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This year at Burghley part 2

We continue listing the Burghley fences that Andrew Hoy considers to be the most difficult. The entire article is available in the recent edition of Horse & Hound. Andrew discusses the fences and tricky terrain that’s ahead for all riders. The four-star Burghley course is tricky to say the least.

Fence 12

Waterloo Logs

Difficulty rating – 8/10

“On the flat you’d just gallop at these huge logs, which measure the best part of 3m front to back. But with a large grassy mound to canter over on the approach, it’s a real four-star fence.”

Fence 19abc

Land Rover Dairy Mound

Difficulty rating – 8/10

“These two steps up to a simple box hedge at the top measure 1.10m, but a horse has to jump about 1.35m to have space to get his landing gear down.”

Fence 25

Burghley Station

Difficulty rating – 8/10

“Situated at the bottom of a moderately steep hill, this vast white timber oxer is of maximum dimensions.”

All this fence talk us really got us in the mood for Burghley!! If you are here come and say hello. Our stand will be in The World of the Horse Marquee at The Lions Bridge.

This year at Burghley

Horse & Hound has printed a great article by double Burghley winner, Andrew Hoy. He discusses the fences and tricky terrain that’s ahead for all riders. The four-star Burghley course is tricky to say the least. In the article Andrew talks us through all the fences and their difficulties. We have listed the fences you should look out for and the ones he thinks are the most challenging…

Fence 4abc

Leaf Pit Classic

Key fence

Difficulty rating – 8/10

“There’s no choice of fences to jump before the drop this year…The direct route should ride well, as it is very inviting, fair and not very narrow. The longer alternative is really easy, but the sharp left and right to get back on course afterwards will break horses’ rhythm and tire them in the long run.!

Fence 6 & 7abc

Discovery Valley

Difficulty rating – 8/10

“…it’s a clever fence. It’s flagged to make you think it should be tackled straight, but in fact it needs riding on a gentle curve.”

Fence 10 &11ab

Land Rover Trout Hatchery

Difficulty rating – 9/10

“Fence 10 is a really big brush ‘basket’ surmounted with goose eggs, in the first Trout Hatchery water, with another big grassy knoll on the approach. Arrive at it underpowered or in incorrect balance and it won’t be a nice experience.”

There are 3 more fences that Andrew considers the most difficult. Keep an eye out for future WOW Saddle posts to find out which ones they are…

We’re at Burghley Horse Trials

With Badminton unfortunately being cancelled this year, Burghley is expected to be buzzing and WOW Saddles invites you to join them and share in the fun!

Burghley Horse Trials, running from the 30th August – 2nd September 2012, is based in Stamford, Lincolnshire and is set to be an exciting few days.

Dressage is first on the agenda and begins at 9am  in the main arena. Dressage continues on the Friday with other events such as the Burghley Young Event Horse Finals and the British Bred Sport Horse Stallion Parade taking place.

The spectators favourite, the cross country starts at 11am on the Saturday and will hopefully keep us all entertained.

Sunday sees the Show Jumping take place followed by a parade of foxhounds and presentation of prizes.

Great News!

The WOW Saddles stand will be in The World of the Horse Marquee at The Lions Bridge.

Interested customers can try a range of saddles on WOW’s mechanical horse on the stand, and if they are interested in purchasing a saddle and arranging for a fitting, can complete a specification sheet that can be exchanged with a WOW retailer for 10% discount on a new saddle.

This is valid on orders placed with a retailer before 30 November 2012.

What helped diminish unsightly and uncomfortable skin lumps on Francis Whittington’s ride Sir Percival?

This video shows WOW’s sponsored event rider Francis Whittington at Burghley 2011.

“The horses are now all much freer through their shoulders both on the flat and when jumping. I love the ease of adaptability to fit different horses, being able to fine tune them and make subtle changes to the balance while on board which would be impossible in a traditionally flocked saddle. Sir Percival had lumps on his back before I started using the WOW on him, and they are now diminishing. Not only do they sit well on the horses but I can now ride in comfort too,” he says.

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