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A great way to monitor your horse's fitness while preparing for a Classic 3-Day is with an equine heart rate monitor like the KER Clockit made by Kentucky Equine Research. 

Work backwards from event date:

Week of  Classic Event 

                Monday – off

                Tueday – hack up to 1 hour

                Wednesday – ship

                Thursday – flat work 45” or hack roads and tracks (Phase A & C)

                Friday – Sunday dressage (steeplechase practice & hack A & C), XC and SJ

1 Week out

                Monday – off

                Tuesday – 5” trots times 3 with 2” interval at walk followed by 6” canter (450m/m T and 400m/m N) times 2 with sprint of 2” ( 550m/m T and 500m/m N) within that 6’ canter, then 1 additional 6 min canter (450m/ T and 400m/m N) with  2” walk interval, followed by at least 30” walk to cool out

                Wednesday – hack 1 hour          

                Thursday – hack plus dressage at least 1 hr

                Friday – hack plus show jumping school at least 1 hr

                Saturday – 5” trots times 3 with 2” interval at walk followed by 6” canter (450m/m T and 400m/m N) times 2 with sprint of 2” ( 550m/m T and 500m/m N) within that 6’ canter, then 1 additional 6 min canter (450m/ T and 400m/m N) with  2” walk interval, followed by at least 30” walk to cool out

Sunday – hack 1 hr

2 Weeks out

                Monday – off

                Tuesday – 5” trots times 3 with 2” interval at walk followed by 6” canter (450m/m T and 400m/m N) times 3 with 2” walk interval, followed by at least 30” walk to cool out

                Wednesday – hack 1 hour          

                Thursday – hack plus dressage at least 1 hr

                Friday – hack plus show jumping school at least 1 hr

                Saturday – 5” trots times 3 with 2” interval at walk followed by 6” canter (450m/m T and 400m/m N) times 2 with sprint of 2” ( 550m/m T and 500m/m N) within that 6’ canter, then 1 additional 6 min canter (450m/ T and 400m/m N) with  2” walk interval, followed by at least 30” walk to cool out

                Sunday – hack 1 hr

3 Weeks out

                Monday – off

                Tuesday – 5” trots times 3 with 2” interval at walk followed by 5” canter (450m/m T and 400m/m N) times 3 with 2” walk interval, followed by at least 30” walk to cool out

                Wednesday – hack 1 hour          

                Thursday – hack plus dressage at least 1 hr

                Friday – hack plus show jumping school at least 1 hr

                Saturday - – 5” trots times 3 with 2” interval at walk followed by 5” canter (450m/m T and 4000m/m N) times 3 with 2” walk interval, followed by at least 30” walk to cool out

                Sunday – hack 1 hr

4 Weeks out

                Monday – off

                Tuesday – 5” trots times 3 with 2” interval at walk followed by 4” canter (450m/m T and 400m/m N) times 3 with 2” walk interval, followed by at least 30” walk to cool out

                Wednesday – hack 1 hour          

                Thursday – hack plus dressage at least 1 hr

                Friday – hack plus show jumping school at least 1 hr

                Saturday - – 5” trots times 3 with 2” interval at walk followed by 4” canter (450m/m T and 4000m/m N) times 3 with 2” walk interval, followed by at least 30” walk to cool out

                Sunday – hack 1 hr

5 Weeks out

                Monday – off

                Tuesday – 5” trots times 3 with 2” interval at walk followed by 4” canter (400m/m T and 350m/m N) times 3 with 2” walk interval, followed by at least 30” walk to cool out

                Wednesday – hack 1 hour          

                Thursday – hack plus dressage at least 1 hr

                Friday – hack plus show jumping school at least 1 hr

                Saturday - – 5” trots times 3 with 2” interval at walk followed by 4” canter (400m/m T and 350m/m N) times 3 with 2” walk interval, followed by at least 30” walk to cool out   

                Sunday – hack 1 hr

6 Weeks out

                Monday – off

                Tuesday – 5” trots times 3 with 2” interval at walk followed by 3” canter (400m/m T and 350m/m N) times 3 with 2” walk interval, followed by at least 30” walk to cool out

                Wednesday – hack 1 hour          

                Thursday – hack plus dressage at least 1 hr

                Friday – hack plus show jumping school at least 1 hr

                Saturday - – 5” trots times 3 with 2” interval at walk followed by 3” canter (400m/m T and 350m/m N) times 3 with 2” walk interval, followed by at least 30” walk to cool out   

                Sunday – hack 1 hr

Prior to this horse should be fit enough to be participating in horse trials at the correct level

Any of the Saturday gallops can be replaced by a competition date.

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The winner of the USEA Training Three-Day event receives a ProAir Point Two Air Vest, a SmartPak custom engraved leather halter, and a $50 Gift Certificate to the USEA online store. In addition, they are entered in a drawing to win a year’s supply of SmartPaks, a Stackhouse Saddle, and a Fleeceworks Saddle Pad Set.  

The second place winner receives a $25 Gift Certificate the USEA online store. 

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The winner of the USEA Novice Three-Day Division receives a $50 Gift Certificate to the USEA online store, a gift certificate to Eventing Training Online, and a ProAir Point Two Air Vest!  

The second place winner in the Novice Three-Day division receives a $25 Gift Certificate the USEA online store. 

All competitors who completed the event are also receiving a beautiful completion ribbon, courtesy of the USEA.


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Smartpak

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2016 Classic Three Day Organizing Committee:

Gretchen and Robert Butts, Organizers

Pat Mansfield and Beth Sokohl, Co Organizers

Chris Donovan, YRAP Coordinator

Cindy Wood, Carly Easton, Michele Schwartz

 

Overall Organizational Structure:

EVENT SCHEDULE AND LOGISTICS:  ROBERT AND GRETCHEN BUTTS

DRESSAGE-- MICHELE SCHWARZ

CROSS COUNTRY: OVERALL COORDINATOR: PAT MANSFIELD 

    TIMING--SAM HELLERMAN

    VET BOX--DRS AMY BURKE AND CHAD DAVIS

    D--CHIEF XC JUMP JUDGE-MARY SUE MOOD

     ABC--FLAGGING, MARKING--A BIT BETTER FARM 

     COURSE DESIGN-ROBERT BUTTS

     COURSE PREP:  WAREDACA STAFF

JUMPING:  OVERALL COORDINATOR--SKIP SIMMONS

     COURSE DESIGN: KATHY WHITE

STABLE MANAGER--CINDY WOOD  

HOSPITALITY:  OVERALL COORDINATOR: BETH SOKOHL

SCORING  CHRIS DONOVAN

VOLUNTEERS:  BETH SOKOHL/THURSDAY AND FRIDAY; LIZ SCHROEDER/SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS--OVERALL COORDINATOR: CINDY WOOD

CLINICIAN COORDINATOR--BETH SOKOHL

AWARDS AND PRIZES: MICHELE SCHWARZ

SPONSORSHIP:  HELEN CASTEEL

MEDIA AND PRESS:  CARLY EASTON

Kirsten's Blog Diary

Here are 4 links to Kirsten Cowan's Waredaca Classic 3-Day from Eventing Nation.

Download and read at your leisure!

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Training Tips

By Cindy Collier Rawson

Rider negotiating steeplechase fenceThe steeplechase phase of a three-day event is an exhilarating experience, but can be nerve wracking for the uninitiated! You and your horse will be running at close to racing speed, clearing brush fences to complete the course against the clock. As the ‘chase is unique to three-day competitions, many riders have little experience jumping at its higher speeds and often feel a little daunted at the prospect.

This article is about how to prepare for a steeplechase and, like my previous articles, has been written with the rookie in mind. This is not a definitive guide, but is a description of how I prepare and what works for me. I have outlined some of the pointers and tips I have picked up (often the hard way!) and naturally, not everything I do will suit everyone. As with my previous articles, I am assuming that both you and your horse are fit enough for the task and that you have access to a trainer to guide you.

Although somewhat under threat with the move toward shorter competition formats, steeplechase currently remains one of the four “disciplines” to prepare for in the classic, long format CCI (three-day event). Steeplechase forms part of the speed and endurance aspect of a three-day event and involves the horse and rider galloping and jumping safely at three/quarter racing speed over a series of six to eight brush fences within an optimum time. Speeds vary according to the level of competition from 640 meters per minute (mpm) at a CCI* to 690 mpm at CCI**** level. That’s equivalent to approximately 23-26 miles per hour.

Minimizing the effect of the ‘chase on your horse’s energy stores requires maintenance of a consistent rhythm and balance. To make the whole phase as effortless as possible, a dedicated practice is therefore necessary before your first three-day event to establish the essential rhythm, balance, and confidence at speed.

Are You Ready?

A good gauge to determine is you are ready to compete at a three-day event is your current performance at horse trials. You should be comfortable at preliminary level, able to confidently attack the varying questions on the cross-country courses, and routinely finish clear and inside the time. If you are achieving this, then you are already riding at approximately 550 mpm. The step up to the steeplechase pace of 640 mpm is then relatively straightforward.

Getting Started

First of all, always think about you and your horse’s safety. I use the same equipment for steeplechase training as for cross-country schooling. For the horse, this includes studs in all four shoes, front and hind protective boots, bell boots, stud girth and overgirth. My own safety equipment includes my ASTM/SEI approved helmet and my safety vest.

As always, never jump alone and if possible, “coax” someone to assist you on the ground. The ground person can help both with adjusting fences and with filming. I make it a priority to have my competitions and schooling sessions recorded on video, as I find I learn twice as much if I can analyze my performances both visually and tactically.

To start your steeplechase training session, find a suitable galloping area such as a large, flat field. Remember that it is essential to do your speed work on good footing- more harm than good will be done if you pound your horse over hard and uneven ground. Many racing yards in the UK have all-weather gallops that they allow other riders to use. If you are fortunate enough to live near such facility, use it!

Once you have found a large field with good footing, use a meter wheel to measure out a wide oval circuit. Alternatively, you can pace out the distance. Measure out and place markers at 520 meters, 550 meters, 570 meters, 600 meters and 640 meters. The first three distances relate to the pace required for preliminary, intermediate and advanced cross-country courses respectively. The 600-meter marker is an additional reference point as you increase to the required steeplechase speed of 640 mpm.

The chances are that you will not have access to steeplechase fences, but building a suitable alternative is very simple and requires just a little adaptation. If you have a solid show jump “filler”, simply add a bar to one side by tacking on a strip of wood and a few end pieces to create slots to insert the brush (discarded Christmas trees make excellent brush jumps!).

Alternatively, construct a freestanding wooden frame that allows you to insert the brush and check carefully that there are no gaps in your jump in which your horse could get his hoof stuck.

Don’t build too small a fence. This encourages the horse to run to the bottom of the fence before jumping rather than standing off slightly as is preferred for good ‘chasing technique. The solid part of the fence should be at least 3’-3’3” high with some width. It should lean away and have a visible ground line.

To encourage your horse to brush through the fence and not try and clear the fence like a bullfinch, allow some of the branches to protrude higher than the main body of the fence. Don’t make the brush too thick and solid until your horse has become familiar with brushing through the branches.

Using full size racing fences is an option but should be undertaken with caution. These fences will be large and unforgiving and during the learning phase you should not overface your horse or scare yourself in the process!

Rhythm and Balance

The steeplechase mantra is “rhythm and balance.”

After a suitable warm-up period of approximately 20 minutes at slow trot and canter, you’re ready to start learning to gallop comfortably at speed. To make this easier, try riding with your stirrups a hole shorter than you normally would for cross-country. This will help you stay over the horse’s center of balance. Don’t try to ride as short as a jump jockey, however, or I guarantee you’ll be popped out the front door at an inopportune moment!

A big key to ‘chasing is learning not to interfere with your horse. Do not make major adjustments in front of the fence and upset his balance. Up until now, your experience of riding horses over obstacles at speed is likely to have come solely from cross-country. In steeple chasing you must learn to let the horse flow. While you’re natural tendency may be to shorten his stride slightly as you approach the fence, try to concentrate on staying over his center of balance and not interfering. Sit up slightly six to eight strides away from the fence to help the horse keep his balance over his hindquarters and aim to keep a nice steady contact moving into your hand. It may be difficult to do at first, but with practice at speed your confidence and trust in one another will develop.

A few important principles to think about are as follows:

  • As the horse will be in more of a racing frame—lower to the ground, with his nose further in front than you’re used to—you’ll need to help him maintain his balance with as little interference as possible.
  • Keep a steady position, more braced (lower leg slightly further forward) than for cross-country. Riders that sit too far forward can be shot out the front door if the horse pecks on landing.
  • As you approach the fences, don’t change the contact of the hand. Allow the horse to determine the take-off point.

To learn to gallop at speed, you need to be able to gauge your horse’s pace in terms of meters per minute. Practice using your watch to gauge the speed needed to cover the distance between the markers in your field in one minute, starting with the 520 mpm and the 550 mpm markers. Jump your ‘chase fence several times at this speed, as this is your normal cross-country pace. Try to allow your horse to run freely, with minimum interference from you.

Pick up the pace and try to move up to 570 mpm and then 600 mpm. If your horse backs off too much or drops the contact before the fence, give him a little tap behind the saddle on landing, to send him forward and to encourage him into bridle. Finally, move him up to 640 mpm and you’ll have accomplished your goal. Do one or two circuits at your ‘chase speed and then slowly bring your horse back in a balanced canter to trot and walk.

Trust

Once you are up to full steeplechase speed, you need to start trusting your horse’s eye. As he gallops faster, your horse’s stride increases by anywhere from six o 12 feet per stride. To put this into perspective, a fence that is normally six strides away will feel like it is 36 feet closer than it would on a cross-country course. For a horse with a big stride, this can be a real shocker! The speed therefore increases the difficulty for the rider to see a stride to the fence.

Steeplechasing relies upon the horse to naturally find his rhythm at speed and his own distance to the fences (if the rider does not interfere). As you approach the fence, sit up to help the horse balance himself six to eight strides away. The horse’s head will come up slightly as he sees the fence and he will reduce the contact slightly. Stay in the rhythm and keep moving to the fence. A good stride will come, but you have to be brave enough to have faith in your horse’s eye.

On landing, encourage your horse to gallop on in the same rhythm.

Give the horse a good 20-30 minute walk to cool down and help prevent the build-up of lactic acid in his muscles. Take care of your horse as you would after a cross-country school. My general policy is to ice, poultice, and bandage my horse’s legs after any speed work.

Some horses will find galloping at speed easier than others, and this is where the Thoroughbred will have an advantage. If you are getting run away with, talk to your trainer about bitting alternatives. Certain horses will get stronger on competition day so be prepared to change bits in the ten minute box before going out on the cross-country.

You will find that most horses’ jumping shape will flatten out on steeplechase. Don’t worry, as this is a natural tendency when jumping at speed. It is, however, the opposite of the bascule (round shape) that your horse needs to jump cross-country and show jumping obstacles. The horse/rider combination must learn how to do both, so it’s always important to have a jump school a few days after any speed work over fences. You can remind your horse of the short bouncy stride that he needs for show jumping with gymnastic work.

The ‘chase should be a positive, encouraging experience for your horse to take forward to the cross-country. Hooking for strides is the biggest mistake possible, as at the best you will upset the horse’s rhythm and at worst you will cause a fall. If you hook back for a stride or use “Go pony go!” kicks to get over the fence, you are taking the horse out of his rhythm and needlessly wasting his energy. Watching top riders is always beneficial as they keep their horses in a smooth, rhythmic, energy efficient pace.

Walking the Course

Walking the ‘chase course is just as important as walking the cross-country. Here are a few pointers:

  • The pace for CCI* will be 640 mpm, lasting 3-3.5 minutes, over a distance of 1,920-2,240 meters. There will be five to seven brush fences with maximum heights of 1.0 meter (3’ 37”) for the fixed portion of the fence and 1.4 meters (4’ 7”) for the brush portion.
  • Walk the course alone the first time. That is the only chance you will get to imagine what your horse’s first impressions will be.
  • On the second walk, measure the course with a meter wheel and compare it with the official distance. Often organizers will wheel a very tight line, in which case making the time could be difficult. Take careful note of your minute markers and use fixed objects (e.g. trees)—not items that may be moved or obscured by crowds on the day of the competition. Write this information down for future reference.
  • Ask more experienced riders if you’re unsure of the approach to particular jumps. Don’t be shy. In my experience the “stars” of our sport are more than willing to give helpful advice.
  • Imagine how the course is going to look on the day. Visualize your perfect ride and don’t forget to imagine yourself successfully coping with any problems that might arise.

On the Day

On the morning of the competition, I go out on the course to check the footing and try to watch other riders to see if the steeplechase time is difficult or easy to make. Unlike the cross-country, there will be few spectators but use this to your advantage. Try to calm your nerves and focus. Once you start, it’s just you, your horse, a few brush fences and the chance to gallop at speed.

  • Toward the end of Phase A Roads and Tracks, consider a short canter to get the horse thinking “forward” before the steeplechase.
  • Arrive at the ‘chase about a minute before your start time. It gives you a chance to check your girth and adjust your horse’s noseband.
  • Get into a steady 640 mpm rhythm as soon as possible after the start.
  • Look for the best footing. If you are going later in the day in bad weather, you will find the take-off to jumps can get deep. Fortunately, steeplechase fences are generally wide enough to allow for a comfortable jump on either side of the center line.
  • Don’t panic if you are ten seconds down on the clock at the first minute marker. You have started from a standstill, and this is normal. You should be about five seconds down at the two-minute marker and on time at the three-minute marker.
  • I always choose a marker 30 seconds back from the finish line, allowing me to gauge and adjust my pace, if necessary, at the end of my course.
  • When you see a stride, make up your mind and stick with it! As I have found to my peril, indecision (particularly in the last few strides before take-off) will cause you real problems out on the course.
  • Keep your horse balanced as you slow down gradually onto Phase C.

There are no prizes for blasting around. The more the horse runs in a comfortable, consistent rhythm and balance, the less energy he will waste and the more energy he will have for the other phases of the competition. The aim is to finish just within the optimum time. You will need plenty of horse left for the cross-country and show jumping, so anything more than five seconds under the optimum time is burning up your horse’s energy unnecessarily.

After the ‘chase—Phase C

There will be a designated assistance area after Phase B, have a helper (armed with your horse’s spare shoes and studs, a sponge and water) check your horse’s shoes as you ride past. If he has lost one and the event has a compulsory halt on Phase C (generally within half mile of the finish of Phase B), fit an easy boot to allow you to reach the farrier in the rest area. If there is no compulsory halt, the farrier will be available just after Phase B and you can have your horse’s shoe replaced immediately.

If your event has a compulsory halt on Phase C, you have the option to dismount, sponge and scrape the horse.

After the exertions of the ‘chase, Phase C allows for a fair amount of walking. The pace is slower at 160 mpm (25-40 minutes over 4,000-6,400 meters). Once your horse has had time to recover, trot on again to get to the ten-minute box about two minutes before the required time.

Two useful books that I recommend for reference are The USCTA Handbook of Eventing (Chapter 11 by Bruce Davidson) and Training the Event Horse by Ginny Leng.

I hope that this article is helpful and goes some way toward easing the daunting prospect of a first three-day event. This information should help the first timer get a taste of the preparation required in order to take on the steeplechase with confidence. I welcome any feedback and can be contacted with any specific questions through my website at www.cindyrawsoneventteam.com.

Good luck and happy eventing!        

              

 

Classic 3 Day Event FAQs

Qualifications

Q: What about qualifications.... and if I do not have all of my qualifications completed by the Opening Date?

A: Enter the event and secure a spot. That tells us you are really serious about participating! Send a COMPLETE entry, paperwork and fees PLUS a letter concerning your qualifications. IF you are not successful getting qualified, your entry and stabling fees will be fully refunded minus $25 office fee BUT it is your responsibility to withdraw before the Closing Date. Entries incomplete after the Closing Date will be considered 'LATE' and charged the late fee of $50 for the entry to be accepted. But hopefully you WILL be qualfiied to participate with a completed entry in before the CD!!

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Q: In reading the schedule, I am trying to decide whether to arrive Wednesday or early Thursday?

A: Things actively start with the briefing on Thursday Morning…then are fairly constant from that point! If you are close enough to arrive  Thursday morning (better after 6:30 as it is still dark any earlier) and can get unpacked and settled by 9:00 (briefing at 9:15) then certainly plan on that. It will probably take an hour by the time you arrive to off load, do a basic set up of your area and repack your rig. Otherwise, and if you want a more leisurely pace, plan to arrive Wednesday between 1 and 7. If anyone needs a different time, this MUST be arranged with Cindy Wood (410 726 8926) our stable manager.

Q: The tentative schedule says that the horse inspection demo is scheduled Thursday morning. But does that timeframe also include the actual inspection?

A: The discussion, demo and practice session for the horse inspection is Thursday morning. The formal Horse Inspection follows the practice.

Q: So if I arrive Thursday morning I would need to attend competitor briefing, totally unpack my trailer and get my horse settled in, sign up for the arrival vet exam  by the vet, attend the horse inspection demo and then be braided, dressed and ready for actual horse inspection by noon? What is the earliest on Thursday that someone will be there to show me which stalls are mine and to pick up a packet?

A: Thursday is a busy day, as are the other days so plan so you can pace yourself accordingly.  The arrival exams will be offered on Wednesday afternoon and all day Thursday so that is not an absolute Thursday morning activity.  You would need to have you and your horse ready for the first official horse inspection however.  Cindy Wood will be on site ahd awaiting you as soon as it is daylight!

Q: When does the competition finish?

A: We aim to complete everything--including mounted awards by noon on Sunday!

Q: What else do I need to know?

A: Start with the OMNI info and stay tuned to this section of the Waredaca website for details and updates!

The Inspections

Q. Do I really need to practice the inspection/jog? How hard can it be?

A  Harder than you think! There is a trick to holding the reins to keep your horse’s head straight, and it is helpful to practice getting him to move off correctly, come back to the walk when you ask, and move off again promptly. Your horse should come to the practice wearing a bridle, and you should bring a dressage whip.  Check our Youtube tutorial!

Q.  Do I need to braid for the inspections?

A.  It is customary to braid for the first inspection, dressage, and the second inspection (on Show Jumping day). At a minimum your horse should be spotless, wearing a clean bridle, and no boots.

Q.  What should I wear for the inspections?

A.  It is customary to “dress up” a bit for the inspections – khakis and a nice shirt, jacket and tie for men, that sort of thing. Remember, however, that you will be RUNNING to keep up with your (properly presented) horse, so wear sensible shoes, and avoid anything that might fly away such as unsecured scarves or hats.

DSC07963-525-150-150-100-cRiding Phases A, B and C

Q.  How do Phases A, B, and C work?

A.  At your designated start time, you begin Phase A, trotting through marked gates ("A1" "A2" etc.) around the Waredaca fields. You will go through the last gate and keep going straight to the start of Phase B, steeplechase. There is a start box there, and a fixed start time. You will gallop twice around a loop with 3 fences, jumping most of them twice. You will come off phase B, and without stopping, just slowing to a trot, proceed directly onto Phase C, which is just like Phase A, only longer and a bit slower. You may be able to walk some on C. You will come off of Phase C directly into the "Vet" or "10 minute box" before D.

Q.  How will I learn the track and gates for A and C (Roads and Tracks)?

A.  Hack it! You are allowed to hack roads and tracks on the days prior to endurance day. It is a great way to learn your track and settle your horse at his new location. Be on the alert for how many gates are on each phase – you will need to pass through ALL the gates IN ORDER on endurance day. The track may double back on itself in places. Be sure you write down how many gates there are!

Q.  How do I plan/time and ride phases A, B, and C?

A.  As you hack around, you will notice that the tracks for A and C will be peppered with little signs saying "A2" or "C3" AND "K1" "K1.5" "K2." The latter are your kilometer markers. This is critical for pacing yourself.

Here's how that works.

You will get a start time for A, B, and D, optimum times/speeds for all phases, and distances. You then need to do some math, and make yourself a cheat sheet in waterproof ink on white medical tape that you will put on your forearm (or jacket arm) for reference while you are riding. It needs to be easy to read -- you will look at it a lot!

So you might be given times of: A 9:00 AM, B 9:12 AM, D 9:40 AM.

This means you will go out on A at 9 AM. Your cheat sheet will read something like: A = 10 gates, 10 mins @ 220 mpm. K1= 4 mins K1.5= 6 mins K 2=8.5 mins (NOTE: All math in these examples is purely imaginary, including the number of gates!).

So you are looking for 10 numbered gates; make sure you keep track! When you pass the little sign that says "K1" you should be at 4 minutes. If you are too fast, SLOW DOWN. You do not want to burn up energy on these phases. You can walk if you need to. If you are too slow, now is a good time to pick up a little canter or hand gallop to wake your horse up before steeplechase. Then check on your next "K" marker, etc.

Since you are starting B at 9:12, you want to be pulling into the start box at 9:10. Give your horse a breather, and shorten your stirrups. Do not trot A and C with short stirrups. You will be exhausted by the time you get out on XC.

Your steeplechase stirrup length may well be 1 or 2 holes shorter than your XC length. You can figure this out with the steeplechase coach during the practice session (another strongly recommended activity -- she'll walk the course with you, tell you how to time it, and then have you gallop a practice fence a couple of times).

So you are in the box at 9:10, shortening your stirrups. Zero out your watch just like you would for a regular XC run, because you will NOT have time to look at it on steeplechase, and you will want to hear the minute beep to know your pace.

You will go around the track twice, and you will know where your one minute mark is (from your practice session) -- if you beep before you get there, keep kicking!!!

After you cross the finish line, slowly ramp back down to a trot. The clock does NOT stop, and there is NO break between B and C. Just keep going and head for the first C gate. There will be an authorized assistance area right near the beginning of “C” where you are allowed to have helpers waiting for you -- ONLY in that area can they in any way interact with you. If you have someone there, s/he should check to see if you have all 4 shoes. Depending on your horse, you may want to provide an easy boot in case you have pulled a shoe on steeplechase. In any event, your helper should note which shoe is missing so it can be taken care of in the 10 minute box. Your helper should also have a bucket, water, scraper, sponge -- it is a great help to get some water on them right then and start the cooling process, especially if it is warm out.

While you are walking here it is a good time to lengthen your stirrups again.

You can keep going, slowly, while your helper works on your horse. You have some extra time on this phase. Your helper should check your galloping boots, bell boots, and if there is anything you will need to replace/fix at the vet box,s/he can get a head's up now.

Keep going on C. It's just like A, only longer and slower. You will have your same cheat sheet. Again, you want to go only as fast as you have to to arrive at the box 2 minutes early. Any faster is just wasted energy.

According to our schedule, you should be arriving at the vet box just about 9:27 or so -- a few minutes early for your 10 minutes, plus a minute or so to get over to the start box for your 9:40 start.

The 10 minute box

Q.  What happens there?

A.  You have 10 minutes which you must spend in this box. The main goal here is to make sure the horse is sound and has all its gear intact (especially shoes), give yourself a mental break, and COOL THE HORSE DOWN. The horse MUST be cleared by the vet, who will see it jog and check its temp, pulse, and resp. If the horse has not recovered sufficiently in 10 minutes you will not be allowed on D.

This is where all your conditioning comes in handy, along with quick work by your helpers to cool the horse. Once cleared, you mount up and head over to D, which is just like XC at a regular horse trial. You will finish back at the vet box and get checked out one more time before being "released" to leave

Q.  What do I do in the 10 minute box?

A.  Trot into the box on a loose rein. Hop off immediately. Go sit down, get a drink, have a banana. When there are 2 minutes left on your 10 minute clock, go get your (cooled and prepped) horse, and find the vet, who will do another TPR and have you jog the horse. Hop on, and go on down to the start box for D

Q.  What do I need to bring with me for endurance day/ the 10 minute box?

A.  In addition to your regular horse trial/away show “gear,” endurance day requires a few extra items, including:

  • Waterproof marker and white medical tape – you will want to write your gates/times and distances for A, B, C, and D on the tape, and attach it to your forearm, so you can refer to it as you go. You will learn how to take “shorthand” notes for this reference guide at Gillian Clissold’s talk on Roads and Tracks on Wednesday night (strongly recommended!!!).
  • 4 extra shoes for your horse, MARKED (ie, RF, LF, etc. Your farrier can put small notch marks on each shoe that will be instantly recognizable). On endurance day, put in appropriate studs for your spares, so they can be quickly tacked on in the 10 minute box
  • Full “cooling kit” for the box, including sponge(s), scraper(s), buckets, vetrolin, etc. EVERYTHING you bring for the box should be clearly marked with your name in waterproof marker.
  • Stud kit should come to the box, with the studs you are using marked or separated out so your grooms can quickly replace any that have gone “missing.”
  • Energy bars/bananas/drinks for you while you are in the box
  • Dressage whip (for the jog, if your horse needs it)
  • Extra ANYTHING that might break on phases A, B, C (boots, bells, stirrup leathers, etc. etc.)
  • Cooler or anti-sweat for your horse if the weather demands it 
  • Halter and a lead rope for the jog

Q.  What does my "10 minute box crew" need to do?

A.  Your crew should keep track of your time in the box to make sure you are ready to jog for the vet at 2 minutes out. Your crew will

  • Check all gear – boots, shoes, tack, studs. 
  • Replace/repair as needed, including taking the horse to see the farrier in the box. 
  • Cool, cool, cool the horse. This should begin the moment you arrive in the box, and continue up until the moment you present back to the vet. 
  • Change your stirrups to XC length. 
  • Hand you drinks/food as needed, and help you stay mentally focused. 

If possible, you should have 2 or 3 people on hand to help you. Some horses are very wound up at this point, and can be a handful. Spend a few minutes thinking about your cross country course, zero out your watch again, and then go out and enjoy a great phase D!

Cross-Country

Novice

Training

A Time: 10-16 min                  
Distance:  2,200-3,520m              
Speed:  220 mpm        

Time: 10-16 min                  
Distance:  2,200-3,520m              
Speed:  220 mpm 

B Time:  2.5 or 3 min
Distance:  1,175 – 1,410 m
Speed:  470 mpm
Time:  2.5 or 3 min
Distance:  1,250 – 1,560 m
Speed:  500-520 mpm
Jumping Efforts Efforts:  4-6
Brush Height:  3’7”
Efforts:  4-6
Brush Height:  3’11”
C Time:  20-25 Min
Distance:  3,200-4,000m
Speed:  160-220 mpm
Time:  15-25 Min
Distance:  3,200-4,000m
Speed:  160-220 mpm
D Distance:  1,760-2,420m
Speed:  400 mpm
Distance:  2,250-3,150 @450mpm or
2,350-3,290 @470mpm
Speed:  450-470 mpm
Efforts, maximum Efforts:  16-22. 110m per effort Efforts:  20-28. 120m @470 mpm or
20-28 @450 mpm

Basic Veterinary Guidelines for Classic Three Day

Arrival Day

In Barns: Horses are checked over by Veterinary Delegate, P&R’s look over legs and body for any pre-existing conditions

Vet starts documentation on TPR’s and makes notes about any pre-existing conditions.

Jog/Horse Inspection

Each horse is presented to the Veterinary Delegate, TechnicalDelegate and the President of the Ground Jury for First Horse Inspection; Vet shares pertinent information with the Ground Jury. If another Vet is available for the hold then they would talk to the rider about the horse and get some history. IF there is only one vet then a knowledgeable horse person can go to the vet hold with the rider and gather information on the horse.

Riders should be prepared to present their horse properly, clean and braided with rider attire suitable for the presentation.

Day 1: Dressage

Day 2: Endurance Day

Ten Minute: Veterinary Delegate stays in Vet box for duration of X-C, each horse come into Vet box for evaluation and jog prior to being released from Ten Minute Box to the Start. There are personnel also available to assist any horse in recovery box if possible--Vet and usually three vet assistants (preferably vet techs) and three volunteers to keep time.

Vet and a member of the Ground Jury watch the horses trot into the Ten Minute Box.

Vet/Techs: do TPR and this is recorded on the vet sheets.

Horses are checked at six minutes and then if all vitals have come down then they are released to the individual keeping the time on the horse. At two minutes the timekeeper advises the rider so that they can be put up on the horse and then at ten minutes the rider is released to the start of XC.

Once the riders come back off xc they come into a Vet Box for the horse to be cooled down and determined if they can leave for their stalls.

Day 3: Jumping

Final Horse Inspection: Each horse is presented to Veterinary Delegate, Technical Delegate and the President of the Ground Jury for Third Horse Inspection; if passed, the horse and rider will continue to the Jumping Phase.

     

2015 Classic Three Day Novice and Training Level Three-Day Educational and Competition Schedule

 …FEATURING OUR LEAD CLINICIAN ERIC SMILEY!!

CAPABLY ASSISTED BY Kate Chadderton and Steph Kohr FOR COURSE WALKS

Wednesday October 21

1:00-6:00 Competitors arrival to stables; Vet exams between 3 and 7

DR JULIE  by appointment-scheduled upon arrival on site  

 

THURSDAY October 22:  DAY 1:  BRIEFING/FIRST HORSE INSPECTION/OFFICAL A, B AND C WALK/DRESSAGE PREVIEW/FIRST OFFICIAL XC COURSE WALKS

7:30 Continued Arrivals ;   Vet exams during daytime by appointment

9:00 Competitor Briefing and Welcome/Stable Office-MANDATORY

   

9:45-10:00 Horse Inspection Discussion/Demonstration:  ERIC  Stable Area

10:30   First Horse Inspection…Starting with Training Horses/Numerical

Lunch on your own..

12:00            Novice Riders meet for Dressage Test Review and Critique with Demo Rider Nancy Seybold;  Upper Performance Arena  Judges: HELEN  PAM  

Training Riders Tour of A, B and C; meet at Stable Office-GAMMON/ERIC

TO INCLUDE ‘DRESS REHEARSAL’ WALK THRU OF FINISH C/BOX PROTOCOL/START FINISH D/BOX

2:00           Training Riders meet for Dressage Test Review and Critique with Demo Rider Sarah Gonzalez   Upper Performance Arena  Judges:  HELEN  PAM

Novice Riders Tour of A, B and C; meet at Stable Office –GAMMON/ERIC

TO INCLUDE ‘DRESS REHEARSAL’ WALK THRU OF FINISH C/BOX PROTOCOL/START FINISH D/BOX

 3:30 – 5:00 pm Cross Country Walk: RIDERS ONLY

Eric/Novice; Kate Chadderton /Training

6:00  ALL RIDERS   Late Afternoon Presentations/DINNER  Indoor Arena

Your Saturday Cross Country Road Map, from start (tacking up your horse, what you both need to ‘wear’, plans for you and your groom at the end of B, C and D,  ERIC….The Ten Minute and Vet Box what to expect from the Vet’s Perspective: CHAD, JULIE

and what to do and what not to do—all Three Phases….Rules for the Three Day—Gammon, Helen and Pam

 

FRIDAY October 23: DAY 2: DRESSAGE COMPETITION PHASE/STEEPLECHASE PRACTICE/HACKING OF A AND C;

SECOND OFFICIAL XC COURSE WALK

8:00  DRESSAGE BOTH LEVELS

8:00 AM   Test Rides-Sarah /Training; Nancy/ Novice

8:15—  12:00approx  Dressage 

TRAINING:  HELEN BRETTELL AND SARA LEARY

                                                 NOVICE:  PAM WIEDEMANN AND VALERIE VIZCARONNDO

10:00- 2:30    Steeple Chase Practice (divided by horse number) staggering from dressage finish N and T together; all riders will have a specific time to meet Eric for practice; then,  riders can hack A and C on their own afterward

 

3:00 TRAINING Course Walk:  Eric

3:30                         Novice Course Walk:  Steph Kohr

5:30;   Light Dinner  Indoor Arena

PINNEY XC NUMBERS HANDED OUT AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE PRESENTATIONS

Q AND A SESSION  ERIC AND GAMMON and the Ground Jury

 

SATURDAY October 24: DAY 3: CROSS COUNTRY PHASE

8:00 appprox Cross Country Phase Begins Training then Novice, numerical

1:30 After Cross Country  Party:  Wine, Sodas and Cheese  Stable Office

Presented by PURINA FEEDS; ALL RIDERS REQUESTED TO STOP BY Please

 3:00 – 4:00 KATHY WHITE and Eric…JUMPING COURSE DESIGN AND RIDING STRATEGIES followed by course walking

  

SUNDAY October 25:  DAY 4: FINAL HORSE INSPECTION/JUMPING PHASE/FINAL MOUNTED AWARDS PRESENTATION

7:30am Final Horse Inspection Novice then Training, numerical

TBA            Show Jumping Novice followed by Training; reverse order of go

NOONISH AND LATER….DEPARTURE UNDER THE DIRECTION OF CINDY AND BARBARA…PLEASE FILL OUT YOUR EVALUATION FORM BEFORE LEAVING!!

THANKS!!

Training Tips for the Classic 3Day

The Inspections

Do I really need to practice the inspection/jog? How hard can it be?

Harder than you think! There is a trick to holding the reins to keep your horse’s head straight, and it is helpful to practice getting him to move off correctly, come back to the walk when you ask, and move off again promptly. Your horse should come to the practice wearing a bridle, and you should bring a dressage whip.

Do I need to braid for the inspections?

It is customary to braid for the first inspection, dressage, and the second inspection (on Show Jumping day). At a minimum your horse should be spotless, wearing a clean bridle, and no boots.

What should I wear for the inspections?

It is customary to “dress up” a bit for the inspections – khakis and a nice shirt, jacket and tie for men, that sort of thing. Remember, however, that you will be RUNNING to keep up with your (properly presented) horse, so wear sensible shoes, and avoid anything that might fly away such as unsecured scarves or hats.

Riding Phases A, B and C

How do Phases A, B, and C work?

At your designated start time, you begin Phase A, trotting through marked gates ("A1" "A2" etc.) around the Waredaca fields. You will go through the last gate and keep going straight to the start of Phase B, steeplechase. There is a start box there, and a fixed start time. You will gallop twice around a loop with 3 fences, jumping most of them twice. You will come off phase B, and without stopping, just slowing to a trot, proceed directly onto Phase C, which is just like Phase A, only longer and a bit slower. You may be able to walk some on C. You will come off of Phase C directly into the "Vet" or "10 minute box" before D.

How will I learn the track and gates for A and C (Roads and Tracks)?

Hack it! You are allowed to hack roads and tracks on the days prior to endurance day. It is a great way to learn your track and settle your horse at his new location. Be on the alert for how many gates are on each phase – you will need to pass through ALL the gates IN ORDER on endurance day. The track may double back on itself in places. Be sure you write down how many gates there are!

How do I plan/time and ride phases A, B, and C?

As you hack around, you will notice that the tracks for A and C will be peppered with little signs saying "A2" or "C3" AND "K1" "K1.5" "K2." The latter are your kilometer markers. This is critical for pacing yourself.

Here's how that works.

You will get a start time for A, B, and D, optimum times/speeds for all phases, and distances. You then need to do some math, and make yourself a cheat sheet in waterproof ink on white medical tape that you will put on your forearm (or jacket arm) for reference while you are riding. It needs to be easy to read -- you will look at it a lot!

So you might be given times of: A 9:00 AM, B 9:12 AM, D 9:40 AM.

This means you will go out on A at 9 AM. Your cheat sheet will read something like: A = 10 gates, 10 mins @ 220 mpm. K1= 4 mins K1.5= 6 mins K 2=8.5 mins (NOTE: All math in these examples is purely imaginary, including the number of gates!).

So you are looking for 10 numbered gates; make sure you keep track! When you pass the little sign that says "K1" you should be at 4 minutes. If you are too fast, SLOW DOWN. You do not want to burn up energy on these phases. You can walk if you need to. If you are too slow, now is a good time to pick up a little canter or hand gallop to wake your horse up before steeplechase. Then check on your next "K" marker, etc.

Since you are starting B at 9:12, you want to be pulling into the start box at 9:10. Give your horse a breather, and shorten your stirrups. Do not trot A and C with short stirrups. You will be exhausted by the time you get out on XC.

Your steeplechase stirrup length may well be 1 or 2 holes shorter than your XC length. You can figure this out with the steeplechase coach during the practice session (another strongly recommended activity -- she'll walk the course with you, tell you how to time it, and then have you gallop a practice fence a couple of times).

So you are in the box at 9:10, shortening your stirrups. Zero out your watch just like you would for a regular XC run, because you will NOT have time to look at it on steeplechase, and you will want to hear the minute beep to know your pace.

You will go around the track twice, and you will know where your one minute mark is (from your practice session) -- if you beep before you get there, keep kicking!!!

After you cross the finish line, slowly ramp back down to a trot. The clock does NOT stop, and there is NO break between B and C. Just keep going and head for the first C gate. There will be an authorized assistance area right near the beginning of “C” where you are allowed to have helpers waiting for you -- ONLY in that area can they in any way interact with you. If you have someone there, s/he should check to see if you have all 4 shoes. Depending on your horse, you may want to provide an easy boot in case you have pulled a shoe on steeplechase. In any event, your helper should note which shoe is missing so it can be taken care of in the 10 minute box. Your helper should also have a bucket, water, scraper, sponge -- it is a great help to get some water on them right then and start the cooling process, especially if it is warm out.

While you are walking here it is a good time to lengthen your stirrups again.

You can keep going, slowly, while your helper works on your horse. You have some extra time on this phase. Your helper should check your galloping boots, bell boots, and if there is anything you will need to replace/fix at the vet box,s/he can get a head's up now.

Keep going on C. It's just like A, only longer and slower. You will have your same cheat sheet. Again, you want to go only as fast as you have to to arrive at the box 2 minutes early. Any faster is just wasted energy.

According to our schedule, you should be arriving at the vet box just about 9:27 or so -- a few minutes early for your 10 minutes, plus a minute or so to get over to the start box for your 9:40 start.

The 10 minute box

What happens there?

You have 10 minutes which you must spend in this box. The main goal here is to make sure the horse is sound and has all its gear intact (especially shoes), give yourself a mental break, and COOL THE HORSE DOWN. The horse MUST be cleared by the vet, who will see it jog and check its temp, pulse, and resp. If the horse has not recovered sufficiently in 10 minutes you will not be allowed on D.

This is where all your conditioning comes in handy, along with quick work by your helpers to cool the horse. Once cleared, you mount up and head over to D, which is just like XC at a regular horse trial. You will finish back at the vet box and get checked out one more time before being "released" to leave

What do I do in the 10 minute box?

Trot into the box on a loose rein. Hop off immediately. Go sit down, get a drink, have a banana. When there are 2 minutes left on your 10 minute clock, go get your (cooled and prepped) horse, and find the vet, who will do another TPR and have you jog the horse. Hop on, and go on down to the start box for D

What do I need to bring with me for endurance day/ the 10 minute box?

In addition to your regular horse trial/away show “gear,” endurance day requires a few extra items, including:

  • Waterproof marker and white medical tape – you will want to write your gates/times and distances for A, B, C, and D on the tape, and attach it to your forearm, so you can refer to it as you go. You will learn how to take “shorthand” notes for this reference guide at Gillian Clissold’s talk on Roads and Tracks on Wednesday night (strongly recommended!!!).
  • 4 extra shoes for your horse, MARKED (ie, RF, LF, etc. Your farrier can put small notch marks on each shoe that will be instantly recognizable). On endurance day, put in appropriate studs for your spares, so they can be quickly tacked on in the 10 minute box
  • Full “cooling kit” for the box, including sponge(s), scraper(s), buckets, vetrolin, etc. EVERYTHING you bring for the box should be clearly marked with your name in waterproof marker.
  • Stud kit should come to the box, with the studs you are using marked or separated out so your grooms can quickly replace any that have gone “missing.”
  • Energy bars/bananas/drinks for you while you are in the box
  • Dressage whip (for the jog, if your horse needs it)
  • Extra ANYTHING that might break on phases A, B, C (boots, bells, stirrup leathers, etc. etc.)
  • Cooler or anti-sweat for your horse if the weather demands it 
  • Halter and a lead rope for the jog

What does my "10 minute box crew" need to do?

Your crew should keep track of your time in the box to make sure you are ready to jog for the vet at 2 minutes out. Your crew will

  • Check all gear – boots, shoes, tack, studs. 
  • Replace/repair as needed, including taking the horse to see the farrier in the box. 
  • Cool, cool, cool the horse. This should begin the moment you arrive in the box, and continue up until the moment you present back to the vet. 
  • Change your stirrups to XC length. 
  • Hand you drinks/food as needed, and help you stay mentally focused. 

If possible, you should have 2 or 3 people on hand to help you. Some horses are very wound up at this point, and can be a handful. Spend a few minutes thinking about your cross country course, zero out your watch again, and then go out and enjoy a great phase D! 

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