Make your own brush jump


By Lisa Barry, FEI 5* Rider and Trainer

Need to have a school over brush jump but don’t have access to any? Or maybe you want to practice a fun cross-country exercise in the arena? Just make your own—it is easy! Buy some cheap fake Christmas trees and strip them of their branches. Drill holes the size of the stem in your wood jumps or poles and insert the branches. Depending on the tree, you can trim the ends of the naked branches to make a scalloped brush look.

About Lisa:

Lisa Barry is a four-star event rider who has been riding and competing horses for 29 years, and has 16 years of international competition experience. Her horses have had top placings at many FEI events including at the Advanced/CCI4*/CCI5* level. Lisa has trained with Karen O’Connor for 25 years, and has worked for and ridden with Karen and David since she joined the O’Connor program as a working student when she was 17. Lisa competed at the 2015 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event aboard her beloved FIS Prince Charming, aka “Peanut,” a tiny, feisty New Zealand OTTB. Lisa is currently training and coaching out of Lexington, Kentucky and Ocala, Florida. If you have questions for Lisa or would like to learn more about her program email her at

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