The New Year always sees the real start to the build up for the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials ( May 7th-11th 2014) . The public Box Office opens on Monday Jan 13th for advanced bookings, as sports fans start planning their year ahead.
Badminton regulars will find the return to Saturday Cross Country a familiar, and perhaps welcome aspect, and as previously announced the course will have a new designer in Giuseppe della Chiesa, appointed by the Duke of Beaufort and Event director Hugh Thomas after last year’s record breaking Trials.
The good news for the eighty plus riders who will start the Event is that the prize money has had a considerable boost, commensurate with the now truly outstanding standard of the international entry.
The winner will receive £80,000, up from £65,000 in 2013, and the increases are also reflected in the lower placings – Badminton prides itself on giving much the highest level of prizes in the world right down to 20th place.
Badminton always supports a charity or ‘good cause’ and this year it will be Equestrian Team GBR in the build up to the World Equestrian Games; it would have benefitted in 2012 had that event not been cancelled.
For many years the website www.badminton-horse.co.uk has been a mine of information and it has now had a complete revamp. Badminton also has an App and can be followed on Facebook and Twitter.