Yesterday, we showed you the first 10 fences on the CCIP* cross-country course. If you haven’t read it already, catch up on all the pony fun HERE.

After tackling the brush jump on the slope at fence 10, these ponies galloped on to fence 11 at the top of a hill before turning to the very tough combination at fence 12. 12A was a big square corner and the riders had to be careful to pick a good line to 12B, a skinny down a hill. There were a number of problems here as there was little room for error.

Fence 11

Fence 11

Big corner at 12A

Big corner at 12A

Skinny at 12B

Skinny at 12B

Big smile and pats for a job well done

Big smile and pats for a job well done

The ponies and their riders weren’t given much of a breather after this tricky question, as they galloped on to a big oxer at fence 13 and then two combinations in a row at fences 14 and 16.

Fence 13

Fence 13

Over the cabin at the top - Fence 14A

Over the cabin at the top – Fence 14A

Fence 14A

Fence 14A

Preparing for the drop at 14B

Preparing for the drop at 14B

14B

14B

Dropping down at 12B

Dropping down at 12B

These game ponies tackled the second combination well.

14A and 14B were on a bending line

14A and 14B were on a bending line

14A and 14B were on a bending line

14A and 14B were on a bending line

As the ponies approached the last part of the course, they had a “let up” fence at 16 before tackling the final big question on course – the water complex with a downhill approach.

Steeplechase jump at 16

Steeplechase jump at 16

Galloping toward the final water

Galloping toward the final water

Like the first water on course, the last big combination at the second water presented the riders with an option. All the ponies had to jump the cabin on the hill, down to brush fence into the water. The riders then had the option of the quick route out up a bank and over a skinny cabin. The alternative was a bank up to the left and around to a larger cabin on the top of a small rise. This latter option was more time consuming but allowed riders to get organized, especially if their ponies jumped into the water with a bit too much enthusiasm.

Over the cabin at fence 17 and down the hill to the water

Over the cabin at fence 17 and down the hill to the water

Jump into the water at 18A

Jump into the water at 18A

18A

18A

18A

18A

Up the bank at 18B

Up the bank at 18B

Over the cabin a few strides later at 18C

Over the cabin a few strides later at 18C

A few riders did opt for the option

Up the bank at 18B but taking the less direct route

Up the bank at 18B but taking the less direct route

Over the larger cabin on the hill at 18C

Over the larger cabin on the hill at 18C

This last big question completed, the ponies galloped on to the final two fences at 19 and 20.

It was an action packed day and it was really neat to see all the team spirit on display!

Team Spirit

Team Spirit

Happy kid and happy pony!

Happy kid and happy pony!

Team spirit!

Team spirit!

Cooling out

Cooling out

Pony Eventing at Haras du Pin – Cross-Country Highlights!!!