Countdown begins for Badminton Horse Trials

December 19 2017

PREPARATIONS for one of the biggest sporting events in the world are well underway, with tickets for the 2018 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials due to go on sale in January.

PREPARATIONS for one of the biggest sporting events in the world are well underway, with tickets for the 2018 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials due to go on sale in January.

The box office will open for priority booking on January 3, with public booking starting on January 10.

The event will run at the South Gloucestershire home of the Duke of Beaufort from Wednesday, May 2, to Sunday, May 6, with the first day taken up by the Mitsubishi Motors Cup for grassroots riders. 

The feature international occupies the following four days, with leading horses and riders from around the globe taking part. Many will be hoping for a good performance to be in with a chance of selection for the world eventing championships later in the year. 

Eric Winter, who made his debut as Badminton’s cross-country course designer in 2017, is producing his second track and said there would be plenty of changes, including a new bank early on the course and a new combination of obstacles in Huntsman’s Close.

He said: “The course will run in the opposite direction to the last event and no fence will be in the same place.”

Away from the competition, a new food and drink area will be introduced in the shopping village and the British Horse Society has been named as the event’s charity of the year.

The society is celebrating its platinum anniversary, having helped and supported horses, their owners and riders for 70 years.

It has more than 100,000 members and is dedicated to education, equine welfare, protecting and increasing access to bridleways and equestrian routes, as well as safety for horse and riders.

Lynn Petersen, its chief executive, said: “We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to showcase our work to the thousands of people who attend Badminton.”