This year’s Badminton Horse Trials was due to be held on 6-10 May, 2020 and would have been the 71st running of the event, before the coronavirus pandemic led to its cancellation. The FEI five-star event was going to take place in partnership with Science Supplements and Mars Equestrian. The Badminton box office opened for priority bookings on 6 January 2020 and for all ticket sales on 13 January.
Piggy French was crowned the 2019 winner riding Vanir Kamira, ahead of Oliver Townend, who had led going into the final phase on Ballaghmor Class. Third was Chris Burton riding Cooley Lands, who finished on their dressage score.
About Badminton Horse Trials 2020
Held in the grounds of Badminton House in Gloucestershire, the cross-country course for this year’s event as designed by Eric Winter once again. The 2020 event had a new director in Jane Tuckwell, following Hugh Thomas’ decision to retire after 31 years at the helm.
One of just seven five-star events in the world, the Gloucestershire event is arguably the most prestigious. The list of winners is a true who’s who for the sport of eventing and we can’t wait to see who will add their name to the roll of honour next time.
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.