Ranking Risks

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High rankings could be bad news for eventers going into a cross country course. According to researchers at Myerscough College (UK), horse/rider combinations ranked fourth to tenth going into the cross country phase (following the dressage phase) have half the risk of experiencing a horse fall as those in the top three spots. “Riders in a more competitive position upon commencement of the cross country may have a tendency to take more risks or ride in a faster or more intense manner,” says study co-author Heather Cameron-Whytock BSc (Hons).