Yesterday saw some of the Mitsubishi Motors Cup competitors do their dressage and tomorrow will see the jumping phases of both the BE90 and BE 100 Championships with the prize giving following the four star trot up in front of Badminton House. If you are around please do hang on to support our members that have been competing, there are some wonderful prizes for EHOA members which have been sponsored by Shearwater Insurance Services Limited.
The trot up commences at 4:30, with the draw and running order available shortly afterwards. We will have copies in the hospitality marque for you.
The hospitality team, headed this year by Tor Rickcord, will be busy setting up tomorrow and will be open for business by 9 am on Thursday and Friday mornings. On Saturday, members will be welcome from 8:30 and the same again on Sunday. Guests are more than welcome but will be asked to pay. The rates this year are £10 per person Thursday, Friday and Sunday and £20 on Saturday. Relish are once again in charge of the catering.
The membership list is current and will be held on the door, please do sign in on arrival. If you haven’t had time to fill out and send back your data protection form don’t worry we have forms available and you will be asked to do it then.
This year, for the first time we have a card machine available for members to use to pay for guests and/or memberships. However, this is subject to a booking fee. Also new for this year is the notice board situated by the garden doors. Important information will be displayed on here along with good luck messages and members horses competing that day.
Mark Corbett has also offered to do a course walk on Friday afternoon, please do register your interest at the desk prior to Friday lunchtime.
Don’t forget the Zip Travel prize draw will take place on Saturday prior to the start of the cross country. Make sure you’re in the vicinity to see if you are the lucky winner!
Once again, many of the EHOA discount providers are at Badminton, so please do support them. There are some great discounts on offer which are exclusive to EHOA members. In case you have forgotten who they are, they are listed on this years membership card. You will need to show your card to gain the discount. Happy shopping!
Without sounding boring there is one particular request from Badminton this year which I would like to bring to your attention please.
“With the dreadfully wet Spring we have experienced, we have issued ALL competitors with 3 armbands for them and their support personnel to wear whilst walking the cross country course. If you do not have an armband please walk OUTSIDE the string to protect the footing on the track.”
Then finally, for those coming to the Owners & Riders Party on Thursday, the evening starts with a drinks reception at 19:30 sponsored by Equine Construction followed by Dinner and dancing. Parking is available by the Lake for all attendees and will be signed. If you would like to bring a friend; please do call/text, there is a small possibility we can fit them in. My number is 0797-7201788 but I would need to know by Thursday morning due to the catering requirements.
I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in the hospitality tent throughout the week.
If you have a horse running, the very best of luck to you