Eventing followers invited to make their mark at Badminton Horse Trials

December 22 2016

A COMPETITION has been launched to design the final cross-country fence at the 2017 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.

A COMPETITION has been launched to design the final cross-country fence at the 2017 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.

Eventing followers have the chance to put their stamp on the track, which will be viewed by  huge crowds at the prestigious event itself and by thousands of others watching the action at home.

Entries will be accepted up to 9am on January 29, with three judges choosing ten designs. Those will then go out to a public vote in February, with the favourite submission announced on March 1.

The final stage will involve the winning design, which will have to follow a number of specifications, being transformed into a fence by Olympic course builders the Willis Brothers.

People of all ages and abilities can enter the contest - the first of its kind to be hosted at the international, near Chipping Sodbury.

It coincides with the debut year of new cross-country course designer, Eric Winter, who will be one of the judging panel.

He said: “I was delighted to be asked to design the course for Badminton, an event I have admired all my life, so it seemed apt to share the opportunity I have been given with others who both love the event as well as the idea of designing a cross country fence for it.”

The winner and runners-up will be invited to the unveiling of the fence in April at Badminton’s invitation-only preview day, just a few weeks before the event runs from May 3-7.