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  • For those who have been to Badminton

    Just bought my tickets... Any advice?? Thanks!!!!
    You know you're a horse person when your mother, who has no grandchildren, gets cards addressed to Grandma, signed by the horses, cats, and dogs.

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    HAVE A BLAST! My husband and I went a couple of years ago and loved every minute. We found a hotel that provided shuttle service to the Park which was lovely. If you have been to Rolex, just follow the same drill....comfy, waterproof shoes...(hopefully you will need) sunscreen....hat with brim. Bring a credit card with big limit as the shopping is fabulous! Just don't make my mistake and get caught up in the moment and buy a pair of Ariats there....much cheaper here...which I realized doing the calculaton later in my hotel room! Oh well, only live once.

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      #3
      Thanks so much! If you don't mind my asking... what hotel did you stay at? Please PM if you wish. I'm very excited!!
      You know you're a horse person when your mother, who has no grandchildren, gets cards addressed to Grandma, signed by the horses, cats, and dogs.

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      • #4
        WE STAYED IN A B&B WE FOUND ON THE BADMINTON SIGHT. A WONDERFUL MAN NAMED ALEX...HANG ON, LET ME SEE IF I CAN FIND HIM...HE WAS A STEWARD AT THE EVENT SO HE SET OFF EACH MORNING IN HIS BOWLER HAT AND PLUS-4S. IN THE EVENINGS, THE TV (TELLY) SHOWED THE ENTIRE DAY'S EVENT. Oh sorry for the caps...Too much to redo!
        Be sure to rent the ear phone, you get fantastic play by play description throughout the day. The shopping is to die for, you may walk the whole course. Do get assigned seating for D and SJ. I can't find the guy's name now but he was almost across the street from the main gate. You can surely find B&Bs all over the place. Everyone has at least one room to let during the horse trials. Yummy local pubs as well.

        OH JEEKERS I WISH I WAS GOING!
        Last edited by RiverBendPol; Jan. 19, 2010, 08:00 AM.
        Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.

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        • #5
          Waterproofs! If you haven't got them you can almost guarantee it will rain
          When the XC is over you can go right up to the fences, walk the course etc. I love doing this and comparing the different tracks that have been taken.
          The Vicarage Ditch area is usually quite a good vantage point if you have a picnic... we usually eat lunch around there as you can see quite a few fences from one spot.
          Have a great time!

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          • #6
            the shopping is incredible

            we went twice, good grief, about 12-15 years ago, had an absolute blast, weather was all over the place. I took every catalog I could get my hands on for stuff in the US, found the best prices, then kept my "cheat sheet" with me for stuff sold by the vendors there. I took my husband's hockey bag & came back with it full. Stuff like Wellies that come from England anyway!

            another customer of B & Bs, they just don't tend to turn the heat on.....

            we are sort of planning a return visit, they were really fun trips.

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            • #7
              Went in 2008 and stayed at Hare and Hounds. Really nice and not too far. Beds were not great, but loved the hotel (see link below).

              Always plan on rain, mud and cold.

              I really loved the 1st vet inspection - the horses were just AMAZING! Also went and watched them working out the day before - no crowds and so many famous faces trotting by. I climbed inside the ropes and walked the XC that day as well - you are not supposed to, but there were few people around and to get up close to those jumps was worth the risk of humiliation. We spent the extra money for the club level tents - we were ring side drinking champagne for the show jumping. Couldn't see as much, but the atmosphere was very cool.

              http://www.cotswold-inns-hotels.co.u...d_hounds_hotel

              Enjoy!!!
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              • #8
                Originally posted by pixietrix View Post
                another customer of B & Bs, they just don't tend to turn the heat on.....
                Heat on... in MAY?!
                I usually go to Badders every year and this is the first year in ages that I can't- gutted!

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                • #9
                  ooo I'm planning to go too! This will be so much fun!!! I wonder if any American riders are planning on going??? I know Rolex is the weekend before and a qualifier for WEG, so I don't have high hopes. Geez time will drag on until I know who has entered...
                  "A good feeling after the round is better than any ribbon." ~ Bert de Némethy

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                  • #10
                    Badminton

                    I went several years ago and just loved it! Stayed at a private home within walking distance of the event (they had listed their home on the Badminton website which is how I found them).

                    Definitely, definitely recommend all weather gear - it poured torrentially for two days and then got hot and sunny! and be very prepared for mud!

                    Signed up for a course walk with Lucinda Green on the Thursday dressage day, and thoroughly enjoyed it. There are usually a few offered by various riders.

                    I'm totally jealous you are going! I haven't made it back yet. Tried to go to Burghley but the costs of travelling to Europe at that time of year was too crazy!

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                    • #11
                      Badminton is a great event - I usually go on dressage day as less people around and less of a queue in the Pimms tent! This year have free entry so will see what I fancy. Might do dressage and Sjing.

                      Old Dairy Saddlery is really good. They usually have really good sales. I love http://www.horsehealth.co.uk/ its like a pharmacy for the horse! I just trawl deciding on shampoo when I am at their stall.

                      My other advice is to trawl online at places like www.equestrianclearance.co.uk and www.premierequine.co.uk and order online and get them sent to your B&B! They are fantastic websites which offer high quality goods very cheaply. If you order in advance and time it they should arrive just right.

                      I am really lucky as live an hour away from it.
                      The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.

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                      • #12
                        well yes, heat, as a matter of fact....

                        Given the fact it was about 40 degrees ( or whatever they call it in English temperatures) and everything we had was soaked & cold. So, a little heat would have been nice, our stuff didn't dry til we were stateside!! Still had a blast, cold or not....

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                        • #13
                          Oooh, some friends and I have talked about going this year! So excited! Has anyone been to the other big events? (Badminton? Burghley? Blenheim?)
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by JennieRose View Post
                            Oooh, some friends and I have talked about going this year! So excited! Has anyone been to the other big events? (Badminton? Burghley? Blenheim?)
                            I went to Blenheim this past year. It was heavenly. What a gorgeous event. The XC track was open, rolling, no horse traps, huge galloping fences, every horse had a smile on its face as it flew by me. Very relaxed atmosphere, happy people, happy dogs, happy horses. My sister lives about an hour's drive from there so I slipped away from the family visit for a day of horses. Perfect.
                            Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.

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                            • #15
                              Hmmm. I may try and go to both then. I'm not sure how long we're going to live in the UK, and I don't want to miss anything!
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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by JennieRose View Post
                                Hmmm. I may try and go to both then. I'm not sure how long we're going to live in the UK, and I don't want to miss anything!
                                You're LIVING there??? How come? Where, what are you doing, tell all. I'd die to live there. Every time I go see my sister I threaten to stay!!
                                Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.

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                                • #17
                                  I would move there too! I was only in London recently, but I loved it!!!!

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                                    Originally posted by RiverBendPol View Post
                                    You're LIVING there??? How come? Where, what are you doing, tell all. I'd die to live there. Every time I go see my sister I threaten to stay!!
                                    Haha. I got lucky and married an English guy. A totally non-horsey English guy, but at least it got me geographically closer!

                                    I LOVE it. I'm not ideally situated for trainers (the "north" isn't quite the eventing mecca), but I am SUPER excited about these events. And, I have found this awesome trainer who has been around FOREVER--he used to fit up and train a lot of "the" horses (Gurgle the Greek! The horse that went UNDER the trakehner! And Blue Jean and a bunch of others.) He's 70 something, and I love him to bits.

                                    I would love to meet up with any COTHers that are going!
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                                    • #19
                                      England

                                      JennieRose-

                                      The north is covered with some of the best eventers in the world. I lived in Yorkshire for many years. GO to the Yorkshire Riding Centre, the Bartles are amazing...You can't find better trainers then them in the world.

                                      To the OP-I've been to Badminton, Burghley, Blenheim and Bramham all many times. The best advice is to bring as much money as you can to shop!! You will find things you can't find in the USA and not even know you need it until you see it!!

                                      Expect rain & mud! Go on the course walk with Lucinda if you can...It is worth it!

                                      Have a great time!!
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Kanga View Post
                                        JennieRose-

                                        The north is covered with some of the best eventers in the world. I lived in Yorkshire for many years. GO to the Yorkshire Riding Centre, the Bartles are amazing...You can't find better trainers then them in the world.
                                        !
                                        Oh, I know! And I am saving my pennies (and have, ahem, thoroughly corrupted a formerly non-horsey friend into agreeing to go with me!), but they are over two hours away from where I am, so it doesn't really work for a home base . I mostly meant that, because I live in Manchester, I have to trek a ways to get to instruction (especially eventing specific instruction), and I don't have my own horse (yet..) so that also affects it!

                                        I cannot wait to go to the YRC though!
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