If cross-country is your absolute fave thing to do, don’t despair because it’s the end of the eventing season. You can still get your XC fix by taking part in arena eventing competitions.
What is it?
Arena eventing involves jumping round a course of showjumps then continuing straight into a course of cross-country style fences. As well as needing to jump clear you’ll be timed, and the winner will be the rider with the fewest penalties who’s closest to the optimum time.
It’s a good idea to go along to an arena eventing competition as a spectator, so you can see what’s involved. If you can’t do this, try to watch some videos online.
What fences will I jump?
The cross-country section will probably include fences that are similar to those you’d find when eventing or doing a hunter trial, such as rolltops, brushes, skinnies and corners, and there could even be a fence made to look like a ditch.
If you or your pony are unfamiliar with fences like these, it’s a good idea to create them in the arena at your yard and practise them before you compete – ask your instructor to help you. If your yard doesn’t have any rustic-style fences, try and hire a venue that does.
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