BADMINTON HORSE TRIALS 2017 Wednesday 3rd – Sunday 7th May
The Team at Equus Property plan to join in ‘The annual ‘Badminton Horse Trials Pilgrimage’ during the first week of May 2017 and head to the stunning Gloucestershire countryside alongside around 160,000 other likeminded equestrian enthusiasts expected to attend this year’s World famous Mitsubishi Motors International Horse Trials taking place between Wednesday 3rd May – Sunday 7th May 2017.
The 2017 entry list features many Olympic medallists as well as a host of other World Class Horses and Riders.
Rio Olympic gold medallist Michael Jung (Germany) and silver medallist Astier Nicolas (France), with their Olympic horses, head the very high class list of entries for the 2017 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials. Michael of course is also defending the title he won in 2016, when Badminton was his third and final winning leg of the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing.
14 nations will be represented this year. In addition to Michael Jung there are 5 previous winners of the Mitsubishi Motors Trophy – Mark Todd (New Zealand), Paul Tapner, Andrew Hoy & Sam Griffiths (all Australia) and Oliver Townend (Great Britain).
As usual, the 85 horses with the most points won in top international competition over the past two years have been definitely accepted, leaving 36 on the waiting list this time.
Other entries of note include Andrew Nicholson (New Zealand) looking for his first win and 36th completion – he brings Nereo and Qwanza; Gemma Tattersall, 3rd last year with Arctic Soul; Kitty King with her Olympic ride Ceylor LAN; Tina Cook with a choice of 2 from 3 entries (Calvino II, Billy the Red and Star Witness); Nicola Wilson, for so long a member of the British team and now bringing Annie Clover; former Olympic and World Champion Blyth Tait (New Zealand); Christopher Burton (Australia) Burghley winner in 2016; Ingrid Klimke with her Rio team silver medallist Horseware Hale Bob, 2nd here in 2015.
The Draw for the Starting Order is on Facebook Live and this year’s debut course (Designed by Eric Winter) has a distinct look to it greatly resembling the swashbuckling tracks of the 1970’s, but with the advantage of 21st century safety technology and can be viewed online on the official Badminton Website.
The event starts with the Mitsubishi Motors Cup for amateur riders on Wednesday 3rd May, followed by two days of international event dressage, the cross country on Saturday 6th May and show jumping and prize giving on Sunday 7th May.
This annual spectacle offers a great family day out, with children and dogs very welcome to enjoy great hospitality options, shopping, top level equestrian sport and more in a stunning location.