One of the tremendous joys of being back on site, photographing and writing about events, is the endless satisfaction I get out of going through my stash of images afterwards, analysing the minutiae of each and every one and then, inevitably, tucking them away into the archives for use in future form guides and news stories. But the drudgery of 2020 has made me realise that we all need to share the wealth, not hide content away behind the scenes, and so today, I’m bringing you another Burgham CCI4*-S Who Jumped It Best. Somehow, I don’t think anyone will mind too much.
Today’s competition — a follow-on from part one, released last week — takes us to the latter third of the course. After wending their way through the initial two outlying fields and their first trip through the main field, our competitors found themselves in a tucked-away enclave in a back field. Here, they came to the double of water combinations and then swung a sharp left, galloping back up the hill towards fence 16, the GAIN Horse Feeds Table. This single fence offered up plenty of bulk and groundline to allow horses to judge it easily, but it couldn’t be underestimated — just after clearing it, riders had to prepare for a left-handed turn to a big ditch-and-brush, which took them back into the main field and sent them on their way to the final couple of combinations.
With that in mind, take a look at the combinations below, and then scroll down to have your say on who you think made the best overall impression over this beefy table.