|The Unused Winner's Rug From 2012|
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"Souvenir Hunting" on the other hand can be an altogether more precarious and risky method of picking up a momento, and usually requires a healthy dose of bravado! As I ran round the Badminton course yesterday, on the first of many trips as part of my preparations for getting website, mobile apps etc. updated, I remembered a few instances of 'souvenir hunting' I had witnessed over the years, and heard a new anecdote that made me chuckle.
The flowers that decorate the cross country fences are generally re-used in the arena, however a few years ago one very enterprising souvenir hunter drove up to the lake after the last horse went through in his Mitsubishi pickup, and started loading flowers into the back of it. The officials at the lake unwittingly helped this guy load up. Five minutes later the man who had been sent to pick them up arrives, only to be told "it's OK your guy has already picked them up" (and the penny drops!)
With the cancellation of Badminton last year a number of items remain safely stored away, including the unused winner's rug!