What you need to know about the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials


The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials is staged within the beautiful grounds of the Badminton Estate in South Gloucestershire.


The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials take place from Wednesday 1st May through to Sunday 5th May 2019. The event is staged within the beautiful grounds of the Badminton Estate in South Gloucestershire (UK).
The provisional timetable is as follows.

Wednesday 1st May – admission is free after 4pm
Gates open 8.00am 
9.00am – Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse Class
4.30pm – First Horse Inspection (North Front Badminton House)

Thursday 2nd May
Gates open 8.00am 
9.00am – 5.00pm (approx.) – Dressage 
12.30pm (approx.) – Dressage Display in the main arena

Friday 3rd May
Gates open 8.00am
9.00am – 5.00pm (approx.) – Dressage 
12.30pm (approx.) – Dressage Display in the main arena
5pm (approx. – to follow Dressage) – Stallion Display

Saturday 4th May
Gates open 7.00am
10.30am – Shetland Pony Grand National
11.30am – 5.00pm – Cross Country Test

Sunday 5th May
Gates open 7.30am 
8.30am – Final Horse Inspection (North Front Badminton House)
11.00 am (approx.) – Jumping Test 
1.05pm – Band Display
1.40pm – Parade of competitors (From the morning Jumping session)
2.00pm – Jumping Test (Top 20 competitors)
3.05pm – Parade of Duke of Beaufort’s Hounds
3.15pm – Parade of prize winners and top 20 competitors and presentation of prizes.

How to get there?

Badminton is situated about 85 miles west of London and about 15 miles from Bristol and Bath.

By Car; All routes to Badminton will be signed by the A.A. Drivers are advised not to use a SatNav system as they take no account of the events traffic management scheme.

By Coach; Coaches (25 seaters +) will be directed to the coach park, which is adjacent to part of the cross-country course and about 500 yards from the Trade Stand Village. A personal admission ticket will be required for all occupants over the age of 12. On Saturday (May 4) Day Trip Coaches from around the country are available. Return travel tickets include entry to the event cost £40 per adult, £10 for Children 12 years and under, and free for infants under 24 months.

By Taxi; A list of taxi companies can be found on the Badminton Horse Trials website. Taxis must drop passengers at the designated drop off point in Badminton village. Vehicles must approach the ‘drop off point’ from the south or west and not attempt to get there from the north or through Badminton Park. Please follow the AA signage to the Drop Off Point. On Saturday (May 4) there will be a one-way system in operation. If taxis use any other route / point the taxi will not be able to leave until after 2pm.

By Rail; The nearest British Rail station is at Chippenham. Coaches will meet specified trains at Chippenham Station on Saturday 4th May. For further details and bookings please contact Andy Bus & Coach Ltd (01666 825655 / ajcoaches@andrew-james.co.uk)

Where to stay?

A wide range of accommodation is available in the local area around Badminton to suit all tastes and budgets. It does get booked up early so be sure to plan your stay as far in advance as you can to ensure availability.

For a list of local hotels – CLICK HERE 
For a list of local B&B) – CLICK HERE 

Many people choose to stay on-site for the ultimate Badminton experience. Pitches on the camping site have been selling fast and there is now only very limited availability. A Campsite Pitch Pass admits either a motor-home, horsebox, caravan or tent to the Camping Site. A Campsite/Season Public car pass will also be issued which will give a car access to Camping Site and the Public Car Parks. For each booked pitch, two Campsite/Personal admission badges will be issued, for admission to the Camping Site and the event grounds. Additional Campsite/Personal admission badges may be purchased from the Box Office in advance or at the Camping Site Park on arrival.


The world’s best will be battling it out to claim the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials Trophy.

Entries are accepted irrespective of nationality. The always receives more entries than it can accept and only 85 horses will be able to compete. This will iclude any horses specifically nominated for acceptance by the Senior Selection Committee of British Eventing and those with the most points attained by Close of Entries, since 1 January 2017, according to the FEI Olympic Point System. All other qualified entries will be placed on a Waiting List and accepted in order as and when there are withdrawals, up to but not after 1400hrs on Sunday, 28 April, 2019.

A Minimum Eligibility Requirement is achieved by completing a competition within minimum parameters of all-round performance as follows:
Dressage Test: not more than 45 penalty points (or 55%).
Cross Country Test: A clear round at obstacles (activating a maximum of one frangible device will maintain the MER result on Cross Country) and not more than 75 seconds exceeding the optimum time in the Cross-Country test for one, two and three star level competitions and 100 seconds in the case of four star level competitions.
Jumping Test: not more than 16 penalties at obstacles.

In addition to the Minimum Eligibility Requirements (as above) all horses & riders must have finished, at any time and not necessarily as a combination, either a CCI4*-L in the top 25% of starters or a Special Category (to include WEG and Olympic Games) or CCI5*-L in the top 50% of starters.

Athletes may enter any number of qualified horses but only a maximum of two may be brought to the event and presented at the First Horse Inspection.

Entries close on Friday March 14th and we should know the names of those entered the following week.


Tickets are available via the Badminton Horse Trials website – https://www.badminton-horse.co.uk/tickets/

Early Bird Discount Prices are available until March 31st 2019. Pre-event tickets will be available for purchase until 2 days prior to the event. Tickets can also be purchased on the gate.

Grandstand tickets

The majority of seats in the Grandstands for Dressage on Thursday and Friday are unreserved and the use of them is included in the price of personal admission. Reserved Dressage Seats may be reserved in the West Stand, close to the short end of Dressage Arena at A.

There is no charge for use of the temporary grandstands around the cross-country nor on Saturday for those around the Main Arena where the start, finish and first and last fences will be situated.

Grandstand seats for the show jumping usually sell out in advance.

Membership and hospitality packages are also available and can be purchased via the website.

Additional facilities

Special Car Parks are available for wheelchair users and severely disabled persons.  These must be booked in advance. Admission charges apply to the disabled visitor; however accompanying registered carers will be admitted free of charge. The final date for application is Tuesday 23rd April.

For Dressage, Cross Country & Show Jumping a small uncovered ringside enclosure reserved for wheelchair users is situated at the front of the West Stand (Block D).

By courtesy of Event Mobility electric scooters and wheelchairs are available on loan. Early application / advance booking is advisable. For further details / booking, contact Event Mobility via www.eventmobility.org.uk.

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