We aim to run 1 or 2 friendly competitions a year; these allow anyone from the club to compete, without the pressure of an actual competition! Whether you came to trials or not they are a fantastic chance to find out more about how the BUCS team events work and enjoy a day away from all the hard work of uni!
They are run in a similar format to the BUCS competitions and consist of two rounds with people competing in teams of four and as individuals. The first round will be a dressage test, available here, and the second a showjumping course which will be marked in an equitation style with the emphasis more on style and quality of riding rather than the normal showjumping point system. The height of the fences will depend on what people are confident to jump as well as the horses we are able to use that day.
The horses are selected by using a drawn order system, each person in the team will pick a horse out of a hat and that will be the horse which the ride for that round. Riders will change the horses that they are riding for the dressage round and showjumping. The warm up time for riders is restricted, for the first rider of the dressage phase they are allowed 10 mins but the three other riders are given 7 mins to warm up. In the showjumping phase everyone is given 5 mins to warm up and allowed to jump four practise fences.
They are an ideal opportunity for those who missed out at trials to get some practice in preparation for the next year as there are always people who unfortunately narrowly miss out at trials and it is really strongly recommend that they come along particularly as it allows the team captain to see them in a competitive situation (like another trial) as well as offering a great opportunity to learn a lot more about what goes on too. Very often team members are scouted at friendlies and it gives the captain a chance to see the potential for the next year as well as offering you the advantage.
Our BUCS team members attend all friendlies and are always on hand to help out and keen to give tips and advice with their BUCS experience making them great team mentors. You can choose your teams beforehand, or we can put you in random ones, its completely up to you. Although the dress code is smart we obviously don't expect everyone to have full competition gear so plain jods with a tucked in shirt is absolutely fine! (and everyone must have a plain shirt- you've all been to corp at least once on a Wednesday!)
As the club subsidise the event the cost for the whole day is just £15, which includes your horse hire for a dressage test and another horse for Showjumping and lunch is also provided!
Our friendly competitions are always thoroughly enjoyed by both riding members and those who volunteer to help out on the day enabling it to run smoothly.
See the team reports page for reports from our friendly competitions including our recent varsity friendly along with Hallam which was featured in the university's online sports news!
26th April 2013
Our friendly is going to be held at Parklands Equestrian Centre just £15 p/person for dressage and jumping at the team venue with coaching and assistance from the team. There will be four teams with 1 current team member in each. This is a fantastic opportunity to find out more about the BUCS format of competition and to have a go particularly if you're interested in trying out for teams next year, although you need to be confident in all three paces and over fences, all abilities are welcome with jump heights changed where appropriate. The dressage test that is going to be used for the day is available here. Please email the club if you're interested in taking part and want more details. Places are limited so express your interest as early as possible to guarantee a place.
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