With the final day of the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials upon us (6 September), we find out what horses and riders face in the showjumping phase.
Here, you can take a “walk” around the track for a glimpse of the fences.
This oxer is approached on a line that requires horses to be ridden very close to the wings of fence seven which could cause them to be distracted slightly at this very early stage in the course. (Post in front of the fence will be removed).
This upright is on a slight right-handed dog-leg line, seven strides from fence one.
A full 180° right-handed turn from fence two, this oxer is not too many strides off the side of the arena.
This airy gate follows another right-handed turn from fence three.
After a left-handed turn from fence five, this triple bar will require riders to inject some pace into their horses going away from the collecting ring.
Fence six a, b, c
This triple combination will mean that riders need to quickly re-balance their horses after the previous fence. This combination consists of an upright, one stride to an oxer followed by another one stride to an upright. Riders cannot afford to be too over-protective of their horses over the first upright, in case they cannot then clear the back bar of the oxer in the middle of this combination. These fences are also ridden towards the crowd which may cause horses to lose focus.
Situated after a left-handed turn around the decorative rugby posts.
On a six stride related distance from fence seven, this oxer has a water tray underneath it which may cause them to spook.
On a slight right-handed dog leg line, six strides from fence eight, this airy upright is jumped directly towards the collecting ring.
This oxer comes after a 180° right-handed turn from fence nine.
This double combination, comprising an oxer and an upright, is on a five stride related distance from fence 10. This double is on two strides.
This upright is very close to the crowd and follows a left-handed turn from fence 11.
Riders will need to ride inside the rugby posts in order to get the time on the approach to this final fence.
Full report from Burghley in next week’s H&H, out Thursday, 10 September — 17 pages of photos and analysis, including columns from Ruth Edge, Lucy Wiegersma and Mark Phillips.