Wednesday, 11 April 2018


In his second year as course designer Eric Winter has taken the traditional line and reversed the direction of the Badminton Course.  Starting as ever in the main arena over the familiar flower bed, the ASX Starter (1) riders head left to a choice of inviting Rolex Feeder roll top spreads (2), one of very few portable fences on this track.

Earthworks have created a mound on the way through the car park where there is an impressive fallen tree on the top, the HorseQuest Hump (3).  This is designed to break up the natural flatness of the park on the way to the HorseQuest Quarry (4 AB), which Eric describes as back to being how God intended it, with a dry stone wall drop in and its counterpart coming left on the top of the incline.
To avoid a flat out gallop there is a deviation through the trees to a very skinny brush with ditch to the fore on quite a sharp angle, the Rolex Grand Slam Skinny (5).  It is then a right turn heading to Huntsman’s Close which this time consists of three very chunky logs on a tight turn (6 AB).

The new Traders Table (7) then keeps the rhythm going before last year’s log into the Lake (8), the Wadworths Water, this time transported to the House end of the water hazard.  The entry to The Lake proper is the same route as last year over another massive log, with a brush in the water with a sharp right turn to a narrow brush up the slope (9 ABC).

For the first time in many years the Mitsubishi L200s pickups (10) now come after the Lake as the riders go in front of the tented village and jump left over the imposing World Horse Welfare Gates (11).  Next comes a choice of maximum size parallels, the Formulate! White Oxers (12) and onto a natural Stick Pile (13).  Turning right out of the Deer Park are a choice of corners (14), up a steep mound with a post and rails on the top (15) then down to another choice of corners away (16) at the Outlander PHEV Mound.

Heading towards the Luckington Lane is a massive triple bar with a drop, the Devoucoux Quad Bar (17).  The following obstacle is perhaps simpler this time with a rail in and a parallel out (18 AB) at the Eclipse Cross Pond, then up the small hill over a let up brush, the Vicarage Rolltop (19) to the Hildon Water Pond, which consists of a log, slope into the pond, a running water trough and a hedge up the incline (20 ABC).

The yawning National Star Trakehner (21) is next before the classic KBIS Vicarage Vee (22, 23) and then back into the Park over a rail, down to a ditch and up and out over a narrow house (24 ABCD), the Shogun Hollow.

The Countryside Haywain (25) comes next in front of the House, then it is the portable wooden box followed by the boxed in corners, the Joules Corners, formerly used in Huntsman’s Close (26 ABC).
First seen last year is a very square BHS Table (27) then up past the steps to the Crooked S Bullfinch on the mound (28).

Coming down the hill is a box brush followed by two skinny moustache jumps at an angle (29 ABC), Savills Escalator.

Three from home is the old standard Fischer Brush (30), a beautifully carved single log (31), the Rolex Treetrunk and into the arena to the prize winning Shogun Sport Saddles (32).

The general feeling of the course is rustically impressive.

Monday, 9 April 2018

Great Witchingham Horse Trials - A Super Day Out

And we had some Norfolk sunshine!
Photo ©Harveywetdog

My second trip out for 2018 was to Great Witchingham in Norfolk for the Friday of their March International Horse Trials.

Okay it is long way from Gloucester to Norwich and travelling anywhere on a Friday isn't a great idea but I was rewarded with some sunshine, four different cross country courses, sublime water complexes and a host of top class riders.

The link to the YouTube playlist is provided below.

Tweseldown Horse Trials - My Season Opener of Choice

William Fox-Pitt at Tweseldown
Photo ©Harveywetdog

Thursday at Tweseldown 2018 was significant; not only was it my first event of 2018 but it was also my first event using the new Sony HXR-NX80 video 4K video camera.

Follow the attached link to my playlist of the 8 videos I have produced from the BE100, Intermediate and Advanced Intermediate Competitions.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Izzy Taylor seeks new sponsor following the end of her successful association with KBIS

Izzy Taylor and Artful Trinity at Great Witchingham International 2018
Photo ©Harveywetdog

Izzy Taylor, Britain's most successful female event rider of 2017, is offering businesses or individuals a major sponsorship opportunity following the end of her 10 year association with KBIS Insurance. 

Friday, 30 March 2018

Getting Ready for Weston Park Horse Trials 2018

Weston Park 2016
Photo ©Harveywetdog

All being well, and obviously very dependent on the weather at the moment, my next Eventing videoing venue will be Saturday at Weston Park for the Novice Competitions and the Pony Trials. This is my first trip to Weston Park since the last time I was there in Autumn 2016.

Read all the details in the Weston Park Press Release below.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Baileys Jumping and Style Championship 2018 at Hartpury: My first trip out

Top Three Behind Sponsors Branding

My first trip out with the new Sony NX80 4K camera took me to Hartpury on Saturday 17th February to capture the action in the Novice Open Championship.

Here's a link to videos of the winning rides.

The Ancient Ash Logo

I wanted to develop a new brand name for my videos shot on the Sony NX80 and as we'd recently been informed we were the proud "owners" of an ancient Ash tree thought that Ancient Ash had a reasonably enigmatic sound to it and decided to go with that - this is how I produced the logo though phone, iPad and PC.