Bold, Beautiful Boekelo: Preview the Cross-Country Challenge to Come

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History is celebrated at the final fence. Photo by Adrian Ditcham/CrossCountryApp.

It’s nearly go time at Military Boekelo, where 60 horses and riders and nine teams are battling for individual and Nations Cup glory in this much-loved CCIO4*-L. Set on the cusp of a town and a motorway in the far east of the Netherlands, Boekelo’s track tends to feature twisty, technical combinations interspersed with galloping stretches and, of course, an awful lot of Grolsch tents along the way. This is the fiftieth anniversary of the event, and the week so far has been a full-blown celebration of the sport — and you can spot nods to history on course, too. The final fence is covered with images of people and moments who have made Boekelo such a special part of our sport, including the likes of Sir Mark Todd and Martin Lips, whose son, Tim, sits second going into cross-country today.

The course measures 5,845 meters, with 40 jumping efforts over 29 questions. The optimum time of 10:16 will be a tough one to catch — so no pressure on our top three, who sit less than a time penalty apart!

You can take a walk around the course, courtesy of course designer Adrian Ditcham and CrossCountryApp, below:

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Or, check out this super video created by the fine folks at Irish Eventing Times, and be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram for more fabulous updates, videos, and photos from around the European circuit.

Want to follow all the action as it happens? Sally Spickard will be running live updates, and you can catch the Live-Stream here. We’ll be bringing you a full report and gallery from all the action later on today, so stick with EN to find out all you need to know from the exciting finale of the 2021 FEI Nations Cup series!

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