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Badminton Horse Trials

Rural Matters

Article written by 02 May 2013

The Horse Trials

After its unfortunate cancellation last year due to the bad weather which also resulted in the cancellation of the CLA Game Fair, competitors and spectators alike are eagerly anticipating this year’s Badminton Horse Trials.

The Badminton Horse Trials are set in the grounds of The Badminton Estate, which lies in the heart of the Gloucestershire countryside. Home to the Duke and Duchess of Beaufort, the 17th Century House is set in a beautiful deer park, and the estate is also home to a pheasant and partridge shoot in varied, undulating terrain which features some extremely challenging drives. The shoot sees teams of guns returning year after year because of its quality.

With such a prestigious setting, it remains no surprise that The Badminton Horse Trials is one of the highest attended horse trials, pulling in spectators from all over the country.

The most popular day is of course the cross country day, which filled with the thrills and spills of cross country riding over challenging fences falls this year on Sunday  5th May. A great day out for all the family (including the dog!). Spectators can enjoy walking the course and of course shopping in the renowned shopping village.

Professional and talented amateur riders will battle it out across the 3 disciplines to ultimately be crowned the winner of Badminton Horse Trials. This year is no different and the line-up of professional competitors includes; Oliver Townsend, Kristina Cook, Mary King, William Fox-Pitt, Mark Todd and many more.

What to Wear

The unpredictable British weather always makes what to wear at Badminton a tricky question to answer, but a good pair of comfortable boots are a must. We suggest the Dubarry Galway Boots for the ladies or perhaps some Le Chameau Chasseur Leather Lined Boots, or a solid pair of Meindl or Musto boots for the gents.

Jeans or moleskins will usually suffice, perhaps with some lightweight waterproof over trousers packed away in the rucksack in case of a sudden downpour – we are still in early May after all!

The top half is largely down to personal taste and comfort. It’s sensible to layer up giving you various options to account for the weather – in years gone by sun cream and sunglasses have definitely made an appearance at the horse trials, but it could equally well be raining hard so flexibility is the key.

A smart shirt and jumper combination for both ladies and gents is often a popular choice, perhaps a Schoffel Oxford Cotton Striped Shirt, ofr the Jack Murphy Elphin Ladies Shirt teamed with the Jack Murphy Knitted Sweater.

A warm padded gilet such as the Toggi Padded Ladies Gilet is often a popular choice, as is a tweed field or shooting coat such as the Schoffel Ptarmigan Tweed Coat or a wax jacket such as the Barbour Utility Jacket.

Essentially what you wear at Badminton is up to you, but be prepared for what the great British weather might have in store for you- at the moment the forecast is set to be warm and dry!



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