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It seems wrong, somehow, to be pitting a bunch of fresh-faced six-year-old horses against one another in this most cutthroat of internet competitions — I think I’d rather give every one of these toddlers a tiara and send them on their merry way, but alas, they must learn to fight like gladiators now or the real world will be a mighty shock.
Our Who Jumped It Best competition today comes from the Six-Year-Old World Championship, which took place last week at Le Lion d’Angers in central France. Though Le Lion’s course isn’t known for being overly technical — these are young, green horses, after all — it is known for being something of a work of art, with creatively-built fences that include a bushy hedgehog, an enormous violin, a watering can, and a truly horrifying spider, complete with colossal timber legs. This fence, a rather suggestive rabbit, reclined outside the Le Lion chateau and made up part of a tableau of characters from fables, which included a tortoise, a toad, and a huge storybook. Okay, okay, maybe that means that this is actually a hare, not a bunny, but it took me long enough to come up with that cheeky bit of alliteration for the headline, so I’m afraid I’ve got to commit to it now.
Anyway, cast your eye over this collection of up-and-coming cuties, who bravely tackled this single fence in front of a very loud, very enthusiastic audience, and then scroll down to cast your vote for your favourite. It’s a tricky angle to give style points for, so we won’t mind if you vote based on how adorable your fave’s face is instead. That’s what we’d do, frankly.