X-Country Design Notes
Program Notes by: David O’ Connor (USA), Cross-Country Designer
Assist CCI4-S, A / CCI3-S / CCI2-S / Intermediate / Preliminary
It is always a pleasure every year to come back to Red Hills, a place where I have many memories as a competitor as well in my role as one of the course designers. This year’s courses have the horses in mind as they gallop through this amazing park. It is still early in the year and we are aware that many of these horses are on the road to future championships either nationally of having the ability to represent the USA at the Pan American Games next year or the Paris Olympic Games in 2024.
Both the CCI2-S course and the CCI3-S follow a similar track as last year with different placings for the combinations. The first water is the number one spectator place and this year the out of the waters present the riders with a more technical line to successfully tackle the question. A difference in the two levels is the two star has more time to see the question as the horses are relatively less experienced so more time is given for them to understand the questions. The speed required for the two star is therefore less 520mpm as the thee star is at 550mpm. Both courses take about six minutes to complete. The distances are less for the two star but they are galloping at a slower rate.
The goal is for happy horses to finish the course and for competitors to know that they have learned something for the future.