Wednesday 26 January 2011

Sub Zero Course Designing At Badminton

Badminton | Picturesque even in sub zero temperatures
Badminton is so picturesque in the depths of the winter snow, or just a deep frost, and whilst most sensible people are sat by fires clasping a warming drink, we do get the occasional 'dedicated' set of professionals making use of the park to 'build fences' even in sub zero temperatures and low visibility!

In December Badminton played host to a British Eventing Course Designers Day, concentrating on the BE90 and BE100 levels, for which of course Badminton hosts the Mitsubishi Motors Grassroots Championships.

Friday 21 January 2011

Badminton - The Next Fashion Capital

Julian Seaman | In His Weekend Job
Badminton's press officer & resident fashionista , Julian Seaman, (who incidentally holds down a day job lecturing in fashion) may well have been the spark that ignited a whole new way to dress for the three day event,  but a "research cluster" called The Fields of Fashion at Nottingham Trent University have been looking at the whole subject of 'Rural Fashion" and have published an online exhibition that looks at the clothes worn, sold and consumed at Badminton Horse Trials.

The exhibition – The Sights/Site of Badminton Horse Trials – is on show until the end of February via the university’s new online exhibition space, It aims to offer a fresh take on clothing in rural areas and, with particular reference to Badminton, examines how clothing has become as much a part of the event experience as the horses themselves.

The Fields of Fashion research cluster brings together a number of academics from diverse backgrounds in the visual and creative arts, all of whom share a common interest in fashion and rural life. The group suggests that, in recent years, there has been a tendency for scholarship to concentrate on the study of fashion in 'world cities' and urban spaces and places and that the fashion industry too is organised around a hierarchy of city-based hubs: London, Paris, Milan, New York, Tokyo.

Thursday 6 January 2011


Big Easter Crowd Expected
Badminton 2011 will be a unique Event. For reasons of both TV and International Horse Trials schedules and the recent innovation of running over a Bank Holiday weekend, the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials will run over the Easter Holidays, from Thursday April 21st to the climax on Easter Monday, April 25.

The first day, Thursday, will be devoted to the Mitsubishi Motors Grassroots Championships, the national final of a series for amateur or ‘weekend’ riders, following the huge success of the first Championships in 2010. The shops will be open for this extra day and the International cross country course can be walked by spectators, who may also witness the Horse Inspection for the main event in front of Badminton House late in the afternoon.