2014 Badminton XC preview

Tomorrow is cross country day at the Badminton Horse Trials. I so wish that they had the equivalent of Burghley TV! You can watch it on FEI TV ($34.99/month) or Horse & Country TV (offering 1 month free right now). Here are two videos that will get your heart rate up: The XC preview and […]

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Gravity defying cross country saves

What’s the difference between a good event rider and a great one? Certainly one thing is their “stickability” and shear determination. Here are some gravity defying videos from some of the great riders who are NOT going to touch the ground! Let me know if you have any favorite cross country “save” videos that should […]

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Rolex XC 2012

This year’s cross country course at Rolex asked some tough questions — which was apparent right from the start when only one of the first five riders (experienced ones, too) finished the course. In terms of safety, this was a day when the frangible pins did their job. The Chronicle of the Horse reports that […]

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Burghley 2011 XC update

The videos of XC are all posted on Burghley TV. It was a good day with 52 clear rounds, no serious injuries and no fence that racked up rider casualties (I believe there were four falls, each at a different fence). Going into showjumping, William Fox-Pitt is in the lead, potentially winning his sixth Burghley […]

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Rolex “Course Walk” with Jimmy Wofford

Take a virtual course walk with Jimmy Wofford before XC starts to get a better understanding of the challenges presented. Of course even the “easy” and “inviting” fences are far beyond my scope! 2011 Rolex Cross Country Course Walk with Jimmy Wofford It’s also really interesting to read Wofford’s analysis of the rider/horse combinations. Jimmy […]

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Remind me never to complain about a ditch in the U.S. again

During the winter I like to watch foxhunting videos on YouTube to remind myself to look forward to spring. These videos, however, scared the pants off me. The legendary Scarteen Hunt in Limerick, Ireland, describes its territory as “bank and ditch” country. They aren’t kidding. Those ditches are big enough to swallow a horse and […]

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