Badminton Horse Trials
PUBLISHED: 12:29 03 April 2013 | UPDATED: 21:23 05 April 2013
Anticipation for the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials 2013 (May 2 to 6) is even higher than usual after the sad cancellation of last year's Event.
Badminton Horse Trials
Anticipation for the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials 2013 (May 2 to 6) is even higher than usual after the sad cancellation of last years Event. Now the London Olympics have passed into history, and equestrian sport is on the crest of a wave, Badminton will be welcoming many of the top Olympians in its entry this year.
Germanys dual Gold medallist, World and European Champion, Michael Jung, who has yet to compete at Badminton, wants to realise a lifetimes ambition, and Andrew Nicholson, from New Zealand, who has ridden round Badminton more times than any rider, would dearly love to win it once. His form at the end of last season would suggest he could do it.
He currently leads the HSBC FEI Classics scoreboard with wins at Burghley and Pau. Also expected is the current Badminton champion, the recently knighted, Sir Mark Todd, the only eventer to be honoured in this way, and the other star British riders such as Mary King, Zara Phillips, Nicola Wilson and Piggy French.
An added draw for this year is that Badminton finds itself for the first time as the third leg venue of the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing, which could see William Fox-Pitt the winner after his victories at Burghley 2011 and Kentucky in 2012.
The Cross Country will run again on the Sunday, but for the last time, as of next year it will return to the more familiar Saturday. The course will be largely the same as the one not jumped last year.
The International Event starts with two days dressage, before the cross country section, and concludes with the nail biting Jumping round on Bank Holiday Monday. Proceedings start, however, on the Thursday with the recreational riders Mitsubishi Motors Grassroots Championships, which will feature both the postponed 2012 and the 2013 classes on parts of the park used for the International event.
As ever there up to 500 trade outlets for a great days shopping, a childrens fair ground and a full selection of catering facilities, unless, of course you decide to bring a picnic.
Every year Badminton has a designated charity and this year it is Alzheimers Research UK, who will have a fence in their honour. They will also have staff and volunteers on site, collecting donations and answering questions about the important work they do.