Badminton Horse Trials, the pinnacle of grassroots eventing and more

  • We’re not sure we need to tell you to look forward to this week’s equestrian sport. It’s Badminton Horse Trials week and honestly if we get any more excited we might just burst before we even get there. Here are your four events to watch in equestrian sport this week:

    1. Badminton Horse Trials presented by Mars Equestrian

    Events: 4th-8th May
    More info: badminton website
    How to see: Badminton will be streamed via a paid online service this year, and there will also be a BBC Highlights programme
    Get the H&H info: H&H will have four journalists and one photographer at Badminton and we have extensive web coverage planned including video powered by NAF and daily podcasts powered by Bailey’s Performance Balancer. You can find full details of our plans here and you can find all of our badminton online coverage here. The full magazine report with the best analysis, photos and exclusive commentary appears in the May 12 issue. Our preview, featuring a course walk by former badminton champion Andrew Hoy, is included in the current issue (April 28th), while this week’s magazine (May 5th) features a full form guide.
    Why we are happy about it: Badminton is always an exciting week when the stars of the sport go head-to-head on the biggest stage, with the field being led this year by the three British combined gold medalists at the Tokyo Olympics, Laura Collett on London 52, Tom McEwen on Toledo De Kerser and Oliver Townend in the Ballaghmor class. This year the excitement of being back at badminton will only increase as spectators and riders have not been able to enjoy the great event since 2019 due to Covid-19. If you want to attend, don’t forget to buy your tickets in advance – there are no tickets at the box office this year.

    2. Northcote International, Blackburn, Lancs

    Events: 5th-8th May
    More info: Northcote events calendar
    How to see: Streaming via Clipmyhorse.TV
    Get the H&H info: H&H will bring you the full story, images and insights in next week’s issue of the magazine (available May 12)
    Why we are happy about it: Another celebration of international show jumping on home soil with a variety of CSI2* and CSI* classes – including a £24,000 Grand Prix – as well as young horse classes for five and six year olds at this hugely popular venue.

    3. Voltaire Design Grassroots Championships, Badminton

    Events: 3rd-4th May
    More info: event website
    get that H&H below: Check out our images of the BE90 and BE100 rails now. Reports from both classes will be published online on Friday 6th May and in the magazine on 12th May.
    Why we are happy about it: Big badminton is a crazy pipe dream for most of us, but the grassroots championships offer something we think we might be able to do, despite the fact that the competition to get there is red hot. There are always inspiring stories about hard-working amateurs and riders and horses that have also made it among the top couples.

    4. CSIO5* La Baule, France

    Events: 5th-8th May
    More information: event website
    Get the H&H info: H&H brings you highlights in next week’s issue of the magazine (available from May 12)
    Why we are happy about it: Now partnered with Rolex, the show always attracts the world’s best drivers who will compete for victory in the €500,000 Rolex Grand Prix on Sunday. A strong contingent of nations will compete on Friday for the Nations Cup, which this year will be held for the first time as a standalone event and not as part of the FEI Nations Cup series. Unfortunately, Great Britain will not send a team, but Scott Brash will be in action in the remaining five-star classes with Hello Jefferson and Hello Shelby. Other big names competing at La Baule include Simon Delestre, Daniel Deusser, Marlon Modolo Zanotelli, Harrie Smolders and Henrik von Eckermann.

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