Creating one of the longest sponsorship deals in sport, it has been announced that Mitsubishi Motors will continue as title sponsor of Badminton Horse Trials until 2019.
Event Director Hugh Thomas has welcomed the vote of confidence, while Lance Bradley, Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, said: “We are delighted to have extended our sponsorship of the Badminton Horse Trials. To reach the milestone of 25 years in any partnership is a great achievement and to do it in the sporting arena is truly remarkable. This accomplishment is testament to the relationships we’ve built over the last quarter of a century with Badminton Horse Trials and we are very much looking forward to celebrating with them in May and for many more years to come.”
The 2016 event, which takes place on the Duke of Beaufort’s estate from May 4-8, marks the 25th anniversary of the partnership. A number of events have been planned to make the occasion.
Mitsubishi Motors is donating a copse of 25 trees to be planted prominently on the Badminton estate and they have also commissioned a pair of rocking horses from Stevenson Brothers, based on the Duke of Beaufort’s favourite horse, Countryman III on whom he finished second at Badminton in 1959. One will be presented to the Duke and the other will have pride of place at Mitsubishi Motors’ Cirencester HQ.
Advance tickets are now on sale The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials. For more information visit www.badminton-horse.co.uk