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WIN Sunday admission for two for the Badminton Horse Trials

PUBLISHED: 12:39 15 February 2019 | UPDATED: 16:45 15 February 2019

William Fox-Pitt (GBR) riding Chilli Morning (c) Kit Houghton

William Fox-Pitt (GBR) riding Chilli Morning (c) Kit Houghton

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The Cotswolds’ world famous sporting event, the Badminton Horse Trials, celebrates its 70th anniversary in the 28th and final year of Cirencester-based Mitsubishi Motors sponsorship. (May 1-5).

In 2018 a record 185,000 enthusiasts descended on the 12th Duke of Beaufort’s Gloucestershire park to watch four days of competition featuring 80 of the very best all-round human and equine athletes in this multi-discipline sport. The victorious British World Champion squad are expected to be among the entries this year along with the international cream of the sport, many of whom are based in the UK.

The first two days involve the compulsory figures of the Dressage test in the main arena. This is to test the general obedience of the horses.

On Saturday it is the big test of the Cross Country, covering four miles over 30 solid obstacles designed by Eric Winter for the third time. Traditionally the course goes in the reverse direction to the previous year, with the start and finish in the arena.

Crowds at the Badminton Horse Trials (c) KIT HOUGHTONCrowds at the Badminton Horse Trials (c) KIT HOUGHTON

On the final day is the Jumping element to test that riders have left something in the tank. This is a welfare throwback to the sport’s military origins when officers were expected to conserve their mounts.

On the Wednesday before the sport starts, all horses are inspected by a panel of officials in front of the House and indeed a big public audience. This is repeated on the Sunday morning to ensure the horses are fit to continue.

In all its 70 years Badminton is forever tweaking the organisation to improve the quality of the experience for both spectators and athletes alike. The food area has been enhanced along with the Lakeside and ever expanding shopping village. A newcomer to this area last year, The World of Food and Wine, has been expanded.

Andrew Nicholson (NZL) riding Calico Joe (c) Kit HoughtonAndrew Nicholson (NZL) riding Calico Joe (c) Kit Houghton

The campsite has over 1,300 pitches but this year is complemented just up the road by a Glamping Enclosure by Huntsman’s Close.

Another 2018 innovation to be repeated is the post-play rider interviews on a stage by the Media Centre when the fans are welcome to submit questions to the stars. There is also a fan zone by the collecting ring after riders complete each phase.

We’ve teamed up with Badminton Horse Trials to offer one lucky reader Sunday admission for two with grandstand seats and a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the Media Centre.

To be in with a chance of winning this fabulous prize, enter using the form below:

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Can’t wait to see if you’ve won? Click here to book your tickets for the event.

Terms & Conditions: Competition closes at midday on Friday, March 22, 2019. Entrants must be 18 years or older. The prize is as stated and to be taken in accordance with Badminton Horse Trials. Unless you have chosen to receive other information from us, Archant Community Media Limited will solely use the data you provide for the purpose of running the competition, including contacting winners and the distribution of any prize. Full Archant terms and conditions can be found here.

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