Laura Collett (GBR) celebrates a personal best with London 52. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

2022 Badminton winner Laura Collett entered the ring at FEI World Championships this afternoon as the second British team member to ride her test. Bringing forward the stunning London 52, Laura laid down what we’ve all rather come to expect at this point: a near-flawless test that scored under 20 penalty marks.

Laura’s final mark of 19.3 sets a personal best for both her and London 52 in FEI competition, so what a time to peak! “He definitely loves the crowd,” Laura debriefed to the press after her ride. “He went in that arena and he was like, ‘Yeah, everyone’s here to see me.’ And he was just a pleasure to work with.

“I think once I got the first centerline out the way, I thought, ‘Oh Carl [Hester] will be happy now,’” she continued, noting that she’d been working on the little details to work on getting that much better. “And then from then on, it just felt like he just got better and better and I could just have a lovely time basically.”

Laura scored a 25.8 in Tokyo, a mark she knew she could’ve done better with, so it feels good to have this phase done and dusted and in a spot she knew she was capable of getting to. The challenge ahead is tall, and there is still much to do, but take a moment to soak in the ride:

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