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Olympic Eventing – Tokyo 2020

Olympic Eventing - Tokyo 2020

Perhaps the most nail biting of all the equestrian disciplines, most of us love eventing for it’s thrills and spills. The very height of excitement, the Olympic eventing competition is sure to have us right on the edge of our seats when the games return this Summer!

Like many events, the Olympic Games was postponed due to the global Coronavirus pandemic. Thankfully though, they’re back on! Proceedings are expected to be getting underway on 23rd July 2021, continuing until 8th August.

What is eventing?

Sometimes referred to as the ‘Equestrian Triathlon’, eventing is considered by many as the ultimate test of horse and rider. Originally, it was a competition for military officers and their horses, determining their competency. Consequently, it requires speed, stamina, scope, strength, precision and so much more.

Fast forwarding to 2021, modern Olympic eventing comprises of three phases: dressage, cross country and show jumping! There will be 65 horse and rider combinations, competing for their chance to win both team and indervidual medals. Take a look at how it works and what you can expect to see.

Olympic Eventing – Dressage

Firstly, days one and two of Olympic eventing will see horse and rider combinations tackle the dressage phase! This is often referred to as ‘dancing horses’. It’s all about elegance, communication and precision.

Olympic Eventing - Dressage

Dressage takes place in a rectangular 60m x 20m arena, with letter markers at designated points. Dressage tests are made up of a number of ‘movements’. Horse and rider perform these in a sequence, at the correct marker. Each individual movement will be given a mark from 0 to 10 based on how well it was performed. The test that will be ridden is the 2020 Olympic Games 5* B test, fancy having a go?

Unlike in the Olympic dressage competition, the dressage phase of eventing has 3 judges (not 7). At the end of each riders test, the scores from each movement will be combined and turned into a percentage. This percentage is then turned in to penalty points. The penalty points from dressage are carried over as a starting point for the cross country phase.

Olympic Eventing – Cross Country

Olympic Eventing - Cross Country

Secondly, days three and four of Olympic eventing see horse and rider combinations tackle cross country! This means galloping over long distances, faced with obstacles like logs, water jumps, stone walls, corner fences and banks. Truly hair raising, this phase requires tactical riding, speed, stamina, adaptability, agility and above all… Brave pants!

The Tokyo Olympic cross-country course will cover a distance of around 4,500m. Within this, there will be approximately 38 jumps. Fast and furious, there will be no room for mistakes! With a tight time limit, they’ll need to cover around 570 meters per minute to complete the course in the expected 8 minute optimum time. Riders will receive faults for:

  • Exceeding the time: 0.4 faults per second.
  • Refusals: 1st refusal, 20 faults. 2nd refusal, 40 faults.
  • Horse or Rider: Elimination.

You may have noticed, this is a shorter distance than usual and it will be taking place earlier in the day. These changes were made due to the challenging climate, improving horse and human welfare.

At the end of the round, the penalties incurred will be added onto each riders dressage score. This will be carried over to the show jumping!

Olympic Eventing – Show Jumping

Finally, both the team and indervidual events culminate with the show jumping phase! The polar opposite to cross country, show jumping requires a complete change of mindset for the horse and rider. It’s all about scope, adjustability, elasticity, perfect lines and accuracy. Unlike the cross country, fences are not fixed. In other words, the poles are lightweight and can very easily come bouncing out of their cups. Riders will be aiming to complete their round without any faults for the following:

Olympic Show Jumping
  • Time Faults: 1 penalty for every 4 seconds over the time.
  • Refusal: 4 penalties.
  • Horse or Rider Fall: Elimination.

Team

The Tokyo Olympic eventing show jumping phase will be approximately 600m long, containing between 11 and 12 obstacles, with a maximum of 16 efforts. The jump heights will be approximately 125cm.

Athletes from each team will compete in reverse order of placing. So, the best riders from each nation will compete last, representing their team for a placing.

The penalties incurred during the show jumping phase will be added each riders score from dressage and cross country. Once all 3 riders from each nations team have ridden, their scores will be combined. The team with the lowest number of penalties overall will be the winners!

Indervidual

The team show jumping does not decide the indervidual medal winners. It does however determine who will qualify for the indervidual Olympic show jumping final.

The 25 combinations with the best overall scores will compete in the indervidual final. It won’t be easy though, they’ll be taking on an even tougher course! A break will see the setup changed. The new layout will have approximately 9 obstacles with a maximum of 12 efforts, up to 130cm high. This will be over a shorter distance of between 360m and 500m.

Indervidual medals will be decided based on the lowest number of penalty points from all of the phases of competition.

Save The Date – Eventing

Fri 30 July – 8:30 to 11:00
  • Eventing Dressage Team and Individual Day 1 – Session 1
Fri 30 July – 17:30 to 20:10
  • Eventing Dressage Team and Individual Day 1 – Session 2
Sat 31 July 8:30 – 11:00
  • Eventing Dressage Team and Individual Day 2 – Session 3
Sun 1 Aug – 7:45 to 11:10
  • Eventing Cross Country Team and Individual
Mon 2 Aug – 17:00 to 22:25
  • Jumping Team Final and Individual Qualifier
  • Jumping Individual Final
  • Team Victory Ceremony
  • Individual Victory Ceremony

Will you be watching at home, cheering on our British riders? We’d love to know who you’ll be rooting for! Let us know in the comments!

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Colour Fusion Matchy Matchy Sets

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Colour Fusion Ergonomic Fly Veil

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Contour Saddle Pads

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Dressage Wraps

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Olympic Dressage – Tokyo 2020

At the Rio Olympic Games we all witnessed something never before seen… Charlotte Dujardin became the first British female athlete to successfully defend her crown, winning an individual dressage gold medal twice in a row! Over recent years our riders have shot in to the spotlight. The question is, will our Olympic Dressage combinations be just as successful in Tokyo? It won’t be long until we know! Following being postponed in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, proceedings are expected to be getting back underway on 23rd July.

Dressage

From vaulting and endurance to racing and carriage driving, there are loads of equestrian disciplines. However, only three are a part of the Olympics: Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing. Here we’re going to be taking a look at what to expect from Dressage!

Dressage is undeniably an expressive and elegant artform. It’s not very fast paced and there’s no obstacles in sight. This may make it look to be the ‘easiest’ of the equestrian events but don’t be fooled. Although it seems to require very little on the riders part, anyone who’s it tried will tell you…Making it look ‘easy’ is in fact a remarkable skill! Appearing to ‘dance’ in perfect harmony, dressage requires horse and rider to become a team. They must work together and communicate almost invisibly, with impeccable timing, control, strength and precision.

How Olympic Dressage Works

Olympic dressage takes place in a rectangular 60m x 20m arena, with letter markers at designated points. Dressage tests are made up of a number of ‘movements’. Horse and rider perform these in a sequence, at the correct marker. Each individual movement will be given a mark out of 10, based on how well it was performed. There will also be additional marks up for grabs based on the riders seat and aids. During an Olympic dressage event 7 judges will sit around the outside of the arena, marking each movement from a range of angles for the most accurate result. Scores are combined and turned into a percentage at the end of the test. The highest percentage wins!

Olympic Dressage competition is split into team and individual events. Teams consist of 3 riders from the same nation. Take a look at how the winners will be decided!

Team & Individual Olympic Dressage – Grand Prix Qualifier

Grand Prix is the highest level of dressage test. To kick off the competition 60 horse and rider combinations will be broken down into 6 groups, based on their FEI world ranking. All the competitors will ride the same test, comparing like for like. This will determine who qualifies for the team and individual finals.

Individual

The top 2 from each group, as well as the next 6 placings (regardless of their group) will qualify for the individual final. In total, 18 horse and rider combinations will progress to the next round where they will ride a Grand Prix Freestyle test, in hopes of a medal.

Team

The scores from each of their 3 horse and rider combinations will be combined to determine which nations will compete in the team final event. Unlike in previous games, there’s no ‘drop score’. This means every test will count, so there’s no room for any mistakes to be made! The 8 teams with the best combined scores will progress to the next round, where each pairing will each ride a Grand Prix Special test.

Grand Prix Special – Team Final

In total, 24 horse and rider combinations will ride in the Grand Prix Special team final. Tests will be set to music of the riders choice, but this will not influence their marks. The lowest scoring 2 horse and rider combinations from each team will ride first. After the first 2 riders have completed their test there will be a break. The order will be changed to reflect the current standing during this time. The final 8 will ride in reverse order, so the best team goes last. So, it really will be a nail biting finish! The team with the highest combined final score wins.

Grand Prix Freestyle – Indervidual Final

Ever seen ‘Bake Off’? In some ways, this is the show stopper that follows on from the technical challenge! Rather than a set test, riders are given a list of required movements that they must perform in the Grand Prix Freestyle. This is set to a piece of music of their choice. They will be marked on their performance like in the qualifiers but also on how artistic, creative and difficult their test is.

The 18 riders that have qualified will be split in to 3 groups of 6. The qualifier scores don’t count towards the final result. They will however impact the running order, those with the best first round score will ride last. Put simply, the rider with the highest score (in this test alone) wins!

Save The Date – Olympic Dressage

Sat 24 July – 17:00 to 22:15
  • Dressage Grand Prix Team and Individual Day 1
Sun 25 July – 17:00 to 22:15
  • Dressage Grand Prix Team and Individual Day 2
Tue 27 July – 17:00 to 22:40
  • Dressage Team Grand Prix Special
  • Dressage Team Victory Ceremony
Wed 28 July – 17:30 to 21:25
  • Dressage Individual Grand Prix Freestyle
  • Dressage Individual Victory Ceremony

Have A Go

How hard can it be? Take a look at the FEI tests to see which movements could be included and what the judges will be looking for from each! You can even have a try at home…

Will you be watching at home, cheering on our British riders? We’d love to know who you’ll be rooting for! Let us know in the comments!

Olympic Show Jumping – Tokyo 2020

If you’re a keen follower of equestrian sport you’ll probably agree that watching Nick Skelton win a gold medal on Big Star, was truly unforgettable. We’re hoping there will be even more memories made at Tokyo! Will you be watching our team in action? Over the past two years we’ve seen countless events cancelled or postponed due to coronavirus. One such event was of course, the Olympics. As life slowly starts to return back to ‘normal’ we’re very excited to be able to say that the count down is back on! Proceedings are expected to be getting back underway on 23rd July with the games taking place until 8th August. As equestrian’s one of the events we’re most excited about is the Olympic Show Jumping!

Show Jumping

How It Works…

While there are loads of equestrian disciplines, only 3 are part of the Olympics: Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing. Here’s a little bit more information about what you can expect from the Show Jumping Discipline.

Show Jumping

Olympic Show Jumping requires competitors to complete a course of obstacles. It’s a true test of accuracy, control, scope and communication. The aim is to get around the course, as quickly as possible, without being eliminated or incurring any penalties.

Competitors will receive ‘faults’ for the following:

Faults
  • Knocking poles: 4 penalties.
  • Refusals: 1st refusal, 4 penalties.
  • Time: 1 penalty for every 4 seconds over the time.
Elimination
  • Horse or rider fall.
  • More than one refusal.
  • Incorrect Course (getting lost).

Show Jumping – Tokyo 2020

Lots of changes have been made to how the events will be scored this time round, making it more challenging for riders and easier to follow at home. The Olympic show jumping competitions will take place over four days, split into team and individual events. The courses have been created by Spanish course designer, Santiago Verla. Take a look at what to expect:

Individual Olympic Show Jumping

Day One: Individual Qualifier

The individual qualifier is open to 75 combinations. A maximum of 3 competitors can start per nation. The qualifying round will determine who will ride in the final.

The individual qualifier course will be between 500m – 650m long, containing 12 to 14 obstacles. Some of these will have more than 1 ‘effort’, so there may be up to 17 jumps in total. Vertical jumps will have a minimum height of 140cm and a maximum of 165cm, while spreads can be up to 200cm wide (220cm for a triple bar). Within the course, there will be;

  • At least 1 double (no more than 2).
  • 1 treble.
  • Up to 2 spreads (1m wide or less).
  • At least 2 verticals 160cm+ in height.

Day Two – Individual Final

Riders who place within the top 30 in the qualifier will compete in the individual final. Scores are set back to 0 penalties at the start of the round. The individual final course will be between 500m – 700m long, containing 12 to 15 obstacles. Some of these will have more than 1 ‘effort’, so there may be up to 19 jumps in total. Within the course, there will be;

  • At least 1 double (no more than 2) .
  • 1 treble.
  • Up to 2 spreads (1m wide or less).
  • At least 2 verticals 160cm+ in height.
  • At least 6 other obstacles 140cm or taller.

Riders will start in reverse order based on their penalties and time in the qualifier.

Individual Final Jump Off

Combinations which are tied at the end of the final will go into a ‘jump off’. The jump off will have a minimum of 6 obstacles, some of them may increase in height and width from the previous round. During the jump off, the time limit set will be based on 400m per minute. The jump off will run in reverse order, with the fastest rider from the previous round riding last. At the end of the jump off, the fastest clear or low scoring round wins!

Team Olympic Show Jumping

Day Three: Team Qualifier

Individual scores are wiped back to 0 at the start of the team competition. The team qualifier is open to 20 nations. Each nations team will consist of 3 horse and rider combinations.

The team qualifier course will be between 500m – 650m long, containing 12 to 14 obstacles. Some of these will have more than 1 ‘effort’, so there may be up to 17 jumps in total. Vertical jumps will have a minimum height of 140cm and a maximum of 165cm, while spreads can be up to 200cm wide (220cm for a triple bar). Within the course, there will be;

  • At least 1 double (no more than 2) .
  • 1 treble.
  • Up to 2 spreads (1m wide or less).
  • At least 2 verticals 160cm+ in height.
  • At least 6 other obstacles 140cm or taller.

Team scores at the end of the round will be decided by adding together the penalties for all of the riders.

Day Four: Team Final

The top 10 teams of 3 will compete in the final. At the start of the final all scores will be wiped back to 0. The 2 combinations with the most penalty’s from each team will ride first. These athletes will ride in reverse order. After the first 2 riders for each team have ridden, the order will be changed to reflect the current standing. So, the last riders to go will be representing their teams fighting for the medals!

The team final course will be between 500m – 700m long, containing 12 to 14 obstacles. Some of these will have more than 1 ‘effort’, so there may be up to 18 jumps in total. Vertical jumps will have a minimum height of 140cm and a maximum of 165cm, while spreads can be up to 200cm wide (220cm for a triple bar). Within the course, there will be;

  • At least 1 double (no more than 2).
  • 1 treble.
  • Up to 2 spreads (1m wide or less).
  • At least 2 verticals 160cm+ in height.
  • At least 6 other obstacles 140cm or taller.

Team Individual Final Jump Off

If the teams are tied at the end, there will be another jump off! All 3 combinations in each tied team must compete. The jump off is against the clock , the time limit set will be based on 400m per minute. The course will have at least 6 obstacles, including a combination. The team with the fewest combined penalties and the fastest time will win!

Save The Date – Show Jumping

Don’t miss out on any of the action! Take a look at when each event will be happening:

Tue 3 Aug – 19:00 to 22:45
  • Jumping Individual Qualifier
Wed 4 Aug – 19:00 to 21:40
  • Jumping Individual Final
  • Jumping Individual Victory Ceremony
Fri 6 Aug – 19:00 to 22:05
  • Jumping Team Qualifier
Sat 7 Aug – 19:00 to 21:30
  • Jumping Team Final
  • Jumping Team Victory Ceremony

Will you be watching at home, cheering on our British riders? We’d love to know who you’ll be rooting for! Let us know in the comments!

Horses4Health – Riding For Relay Important Causes!

For us equestrians, health and horses go hand in hand, or should we say hoof in hand! We may not have come out of the other side of the coronavirus pandemic just yet, but we’ve certainly come far enough to look back and appreciate just how beneficial our four legged friends have been. Nurturing both our physical and mental wellbeing, they’ve been a shoulder to cry on, a pair of ears to listen to our troubles and a source of structure to our days, helping us through what has undoubtedly been one of the toughest times in living memory. With all this in mind, we’re very proud to announce that we are supporting the Horses4Health Relay Ride!

What is the Horses4Health Relay?

The Great Horses4Health Relay

In celebration and appreciation of our horses, this relay will see equestrians of all ages, from 11 different regions across the country pull together to ride, carriage drive, cycle, walk or even long-rein , raising money for good causes.

There’s no set distance or route, so you can tailor your plans to suit you and your horse! Organised events are being held by local Horses4Health co-ordinators in many regions. All registered participants will be able to attend these, but you don’t have to! You can complete your ride alone, with friends or with others from your yard. More than just a hack, you can even take part in local fun rides, join a drag hunt or brave a cross country farm ride. The options are endless! All you need to do is keep track of your activities. Log into your account and add a few details including how, what, when, where and what distance you’ve covered.

Participants from each area have a time slot of two weeks. The ‘baton’ is then passed over to the next region.

Fundraising

Sponsorship and donations will go towards funding fantastic charities:

Horses4Health HorseWorld

HorseWorld

HorseWorld is a charity dedicated to saving the lives of abandoned, neglected and mistreated horses, ponies and donkeys. They care for more than 100 equines at their Bristol site and provide after-care and support for around 200 more, re-homed throughout the South-West. They also run an innovative Discovery educational programme, helping young people with self-growth, confidence and concentration issues.

Redwings Horse Sanctuary

Redwings Horse Sanctuary has been rescuing horses in need for over 30 years. They believe every horse, pony, donkey and mule has the right to a happy and healthy life, free of fear and neglect. Rescuing abandoned, mistreated and neglected horses and donkeys from across the UK, they give them a safe place to live and provide essential veterinary treatment, rehabilitation and lifelong care.

The majority of their residents are unlikely to be rehomed, due to their challenging needs, a result of the neglect they have suffered. So, Redwings provide permanent specialised sanctuary care to more than 1,500 equines.

Horses4Health Redwings
Horses4Health Hope Pastures

Hope Pastures

Hope Pastures is a small independent equine rescue. They believe every equine deserves a life worth living, whether as a ridden, working or companion animal. The equines in their care are treated with respect and love and maintain their emotional and physical health and well being.

Hope Pastures rely solely on donations, legacies and the on site events that they run to raise funds. Every penny goes towards ensuring the charity provides for the equines in their care. 

Horseback UK

HorseBack UK is an Aberdeenshire based charity, originally set up with the aim of taking wounded servicemen and women and introducing them to horses. Growing rapidly, they now also have a Schools Development Programme and work with the Aberdeenshire Councils Substance Misuse Department.

​Just a few of the areas which can be helped during their courses include addiction, anger, anxiety, autism, behavioural problems, confidence, depression, eating disorders, relationship issues and PTSD.

Horses4Health Horse Back UK
Horses4Health RDA

RDA

The Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) benefits the lives of over 25,000 disabled children and adults. Through exciting activities like riding and carriage driving, they provide therapy, fitness, skills development and opportunities for achievement. This is all thanks to 18,000 volunteers and qualified coaches, at nearly 500 RDA centres across the UK.

RDA is an inclusive and diverse organisation. They welcome clients with physical and learning disabilities and autism, with there are no age restrictions. 

Bransby Horses

Bransby Horses rescues equines, rehabilitates them, gives them sanctuary care and offers equine advice and support to owners.

Unfortunately, even today cruelty, neglect and abandonment still happens. This means that the need for equine welfare charities such as Bransby Horses is as present now as ever before. Their site in Lincolnshire has experienced staff who can investigate welfare concerns and they work with local authority inspectors and the RSPCA to address serious cases that may lead to legal action.

Horses4Health Bransby logo
Horses4Health Horse Watch

North Wales Horse Watch

Established in 2010 after the founder Helen Lacey was a victim of equine related crime, North Wales Horse Watch has a team of 12 volunteers including three trustees which cover the six counties of North Wales and neighbouring villages of Powys, Cheshire and West Mercia.

They take a hands-on approach to education crime prevention, animal welfare, legislation and safety.

​North Wales Horse Watch is in partnership with North Wales Police, working closely with field officers from World Horse Welfare, RSPCA and local equine charities and rescues.

Awareness Raising…

Raising not only money but awareness too, it highlights three key issues close to all of our hearts:

Mental Health and Wellbeing: We all know that horses are hard work! They can have a hugely positive impact on our physical health. But perhaps more relevant now than ever before, they can also be a massive boost for our mental wellbeing! Take a look at the benefits!

Safety:  Safety on the road for vulnerable users like riders, carriage drivers, walkers and cyclists is one of the key areas that The Horses4Health Relay is working to raise awareness for. Unfortunately, as equestrians many of us have had some hair raising experiences while out and about. But it shouldn’t be this way! Improving this is all about raising awareness and promoting proper education for all road users.

Welfare: As equine enthusiasts, the idea that some horses are subjected to neglect and even abuse, is soul destroying! Thankfully though, there are lots of outstanding charities out there. Working tirelessly, they support equines in their time of need, providing much needed care, attention and affection! Giving back, the Horses4Health Relay is aiming to raise lots of money to support these organisations so they can keep doing their incredible work.

Get Involved In The Horses4Health Relay

The Horses4Health Relay is now in progress, moving it’s way around the country. Take a look!

Get Involved In The Horses4Health Relay

Has the Horses4Health relay reached your area yet? If not, there’s still time!

Registration for the Horses4Health Relay is quick and easy, simply fill out a few details on the website. There’s a small fee for entering, this covers the cost of your membership pack, which will include a branded hi-viz tabard and a rosette for taking part. Riders, carriage drivers and in-hand walkers/long-reiners will also receive some fantastic vouchers and an SOS contact tag. Prices are as follows:

  • Riders and carriage drivers £15 per entrant.
  • Under 18 years old riders and carriage drivers £10 per entrant.
  • In-hand walkers / long-reiners and cyclists £10 per entrant.
  • Pedestrians £8 per entrant.

If you can’t take part, don’t worry! You can still support the charities above by donating as little or as much as you’d like. Click the link below to visit their Sponsor Me page!

It’s A Win-win!

Naylors Gift Cards

We all want to raise as much money as possible, right? Of course we do! The question is… Have you got a competitive streak? Find out how you can do your bit and maybe even get your hands on a Naylors gift card:

  • First person to raise £250 receives £25 Naylors Gift Card
  • First person to raise £500 receives £50 Naylors Gift Card
  • First person to raise £1000 receives £100 Naylors Gift Card

Don’t be a dark horse…

WeatherBeeta Reflective Prime GP Saddle Pad
WeatherBeeta Reflective Ear Bonnet
WeatherBeeta Reflective Brushing Boots

Will you be taking part to have fun and raise funds? Don’t forget to share your achievement! Take some pictures of your outing and post them on social media including #NaylorsSnapAndShare and #greathorses4healthrelay. We can’t wait to see!

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