Eric takes over Badminton course building reins as Giuseppe bids farewell

May 31 2016

NEXT year’s Badminton will have another new cross-country course designer after the surprise announcement that Giuseppe Della Chiesa is standing down after just three years.

NEXT year’s Badminton will have another new cross-country course designer after the surprise announcement that Giuseppe Della Chiesa is standing down after just three years.
The job of creating the best known track in eventing has gone to Eric Winter, who lived in Yatton, near Bristol, before taking on Severnvale Equestrian Centre, Chepstow, with his wife, Lizzel.
Winter, 53, has designed the Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials course for the last ten years, as well as designing for the Asian Games and a string of European pony, junior and young rider championships.
He was technical delegate at Badminton from 2011-14 and as a rider, completed the event in 1991.
Winter said: “It is a great honour to be asked to design the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton course. “I first visited Badminton in 1974 – that was my first ever taste of eventing. In recent years I have been involved in several different roles and have got to know the team behind the scenes very well.
“To be asked to design here is truly a dream come true and I am extremely thankful to all those involved for giving me this opportunity. I am really looking forward to the challenges ahead.”
Della Chiesa, praised by riders for his Badminton tracks, said he did not feel able to accept the invitation to continue for a further period.
The Italian said: “It has been a true honour to have been offered the possibility to continue but, sadly, I am not able to go on due to shifting life priorities and new personal commitments.
“Being also a true believer in the benefits of changing course designers from time to time, I wish Eric all success.”