Horse or Rider
The goal of this competition is not so much to find the best rider.
What judges are looking for is to find the best hunter.
Masters or Members
The event is splitup in 3 classes:
The Members class:
For combinations who feel that the Masters Class will be too much for them.
(Ponies can only enter this class)
The Masters class:
The winner of this class will be Dutch Champion (open only to Dutch nationals)
(Entries in this class automatically participate in the Open International class as well)
The Open International class:
The winner of this class will be International Champion
In the morning the combinations will be judged by 3 judges.
In the Members class there will be Dutch/Belgium judges. In the Masters class and the Open International class, there will be one Dutch judge. The other judges will have a different nationality.
Horses will be given points (in decimals) for exterior and paces.
Appearance of horse and rider and conformation and behaviour of the horse will be judged.
Walk, trot, canter and gallop.
A spacious walk and canter are important for a hunter and count extra.
Fluent trot and easy going of the horse are other criteria.
Veterinarians will watch to see if the horse is fit to compete.
Competitors ride a course over 25 fences with around 28 jumps, in teams of two. They are being judged during their ride.
Each competitor leads half the course, while the other follows. The rider who leads the first half, gets a yellow sleeve. Halfway the course competitors change places and the "follower" becomes the leader.
The maximum heigth of fences for the Members class is 80 cm. For the Masters class 1.00 m.
The expected speed is about 350 m/minute.
When the leading rider has a refusal, he or she has to clear the way immediately for the other member of the team.
Both riders having jumped the fence, the leading rider takes the lead again. If the leading rider refuses more often the "follower" is allowed to carry on without waiting for the "leader".
Not the time is important in this phase, but fluent riding and jumping
Fence judges (at every fence) will make note of refusals and the order in which competitors have jumped a fence.
After the cross country follows the third phase of this competiton, a mandatory veterinarian inspection, for all classes.
In the Masters class and the Open International class then follows a fourth phase for the 12 highest ranking combinations.
They will return to the showing arena and be ridden and judged by the two foreign judges.
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