- What is a Horse Trial/Eventing?
- Where can I find the Rules?
- What types of Memberships do I need to Event in Ontario?
- Where do I find Date & Locations of Events in Ontario?
- How do get an Omnibus?
- How do I enter an Event?
- Should I ride Regular or Open?
- What age is a Junior?
- What is Pre-Entry?
- Where can I find the Dressage Tests?
- Where do I purchase a Medical Armband or Pinny?
- How do I qualify for the OHTA Championships?
- I have so many more questions, where can I find answers?
What is a Horse Trial/Eventing?
A Horse Trial or Eventing is a test for Horse and Rider consisting of 3 phases: DRESSAGE, CROSS COUNTRY and STADIUM JUMPING. Dressage is the first phase, which tests the gaits, suppleness and obedience of the horse through a series of prescribed movements. While judging of the Dressage Test is based on specific criteria and movements, it is also an evaluation of beauty, movement and obedience.
The Cross-Country phase is an exercise in speed, stamina, athleticism, courage and boldness. This phase tests the horse’s ability and rider’s knowledge of “natural” obstacles, such as “fallen logs”, water, ditches and banks.
The Stadium Jumping phase takes place in a closed-in arena/ring and tests the horses athletic ability and conditioning. Traditionally, in three-day eventing, this phase is run last, on the third day, to provide a test of the horses fitness the day after endurance day (Cross-Country). These days, most one-day Horse Trials run the Stadium phase before XC as it is a nice warm-up for the XC phase and allows for a tighter schedule. During this phase, the horse must cleanly jump a series of obstacles, which when knocked down incur penalties, in a timely fashion.
Where can I find the Rules?
Eventing in Canada follows the Equine Canada Rule Book, Section D: Eventing: Horse Trials and Two and Three Day Events. It can be viewed and downloaded from the Equine Canada website.
What types of Memberships do I need to Event in Ontario?
For what memberships are required for attending a recognized event in Ontario, please see our Membership Information page.
Where do I find Date & Locations of Events in Ontario?
For the dates and locations of events in Ontario, please see our Event Calendar.
How do get an Omnibus?
An Omnibus comes along with your Canadian Eventing Membership (purchased along with your Equine Canada Sport License). If you joined Canadian Eventing and did not receive an omnibus or if you wish to purchase one with a membership, please contact Crystal LaBelle at Equine Canada – 1-866-282-8395, ext 109 or via email at email@example.com.
How do I enter an Event?
- Use your Omnibus (which comes with your Canadian Eventing membership) to locate all the information required to enter the desired event.
- Follow the directions in the Omnibus clearly for each event on how to enter. Each Organizer is different.
- Choose a method to make an entry: MAIL or ONLINE
- The Secretary listed in the Omnibus is your #1 “go to” for information, questions and where to send the entries if using Mail or Courier. Unless otherwise stated, entries are always mailed to the Secretary. Organizers are busy with Event preparations to be managing Entries as well. Don’t forget to include your cheque and a photocopy of all membership cards. Many Events are now using Evententries.com to accept online entries. It is quick and easy and requires a one-time registration. Payment can then be sent online or through the mail, but remember, Events don’t Accept your entry until payment is received.
For details of how to properly fill out an extry form, please look at the following images below. Click to Zoom.
Should I ride Regular or Open?
Check the Equine Canada Participation Policy. Please note that CEC (Canadian Eventing Committee) rule modifications now require riders to qualify in order to move up to the next higher division. Please Note – Horse and Rider combinations who have achieved repeated success at year-end at a particular level and who do not wish to move up to the next level of competition are strongly encouraged to compete in the Open Division at that level in subsequent competition seasons.
What age is a Junior?
A Junior rider is one who is under 18 years of age as of January 1 of the current year. A Junior rider may not compete a stallion.
What is Pre-Entry?
Pre-Entry is a local division offered at some Events in Ontario. For more information, please visit this page.
Where can I find the Dressage Tests?
Where do I purchase a Medical Armband or Pinny?
Medical Armbands must be worn on the arm for all jumping phases and jumping warm-up. It must be visible. Each person must wear his or her own armband, properly filled out each year. TD’s (Technical Delegates) and Stewards may conduct random spot checks at any time. Penalty for an invalid armband or failing to wear one will be the same as if you have an illegal bit…elimination.
The current Armband Medical insert can be found in your Omnibus or on the Forms & Downloads page.
Both Medical Armbands and Pinny’s are available through the OHTA. Please visit here for more information.
How do I qualify for the OHTA Championships?
For all information regarding qualifying for OHTA Championships, please visit this page.