Preparations for Badminton 2018 cross country course

       Into the Lake over some 'bits of wood' for USA's Lauren Kieffer and Veronica


“Real cross country is about using the terrain, jumping bits of wood and training your horses to cope with those things” says course designer Eric Winter as he looks back at the 2017 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials. Looking forward he also reveals some of the plans for the 2018 course

“In 2018 we’re going to run anti-clockwise, the opposite direction to last year, we’re going to go through the Quarry, we’ve got a new bank at the third fence so that will really shift them off their rhythm and a new combination in Huntsman’s”



Eric’s surname is appropriate as the ‘wintery’ conditions have blanketed the Badminton Estate in recent times but work and inspections continue as Event Director Hugh Thomas explains