2017 Cross Country Course
Eric Winter’s course design
THE COURSE DESIGNER – Eric Winter (GBR)
Eric comes to Badminton with a wealth of course designing under his belt, having worked at the Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials, the Asian Games, two European Pony Championships, a European Junior and a European Young Rider Championship. He knows the lie of the land here at Badminton well having served as Technical Delegate 2011-2014 and completed here as a rider in 1991.
Fence by Fence Illustrations
1. ASX Starter
The ASX Starter is highly decorated to stand out for the horses.
2. Rolex Rolltop
The Rolex Rolltop is huge but very inviting
3. Keepers Question
The new Keepers Question replaces the Brush. It looks big early on!
4. Mike Weavers Haywain
Mike Weavers Haywain is now a tradition but this year it is at the top of a sharp slope
5. Savills Staircase
Savills Staircase is the first real test – string rails at the top and a sharply angled hedge below
6. Countryside Birch
This birch table can be jumped at an acute angle – or straight which wastes time
The Mitsubishi L200 pickups are the start of the Lake complex and should set the horses up
8. The Lake
The Lake involves a big drop into the water followed by a step up to a choice of sharply angled brushes – with a very long alternative
9. Offset Oxer
A very old fashioned fence, the Offset Oxer should provide something of a let up.
10. Shogun Hollow
Two open corners form the key to the Shogun Hollow. The long route involves two slightly easier corners and an extra effort.
11, 12. KBIS Bridge
The KBIS bridge comprises both 11 and 12 on the direct route. Otherwise there is an open ditch and 180 degree turn back to a set of rails
13. Outlander Bank
The Outlander Bank offers two alternative houses, set at slightly different distances
14. Rolex Grand Slam Trakehner
A lot of earth moving went into making the Rolex Grand Slam Trakehner!
15. Hildon Water Pond
At the Hildon Water Pond the straight route includes two tree stumps which do not offer a very big target
16. Sheep Feeder
A straightforward, maximum dimension Sheep Feeder is set on a gentle downhill run
17. Mirage Pond
At the Mirage Pond the entry is relatively straightforward but the direct route involves a real risk of a run out at the second part
18. Devoucoux Oxer
The Devoucoux Oxer is as big as the rules allow!
19. PHEV Corral
The PHEV Corral requires a steady, very balanced approach and then careful steering to let the horse see the line out of the complex
20. Event Mobility Dining Table
Our charity of the year is celebrated at the Event Mobility Dining Table
21. Joules Corners
Set in front of Badminton House, Joules Corners will really find out if the horses are still responsive and full of energy
22. Wadworth Lakeside
Bullfinches are relatively rare these days but the Wadworth Lakeside should not prove a problem
23. Irish Horse Gateway Huntsmans Close
In Huntsmans Close the Irish Horse Gateway logpiles are a test of handiness as the horses begin to tire
24. World Horse Welfare Gates
Two World Horse Welfare Gates involve right angles turns and require the riders to balance their horses carefully
25, 26. HorseQuest Quarry
A big spread before one of the narrow brushes in the bottom of the HorseQuest Quarry will find out whether the horses are still focussed on the job
Horses usually find uphill fences quite easy but the Wall still looks daunting
27, 28. FEI Classics Hedges
The FEI Classics Hedges deserve full respect despite being straightforward
29. Rolex Trunk
The approach to the Rolex Trunk is deliberately a bit awkward through the trees to make sure the riders pay attention!
30. Mitsubishi Final Mount
The winning design in our competition provides a fitting finale – The Mitsubishi Final Mount