|Chatsworth - Breath-Taking Backdrops For The Horse Trials|
Despite being one of the most popular country estates I've never visited Chatsworth for any reason, but it really is breath-taking, and just as big and ostentatious as Blenheim.
The Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials, run Novice & Advanced classes with courses designed by Ian Stark, which combined with the terrain, makes these courses tough to ride [and walk] - get fit or go home!
|The Moat Around "Queen Mary's Bower" Forms Part Of The Course|
|Sarah Ennis & Stellor Rebound - Winners Of CIC*** Section H|
|The Water Complex Half Way Up The Hill|
|One of Two Big Trekehner Fences On Course|
|Fox-Pitt & Cool Mountain|
It almost make you wonder why Chatsworth doesn't run a CCI*** event itself.
|Don't Mind If I Do!|
The people who were out for a day's picnic though, were doing it in style. I spotted several groups who had even set up tables with a full spread beside the course, next to one of the fences.
As you might expect from a course like this, there were penalties and eliminations being accrued all over the course, but nothing you could single out, although I did spot a few the 'stickpile corners' that were having a good go at running out.
|Tristram Owers Eventually Retires After Aptly Named SPS Braveheart Dodges The Red Flag Twice|
All-in-all, Chatsworth has more than lived up to my expectations and anticipation, and next time I think I'd take the children and make a weekend of it.
You can probably find event reports in all the usual places online, and here are the results:
I'll leave you with a few more of my photos:
|I Think I Could Happily Live With This View From My Front Door|
|Pippa Funnell Shows A Clear Pair Of Heels Dropping Into The Moat|
|Paul Tapner Had Some Decent Results & Clocked The Fastest XC Round In One Class|
|Melanie Ashe & RATHMOLYON FLIGHT|