Tuesday Video from SpectraVET: #BehindBadminton with Eric Winter

May might seem like a long time away, but incoming Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials course designer Eric Winter is already busy executing his vision for the 2017 cross country track. In this #BehindBadminton video, Eric shares a sneak preview of next year’s course.

Eric succeeds former Italian designer Giuseppe della Chiesa, who took over the course in 2014 from event director Hugh Thomas, also featured in the video. Hugh designed the course for 24 years, from 1989 to 2013.

Eric was a natural pick for the position, being both a local — he lives with his wife and family near Chepstow, about 30 miles from Badminton — and having been involved with Badminton for many years. He served as technical delegate at the event from 2011 to 2014, and also completed the event as a rider in 1991.

And of course he is well qualified: he designed the course at the Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials for the past 10 years, as well as courses at the Asian Games, two European Pony Championships, a European Junior and a European Young Rider Championship.

“For the last 15 or 20 years, I think, when you walk around the course you say, ‘If I was there I would do this, if I was there I would do that,’ and now all of a sudden it’s on my shoulders,” he says. “Which is a bit of an intimidating thought but I’m really looking forward to the challenge of producing a really good four-star course.”

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