Badminton Horse Trials start this week and among the top riders taking part will be Kristina Cook with her horses Miners Frolic and De Novo News. But the event is also a springboard for less experienced riders, who have a chance to make a name for themselves through a dedicated championship before the main event.
This week, four new Mitsubishi Motors Grassroots Champions be crowned at the Grassroots Championships which take place on Wednesday and Thursday, May 1 and 2, prior to the 2013 Mitsubishi Motors International Badminton Horse Trials.
This year is an unusual year, with those who have qualified for the 2013 Championships joining the finalists for the postponed 2012 Championships, which had to be cancelled due to the severe water logging last spring.
The four titles up for grabs are:
– 2012 BE90 Champion
– 2012 BE100 Champion
– 2013 BE90 Champion
– 2013 BE100 Champion
The Grassroots series and Championships are the ideal opportunity for those riding at the introductory levels of the sport to enjoy the atmosphere of a top class Championship on legendary turf.
Organisers say that the series attracts a wide range of ordinary riders, aspiring to do well, or better performances in previous years.
Among the riders in this year’s line that they give as examples are Lucinda Cawood (25), who is a seasonal product manager for Haribo, builder Jonathan Procter (49), and Donna Smith (39) works for Barclays as a Mainframe Operations Analyst.
They all combine full-time jobs with their passion for horses and eventing and are just three of many riders like them aspiring to do well this year around this top eventing venue.