DORSET riders have the ideal opportunity to brush up their cross-country skills when international Olympic three-day eventers Sam Griffiths and Dan Jocelyn host Toomer Farm’s pre-hunting clinic at the Henstridge venue today.

Toomer Farm’s Peter Doggrell said: “The clinic is aimed at riders from first-time hunters to experienced horse and jockey pairings.

“It’s perfect for riders who are getting to know a new horse. We’ve 120 fences, including hedges, banks, walls and a water combination, so by the end of the two days riders should feel comfortable jumping virtually every type of obstacle they’ll face in the hunting field. Sam competed for Australia at London 2012 and finished ninth at Burghley a fortnight ago, while New Zealander Dan is regularly described as ‘one of the best cross-country riders in the world’, so you won’t find two better instructors”.

The clinic is based around four two-hour sessions, beginning with flatwork before tackling progressively more challenging cross-country fences.

Doggrell added: “We want Sam and Dan to provide as much individual attention as possible during the sessions, so places are strictly limited”, says Peter.”I’d advise anyone interested to contact us as soon as possible”.

More details can be obtained by contacting Peter or Sheena Doggrell on 01963 250237 or 07773 280803, via email or from the website