If you opted out of watching the $50,000 MARS Eventing Showcase yesterday, then you should definitely set aside some time to sit down and have a look. Thanks to Equestrian Sport Productions, the full replay of the show jumping and cross country phases is now available for free viewing.
Some may have thought that a three minute cross country course mostly intended to ride as an exhibition for those new to the sport would not cause much in the way of dramatics or excitement — but this was far from the truth when the first horse entered the grass derby field yesterday.
Problems were scattered throughout both Andy Christiansen’s show jumping course as well as Capt. Mark Phillips’ cross country track. Combine the trickiness of both courses with the atmosphere, the derby grass, the fact that show jumping was held prior to cross country, and a little dusting of early season rust and you’ve got yourself some entertainment!