As cross-country day at this year’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials fast approaches, we take a look at what lies ahead for riders on Saturday 9 May.

Designed by Guiseppe Della Chiesa for the second year, will the cross-country course in 2015 be as influential as it was in 2014?

View from the start box

Start box

Fence 1: ASX Starter

1 xc

Fences 2 and 3: Countryside Hedges

Fence 2

3 xc

Fences 4, 5 and 6: HorseQuest Quarry

Fence 4


5 xc

View up to fence 6

View to 6


Fence 7: Oxer Chicane

7 xc

Fence 8ab: ISH Studbook – Huntsmans Close

8a xc

Fence 8a side view

8a side

Fence 8a alternative

8a alt xc

Fence 8b


Fence 8b side view

8b side xc

Fence 8b alternative

8b alt xc

Fence 9: Kennels House

9 XC

Fence 10: Outlander Lower Lake

Fence 10

View of fence 10 from take off point

Fence 10 close

Fence 11: L200s

11 XC

Fence 12abcd and 13: The Lake

Straight route is to jump up the stepmiddle right of this photograph, bouncing out over the far willow wave fence. The alternative 12c is seen middle left of this shot – the jetty.


12ab alternative route (part b is a step into water immediately behind this willow wave)

12ab alt

12d alternative

12d alt XC

Fence 13: the upturned boat

13 XC


Fence 14: KBIS Garden Table

14 XC

Fence 14 side view

14 XC side

Fences 15 and 16ab: Swindon Designer Outlet Mound


16a xc

View from 16a to 16b

16ab xc

Fence 17: FEI Classics Stick Pile


Fence 17 side view

17 side

Fence 18abc: Mirage Pond

18a xc

View from 18a to 18b and c

18ab xc

route to 18b xc

18bc xc

Fence 18b alternative

18b alt

Fence 18c alternative

18c alt

Fence 19: PHEV Oxer

19 xc

Fence 20abcd: Gatehouse New Pond

20a XC



View of 20c (rail on left) from exit of water after 20b

route to 20c

20c xc

Fence 20a alternative

20a alt

Fence 20b alternative

20b XC alt

Fence 20c alternative

20c alt

Fence 21: Rolex Grand Slam Hedge

21 xc

Fence 22ab: Shogun Hollow

22a xc

Route from 22a to 22b (fastest route is jumping the wider feeder on the left)

22ab xc

Alternative fence 22a to alternative fence 22b (the more narrow feeder middle right of this photograph)

22ab alt xc

Fence 23ab: World Horse Welfare Garden Gates (23b is a sharp right

23a xc

Fence 24: Wadworth Barrels

24 XC

Fences 25ab and 26: Sense Silver Birch

25a xc

Fence 25a side view

25b side xc

Fence 25b


Alternative fence 25a

25a alt xc


Fence 26

25b xc


Fence 27: John Whitakers Fallen Tree

27 xc

Fence 28abc: Savills Escaltor


28b xc

28c xc

Fence 29: Keepers Birch

29 xc

Open ditch on fence 29

29 side view xc

Fence 30ab: Rolex Presentation Boxes

30a xc

(Fencing will be removed)

30b xc

Fence 31: Mitsubishi Finish (Telehandler to be removed!)

31 xc


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