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.
You can also get the Official Badminton Collection online before you go!
What to take
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.
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