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During the early to mid 1990s Robert Yates made various obstacles for the cross country courses at most of the top international Horse Trials, including Badminton, Burghley and Bramham. Like all of Robert's work, the 'waves' are woven around a steel skeleton for structural strength and rigidity.

Horse Trials

Cross Country Obstacles

In October 2005, after almost nine years since he last contributed to the Horse Trials world, Robert approached the Director of Badminton with the idea of building a 3D 'surf wave' and was commissioned to make four of them to form one of the water combination obstacles at Badminton 2006. They have subsequently been used as the main feature fences at the world famous 'Lake obstacles'. These 'waves' are about 12' wide, 4' deep and just under 4' tall. They weigh 300kg each. Like all of Robert's work, the 'waves' are woven around a steel skeleton for structural strength and rigidity. For extra strength and rigidity, Robert and his team used a heavy duty weave which was very time consuming but gave the waves almost a kind of armour plating! It was amazing how much the waves flexed on impact, only to spring back immediately afterwards. Although incredibly solid, they do have quite a bit of 'give' in them which has got to be a good thing for both horses and riders! After nine years of use, Robert was asked to make three new waves for Badminton 2015 and despite being jumped by about 80 horses, apart from a few scuffs and scrapes, the waves were as good as new afterwards.

 

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Previous Horse Trials work

While exhibiting at Burghley in 1991, and although not at all 'horsey', Robert could see the potential in making obstacles out of willow in terms of design and that 'something different' factor which might appeal to the general public. Over the years he has made anything from an African-style village with witches' huts, to a Venetian gondola, giant cornucopia, as well as a 'live' 3D cork screw fence.

 

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The Early Days

1991, 1992 and 1993. Suffolk Show, Burghley and Norfolk Show.

 

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Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

1996.

 

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The Chelsea Flower Show

1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002. Over the years Brampton Willows' award winning stands at the Chelsea Flower Show have demonstrated just how seamlessly willow blends in with all garden designs, traditional and contemporary.

 

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