Would you jump this? Pictures of every fence on the European Eventing Championships cross-country course

The cross-country course for this week’s Longines FEI European Eventing Championships at Luhmühlen, Germany (28 August-1 September) has been designed by Britain’s Mike Etherington-Smith.

The course has 26 numbered obstacles and is 5790m long, with an optimum time of 10min 10sec.

Here are each of the fences horse and rider combinations will be facing on Saturday 31 August.

Fence 1: Auftakt der Sparkasse Harburg-Buxtehude

Fence 2: Bushoxer

Fence 3: Voltaire Eichen

Fence 4: Longines Wasser

Fence 5ab direct route: Longines Wasser

The direct route at this complex is over the narrow brush (fence 5ab), then four strides to the angled boat (fence 5c), then three to the second narrow brush (fence 5d).

Fence 5c direct route: Longines Wasser

Fence 5d direct route Longines Wasser

Fence 5abc long route: Longines Wasser

The slower route is over a boat (fence 5a), up a step (fence 5b), over a brush (fence 5c) and round to a house (fence 5d).

Fence 5d long route: Longines Wasser

Fence 6: Hof Sudermühlens Reiterbar

Fence 7: Manzke Tisch

Fence 8a direct route: Longines Kombination

The fastest route here involves a corner (fence 8a), then a right-hand curve to a table (fence 8b), then on round to the right to another corner (fence 8cd).

Fence 8b direct route: Longines Kombination

Fence 8cd direct route: Longines Kombination

Fence 8c long route: Longines Kombination

The alternative (fences 8c and 8d) is two corners on a left-hand curve at the other end of the arena.

Fence 8d long route: Longines Kombination

Fence 9: Gärtnerei Wredes Rennbahnsprung

Fence 10a: Hannover Gatter

Riders can put in two or three strides between these gates.

Fence 10b: Hannover Gatter — looking over element a to element b

Fence 10b: Hannoveraner Gatter

Fence 11: Holzstoß

Fence 12a direct route: Meßmer Teich

The short route here involves a large log into water (fence 12a), a triple brush arrowhead in the water (fence 12b) and a triple brush arrowhead at the exit (fence 12c).

Fence 12b direct route: Meßmer Teich

Fence 12c direct route: Meßmer Teich

Fence 12a long route: Meßmer Teich

The long route involves a house (fence 12a), a boat in the water (fence 12b) and a triple brush arrowhead (12b), finishing up facing away from the direction riders need to go to the next fence.

Fence 12b long route: Meßmer Teich

Fence 12c long route: Meßmer Teich

Fence 13: Meßmer Mühlenhaus

Fence 14a: Fischer Wellenbahn

Fence 14b: Fischer Wellenbahn

Fence 14c: Fischer Wellenbahn

Fence 15: Horseware Jump

European Eventing Championships cross-country course

Fence 16ab: LVM Am Waldrand

European Eventing Championships cross-country course

Fence 16c direct route: LVM Al Waldrand

European Eventing Championships cross-country course

Fence 16c long route: LVM Am Waldrand

Riders have an alternative element c at this rail-ditch-tree trunk combination, with the long route tree trunk being on a turnback on the left.

Fence 17: Rathaus

European Eventing Championships cross-country course

Fence 18a direct route: Lake Land Rover

The direct route is over a skinny brush (fence 18a), one stride to another offset skinny brush into water (fence 18b), then left-handed through the water to a triple brush arrowhead on exit (fence 18c).

European Eventing Championships cross-country course

Fence 18b direct route: Lake Land Rover

European Eventing Championships cross-country course

Fence 18c direct route: Lake Land Rover

European Eventing Championships cross-country course

Fence 18a long route: Lake Land Rover

The slower option consists of a double of triple brush arrowheads on two strides (fences 18a and 18b) and then a triple brush arrowhead out on a kinder, longer line (fence 18c).

European Eventing Championships cross-country course

Fence 18b long route: Lake Land Rover

European Eventing Championships cross-country course

Fence 18c long route: Lake Land Rover

European Eventing Championships cross-country course

Fence 19: Lake Land Rover

European Eventing Championships cross-country course

Fence 20a direct route: Lake Land Rover

European Eventing Championships cross-country course

Fence 20a long route: Lake Land Rover

Riders have an alternative element a here if they wish to avoid jumping into the water.

European Eventing Championships cross-country course

Fence 20b: Lake Land Rover

European Eventing Championships cross-country course

Fence 21 direct route: Charles Owen Royal Works

Riders can choose between a corner on a mound and a house here.

European Eventing Championships cross-country course

Fence 21 long route: Charles Owen Royal Works

European Eventing Championships cross-country course

Fence 22: Trakehner

European Eventing Championships cross-country course

Fence 23: Oxer

European Eventing Championships cross-country course

Fence 24: Fendt Steinwälle

Riders have the choice of circling between fences 24 and 25.

European Eventing Championships cross-country course

Fence 25: Fendt Steinwälle

European Eventing Championships cross-country course

Fence 26: Longines Final Jump

European Eventing Championships cross-country course

Article continues below…


You might also be interested in:


Course map

European Eventing Championships 2019 cross-country course map

Check back for more updates from the Eventing European Championships in Luhmühlen all week, plus full report in next week’s Horse & Hound magazine (dated 5 September).