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!