I went on a dressage day on Friday, Sat. is cross country, and Sun. is stadium. Lots of mud and lots of shopping. I saw Bruce Davidson's dressage - he looks so old! They said in the notes that he is the most experienced rider at here Badminton. I walked part of the cross country, until it started to rain so hard that I couldn't see where I was going. Wished I'd gone last year (but alas we were away), and wished they hadn't cancelled it the first year we were here (foot and mouth).
International 3-Day-Events (CCIs) are graded and awarded stars according to level of difficulty. The more stars, the more difficult the event will be. Badminton is a **** , one of only 5 in the world. The others are Burghley (England), Kentucky (USA), Adelaide (Australia), and Luhmuhlen (Germany). The Olympics and World Championships are also CCI**** but Badminton is the oldest and most prestigious.
Some notable riders who have won this event include:
1971 and 1972 Mark Phillips : Great Ovation
1973 Lucinda Green (Lucinda Prior-Palmer) : Be Fair
1978 Jane Holderness-Roddam (Jane Bullen) : Warrior
1980 Mark Todd : Southern Comfort III
1982 Richard Meade : Speculator III
1985 Ginny Leng (Ginny Holgate) : Priceless
1986 and 1988 Ian Stark : Sir Wattie
1991 Rodney Powell : Irishman II,
1992 Mary King : King William
1995 Bruce Davidson : Eagle Lion
1997 David O'Connor : Custom Made
2002 and 2003 Pippa Funnell : Supreme Rock
2004 William Fox-Pitt : Tamarillo
2006 Andrew Hoy : Moonfleet
The dates in 2007 are 3rd - 6th May.
ADMISSION CHARGES FOR 2007
(Ground Admission for Children 12 years & under free)
A car pass does NOT include personal admission for the driver.
ADMISSION CHARGES AT GATE
Day Car Pass Personal Admission
Thursday £10 £11
Friday £10 £11
Saturday £10 £22
Sunday £10 £9
COACHES (25 seater plus)
Coaches will be directed to the Coach Park. There will be no parking charge for coaches. A personal admission ticket will be required for all occupants. (No charge for coach drivers)
Petty France Farm, Badminton, GL9 1AF, United Kingdom
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Families