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April 17, 2016

Open de Bourgogne

Filed under: Events,Places,Weather — Tags: , — Mary @ 18:26

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.

April 28, 2013

The Open de Bourgogne

Filed under: Events,Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Mary @ 21:40

 What a horrible weekend!  I thought summer had arrived but I was wrong.

You had to be an enthusiast to be out and about. After an unbearably hot Thursday the temperature plummeted and it rained most of Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday afternoon it even snowed!

Unfortunately it was the weekend for one of the biggest horse events of the year in Cluny, the four day Open de Bourgogne featuring the regional pony clubs. 1500 riders had enrolled, including 700 children for the pony games. There was the usual jumping and dressage events but also carriage racing, voltige, horse carrousel, Western riding, endurance and  horseball.


We watched some of the pony games to pick up some tips.  We occasionally play pony games as an end of term treat at Laizé.  It’s best to check that the girth is tight and don’t get the pony so excited that it gallops off when you are trying to get back on board. Some of the girls could just swing up into the saddle no matter how fast the horse was going. Would that I could but I think I’m a bit too old for that!

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