SK1426 : Eland Lodge Horse Trials: trakehner (detail)

taken 4 years ago, near to Hanbury Woodend, Staffordshire, Great Britain

Eland Lodge Horse Trials: trakehner (detail)
Eland Lodge Horse Trials: trakehner (detail)
A trakehner is a log over a ditch, in this case the Eland Brook, little more in fact than a ditch, but with some standing water as can be seen here. Competitors in the Novice class are jumping from right to left.
Horse jumps: Trakehner
A trakehner is a log or rail over a ditch. A false trakehner can be created on level ground by placing a heavy log or pole either side of the jump to simulate the edges of a ditch. Trakehner is also a breed of horse, and both originate from the Trakehnen area of East Prussia. The ditch is the aspect which can be unnerving to a horse, so the jump is mostly a test of bravery.
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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Saturday, 4 July, 2015   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 4 July, 2015
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Horse Jump 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 1490 2691 [10m precision]
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