Presented by Beta

4TH - 6TH AUGUST 2017

Cross Country Course 2017

Captain Mark Phillips – Co Chairman and Cross Country Course Designer at The Festival of British Eventing – gives you an insight into this year’s British Open Championship CIC3*, incorporating the Event Rider Masters cross country course.

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 as 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 Veterinary Wall (4) and the ‘roller coaster’ down over the Hamptons International House (5). However as riders come up the bank to the Smith & Williamson Offset (6ab) there is a brand new challenge as horses jump over a big hedge corner and then three strides to a skinny house. There is an alternative but riders will need to have their big game pants on here.

Now out on Avening Banks horses and riders will feel like they are in open countryside. The Richard Coglan Wall (7) and the enhanced Pol Roger Bar (8) are straight forward but need respect. Similarly the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) Wall (9) and the Hamptons International Barn (10) will hold few fears.

The Dodson & Horrell Staypower (11ab) coming back over the lane starts the most intensive part of the course and will need some thought as riders only have three strides to a skinny hedge having dropped down over the Wall.

The Equex China Pond (12ab) is brand new and while the Hedge before is not too daunting, riders will need to put the peddle to the metal as they come through the turn to the Log on top of the Bank. There are then only three strides before the Hedge into the House of Fraser Water Splash (13ab) and the missable Triple Brush five strides later.

There is a small respite over the large Event Rider Master (ERM) Log Pile (14) before they come back to the Log into House of Fraser Water Splash (15ab) and the large Double Brush that follows.

The Jon Williams Stables Wall (16) has not changed in over 30 years but has always commanded respect before the descent down into the Park Bowl to the brand new Neptune Kitchen (17), the Land Rover at The Folly (18ab) is again an old favourite but the angle to the Corner makes it as missable as ever this year.

The ERM Trakhener (19) is an old favourite as riders come down the hill at terrifying speed before climbing up the bank to a brand new Harringtons Arched Log (20), the product of one of last year’s winter storms.

Riders then continue up to the House over the BETA Double Brush (21) before descending into the bottom of the Park Bowl over the ERM Corner (22ab). The Diamond Brush Triple is simple enough, but the shape of the jump here will play a large part in determining how the riders solve the puzzle as to how to get the bending four strides to the Corner.

The TopSpec Saddle Horse (23) is simple enough but the ERM Oxer (24) needs respect as it is new and wide and is not a given with its downhill approach.

The Red Savannah Water (25) is an old favourite with the crowd as someone always takes an early bath here. It is the last question though and riders should enjoy the trip up the valley to the Finish over the Joules Wagon (26) and the Event Horse Owners Association (EHOA) Festival Finale (27) and a new finish line.

Hopefully riders will enjoy the changes this year. Either way the winner will be a worthy Champion around the terrain of Gatcombe Park!              



CROSS COUNTRY APP 2017

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE Cross Country Courses

CrossCountry App are pleased to be working in partnership with The Festival of British Eventing 2017, 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, 4-6th 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 2017

Expert audio commentary is available on The TopSpec Challenge for The Corinthian Cup, a National Restricted Novice Championship course.  

The 2017 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. 


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)