Originally Posted by upnover
So, I've jumped some cross country jumps and done derbies out on a giant grass field but that's as far as my "eventing" (ha) knowledge goes! After watching the Olympics I have a few questions... And yes, they're total noob questions but we all have to start somewhere!
1) How high are the stadium jumps? (in the olympics) How high are the biggest cross country jumps? I Thought the announcer was saying something about "maximum height allowed" or something.
2) How long is that course??
3) Do they stay at that speed the entire time??
4) Do you do a course walk? Hopefully by golf cart??
5) What is the average number of adult beverages one must consume to be brave enough to gallop over these very very solid jumps??
1)By FEI rules, XC jumps at CCI**** can be maximum 1.20mx1.20m, and the Olympics are classified as a CCI***/* special event. The stadium first round is max 1.25m and second round max 1.30m. The cross country jumps are always slightly smaller, as they are solid - the combinations are what makes them difficult rather than purely the size. These are max heights though, and not all the jumps will be 1.20 in height.
2) 3.5 miles, 45 individual 'efforts' but classed as 28 jumps, to be done in 10 min 3 sec.
3) The ones who seemed to do best started at a fairly steady pace, and built it up - especially brining the pace up through the last, less twisty part of the course. The ones who gunned it form the start seemed to tire. But cross country pacing is part of the challenge.
4) Yes, they would do a course walk - they will have been calculating strides between fences and lines through combinations etc. Interetsingly, lots of the riders said that, whilst the stridings looked long when they walked the course, the horses seems to open up quite well through that course to the point that the stridings rode shorter than they had walked.
5) I personally would have to be blind drunk to even attempt it. ;)