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Making the most of your Airowear BE80(T) Coaches


Karen Dixon comments on the Airowear BE80(T)If you are heading out to a BE80(T) competition this season, did you know that you have access to FREE support from BE Accredited Coaches who are there especially to support you? The Coaches are organised by each event to support all BE80(T) competitors at all BE80(T) hosting fixtures in the BE calendar.

To make sure you get the most out of your BE80(T) experience, whether it is your first time in the sport or you are coming back to it, read our handy tips:

Top tips for the Airowear BE80(T)

1. Join in on a course walk

Before setting off to your competition, check out the Event website or their Facebook or Twitter pages to find out what time the BE80(T) dedicated cross country course walks are taking place during or before the event. All links to event information can be found on

2. Locate your Coach

When you pick up your number at the secretary's tent, ask them to help point out who the BE80(T) dedicated Coaches are at the event and where they can be found. The Coaches should be wearing a bib printed with ‘BE80 Coach' so they should be easy to spot, but don't hesitate to ask the secretary for more information.

3. Go on - ask anything!

The Coaches are there just for you and to help you grow your skills and confidence. So, no matter how trivial or silly your question may be, the Coaches have all taken part because they want to support you.

Olympian Karen Dixon regularly helps at BE80(T) hosting events. “I get really stuck in with helping I have to say! I like to offer as much advice as I possibly can, so I offer advice on things as basic as how to stud up, what size studs to be using and why, plus what tack riders should be using in each phase.

“I do all this because I find it genuinely rewarding to give encouragement and watch people's confidence grow.”

4. The ultimate warm up

The Coaches will be available in the warm up area of all three phases, make yourself known to the Coach when you get to the warm up area and make the most of their expert tips before you enter the main ring or set off across country.

5. Good Jumping skills pay off

Last year saw the introduction of the Airowear Technical Merit Cross Country Award which has been launched to reward good jumping skills.

The Award goes to riders that have both:

  • Finished cross country in the time closest to the Optimum XC time, and
  • Achieved a clear jumping round in both the show jumping and cross country

So, make sure you pay attention to the commentators during the BE80(T) as they will announce the Technical Merit winners after each section. Read more about the Technical Merit Award or see if you have achieved it online.

Before you set off;
Visit to find out more about the competition and what to expect from each phase.