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Originally Posted by mountainbells
Does anyone know what the speed and distances were for phase A-D in the old FEI long format 1*-4*...before the switch over to all short format?
Also, anyone have info on how the really old events were run..say in the 1920-1940's. Seems like there was some grueling events.
You have to remember that in days of yore, there were no civilian events. It was all cavalry, so the cross country would have been set up to mimic the questions that the cavalry would have been likely to face. Parenthetically, all of the horse mounted services in the United States required their officers to foxhunt, and quite a few of the cavalry forts sponsored their own hunts. I had a friend who was a mounted artillery officer, and he was required to foxhunt even when he was in the reserves in New Jersey. He also foxhunted during WWII at Fort Leavenworth (I think was Leavenworth).
So one would assume that the sort of XC in eventing in those days was somewhat similar to foxhunting, with the special kinds of fences that were prevalent in the various countries. There is a clip on youtube of some of the XC in the 1936 Olympics.
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I know it's *just* wikipedia, but there's some interesting info there. ie: Olympics: From 1924 til 1967, there was a 2km gallop as Phase E after XC. Cross country day in 1924 was A = 7km @ 240mpm.... B = 4km @ 550-600mpm... C = 15km @ 240mpm.... D = 8km @ 450mpm.... E = 2km @ 333mpm. Total time = 2 hours, 1 minute, 47 seconds. much longer than in the 90s when I started, but also slower (except A and C). And more in line with what I remember someone posting somewhere not too long ago. I want to say it was either mid-30s or mid-50s breakdown of the time on XC day vs. Athens olympics. Really sad IMHO that we've taken that element away from the sport.
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