We’d all like to be at The Badminton Horse Trials, there’s no doubt about it. But the next best thing is to join the Three Days Three Ways community to be there in blogging spirit! The action starts today with the horse inspections. We’re just on the heels of Rolex, I know, but there’s no rest for the weary! Our own Phillip Dutton won’t be competing there (as originally planned with Woodburn) given the Icelandic ash ramifications, which disappoints even the Brits who wrote about his absence on the Badminton blog. But even without an American carrying our stars and stripes we can still follow along with one of the greatest three-day events in the world. Here’s the plan:
Thursday, April 29th
4pm First horse inspection (North Front Badminton house, admission is free).
Friday, April 30th
Gates open at 8am. Dressage from 9:30am-5pm. Enjoy a dressage display over lunch at 12:30pm.
Saturday, May 1st
Gates open at 8am. Dressage from 9:30am-5pm. A second dressage display at 12:30pm and a stallion display at approximately 5pm after dressage.
Sunday, May 2nd
Gates open at 7:30am. Cross-Country test from 11am-4:30pm. I wouldn’t miss the Shetland Grand National (you know I have a thing for eentsy and sort of fat ponies) and World Horse Welfare Displays at 10am.
Monday, May 3rd
Gates open at 7:30am. 8:30am for the final horse inspection (North Front Badminton House). The jumping test begins at 11am with a Light Calvary Band display at 1:15pm (which sounds impressive), a parade of competitiors at 1:45pm (we should have that!), and at 2pm the jumping test for the top 20 competitors. At 3pm a parade of Duke Beufort’s hounds followed with the presentation of prizes (including a total of 278,000 pounds of prize money) at 3:15pm.
It’s quite a schedule, no? If you’d like to know who will be competing at this prestigious competition check the Badminton Drawn Order. Check back for more on Badminton as the competition unfolds.