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Badminton moves weekends from 2014

Mark Todd punches the air after his winning clear round on Land Vision at Badminton last year.

Mark Todd punches the air after his winning clear round on Land Vision at Badminton last year. © Mike Bain

The Badminton Horse Trials will no longer be held during Britain’s May bank holiday, instead running the following weekend and finishing on a Sunday from 2014, organisers have announced.

In 2014 the dates for the event are May 8 to 11.

Badminton has also signed a new contract with the BBC through to and including 2016. Badminton Director Hugh Thomas said it was pleasing that unbroken coverage with the national broadcaster would continue.

“There is always a knock on effect when big sporting dates change, but equestrian enthusiasts and our many exhibitors will be happy that the Royal Windsor Horse Show has also moved one week later so there will be no clash.  We will also avoid any future clashes with the Kentucky 4 Star Event and our loyal spectators will be thrilled to revert to a Sunday finish,” he said.

Barbara Slater, Director BBC Sport said Badminton has been covered on TV by the BBC since 1956. “We’re pleased to be able to continue this and have the opportunity to give it the scheduling that it deserves.

“We’re delighted to extend our deal with the prestigious Badminton Horse Trials through to 2016, taking coverage of the sport through on into the Rio Olympic year.”

The 2013 event will be sponsored by Mitsubishi Motors for the 22nd consecutive year and their current agreement with Badminton runs to at least 2015; it also includes the Mitsubishi Motors Grassroots Championships which take place the day before the International Horse Trials starts.  The 2013 dates for the International event are Friday 3 to Monday 6 May.

This year’s event was cancelled because of poor weather.

 

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