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Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

LEYLAND WILLIAM LRBHT PN18 94442

2022 Judges' Guidelines

The aim of the BYEH Series is to encourage riders, trainers and breeders to produce and present the type of young horse which potentially has the attributes needed to develop into a world-class three-day event horse, which one day may have the ability to gallop around the Land Rover Burghley CCI 5*.


The aim of the BYEH Series is to encourage riders, trainers and breeders to produce and present the type of young horse which potentially has the attributes needed to develop into a world-class three-day event horse, which one day may have the ability to gallop around the Land Rover Burghley CCI 5*.

Method of Judging

The Judges should bear in mind that they are looking for potential for the future. Unfortunately, all too often, the horse with the most potential may not be the one which is presented in the best manner. We are looking for an athletic, loose moving horse with a promising jumping technique and attitude, which, with effective training will develop physically and mentally into a world class event horse.

Dressage Phase

(20 x 60 Arena)

Test

A

Enter at working trot

From X

Proceed directly to M

M

Working Trot

C

Serpentine 3 loops each loop to go to side of the arena finishing at A

FXH

Change rein showing some lengthened strides (not required by 4 year old’s)

Between H&C

Working canter right

C

Circle right 20m diameter

MXK

Change rein with transition to trot between X and K

Between K & A

Working canter left

A

Circle left 20m diameter

Between A & F

Working trot

F & B

Medium walk

B

Half 20m circle left in free walk on a long rein to E

E

Directly to A - leave the arena free walk on a long rein

Marking Sheet - including directives

Assessment of individual tasks

Commentary

Mark

1. Trot

Rhythm, looseness, suppleness, swinging back, potential ability to engage the hindquarters

/5

2. Walk

Rhythm, relaxation, activity, ground cover

/5

3. Canter

Rhythm, looseness, suppleness, natural balance, uphill tendency, potential ability to engage the hindquarters

/5

4. Rideability/Temperament

according to the age and stage of training & reaction to the aids

/5

5. Suitability

Aptitude as a young event horse and potential to make a world class event horse

/10

Total marks (max. 30)

FINAL SCORE in % :

Unlike a normal dressage test, we are not assessing the current state of training and marks are not given for individual movements. Judges will have to weigh up the influence of the rider; a good rider may present a well-balanced, smooth test from perhaps a moderate, unscopey horse whereas a less skilled rider may not make a good horse’s attributes obvious. However, as judges we will have to remind ourselves that it is the horse and not the rider's attributes we are evaluating.

The idea is to find horses with three correct, scopey and regular gaits, whilst considering the attributes for potential longevity and performance as a world class event horse.

Jumping Phase

Marking Sheet - including directives

Assessment of individual tasks

Commentary

Mark

1. Technique

The horses desire to be careful over a fence taking into account the natural technique (of limbs and body) appropriate for a world class event horse.

/25

2. Balance

Natural balance and general athleticism/agility. (Quickness of the footwork and lightness of landing)

3. Rideability/Temperament

Rideability indicated by general attitude, reaction to riders aids).

4. Suitability

Suitability, type to include scope and range of movement to indicate potential to be a future world class event horse that is capable of getting the time round a Championship five star track

/15

Total marks (max. 40)

FINAL SCORE in % :

Judges are looking for a bold athletic horse with good technique. A horse with these qualities, should not necessarily be penalised for knocking down one fence (or a four-year-old having one refusal), providing they demonstrate they react positively afterwards. Especially in the early part of the season, four-year-olds may find it easier to jump some fences out of trot. Notwithstanding the above, 3 cumulative refusals or a fall of horse or rider must result in elimination.

Immediately after jumping: Potential to Gallop Phase

Potential to Gallop Phase

Potential & ability to gallop with further maturity and development

/10

Total marks (max. 10)

/10

FINAL SCORE in % :

Judges are looking for the qualities in horses that indicate they have the potential to gallop with further maturity and development.

Suitability & Type Phase

Marking Sheet - including directives

Assessment of individual tasks

Commentary

Mark

Suitability & Type

Horse is put together in such a way that it is going to stand up to the physical demands placed on it for longevity as a potential world class event horse

/20

Total marks (max. 20)

FINAL SCORE in % :

Judges are looking for horses with the attributes to withstand the demands of the sport in terms of soundness, speed and stamina. Lack of quality and other defects which might indicate limited stamina or speed should be penalised, even though the horse may be a nice dressage or show jumping prospect. However, a lack of size should not be held against him/her. Equally one should not allow a possible prejudice against mares to affect any judgement.

Note: In the event of equality of marks at the end, i.e. after all four sections, the jumping mark will take precedence. Should this still produce an equality of marks, the highest mark attained in the gallop section followed by the dressage section will be the deciding factor.

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