Determination, courage and trust!
The Cross Country is the most exhilarating discipline of the three day event, requiring determination, courage and unfailing trust between horse and rider to clear one imposing obstacle after another during this long and gruelling phase.
2016 Virtual Course Walks
Click on any jump on the map to see photos and listen to German Eventing Team Coach Christopher Bartle and Course Designer Mike Etherington-Smith (Four Star) and former World Number One Rider Oliver Townend (Three Star).
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CCI Three Star with Oliver Townend
CCI Two Star
Comprising over 60 individually designed, handcrafted obstacles set on a 7000 metre irrigated track, the course winds its way from the Main Arena in front of the Adelaide City Council Heritage Grandstand in Victoria Park, through the trees, creeks and lakes of the beautiful Adelaide East Parklands and offers spectators the ultimate equestrian viewing experience through three parks, to the Qantas Welcome Home horseshoe back in Victoria Park main arena.
While riders have the chance to inspect the course in advance, the horses enjoy no such luxury – to successfully navigate these challenges, each will have to rely on their experience, creativity and courage, and above all their trust in one another, to get home safely within the given time limit.
In 2016 we again Welcome Mike Etherington – Smith as the Australian International 3 Day Event Course Designer. Mike Designed the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, 2008 Bejing Olympic Games and 2010 Kentucky World Equestrian Games Course Designer.