The Relativistic Nature of Jumps

Many moons ago, I walked the cross-country courses for the Advanced at Ship’s Quarters and the USPC Nationals in the same weekend. The Ship’s Quarters course was substantial but not terrifying. Professionals on well-trained horses were planning to go bouncing about over piles of logs and have a lovely time. Mind you this was back in the dark ages before cross-country was show-jumping in the open over fine furniture.

On the other hand, the Pony Club course, approximately Preliminary level, loomed far larger. A friend of mine and a horse from my barn were actually planning to go over these [on course photo here]. While technically lower and less complicated, the jumps were far more intimidating by association.

Then there are the Baby Novice and Beginner Jumper fences that I go over. These are ENORMOUS!

Which is all by way of introducing the Badminton 2013 course walk posted over on Haynet. It’s an animated map with live chat at the tricky spots. It doesn’t look that bad. Theoretically.

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  1. I still have the occasional nightmare about the hay rack at Ship’s Quarters 1973. Max hight at the bottom of a steep hill and whoever filled it didn’t get the message that the hay was supposed to be loose, so they just tossed a couple of hay bales in it, which raised it by a foot or 18 inches. I remember going up, up, up, up, up, staying up there an inordinately long time, and coming down, down, down, down, down.

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