A British company is leading the way in attempts to establish a universal standard for footing on cross-country courses.

STRI, a consultancy that has provided surfaces at Hickstead and Ascot, is in discussions with the FEI to create a global benchmark for going after project managing the course at Greenwich for the test event.

The company’s Lee Penrose said: “We hope to develop a standard way of measuring and improving going. The FEI tells us there is a demand from riders and we think it would be a fantastic legacy to come out of 2012.”

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound (21 July, 2011)