson, who is based near Marlborough, is 55 and 21 months ago he broke his neck in a heavy eventing fall and for a time after his recovery was not sure he would continue to compete. He won on his 37th completion of a Badminton coompetition.
His victory in Badminton's 2017 four star CCI competition came with the final round of the show jumping phase. There were two German stars of the eventing world ahead of him.
First Germany's Michael Jung - who was defending his Badminton title - had a rail down and then Ingrid Klimke's jumping round fell apart giving her sixteen jumping faults and seven time faults - pushing her down to ninth place.
HM the Queen enjoying another day at Newbury
Barney Roy and Dabyah both enhanced their Classic claims with impressive G3 victories at Newbury (April 22), while Her Majesty The Queen was also present on day two of the Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials Weekend to see her colours carried to victory by Call To Mind.
The Queen, who had celebrated her 91st birthday on Friday with a day's racing at Newbury, returned to the course to see her three-year-old Galileo colt Call to Mind, who she also bred, capture division one of the £8,000 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Maiden over a mile.