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I’ve been following this event for the first time across the web. For those of you who don’t know it, it’s run in Montana in July (just finished), in what must be some of the most stunning natural surroundings you can find in America. Below you’ll find a short video with a number of clips of the cross country, mostly of the CIC***, although they also run a number of other classes at this event.
Here in the UK this would probably be comparable to Barbury, Chatsworth or Weston Park. The course looks a lot more open and flowing than most Mark Phillips designed courses, and I note there were also some open corners, similar to those used at Badminton, so fortunately this is not going to please Tina Cook who has already expressed her desire not to see this type of fence becoming common place. (poor old Tina!)
It’s funny how us Brits are innovators (we invented this sport), yet the Americans really do know how to put on a great show, and whoever built this course has really put heart and sole into it. That’s not to say us Brits don’t, I’ve still to find an event to rival Badminton for putting on an event for the spectator like they do.
If I ever get the chance to return to the US for anything more than a holiday, this event will definitely be on my radar, as competitor, or at very least spectator.
Rebecca Farm – What a great event!
Anyway I just wanted to share my appreciation for this event, enjoy the video!
Oh, and of course Karen O’Connor won the CIC***, and the tour de force that is Phillip Dutton rode 3 horses round, the man seems hell bent on riding anything in steel shoes, worse that Andrew Nicholson or Oliver Townend. Very pleased to see Hawley Bennet-Awad doing well (finished 4th), I met her at Badminton on her first visit a few years ago, very nice young lady, clearly has a bright future in this sport.