Date: 2nd & 3rd July 2016
Location: Brook Farm Stables, Alresford Essex
Cost: £26 each per lesson
Rules: The Eventing event has both individual and team competitions, and consists of three tests. The first phase is the dressage test, then the cross-country, then the stadium jumping.
Olympic Gold Medal, London 2012:
Individual: Michael Jung, Germany
Team: Thomsen, Schrade, Klimke, Auffarth, Jung, Germany.
Sarah: This is a bit like a triathlon for horses and would be a real test of skills for the pros. For us, it was another test to not fall off the horses. We began to see the range of expertise needed for each section of the event, and it was good to get introduced to the riding stance for cross-country. It feels like you're going to tip over the horse's head, and that was going at a strolling-pace, let alone full gallop. Each time we went horse riding, I felt relieved to get back to solid-ground, but I really did enjoy the lessons much more than I'd anticipated.
Ellie: Horse riding is another sport that requires far more from a rider than what you see on the surface. Things like balance and poise, anticipating what your horse is going to do so developing a relationship with it. There is far more going on than what you see on the surface. These lessons were something that neither of were looking forward to but we've both come away pleasantly surprised and I would definitely do something similar again.