The Many Faces Of Cross Country

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Happy & Relaxed On Cross Country As any eventing fanatic can tell you cross country is the phase that stirs the endorphins, gets the adrenaline pumping, and brings out all sorts of emotions depending on how your cross country ride goes. Searching through my photos recently for a winter project, I came across a number of photos…

Wellington Horse Trials 2012 | Looking For The Next Fence

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Bill Levett | Looking For The Next Fence Intermediate day at the inaugural KBIS Wellington Horse Trials provided a real treat of cross country action and plenty of great riding from a mixed group of riders.  I’m not sure if it was just that I noticed it more today, or they were all on form, but just…

Barbury 2012 | The XC Style Council

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Sinead Halpin Whilst going through my photos from today’s epic action at Barbury Castle Horse Trials I’ve been thinking “I wish I could ride like that!” So before I gather my thoughts on all that I’ve witnessed today at Barbury in a wrap up, here’s a few photos of the most stylish riders I’ve watched…

Pau CCI**** Cross Country | The Course, The Competition & The Crowd

Mr Cruise Control | Still the “Horse To Take Home From Pau” Well, What A Day, What A Four Star! After today Pau is definitely on my calendar as a permanent fixture! The weather and the end of season atmosphere certainly helps, but this is also a very interesting track. Pierre Michelet had clearly planned…

Burghley Horse Trials – Cross Country

Mark Phillips | Burghley Course Designer I’ve always thought the course at Burghley rides so much better than it walks, which I think is all credit to Mark Phillips, whereas the course at Badminton walks better than it rides, which is no bad thing and makes it all the more interesting. There is so much…

The 3 Day Event – Let’s Save The Best ’til Last (and save the horses’ legs)

I’ve thinking a lot recently (perhaps I should stop) about the current short format and how the sport has evolved through the decades, and I still keep coming back to the same conclusion – we should mix up the format a little to crescendo rather than peak early! When the short format was introduced in…