Tuesday Video From Dubarry: How to Ride the Hickstead Bank

(Without peeing your pants.)

The next time you run into a 10’6″ drop followed by a 5’3″ vertical, you’ll be glad you watched this.

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Irish competitor Michael Whyte and Highpark Lad descend the Derby bank in 2011. Photo: Owain Davies/Wikimedia Commons/Creative Commons License

The Hickstead Bank is one of the most fearsome and iconic obstacles of the annual Hickstead Derby competition, held annually in June in Britain. It was built in the early ’60s by the event’s founder Douglas Bunn who, after seeing a bit of footage of Germany’s Hamburg Derby, decided to take it up a notch by adding an additional nine inches to the height. It arrives late in the course and can be disorienting for tired or inexperienced horses — Horse & Hound has a great collection of “how NOT to do it” photos here.

So how DO you jump it? Irish show jumper Shane Breen shares some tips.

Shane’s strategy in action: He and┬áKEC Alicante made it look like a piece of cake in the 2012 Derby (they reach the Bank at about 2:05).

Want to see more? Check out this helmet cam video from France’s La Boule Derby.

Many thanks to reader Lynn for the tip.

Go Dubarry. Go Riding!

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