What is the Blue Cross Care Competition?
The competition features teams of three Members who demonstrate their knowledge and practical horsemanship skills taken from the Pony Club Efficiency Tests over a number of rounds.
Teams compete at their Area Competition with the aim to qualify for the Championships.
There are three levels:
- Mini - Teams to consist of three members aged 10 years and under on the 1st January of the competition year, with one member to be 8 years or under. Questions to be based on the Care section of the E, D and easier parts of the D+ Efficiency Tests.
- Junior - Teams to consist of three members aged 13 years and under on the 1st January of the competition year, with one member to be 11 years or under. Questions to be based on the Care section of the D, D+, C and easier parts of the C+ Efficienct Tests.
- Senior - Teams to consist of three members aged 25 years and under on the 1st January of the competition year, with one member to be 16 years or under. Questions to be based on the Care section of the C+, B and AH Efficiency Tests.
Teams make their way around different ‘stations’, each of which will comprise of a different theory or practical based topic. Ten minutes are spent at each ‘station’, during which time Members are asked a series of questions to be marked by the Assessor.
Dress should be appropriate to a working yard environment. Pony Club sweatshirts, shirt and tie, jodphurs, boots, gloves and hats are expected.
Points will be allocated per section, as well as for the manner in which Teams approach the competition. One round will be chosen, at random, as the ‘tie-breaker’. In the event of a tie, the Team with the highest score in that particular round will be declared the winners.
Area Competitions 2021
|1||Hayfield Equestrian Centre||Deeside/Bennachie|
|2||26th August||East Moor House||Tynedale Hunt|
|6||11 September||Derby College||South Trent|
|7||3rd July (Mini)||Alscot Stables||Warwickshire Hunt|
|7||4th July (Junior/Senior)||Alscot Stables||Warwickshire Hunt|
|8||5th August (Junior/Senior)||Hill Farm Riding School||Essex Hunt North|
|8||6th August (Mini)||Hill Farm Riding School||Essex Hunt North|
|9||27th June||The Kennels, Andoversford||Cotswold Hunt|
|11||3rd June||The Stables at Cissbury||The Stables at Cissbury|
|14||18th July||Tedworth Equestrian Centre||Royal Artillery Hunt|
|16||29th July||Little Margate Equestrian||Little Margate Equestrian|
The Blue Cross Care Championships will take place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th October 2021 at High Cross Equestrian Centre in Leicestershire.
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