SJ8165 : Somerford Park Horse Trials: corner fence

taken 3 years ago, near to Brereton Heath, Cheshire, Great Britain

Somerford Park Horse Trials: corner fence
Somerford Park Horse Trials: corner fence
The Devoucoux Corner is fence 16 on the BE100 (pre-novice) course. It features an attractive carved wooden bear as decoration. Extensive use has been made of sand & gravel to improve the take-off area which was becoming quite cut up due to heavy rain the previous day.
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
Horse jumps: Corner
Also called an apex, corner fences are in a triangular shape with the horse jumping over one corner of the triangle. The corner is a precision fence, requiring accurate riding and good training. The temptation is for a horse to 'run out' at a corner, i.e. pull away or duck out, which incurs penalties.
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Sunday, 22 May, 2016   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 25 May, 2016
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Sport, Leisure  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Grassland  Flat landscapes 
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Horse Jump 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8133 6587 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:11.3753N 2:16.8523W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8133 6586
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