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A report from the Badminton Horse Trials. The course set by Hugh Thomas has been called challenging. I am rooting for William Fox-Pitt, only on account of his name, I confess. Would Charles James Fox and William Pitt the Younger be pleased? Probably not! The video interviews Andrew Hoy. I liked his weathered face and hopeful smile, but his first place dressage finish was knocked away by the cross-country fences.

It was the 10th Duke of Beaufort who established the event in his Gloucestershire park so that British riders could train for future international events. The year was 1949.

Since then Great Britain has won three team golds and two individual gold medals in the Olympics; four team golds and four individual gold medals in the World Championships, and 19 team golds and 17 individual gold medals in the European Championships.

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