Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
I think its best to get your dressage really down pat. The control will translate from the arena to the cross country course.
Also, if you wish to be competitive, many people at the low PC levels seem to go clear XC and SJ so you really have to do well in the dressage to win or place.
If I were you I would maybe primarily use a dressage instructor, and then when you have got that going really well, start attending clinics and such with PC and other Horse Trial organisations for XC training. It'd be good to get an eventing instructor, but I don't really remember seeing many around when I was riding, it was mainly Dressage instructors or Show Jumping Instructors, but I am sure you could find one. Clinics through Pony Club, and things like Pony Club camp are good for intense learning, and often the PC will get some good instructors out that wouldn't normally be available to you. Although obviously listen to your instructors advice.
Be safe. If you hit a cross country jump they don't come down, you do.