This jump was used in the cross country course. It is huge! The other side of the jump is just as wide as the side that you can see here.
The driving marathon day starts with a 6k drive through the fields. Then they have to walk for 1k. There is a 10 minute vet hold and then they start the obstacles.
The obstacles are timed and they get 0.2 penalty points for every second they spend in the obstacle. So they go full out in each obstacle.
Obstacle 1 is hard to see because the hedges are high.
This may be Tomas Eriksson of Sweden but I won’t swear to that.
This is a better video but a way worse go. Bill Long of the US. Strong language alert.
We got here early and walked the marathon course. There are eight obstacles with multiple pieces in each. The course is on the same ground as the cross country course so I’ve been posing on some of the huge jumps. It confirmed that I have no desire to be an eventer.
We’ll be moving around to see all eight obstacles. Pictures and hopefully video to follow. I know that if was doing this I would be hopelessly confused.
I need a flag on a stick.
That’s what I’ve learned so far from watching the World Equestrian Games. I subscribed to the FEI TV site so I can watch everything. The games are also on Universalsports.com but they are only showing the three Olympic events – dressage, show jumping, and eventing. I care more about seeing the driving and vaulting and endurance.
Right now I’m watching the reining. I don’t really care about reining but it is fun.
My mother and I are driving down in two weeks to see the Driving Marathon phase and the vaulting finals live. We need flags on sticks to wave from the stands.