video: a PointTwo failure to deploy
In this month's Eventing mag, there's a reader-submitted photo (it's the annual contest) of Clayton Fredericks clearing the Cottesmore Leap at Burghley without his horse. I can't find the photo online, but it clearly and spectacularly shows CF about 18" above the ground, thrown fully clear of his horse (who isn't in the photo, as he's in the ditch on the other side of the fence) but it's also fully clear that the P2 is not inflating yet. Moreover, as CF is so close to the ground and traveling at speed, it's unlikely that the P2 will inflate or begin to inflate before he hits the ground.
Interest firmly piqued, I found this video on YouTube. Someone got an excellent view of the obstacle, and it appears that CF gets to his feet with a vest that is still not inflated.
This fall is exactly the type of fall in which a P2 should be useful -- one in which the rider is thrown clear of the horse from a reasonable height (horse height) off the ground. I would think this is just about the ideal circumstance, however unfortunate, to showcase the benefits of the P2.
So, what happened here? Did the vest fail to deploy? Did CF not have a lanyard and canister hooked up?