Badminton Horse Trials

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Badminton Horse Trials logoThe Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials is one of just six four-star events in the world, and is one of the most prestigious. It is held in Gloucestershire each spring and the list of winners is a true who’s who for the sport of eventing.

The 2014 title was won by Australia’s Sam Griffiths riding Paulank Brockagh. Lying fifth after cross-country, a single pole down in the showjumping saw him leap into the lead to claim the famous trophy.

The event will be best remembered for the influential cross-country day. Of the 78 horses that left the start box, only 35 completed, with 22 jumping clear rounds. No one made the optimum time of 11min 21sec. A total of 25 combinations were eliminated, with a further 18 retiring on the course.

The course had been designed by Giuseppe della Chiesa, who stepped up from his role as Badminton’s technical delegate (2008-2010) to take over from event director Hugh Thomas, who had designed the course since 1989.

Badminton Horse Trials history

The first event was held at Badminton in 1949 when the 10th Duke of Beaufort decided to host an event to help British riders train for future international events. The event has been cancelled five times, due to bad weather in 1966, 1975, 1987 and 2012, and due to foot and mouth disease in 2001. Weather also forced the event to downgrade to a one-day competition in 1963.

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