Badminton Horse Trails

Badminton was first held in 1949 by the 10th Duke of Beaufort in order to let British riders train for international events and was advertised as "the most important horse event in Britain". Badminton is held in the 6 square kilometre (1500 acre) area Badminton Park, where the car parks, tradestands, arena and cross country courses are located. The cross country day at Badminton attracts crowds of up to a quarter of a million, which are the largest for any paid-entry sport event in the UK.

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