UPDATE: Updated photos of the fences now available in the Photo Galleries
Set in the sheep fields beside the quarry, the start box gets riders off to a good start heading towards the quarry.
1. BE First (Flower Bed)
A welcoming fence to everyone underway on this year’s course:
2. Quarry House
After running through the famous Badminton Quarry, competitors jump a replica of the 4 star houses.
3. Willis Chase Fence
Horses will need a bold jump here as they continue their way down the hill.
4. & 5ab Shotgun Steps
After jumping No. 4 competitors will have to pick their line to negotiate the step up or down to a narrow brush.
6. Four Star Wall
A chance for competitors to jump an obstacle that although lower now, was jumped as part of the CCI**** course in previous years.
After a long gallop through the park, competitors will come to a table with a maximum top spread. kick on!
8abc. ASX Triple
Rail – Ditch – Rail is a classic combination on a cross country course. Riders here in the correct speed and balance, should have few problems at this fence.
9. The Hollow
A curved rail positioned on the edge of one of the many natural hollows found in the park.
10. Curved Brush
A big upright brush fence between trees met from gently rising ground.
11. & 12ab Tree Trunk & Outlander Angles
A completely new loop for the Grassroots this year near the site of the old 4 star ski jump from yesteryear. Riders will need to hold their line down the hill to jump the two narrow brushes.
13. & 14ab Danco Shooting Butt & PHEV Silver Birches
A large brush oxer fashioned in the style of the big ‘let up’ fence seen on the 4 star track, leading to a pair of Silver Birch rails that replicate the adjacent 4 star fences.
15. Brush Oxer
A good galloping fence as competitors head across the park towards the house. (take in the view!)
16. ab World Horse Welfare Garden
A bending line on a related stride is required here at this complex, that is used later in the week, by the professionals on the 4 star track.
17ab. Wadsworth At The Lake
Hopefully horses will only get their feet wet as they jump through the bottom of the lake.
18. Mirage Wishing Well
All will want a good jump here as with Badminton House in the backdrop it will make a perfect photographic momento!
19. The Benches
Heading for home now towards Huntsmans Close competitors will come across the park bench in the avenue of trees beside the house.
20ab. Team GBR Corners
A pair of open corners similar to those seen in Vicarage Fields on the four star track, will require a committed horse and accurate riding. A much kinder, although somewhat longer alternative is available for those tiring at this late stage in the course.
Although straight forward, with a dark ditch underneath riders still have to pay attention.
22. James’s Book
All who get this far and clear will be hoping their name will be added to the list of past winners written in the book.
We will update the photos once the course has been dressed – have fun out there!