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Siobhain O’Connor galloping through water on Cat Dancing at Will O Wind. Photo Credit: Suzanna O’Connor

ONE MORE THING! WE’VE FORGOTTEN ABOUT THE BEST PART! GET OUT AND PRACTICE CROSS-COUNTRY.

There are many events and farms that allow you to come cross-country school with the coach on site or to bring your own. The best thing to do for your first time is to find a crosscountry clinic. That way you meet other Eventers and if you need a lead horse there will be some around. Some event coaches may post on social media when they are going cross-country schooling, and if it’s open for others to join.

THINGS TO KNOW ONCE YOU ARE AT YOUR FIRST EVENT.

1. You can’t walk your horse onto the cross-country and show them a fence. Nor can you do that in the show jumping ring. 2. You aren’t allowed to jump a crosscountry fence from a stand still. If your horse stops at a jump, organize, do a circle, and try again. 3. 3) Show jump and cross-country warm up jumps can only be jumped in one direction. Red flags on the

right, and white flags on the left. 4. There is a tack check before each phase. Failure to get your tack checked could mean elimination. Tack check will also inform you of your order of go. 5. You can walk the cross-country course the day before. Walk it at least 2 times to familiarize yourself with the course and the terrain. 6. Eventing is fuelled by volunteers. The best way to familiarize yourself with eventing (and make some really cool friends) is to volunteer at an event as a jump judge on cross country. Out there you will see all types of horses and riders having a great time! 7. Get out and go Eventing! Siobhain O’Connor specializes in training, coaching, starting young horses and competing in both Eventing and Dressage. Coaching is available, Entry - Preliminary, all ages welcome. Siobhain can come to you or you can come to one of the barns she coaches at. Phone: 519-835-3909 or E-mail: strydereventingoc@icloud.com.

Equestrian Ontario December 2017  
Equestrian Ontario December 2017  
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