Devizes event rider takes a podium spot in virtual Badminton for NHS charities

THREE of Wiltshire’s top event riders won top five places in a unique online international sporting challenge.

With lockdown cancelling the sport’s premier event, Badminton Horse Trials last weekend, the competition went online – with a difference – to raise more than £150,000 for NHS charities.

Kirsty Chabert from Salisbury won the event with Marston’s Louisa Lockwood coming fourth and Will Rawlins from Swindon coming in fifth.

Fifty of the World’s top riders took part, including Olympic champions, each vying for the top spot and raising money for NHS charities equivalents.

Horses were only involved in the dressage phase – the rest of the stages were run with riders on foot, in fancy dress or fully kitted out in cross-country gear for timed races including apple bobbing and egg and spoon challenges.

The event entries were filmed in advance, and played out, complete with BBC sports commentators, on Virtualeventing.com over the weekend.

Louisa trains at Marston near Devizes and has competed at both Badminton and Burghley – two of the sport’s top level events.

She has represented GB at junior level.

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