Arresting sight for Badminton spectators

June 10 2015

EVENTER Oliver Townend earned a big cheer when he borrowed an Avon and Somerset police horse for the traditional parade of competitors in the closing stages of the trials.

EVENTER Oliver Townend earned a big cheer when he borrowed an Avon and Somerset police horse for the traditional parade of competitors in the closing stages of the trials.
Some of the riders’ own horses aren’t suited to the noisy atmosphere when competitors are introduced to the grandstand crowd of 13,600 ahead of the deciding showjumping phase.
So Oliver temporarily abandoned his well placed Armada for calm police horse Lewis – one of the force’s four-legged crime fighters at the showground during the event – as his conveyance for the procession.
Meanwhile, eventual winner William Fox-Pitt and past victor Paul Tapner commandeered a Beaufort hunt horse to ride in the parade, while Bettina Hoy hopped onto a borrowed pony for her turn around the arena.
Elsewhere on the site, Avon Fire and Rescue Service showed how it rescues horses and other animals.
In the year to March 2015, the service attended nearly 150 incidents involving animals, including being called out to free trapped horses.
Fire crews undergo special training to deal with large animals and use a model horse when learning how best to deal with equine rescues.