Take a leap of faith: check out the 2022 Pau five-star cross-country course

  • Les Étoiles de Pau CCI5* kicks off tomorrow (27 October) and marks the final five-star competition of the eventing season. We’ve taken a look around this year’s Pau Horse Trials cross-country course to see what is in store for horses and riders on Saturday 29 October. Designed by Pierre Michelet, this year’s track features 45 jumping efforts over a distance of 6,800m.

    The trot-up gets underway at 10am (9am BST) tomorrow morning, with the dressage starting at 2.30pm (1.30pm BST) tomorrow afternoon.

    Pau Horse Trials cross-country course: fence by fence

    Start box

    Pau Horse Trials cross-country

    Fence one: Maison de Département des Pyrénées-Atlantiques

    Fence two: Bullfinch

    Fence three: Chariot de la Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine

    Fence four AB: Kiosque & pointe de la Ville de Pau

    Fence five: Mur de pierre

    Fence six AB: Gué Communauté d’Agglomération Pau Béarn Pyrénées: tortue & cygne. Here, riders jump the hedge on the water and then have to jump the two swan fences on a very acute angle.

    Fence seven: Cygne

    Fence eight: Barrière d’attelage L’Eperon

    Fence nine AB: Oxer des charmilles & pointe Euralis

    Fence 10AB: Gué Communauté d’Agglomération Pau Béarn Pyrénées: triple brush & haie – riders can jump either the left- or right-hand side angled brush at the top of the bank after coming out of the water

    Fence 11: Oxer de haie Audevard

    Fence 12AB: Haie & brush Locexpo

    Alternative 12B – a very time consuming alternative route.

    Fence 13: Haie des courses

    Fence 14AB: Stères

    Fence 15: Table des courses

    Fence 16: Trakehnen

    Fence 17: Haie de laurier de L’Hippodrome de Pau

    Fence 18AB: Bile de bois & pointe France 3 Noa

    Fence 19ABC: Bullfinch & haies. Here riders go up the bank and jump a decent roll top brush fence before going down the bank and then jumping two very acutely angles brush fences on a committed distance. The long route is very time consuming, but it save riders from having to tackle the angled brushes in quick succession.

    Fence 19B alternative

    Fence 20: Le Palois de la Communauté d’Agglomération Pau Béarn Pyrénées

    Fence 21AB: Gué Clear Channel: tronc suspendu & pointe

    Fence 22: Delta – the alternative for this fence is slightly less narrow and has less of a drop behind it. The long route will take around four or five seconds longer than the direct route.

    Alternative 22

    Fence 23AB: Gué Forestier: tronc & haie

    Fence 24AB: Troncs de l’Ours – Forestier

    Fence 25: Table de pique-nique Pau Events

    Fence 26: Palette de peintre

    Fence 27ABCD: Maison & triple brushes de Crédit Agricole Pyrénées-Gascogne. The alternative route is incredibly time consuming, but it means that riders don’t have to jump the triple brush directly after the house. They do, however, still have to jump the final D element triple brush, even if they opt for the long route.

    Alternative 27B

    Alternative 27C

    Fence 28: Table tonneaux de la Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine

    Fence 29AB: Maisons de la Communauté d’Agglomération Pau Béarn Pyrénées

    Fence 30: Bullfinch des 5 Étoiles

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