A Most ‘En-deering’ Millbrook Advanced Course Preview

Photo by Miranda Akins/Photography In Stride. Photo by Miranda Akins/Photography In Stride.

Millbrook Horse Trials really went all out with the lifelike course decor this year. Great job with the Bambi theme, guys!

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Photo by Miranda Akins/Photography In Stride.

Photo by Miranda Akins/Photography In Stride.

Many thanks to Miranda Akins of Photography In Stride, who commented: “Imagine my surprise when walking back from getting some Training cross country to see not a wooden decoration, but a live baby deer happily munching grass under the first part of the Preliminary coffin. Thank goodness Prelim doesn’t run until tomorrow but this baby was enjoying the shade under the large fence before deciding to move on somewhere else. I guess cross country is for more than just horses!”

Indeed.

Adorable baby wildlife aside, Tremaine Cooper’s Advanced track is no cute, cuddly romp through the meadow — although, Tremaine explains, it is designed to be a confidence-building segue into the season.

“This is the first time out for the fall season for a lot of people,” he explains, but notes that horses must be fitness. “This is quite a hilly piece of property, but that’s part of the question here.”

Photo by Kate Samuels.

Photo by Kate Samuels.

Tremaine “flies” us around the 2016 Advanced track in this video:

Cross country begins at 8 a.m. with Intermediate followed by Advanced and Preliminary. Kate Samuels is on the scene, competing herself, and has promised us a full end-of-the-day report. Best of luck to all competitors.

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