Its spring, and Badminton, one of the toughest and most prestigious 3 day events in the world is set to unfurl once again. One of only six four star events in the world, visitors can expect 3 action packed days of world-class equine action. Fairfax and Favor will be making a return to the shopping village this year with new additions to the Fairfax & Favor range, the eagerly anticipated Amira over-the-knee boot, and a beautiful line or ladies handbags and accessories.
Ahead of Badminton next week, we were delighted to meet up with one of our brand ambassadors, and eventing’s man of the moment, Ben Hobday...
We’re delighted to have you on board as a Brand Ambassador. What is it about Fairfax & Favor that sparks your interest?
Fairfax and Favor’s footwear fits in well with my style, the loafers, Chelsea boots and driving shoes are comfortable and practical and most importantly make me feel on point.
Let’s talk about your V8 Supercob, Mr Mulry. What is it that makes him such a special horse?
Mr Mulry is so special, not just because he’s awesome to ride and jump but because all the laws of physics say he shouldn’t do this job but he does and he loves it! He’s just an ordinary cob that does extraordinary things.
What would you pin down as the proudest moment of your career and what makes Badminton so special to you?
There are a few moments that stand out, winning Gold and Bronze at the Europeans was unbelievable. I felt so proud to be British. However, jumping double clear last year six months after my treatment, looking back was quite overwhelming. The doctors said I wouldn’t or shouldn’t even start riding again. I was very, very tired but I remember carrying Willberry for Hannah. It felt very special.
What single piece of advice would you give to a young event rider making their first foray into the eventing world?
I say to anyone wanting to event the same as I say to myself, it's going to be hard, but keep going, it will be worth it. You must believe you can.
We’ll be rooting for him every stride of the way. Follow his journey on Instagram @benhobday
Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, Wednesday 3rd - Sunday 7th May. Visit our stand (Number 251) and join us for a drink to celebrate the launch of our SS17 Collection.