Badminton Horse Trials

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Badminton Horse Trials logoBadminton Horse Trials 2015 is now just weeks away, with this year’s competition taking place on 6-10 May. There are no fewer than nine previous winning riders in the line-up so it promises to be a fantastic competition.

One of just six four-star events in the world, the Mitsubishi Motors-sponsored event in Gloucestershire is among the most prestigious. If you’d like an insight into how it feels to compete at the event for the first time, follow the highs and lows of our Badminton Horse Trials first-timer and busy mum, Nana Dalton, who will be riding her home-bred gelding, Absolut Opposition. Nana is writing an exclusive blog for Horse & Hound and we’ll also be catching up with her on camera during the event.

The list of winners is a true who’s who for the sport of eventing and we can’t wait to see who joins the roll of honour this year. Last year it was Australia’s Sam Griffiths who won the title 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.

Following 2014’s influential cross-country day which saw only 35 of the 78 horses that left the start box complete the course, Badminton course designer Giuseppe della Chiesa has made considerably changes to the 2015 course, which runs in the opposite direction as per the event’s normal tradition.

View the 2015 cross-country course.

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.