Top 10 Badminton Horse Trial Facts
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- The first Badminton was held in 1949. 22 horses from Britain and Ireland entered the competition, but only 14 finished.
- The first ever Badminton was won by Golden Willow. He was also the youngest horse to ever win the competition at five years old.
- Badminton was held at Windsor castle for one year in 1955 at invitation of the Queen.
- The competition was first televised in 1956.
- Badminton has been cancelled five times, most recently in 2012 due to bad weather in the run-up to the event.
- Badminton attracts crowds of up to 250,000, and is the second largest paid entry sporting event in the world.
- The oldest horse to win Badminton was Horton Point in 1994. He was 16 years old at the time.
- In the early years of the event, many horses and riders arrived at the trials by train.
- The Armada Dish is awarded to any rider who competes in the trialsfive times.
- Lorna Cloke (nee Sutherland) holds the record for appearances at Badminton, competing 23 times in total.