Young artists urged to create Badminton Horse Trials jump design

British rider Oliver Townend and Armada jumping Badminton's Garden Gates in 2015.
British rider Oliver Townend and Armada jumping Badminton’s Garden Gates in 2015.

Youngsters with a creative flare have the chance to design part of a cross-country fence at this year’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.

A competition is under way to design the fence of this year’s official Badminton charity, World Horse Welfare.

The charity is looking for help in crafting its cross-country fence, the World Horse Welfare Garden Gates.

badminton-WHWWorld-renowned as one of the most prestigious events in the equestrian calendar, the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials draws in crowds of up to 250,000 people every year.

Open to anyone aged 5-16 years, entrants are asked to draw their ideas for the wings either side of the Garden Gates which feature at around the halfway point of the cross-country course and will be jumped by some of the world’s greatest three-day-eventers. Their brief is to embody World Horse Welfare’s 2016 focus which is to shine the spotlight on the world’s invisible horses whose suffering is either ignored or simply goes unnoticed.

The winning designer will have the opportunity to see their creation brought to life at the 2016 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in May.

Olympic gold medalist and World Horse Welfare Patron, Pippa Funnell said: “My sport has taken me to competitions all over the world but one event that is particularly close to my heart is Badminton Horse Trials. I am passionate about encouraging children to take an interest in as many different hobbies, sports and outdoor activities as possible and with this in mind I hope that many people will be inspired to take part in our competition to design World Horse Welfare’s jump at this year’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.”

World Horse Welfare Director of Fundraising, Emma Williams said the charity wanted its fence to “really stand out from the crowd”.

It was also hoped that the design would give a taste of the charity’s work to help horses around the world. “We thought, what better way to do this than to get some young creative minds on the task!” Williams said.

“The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials cross-country day is broadcast to millions of people across the globe so this is a fantastic opportunity to get your amazing, eye-catching and exciting designs on a truly world stage. We can’t wait to see all of your entries!”

Sculptor Judy Boyt works on the "May" piece, one of 15 on the "Invisible Horse Trail" at Badminton.
Sculptor Judy Boyt works on the “May” piece, one of 15 on the “Invisible Horse Trail” at Badminton.

Prizes include tickets to the competition, magazine subscriptions, and signed copies of Pippa Funnell’s books.

Entries close on February 15, must be drawn onto the template which can be downloaded from here.

Another feature of Badminton this year is the Invisible Horse Trail; a stunning collection of 15 uniquely designed and hand painted sculptures ‘hidden’ throughout the event.

The original piece has been painstakingly designed by Judy Boyt and is based on Glenda Spooner Farm’s Adopt a Horse, May.

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