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THE BE VOLUNTEER – Soggy trousers, red flags and daring pheasants

Monteberry and I have been rather busy the last couple of weekends and have got through a serious quantity of suncream… Firstly we packed up our kit and headed north to one of the most beautiful locations – Chatsworth Estate in Derbyshire. Set in the stunning Peak District, this hugely enjoyable event did not disappoint.  Work rather got in the way of the kind invitation to the briefing in the stables on the Thursday night (I need to work out how to afford early retirement?!?) so we arrived early on Saturday morning for a brief briefing in ... Read More

Meet the Legendary Ramiro B – World No 4 Event Sire 

At 24-years-old Ramiro B is simply one of the undisputed kings of sport horse stallions around the globe. Showing precocious talent as a show jumper as a young horse, Irishman Edward Doyle produced him up to Grand Prix level before his successful breeding career finally took over full time. A Belgian Warmblood by Calvani, a son of Caretino, one of Germany’s top sires of all times, Ramiro B is the sire of Nations Cup Level Show Jumpers and 4* Eventers.  Being 40% thoroughbred he adds quality movement and jump and without fail passes on his willing and winning mentality, making him a very commercial choice for ... Read More

BADMINTON BUILD UP …5 Minutes with Hugh Thomas

Hugh Thomas, Event Director of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, talks about the emotion of Andrew Nicholson’s victory, the cancellation of traditional pre-Badminton events, checking the forecast and the challenges of getting the event set-up.   On Andrew Nicholson’s victory  “I had honestly given up hope for him. I mean, 36 completions and he’s been at it since 1984. I think he was so charming afterwards as he just said when I first came here I thought this couldn’t be all that difficult to win and I eventually found out it was. ... Read More

BADMINTON BUILD UP .. 5 Minutes with Harry Somerset…

The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials have a new host in the recently acceded 12th Duke of Beaufort, Harry Somerset. Harry has always taken an active role in the Event and knows many of the team. He speaks about what it means to him and his family. On growing up with the event "My father used to compete in the competition in the 1950s so I’ve been coming to since I was six years old and vaguely understanding what the competition was all about. So it’s always been a very exciting part of ... Read More

BADMINTON BUILD UP .. 5 mins with first-timer Alexander Whewall

Alexander Whewall, a former winner of the Mark Todd Bridging the Gap scholarship, will be competing at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials for the first time with Chakiris Star. The pair were 19th on their four-star debut at Pau last Autumn and two years ago were crowned Smith & Williamson Intermediate Champions at the Festival of British Eventing.  In the run up to Badminton, we find out a little bit more about Alexander and Louis…. Tell us a little bit about your horse Chakiris Star?  Louis as he’s known at home, ... Read More

BADMINTON BUILD UP.. EWW’s takes a look at this year’s key contenders..

Sarah Carless.... Once again, the world’s best event riders are vying to for the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials Trophy. Riders from 12 nations will be competing at the world-famous event so Eventing Worldwide takes a look at this year’s key contenders.  Winner in 2016, and second here in 2017, Michael Jung brings his double Olympic Champion partner, La Biosthetique Sam, for what is likely to be their last four-star competition. Their record in top competition speaks for itself and they are one of the most consistent pairings at this event with two seconds and a first in their three completions. They started ... Read More

BADMINTON BUILD UP… 5 Minutes with The British Horse Society

The British Horse Society (BHS) is the Charity of the Year at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials 2018. Head of Fundraising, Tracey Casstles, talks about their work as a charity, their presence at Badminton and some exciting competitions involving their President, Martin Clunes.  On being the chosen charity  “We’re absolutely thrilled. When the event very first started the BHS was a beneficiary of it. So we real  history with the event and could not be more pleased to be part of it. I’m hoping we’ll be able to raise vital funds for the work ... Read More

Meet Ivar Gooden – the M.S.Team Eventing Star

Imogen Murray and Ivar Gooden head to the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials following a sensational 2017 season that saw the young combination produce two double clear rounds at CCI4* level.  Following a year in which they represented their country for the first time, leading the Team GBR Nations Cup Team to a Silver medal at Le Pin Au Haras in July, they are riding high on some early season success.  In a season besieged by abandonments and cancellations Ivar Gooden has produced a personal best CIC3* dressage at Burnham Market and rose more ... Read More

BADMINTON BUILD UP 2018 … 5 Minutes with Eric Winter

This is Eric Winter’s second year designing the cross-country course at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials. Eventing Worldwide gets his thoughts on the ground conditions, the challenges of designing the course for the second year and how he comes up with something new.  On the importance of cross country to a world-class event….. “It’s important to keep cross country at the heart of our sport. People don’t drive six or ten hours or come from a different country because the dressage arena is very flat or the show jumping is very ... Read More

THE BE VOLUNTEER – False starts, 3 teas and that white flag

And so after what seems like so many cancellations and abandonments, we finally kick started the 2018 BE volunteer season. The alarm was set for the most unfriendly time, but I even surprised myself with how much excitement and ‘get up and go’ I jumped out of bed with at 4.30am. Off to Belton. Belton is always a fabulous event, and whether it was the weather, the atmosphere or just the shear excitement to be finally out this year just seemed even better.  Arriving on site to some beautiful spring mist, Belton House emerged out of ... Read More