The sun is shining, the shops have opened and the competitor spirit is in full swing at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trails.
Starting a day earlier than usual, The horse trials opens with the Grassroots Championships which is the culmination of a national series for Britain’s amateur riders. In its second year of running the Championships fulfils the dreams of many riders to ride round the famous Badminton Park.
The main event begins this afternoon with the first horse inspection taking place in front of Badminton house at 4.30pm. This is immediately followed by the prize giving for the Grassroots Championships.
This year's CCI4* fields entry includes seven past winners of Badminton, ensuring intense competition for the coveted trophy. First competitor for the dressage phase will hit the centre line at precisely 9.30. a.m. Friday.
Taking advantage of the long bank holiday weekend, the shopping village is already open and with over 300 shops there is ample to satisfy everyone's needs and tastes. Whether you are looking for everything equine or you are a fashion enthusiast you'll find just what you were looking for and probably a few extras as well.
No need to pack a picnic as the numerous food stands offer everything from fine dining to wholesome and tasty take away snacks. With children aged 12 and under admitted free of charge, this will be a terrific family week end.