I am officially planning to join the dark side that is eventing hehe lol
It is a long term plan of mine to event with my foal Dreamer when she is older. She is months old at the minute and I am hoping to event her in the future.
Here in Ireland we have young event horse classes. I hope to show Dreamer in the four year old class when she is four.
This is the layout of the class at the final show of the year if you qualify for it. I was wondering if you all think it is a bit demanding of a four year old or should we wait until she is five to go in the five year old class(the five year old class jump a maximum of 1.10m) and how would I prepare her for this and when should I start her training as in what age?
"Day 1 Presentation- Wednesday 4 August, Ring 2
Four Year Old Test
Phase A - 30%
1 Enter the arena in trot 10
2 Halt and salute the judge. Immobility square and straight 10
3 Proceed in working trot and execute a figure of 8 comprising of 2 x 20m circles right and then left 10
4 Proceed to working canter left 10
5 Jump fence 1 upright 10
6 Land - Left canter and jump fence 2a + b (24') (7.20m) (one non jumping stride)- upright to upright 10
7 Land - Right canter and jump fence 3a + b (34') (10.20m) (Two non-jumping strides) - Upright to Parallel 10
8 Land - Left canter and jump fence 4 - Square parallel 10
9 Land - Left canter 10
10 Progressively return to walk (two transitions) 10
11 Proceed at free walk on long rein to phase B (Triangle) 10
12 Relaxation 10
13 Rhythm (consistency throughout performance) 10
14 Contact 10
15 Overall impression 10
1st Refusal: -5
2nd Refusal: Proceed to next fence - Zero score
150 marks = 30% of competition total
Phase B - 10%
Each competitor immediately dismounts, strips the horse and presents in hand, at the Triangle, for the Conformation Judges.
Each horse will be adjudicated for conformation, walk and trot as the following horse completes Phase A (in the arena, at the same time).
The marks awarded by each judge will be totalled, averaged and presented as a % score.
The total scores accruing from Phases A and B will be added for each horse and carry over to Day 2 and Phase C & D (in the Main Arena).
Day 2 - Jumping Round Thursday 5 August, Main Arena
Phase C - 45%
The course will consist of 20 numbered fences for both four year olds and five year olds.
The 5 Year Olds will be required to jump a more technically demanding course involving combinations, dog-legs and related distances.
4 Year Olds 5 Year Olds
No. Of fences 20 20 + 4 in combinations
Max Height 1.00m 1.10m
Speed 325m/min 350m/min
Lenght 1000m approx. 1250m approx.
To be deducted from a possible 45 percentage points for a flawless performance.
Knock of Fence: 4 percentage points
Refusal of fence: 4 percentage points
2nd refusal at the same obstacle Elimination
2nd Refusal on the course: 8 percentage points
3rd refusal on the course Elimination
Fall of Horse or Rider Elimination
Exceeding the time limit 0.4 percentage points per second
Maximum possible score 45%
Phase D - 15%
15% will be awarded by the three judges acting independently in assessing each horses potential, based on the following criteria:
- Fluency and balance
- Horse's attitude
- Suitability of type for purpose
- Overall impression ( x 2)
The average of the marks awarded by the three international judges for potential will be added to the horse's accumulated scores from Phase A, B and C. "
Please let me all know what you think.