In the aftermath of a muddy, exhausting cross country day at Military Boekelo CCIO3*, the sun mercifully peeked out from behind the clouds to give us a welcome respite from the rain just in the time for the thrilling show jumping finale in Enschede, Netherlands.
After putting in a mammoth effort the day before, we definitely saw some tired horses for the final phase, but overall they jumped beautifully on the new all-weather arena Boekelo unveiled this year. Boekelo has seen a 20% clear show jumping rate on average over the last seven runnings, according to EquiRatings, but the clear rate climbed to 34% this year, and the fantastic surface to jump on definitely played a role.
With that in mind, take a look at these photos of horses giving it their all on Marinus Vos’ show jumping course. Since a three-day is all about the resilience of these incredible athletes, today we are only judging the horse form over the fence, not rider position. Vote for who you think jumped it best in the poll below. Go Eventing.