A sell-out crowd of over 110,000 eventing fans attended the cross-country phase of this year’s three-day event, which took place on the Badminton estate.

It has been two years since the last time the event was held due to the Covid outbreak.

This year, the course was over 6,000 metres long, and made up of 32 fences and was designed by Eric Winter.

It was not long before this very demanding layout took its first casualty, second-placed Tom McEwen parted company with his mount Toledo De Kerser, on which he won team gold and silver individual medals at the Tokyo Olympics last year.

Laura Collett leads into the final day on London 52, the horse on which she won her Olympic gold, and second and third places on the leaderboard are occupied by the third member of the Olympic team, Oliver Townend with Swallow Springs and Ballaghmor Class.

Mollie Summerland had to retire on the cross country course, however she rode very well at her first Badminton.