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Overview / Rules

The FSEC Derby classes consists of Dressage Test followed by a Jumping Course combined both stadium and cross-country fences. There are approximately 12-22 obstacles on varied terrain, and may include banks, ditches, and water. The FSEC Derby provides a venue for new competitors, green horses, as well as a schooling opportunity for the experienced competitor. FSEC provides a cross-training opportunity for both horse and rider, regardless of their equestrian discipline. Riders are encouraged to enter more than one class.


OVERVIEW


DRESSAGE: The object of dressage is the harmonious development of the horse’s physical and mental condition. Horse and rider are required to execute a series of prescribed movements to demonstrate obedience, suppleness and strength. Each movement is awarded a score from 0 to 10. In addition, the judge assigns collective marks for the horse’s pace, impulsion and submission, as well as the rider’s form and use of aids.

JUMPING PHASE: This phase is judged according to the USEF Eventing Rules for Show Jumping. In this phase of the competition, the horse must remain obedient, supple and energetic enough to handle changes of direction and combination obstacles.

SCORING: Penalties are incurred for knock-downs, refusals, falls and for exceeding the optimum time. Penalties from each phase are then added together to determine an overall score. The horse and rider with the fewest penalties in each phases is declared the winner.

 

The object of dressage is the harmonious development of the horse’s physical and mental condition. Horse and rider are required to execute a series of prescribed movements to demonstrate obedience, suppleness and strength. Each movement is awarded a score from 0 to 10. In addition, the judge assigns collective marks for the horse’s pace, impulsion and submission, as well as the rider’s form and use of aids.

GENERAL OVERVIEW

1. All riders should arrive early enough to walk their courses. Once the Jumping Phase has begun, course walks will only be allowed during breaks between division.

2. All ride times are tentative. Organizers reserve the right to change ride times. Listen for announcements and check for Notices at office.

3. Riders are encouraged to ride in more than one class!

COMPETITION RULES FOR DERBY

1) This competition will be conducted under the rules and regulations contained herein and will conform to USEA / USEF rules as applicable, including but not limited to the following:

2) The Jumping Phase rules and scoring will conform to the USEA / USEF Rules for Show Jumping. Dimension of obstacles will be according to the USEA / USEF Rules for Eventing for the current year.

a. Elimination: Beginner Novice - Novice riders may have their coach(es) assist them in the unlikely event that they are eliminated. At the judges’ discretion, Beginner Novice - Novice riders who have been eliminated may complete the course. Beginner Novice riders may, at the judge’s discretion, negotiate the obstacle(s) at which they were eliminated with the assistance of their coach if necessary.

b. Levels: A horse may be entered in more than two (2) consecutive levels for jumping (i.e. Beginner Novice and Novice but may only receive HP in the higher levels).

c. Jumping Phase Dress and Saddlery: USEA / USEF Rules for Cross - Country apply, including protective vest, helmets with harness and USEA medical armbands. USEA regulations for safety equipment will be required.

d. Errors or deviations from the prescribed course are penalized as follows:

First disobedience - 4 penalties

Second disobedience - 8 penalties

Third disobedience on course - Elimination (WE DO NOT ELIMINATE UNLESS THERE IS A DANGEROUS SITUATION - JUDGES DECISION)

Knockdown - 4 penalties

First fall of competitor - 8 penalties

Second fall of competitor - Elimination

Exceeding the optimum time (per second) - 1.0 penalty

Exceeding the time limit - Elimination(WE DO NOT ELIMINATE UNLESS THERE IS A DANGEROUS SITUATION - JUDGES DECISION)

Error on course not rectified - Elimination(WE DO NOT ELIMINATE UNLESS THERE IS A DANGEROUS SITUATION - JUDGES DECISION)

Leaving arena area - Elimination

3) The Dressage Phase will be scored on penalty point basis; as in Eventing, the competitor with the lowest score will win that division of the competition.

a. Reading of Tests: The dressage test must be executed from memory. Beginner Novice is exempt from this rule.

b. Arena Size: will be ridden in a small (20x40m) arena.

c. Show attire and braiding: optional.

e. Eliminations: Please refer to the USEA / USEF Rules for Eventing.

f. Errors or deviations from the prescribed course are penalized as follows:

First Error - 2 penalties

Second Error - 4 penalties

Third Error - Elimination (WE DO NOT ELIMINATE UNLESS THERE IS A DANGEROUS SITUATION - JUDGES DECISION)

4) Whenever horses are tied in the final classification, the horse with the least number of faults (jumping and time) in the Jumping phase shall be placed first. If still tied, the best score of the collective marks of the dressage shall prevail. If still tied, placings and awards are to be duplicated.

5) Use of non-standard equipment, trainer’s schooling horses, or other deviations from USEA / USEF Rules may be allowed with permission from show management and riding hors de concours (HC) may be required.

BEGINNER NOVICE DRESSAGE TEST A

1. Bridle: A plain snaffle bridle with regular cavesson, drop noseband, flash noseband, or crossed noseband

made entirely of leather or leather like material. 2. Arena: 20m x 40m (small) 3. Ride Time: Approx. 3.15 mins.

: A plain snaffle bridle with regular cavesson, drop noseband, flash noseband, or crossed noseband
 

TEST

DIRECTIVES

POINTS

1

A enter in working trot

C track right

track right
enter in working trot track right

The regularity, rhythm and straightness. The bend and balance in turn.

10

2

ME change rein working trot on half diagonal.

EK straight ahead

straight ahead
change rein working trot on half diagonal. straight ahead

The regularity, rhythm and balance in the turns and straightness on half diagonal.

10

3

A circle left 20 m diameter in working trot

circle left 20 m diameter in working trot

The regularity of the step and uniformity of the bend.

10

4

Between K and A working canter left lead.

working canter left lead.

The ease and balance of the transition.

10

5

A circle left 20m diameter working canter

AFB working canter left lead.

working canter left lead.
circle left 20m diameter working canter left lead.

The regularity of the steps and the uniformity of the bend on the circle.

10

6

Between B and M working trot.

MCH working trot.

working trot working trot.

The ease, balance and strength of transition.

10

7

HB change rein working trot half diagonal.

BF straight ahead.

straight ahead
change rein working trot half diagonal.straight ahead

The regularity, rhythm and balance in the turn and straightness on half diagonal.

10

8

A circle right 20m diameter working trot.

circle right 20m diameter working trot.

The regularity of the step and the uniformity of bend.

10

9

Between F and K working canter right lead.

working canter right lead.

The ease and balance of the transition.

10

10

A circle right 20m diameter working canter.

AKE working canter right lead.

working canter right lead.
circle right 20m diameter working canter.working canter right lead.

The regularity of the step and the uniformity of bend on the circle.

10

11

Between E and H working trot

working trot

The ease and balance of transition.

10

12

Between C and M medium walk.

medium walk.

The ease and balance of the transition.

10

13

M to E free walk.

E medium walk.

medium walk.
free walk.medium walk.

The regularity of the steps, stretching of the neck downwards and the two transitions.

10

14

K working trot.

A down center line.

down center line.
working trot.down center line.

The ease of the transition and regularity in the turn.

10

15

X Halt. Salute.

Halt. Salute.

The ease of the transition, balance and immobility in the halt.

10

Leave the arena at walk at A.

All trot work may be preformed rising

or sitting unless stated otherwise.

Gaits

Freedom and regularity.

10

Impulsion

Desire to move forward, elasticity of the steps, suppleness of the back and engagement of the hind quarters

10

Submission

Acceptance of the bridle, attention and confidence, harmony, lightness of the forehand, ease of movements.

10

Rider

Position and seat, correctness and effect of the aids.

10

Total Possible Points : 190

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOVICE DRESSAGE TEST A

TEST A

1. Bridle: A plain snaffle bridle with regular cavesson, drop noseband, flash noseband, or crossed noseband

made entirely of leather or leather like material. 2. Arena: 20m x 40m (small) 3. Ride Time: Approx. 4 mins.

: A plain snaffle bridle with regular cavesson, drop noseband, flash noseband, or crossed noseband

1

A enter working trot down centerline.

C track left.

track left.
enter working trot down centerline.track left.

The regularity, rhythm and straightness.

The bend and balance on the turn.

10

2

HXF change rein, working trot.

change rein, working trot.

Regularity of the steps. Straightness on the diagonal.

10

3

AC serpentine - two loops width of arena.

serpentine - two loops width of arena.

The regularity and uniformity of the bend on half circles, the change of bend.

10

4

Between C and H working canter left lead.

working canter left lead.

The balance and ease of the transition.

10

5

E circle left 20m diameter working canter.

circle left 20m diameter working canter.

The regularity, rhythm and uniformity of bend.

10

6

Between C and M working canter right lead.

working canter right lead.

The ease and balance of the transition.

10

7

AC serpentine - two loops width of arena.

serpentine - two loops width of arena.

The regularity and uniformity of the bend on half circles, the change of bend.

10

8

Between C and M working canter right lead.

working canter right lead.

The balance and easy of the transition.

10

9

B circle right 20m diameter working canter

circle right 20m diameter working canter

The regularity rhythm and uniformity of bend

10

10

Between B and F working trot

working trot

The ease and balance of transition

10

11

A medium walk

medium walk

The ease and balance of transition

10

12

KXM change rein free walk

M medium walk

medium walk
change rein free medium walk

The regularity of the steps and the stretching of the neck in the free walk

10

13

C working trot

working trot

The ease and balance of transition

10

14

HXF change rein working trot

change rein working trot

Regularity of steps and straightness on diagonal.

10

15

A turn down center line.

turn down center line.

The regularity bend and balance in the turn, straightness

10

16

G halt and salute

halt and salute

The transition and immobility.

10

Leave the arena at walk at A.

All trot work may be preformed rising

or sitting unless stated otherwise

Gaits

Freedom and regularity.

10

Impulsion

Desire to move forward, elasticity of the steps, suppleness of the back and engagement of the hind quarters

10

Submission

Acceptance of the bridle, attention and confidence, harmony, lightness of the forehand, ease of movements.

10

Rider

Position and seat, correctness and effect of the aids.

10

Total Possible Points : 200

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