Richard and Alfie pull up but not overfaced at Badminton 5* Horse Trials
The duo are ready to fight another day @Burgham 4* and then @Burghley 5*
Richard and Alfie at Badminton Horse Trials 2023 (Photo credit: Nico Morgan Media)
The going at the Badminton Horse Trials this year was deep and sticky making the obstacles much more effort to jump on the testing 5* XC course. Richard opted to retire after jump 17.
Alfie had jumped clear up to then but, on a day when all the riders forgot about optimum times, Richard decided that looking after the horse was paramount. Alfie was just beginning to feel the heaviness of the ground and was not clearing the jumps with his usual ease and enthusiasm.
“A very tough day out there across the board”, said Richard. “We were down on time halfway around, and Alfie was clearly not loving the holding ground. So, with the interests of my horse in mind, I chose to call it a day and save him for Burghley.”
"With the interests of my horse in mind, I chose to call it a day and save him for Burghley.”
When Richard pulled up, the decision was greeted by a huge cheer of approval in the riders’ tent. Commentating on Badminton TV, the legendary six times Badminton champion, Lucinda Green, summed up the reaction to Richard and Alfie’s retirement perfectly:
“Isn’t it good to see a happy horse going away with his ears pricked. Richard Jones goes to the top of the list of admired riders.”
Alfie lives to fight another day – ready for Burgham 4* and then on to Burghley 5* in September.
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