Oliver Townend’s win in Kentucky on Cooley Master Class was the 99th win for Great Britain at the top level of the sport. Sweden's Alex Norlander, aboard Lady Artist, captured the first Olympic gold medal in 1912. It wasn’t until 1949, at the first Badminton Horse Trials, before Britain captured their first top flight title, with John Shedden and Golden Willow taking the first of the 99 victories to date.
The first Burghley Horse Trials took place in 1961 and was again claimed by the host nation, this time courtesy of Anneli Drummond-Hay and Merely-A-Monarch. It was 1970 before a British rider won individual gold medal at a major championship with Mary Gordon-Watson steering Cornishman to success at the World Games. Two years later, in 1972, Richard Meade and Lauriestown took individual gold at the Olympic Games, a title that had eluded Britain in all 12 previous running of the eventing competition at the games.
|Nation||All Time Top level wins|
70 years on from their first major win at Badminton and all eyes are on the home nation. Two of the major names who could have spoiled the party were late withdrawls - Ingrid Klimke (GER) and Jonelle Price (NZL). Padraig McCarthy (IRL), Chris Burton (AUS), Andrew Nicholson (NZL) and Tim Price (NZL) will be in the hunt but the home nation are favourites to make it 100 this weekend.
|Event||Wins for British Riders|
|World Equestrian Games||5|
|Bialy Bor (WEG Alternative)||1|
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