ST8898 : The Barn at Gatcombe Horse Trials

taken 2 years ago, near to Avening, Gloucestershire, Great Britain

The Barn at Gatcombe Horse Trials
The Barn at Gatcombe Horse Trials
This building is named 'Step's Barn' on maps, but for the purpose of the Festival of British Eventing this August weekend, in deference to its sponsor it is for the nonce the 'Hamptons International Barn'. It forms part of the cross-country course. Matthew Heath and The Lion (see Link ) have just thundered through the open structure and jumped the table at the far end. Note the cameraphone-wielding spectators on the left, eager to snap horse and rider as they emerge back into the sunlight.
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: Table

A table is characterised by its solid flat or slightly inclined top which emphasises the breadth of the jump from front to back. and requires the horse to show its 'scope' i.e. its ability to jump big. Some tables at higher levels of eventing are very wide.

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Sunday, 5 August, 2018   (more nearby)
Thursday, 18 October, 2018
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Sport, Leisure  Country estates  People, Events 
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Matthew Heath 
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Horse Jump 
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OSGB36: geotagged! ST 8819 9845 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:41.0810N 2:10.3336W
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OSGB36: geotagged! ST 8820 9842
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