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Harry Meade from Chippenham came 3rd at Badminton

Harry Meade from Chippenham came 3rd at Badminton Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

It was cross country at the Badminton Horse trials in Gloucestershire today.Around 150 thousand people attended one of the biggest equestrian events in the country.

Organisers say they were lucky with the weather with the sun shining a lot more than they'd feared. Harry Meade based near Chippenham came third. Paul Tapner, riding for Australia but based near Swindon came fourth.

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Badminton horse trials begin in Gloucestershire

Riders from all over the world have descended on Gloucestershire for the first day of the Badminton horse trials.

Competitors will use today to familiarise themselves with the course Credit: ITV News West Country

They include Olympians like Mary King, William Fox-Pitt and Zara Phillips. Today they'll get a briefing about this year's course and the chance to walk it themselves. Many of the competitors will be hoping for selection for the World Equestrian Games this summer.

Zara Philips retires on 3rd day of Badminton

Zara Philips has retired on the second day of Badminton Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The queens granddaughter Zara Philips has retired on the third day of Badminton.

She did well yesterday [Saturday] at dressage stage but made a mistake on the cross country course on her horse High Kingdom so has pulled up.

It means she can no longer take part in tomorrow's show jumping stage.

Record crowds at Badminton Horse Trials

Organisers of the Badminton Horse Trials say they could be on course for record crowds this year with more than 120,000 people visiting today [Sunday] alone.

It's much-needed good news for the South Gloucestershire event which was cancelled last year because of poor weather conditions.

But, as Karen Griggs has been finding out, the Bank Holiday weather is proving to be much kinder.

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Zara Phillips closing in on leaders at horse trials

Zara Phillips put herself firmly in contention at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials today with a quality dressage performance on her London 2012 horse High Kingdom.

Phillips, the Queen's granddaughter, posted a dressage score of 44.3 penalties that kept her firmly in touch with the leading group midway day two.

Zara Phillips on her horse High Kingdom. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
The crowds applaud Zara Phillips after finishing the dressage on her horse High Kingdom. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

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Thousands expected at Badminton Horse Trials this weekend

Zara Phillips with her horse High Kingdom in front of the grand jury yesterday at the Badminton Horse Trials in Gloucestershire. Credit: PA

More than 150 thousand people are expected at Badminton Park Estate in Gloucestershire this weekend for the annual horse trials.

The three day event is one of the most prestigious in the world. The trials were cancelled last year due to poor weather.

This year the competition is tougher than ever with Olympic Gold, Silver and Bronze medallists taking part.

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