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
‘Errrr, no thanks!’
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?!’
‘I think I prefer the look of the plants…’
‘Does taking off from here work?’
… as do William Whitaker and La Cawarra
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