Conformation and Type
While the judges look for horses with strong abilities in dressage and show jumping, they also look for a horse with correct, elastic gaits, scope and athleticism over fences, and those that with the correct training will have the speed, soundness, and stamina necessary at the CCI levels.
Section I – Conformation and Type
Each horse is stripped of tack and shown in hand to the judge. Handlers are to stand their horse up for inspection by the judge who will assess conformation and type. The horse is judged on potential for soundness, speed and stamina. Handlers will be asked to walk and trot them in a straight line (not on a triangle) for soundness and correctness. Color, size and gender should not be a factor in a horse's score.
Section II - Dressage Test
This is a modified dressage test judged on overall collective impressions (not by each individual movement). There are two dressage tests for each level, one for qualifying competitions and one for the championships, which are available in the documents section.
Section III – Jumping Test/Gallop
The jumping phase, ideally, should incorporate a small course of four or five show jumping fences immediately followed by six to eight cross-country jumps. This model allows for a smooth transition from a show jumping pace to the more forward cross-country pace. The fence parameters at the qualifying competitions may be up to 2'11" (Novice specifications) for the four-year-old classes and up to 3'3" (Training specifications) for the five-year-old classes. Smaller courses are also advisable at qualifying competitions that take place in the early months of the year, building to Novice and Training specifications as the year progresses. Please note the specifications to be used at the championships below. An event horse must be able to jump a bank, ditch, water, or solid fence. All events must incorporate at least one of these obstacles in their jumping section. The obstacles should be straight forward, inviting, and age-appropriate for the youngsters. Please note that schooling through the water obstacle prior to competition is encouraged. If possible, the last fence should encourage a horse to gallop and jump out of stride (an ascending fence with a round profile, a good ground line, and preferably with brush). This should be followed by a galloping stretch of at least 100 meters.
Time Schedule : The most efficient schedule is to run dressage, conformation, and then jumping, each at a minimum of 8-10 minutes.