Things went swimmingly (excuse the pun) for some competitors at last weekend’s British Masters International CSI2* at South View Equestrian Centre in Cheshire (3-5 July).

Local rider Keith Shore took the Harveys British Masters grand prix riding Betty Brandon’s Mystic Hurricane. And despite settling for the runner-up spot in the grand prix, Julie Andrews and Ayrton IV clinched the speed competition the previous day.

But for a fair few, the water caused a spot of bother. Some took it as a chance to cool off their hooves in the hot July weather, while others decided they didn’t like the look of it at all and a few just decided to close their eyes and go for a wild leap.

How NOT to tackle a water jump

Cooling off with some splash

Pieter VI James Hughes
James Hughes and Pieter VI make a spalsh

‘Errrr, no thanks!’

Opium Europa UK Richard Howley
Richard Howley’s nine-year-old Opium Europa decides to give this one a miss

Continued below…

‘Where are my legs meant to go?!’

Kobie Gemma Johnson Plumley
Things look like they’re happening in slow motion for Gemma Johnsey-Plumley and the 10-year-old gelding Kobie

‘I think I prefer the look of the plants…’

Galway Bay Jed Harriet Nuttall
Harriet Nuttall, 25, and her chestnut seven-year-old, Galway Bay Jed, opt for a slightly different route…

‘Does taking off from here work?’

Zurichs White Gold Sharon Peters
The seven-year-old Zurich’s White Gold goes for an ambitious take-off

And finally…

Celine Graham Gillespie
Graham Gillespie, who was celebrating his 21st birthday at the show, and the eight-year-old Chestnut mare Celine show us how it’s done

… as do William Whitaker and La Cawarra

La Cawarra William Whitaker
Twenty-five-year-old William and the 10-year-old bay mare sail over in fine style. What was all the fuss about?

Pictures by Jo Prestwich

Find the full report from the British Masters International CSI2* in this week’s issue of Horse & Hound magazine (9 July 2015), with more showjumping coverage from the Longines Global Champions Tour of Paris, Royal Norfolk, Weston Lawns and Area 14, plus a comment from William Funnell