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    11-29-2011, 10:47 PM
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You gotta love those jumping derbies!!

You just have to LOVE the jumping derbies!! Half Grand Prix and half XC!! I wish they did more of them in the USA.

This first horse has a back long enough for a 747 to land on....but he sure can jump

Derby 2009 - YouTube

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    11-29-2011, 11:13 PM
Green Broke
Omg the supreme athleticism!!! Amazing to watch! And yeah what was up with that first horse's back?? Camera playing tricks maybe?
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    11-30-2011, 12:16 AM
I almost swallowed my tongue looking at those single pole in and outs in the second video. No ground pole or anything. That would scare the crap out of me...let alone the horse. My god.

I do agree that there needs to be more derbies here.
    11-30-2011, 03:59 PM
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They have them all over Europe. The Hickstead bank is famous.

    11-30-2011, 11:48 PM
I immediately thought of Hickstead (the course not the horse), which sent me down memory lane on youtube - watching videos of Milton.
    12-01-2011, 12:03 AM
That looks like so much fun! Things like this I've always wished I could do. The Hickstead bank would scare me though...
    12-01-2011, 05:42 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Horsesdontlie    
I almost swallowed my tongue looking at those single pole in and outs in the second video. No ground pole or anything. That would scare the crap out of me...let alone the horse. My god.

I do agree that there needs to be more derbies here.
That's the type of jump we do at home... We hardly ever have a ground line, or a filler or anything. We only jump fences without a ground line on our experienced horses though...

We have a derby held annually. Its called the Avis Derby and is held every August at the Kyalami Equestrian Park. It's amazing to watch
    12-01-2011, 07:29 PM
Thanks for sharing! I'm reading 'Winning' by Frank Chapot right now, and he strongly advises show jumpers not to pass by a horse with a long back. He likes the flexibility a long back provides in the air for clearing the higher distances.
    12-01-2011, 07:46 PM
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Alex, did you hear they had to change the Hickstead bank a couple of years ago? They brought the base out about seven feet, essentially making it less steep. The reasoning is that when the bank was built in the 60's, many people were riding such terrain in the hunt field, so no big problems. Now, few people get that type of experience and people were having big troubles with it. HA!!
    12-01-2011, 08:08 PM
That was EPIC!!! I wanna do that! Lol

And holy long back, Batman! O.o

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