Eventing Guidelines Mar 28, 2015 21:58:12 GMT -5
Post by rafa on Mar 28, 2015 21:58:12 GMT -5
Three-Day EventingBy Rafael & Neco
What is Three Day Eventing?
Eventing is often referred to as an equestrian triathlon, as you compete in three different events over the course of three days. The first day is Dressage, where a horse must proves its willingness and athleticism. Day two is cross country, a marathon race over jumps and obstacles that tests a horse's endurance and stamina. Day three is show jumping, consisting of 12 - 15 jumps to broadcast the horse's agility and speed.
This is an event that is popular the world over, and we couldn't not bring this to SS. Seriously, you guys, why would we not do this?
How Eventing Works!
On SS, eventing will be similar to our racing system where your horse gets stats to add bonuses to its obviously already amazingness. A horse will have six stat categories that will serve as bonuses when it comes to its participation in eventing, and through competing and winning, the horse can then add to its stats to become even sharper in its chosen disciplines.
The stat categories are as follows:
These stats will play into each event in the following way: Dressage will use Impulsion/Discipline, Cross Crountry will employ Agility/Stamina and Show Jumping will highlight Speed/Scope. If your horse excels at Dressage, you'll want to invest a bit more into Impulsion and Discipline; if your horse is quick over the fences, Speed and Stamina are the way to go. Or if you'd like a more well rounded horse, you can focus on building up your stats in a more consistent way.
Each horse that begins eventing starts with a base stat of 1 in every category! That means when you enter your first eventing show, your horse(s) will have 1 point in every stat, and be on a level playing field with other beginners and novices.
As time goes on and you enter more event shows, your horse will garner extra points to put into its stat. For every show you enter, you will gain one point to put into one stat of your choice. You may pick any stat you choose, as hey, it's your horse! For every placement you get in third or above, you will earn 1 extra point to put into any category you see fit. So that means if you place third and above, you will get two points to put into your horse's stats.
We will be capping all stats at 9 points! This means while you can have a rockin' eventing horse, none of its stats may go over 9. This means it can have 9 in every single stat, but that is a lot of shows to enter.
Just like in real life and similar to our racing system, a horse gets better the more it participates, even if it doesn't win. Experience is the key to building up a great eventing prospect.
Much like the real world, eventing on SS will come in three different levels - Novice, Intermediate and Advanced. Each level has stat markers that decree which horses can participate and when it's time for a horse to graduate to the next level. Below are the level types and their stat caps:
Novice: A horse that is just starting out, with stats between 1 and 3. Most horses will fall into this category as they begin their careers.
Preliminary: This is for horses with three stats at or above 3. Any horse that has 3 or higher in three of its stats will automatically graduate to Preliminary from Novice.
Advanced: This is for horses with two stats at or above 6. Any horse that has two stats with 6 or above will automatically graduate from Preliminary to Advanced.
Champion: Any horse that has two stats at 9 or above will automatically champ.
Now that you have your stats and you know which shows to enter, let me tell you what poses you'll need for these events.
Note: Tack is not required in any of these shows. You will be earning up to 15 bonus points for how well aligned your poses are to be added to your final score.
In eventing, you will need three poses for your horse for each show type. They are as follows:
Dressage: Any dressage pose is accepted. These include level or near-level halts, the piaffe, the passage, a walk, collected trot or extended trot. A gallop or canter will not be accepted, as those are only for the cross country portion. Each pose must be as straight and level as possible. Maximum 5 pose points.
Cross Country: A gallop, collected or extended. The horse may have one foot on the ground or be caught midflight with all feet off the ground. The head should be aligned as possible. A canter is also acceptable. Both gallops and canters must be as straight as possible and show off the horse's athleticism to the best of your ability. Maximum 5 pose points.
Show Jumping: A horse in mid-jump through either the silver or gold hoop. We will not be accepting horse jumps as those block the body and poses ARE taken into account when judging a show. The horse should be as aligned as possible over the jump and caught in midflight. No other jumping pose will be accepted. Maximum 5 pose points.
Judging An Eventing Show
To judge your eventing show, you'll first need to post a score card featuring dice rolls for every horse for every stage of competition. Each entry will get a total of 15 dice rolls: 5 for dressage, 5 for cross country, and 5 for show jumping.
After you've posted your score card, you'll need to look a little closer at the rolls & the horse's poses to figure out scores.
The score for Dressage, the first of our tests, is found by simply adding the rolls and the horse's stat points for Impulsion and Discipline.
The score for Cross Country, the second test, is found by adding any dice results 3 to 8 to Agility and Stamina. If the photo fits cross country, add one more point. Any dice that are 1 or 2 do not count in the total score and subtract 1 point every time they occur. Any dice that are 9 or 10 do not count in the total score and subtract 2 points every time they occur. 1, 2, 9, and 10 are faults, while 3 through 8 are cleared obstacles.
The score for Show Jumping, our final test, is very similar to Cross Country. You'll add dice 3 to 8 to Scope and Speed. If the photo fits, add a point for that. Subtract faults (1, 2, 9, and 10) the exact same way you would for Cross Country.
Pose Points: Pose points are added when looking at the horse's poses. Each pose per horse can add a maximum of 5 points each, for a total of 15 pose points, that can be added to the horse's final score tally. You may give as many or as little pose points as you feel the horse has earned based on its poses. Remember to look for the straightness of the pose, the horse's expression and if the pose is appropriate and accepted for that test.
Total these three scores plus any pose points to find the horse's total score. The horse with the most points wins.
If you happen upon a tie, look at the horse's total score without including any stat or pose points. The horse that scores highest without those bonus points wins.
What is a Champion Eventer?
Eventing in real life has some crazy point scheme that I'm not even going to get into, because ain't nobody got time for that.
A horse is considered a champion once it hits 9 stat points in two stats. Any horse from the old system that is over 9 points in two stats automatically is champed, while any new horses that hit 9 stat points in two stats will champ automatically. We may be adding shows later for these horses, but as of right now, enjoy your eventing champions and breed up the next generation!
Why are you still reading this? Go enter EVENTING!