In our 3rd year of hosting SB Arena Eventing, we look forward to yet another exciting year of training clinics, social events and of course our 2015 competition series which starts in May.
Competitors are tested firstly on a BE dressage test in a grass arena. This phase shows how trainable the horse is and his ability in the basic paces of walk, trot and canter.
The second phase is a 70cm show-jump course testing athleticism, control and accuracy as each combination aims for a clear round. There is also a joker fence included in this phase. This is an optional fence above height that riders can try and clear to deduct penalties from their final score of the day.
The final phase is a 70cm cross-country course. The selection of fences which include tyres, steps, ditch's, chairs, skinnies and corners test stamina, speed and bravery of the horse. This phase is also timed, which adds alot of excitement as riders choose their best route to ride within the time allowed. Any riders exceeding this time, gain time penalties.
At the end of the day, penalties from all 3 phases are calculated to give us the final placings.
Competitors must register for the series and then can gain points for any top 10 placings throughout the season. At the end of the season, the top 3 placings are awarded with prizes. We also have a shield for the highest placed competitor on a riding school horse. The points are awarded as follows:
1st= 10 points
2nd= 9 points
3rd= 8 points
4th= 7 points
5th= 6 points
6th= 5 points
7th= 4 points
8th= 3 points
9th= 2 points
10th= 1 point
This style of competition is the first of its kind in the UK and is a great platform for those aiming to affiliate with British Eventing. It is great for young horses, horse/riders that are new to eventing and for anyone wishing to improve their skills in any of the disciplines.
We offer training for all 3 phases regularly throughout the year. This also gets everyone working together, helping and supporting each other and therefore enjoying the whole process!
Come and join us on the event days whether you're supporting family and friends, aspiring to compete in the future or want to watch for fun. Our commenatry throughout the day, allows spectators to keep up to date with what is going on even if you're "non-horsey". Our scoreboard is also updated continuously throughout the day so you can keep up to date on how everyone is doing. Refreshments and a seating area are also available for you to relax and enjoy the day!
We are always looking for volunteers on competition days to help. Whether it be helping in the judges box, collecting rings, jump stewarding or dressage writing.