Cross Country International Announces New Training
Olympic Show Jumping Star Greg Best
Millbrook, New YorkSeptember 29, 2003Greg Best, who
rode to Olympic glory in 1988, winning two Silver Medals aboard
his superstar horse, Gem Twist, is the host and instructor of an
exciting new riding and training program being offered by Cross
Country International at Bests equestrian center in New Zealand.
The week-long program welcomes riders of all levels, from novice
riders up to Olympic hopefuls. "Since riders stay at my home,
near the horses, most people will find that they can make a lot
of progress in a week, said Best who won numerous Grand Prix
and championship titles when he lived in the U.S. Away from
their normal pressures, people can immerse themselves in their riding
in a more relaxed way. Riders will learn riding "kiwi style."
New Zealand has the ideal climate and terrain for horses and riders
both. I definitely believe that New Zealand horses are some of the
best in the world and I invite everyone to come and see for themselves."
The program features five days of lessons and other activities that
will culminate with the chance for some to compete in a local horse
show with Best as coach and trainer. Wine tastings at some of New
Zealand's best local wineries and an optional hot air balloon ride
over the beautiful and sparsely populated rolling hills of New Zealand's
north island will add to the Kiwi experience.
has a clear, friendly and relaxed teaching style," said Karen
Lancaster, President of Cross Country International. But he
is also an extremely analytical teacher. We are very excited to
represent such a famous and highly-respected trainer and competitor,
and we know that riders, regardless of their level, will come home
from New Zealand with much improved ability."
Best represented the United States and won individual and team
Silver Medals in Show jumping at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and a team
Silver Medal at the 1987 Pan American Games. He and Gem Twist had
14 Grand Prix wins throughout the world. Best moved to New Zealand
in 1994 and is currently New Zealand's coach for Show jumping and
is long listed for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.
try to use real life experiences to help riders solve specific problems
and to find solutions they can apply to their own horses back home,"
said Best. "I work on teaching riders to think for themselves
and I try to make them more effective. Riders need to pay more attention
to the horse, and less to the jump," Best continued, and
the New Zealand countryside definitely helps riders to relax and
The cost of the program is $1700 and includes six nights accommodation
at Best's farm in the famed wine country of New Zealand's Hawke's
Bay. Included are five days of lessons, attendance at local horse
shows (some riders may be invited to compete), all meals, horses,
transport from local airport in Napier and tax.
If you are interested in learning more about training with Greg
Best, or in booking a reservation, please call Cross Country International
at 1-800-828-8768 or e-mail Cross Country International at firstname.lastname@example.org.