Badminton Horse Trials: William Fox-Pitt leads GB team

William Fox-Pitt
William Fox-Pitt won a team gold medal at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010
Badminton Horse Trials
Date: 7-10 May
Coverage: Cross Country, BBC Red Button, Saturday 9 May, 11:20 BST. Jumping Test, BBC Two, Sunday 10 May, 14:00 BST.

Olympic silver medallist William Fox-Pitt will try to recover from his recent loss at the Kentucky Three Day Event as he prepares to lead the British field at this weekend's Badminton Horse Trials.

He was fourth in the US on Bay My Hero.

The world number two will ride Chilli Morning at Badminton, beginning with the dressage on Friday, 8 May.

The Cross Country event starts on Saturday and the annual competition ends on Sunday with the Jumping Test.

Past winners Pippa Funnell, Mary King and Oliver Townend make up the British contingent as they seek to end the dominance of the Australian and New Zealand riders. Zara Phillips has withdrawn after High Kingdom failed to recover from an injury picked up shortly before Kentucky.

Badminton Team GBR Performance Manager, Yogi Breisner, said: "High Kingdom unfortunately had a kick in the stables and cut himself, which led to him being withdrawn at Lexington.

"He was well enough to travel home to the UK but it turned out that he would not be well enough to compete at Badminton."

It has been five years since a home rider emerged victorious at Badminton, when Townend rode Flint Curtis.

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