SJ6938 : Brand Hall Horse Trials: cross-country obstacles: Twister

taken 4 years ago, near to Norton in Hales, Shropshire, Great Britain

Brand Hall Horse Trials: cross-country obstacles: Twister
Brand Hall Horse Trials: cross-country obstacles: Twister
Natalie Marsh and Killea Rauri Clover have just jumped Novice fence 3 the Twister. The motorcyclist watching with the fence judges is a score collector, one of two bikers who circuit the course repeatedly throughout the day collecting scoresheets from fence judges to take to the scorers in the control box.
Horse Trials
The equestrian sport of Eventing comprises three phases: dressage, showjumping and cross-country, which test horse and rider skills and abilities in different ways. (Both dressage and showjumping exist as competitive disciplines in their own right, but only eventing combines them and cross-country in a single competition). Competitions are called 'horse trials' and take place over one or more days, hence 'one-day event' (ODE), 'three-day event'.

There will usually be several classes at an event, each graded according to difficulty, complexity and/or duration, and run under either national rules (the UK governing body is British Eventing) or international rules (the FEI, or International Equestrian Federation). In the UK there are six levels of affiliated eventing to cater for all levels of horse and rider: BE80(T) (the 'T' stands for Training), BE90 (formerly 'Intro'), BE100 (formerly 'Pre-Novice'), Novice, Intermediate and Advanced. International classes are graded with a star system from * to ****. A four-star competition is the highest level of eventing. There are only six such competitions in the world, two of which are held in the UK: Badminton in the spring and Burghley in the autumn.

Scoring is on a cumulative penalty basis. In dressage, each movement is scored out of ten, with the total being added up and converted to a penalty. In showjumping, penalties are awarded for fences knocked down and also for exceeding the time limit. In the cross-country phase, penalties are awarded for a variety of infractions such as refusals, falls, circling between lettered obstacles, and exceeding the optimum time. The competitor with the fewest penalties at the end is the winner of the section.

For more information see:
British Eventing website LinkExternal link
Eventing entry in Wikipedia LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Saturday, 30 May, 2015   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 4 June, 2015
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Sport, Leisure  Grassland  Country estates  Communications 
Primary Subject of Photo
Horse  Horse Jump 
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Norton in Hales 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 6956 3841 [10m precision]
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 6954 3839
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