If you want to enjoy an official Badminton Horse Trials course-walk, Horse & Hound has all the information you need in our online guide

Walking the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials cross-country course with a professional gives you valuable insight into the demands of this year’s course, plus the chance to discuss past experiences with some of the sport’s top names.

Some of the course-walks listed below are organised to raise funds for charities close to the hearts of these former and current eventing stars. They commonly get booked up in advance of the event, so if you want to be involved, we recommend you get your places booked soon.

You will need to purchase a day ticket for Badminton Horse Trials, in addition to booking your course-walk place. Course-walk tickets do not include access to the event.

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Richard Meade OBE Richard Meade

Reasons to choose this course-walk: Richard won Badminton twice (1970 and 1982), and won three Olympic eventing gold medals. It is also for a very good cause, and will help to fund valuable research into dementia.

Charity: Alzheimer’s Research UK (official charity of Badminton Horse Trials 2013)

Date and time: 10:30am Saturday 4th May

Coursewalk features: Anyone wishing to take part in this charity course-walk is encouraged to raise at least £100 for Alzheimer’s Research UK. The walk will last two hours.

Availability: Limited places are still available

How to book your place: To reserve a place or to find out more please call Alzheimer’s Research UK on 01223 824500 or email badminton@alzheimersresearchuk.org

Daisy BerkeleyDaisy-Berkeley-mug

Reasons to choose this course-walk: Daisy came 3rd at Badminton in 2010 and won an Olympic bronze medal in 2008, both on her popular horse Spring Along. She has competed at Badminton many times. This course-walk supports the UK’s leading dementia research charity.

Charity: Alzheimer’s Research UK (official charity of Badminton Horse Trials 2013)

Date and time: 2pm Friday 3rd May

Coursewalk features: Anyone wishing to take part in this charity course-walk is encouraged to raise at least £100 for Alzheimer’s Research UK. The walk will last 2 hours.

Availability: Limited places are still available

How to book your place: To reserve a place or to find out more please call Alzheimer’s Research UK on 01223 824500 or email badminton@alzheimersresearchuk.org

Mary KingMary-King-mug

Reasons to choose this course-walk: Mary has won Badminton twice (1992 and 2000), two World Championships gold medals, and Olympic silver and bronze medals. This course-walk is also for a very good cause and donations are incredibly important.

Charity: Child Brain Injury Trust

Date and time: Afternoon of Friday 3rd May

Course-walk features: The cost is a minimum donation of £40 per person, and the course is likely to be walked at a fairly fast pace.

Availability: Places are limited and these course-walks always sell out, so you are advised to book early.

How to book your place: To book please contact Anne-Marie Macmillan via email (annemariemacmillan@cbituk.org) and make your payment at www.justgiving.com/marykingbadminton

Lucinda GreenLucinda-Green-mug

Reasons to choose this course-walk: Lucinda won Badminton Horse Trials six times between 1973-1984, won Olympic team silver in 1984 and won gold at the European Championships and World Championships. She is a well respected cross-country trainer.

Date and time: 12:15pm for 12:30pm on Saturday 4th May

Course-walk features: Lucinda’s course-walks leave promptly, and tend to last over 2 hours. The cost is £15 per person, per walk (£12 for Petplan Equine customers).

Availability: Places can be pre-booked and additional places will be available on the day. Please note, you will still require a separate admission ticket to the event.

How to book your place: Visit the Petplan Equine course-walks page for application details.

William Fox-PittWilliam-Fox-Pitt-mug

Reasons to choose this course-walk: William was part of the silver medal-winning London 2012 Olympic eventing team, won Badminton in 2004, has been World number one multiple times and is the only British rider to have won five of the six CCI4* three-day events worldwide. If he wins Badminton this year he will clinch the Rolex Grand Slam, so his choice of which two horses to ride is extremely important.

Date and time: Information available to Fox-Pitt Eventing Club members only.

Course-walk features: This course-walk is only available to members of the Fox-Pitt Eventing Club. Annual individual membership is £20.

Availability: While this course walk is listed as one of the key benefits of club membership, there is no guarantee of a place on the course-walk.

How to book your place: Become a member of the Fox-Pitt Eventing Club, or email fpec@foxpitteventing.co.uk