2018 Thoroughbred Makeover Team Competition Pilot Divisions

 

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New for 2018, Retired Racehorse Project is testing an expansion to the Thoroughbred Makeover with the addition of a Team Competition. The Starting Gate College Consulting Team Competition is designed for collegiate, high school, or show stable teams to share the experience of transitioning a horse off the track under the guidance of their head coach or trainer. This is also an excellent opportunity for those considering entering in the Thoroughbred Makeover in the future to experience the process without yet making the commitment to acquire a horse of their own.

Thoroughbred Makeover Starting Gate College Consulting Team Competition Fast Facts

  • The Team Competition will only accept 20 teams and each team may enter one horse
  • Teams are comprised of a Team Captain and a minimum of three team members who will all take part in its training and be eligible to present the horse in competition. All team members must me members of RRP. Teams, via their Team Captains, will select which team members will present the horse in competition at a later date.
  • Team Competition horses will be subject to the same eligibility criteria set forth in the 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover Rules and Information
  • The only divisions offered this year are Show Hunter and Show Jumper
  • Team Competition divisions will be held on Sunday, October 7th (tentative)
  • Accepted Makeover Trainers may request to have their entry converted to a team entry. Accepted Trainers may enter the Team Competition in addition to their individual Makeover entry competition but must use a different horse than the one they are preparing for the individual competition.
  • Horses may be entered in one or both of the divisions offered
  • Team Competition horses are scored and placed separately from the main competition and are not eligible to compete in the finale or to earn prize money from the $100,000 pot.
  • Ribbons awarded in each division 1st- 10th. High Point award for the horse entered in both divisions (highest average of two scores).

Entry Process 

The Team Competition adheres to the 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover Rules, division formats, fees, and paperwork deadlines with modifications as described below.

Team Entry

RRP will accept team applications from April 1st to May 4th, 2018 and will announce accepted teams May 11th.

Team Captains will apply on behalf of their team and list all participating riders. All participants must have a current RRP membership and a $200 entry fee (see Entry Fees and Other Costs for a full fee schedule) will be due at the point of application. Applications received without entry fees will not be considered.

Horse Registration

Accepted teams’ Captains will be invited to register an eligible horse. Horses should be registered as soon as they are acquired and must be registered by August 1, 2018.

Final Entry

All Team Captains must complete a Final Entry Form, available from August 1 to August 17th, 2018. At this point they will determine which riders (from those nominated on the original team entry form) will present the horse in what portions of the competition.

Division Formats

Show Hunter

The horse must be presented by two riders, one will present the horse in one over fences round and the other will present in the other over fences round and the under saddle.

The competition includes three parts:

  1. Over Fences- Each horse will jump two straightforward show hunter courses set at 2’. The over fences rounds will be ridden in a rotation of trips as determined at the in-gate.
  2. Under Saddle- Hunters under saddle will show in groups of twelve or fewer at the walk, trot, and canter both ways of the ring.

Scoring

Horses will receive scores between 0 and 100 for each of the two over fences rounds and for under saddle, making possible a maximum total score of 300. Judges will evaluate performance in conformity with the USEF Hunter Division Rules Ties will be broken with the second over fences score, then the first over fences, then the under saddle.

Attire and Equipment

Attire and equipment should be in accordance with USEF Hunter Division Rules Subchapter HU-4.

Show Jumper

The Show Jumper course will be set to a maximum of 2’6”. The horse must be presented by two riders, one will present the horse in the Flat Work and Round One and the other will then present in the Gymnastic and Round Two

The competition includes four parts:

  1. Flat Work – Each horse should enter the arena at a trot, halt, and salute the judges. They will then proceed to perform a flat work pattern to include the following:
      1. Walk
      2. Trot
      3. Canter both directions with simple change or flying change of lead each direction
      4. Lengthening and shortening of stride at canter
      5. Halt and rein-back.
  2. Round One – After a break of no more than 45 seconds following the flat pattern riders will canter a show jump course of between eight and twelve fences.
  3. Gymnastics – Riders will trot through the following two gymnastics one time each.
      1. Three ground poles set 4’6” apart followed by a small crossrail set nine feet from the third ground pole
      2. A single ground pole followed by an crossrail nine feet beyond, followed by an ascending oxer 18’ beyond set at the maximum height of the round to be jumped.
  4. Round Two – After a break of no more than 45 seconds riders will canter a second show jump course set at the same height as the first. This course may present turning or adjustability questions typical of a jump-off course and should be ridden with efficient turns and at a forward pace demonstrating competence in a timed-jump-off situation without loss of balance or adjustability.

Scoring

  1. Flat Work – Judges will award scores on a scale of zero to 100 based on the quality and level of work that serves as the basic training of a show jumper, including balance, adjustability, and acceptance of rider’s aids.
  2. Round One – Judges will award scores on a scale of zero to 100 based on rhythm, straightness, confidence, correct jumping form, and acceptance of rider’s aids.
  3. Gymnastics – Judges will award scores on a scale of zero to 100 based on rhythm, straightness, confidence, correct jumping form, and acceptance of rider’s aids.
  4. Round Two - Judges will award scores on a scale of zero to 100 based on rhythm, straightness, confidence, correct jumping form, acceptance of rider’s aids, forward pace appropriate for a jump-off, and efficiency of turns.

Placings will be based on the total scores of all phases, but with the Flat Work and Gymnastic scores reduced in value by fifty percent. Maximum possible score before the finale will be 300 (Flat Work 50, Gymnastics 50, Round One 100, Round Two 100). Ties will be broken with the second round score, then the first round, then the gymnastic, then the flat.

Attire and Equipment

Attire and equipment should be in accordance with USEF Rules for Jumpers Subchapter JP-111

 

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