BUCS Teams 2017/2018
We will be selecting teams in early October, and trials will be taking place during the first few weeks of term. Please come and see us at the sports fair to sign up! A sign up link will also be made accessible via the website shortly. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to email us and we will do our best to help.
About BUCS Teams....
The club has an A, B and C team which compete against other universities in the BUCS league. Each team consists of 4 riders, plus some reserves. Each team normally has 4 competitions each year within the league, if you head your league then you progress on to regionals and then hopefully nationals too.
Trials for the teams are held early in Semester 1. Competitions consist of a Novice level dressage test for league matches and a 90cm round of showjumping judged on style, but this increases rapidly as you progress through the rounds culminating in a Medium level dressage test and 1m 20 showjumping. The main challenge of the competition is that you ride unfamiliar horses that you will have had only a short amount of time to warm up and get the feel of.
In previous years teams and individuals have done very well progressing from league to regional level and through to the nationals. At Sheffield we are known for a very friendly team support, competition days are always good fun and experience allowing an opportunity to compete alongside your studies which you may no be able to do otherwise if you no longer have your own horse etc.
BUCS competitions are run in a very unique but interesting format. It is made up of two phases, a dressage phase and an equitation show-jumping phase where style is marked instead of the standard pure show-jumping scoring system. For both stages, each rider picks a horse from a hat that they will ride against the member of the opposing teams who also drew that horse. A system of penalties is then calculated relating to the scores that each different rider achieved on each different horse. The true beauty of BUCS competitions is the very limited warm up periods. For the dressage phase, the first rider has 10mins to warm up, all other team members only 7mins. In the show-jumping stage, each team member has 5mins and only 4 practice jumps. The rider therefore has to quickly connect with the horse to get the very best performance in a very short period of time. This requires flexibile, sympathetic and adaptive riding and is a real show of horsemanship.
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