A recent cross country competition in Ravenshoe, Far North Queensland. Hosted by Ravenshoe Pony Club. Ravenshoe Pony Club has the only ‘approved for competition’ cross country courses for Pony Club members north of Ingham. Riders are judged on an ideal time and points are awarded for height of jump attempted. Three baulks or refusals at any one jump eliminates the rider. The jumps vary from tyres, logs, concrete pipes, jumps set up in different shapes and lots of uneven ground. Each time a cross country is run a new course is set. Riders are set off with 5 mins between start times so the horses are not getting Dutch courage from another! Its particularly challenging for those horses that are based in the city and are usually only exposed to quite a sterile environment. Water usually freaks them out and lots of riders are eliminated here – its the last jump!!