10 Tips for Brilliant Cross-Country Rounds

Cross-country riding is a game of reactions. Your priorities are to ride your line, judge your speed, and maintain rhythm and balance across undulating terrain over fixed, solid obstacles. By the time you head out on course, you will have spent countless hours developing tools within your horse’s training and walked your course carefully, but it is your ability to react and respond to what is happening underneath you that makes for safe, confidence-boosting cross-country rounds. UK-based Canadian event rider Rebecca Howard’s top-ten finish at the 2016 Olympics in Rio made her the top female eventing athlete at the Games. Rebecca has ridden for Canada at Olympic, Pan American and World Equestrian Games level, as well as earned top-12 results at Badminton, Burghley, Kentucky, and Luhmühlen. She has been based in Wiltshire, England, since 2012. Here are some of Rebecca’s tried-and-true strategies that will help you ride safely and effectively…

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