Who Jumped It Best? Belton Grantham Cup Edition

Today’s edition of “Who Jumped It Best?” takes us back to sunny Sunday at the Belton International Horse Trials in Lincolnshire, England. There, we saw much of our forthcoming Badminton field — plus many of the country’s best young horses and up-and-comers — tackle a tough, technical CCI4*-S course designed by Captain Mark Phillips.

Each year, the course is designed with the imminent five-star in mind, and offers a multitude of tests designed to prepare competitors for what they’ll face at their spring three-days. This year was no different, and the influential course caused an almost total reshuffle of the leaderboard. Our “Who Jumped It Best?” avoids the tough combinations and heads, instead, to fence two: the Oakham Veterinary Hospital Operating Table. (Yes, really.) This big, straightforward fence allowed horses and riders to get into a rhythm and jump out of stride early on, but we want to know — which of the pairs we shot do you think did it best? Check out the options, and then scroll down for the poll.

Belton: Website, ResultsEN’s Coverage

Simon Grieve and Drumbilla Metro. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Pauliina Swindells and Ferro S. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Tom Rowland and Possible Mission.

Piggy French and Quarrycrest Echo. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Emma Chamings and Trefeinon Sovereign. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Mollie Summerland and Charly van ter Heiden. Photo by Ben Clark.