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.


Nick Guantlett explains his thoughts to Eric Winter et al
The day was lead by Eric Winter, Badminton’s 2011 FEI Technical Delegate and recently appointed with his wife as BE’s Training Manager.


Some 30 course designers started the day at Nick Gauntlett’s yard, just 5 miles from Badminton, where they worked with real horses and jumps in Nick’s outdoor school. After a classroom session at The Old Ship in Luckington, they moved to Badminton Park to look at the route of the Grassroots Championship and to lay out some imaginary fences on the frozen ground

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