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The 2021 Badminton Horse Trials has been cancelled and will no longer be held from 5-9 May as planned. It had been hoped that the event would go ahead behind closed doors, but the current situation with the pandemic means this will not be possible.

The 2020 event was also cancelled owing to the coronavirus pandemic. This brings the total number of times Badminton has been cancelled to seven, owing to bad weather in 1966, 1975, 1987 and 2012, foot-and-mouth disease in 2001, and the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021. Weather also forced Badminton to run as a one-day competition in 1963.

The current title holder is Piggy French, who 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, the only combination to finish on their dressage score.

About Badminton Horse Trials 2022

Held in the grounds of Badminton House in Gloucestershire, the cross-country course for the event will be designed by Eric Winter once again. It will be the first event held under the directorship of Jane Tuckwell, following Hugh Thomas’ decision to retire after 31 years at the helm. Jane has worked at Badminton in various roles for over 40 years.

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 in 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.