British Eventing (BE) has launched a cross-country riding film on its website to show how — and how not — to ride across country.

BE chief executive, Mike Etherington-Smith said: “There was a wish for a visual instructional aid accessible to any rider who wanted to start or improve their cross-country riding technique.

“This short film highlights common rider faults that can be addressed with training, such as speed, approach to fences and jumping techniques over a variety of fences.”

BE performance manager, Yogi Breisner, who is a member of the BE safety committee, choreographed the film.

It was shot at Aston-Le-Walls last month (September) using 22 year-old Angus Smales and Land Cruiser as its featured combination.

“Riding across country is very different to that of show jumping and is one that needs to be practiced before attempting your first event,” explains Yogi.

“It is important to build your and your horse’s confidence over a variety of different types of fences that you may meet at a BE event.”

The film is available online at www.britisheventing.com by following the link from the ‘Safety’ icon on the homepage and is free to view.