Cross Country

Cross country is possibly the most exciting phase of eventing and involves jumping a series of solid obstacles across the country against the clock. It also takes places as a stand alone competition in the form hunter trials or as a team in team chasing.

In this category you can find all my posts following recent competitions including course walks of top cross country courses such as Badminton and Burghley. Plus you can find top tips to improve your cross country riding.

wont wait at Burghley 2019

This morning we knew the cross country phase would really shake up the rankings with the majority of the field being within 20 penalties (1 refusal) of the overnight leader Pippa Funnell. Any mistake from the leaders would be costly and likely drop them down the leaderboard. This combined with…

cross country course at badminton, the savills staircase

This has been something I have been umming and ahhing about writing as a blog post as it is just a massive rant! I love attending Badminton, it’s always a fantastic week and I love following all the action. Everyone there is absolutely lovely. But I am really frustrated by…

Badminton House

Yesterday I walked the majority of Saturday’s cross country course to get a feel for it and try to decide which areas are going to cause problems. So if you are attending on Saturday, hopefully this little guide will help you decide what bits to watch to see the most…

National Star Trakehner badminton

I have been holding off on writing about this topic as what with all the drama on social media this week around the topic I didn’t want to get caught up in the arguments. However, with the BHS announcing that they will be taking the issue further with the FEI,…

Leonidas II badminton cross country

Yesterdays cross country was incredibly challenging for all the horses and riders competing thanks to a number of factors. The leaderboard was really shaken up, largely thanks to the changes in dressage scoring making the other phases more influential. But this should mean that today’s show jumping should be really…

Stick Pile & Sam Griffiths

Some of you may have seen that I was extremely lucky to win a cross country course walk with Sam Griffiths today. This was a fantastic opportunity to not only get a good look the fences before watching the professionals tackle them, but also to get an inside look of…

schooling scottie

Instead of doing the whole New Year New Me thing many people attempt at the start of each year, I have taken a rather different route. It is no secret that I was left frustrated after last year. I had big ideas for last year, but due to several unfortunate…

Scottie going over the poles, example of chestnut coat genetics.

Last week me and Scottie travelled to Keysoe for our first ever training camp and I had a fantastic time. For those of you who don’t know what a training camp, think about pony club camp, but for adults. You and your horse stay away with friends and get to…