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Badminton Gallops Into Its 60th Year

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"Feet fail me not", originally uploaded by Jibbo.

Today was cross-county at the 60th Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials at the Duke of Beaufort's estate in Gloucestershire, west of London. And it didn't rain.

This wonderful photo of the World and European champion team of Zara Phillips and her Toytown by Jibbo really struck me. It's a great composition and captures them both well enough that we can see a lot of details, right down to the Flair-type nostril patch and that Zara has adopted the new super high-tech (and almost weightless) irons.

Yes, they look the part, but sadly had to retire shortly after this great photo was snapped. Thanks to Jibbo for sharing this photo, and let's hope Toytown and Zara have better luck next time.

The live webcast of Badminton today on the event's web site was excellent, and the best streaming I have seen. It even worked on my Mac! The showjumping starts Sunday morning (USA time) and we'll find out if Oli Townend holds onto his micro-lead over Lucy Wiegersma, William Fox-Pitt comes from behind or if the Dark Horse Italian first-timer Roberto Rotatori steals the show! Will they all make it through the vet check? Tune in at http://www.badminton-horse.co.uk for streaming scores, at least.

Maybe someone is Twittering from Badminton...(if so, let me know).

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