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.
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.
These game ponies tackled the second combination well.
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.
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.
A few riders did opt for the option
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!
Pony Eventing at Haras du Pin – Cross-Country Highlights!!!