Equestrianism: Badminton Horse Trials - Avon

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The Independent Online
Badminton Horse Trials is the largest three-day event in the world, attracting the leading riders and thousands of spectators every year. The dressage phase finishes today, but tomorrow there is the gruelling cross-country course, which this year has 12 new fences. In the morning spectators can watch competitors on the steeplechase course and in the afternoon position themselves at one of the many exciting fences, which run through the Duke of Beaufort's estate. The competition culminates on Sunday with the show jumping, limited tickets are still available for those who want to view the winning rounds from the stands.

How to get there: Badminton, Avon is 4 1/2 miles north-east of junction 18 on the M4. Today: second day of dressage (starting at about 9am). Tomorrow: Cross Country (11am). Sunday: show jumping (11.45am and 2.30pm). Admission: Vehicle and up to eight occupants pounds 12; Saturday pounds 25; Sunday pounds 12. Season ticket pounds 44. Box office: 0454- 218375/218732. Mrs Verity Collins, who runs a return coach service from London for tomorrow's cross country, has some seats left. Cost is pounds 30 including entry, leaving Victoria at 7.45am. (071-351 4434).

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