Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Saturday, 25 April 2009
Brush on top of fences must be measurable and be made of flexible and deformable material.
It also states:
The fence must be constructed so that a horse clearing the fixed and solid part is unlikely to be injured by the brush or hedge.
In a 4 star event these fences can be up to 1.45 metres. (that's 0.25m higher that a solid fence).
So the idea here is that the horse could brush through the fence because it is 'deformable'. I would challenge anyone to brush through any of these fences on a 3 star or 4 star course. On the whole they are so tightly packed this creates two potential problems:
- There is much greater risk of incident due to a false sense of security
- Horses are more likely to get cuts and bruises
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
Saturday, 18 April 2009
Thursday, 16 April 2009
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
I managed to get a sneak preview of the Badminton course today, generally reserved for the good and great of our glorious press, and the condition of the course is far cry from the drought ridden course we saw in 2007. There is a distinct difference between the the track and the surrounding grass. It looks like a top flight golf course fairway! Superb. I had become quite proud of my lawn until I went round Badminton
Thursday, 2 April 2009
The Event is also a week later this year which, given recent history, should mean better weather and good conditions under foot - a canny move!
Tuesday, 17 March 2009
Thursday, 26 February 2009
I've found this video on uTube and I'm sticking by my views in my last post on this subject: Holding the Olympic 3-day-event in Greenwich Park is a mistake.
It really is time to look at realistic alternatives.
Tuesday, 24 February 2009
After all that snow its so nice to finally see a little sunshine and warmth.
My horse having just had a brand spanking new haircut is fresh and ready to start work, so this last weekend I finally got stuck into the "get fit" campaign in preparation for the 2009 season. This started as a somewhat sedate flat session on Saturday. Given he has spent 4 months in relative hibernation working only one or two days a week, he's pretty fit and engaged. Sunday we spent with a little gentle jumping over a few simple fences in the school, just to see how settled and engaged he was, nothing stressful just a simple cross pole or two.
I did spend some time (on 2 feet) at the local cross country schooling ground on Sunday as well and I have to say it still astounds me how many people come cross country schooling:
without a plan or strategy
without any regard for safety
without any proper knowledge, supervision or instruction.
this can only lead to being ill prepared for the season ahead.
Like any form of schooling exercise, and especially when XC schooling, it is vitally important that everything you do has a realistic goal and purpose. Anything less is potentially dangerous, and will nearly always lead to disappointment somewhere along the line.
(see my blog post from April 22nd 08 if you're struggling to find enough good advice)
Thursday, 12 February 2009
Squeezing these 3 & 4 star events into small venues looses much of what makes these events the greatest - wide open spaces and big galloping tracks. What we're left with is little more than a showjumping speed class over solid fences.
- 65% of Fences will be portable
- 80% of the audience will spend more than twice as much getting to the event than on admission
- It won't be a large galloping track (more an oversized pre-novice)
- There are better alternatives
- It requires too many compromises due to size & UNESCO status
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