Girl Power To The Fore At Badminton Horse Trials

At last, we were all able to enjoy the Badminton Horse Trials once again after three long years of waiting, now presented by Mars Equestrian and official partners Lightsource BP. No doubt, history will state that “it was a Badminton run and won by the girls.” Many changes have happened since 2019 with a new director of show – Jane Tuckwell who had previously been assistant director for some years, far more probably than she would like to admit to. The second big change is of course, it is the first time for over 25 years that Mitsubishi have not sponsored or been any part of the event. Now there is a ‘presented by’ and several companies have become involved in some form of sponsorship, but the main one is Mars Equestrian.

Reach for the Moon will now Not run for The Queen

However, before we talk about Badminton, we at have been banging on for months now about Reach For The Moon, a three year old colt belonging to The Queen was reasonably fancied for the Epsom Derby and would give The Queen the final British classic she has never won, and in her platinum jubilee year; that would have been fantastic. Unfortunately, Reach For The Moon’s trainer John Gosden reported this week that the horse would not run in the classic due to an earlier injury which has set the horse back too much to have him perfectly tuned and ready for the big race at Epsom. Although it is expected that the horse will return to the racecourse for the Royal meeting in mid-June at Ascot, it is still very sad that this year at least – Her Majesty will be denied that fairy tale Derby win.

The Badminton Horse Trials – presented by Mars Equestrian.

Crowds watching the trot up in front of Badminton House 

There were several other changes of note for this year’s Badminton apart from the ones already described. The first, was that the new team decided that as there were always problems with traffic getting into the show ground, all tickets would be sold on line before the event and no tickets would be on sale at the gate. This decision hopefully will ease the traffic trying to get into the ground. The second big change was that this year for the first time, Badminton would be shown only on their own TV internet station. Everything from the first trot up to the final show jumping would be shown live. The final change was directly to do with us and Goldeneye Photography, the sister company to It was the first time in twelve years that we were not the official licensed photographers for the whole event. We decided for a variety of reasons to resign from continuing to do the photographs last autumn.

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