One Day Eventing Explained
A One Day Event is just that – it means that each horse and rider combination must complete the 3 phases of the event in one day – Dressage, Show Jumping & Cross Country – although, due to the number of competitors here some competitors will do their dressage one day and the Show Jumping & Cross Country the next.
Dressage is the first discipline that will test the horse and rider’s ability to work together. The test includes a set sequence of movements to be preformed and the combinations are judged on balance, rhythm, suppleness, obedience of the horse and the harmony of the rider throughout the movements.
Movements are scored out of ten with the total being added up and converted to a penalty score meaning the lowest dressage score leads the competition going into show jumping and cross country.
The second discipline attempted by the combinations is the show jumping phase. It consists of one round of jumping over fences that can be knocked down, the round must be completed within a maximum time allowed. The penalties for show jumping is as follows: 4 faults for a knockdown; 4 faults for a refusal; 3rd refusal means elimination.
The most exciting part of the One Day Event is the cross country where riders must negotiate a course of approximately 30 timber built solid obstacles within an optimum time. Cross Country is designed to test the bravery, stamina, speed and technique. It tests the all round ability of the combination.
The Festival of British Eventing takes place at:
Directions from the M4
- Junction 15 – follow A419 to Stroud
- Junction 17 – follow A429 to Malmesbury and B4014 through Tetbury
- Junction 18 – follow A46 to Stroud, follow signs to Minchinhampton
The Festival will be signposted as you get closer to the event
Directions from the M5
- Junction 13 – follow A419 to Stroud then follow signs to the event
Reach us by Train
For Trains to Stroud or Kemble please use www.gwr.com or call National Rail Enquiries: 08457 484950
- Stroud Station Taxis – 01453 755055
- 1A Taxis – 01453 835444
- A & A Taxis Stroud – 01453 767777
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