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Design the Final Fence competition

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“I was delighted to be asked to design the course for Badminton, an event I have admired all my life, so it seemed apt to share the opportunity I have been given with others who both love the event as well as the idea of designing a cross country fence for it.” Eric Winter

In collaboration with Eric Winter, the new Course Designer of the cross country course at Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, Badminton are delighted to invite eventing and design fans to enter the ‘Design the Final Fence’ competition, the first of its kind to be hosted by Badminton.

The competition offers the chance for individuals of all ages and abilities the opportunity to submit their design to become the culminating fence of Eric’s new course for 2017, the final fence.

Entries have now closed (9am 29th January); all submissions will be given anonymously to the judging panel which consists of Event Director Hugh Thomas, Media Director Julian Seaman and Eric Winter.

The three judges will select their favourite ten designs from all submissions; the ten designs will then go out to public vote here on the Badminton website from 15th – 28th February.

The most popular fence design will be announced on 1 March; it will then then be transformed into a fence by Olympic course builders, the Willis Bros, and will become the final fence on the 2017 course at Badminton which runs from Wednesday 3rd – Sunday 7th May with the cross country phase taking place on Saturday 6th.

A winning set
The winner not only receives the glory of their design being set into the 2017 course in its first year under Eric’s design influence but they will also be requested to attend the unveiling of the fence in April at Badminton’s invitation-only event preview day. The winner and runners up will also be invited to the event.

How to enter
We appreciate that a lot of thought and time will go into each design, so the period for design submissions runs until 9am on 29th January. The judges will announce their top ten favourite designs on the 10th February; then public voting on the Badminton website will open.

To take part in the competition, individuals are asked to create their design based on the below specifications. Submissions need to take into account all of the following information:

  • Height: The fixed wood height should be no more than 115 cm high.
  • Decoration: There should be either flowers or brush on the top of the fence.
  • Dimensions: The whole fence should be 3-4 metres wide excluding any ‘wings’ but the part that the horses jump could if desired be as little as 115 cm wide.
  • Position: The fence should be at least a bit higher at the sides than it is in the middle (think of a smile shape) since it is the last fence on the course and will be heavily photographed. Bear in mind that most professional photographs are taken from the landing side of the fence, but the fence needs to look good from 360 degrees.
  • Design influence: the design will need to be timeless because this will be the centre piece of the Badminton main arena for some years to come so it needs to be iconic.
  • There should be some Mitsubishi Motors branding on the fence because the long-term partnership between Mitsubishi Motors and Badminton is very important. Badminton Horse Trials reserves the right to amend the winning design if necessary to take account of Mitsubishi Motors branding guidelines &/or constraints required by broadcast partners.



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