Lucy Wiegersma from Beaworthy, Devon came close to winning the famous Mitsubushi Motors Badminton Three-Day Event, just missing out to Nicolas Touzaint (FRA) by 1.4 penalties.

Lucy Wiegersma from Beaworthy, Devon came close to winning the famous Mitsubushi Motors Badminton Three-Day Event, just missing out to Nicolas Touzaint (FRA) by 1.4 penalties.

Eighty-one competitors came forward to the dressage phase, with Lucy, riding Shaabrak, moving into third place with a score of 37.4. The cross-country course, built by Hugh Thomas, proved very influential, right up to the last horse, and although jumping a fantastic cross-country round, Lucy took a couple of long routes, which resulted in 8.4 time penalties, which left her lying second overnight to the Frenchman.

In the final phase of the competition Lucy and Shaabrak had just one fence down, which left Nicolas with one fence in hand, which he used up early on, and now it was down to whether he would hold his nerve to jump the rest of the course clear. One more fence down would have handed the trophy to Lucy. However, Nicolas, riding Hildago De L'lle, managed to keep the rest of the fences up and he became to first Frenchman to win this coveted trophy.

Afterwards, Lucy said, "I was particularly thrilled with Shaabrak's performance in the dressage and show jumping phases, which I have worked hard on during the winter. The cross-country is our strongest phase, and if I hadn't taken the split second decision to go the long route at the Colt Pond the final result may have been different. However, having made a slight mistake two fences earlier, I felt, at the time, it was the right decision".

Lucy continues, "Shabraak is feeling extremely pleased with himself and practically dragged me across the yard when we returned home on Sunday evening".

Although Lucy didn't take home the Badminton trophy, she did take home the Butler Bowl, which is awarded to the highest placed British Rider.

Lucy is on the World Class Development Programme, a Lottery funded Programme, through UK Sport, which is designed to assist in the development of talented riders, with the best opportunities to maximise their competitive potential through an established training pathway that will see them progress onto the Olympic Performance Programme for 2012 and beyond.

Vikki Underwood, World Class Development Programme Manager said, "Many congratulations to Lucy, who has shown that she is capable of producing a performance of the highest level that so nearly won her the Badminton trophy".