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Guide to Badminton Horse Trials

Badminton

Here at Joules HQ we’re super excited that the 7th May sees the start of Badminton Horse Trials, one of the most prestigious 3 day events in the equestrian calendar. Badminton Horse Trials attracts some of the world’s top riders who go through perfect dressage tests, a grueling cross country course and finally the nail biting show jumping.

Whether you’re a Badminton veteran or a newbie, here’s our guide on everything you need to see, take and do while you’re there.

 

What day to attend

Wednesday – The first day of the event, the top riders will be presenting their horses for inspection and there are lots of grass roots events taking place also.

Thursday & Friday – These are dressage days and great for taking in the atmosphere when it’s slightly quieter, which means lots of time to shop!

Saturday – Cross Country Day, definitely the busiest day of the event with thousands going through the gates so be sure to leave early. An unmissable day for thrill seekers. Walk round the whole course which has a new designer for the first time in 25 years so expect new twists and turns, see the course guide here. http://www.badminton-horse.co.uk/index.php/2014-cross-country-course-unveiled/

Sunday – Today is the final element of the event, the show jumping, riders jump in reverse order with the highest placed going last. It makes for some exciting viewing!

Obviously you might be lucky enough to be able to attend all days in which case you won’t need to choose!

Things to do

Obviously your first stop (after parking) should be to visit our team on the Joules stand, our biggest show stand ever! You will find us at Stand No 17, you won’t be able to miss us. As sponsors of the Official Badminton Collection we also have a stand with the whole collection on at No 104. For more information on the shopping village click here

What to wear

What to wear to Badminton can be a bit tricky, being early in the year it can go from blazing sunshine to a rainy sludgy mess very quickly. A pair of Joules Wellies is a must, layers are key and a jacket to pop on if it’s a bit chillier, our striped Showerproof Jacket is perfect to cover up or pack up in your bag if the weather is nice.

Official Badminton Collection by Joules

You can also get the Official Badminton Collection online before you go!

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What to take

Picnic by Joules

Although there are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat at Badminton you can’t beat a good picnic, definitely the most cost effective way to feed the whole family. Our Picnic Collection includes all the essentials you will need to carry the perfect picnic. We have also pinned lots of great recipe ideas onto our ‘Cook It’ Board on Pinterest for some inspiration.

Anything else…

Don’t forget to pack the family dog (and his lead and water bowl) for this event, if you don’t have one be sure to borrow one for the day.

If you plan on staying locally there are plenty of recommended places to stay on The Badminton website. Remember to visit our biggest store in the land in Bath and even discover some secrets about Bath here.

 

For all other information on the fantastic event visit the Badminton Website

 

 

The latest from Emily King

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Well it’s so great to have begun the season at last! We started off at Aldon where I had all six horses competing over the weekend… the weather was great and they all certainly loved being out! I had Zara, Indie and Peter in the Novice on the Saturday - Indie was a little excited in her test so didn’t get her best mark, but jumped a great double clear, Pete did a great test of 26 and jumped a really good double clear but I just went slowly xc as it is only his 3rd ever novice, Zara was awesome and won her section on an impressive 24 double clear. Then on the Sunday I had Zip, Brook and Charlie in the OIu21… Brook and Zip were both a little exuberant in their tests to say the least but then both jumped very well! Charlie, who is the youngest and least experience of the three, did did a great test of 30 and followed it up with a super double clear (but only steady xc) to finish 8th. So overall a really great weekend which hopefully gave them all an enjoyable and confident start to the season!

Unfortunately Somerley was cancelled so our next event was Gatcombe. I had a mega busy day with 5 in the the Intermediate and Open Intermediate classes (Brook, Zip, Indie, Carlie & Zara), which was very exciting… and good for my fitness!!! They all did good tests and jumped really well (despite the sticky ground and torrential hail storms), I didn’t run them fast xc due to the conditions… Zip finished 4th and Charlie 9th.

I’ve also had quite a few social events on through March… Mum, Dad and I were kindly invited to Cheltenham for World Hurdle Day thanks to The Jockey club, it was a fantastic day with world class racing… but unfortunately I didn’t have too many winners!!! Mum and I also had a great evening in London last week… we were invited to Claridges for a Country Life reception and also Piccadilly for a Spinal Research charity dinner. It worked out really well that both of the events happened to be on the same night and very close to each other… so we were able to attend both of them!! I also had a very entertaining day filming at home with Ben Hobday for Elite Eventing… it should be released very soon, so like Elite Eventing on Facebook and Twittter and subscribe on Youtube, as a highly amusing video is heading there soon!!

Mum and I also have some REALLY exciting news… we’ve just signed a sponsorship deal with Verdon Grey, the luxury outdoor furniture experts. We are thrilled and very lucky to have them join our team… exciting times ahead!

We leave early tomorrow morning for Belton Horse Trials. We’re going via Ferdi’s for dressage lessons on the way and then start competing on the Friday. It’s a very exciting weekend as I’m doing my first ever CIC3* on Brook – eeeeekkkk!!!! Also Zara and Indie are in the OIu21 Junior Trial and Zippy is in the CIC2*… so everything crossed, I can’t wait!!!

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