An overwhelming victory for Australia was gained in the Great Championship, at Badminton Horse Trials, Badminton, Apr 23, when Australian horsemen in training for the Olympic Games - jumped into first, second and fourth places.
GV Badminton House
SV Horses parade in ring
SV W. Roycroft (Australia) watches
LV 3 day event score board
SV Queen Mother and Princess Margaret enter
LV Show jumping ring
SV W.Roycroft in ring
SV Prince Charles, Princess Margaret and MR. Armstrong-Jones watch
SV PAN..W. Roycroft jumps
CU First aid man
SV Competitor over jumps
SV Crowd applaud
SV Queen Mother presents prize to W. Roycroft
SPORT: CROSS COUNTRY RIDING
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Background: An overwhelming victory for Australia was gained in the Great Championship, at Badminton Horse Trials, Badminton, Apr 23, when Australian horsemen in training for the Olympic Games - jumped into first, second and fourth places. First was William Roycroft on "Our Sole" with a clear round in the final phase - show jumping - and his compatriot, Laurie Morgan, on "Salad Days", emulated him to take second place. In third place was Anneli Drummond-Hay on "Perhaps", and fourth was Australian Neale Lavis on "Toscanolla".
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother - deputizing for the Queen - was there to present prizes. Other members of the Royal Family present were Princess Margaret with her fiance, Mr. Antony Armstrong-Jones, and Prince Charles and Princess Anne.
Good rounds on the show-jumping course were few but William Roycroft and Mr. L.Morgan both turned in first class performances the former very fast and fluent, the latter in perfect precision. A small white gate hanging free caused most faults - only five horses left it standing.
It was a disappointing Badminton for the British Olympic possibles. Colonel Weldon and Samuel Johnson, despite their skill in the cross-country, were unable to make up for points lost on their dressage score and then got into difficulties show jumping.