2016 Cross Country Course
Giuseppe Della Chiesa’s course design
In his third year as course designer at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, Giuseppe Della Chiesa has bucked tradition and sends riders the same way out of the Main Arena as last year, view the full course description below:
Optimum Time: 11mins 30secs
THE COURSE DESIGNER – Giuseppe Della Chiesa (Italy)
Giuseppe rode in many races in Italy, then became an event rider, competing internationally, and still goes show jumping whenever he can. As a course designer he has worked not only in Italy but in Sweden, South Africa and in Great Britain at the Windsor Three Day Event. His most prestigious course prior to Badminton was for the European Open Championships in Rome.
Guiseppe Della Chiesa
Interview with Giuseppe
1. ASX Starter
A nice straight forward fence to get you out of the main arena and out on course as quickly as possible.
2-3. Park Piece Hedges
These two big but straight forward Park Piece hedges tell you straight away that you are beginning a serious course.
4,5. HorseQuest Quarry
The first ‘big’ question on the course.
6. Oxer Chicane
A fence to slow up your pace before heading into the trees.
7. Irish Horse Gateway – Huntsmans Close
A very serious question over big fences, this will require accurate riding throughout.
8. Wadworth Lower Lake
A chance for horses to get their feet wet before jumping the more complex water combinations that are coming up later in the course.
9. Jack Wills Garden
Technically straightforward, this is somewhere riders won’t want to waste any time so will need to be riding very straight.
10. Fallen Tree
11, 12. Swindon Designer Outlet Mound
13. FEI Classics Stick Pile
An inviting oxer before you head on to the Mirage Pond.
14, 15. Mirage Pond
16. PHEV Oxer
Another straightforward fence before things get more complicated again.
17, 18, 19. Gatehouse New Pond
After a long pull up the only hill on the parkland, fitness will be being tested by at this point in the course before a formidable combination with an unusual spread in the water.
20. Rolex Grand Slam Hedge
21. KBIS Vicarage Vee
This part of the course will require all of the cross country skills in each horse and rider’s tool kit.
22. Outlander Bank
A huge step up before a bounce over a surprisingly large hay rack.
23. Shogun Hollow
These acutely angled hedges will require the most accurate of lines to be ridden.
24. World Horse Welfare Gates
A popular place on the course for this fence which celebrates Badminton’s 2016 event charity.
25. Silver Anniversary L200s
An inviting fence to keep momentum up as you reach the final stages of the course
26. The Lake
Riders will need to ensure their horse is balanced through this combination
27, 28. Alexanders Silver Birch
A straight forward question on paper but riders will need to be sure horses hold their line to avoid a glance-off this close to home
29. Countryside Tree
A small fence to give some let up but nevertheless one that requires respect
30. Savills Escalator
Riders who want to save time can make choices here
31. Devoucoux Keepers Brush
Three from home and you are at a fence which that is always inviting and gives horses and riders a great feeling
32. Rolex Crossing
Something relatively straight forward but this late in the course riders won’t want to take any chances and will need to get a good line
33. Mitsubishi Finale
Flying to the finish, a careful pop over the last fence before you can go and celebrate your cross country completion