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I’m aware that this is a controversial topic for some people – but I myself have always been a huge fan of horseback riding in general and show jumping in particular. So for me one of the highlights Hamburg has to offer is the annual “Deutsches Spring- und Dressur Derby” in Hamburg Klein Flottbek. The parcours is supposed to be (one of the, if not the) most challenging show jumping courses in the world. It was established in 1920 by Eduard Pulvermann has almost not been altered ever since. Here are some impressions of the 2nd qualifying round on May 30th 2014.

 

Longines obstacle

Longines obstacle

Baker Tilly Roelfs obstacle

Baker Tilly Roelfs obstacle

Water jump

Water jump

 

One of the biggest (and definitely most dangerous) challenges is The Wall. It is about 3 meters high and falls away sharply. Many horses refuse to go down – those who do have to find a way to somehow get themselves and their riders down safely. Most choose to kind of slide down and jump in the process…

Do I really do this?! (Cell phone picture)

Do I really do this?! (Cell phone picture)

Horse sliding down the wall (cell phone picture)

Horse sliding down the wall (cell phone picture)

Horse sliding down the wall

Horse sliding down the wall

… but this horse chose to just go ahead and jump! The audience stopped breathing for a while – but luckily, those two must have had a professional guarding angel watching over them and they landed safely!

Jumping...

Jumping…

... and landing safely

… and landing safely

I’m excited for the finale tomorrow – crossing my fingers for all horses and riders to make it to the finish line safely! Good luck!

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