FINE CONTACT COMPETITIONS – DRESSAGE – Organising Competitions

ORGANISING A COMPETITION

Fine Contact Dressage competitions are run either online by our Associate EQUIMIND or by independent organisers at either fixed-venues or multiple venues (see below).

Competitions must be run in accordance with the Concordia Fine Contact Dressage rules and guidelines, which are listed on these web pages and organisers of fixed-venue competitions need to follow the guidelines in our fixed-venue organiser’s notes.

Competitions must be run with the permission and full knowledge of Equimind.

To discuss your competitions and create bespoke competitions to suit your needs, contact Silke Ceruti the Director of Equimind.

Fixed Venue Competitions

Fixed-venue implies that the competition day is what most of us would regard as a normal i.e. competitors enter in advance, they are given a time to do their test, they turn up at the venue, warm-up together with other competitors and then perform their test in an arena.

The only difference to a normal competition is that instead of a judge sitting at ‘C’ there is a video camera on a stand with someone operating it, and the videos are sent to Equimind for an approved judge to assess and mark each of the tests.

Advantages of sending the videos to Equimind.

  • Takes the stress out of finding a judge.
  • Assures competitors of an approved judge.
  • Classes more likely to run to time.
  • Reduced running costs.
  • Competitors don’t have to hang around for results.
  • Videos can be used for training purposes.

Marked test sheets and the results are then sent back to the organiser to forward to the competitors.

A great idea is to then to organise a social event at a later date for the prize-giving; possibly the winning tests could also be shown on a big screen.

Prizes and rosettes can be supplied by Equimind or organisers could source their own rewards.

Videoed competitions can be more fun, more cost effective, more sociable and a better learning experience!

Multiple-venue Competitions

Multiple-venues means that the competitors can get a friend to video their test at a venue of their choice, which is usually where their horse lives or somewhere they can ride a test that is convenient to them.

The videos of each competitor are either sent to the competition organiser who then forwards them on to Equimind, or they are sent by the competitor directly to Equimind.  Then an approved judge assesses and marks each of the tests.

Advantages of running multiple-venue competitions are:

  • Environmentally friendly
    • No travel
  • Economical
    • Entry fees can be kept to a minimum because there are no venue expenses.
    • No travel costs for organisers or competitors.
  • Relaxed
    • No having to organise volunteers.
    • Compete in own time.
    • Fun for horse and rider.
    • Comfort of a familiar environment.
    • Free from crowded warm-up arenas.
    • Nobody watching unless you want them to.
    • Free from fixed-time restraints.
  • Time friendly.
    • No having to set up arenas.
    • No having to be at a venue all day for organisers and helpers.
    • No travel.
    • No hanging around for results.
    • Free from fixed-time restraints.
  • Healthy
    • Horses less likely to pick up bugs/viruses or graze on worm-burdened ground.
    • No travel stress for horses … or riders!
  • Assessed by a judge who is approved by both Concordia and Equimind.
    • Takes the stress out of finding an approved judge.
    • Assures competitors of an approved judge.
  • Reduced running costs.
    • No judges expenses.
    • No venue hire.
  • Competitors don’t have to hang around for results.
  • Videos can be used for training purposes.

Results and the marked test sheets are then sent back to the organiser to forward to the competitors.

A great idea is to then to organise a social event at a later date for the prize-giving, possibly the winning tests could also be shown on a big screen.

Prizes and rosettes can be supplied by Equimind or organisers could source their own rewards.

Videoed competitions can be more fun, more cost effective, more sociable and a better learning experience!

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