Is this the most beautiful cross-country course in the world? 14 photos to take your breath away

  • Last week (18-21 October), some of the world’s best six- and seven-year-old event horses went head-to-head at the FEI World Breeding Federation Eventing Championships for Young Horses in Lion d’Angers, France.

    Britain’s Kitty King took the six-year-old title with Alex Wakeley’s Cristal Fontaine, while Piggy French was second with Tom March’s Emerald Jonny. The USA’s Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Moonshine finished third.

    Ingrid Klimke headed the seven-year-old Championship with the mare Asha P, while British contender Tom Jackson was runner-up with Milly Simmie, Patricia Davenport and Sarah Webb’s Capels Hollow Drift.

    The cross-country courses, designed by Pierre Michelet, for the two classes are renowned for being works of art, and this year was no exception. Here, we take a look at some of the most eye-catching fences combinations tackled…

    Fence 2 in both classes: Le jardin de la ville du Lion d’Angers

    Fence 4 (seven-year-olds): Les escargots [meaning snails] de l’Isle Briand

    Le violon du Credit Mutuel, which was jumped in both classes

    Fence 10 (six-year-olds) and fence 12 (seven-year-olds): La ferme extraordinaire de l’Anjou

    Decoration at the above fence

    Fence 16 (six-year-olds) and 18 (seven-year-olds): Le félin Devoucoux

    Not in the course: an immaculate schooling fence

    Fence 19 (six-year-olds) and 22 (seven-year-olds): L’échiquier de l’Atoll

    Fence 17 (six-year-olds) and 19/20 (seven-year-olds): La mine Equithème

    An incredible sculptured obstacle at fence six

    The owl hole, which was not jumped through this year

    A maize-themed open ditch early in the course

    Fence one makes an impression…

    …As does the final fence: Le coeur Mécénat chirugie cardia

    Read the full report from Le Lion d’Angers in this week’s Horse & Hound magazine, out on Thursday 25 October



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