Lumulhen Horse Trials 2018

by Stuartbarbara June. 30, 2018 537 views
The first two days of this four-day horse trials was devoted to the dressage element of what is essentially a triathlon.  The riding was a pleasure to watch, but we also took the time to walk the courses before the crowds of cross country day.

The first two days of this four-day horse trials was devoted to the dressage element of what is essentially a triathlon. The riding was a pleasure to watch, but we also took the time to walk the courses before the crowds of cross country day.

Riders were also taking advantage of opportunities to consider their strategies getting through the obstacles. There are two levels here, red flags over blue is CCI***, lower than red over red CCI****.

Riders were also taking advantage of opportunities to consider their strategies getting through the obstacles. There are two levels here, red flags over blue is CCI***, lower than red over red CCI****.

Measuring the distance gives the number and length of strides between obstacles.

Measuring the distance gives the number and length of strides between obstacles.

This small building reflects the architecture of the area.  The crossed gables with horse heads are traditional and reflect the centuries of significant equitation in this area.

This small building reflects the architecture of the area. The crossed gables with horse heads are traditional and reflect the centuries of significant equitation in this area.

The first jump.  They are not small!

The first jump. They are not small!

Takeoff is from a small point of grass then over the log and down into the water. The first of several elements to this obstacle

Takeoff is from a small point of grass then over the log and down into the water. The first of several elements to this obstacle

The second is a narrow, wedge-shaped obstacle known as a “skinny” which tempts the horse to avoid the jump

The second is a narrow, wedge-shaped obstacle known as a “skinny” which tempts the horse to avoid the jump

As happened here.

As happened here.

A lovely jump over a different “skinny”

A lovely jump over a different “skinny”

Penalty points are gained by taking down the pole like this. There was not a lot of space between landing over the jump behind, turning the corner and getting over this one.

Penalty points are gained by taking down the pole like this. There was not a lot of space between landing over the jump behind, turning the corner and getting over this one.

Between the obstacles the track at times led through lovely rolling woodland.  The top level course was 6.5 km

Between the obstacles the track at times led through lovely rolling woodland. The top level course was 6.5 km

After jumping the first element of the obstacle at the top of the hill, the competitors needed to jump this lower element at a sharp angle in order to jump the third identical element which is also at an awkward angle.

After jumping the first element of the obstacle at the top of the hill, the competitors needed to jump this lower element at a sharp angle in order to jump the third identical element which is also at an awkward angle.

Each obstacle had judges and jump crew.  Decorative greenery and flowers sometimes needed to be tidied before the next horse and rider came by a few minutes later.

Each obstacle had judges and jump crew. Decorative greenery and flowers sometimes needed to be tidied before the next horse and rider came by a few minutes later.

Almost home with one last hill and a few more obstacles to go.  The rider encourages his horse while the spectators cheer and applaud the successful passage through the final water obstacle.

Almost home with one last hill and a few more obstacles to go. The rider encourages his horse while the spectators cheer and applaud the successful passage through the final water obstacle.

The final phase of the trials, the showjumping, was held on Sunday.  The day started with a rigorous veterinary inspection to be sure the horses were good to continue.

The final phase of the trials, the showjumping, was held on Sunday. The day started with a rigorous veterinary inspection to be sure the horses were good to continue.

The rider who finished the first two phases with the best score rode a flawless round to win the top level event.

The rider who finished the first two phases with the best score rode a flawless round to win the top level event.

This rider praises her horse as they win the lower level competition.

This rider praises her horse as they win the lower level competition.

At the award ceremony, the winning horse decided the speeches were going on too long, and he was hungry.

At the award ceremony, the winning horse decided the speeches were going on too long, and he was hungry.

The victory lap, complete with snack.

The victory lap, complete with snack.


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