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Badminton first-timers: Isabel English — ‘we called him Rat to start with as I fell off so much in the first three years’

Isabel English might only be 24, but the Australian already has two five-star top 12 finishes to her name. Both came in Adelaide, where she was 12th in 2013 and eighth in 2014. Next week she heads to her first Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (1—5 May) aboard her long-term top horse, Feldale Mouse.

‘Bella’ and Mouse first met some 12 years ago.

“I’d outgrown my Galloway pony when I was 12 and so was looking for a new small horse to do pre-novices [Australia’s BE100 equivalent] on,” explains Bella. “Mum, dad and I saw Felicity Cribb [who was 10th at Badminton in 1994 aboard Carmody Street] at a showjumping show and she said she had something that might suit. She proceeded to jump him round a course in front of us and he was so naughty.

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Article written by: Gemma Redrup

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