If you are after tips from the top, then book in for cross-country training with the world’s most prolific Badminton winner, Lucinda Green.

Now a leading cross-country coach and British selector, Lucinda is taking 11 Petplan Equine XC the Safe Way clinics around the country between 1 March and 14 September.

Lucinda provides expert advice on how horses think and react, while sharing the techniques and skills that brought her so much success in the sport.

“The important message that I try to impart in these clinics is that cross-country riding isn’t about sitting on a horse, going flat out,” she says.

“There is a science to it, and a rider’s job is threefold: keep the horse’s engine going, keep a good line into a fence and keep both of you in balance. A horse that thinks for himself and — in equal measure — listens to the rider is going to be a safe cross-country horse.”

Clinics are for riders of all levels starting at those capable of jumping a course of 2ft6in to 2ft9in. There will be a technique session using poles before going out on to the cross-country course.

Petplan Equine’s marketing manager Alison Andrew said: “Lucinda Green is not only one of the finest exponents of the art of cross-country riding, but also shares our desire to help riders of all levels develop the skills to enjoy the thrill of cross-country riding as safely as possible.”

For information visit www.petplanequine.co.uk/events.

2011 dates
Two-day Clinics

  • 1-2 March, Reigate, Surrey
  • 3-4 March, Downlands, Wiltshire
  • 7-8 March, Milton Keynes, Bucks
  • 9-10 March, Arena UK/Newton, Notts
  • 4-5 May, Chilham Park, KentOne-day clinics
  • 15 March, Crown Farm, Oxfordshire
  • 28 April, Ledbury, Herefordshire
  • 4 May, Chilham Park, Kent
  • 9 May, Stockland Lovell, Somerset
  • 16 May, Melton Mowbray, Leics
  • 14 September, Ledbury, Herefordshire