The aim of Mark's Arena Cross Country Clinics is to increase the safety of those taking part in the potentially dangerous sport of eventing. It is unrealistic to ask inexperienced riders and horses to jump corners, skinnies, etc in the middle of a 25 acre field for the first time and Mark's Arena Cross Country Clinics allow horse and rider to jump the types of fences not seen before in the safety of a menage environment. Horse and rider are able to jump repeatedly until both are confident.
Mark's Arena Cross Country Clinics are also ideal when the ground outside makes XC training impossible.
Safety is always Mark’s first priority and extensive research has been done into the range of menage XC fences that he uses, ranging in height from 70cm to 110cm. The jumps are calculated to be up to 5 times more stable than similar jumps available. Corners, barrels, narrow roll tops, triple brushes, mini-houses, skinny brush-topped boxes and little brush hurdles are accompanied by imitation ditches to maximise the range of jumps available.
All the jumps can be transported to the clinic location.
All clinics and work undertaken by Mark Smith will be subject to a Health and Safety assessment. Mark is fully certified by the Pony Club and the BHS, holds full First Aid at Work certification, and Mark and his equipment are fully insured.
Riders wishing to participate in an Arena Cross Country Clinic can find dates of forthcoming clinics on the Events page.
For riding clubs, equestrian centres, etc wishing to organise an Arena Cross Country Clinic please contact:
Optimum Event Management
Telephone: 07881 802129
Please note that there is a minimum requirement of 12 riders in groups of 3-4 riders to run a clinic.