Equestrian: Georgina 'Piggy' French wins Badminton, with two Kiwis inside top 10

A dramatic final day at the Badminton horse trials in England saw a new winner crowned, while two New Zealanders finished inside the top 10.

Kiwi Andrew Nicholson and Swallow Springs (35.8 penalty points) took out fifth place at the prestigious five-star event, while Time Price and Ringwood Sky Boy (43.3) came home 10th.

But the day belonged to Georgina 'Piggy' French, who claimed a dramatic victory with a flawless performance in the show-jumping phase to edge out compatriot Oliver Townend.

The 38-year-old, riding Vanir Kamira, topped the standings with 26.8 to claim her first Badminton win.

Townend, who had led for most of the competition, fell 0.3 shy in second place.

The Briton and mount Ballaghmor Class, in pole position after the dressage and cross-country events, were denied victory, after they finished four seconds over the optimum time in the final discipline.

Townend's other horse - Cillnabradden Evo - finished sixth.

Afterwards, an emotional French admitted she was stunned to have won the event.

"I thought there was no chance of winning," French said. "Oliver had been jumping so well and he never gets time faults, so I thought 'no chance'.

"I had turned away by the last fence and I thought 'well done him', but then the clock went red. It was very close, it was our day."

Australia's Christopher Burton, on board Graf Liberty, was third on 28.1.

Meanwhile, New Zealanders Jesse Campbell on Cleveland (55.0) finished 19th, while Virginia Thompson was 39th with 72.7.

Sir Mark Todd and on NZB Campino, along with Price's other horse, Bango, were forced to retire from the event after Sunday's cross-country round.