Would you jump these? Walk the 2017 Badminton cross-country course

  • As cross-country day at this year’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials fast approaches, we take a look at what lies ahead for riders on Saturday 6 May.

    Newly designed by Eric Winter in his first year in the role, will the cross-country course prove influential in 2017?

    Fence 1: ASX Starter

    Fence 2: Rolex Rolltop

    Fence 3: Keepers Question

    Fence 4: Mike Weavers Haywain

    Fence 5a, b, c and d: Savills Staircase

    View from 5a

    5d fast route on the right, slow route on the left

    View from landing side of 5c back up to 5a, b and c

    Fence 6: Countryside Birch — fast route is to jump the left-hand side as a corner

    Fence 7: L200s

    Fence 8a, b and c: The Lake

    8b and c — two routes out of The Lake

    Alternative 8a

    Alternative 8b

    Alternative 8c

    Fence 9: Offset Oxer

    Fence 10a, b and c: Shogun Hollow

    10a long route

    Alternative 10b

    Alternative 10c

    Fences 11 and 12: KBIS Bridge

    Alternative fence 11 is to jump the ditch to the right on its own

    Alternative fence 12

    Fence 13a and b: Outlander Bank

    Alternative to 13b

    Fence 14: Rolex Grand Slam Trakehner

    Fence 15a, b and c: Hildon Water Pond

    Alternative fence 15b is the log on the far right

    Alternative 15c

    Fence 16: Sheep Feeder

    Fence 17a and b: Mirage Pond

    17b is the angled hedge on the right-hand side

    Fence 18: Devoucoux Oxer

    Fence 19a and b: PHEV Corral

    Riders have three options on part B — the fastest is to jump either of the rails flagged on an accute angle on either side of the two people in the picture, or to go around the corral and jump the rail to the far left coming back towards the bank

    Slow route fence 19b

    Fence 20: Event Mobility Dining Table

    Fence 21a, b and c: Joules Corners

    Long route b

    Long route c

    Fence 22: Wadworth Lakeside — riders jump the bullfinch in the centre of the fence

    Fence 23a and b: Irish Horse Gateway Huntsmans Close

    Long route 23a

    Long route 23b

    Fence 24ab: World Horse Welfare Gates

    Fence 25a and b and 26: HorseQuest Quarry

    Long route 25b

    Long route 26

    Fences 27 and 28: FEI Classics Hedges

    Fence 29: Rolex Trunk (fencing will be removed)

    Carving on the back of fence 29

    Fence 30: Mitsubishi Final Mount

    Don’t miss the second part of H&H’s Badminton preview, including a full form guide and a scorecard to fill in for every rider, on sale tomorrow (Thursday 4 May).

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