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Badminton Horse Trials
The Badminton Horse Trials are the pinnacle of the world’s 3-Day-Event calendar. Competitors must complete a different discipline every day.
Required to complete 23 different movements, competitors are marked out of 10 for each.
Horse and rider must finish a 4 mile cross country ride, negotiating 45 jumps.
Day Three-Show Jumping
The jumps can be up to 1.2m high and 2.3m wide. This discipline can attract crowds of up to 13,000 spectators.
The Badminton Horse Trials are regarded as the oldest of their kind, first being held in 1946, and qualification can take several years.
All 3-Day-Events are graded with the higher grades being more difficult. Badminton is ranked as a 4 star event which makes it the hardest of its kind and is one of only five others of this complexity in the world.
The Trials take place in May of every year in the park of Badminton House and attracting up to a quarter of a million spectators, they are the most popular paid-entry sport in the United Kingdom.
Nearby Towns: Malmesbury, Tetbury
Nearby Cotswold Hotels: The Hare and Hounds, The Snooty Fox Inn, The Ormond at Tetbury, Pettifers
Similar Cotswold Attractions: Cheltenham Gold Cup, Cotswold Olympic Games, Cotswold Wildlife Park, Golf Courses, Highgrove, John Singer Sargent, Kelmscott Manor, Long Distance Walks (100 miles+), Malmesbury Abbey, Medium Distance Walks (50-100 miles), Oxford Botanic Gardens, The Rococo Gardens
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