HANGING out with the eventers today!
Great day at Badminton Horse Trials, watching one of the toughest and most exciting equestrian events in the world’s 3-Day-Event calendar. Badminton is a 5 Star Event, the highest grade and one of only 6 such events in the world. It’s the oldest and generally accepted as the most prestigious event.
Horses and riders complete the competition over 3 days, each day consisting of a different discipline or phase. Horses and riders must complete a dressage test demonstrating Obedience, Discipline, Accuracy and Elegance. They need to be fit and athletic to complete a 4 mile cross country ride jumping solid man-made and natural obstacles within a set time. Finally they must complete a course of show-jumps designed to test their agility and accuracy at speed.
(Before commencing the competition each horse is “trotted up” before an inspection panel of a vet and the Ground Jury to ensure the horse is sound and fit enough to compete. A further inspection takes place the morning after the cross-country phase prior to the Jumping test. This ensures horses are still sound and fit enough to complete the competition.)
Ah, it’s far from my cup of tea of horsey activity! But such great event to enjoy a Saturday off.