Competition 27th February '22 - PTV in Bantry
The fourth leg of our league was held on Sunday 27th Feb 2022 at Bantry Bay Pony Trekking. Caitlin was the Chef de Piste and Adèle was the Technical Delegate for the event. It was Caitlin's first time in the role of Chef de Piste, and she designed a challenging course of 16 obstacles for the riders.
An additional obstacle, the Low Branches, was used as a sort of associated difficulty - this obstacle was optional and unscored, and could be attempted twice during the course (from opposite directions) but the rider could bypass them completely if they so wished. While a true associated difficulty would normally be judged for effectiveness and any faults noticed would affect the scores of the following obstacle, it was decided not to judge the Low Branches at all in either direction but rather to use this opportunity to introduce the obstacle to the horses.
We received 30 entries for the event. Along with our non-riding volunteers, we also needed some of the riders in the arena to help judge other levels. We split the day into two sessions divided by a 25-30 minute break. Level 3 riders were first in the arena, followed by the Level 2 riders. Caitlin then held a second course walk during the break for the remaining riders (both the Level 1 class and the Under 16 Newcomer Level 1 class). Adèle and Jill went to work on processing the score sheets while the last two classes were in progress. The scoring was finished while the course was being dismantled, and results were announced shortly afterwards in the arena and rosettes were handed out.
Many thanks to Georgia and Bantry Bay Pony Trekking for the use of their facilities, to all the riders, and judges and helpers for helping to make this event run smoothly, to Adèle as the Technical Delegate, and to Caitlin for designing the course.
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