Tuesday, July 21, 2009

T- 5 Days - Fandango's Eventing Debut

Well I haven't been able to post much. I have been very busy house sitting, and I just got a promotion at work -YAY me!- However there is an important date coming up so I want to make sure I blog all this week leading up to it.

Fandango is entered in his very first event! Having done one show, and one cross country and stadium schooling away from home, this will be his 3rd time off the property. We are doing the very teeniest level Pre-Entry.

The OHTA's description of the level is here:

Pre- Entry Division

The Pre-Entry (PE) level is designed to introduce green horses and riders to Horse Trials combining dressage, cross country and jumping tests. It is designed for competitors and horses that have already had experience schooling competitions in all three disciplines. The entire experience should be safe, inviting and educational to build confidence and a desire to progress.The PE divisions must be conducted under the guidelines of an EC competition Classification. An EC accredited Technical Delegate is used at all EC Competitions. The PE divisions are open to horses of four years of age and up and riders of all ages. The OHTA will be tracking junior Pre-Entry points a rider/horse combination accumulates over the season for year-end points and awards, however you MUST be a full OHTA member in order to collect year end points…day memberships will not count for year end points.

Description of the Tests

Dressage Test

Competitors should be prepared to do a walk, trot and canter dressage test with 20 meter figures and a halt. PE divisions will use the Entry division tests that are printed in the Canadian Eventing Omnibus.

The Cross Country Course

The cross country cross should include a variety of introductory obstacles including a bank up, a shallow natural ditch, a brush fence and possibly an inviting water crossing. Obstacles must have a minimum of two strides (10 meters) between two numbered obstacles. Such combinations of straight forward efforts are the only obstacles of several elements that are permitted. The fences shall be simple, straight forward, clear in definition, solid in appearance, with true ground lines and inviting to jump. No obstacle shall exceed the height designation.

  • Approaches to obstacles should be on flat or gently rising terrain.

  • Corner fences or bounce fences are not permitted

  • Only 50% of obstacles should be of maximum height. Height not to exceed .85 meters

  • One set of related fences with a minimum of 2 strides (10 metres) (of the simple variety) is permitted

  • Water may be flagged on the exit side only and no jumping effort permitted entry or exit.

  • An option to the water crossing is mandatory

  • Ditches - A shallow natural ditch is permitted. The take off must be well defined and .the obstacle clearly visible as a ditch

  • Banks - A Bank Up (minimum 2 strides) is permitted
    Drops - No obstacle of any height may precede the drop. The speed and length of the Cross

Country course must not exceed the specifications below:

Speed must be below 350 meters per minute
Distance of track must be under 2000 meters
There must be less than 18 fences on the x-course

Timing of these divisions is optional, however if the division is to be timed, it must be stated in the Omnibus. Excessive Speed Penalty ( if timed ) is as follows: cross country (Phase D) - each commenced second in excess of 30 seconds under the optimum time will be penalized by 1 penalty point if the division is timed. The division may be timed for educational value only with no penalties assessed at the discretion of the organizer.

The Jumping/Stadium Course

The Jumping or Stadium course should be inviting and straightforward and shall be designed within the specifications and dimensions. The course shall include a variety of straight and spread obstacles with true ground lines and may include one double combination of two strides (10 meters). The speed and length of the Pre- Entry Jumping/Stadium course must not exceed the specifications below:

Speed must be below 300 meters per minute.
Height not to exceed .85 meters
Distance of track must be under 450 meters
There must be less than 10 fences on the stadium course

This is a walk in the park for me as a rider, I've evented up to Intermediate in the UK, but this will be a nice challenge for the pony. It won't be *too much* of a challenge though. He is really ready for the dressage. He still needs a lot of work on his canter transitions but his canter is really coming along beautifully. This will be his first walk, trot, canter dressage test. If you want to see the test we are doing you can look here:

He should be ready for the cross-country as he has been jumping a lot bigger at home, and a lot of different types of fences. He is a very honest guy, our only qualm is steering and moving off the leg. Oh, and he is kind of lazy. This event is known to be on the more difficult side so if we make it around successfully then I will be very happy.

I had back to back dressage lessons with Archie yesterday and Sunday so I myself should be riding decently. I will be doing a dressage school tonight with him, and most likely a conditioning ride tomorrow. Starting to get very excited, this is my first event in quite a long time and I've worked hard to get here!


  1. Oh great! You go girl!
    For what it is worth-My Horses theripist went to meet an Olympic Vet recently and he totally recommends resting the horses before events, instead of working them right up to...because of tiny fractures that occur in the bones and they need time to heal or they worsen and permanent injuies occur. He uses a Thermography machine and it is saving horses, right and left now!

    Can't wait to hear more..excellent!

  2. That is excellent. We won't work too hard, but enough to keep us supple and in the right mind set.


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