Badminton Horse Trials (30 April – 3 May)

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The first of the great three-day events, Badminton is celebrating its 60th anniversary.  The Trials open with the Inspection of Horses at the north front of Badminton House. followed by dressage,cross-country and, on the final day, show jumping.

The brainchild of the 10th Duke of Beaufort, the first event – intended as a chance for British riders to train for international events – was held in 1949.

The cross-country day at Badminton attracts crowds of up to a quarter of a million. The Queen and other members of the royal family are regular visitors. The 7,096-metre course boasts 30 cross-country fences, which riders must run against the clock. The most infamous fence – in and out of the lake against the elegant backdrop of Badminton House – has claimed many casualties.

At Badminton Shopping Village there is a large number of trade stands, with everything from country clothes and riding accessories to works of art and delicious home-baked cakes.

Badminton House dates from the 17th and 18th centuries. Its famous Palladian north face, complete with a pediment and two cupolas, was designed by William Kent. Today it is the residence of the 11th Duke of Beaufort, who is a very successful rider in his own right.

Badminton Horse Trials, near Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire

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