It’s been a week or so since we closed the book on Britain’s only CCI4*-L of 2020 — the Blenheim that wasn’t, but then kind of was again, thanks to the efforts of Musketeer Events and Burnham Market International Horse Trials. While it wasn’t quite like a week spent at the palace, it certainly ticked a useful box for the assembled horses and riders, who were able to nail down some much-needed qualifying results and plan accordingly for their 2021 campaign.
But enough of all that, which we know you already know. How about the important stuff — like who looked damn good out there on course? It wouldn’t be an international outing without some serious jumping effort analysis, so let’s get down to business.
Today’s effort is fence four on the CCI4*-S class, which combined the eight- and nine-year-old section with an ‘open’ four-short. Early on in the course, this chunky table features a clear, forgiving ground-line to help encourage a confident, safe effort — but after three previous run-and-jump fences, its difficulty lies in what comes after. This fence was immediately followed by a right-hand turn into the first combination on course, the quarry at 5AB, at which competitors had to jump a beefy house down into the dip, coming back up and out over an airy angled rail at the lip of the quarry. While fence 4 could easy be taken out of stride, it needed to be jumped strategically, setting up for the turn and adjustment of stride to follow and installing just the right amount of ‘attack.’
With that in mind, we turn the decision over to you, dear readers: who jumped it best?
Correction: This post has been updated at 12:55 pm EST with a new poll as the original poll was malfunctioning. Apologies for any inconvenience.