Our good friends over at Horse & Hound published their list of the top 12 most frightening fences for riders this weekend, and two fabled cross country fences made it onto the list. The Cottesmore Leap at Burghley made the number one spot, a well-deserved label if you ask us! The Vicarage Vee at Badminton is number 9 on Horse & Hound’s list, also a formidable obstacle when you’re already galloping around one of the biggest courses in the world.
Although, really, it seems that Ben Hobday probably has the right idea when it comes to the right approach for the Cottesmore Leap:
— Emma Swadlo (@EmmaSwadlo) September 5, 2014
The Vicarage Vee, a staple on the Badminton course, is also deserving of its title, demanding both accuracy and bravery when approached:
Horse & Hound quoted Lucinda Green in its description of the Vicarage Vee, when she said in 2014 that she loved the jump — because she didn’t have to ride it that year! Touché, Lucinda. Touché.
Other fences making an appearance on the list include the Becher’s Brook at the Grand National and the Hickstead Derby Bank at Spruce Meadows. Trust us, you’ll want to head over to Horse & Hound and check out the full list. We eventers may be brave, but there’s some pretty intimidating fences on the list that are not on a cross country course!
What do you think, EN? Which fences would scare the pants off of you? Comment below and let us know!