Cross Country is similar to show jumping, but the events take place in the nature and the jumps are looking more natural, often they are fences, rocks, bushes, hills or small riers. Therefore Cross Country not only requires a horse to be sure-footed but also a concentrated rider with a good eye for constitutions and measurements.
Your horse and rider will have to jump over natural jumps which you can create using an invisible jump (from here, for example) or custom jumps. The kind of jump is sometimes specified and sometimes its up to you which jumps you choose.
As always you can reach 10 points per step of an event, in cross country those points are mostly given for your pictures and not if the horse has completed the jump successfully. Be creative on the horses pose and picture angle, but the jump and background is also important.
Earning Cumulative Points
With cross country events you can earn points for your horse (which can be cumulated with other event hoster's points) - the points you will earn if you place are the following:
- 1st Place: 5 Points
- 2nd Place: 4 Points
- 3rd Place: 3 Points
- 4th Place: 2 Points
- 5th Place: 1 Point
All other placements will not recieve any points.
Horse Tack and Attire
- Horses must wear a brown english bridle - with or without bit.
- Horses must also wear a brown jumping saddle. (preferably this one.)
- The saddle pad should be slightly rounded and can be of any color.
Wraps are recommended but not required.
- Manes and Tails should not be braided.
- Riders should wear riding boots and breeches, but there are no other restrictions on attire. Just make sure you pick something appropriate.
- A riding helmet is required due to rider safety rules!
A missing riding helmet or tops that are too extraordinary (such as bikini tops, corsetts) will reduce your points..