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The 2011 Badminton Horse Event

Author : sharon trujillo

Even for non-equestrians it is popular family holiday. In 2011 the event takes place over the Easter weekend, April 21-25. The show is over a five day period with a variety of shopping opportunities that rival any town mall. It makes the perfect destination for a family day out.

The Three Day Event showcases dressage, cross country, and show jumping. One event takes place each day allowing spectators to decide their area of interest or take in the full range of events. The riders aren't the only champions. The horses can only compete at Badminton if they've earned sufficient points in the previous season to qualify.

William Fox-Pitt has won a stupendous 40 Three Day Events including the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trails (2004). He has five horses entered for 2011 from which to choose. Entries from 12 countries include a strong team from Germany. Andrew Nicholson from New Zealand boasts 29 finished but has yet to win the event brought three horses including his renowned World Equestrian Games Bronze Medallist, Nereo.

The trial has been extended to include Thursday 21st April to include the Mitsubishi Motors Grassroots Championships for novice riders. All the trade stands will be open for business including #141 which offers Dodson & Horrell horse feed, herb supplements. They have their feed professionals there to help answer any questions or worries owners may have regarding their horse's diets. This additional day affords viewers an opportunity not only to visit the stalls but to walk the cross country course also.

Cancer Research UK has been chosen as Charity for the 2011 Year for the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials. This always means they receive large funds for their charity.

The United State has a contingent of six riders, the largest group in years. Three members of Canada's WEG Silver Winning Team have joined the Americans in crossing the pond for this three Day Event.

The female riders are also well represented. Tina Cook comes with her 2009 European Champion horse. Piggy French brought two of her winning rides with her, and Triple Badminton Winner Pippa Funnell will ride for the first time since 2008. Mary King, a last years winner of the Mitsubishi Badminton Equine Trails, arrives with three horses from which to choose. Daisy Berkeley and Lucy Wiegersma with her 2008 second place ride also deserve a hard look.

Those new to the event have winning records that mean they should be closely watched. Laura Collett has made a golden trail through the age specific ranks, and James Robinson, who is a working vet, represents the non professionalrider with his horse Comanche.

With the London 2012 Summer Olympics a year away, the International team coaches will be watching Badminton this year to work out how their plans are evolving.

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