|Highclere Horse Trials | Our Seasonal Debut|
It's been a long, long road to
I walked the cross country course the day before, as they were running other sections , I had tight early times, and I had agreed to walk one of the larger classes with a friend. As you can see from the video this is wide open parkland, so the ground here is usually good, and this weekend was no exception. It is very 'spongy' ground when it's had some rain, and although it can cut up a lot, it actually holds together pretty well, although I notice they moved one of the portable brush fences a few metres from one day to the next.
|Showjumping | Clear with plenty of room to spare|
|The Great White Charger | Awesome Cross Country|
Cross country really was awesome! Highclere isn't what you would call a really tricky technical course, it's just fairly big and you need a very fit horse. It's probably my favourite event. The Great White Charge cruised around and jumped out of his stride at every fence, bar one, a wide-ish hay rack where he just chipped in a short stride, and cleared with enough room to park a bus. He also finished full of running, which was particularly pleasing. At one point I was able to completely relax and scratch my nose, he's such a great horse cross country, just put him in the rhythm and he'll do the rest. The video below includes complete 'onboard' footage of my cross country round using my helmet cam. These mini camcorder are more common in the US, but here in the UK it causes quite a stir and I got a lot of 'double takes' from people I passed along the way.
I don't suppose I'll have too many selectors ringing me over the next few days but all in all a very pleasing seasonal debut! I hope you enjoy the video (a quick edit).
More posts on the rest of Highclere to follow, and here's another Helmet Cam Video, of our recent XC Schooling Session.