- Badminton Horse Trials 2017 preview: Can the British regain Badminton?
- Welcome to Badminton
- 2017 Cross Country Course
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The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials is the premier three day event in the world and the best horses and riders battle to win the trophy. Many people arrive to watch the horses being presented in front of Badminton House, which provides a stunning backdrop to the proceedings. The first is the Dressage and this takes place on the Thursday and Friday and lasts throughout each day from dawn until dusk. It is very technical and the horses have to perform a set routine, which is marked by judges. Cross country day at Badminton Horse Trials is on Saturday and this is the most exhilarating part of the event, which is like a triathlon for horses.
Media playback is not supported on this device. New Zealand's Andrew Nicholson has won the Badminton Horse Trials at the 36th attempt, two years after suffering a serious neck injury. The year-old Wiltshire-based rider was lucky not to have been paralysed after a fall in and required eight hours of surgery on his neck. He held his nerve in the show-jumping phase on Nereo to edge out Germany's defending champion Michael Jung. Overnight leader Ingrid Klimke of Germany dropped from first to ninth. British rider Emily Gilruth is in intensive care after she was seriously injured in a fall on Saturday. How to get into horse racing, whether you want to work with horses at the stables, become a racing jockey or take part in the Olympics.
Kate Green assesses the form. The 10th Duke of Beaufort famously started Badminton Horse Trials in to help British riders prepare better for the Olympics, after a disastrous showing at the Games. Here are the riders who should restore home pride at Badminton. It could be argued that leaving superb horsewoman Kristina Cook out of the Rio team was a mistake she was reserve. Despite a plethora of medals and a European title, Badminton success has eluded her and many hope she can go better than her seventh place in Gemma Tattersall third last year and Kitty King were members of that ill-fated Rio team, but they both have a great chance to establish their true four-star form and rising stars Ros Canter and Tom McEwen are expected to be prominent in the final line-up.
The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials is famous for its beautiful South Gloucestershire surroundings and its thrilling equestrian events - and this year will be no different, with the addition of the Country Living Shopping Pavilion. Throughout the five-day event, you can watch the dressage, cross country and showjumping events and indulge in an array of food, drink and hospitality venues. A great day out for the whole family including the dog, of course , Badminton shows off some of the finest displays of equestrian sport. The Country Living Pavilion will be your shopping haven, home to an exciting array of stalls showcasing the work of talented craftspeople and artisans from around Britain. They will be selling original items for the home and garden, stylish fashion items and eye-catching accessories and gifts. Badminton Estate, South Gloucestershire. View a map here.
Badminton was first held in by the 10th Duke of Beaufort in order to let British riders train for international events, and was advertised as "the most important horse event in Britain". It was the second three-day event held in Britain, with the first being its inspiration — the Olympics. Eight of the 22 starters failed to complete the cross-country course. In , Badminton moved to Windsor Castle for a year, at the invitation of the Queen, in order to hold the second European Championships. Badminton was first televised in In , Badminton was held in two sections, called the Great and Little Badminton, due to the popularity of the event and the number of entries.
Badminton Horse Trials 2017 preview: Can the British regain Badminton?
Welcome to Badminton
The shopping village opens on the Wednesday and boasts over retailers. The four-star competition kicks off on Wednesday, when visitors can watch the trot-up in front of Badminton House. This is followed by the dressage on Thursday and Friday, the much-anticipated cross-country on the Saturday, and finally the showjumping on Sunday. The cheapest way to buy tickets is in advance via the box office, which closes on 24 April for admission and parking. The box office for grandstand tickets and membership badges will close on 28 April.
2017 Cross Country Course
Relive the excitement at the event as the world's best competed for the iconic trophy. This year's event saw 57 of the 81 combinations that set out on the 4 days of competition complete the Sunday afternoon as William Fox-Pitt secured his second Mitsubishi Motors Badminton trophy on Chris Stone's stallion Chilli Morning, 11 years after winning on Tamarillo. The Little Book of Badminton by Julian Seaman - "Badminton Horse Trials" is the world famous annual sporting event that tests the skills of the ultimate horse and rider. Its foundations were in the Cavalry schools of Europe at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Initially it was only open to male officers, but soon developed into an Olympic sport where men and women compete on equal terms. We then move on to journey through the last decade of an event, reliving the great winning performances as well as the changes that have evolved.
Savills Staircase is the first real test — string rails at the top and a sharply angled hedge below. The Lake involves a big drop into the water followed by a step up to a choice of sharply angled brushes — with a very long alternative. Two open corners form the key to the Shogun Hollow. The long route involves two slightly easier corners and an extra effort. Otherwise there is an open ditch and degree turn back to a set of rails.