Equestrians can sit tall in the saddle - one hay munching, cat eating specimen has conquered the snarling, roaring power of a petrol-driven steed.
LV & CU Course builders at work
SCU PAN From motorcyclist preparing to rider seated on horse
TV PAN Motorcyclist and horseman commence race jumping over various obstacles (first two upright fences)
LV PAN (same shot) motorcyclist gains ground over the two banks fences but loses it on tight turn to next fence
LV PAN (same shot) Horseman and cyclist together over the next two fences and round the turn
LV PAN (same shot) three more fences jumped together with motor cyclist losing ground on turn
LV PAN Horseman leads into the final fence and just holds on (62) and wins and crowd applaud as he canters round
STV Horseman receives Cup
SV PAN Crowd applaud as horseman and cyclist do a lap of honour
SPORT: HORSE RACING & MOTORCYCLE RACING
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Background: Equestrians can sit tall in the saddle - one hay munching, cat eating specimen has conquered the snarling, roaring power of a petrol-driven steed. A French horse has beaten a trials motorcycle in a hurdle race.
It happened in Barbizon, France, the smart region of the horsey set south of Paris. On Sunday (12 May) after some intense training, Cyrus, a sturdy but sleek jumper ridden by M. Roger Bost, lined up alongside the cracking Bultaco motorcycle of top French Trials rider M. Olivier de la Garoullaye.
At the "Off the both sped away towards the first obstacle. Cyrus took it in his stride. Garoullaye urged his Bultaco onto a ramp and, side by side animal and machine flew through the air for a safe landing. It was neck and handlebar all the way. Obstacle after obstacle the competitors raced in unison, but at each jump Cyrus had the edge.
There was never more than a yard (metre) in it with the lead changing back and north of the flat. Into the last fence and a valiant effort by Cyrus pushed him past the post first with the Bultaco a close but spluttering second.