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Caroline Powell wins Badminton Horse Trials

Updated: May 23

New Zealand's Caroline Powell has won the Badminton Horse Trials
Caroline Powell and Greenacres Special Cavalier winning the CCI5*-L MARS Badminton Horse Trials. PHOTO: EQUSTRIAN NZ/LIBBY LAW PHOTOGRAPHY

Caroline Powell claimed victory at the Badminton Horse Trials, becoming the fifth New Zealander to win the prestigious event on Sunday (Monday NZ Time).

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Powell and Greenacres Special Cavalier completed a clear round of showjumping to finish with 43.2 penalties across the three disciplines, enough to secure the title ahead of some well-known names.


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Powell joins Sir Mark Todd, Jock Paget, Andrew Nicholson and Jonelle Price as the other New Zealanders to win the event.


Ireland’s Lucy Latta on RCA Patron Saint was second in her Badminton debut with Great Britain’s Alexander Bragg riding Quindiva in third, both finishing two penalty points behind Powell.


Overnight leader and compatriot Tim Price dropped five rails to finish eighth behind wife Jonelle in sixth


"I wasn't ready for that one. To win here - wow," said Powell. "I can't believe it - it means so much."


Meanwhile, British great William Fox-Pitt was second going into Sunday's show-jumping finale as he attempted to win the event for a third time, at the age of 55.


Fox-Pitt won 20 major championship medals during his eventing career and represented Great Britain at five Olympic Games, winning two team silver medals and one team bronze.

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