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Equestrian Cross-Country

Cross-country is a part of the sport of equestrian, where riders riders are required to jump over 30 to 40 obstacles within a fixed time. Riders incur penalties for exceeding the allocated time, or if a horse refuses to clear an obstacle.

Cross-country equestrianism is a horse riding endurance test that forms one of the three parts of the sport of eventing (the others are Dressage and Show jumping). The sport tests the speed, endurance and jumping ability of the horse. The cross-country course is usually between 4.5 and 6 km long, comprising between 24 to 36 fixed and solid obstacles. The aim is to complete the course with as few penalties as possible. The lowest score wins.

Equestrian JumpEquestrian cross-country is part of eventing

Cross-Country equestrianism may also be held as a competition in its own right (also known as hunter trials), although these tend to be for lower level, local competitions.

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