Fine Contact Competitions have been born from the desire to find the most compassionate ways to care for, work, train and compete with our horses. They will reward correct training, lightness, partnership and trust, and are designed for those who seek the most respectful ways to communicate our requests, and for ridden horses, the most comfortable ways to carry us.
Contestants will be comparing their ability with that of others and the highest achievers will be rewarded with rosettes and/or prizes. More importantly, we will promote friendliness among contestants, harmony between horses and humans, personal accomplishment and the enjoyment of being able to take part.
Concordia have already piloted their own dressage competitions in the United Kingdom and we will be working with 4Dimension Fundamental Training, who have run similar events in Holland. Together we will bring the International equine community Fine Contact Competitions. Fine Contact defines a subtle connection between horse and human. In ridden work it also describes the soft, stable, equal and elastic contact that the horse takes with the hand of the rider, taking account that the horse may be ridden with or without a bit. Such a contact allows the horse to work with a natural length of neck and the nose in front of the vertical. With horses in their early training, re-schooling or rehabilitation, this means that the posture is forward down and out, then as the horse gains balance and strength he very gradually learns to carry more weight on his hind legs by rounding and lifting his back and withers, so in the more advanced dressage competitions, as the horse shows greater collection, the neck is still long and the nose in front of the vertical.
The required training criteria and allowed tack will vary between disciplines and will be clearly explained when these competitions are launched.
Fine Contact Dressage, Jumping and Liberty Competitions will be run by independent competition organisers who share the Concordia Principles. Our Fine Contact team are at present working on this exciting project and further details will be available in due course. To keep up to date with our progress and support the Concordia movement please register as a Friend or Professional.