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Welcome to our photo essay of some of the events at this year's Royal International Horse Show.

Text by Ginny Smith and all photographs courtesy of Fiona McOuat.

A photo album of the action at the "crossover point" from the main SJ arena to the XC course; in particular, the House and Hound Hedge, the Amlin Plus Straw Bales, and the Sheep Pens complex of gates and hurdles.  This was an especially tricky jump, calling for amazing control and accuracy from the first element to the second gate, and many horses had both gates down.  The shining stars in how to do this properly were Mark Kyle on Step in Time, Gary Parsonage on Peter Street, and the wonderful Lenamore who never seems to get any older!


Michael Whitaker looked like a natural eventer (see the photo of him totally relaxed over the H&H Hedge).


Electric Royale, ridden by Brian Cassidy, was an elegant jumper, making a near-perfect shape over the jumps.


Shane Breen, the eventual winner, stormed round on Dorada II, looking like he was having to battle with a very strong horse some of the time, but he seems to have gone into the record books as recording the fastest time ever in the Eventing GP.


10 of the 25 competitors either retired or were eliminated : Peter Lear on Bob le Cob (a very popular local 10th place) slipped and almost fell in the water before the Arrowhead, both horse and rider getting very wet, but somehow Peter managed to stay on and they kept going, the horse almost having to be lifted over the last few jumps he was so exhausted.  He got round on his heart and courage rather than his athleticism!

Royal International Horse Show - Hickstead 2010

The Eventing Grand Prix

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