The Cuddy working hunter course at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) is famed for suiting only the very brave — and this year's David Cole-designed championship track was no exception. A total of 37 horses came forward to negotiate 12 fences, built by Cheshire Show Services, and the theme was stately homes.
Could you jump them? Make your mind up after looking at the images below...
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This oxer provided horses with a confident start to their rounds and it only fell once — for Morse Code (Rosie Skier), whose round was otherwise clear.
Four horses knocked down these hanging gates.
This oxer was hit by five horses.
The first element of this combination on a forward two-stride distance had a single dark green pole on top and eight horses knocked it down.
Beautiful to look at but straightforward — there were no jumping errors at this pillared wall.
This fence, sited by the entrance to the arena, has proved tricky in the past and its uneven rustic pole on the top will fall at the lightest of touches. This year, however, it remained in its cups throughout the championship.
A couple of horses spooked at the water tray at the bottom of this spread, but it only fell twice.
These planks became the bogey fence, with 11 horses dislodging them altogether. Victims included the defending champion Dartans Barrack (Fiona Hirst).
Five horses rolled a pole at the oxer (a), which was followed by a green upright (b) one stride behind. Only one horse knocked down the second element. This was Matthew Cooper's ride, Toronto.
Three horses hit this oxer, which was negotiated after turning away from the arena entrance.
Back on the course for another year, this impressive obstacle caused a few sticky leaps but became the undoing of just one horse. This was Tinx, who refused with Southerly Roberts on board.
An exacting upright, which fell to the ground twice.
The finale fence was kicked out by two horses.