63 Years of Excellence
Badminton Horse Trials, which is an annual event held within the spectacular grounds of Badminton House in Gloucestershire, is in it’s 63rd year this year, with last years’ event being postponed due to bad weather, much to the disappointment of exhibitors and visitors alike.
If you have never been, I highly recommend it as it is an excellent day out (or weekend if you chose to stay in the excellent camping facilities). Whether you are interested in horses or not, the event is great fun with loads to see and do regardless of your age. There is fantastic well organised parking, a brilliant fun fair for kids and loads to see and do with the Festival of Food being especially good!
The average annual attendance is 200,000, which is remarkable when you think about it but once you have been it is easy to see why. Started by the Duke of Beaufort in 1949, the event was designed to enable British riders to train for future international events, but has expanded over the years on the sprawling 1,500 acre Badminton Park to encompass a shopping village and brilliant food and drink outlets.
Part of the prestigious Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing and sponsored by countryside favourites Mitsubishi Motors, the event is a real eye opener as to the number of independent businesses working hard to make their companies thrive in a competitive environment, selling everything from Harris Tweed to fantastic countryside art.
Great to see so many people braving the British Weather, although today cheered up by mid-morning, and enjoying a fantastic British Day Out. Worth noting that the Cross-Country day attracts up to a 250,000 people, the largest for any paid-entry sport in Britain, so be prepared if you go tomorrow!