In 2017 the winner of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials will take home the record prize of £100,000 for the first time. In this professional era of the sport the winner of the most prestigious event of them all will be properly rewarded. Forty years ago, in 1976, the top prize was £1,000.
There will be a 10% increase in the overall prize pot to nearly £360,000 with prize money going down to 20th place of the usual starting figure of 80 riders.
Event Director Hugh Thomas commented “It has long been our policy to regard owners and riders as the first call on such commercial success as the event has, and to keep the prize money well ahead of inflation. I am also especially proud of the fact that the connections of every horse that finishes takes away more than it cost them to enter”.