Jumping at the Royal/ posted in: Horses
Show jumping is the big draw at the horse show. We started the afternoon watching the Junior/Amateur championship. Kids and amateurs so you know, little jumps, right?
The big class of the evening was the $75,000 Ricoh Big Ben Challenge. When I was here a gazillion years ago, Big Ben was competing. He was a superstar. When it was his turn to come in the ring the lights would dim and he’d come in with a spotlight on him. I don’t know how he managed to jump with all the camera flashes going off in his face. His rider, Ian Millar, is still competing. Here he is this year with Star Struck.
The maximum height of the jumps in this class was 1.6 meters (5′ 3″).
Sometimes things don’t go so well. This horse didn’t fall or get hurt but he demolished that jump.