Rider and horse in the water during a Cross-country

Part of Eventing and a competition in its own

Cross country equestrian jumping is an endurance test that forms one of the three phases of the sport of eventing; it may also be a competition in its own right, known as hunter trials or simply "cross-country", although these tend to be lower level, local competitions.

The object of the endurance test is to prove the speed, endurance and jumping ability of the true cross-country horse when he is well trained and brought to the peak of condition. At the same time, it demonstrates the rider's knowledge of pace and the use of this horse across country.

Working terrain

Grass, sand, water

Rest place/daily stay

Stables and paddocks

Horse characteristics

Anglo-Arabian horses are good for this sport. They are a bit taller than the average Arabian and of a somewhat less refined type.

Shoeing location



Cross-country horses need to have grip. Therefore, studs are used for cross-country and jumping on grass. The shoes should be as light as possible as this is a demanding discipline. Grip can also be provided by shoes with a concave section, especially when the crease runs through the toe. 


Pads and silicones are often used to give comfort if the underground is hard.

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Rider and horse jumping during a Cross-country

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