Another £15,000 has been added to the winners purse for this year’s Badminton Horse Trials, giving the victor an £80,000 payday.
The prizemoney increase is also reflected in the lower placings at Badminton, which awards prizes right down to 20th place.
The box office opens on Monday for the Mitsubishi Motors-sponsored event, from May 7 to 11.
The cross-country course designer this year is Giuseppe della Chiesa, who is taking over from event director Hugh Thomas. Della Chiesa was Technical Delegate at Badminton from 2008 to 2010 and assistant TD in 2011.
Della Chiesa has designing several prestigious international courses, most well known being the Championship track at Pratoni, Italy where he was Show Director for the World Equestrian Games in 1998 and Course Designer for the European Championships in 2007.
He was also Technical Delegate for the Beijing Olympics 2008 and as a rider was Italian Champion in 1989 and Olympic reserve for Italy at the Barcelona Olympics 1992. He has designed both national and international courses in Italy and also at Windsor in Great Britain, Malmo in Sweden and in South Africa.
Badminton’s charity for 2014 is Equestrian Team GBR in the build up to the World Equestrian Games; it would have benefitted in 2012 had that event not been cancelled.
Contributions raised during Badminton will go to support Equestrian Team GBR and the British Equestrian Federation Fund trust which exist to help Britain compete on the world stage.