Tag Archives: cross country

Dressage Diva does disciplines

By Georgina Roberts FEI definition: eventing “A formidable combination of cross-country, jumping and dressage. Eventing is often known as the triathlon of the equestrian world. A truly complete sport that tests both the horse and rider in all aspects of horsemanship, and one of the three Olympic disciplines.” Unofficial definition: eventing “Eventing is for people who realise one discipline isn’t ...

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Planning your cross country round

For some, riding across the country is the real essence of eventing. All those hours spent getting the horses balanced, on the aids and working in harmony with the rider come together on the cross country course. “It’s not just about going flat-out to beat the clock, although speed is one of the requirements – it’s also about jumping ability, ...

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Tackling water complexes with confidence

Have you ever wondered why some horses fear water? Eventers and some showjumpers can have a hard time convincing their horses to go through water complexes or over water jumps. A young horse naturally fears puddles, because the position of his eyes on the sides of his head doesn’t allow him to see directly beneath him. He can also only ...

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Victoria Scott’s journey to Bramham

In the October issue of HQ, we introduced readers to Victoria Scott, a South African rider who moved to France to immerse herself in the eventing scene. This month Vicky shares more of her experiences to give a taste of the world of international equestrianism. Going to Bramham My journey to Bramham started many months before the event itself – ...

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Rider profile: Stuart Fitzgerald

Stuart and his horse, Ferhill Xquisite (Mo as he is known in the stable) have had a partnership since the middle of 2011 when Stuart acquired Mo from Carol Gee’s Fernhill stable in Ireland. Together the two have achieved MER’s at their last four 3* starts. Their jumping record is a particular strength, with just one pole being knocked in ...

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Saddle up for some cross-country action

A record number of entries have been received for this year’s Polo International Horse Trials event, which takes place over the weekend of 31 October and 1 November at Waterfall Polo Estate in Midrand. Hosted by Polo South Africa and presented by DSTV Premium, more than 190 entries from as far afield as the United Kingdom, France, Zambia and Zimbabwe ...

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Selecting the eventing horse – Part 1

First and foremost, a successful eventing career relies on a good relationship between horse and rider. Selecting the right horse has a great deal to do with this partnership. Accomplished eventer Mary King shares her insights into how to get off to the right start. What makes a good event horse? Mary King believes that the first thing to look ...

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