Arena Eventing Explained-
(‘Jumping with Style’)
This type of competition was devised a few years ago for British Eventing by Kenneth Clawson as a method of improving the Style and Effectiveness of a rider whilst also making it a fun competition. It has been modified for NSEA competitions to put more emphasis on the quality of riding and less on the horse.
The idea is to jump the show jumping course , demonstrating the ability to ride a course competantly in good style and rhythm. and then go to the simulated Cross Country fences in the same arena. The rider must then show an increase in pace and demonstrate the forward seat.
There are four scoring elements to the competition.
1. Show jumping penalties
2. Cross Country jumping penalties
3. Cross country Time penalties
4. Style (for the SJ & XC phases combined)
The scores are then calculated and then given as penalty marks. The winner is the person with the fewest penalty marks.
There are a number of NSEA Qualifiers around the country, culminating in a Championship in the November of each year.
2009 Championship is at Keysoe in Bedfordshire.
2010 Championship is at Addington in Buckinghamshire.