It was a great weekend in Cluny for horse and rider. The Open de Bourgogne is a four day event which covers eleven different disciplines. Every manège was constantly in use at the Equivallée and the Haras, and the voltige and horse-ball were over at the equestrian centre. The long distance endurance events started and finished at the Hippodrome. It was a shame about the rain as there were heavy showers every day with storms in the evenings. The pré Tazerot with the pony games became a bit of a quagmire after Saturday night’s downpour, and we didn’t see as much horse-ball as we would have liked as the rain set in mid-afternoon on the Sunday.
Jumping at the carrieè du Rochefort
The Open started with the usual dressage and jumping events which always interest us but there were also plenty of fun events. And new events. We once had lessons in voltige but it was the first time we had seen a competition.
Here each member of the team performs the same routine…
but the freestyle is more fun
Pony games, a test of speed and accuracy
Attelage can also be fast and furious
Rather more serene were the équifun and trec events, obstacle courses and tests for all ages and abilities. With the little riders the commentator helped when they lost their way and sounded genuinely pleased when they did well.
The little ones managed quite well
but it was not so easy for some of the bigger ones
We managed to miss the équifeel where the horses without bridle or saddle must respond to the voice and signals of the trainer but hopefully we will get to see that next year.
Events at the Equivallée continue as next weekend it’s the CSO Grand National and the weekend after it’s pony games. Cluny’s a great place to be if you like horses.