In 2023, the winning couple of the Badminton CCI 5*-L will win 105,000 pounds sterling, or 122,000 euros according to the current exchange rate. “For many years Badminton has proudly offered the highest eventing prize pools in the world”, recall the organizers of the immense British classic. The total amount of prizes now reaches 380,300 pounds (more than 440,000 euros, editor’s note), with increases up to twentieth place. “We really want a huge reward to reflect what it means to win such a high-level competition, as well as the great achievement that finishing in the top twenty symbolizes”says Jane Tuckwell, director of Badminton.
In 2023, Badminton promises to offer a weekend all the more memorable as it coincides with the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla. The first day of training will take place on Friday May 5th. The next day there will be a break in the middle of the second day of training; in order to be able to experience the coronation on giant screens. The cross will take place on Sunday May 7 and the show jumping on Monday May 8, a public holiday. “We hope everyone will have fun and there will be a good atmosphere”wishes Jane Tuckwell.
Badminton are also pleased to announce that the beneficiary charity for 2023 will be Air Ambulances UK, an organization which provides a crucial service, particularly in the countryside and for the benefit of equestrian sports enthusiasts. “We are extremely proud and honored to have been chosen as Charity of the Year for the 2023 Badminton Horse Trials presented by Mars Equestrian. We are delighted to have the opportunity to showcase the lifesaving work of UK air ambulance charities, who work tirelessly to bring the emergency service to the patient wherever they are, often including during unfortunate equestrian incidents. We look forward to welcoming and engaging visitors, attendees, supporters and vendors at our stand during the event”exprime Simmy Akhtar, PDG d’Air Ambulances UK.
The jury will be made up of a very experienced trio formed by the British Angela Tucker, president, the New Zealander Andrew Bennie and the Frenchman Xavier Le Sauce, president of the Departmental Olympic and Sports Committee of Loire-Atlantique. The American Andrew Temkin will be the technical delegate, assisted by the Polish Marcin Konarski. “The system whereby all tickets must be purchased in advance, without admission on entry, has reduced congestion in 2022 and will be renewed”, conclude the organizers. The box office will open in January.