"I'm disappointed, but I'll be back next year to do better" - vet Katie Preston signs off from disappointing Badminton debut

Credit: Mitsubishi Motors/Kit Houghton

Credit: Mitsubishi Motors/Kit Houghton

We’ve been following Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials first timer Katie Preston this week.

Katie is a full time equine vet and an inspiration to all horse owners who juggle a busy day job with horses.

After doing well in her dressage, unfortunately it didn’t go to plan this time round and Katie was eliminated from the competition in the cross-country phases when her horse Templar Justice refused three times at fence number 15, a large log-drop into the Hildon Water Pond.

“I have no idea what happened really. He gave me an absolutely foot perfect amazing ride until that point and then just said no,” said Katie.

“I’m disappointed, but I’m sure there is a reason as it’s so unlike him. We’ll just have to see how he is later and take it from there.”

It’s still a fantastic achievement to make it to an event such as Badminton and the Petplan Equine ambassador is extremely proud of Templar Justice.

“I’ve had a great time and he was perfect until then, so maybe it was just a little blip,” added Katie.

“Hopefully I’ll be back next year to do better.”

To see our photo gallery of the top 10 after cross-country, click here.

You can see photos of every cross-country fence here.

For the rest of our Badminton news, click here.

For the full results, click here.

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