- Optimum time should be 550 meters per minute (about 20 mph), so this is their average speed
- Fixed fences are a maximum of 3'9", brush fences max 4'5"
- The max depth (like an oxer) of the top of a fence is 5'3"
- Drops (jumping down off of a ledge) can be max 5'11"
It was pretty damn impressive. When we first saw the riders, they were coming out of the woods. On a pretty steep downhill, they jumped three logs/drops in a row (a fence in front of a drop), then made a hard right turn to another fence and into the neighboring field.
We could walk around to see the neighboring field, where they'd jump a few fences, come around, go up a hill, jump two fences on top of the hill, go down, through water, jump up a bank out of the water, over a fence, hard left turn (almost 90 degrees) to a fence that was in front of a drop to the water (so they jump up, and land further down in the water), then out of the water and over a narrow fence and away.
It gave me chills. I think I actually teared up at some points, it was so intense. After they did the water complex and a few other fences, they came galloping past about 10 or 20 feet from us. There is so much power in those horses.
All of the people I ride with were going "Wow, that's amazing...they're crazy."
I was going "Wow, that's amazing...I want to do that."
I know McKinna doesn't have it in her to go Intermediate or probably even Prelim (next level down). But I'll take her as far as we can both go.
And boy, do I have big plans for future horses.