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Five days of top-class showjumping and showing at last week’s Horse of the Year Show (7-11 October 2015) calls for two things — some serious thrills… and some equally serious spills. Our photographers were on hand to catch those hairy moments when our fists are clenched and it was hard to fully open our eyes to watch the drama unfold in Birmingham’s NEC.

1. ‘Er… what’s meant to happen here?’

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In the Cuddy Working Hunter of the Year Championship, Sophie Round and Captain EC get into a spot of bother with the wall.

2. The rear view

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A day of ups and downs: Victoria Gulliksen and Grand Balou 4 are the joint winners of the Puissance — but take an unexpected tumble after the finish line.

3. ‘Is this bunting about to flap around my legs?’

Emma Augier De Moussac and Wembley in the Speed Class
Emma Augier De Moussac’s grey stallion Wembley doesn’t like the look of this fence in Sunday’s Speed Horse of the Year class.

Continued below…

4. ‘We can make it…’

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The London 2012 postboxes cause a problem for Jonathan Buxton and Toupie Du Quesnoy…

5. Hold on tight!

Julie Andrews and Wilando B in the CanterBanter.co.uk
Julie Andrews and her bay gelding Wilando B tip a pole in Thursday’s CanterBanter.co.uk class.

6. It’s that bunting again…

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Larksong puts in a stop with Helen Tredwell.

7. Head first…

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Sally Swiers and Millfield Long Socks get into trouble in the H&H Senior Foxhunter Championship.

Don’t miss our exclusive 32-page report from this year’s Horse of the Year Show, out this Thursday (15 October 2015)