Cross Country is a track of natural obstacles over all kinds of terrain. There are many different challenges on the cross country. Water jumps, skinny fences, ditches, rails, combinations… the list goes on. Again the horse and rider combination will be penalised if they do not complete within the time. If they have a refusal then 20 penalties will be added. If they fall in FEI competition then it is elimination, in all other levels, normally, unless the horse falls the combination will not be eliminated.
Medical arm bands are worn by competitors during this phase in order that if the worst happens, the correct medical attention can be given as quickly as possible.
Again the aim is to finish with the least penalties.