Cross Country Course 2016
The cross country course
starts out in familiar fashion over the Bedmax Bales (1) and the Renasan Log
(2) that will help to settle the nerves. The Land Rover Above & Beyond (3) is in the corner of the Trade Stand field
and is one the riders always fear with the dark wood and the steep descent
behind. Courage, commitment and positive riding is the order of the day here
even though this is so early on.
All will enjoy coming back out of the woods and into the Trade Stand area over the Walnut Hill Equine Vets Wall (4) and the ‘roller coaster’ down over the Hampton’s International House(5). However as riders come up the bank to the Smith & Williamson’s Offset (6) they approach the first question of steering and accuracy. The Hedges are natural and on ninety degrees and just one stride apart before taking another three strides to a very missable Triple Brush.
Now out on Avening Banks horses and riders will feel like they are in open countryside. The Equistro Wall (7) has no drop this year but The Pol Roger Champagne Bar (8) is impressive and needs respect.
Rider’s will need to keep the revs up as they cross the lane over the BETA Wall (9). The wall is simple enough but it’s a steep climb up the bank the other side. The Hampton’s International Wall (10) is fun but straightforward as horses come out the dark into the light.
Its then back across the lane to the Dodson & Horrell Staypower (11). No drop this year after the wall but four strides to a narrow Brush will need everyone’s focus and attention as the ground runs away to the right and begs the dreaded glance off.
Its then down the hill on Avening Banks to the most intense section of the course starting with The Equex China Pond (12). The Log into the water should not hold too many fears but the Triple Brush after will have rider’s attention as the ground falls away both in front and after the Brush. The Event Rider Masters Corner (13) is again not too easy. Riders will need a good jump at the Log Pile if they are not to miss the Corner four strides later. Its then quickly back to the Equex China Pond (14) where there is a big Log into the Water followed by yet another Corner. The water behind them riders will be able to relax a bit over the massive but straight forward Equi-Trek Double Brush (15) but the Jon William Stables Wall (16) has been on the course since the very first horse trials. Its downhill approach means riders always have to be careful here.
Land Rover at The Folly (17) is always one of the Festival’s ‘signature’ fences. This year is no exception. Riders will need to keep coming with a bit of pace at the first Double Brush in order to make the four strides work to the angled House and again to the Corner as the ground drops away to the Park Bowl behind.
The Gatehouse Trakhener (18) is an old favourite before the climb up to the Event Rider Masters House (19) at the top of the hill. All will then have time to catch their breath as they travel towards the House and the descent down to the BETA Combination (20). Riders will need to come quietly to the first flower roll if they are to retain control down to the narrow Triple Brush
They then turn to the Harrington’s Oxer (21) and the TopSpec Challenge (22) before the last question on the course, the Red Savannah Water Complex (23). The Log in has a big enough drop and riders will have to react quickly to do the three strides to the Boat in the water.
All should then enjoy the gallop home over the Joules Picnic Table (24) and the EHOA Finale (25).
Hopefully riders will enjoy the changes this year. Either way the winner will be a worthy champion around the terrain of Gatcombe Park!
OPEN CIC3* including ERM Cross Country course
DODSON & HORRELL BRITISH NOVICE CHAMPIONSHIP
SMITH & WILLIAMSON BRITISH INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP
TOPSPEC CHALLENGE FOR THE CORINTHIAN CUP
CROSS COUNTRY APP 2016
App are pleased to be working in partnership with The Festival of British
Eventing 2016, presented by The British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA), to
provide digital interactive cross country maps for the benefit and enjoyment of
everyone involved in the event at Gatcombe Park, 5-7th August,
including riders, spectators, organising team and officials.
Eventing enthusiasts around the world can browse online interactive maps showing the tracks and fences for the various classes, including The CIC3* British Open Championship which this year will include the fourth leg of the exciting Event Rider Masters series 2016.
Expert audio commentary from Philip Surl is available on The TopSpec Challenge for The Corinthian Cup, a National Restricted Novice Championship course. Philip is the British Eventing Assistant High Performance Manager who has led British teams competing in the Nations Cup Competition.
The 2016 CrossCountry App course maps are available to view here and on Cross Country App’s course library (https://www.crosscountryapp.com/courses)
via Smartphone, Tablet and PC or can be downloaded to an iPad or iPhone with the CrossCountry App.
The 2016 courses will be available from Friday 5th August 2016.
ABOUT CROSS COUNTRY APP
The App was created for the sport by eventing enthusiasts to help event riders at all levels to memorise their courses and help them to ride to time.
As a rider or App user walks the course with their iDevice, CrossCountry App creates a course track with fence positions overlaid on a Google satellite map, measures the course with GPS tracking and automatically calculates minute markers. Photographs, videos, comments, audio notes and striding can then be added to create a lasting record of the course which can be referred to whenever required prior to setting out on their cross country round.
Riders can record their own course, or add to one pre-recorded by the event organizer or another rider.
Coaches and riders at all levels, including Olympic medalists Ingrid Klimke and Clayton Fredericks, top professional riders Francis Whittington and Paul Tapner, grassroot riders and pony club members use CrossCountry App to help visualize their courses and plan their ride.
The App is easy to use and works without mobile phone reception or internet.
CrossCountry App (required for recording) or CrossCountry App Lite is available to download to iPad or iPhones (4S and above) via iTunes or the App Store, or go to https://www.crosscountryapp.com/
For more information about the Event Rider Masters series, please visit http://www.eventridersmasters.tv
THESE MAPS ARE BEST VIEWED IN FULL SCREEN MODE. CLICK ON ANY JUMP, SCROLL LEFT AND RIGHT THROUGH THE JUMPS AND DOWN TO SEE MULTIPLE PICTURES OF SOME FENCES. LISTEN TO AUDIO FROM PHILIP SURL.
FOR EXTRA FEATURES INCLUDING MINUTE MARKERS, AND TO RECORD YOUR OWN CROSS COUNTRY COURSES, DOWNLOAD CROSSCOUNTRY APP (SEE ABOVE)