Badminton 2012 Cross Country – 11 Minutes You’ll Want to Re-Live

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Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials Press Preview Day In a little over 3 weeks 80 or so horses & riders are going to descend on Badminton with dreams of galloping round the hallowed grounds of Badminton House, where eventing as we know it really began. Some will be coming to prove to selectors their horse…

Hats, Safety Pins & Riding Safely | Education, Education, Education

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Have Fun Cross Country But Be Safe Eventing has become very safety conscious over the last 5-10 years, and quite rightly so in light of fatalities that occurred in the preceding years. An Australian Assistant Technical Delegate, John Lechner, even devotes an entire blog to eventing safety, and so vehemently champions the safety mantle he’s known as “Eventing Safety John”. (he…

London 2012: Cross Country Course – Peter Pan Pirate Ships

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PETER PAN Did you know there’s a Peter Pan statue in Hyde Park (or rather Kensington Gardens to be precise), and apparently there’s quite a tie-up with Hyde Park in the origins of this novel. ‘Legend’ has it Peter Pan sailed on an old birds nest across the serpentine escaping the small island there. This is…

London 2012: Cross Country Course – The Reformers’ Tree

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I just love big trees, there’s something majestic about a living thing that has been around for centuries, sometimes millennia. Here’s one of my favourite old trees that I pass everyday, and before you start thinking “he’s off his trolley and become a tree hugging hippie”, it this tree that has proved, in part, the inspiration for this…