From sailing over an arena eventing course to powering around obstacles in a four-in-hand carriage — this is a helmet cam like you’ve never seen before. Australia’s Andrew Hoy takes us for a ride from start to finish throughout CHIO Aachen’s unique Jump and Drive competition, the Lavazza Cup.
The “Jump and Drive” is a popular exhibition class seen at many large shows in Europe, often involving a show jumper who jumps a course then dismounts, hops in a car and drives through a series of obstacles. Aachen takes this class to the next level, of course; their’s involves a relay between an eventer, a showjumper, and a combined driver and it’s all made even more thrilling by the infectious Aachen crowd.
Andrew donned his helmet cam from start to finish while he took part in the Lavazza-Cup on Saturday night. As the first out for the combined Australian/ German team, which ultimately came in third place, he tackled the cross country fences aboard 13-year-old Selle Français mare Bloom des Hauts Crets, and then hands the mare to his groom and positions himself for a sprint to his carriage driving teammate Australia’s Boyd Excell. Once their German teammate Sven Schlüsselburg completed the show jump course Andrew makes a run for it and hops on the back of Boyd’s four-in-hand to help steady the carriage around impossibly tight turns.
Enjoy the ride!