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Steph Lynn, an am­a­teur even­ter based in Here­ford­shire, has owned her 15.2hh mare Crys­tal for 10 years. They com­pete up to BE100 level and qual­i­fied for the 2018 Mit­subishi Mo­tors Cup at Bad­minton for a sec­ond time. Steph re­calls tips learned dur­ing a school­ing ses­sion with Lucinda Green. “She made me see things through the horse’s eyes,” says Steph, whose reg­u­lar trainer is Karen Ni­cholas. “Horses need

their head and neck to bal­ance – it’s a bit like hav­ing a fifth leg.” Steph in­tro­duces nat­u­ral fences – such as ditches, wa­ter and steps – in walk first, to give the horse time to look, think and work it out. “When I’m rid­ing cross-coun­try it’s vi­tal to stay bal­anced and not get in front of my horse’s move­ment,” ex­plains Steph. “It’s also cru­cial to look ahead and plan your line to the next fence, even when you’re school­ing. “To pre­pare for the Mit­subishi Mo­tors Cup I did a lot of work with Karen in an arena, prac­tis­ing tricky lines and skin­nies. Know­ing you’ve done your home­work gives you con­fi­dence.”

Steph prac­tises cross-coun­try in­doors us­ing fences like this, with help from Karen

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