Dressage within the Pony Club is now becoming one of the more popular disciplines as members begin to realise that it is the basis upon which all aspects of riding is based. Once a member gains a competence in dressage it puts them on a very strong footing to compete successfully in Eventing, Combined Training and Pure Dressage competitions.
The following disciplines come under the Dressage Banner.
KHPC Training/ Competitions
Will appear in your monthly schedule distributed by KHPC secretary and you book in the normal fashion with the organiser of the rally/event.
The IPC finals are held at the Annual PC Championships generally in August and to compete at his event there are area qualifiers (the IPC is divided into areas with a number of Pony Clubs assigned to each area, KHPC is in Area 2). Qualifiers are held during the month of July and from these qualifiers individuals and teams are sent to the Championships.(Careful holiday planning is necessary here as July/August is the peak holiday season!!!!!! Be warned).
Combined training explained:
Combined Training comprises of Dressage and Show Jumping. It is an individual competition. The score rewarded for the jumping is added to the marks awarded for the dressage test. If the result is a tie the competitor with the highest dressage score is the winner.
Liz has copies available of all tests and also the Dressage tack Sheet. For the jumping phase of combined training the show jumping tack sheet applies. You can also access the tacksheets at www.irishponyclub.ie/tack-sheets.html