Welcome to the August/September edition
Congratulations to all our July winners and thanks, as always, to our judges ; Karin Hackett, Elizabeth Haffner, Kate Farmer, Trudi Dempsy and Glynis Mills. Fingers crossed Marj Coultous will be back judging some classes in September after a summer break.
Entries for August close 6pm PROMPT UK time August 31st. WE CANNOT EXTEND THE CLOSING TIME UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES-the schedule will be removed promptly at 6pm so please avoid leaving making entries until the last minute in case of technical difficulties.
We aim to have all results finalised by September 3rd/ 4th.
Videos for dressage and Baroque classes received on and after August 27th will be returned MINUS tips and advice but with detailed judge's assessment.
Don't forget to let me know which section you are competing in and also remind me of the name of any riding school you are competing for when you submit the URL link to your YouTube video, to avoid missing out on points!
The Interdressage Championships are just around the corner and August is the last month in which to qualify. All horse and rider combinations who have scored 68% or over in any dressage, Baroque or Freestyle jumping class or 70% or over in any showing class between October 2015 and August 2016 inclusive will automatically qualify. There will be medals to 3rd and championship rosettes to 10th in each class.
If you have sent your video link and it has not appeared on the site within 48 hours PLEASE let me know- it means I probably have not received it!
If you notice any errors on the leader board, I need to be contacted BEFORE the results are finalized to avoid missing out on points.
Here is a lovey write up about the RDA National Championships from Interdressage regular, Julie Ashby.
National Championships July 2016 – Julie Ashby
Well there it came and went again, for another year…the RDA UK National Championships. These were as well attended and brilliant, as ever.
The number of competitors and horses attending this prestigious event in the RDA calendar seemed in number, more than ever.
What’s more the standard of turnout and equestrianism was jaw dropping and perhaps in some ways the best year yet – and this is my 6th year of qualifying and taking part.
Horses and ponies of all shapes and sizes were put through their paces by competent riding talent, at every level. I am reliably informed that Paralympic talents scouts mingle and observe there; possibly picking out our future Paralympian competitors of the future .It is a very exciting thought.
This year, I was just thrilled to actually have made it there. After last year’s Nationals event, I was diagnosed with cancer requiring massive life-changing surgery. I was back riding, in walk only, after 3 months and cantering after 6. Therefore at so many levels, it gave me hope and incentive to stretch my goals, as I had done years ago when first riding with RDA.
I met my equine partner 2 weeks before the event and had a 40 minute getting to know each other session. Ladypop Kangeroo (Roo to her friends) is a beautiful 15.2 HH mare. Incredibly at age 24, she is feisty, strong and knows what’s what! Her owner had cheerily told me that she behaved more like 4 than 24 and he wasn’t far wrong!
We would not meet again until the day of the competition! I was planning to compete in 2 classes, my grade 3 championship class and grade 3 dressage to music. I measured her paces, watching the footage my partner took and planned and practised my music with another horse that I ride locally. This would mean that I would ride the music ( she had never experienced music before)with her for the very first time, in the massive indoor arena, that has seating for over 600 people and a restaurant and bar overlooking the arena. My horse had never been to this event before and consequently had never seen this either – and I did wonder if I was totally crazy.
No not crazy….it is all just life enhancing to me and absorbs my concentration in a way almost nothing else is able to do.
I may not have been placed in the top 4 this year, but I can honestly say that my four-legged partner and I had a blast.
As it turned out, she loved my choice of the Glen Miller theme for our music test and she simply could not have tried any harder for me than she did.
It was all quite simply magical and so special for us both, in a funny sort of way. I would not have changed a thing.
April saw the start of the improvers league, this year sponsored by Brenda Jones and her accountancy firm. Rules will remain the same - here is the link to the rules. http://www.interdressage.com/article.php?id=747 . The league will run up to and including September 2016. Thank you Brenda! http://www.pje.co.uk/
Please remember to use the same name of both rider and horse as points are awarded to horse and rider combinations. It gets very confusing when the name on the entry form differs to the name used on YouTube so please try and stick with just one name to avoid missing out on points.
Some people periodically have trouble emailing me- if you cannot contact me via email you can always reach me via a FACEBOOK MESSAGE but allow 24 hours for a reply!.I am usually in the office from 8am until about 10.30am- after that I am out and about treating or teaching (I am an Equine physio by profession.)
Don't forget,I am always more than happy to present an Equine Physiotherapy lecture or demonstration to your riding school or riding club, and I am happy to hold physio clinics up and down the country, providing there are enough horses to treat to make a long trip viable, Please check out my website http://www.tadcasteranimalphysio.com/ and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/karina.hawkridge for more information.
As always, please check the quality of your video is acceptable before submitting it for judging- we cannot accept videos that are unclear or overly pixelated so please check the quality BEFORE submission- Avoid videoing in artificial light and check that a dark horse against a dark background is visible- our judges MUST be able to see you to be able to judge you! Also ensure your videographer keeps the whole horse in the frame as much as possible- this MUST include the legs and feet- especially in transitions- We accept that some of the horse will be out of shot near the 'C' end of the arena- we have allowed for this when writing the tests- but the whole of the horse must be in shot the rest of the time.
HAVE YOU INCLUDED YOUR POSTCODE ON YOUR ENTRY FORM?
Please check before submitting your entry.
PLEASE READ THE SCHEDULE CAREFULLY BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR ENTRY AND LET ME KNOW THE NAME, NUMBER AND SECTION OF THE CLASS YOU ARE COMPETING IN.
HAVE YOU INCLUDED THE NAME OF YOUR WINTER LEAGUE TEAM OR RIDING CLUB/ RIDING SCHOOL ON YOUR ENTRY FORM? (This information can be added after yours or your horse's name).
NO NAME- NO POINTS!
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Due to time limitations I will no longer be issuing riding school points league certificates. If you would like to print off your own certificate I will send over a certificate template on request.
Please check the time limit on any freestyle classes. If the time limit is ever erroneously omitted then it is safe to assume a limit of 4 mins and 30 secs on all freestyle shows and dressage tests. Some of you feel it is quite a challenge to keep your shows and tests within the time limit. Be creative and concise and you should not struggle! All requirements CAN be fitted into this time limit. A few seconds over will not be penalised but more than 10 or 15 seconds over will usually carry a penalty at the discretion of our judges.
HAVE YOU INCLUDED THE NAME OF YOUR RIDING SCHOOL AFTER YOUR HORSE'S NAME OR IN THE EMAIL CONTAINING YOUR YOUTUBE URL LINK?
All prize money is now paid by PayPal. If you have not received yours it probably means you have not let me know your PayPal email address - please send me these details each time you win prize money to avoid any delay in transfer of funds.
HAVE YOU UPLOADED YOUR VIDEO TO YOUTUBE AND HAVE YOU EMAILED ME THE URL LINK TO YOUR VIDEO?
Please check out regular Interdressager, Doris Panknin's. website called Dodo's Equine Fashions.
PLEASE VIDEO FROM C IN 20x40 ARENA
REMEMBER TO LET ME KNOW WHETHER YOU ARE COMPETING IN THE RESTRICTED, INTERMEDIATE OR OPEN SECTION WHERE APPROPRIATE- you can include this info when you email me the link to your video!
The Riding school points league started again in May and runs until April 2017. Please let me know the name of your riding school either on your entry form after your horse's name- or when you submit your URL link. The rules remain the same and you will be competing for the generous prize of £450 ...but please note...ALL HORSES AND PONIES COMPETING IN THIS LEAGUE MUST BE OWNED AND USED BY THE RIDING SCHOOL FOR CLIENTS- EVEN IF THEY ARE ONLY USED FOR IN HAND LESSONS OR STABLE MANAGEMENT. PRIVATE CLIENTS MUST NOT COMPETE ON THEIR OWN HORSES UNDER THE BANNER OF A RIDING SCHOOL ENTRY.
Remember, your video MUST be uploaded to YouTube and you must email me the URL link to your video as soon as it is uploaded. No other format is accepted.
If you are thinking of entering bulk entries close to the close of entries please could you let me know early so I can book the judge’s time efficiently?
Don't forget to set your YouTube videos to 'Public View'. Remember to video your tests from C in a 20x40m arena (any size for showing and jumping classes) and check that the quality of your video is clear enough to judge! VIDEOS NOT VIDEOED FROM C CANNOT BE ACCEPTED FOR JUDGING.
A few regular reminders.
Some simple steps can be followed to help improve your video.
1. Only video in good light.
2. Avoid videoing in artificial light-the quality is invariably too poor to judge.
3. Do not video a dark horse against a dark background.
4. Ensure as much of the horse as possible remains in the frame as much of the time as possible and please do not forget to video the legs and feet!
5. Wear light clothing, white boots/ bandages/ white saddle cloth- it is amazing how much more visible you and your horse are when dressed in pale/ light clothes.
6. Always video from C. Any videos not videoed correctly will be returned for re submission.
7. Always video in a 20x40 m arena unless instructed to do otherwise.
8. Ensure there are always markers (can be cones, buckets etc) where the letters should be if you have had to reduce the size of your arena- and please mark the corners and end of your arena with poles
Check out our sponsors!
Mirrors for Training. http://www.mirrorsfortraining.co.uk/
Harry Hall. http://www.harryhall.co.uk/
Here are some other useful links.
Tadcaster Animal Physiotherapy. http://www.tadcasteranimalphysio.com/
Karin Hackett, Bespoke Browbands. http://www.bespokebrowbands.com/
Kate Farmer, Thinking horse. www.thinkinghorse.org
Elizabeth Haffner, Horse Training Solutions. http://www.horsetrainingsolutions.com/
Trudi Dempsey, Creative Equine Training.
Franklin Levinsion. Way of the Horse. http://www.wayofthehorse.org/index.php
Remember you can keep a check of your points and placings using the navigation bar to the left of this page.
And finally...I think...please spare a thought for all our wonderful judges who give up a lot of their precious time to help make Interdressage enjoyable and informative. Without them there would be no Interdressage, and similarly, without you, our loyal band of enthusiastic competitors, there would be no Interdressage either!
Karina and the Interdressage Team.