A few of you have asked about the virtual show that May and I entered and how it works. Karen did a post this morning with the full breakdown for the show I am doing, but I figured that it was still worth a post!
Dressage is probably the easiest element to roll out in the digital format. You do need to set up an actual Dressage arena, but your “letters” can be any place holders (flowers, cones, etc etc) and the boundaries can be poles on the ground. All you have to do is have someone videotape the test from C. (not editing!)
Dressage is judged like any Dressage test. The judge watches the video and scores you.
This one is a bit trickier, but the show I entered had a great solution. They sent out a jump course diagram with 6 jumps and 9 jumping efforts. As you can see, the two straight lines have distances.
They also said that, for Novice and above, to include a vertical 2 strides after 7. There are two criteria for the judging of SJ:
- Clear Round
- Style points (1-10)
So it’s a bit more like an equitation round that a true Show Jumping Round. Just like Dressage, you have someone video the entire course (again, no editing!), and you submit the video.
Helmets are 100% mandatory, and the equipment rules are the same as those for USEF. Obviously, there is no bit check, but an obviously illegal bit will cause disqualification. You also can’t use martingales or boots in Dressage etc etc.
That being said, there really wasn’t any dress code. I tried to dress up, but it was suddenly really cold in KY for the 2 days that I took my videos so… I am wearing sweaters in both videos. Oh well.
Honestly, I paid about 0 attention to the award part of this, and I am still not 100% sure how it works. (and I might have sacrificed my award, but I’ll get into that later).
They are awarding 1 – 6 place ribbons for each division. They are offering either local pick up or the shipping of a ribbon. Because who doesn’t want another piece of satin? (Also… seems like an interesting item to bring out in about 50 years when we’re telling our grand kids about the pandemic of 2020.)
What I Entered
I ended up doing Novice Test A for my dressage test and BN for SJ. I wanted to get a score for a Novice test as a baseline and to get some feedback, but I didn’t feel like we were ready to SJ at the full Novice height. (and I am glad I didn’t attempt that because we STRUGGLED this week.)
So I am not sure if this really counts as a CT or I will just be judged against other BN riders in SJ and other N riders in Dressage… Heaven knows. BUT it did break up the monotony and ended up being great practice for both of us.
What do you think? Would you ever enter a virtual show?