Eventing gives Pony Club Members a competition which needs courage, determination and all-round riding ability combined with the careful and systematic training of the horse. The sport could be termed an “equestrian triathlon”. It involves working with your pony/horse both on the flat and over jumps. Today, the sport is most known for its cross-country phase where horse and rider gallop over an outside course of solid obstacles which the horse has never seen before.
Dressage is a French word meaning training. Precision, smoothness, suppleness and complete obedience show off the horse’s gymnastic development.
Ideally it should look as if the horse is performing of its own accord, carrying its rider in complete harmony. The test is scored on each movement, the overall harmony and precision of the whole exercise is taken into consideration.
The second phase takes place in the show jumping arena over coloured knock-down fences.
Finally, the cross country phase is designed to test the horse and rider’s ability over a variety of fixed fences and undulating ground, it should also demonstrate the rider’s knowledge of pace and the use of his horse across country ground.
At the end of the competition, scores for all the competitors are totaled. Each test is scored individually and the penalties accrued are added together for the final results. The lowest score is the winning score. In the case of a team competition, the individual scores of each of the four team members are added together. If all four team members have completed the competition the best three scores count and the team with the lowest team total is pronounced the winner.
- Novice 90-95 cms
- Intermediate 1-1.05 cms
- Open 1.10-1.15 cms
The area eventing this year took place at St Leonards equestrian centre in Launston. In the Novice section Anna Baugh and Jack Callister performed well with Jack coming 9th individually. Alice Monger riding Handsome Harry also competed in the intermediate section respectively placing 5th.