SJ8165 : Cross-country fences at Somerford Park Horse Trials

taken 1 year ago, near to Brereton Heath, Cheshire, Great Britain

Cross-country fences at Somerford Park Horse Trials
Cross-country fences at Somerford Park Horse Trials
The log atop a mound is fence 9a on the BE80 course and fence 12 on the BE90 course. The black lines through the 9 and A markers indicate there is an alternative 9a which may be taken by the cautious or faint-hearted or those with inexperienced horses - see LinkExternal link
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: Log
Log fences are solid obstacles and require confidence in both horse and rider. Course designers usually make them big so the horses will respect them and are more likely to jump cleanly and boldly. Together with water jumps and sunken roads, they can be regarded as a stylised representation of obstacles likely to be encountered while out hunting.
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Saturday, 19 May, 2018   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 20 May, 2018
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Sport, Leisure  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Grassland 
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Horse Jump 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 81342 65540 [1m precision]
WGS84: 53:11.1973N 2:16.8404W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 81328 65535
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