HorseHage & Mollichaff Helpline – 01803 527274

Julia and Marvin’s Badminton Experience Part 2

Tuesday 6th May 2014

Julia’s dressage start time came through while she was driving down the day before and as it turned out, she was down to do all three phases on Wednesday so this allowed plenty of time for Marvin to get used to the hustle and bustle of his surroundings and to settle in and also for Julia to ride him again in the morning and walk the cross country course in the afternoon.

Julia takes Marvin for a leg stretch

Julia takes Marvin for a leg stretch

Another good friend of Julia’s arrived in the morning – Angie Shield – and so after lunch we all headed off to check out the show jumping and cross country courses. The weather was extremely changeable.

Jane, Julia and Angie

Jane, Julia and Angie

Julia felt happy after walking the show jumping course, even though it is her least favourite phase, and she said “It’s a nice, flowing course, forward-moving and a real ‘rider’s course.”

Checking the distances on the show jumping course

Checking the distances on the show jumping course

Black clouds had loomed above whilst Jane advised Julia on the show jumping course but by the time we set off towards the cross country fences, we were in glorious sunshine and sun glasses, hoping that this would be the weather for the next day and a half. (Unfortunately it wasn’t, and we were soaked by the time we got back to the lorry!)

 

The Cross Country Course

Here we have images of every fence on the BE90 Cross Country course:

Fence 1

Fence 1

Fence 2

Fence 2

Fence 3

Fence 3

Fence 4

Fence 4

Fence 5a

Fence 5a

Fence 5b

Fence 5b

Fence 6

Fence 6

Fence 7

Fence 7

Fence 8a

Fence 8a

Fence 8b

Fence 8b

Fence 8c

Fence 8c

Fence 9

Fence 9

Fence 10

Fence 10

Fence 11

Fence 11

Fence 12a

Fence 12a

Fence 12b

Fence 12b

Fence 13

Fence 13

Fence 14a

Fence 14a

Fence 14b

Fence 14b

Fence 15

Fence 15

Fence 16a

Fence 16a

Fence 16b

Fence 16b

Fence 17a

Fence 17a

Fence 17b

Fence 17b

Fence 18

Fence 18

Fence 20a

Fence 20a

Fence 20b

Fence 20b

Fence 20b alternative route

Fence 20b alternative route

Fence 21 almost done

Fence 21 almost done

Fence 22

Fence 22

Finish a welcome sight!

Finish a welcome sight!

Said Julia: “I am looking forward to riding this course and feel honoured to be riding here. We have worked so hard to get to this point. The fences are well built and the distances are good. I am a little concerned, though, at the length – it will be the longest course Marvin has ever done and it’s quite technical in places and the fences seem to come up quite fast. I’m not worried about any particular fence but there is that long pull up the hill so I must remember to save some petrol in the tank for that as well as riding forward to the fences.”

The rest of the afternoon was spent preparing – polishing boots, cleaning tack and plaiting Marvin up.

Nerves are setting in a little!

Nerves are setting in a little!

Getting spick and span for tomorrow

Getting spick and span for tomorrow