I know everyone (us included!) has been waiting for a while for a sponsorship announcement and we have been working hard on this so the announcement of our two Official Partners, MARS™ Equestrian and Science Supplements has given us a real boost and created a lot of interest (read our recent announcement here).
The arrival of MARS™ Equestrian should please our many dog-owning spectators. MARS™ Equestrian – which incorporates such well-known brands as Spillers and Pedigree, not to mention the chocolate bar – is a long-time supporter of horse trials.
We are delighted that Science Supplements have extended their involvement in equestrian events, and joined Badminton as an Official Partner and as Sponsor of the Science Supplement Cup (i.e. the BE90 and BE100 Championships).
Preparations for 2020 are continuing full steam. Sue Ansell, my right-hand, has been busy promoting and selling the Lakeside pavilions and thank goodness her re-location to Devon has not dampened her enthusiasm for or stalwartness of the Event! We’ve sent out our first newsletter and have been working on re-branding the tickets in time for the opening of the Box Office in January. Andrew and I have also been looking into a new Trophy and all will be revealed in due course.
The cross-country course has been extremely wet and I must say that I’m glad we’re not trying to run the event this month! I’ve never walked the course with the TV production team before (see below and photo) and I found it absolutely fascinating. They’ve been coming for so long and are now so experienced that they can tell what is and isn’t going to work with cameras even when the course is only in its embryo state.