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May 8, 2016

Jung Seals Badminton Title And Rolex Grand Slam Win

Badminton, Great Britain—May 8

After Michael Jung galloped through the finish timers with his clear round at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton CCI****, he pumped his fist in the air and smiled widely. Then, as he galloped by one set of stands, he lowered his gaze for a second to the neck of La Biosthetique Sam FBW and slowly shook his head. It was a very “I can’t believe this just happened” kind of moment. 

May 8, 2016

Watch: Badminton Horse Trials Cross-Country Highlights

If you missed any of the action from yesterday's cross-country course at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton CCI****, the show's posted a short clip of highlights. There are a few fences of Michael Jung's ride with La Biosthetique Sam and then an amazing save by Mark Todd on Leonidas II. 


May 7, 2016

Photos From The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Cross-Country

Badminton, Great Britain—May 7

The cross-country phase of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton CCI**** ran today, with Michael Jung holding his lead on La Biosthetique Sam FBW.

Check out some images from the course:


Michael Jung and La Biosthetique Sam jumped a double-clear round to mantain their lead for Germany. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

May 7, 2016

Jung’s In A Class All His Own At Badminton

Badminton, Great Britain—May 7

It’s almost like Michael Jung rode a different course than the rest of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton CCI**** competitors. 

While others were running into problems—or at the very least having a rough moment or two—Jung and La Biosthetique Sam FBW skipped around the influential track without jumping or time penalties, making it look like a novice horse trials. 

May 6, 2016

Jung Still Leads, But A Badminton Rookie Is Close Behind

Badminton, England—May 6

 As cross-country begins tomorrow at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton CCI****, Michael Jung will leave the start box on La Biosthetique Sam FBW in a position familiar to him—in first. No one could top him on the second day of dressage here today, but one rider came close, and that’s Great Britain’s Emily King. King’s here with Brookleigh riding at her first Badminton, and she scored 36.8 penalties to Jung’s 34.4. 

May 5, 2016

Jung’s Unbeatable In Britain Too

Badminton, England—May 5

He might be called The Terminator, and he clearly is a serious competitor with ice in his veins, nerves of steel and all the other top sports metaphors, but Michael Jung’s no humorless robot.

He’s also not visibly worrying himself too badly over the prospect of winning a Rolex Grand Slam this weekend, as he cracked a mischievous grin when asked about his preparation with La Biosthetique Sam FBW. 

“Top secret,” he said. 

May 5, 2016

Badminton Never Gets Old For Buck Davidson

Buck Davidson is one of three U.S. riders here in Great Britain riding at this week’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton CCI****, and he’s riding The Apprentice. This is only Davidson’s second time riding at Badminton; his first was with Ballynoe Castle RM in 2011, when he placed 11th. 

May 1, 2016

Jung Wins Rolex Kentucky And Turns His Eyes To Possible Grand Slam

Lexington, Ky.—May 1

We now know that Michael Jung can win a four-star nearly any time he wants—nearly any time he enters. So if there’s any suspense left in the eventing world it’s this: Can Jung ride his winning streak—extended with today’s massive victory at the Rolex Kentucky CCI****—into a Rolex Grand Slam victory at next week’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton CCI****?

May 1, 2016

As It Happens: 2016 Rolex Kentucky Show Jumping

The show jumping for Rolex Kentucky kicks off with the first horse in the ring here at 12:50 p.m. You can follow along with our live commentary here throughout the class! 

April 30, 2016

Time’s Only On Jung’s Side For Rolex Cross-Country

Lexington, Ky.—April 30

When he canters into the Rolex Stadium on fischerRocana FST for tomorrow’s show jumping, Michael Jung will have three rails in hand over Phillip Dutton on Fernhill Fugitive. 

Part of that lead was based on Jung’s dressage score, but then he massively extended it by jumping the only near-clear (0.8 time penalties) over Derek di Grazia’s cross-country track today. 

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