Badminton Horse Trials
Wednesday 8th May - Sunday 12th May 2024
This prestigious CCI5* competition is the starters signal for the rest of the exciting British Eventing calendar. The Badminton Horse Trials has been testing Horse & Rider for over 70 years and 2024 is the 75th Anniversary, it is held in the Badminton Estate in South Gloucester by kind permission of His Grace the Duke of Beaufort. This event holds a special place in our Hiho calendar, we have been exhibiting for over 20 years, and have been the official Jewellers of the Badminton Horse Trials since 2018.
WHAT IS BADMINTON HORSE TRIALS?
The Week of the Horse trials begins with the Grassroots Championships for the bravest BE90 and BE100 riders to compete in Dressage, Cross Country and Show jumping.
This is quickly followed by the beginning of the 5-star event - the Trot up! A vital part of the beginning of the event, not only are horses’ health checked before taking on the competition, but we at Hiho are proud to be the key sponsor in the Best Dressed Rider competition - we can’t wait to see the teams immaculately turned out and strutting their stuff again at Badminton this year! Badminton Horse Trials is hailed as one of the highlights of the equestrian calendar, where you can access some fantastic shopping villages, meet with old friends and see eventing legends such as Mary King, Oliver Townend among others take on the iconic stages of the three-day event competition designed to truly test ability and skill of the horse and rider partnership.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
As well as being a stage for international equine sport, Badminton is also well known for its weather! One year it can be a beautiful sunny spring weekend, and the next it can be pouring with rain – so it is important to dress appropriately! Below are some terrific tips from seasoned Badminton attendees.
- Dress in layers; you can’t go wrong with a warm waterproof coat and a nice top, maybe even a spare jumper! If the sun is shining though, don’t be afraid to go for a summer dress
- Footwear is key! It’s a long day at Badminton with lots of walking over uneven terrain so stick with a good pair of boots, comfortable trainers or some sturdy deck shoes – your feet will thank you!
- A great handbag: you will probably not see your car from when you park it in the morning until when you leave at night so opt for a cross body handbag to leave your hands free for shopping bags!
- Don’t forget a hat either - this is a wonderful time to wear a Fedora adorned with feathers, or even a waterproof hat to keep dry under!
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