ADAM FANTHORPE ADAM FANTHORPE ❞ Occasionally you may encounter hazards on the course such as people, dogs or children.
The Fence Judges try their best to warn walkers of on-coming horses, but if you do find yourself with people in the way, politely ask them to stand aside or stand still so that you can go round them.
Held on the course It may be necessary for a Fence Judge to ask you to stop by waving a red flag and telling you to pull up because of a course hold-up.
Once stopped you should keep your horse warm by walking him around.
If the hold is prolonged you can get off, but ask the Official to give you a couple of minutes warning to warm-up again before re-starting.
Ask where the stop time was taken.
When being re-started it is important that you are cantering when passing this timing point, so allow enough room to get going.
The Official will record the time you were held up for and this is subtracted from your total time. Elimination You will be eliminated for three refusals at one fence or a fourth cumulative refusal on the course.
If you are eliminated leave the course quietly at a walk.
There is always next time.
Afterwards On finishing the Cross Country, pull your horse up gradually and in a straight line if possible.
Reward him with your voice and give him a pat.
Dismount, cross or run up your stirrups, loosen girths and noseband and lead him quietly back to the horsebox ➝ DAVID BURTON BEFORE STARTING THE CROSS COUNTRY YOU SHOULD WARM YOUR HORSE UP QUIETLY, WITHOUT TIRING HIM ❞ FIONA SCOTTMAXWELL www.britisheventing.com 25 FIONA SCOTTMAXWELL ❞
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