Seven things to look forward to at this year’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials
With just seven days to go until one of eventing’s annual highlights begins, we count down the seven things to look out for at Badminton 2019.
1. The best athletes in the sport will be competing – there are seven previous winners entered in to this year’s event: Pippa Funnell (GB), William Fox-Pitt (GB), Oliver Townend (GB), Mark Todd (NZ), Andrew Nicholson (NZ), Jonelle Price (NZ) and Sam Griffiths (AUS).
2. The British Eventing Pavilion – this year, the BE pavilion makes its debut at Badminton, in Lakeside number 9. Members get in for free, with guests welcomed at £10 per person (subject to space). Enjoy complimentary refreshments and TV screens, so you don’t miss a moment of the action.
3. The return of Jonty Evans and Art – though still on the road to recovery after suffering a severe head injury in 2018, Ireland’s Jonty Evans and his Olympic partner Cooley Rorkes Drift (‘Art’) will be at Badminton on Friday 3 May to take part in dressage rider and trainer Pammy Hutton’s dressage demonstration.
4. A very special guest – though the event is turning 70 this year, 50 years ago Richard Walker become the youngest ever winner of Badminton aged 18 years (and 247 days). He is this year’s guest of honour.
5. Food glorious food – you will be spoilt for choice with upgraded catering in hospitality and at the Lakeside area, plus an expansion of the World of Food and Drink.
6. The new glamping site – celebrate Badminton’s 70th anniversary in style at The Badminton Retreat. Located by Huntsmans Close on the cross country course, the campsite features a fully licensed bar with event highlights on a big screen, an on-site restaurant, chill-out area with fire pits and hot tubs, hot showers, a pamper room and private, secure parking. You’ll need to book quick before the last few places sell out!
7. You can watch from home – don’t despair if you haven’t managed to make it to this year’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials as there will be live coverage of every phase via the Badminton Livestream and the BBC.