Originally published by Equ Lifestyle, February 2012

The $75,000 FEI Nations Cup: In a two round competition, teams of four riders compete in ‘four lines’—first rider for each team, second rider and so on through the fourth rider. The round from each team that accumulates the highest number of faults is ‘dropped’ and not added to the total score. In this particular class, teams return in reverse order—highest to lowest number of faults—in ‘three lines’, so only three riders from each team return and no score is dropped in the second round. The team with the lowest total faults earns the Nations Cup victory.

… We asked four riders from around the world about their experiences in a competition of this kind – Olympic Gold Medalist Beezie Madden of the United States, Jennifer Crooks who rides for Ireland, Paulo Santana from Brazil and Australian Harley Brown…