Eric Winter “There has been an overwhelming response to this competition"
Over 13,000 people placed their votes for their favourite entry in the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials Final Fence Design competition in the public voting round which came to an end yesterday (28 February).
The winning design with a strong 28.9 percent of the votes was ‘The Mitsubishi Final Mount’ designed by Victoria Hanson received 3,815 votes. Victoria’s saddle based design (pictured above) was one of the front runners among the public votes throughout the competition and came back to the top the leader-board on the last day of the voting.
The entry was one of ten shortlisted submissions selected by the competition’s judges who were: Event Director Hugh Thomas, Media Director Julian Seaman, and Badminton’s new Cross Country Course Designer, Eric Winter who joins the team for the first time in 2017.
Victoria, who is 25 years old, is based in Guilford (Surrey) and is a former Southampton University Fashion student who now works on the design team for swimwear brand ‘Melissa Odabash’. Victoria who events her horse in her spare time is currently recovering from tonsillitis and was delighted to hear of her win.
All ten of the shortlisted designs in the final phase of this competition were chosen as ‘attractive, original, safe and affordable ideas’. The Mitsubishi Final Mount design will now be transformed into a fence by Olympic course builders, the Willis Bros, and will become the final fence at this year’s cross country course.
Eric who is currently putting together final plans for a new look cross country course for this year’s Badminton commented on the winning design: “There has been an overwhelming response to this competition, it’s been great watching the points accumulate for the ten designs that we shortlisted from a high calibre list. The fence will be an iconic end to the course and add something extra special to the finish in the main arena.
“The challenge now will be finding a piece of timber big enough to carve the saddle out of!”
In second place was Milly Bradley’s design ‘Badminton House’ with a very close 3,549 votes followed by ‘The Mitsubishi Rosette’ from Emily Minghay in third place which received 1,727 votes.
The shortlist finished in the following order of public votes:
1st Mitsubishi Final Mount
2nd Badminton House
3rd The Mitsubishi Rosette
4th Mitsubishi Winners’ Garden
5th Lucky Last Hurdle
6th Mitsubishi ‘Made It!’
7th Mitsubishi Grand Finale
8th ‘Make a racquet’ Badminton shuttlecock brush’
9th Home Sweet Home
10th Mitsubishi Garden Towers
Victoria now not only receives the glory of her Mitsubishi Final Mount design being used on the world’s most famous cross country course but she will also be requested to attend the unveiling of the fence in April at Badminton’s invitation-only event preview day, in addition to receiving tickets to this year’s event. The two runners up in the competition will also be given tickets to attend Badminton.
Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, which is now in its 26th year of sponsorship of Badminton, has also kindly agreed to invite the winner of the competition along with one friend to its Lakeside hospitality area for the cross country day of the competition. Mitsubishi Motors UK Managing Director Lance Bradley commented: “We were very impressed with the standard of entries submitted to the competition. The variations of designs in the shortlisted final ten were simply incredible and it’s great to see such an artistic flare from so many equestrian enthusiasts. We look forward to welcoming Victoria to our hospitality area for lunch so they can enjoy the best possible view of their cross country fence being jumped at the world’s premier three-day event.”
Why not see ‘The Mitsubishi Final Mount’ being jumped in front of your very eyes, and so much more, by attending the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials for the cross country phase on Saturday 6th May 2017?
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