PICTURES: how NOT to tackle a water jump

  • 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…

    15 riders reach the point of no return

    We’ve all been there — one minute you’re enjoying the ride of your life and the next you experience that

    ‘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

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