SJ5004 : MIM clip on cross-country fence

taken 1 year ago, near to Little Ryton, Shropshire, Great Britain

MIM clip on cross-country fence
MIM clip on cross-country fence
The MIM clip is a safety feature developed in Sweden, which was approved from 2013 onwards for use on cross-country fences both in British Eveting and FEI competitions. Frangible or deformable devices are designed to break if the rail or log to which they are attached is hit with sufficient force. The latter then instantly collapses. This gives the horse a chance of getting a leg forward to save it from the dreaded 'rotational fall', where the force of hitting an unyielding obstacle can cause a horse to somersault over a fence and land on the rider. Rotational falls are far and away the commonest cause of serious injury and deaths among event riders.
A short video of a MIM clip doing its job can be seen here LinkExternal link

Any weakening of the MIM Clip by prior impact is indicated by distortion of a small metal flag which is visible to the naked eye. It is also easily replaced by the fence judge.

Compare this with the older frangible pin system, as depicted in LinkExternal link

This particular clip is attached to the upright and rail in 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
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Sunday, 10 June, 2018   (more nearby)
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Monday, 18 June, 2018
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Horse Jump 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 50842 04026 [1m precision]
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