Each class is made up of three elements: Dressage, Showjumping and Cross-country. This demonstrates the horse and rider’s ability at three very different disciplines and the winner is the competitor with the lowest overall score (least penalties accrued) at the end of completing all three elements. There were three courses the BE90, BE100 and Novice course with various classes being run at full capacity over each course. The old turf at Larkhill provided excellent running conditions and it was lovely to see so many horses and riders who were clearly very pleased to be back out competing post Covid restrictions.
Fence number 3 “The Flower Box” displayed the Parker Bullen banner and was flanked on either side with AS90s visually demonstrating Parker Bullen’s strong relationship with the military. This fence proved to be a nice settler at the beginning of the course.
Amongst the competitors were many well-known names of the sport including Laura Collette, William Fox-Pitt and Mary King who were all out on young horses. It was also nice to see many local riders riding competitively against these household names.
Next year is already being looked at with great anticipation as an event that will be open to the public and run without any Covid restrictions.