As the sun shone on the record crowds in excess of 250,000 which descended on The 2002 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, the acknowledged Premier Horse Trials event in the World was voted the best for years, according to riders and spectators.
As Pippa Funnell on Supreme Rock went clear in the Show Jumping phase, this meant that British riders took the top three places for the second time in a row.
His Grace the Duke of Beaufort, whose Badminton estate is home to the event, and Jim Tyrrell Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, presented the Mitsubishi Trophy to Pippa Funnell.
William Fox-Pitt on Tamarillo finished in second place and Leslie Law on Shear H20 finished third.
Commenting on her victory, Pippa Funnell said: "I’m almost speechless. I couldn’t have asked for more from Supreme Rock. He has his problems with show jumping – in fact it is probably his weakest phase, but he knew how important today was to his owners and me."
"Badminton is one that everyone wants to win and it’s been my dream ever since I was tiny. But this year was especially good because of the top class field"
William Fox-Pitt overcame his niggling groin injury to go clear in the show jumping and claim second place.
"Tamarillo is a very talented horse. This is only his third three day event in his life and he’s got huge potential."
Third placed Leslie Law was delighted to take his place on the podium.
"I was happy to jump a clear round. The British have often been criticised for our show jumping and it’s interesting to see that this year we’ve won Badminton because of our show jumping."
After falling to the Foot and Mouth crisis in 2001, The World’s greatest Horse Riding event, The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials is well and truly back.Published 8 May 2002