The event culminates in the excitement of stadium jumping against the clock, where just one hoof put wrong can mean the difference between winning the biggest prize money for Eventing in the Southern Hemisphere and nothing….
Competing in reverse order of placing, horse and rider negotiate a twisting course of up to 14 obstacles as the clock ticks on, incurring penalties for dropped rails, refusals and run-outs. A single rail down adds four penalties to their score, if they drop two, it’s eight penalties. Many a rider who has been leading throughout the dressage and cross country phases has lost the competition with a stray rail or time penalties in the closing moments of the round. It is not until the final rider is through the finish flags that the winner is known, keeping spectators, competitors and commentators on their toes to the very end.