*Exclusive* Pictures of Nicola Wilson walking the Badminton cross-country course

  • Eventing fans always wait with excitement for the Mars Badminton Horse Trials cross-country course to be revealed and we’re finally able to share a few pictures of the challenge Eric Winter has set for next week’s event (8-12 May).

    As usual, H&H dispatched a top analyst to Gloucestershire to check out the track and you can read Nicola Wilson’s thoughts on every fence and her ratings for each in this week’s H&H magazine, out now (issue dated 2 May). In the meantime, check out a sneak peek of some of the fences and Nicola’s visit to Badminton below…

    Badminton Horse Trials cross-country course: photos of Nicola Wilson’s visit

    Eric and Nicola at the Bloomfields Brush Buckets (fence 6ab), the second combination on course.

    Badminton Horse Trials cross-country course 2024

    The pair eye up the line over the oxer and two corners at the Voltaire Design Huntsman’s Close (fence 7abc).

    Badminton Horse Trials cross-country course 2024 fence seven

    Nicola strides out to the final corner at Huntsman’s Close, where the groundlines are cleverly positioned to help horses understand the question.

    Badminton Horse Trials cross-country course The Lake

    The Mars Badminton Lake (fence 10abcd) features an unusual MIM-Clipped wall-type fence, visible in the background of this photo.

    Badminton Horse Trials cross-country course fence 15abc

    The Lemieux Eyelash Brushes (fence 15abc) feature two angled brushes and a water-filled ditch.

    The Mars Equestrian Sustainability Bay at fences 17ab and 18 is the second water on the course.

    Badminton Horse Trials cross-country course: fence 18

    Nicola demonstrates how to jump the angled log which forms the last element at the Mars Equestrian Sustainability Bay.

    Eric and Nicola discuss the Agria Silver Birch Rails (fence 21).

    Badminton Horse Trials cross-country course 2024 fence 26abcd

    What a drop! This is the Lightsource BP Mound (fence 26abcd).

    Riders are in the closing stages by the time they get to the Worcester Avenue Brushes (fence 28abc).

    Pictures by Peter Nixon

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