It is fun -- I heard this year they're letting amateurs sign up, but unfortunately you have to have competed at Intermediate or higher in order to qualify. (Yeah, because there are so many amateurs around here that have done that. )
I went to the one in The Plains, Virginia last summer. My previous trainer rode on team stonehall.
Here's a little about it:
DerbyCross shares similarities with many of the 'derby' type events held world wide, which combine the show jumping and cross-county phases; however, there are some very unique differences that make DerbyCross one-of-a-kind.
DerbyCross is a team competition. Each team consists of 4 horse and rider combinations (3 event team members and 1 guest-discipline rider).
The three (3) event riders jump a course at 3'9" (Intermediate difficulty). Some of the cross country jumps may have options; the show jumps will be a maximum height of 3'9".
The fourth team member will be from a guest discipline (show jumping, polo, etc...). They will do a modified course with the following discription:
Show jumpers will jump a course of show jumps set at Level 7 (4'3"-4'6") difficulty. Their cross country section will be made up of a series of novice level (2'11") obstacles.
All members will have the option of jumping a bogey/joker fence at the end to reduce their time.
Scoring will follow USEF Table III - Faults Converted Into Seconds
4 seconds added per rail down
Disobediences are penalized by the extra time taken.
The Team Captain
All riders interested in becoming a team captain must submit an application to the organizing committee.
The team captain will be selected by the organizing committee. Captains will be international competitors (i.e. ridden for one's country) from the sport of three day eventing.
It is the team captain's responsibility to select a team made up of riders who are competent and capable of competing at the compeition's level of difficulty. Lists of possible riders will be provided if needed. An alternate horse/rider combination must be listed in the case one has to cancel.
Practice, lessons, and meetings are highly recommended.
Each team/team captain must declare a team nameand work to find a team sponsorship ($2500 fee).
Each team must have matching jerseys, numbered '1', '2', & '3' for the vent riders and '4' for the guest discipline rider.
Provide a spectator friendly "short-format" afternoon of competition and fun.
Increase understanding of three-day eventing among spectators and sponsors.
Heighten visibility of all equestrian sports and their competitors.
Integrate multiple equestrian disciplines, bringing together each sport's competitors, sponsors and fans -- through the creation of a great new horse sport!
Calcutta (kal-kuht-uh) is a form of betting pool for a competition or tournament in which gamblers bid for participating contestants in an auction, the proceeds from which are put into a pool for distribution, according to a prearranged scale of percentages to those who selected winners.
The DerbyCross Calcutta occurs the night before the DerbyCross competition. It is your chance to meet the riders, enjoy food and beverage, and bid on the team you think will win. Those in attendance will receive a stat sheet for each team from which to make an educated decision. Also, each rider will be introduced individually and showcase their special talents that may give them the extra edge during the competition... i.e. Ann Glaus' rendition of 'the worm' - it didn't help her team the next day, but it was sure entertaining to watch! www.derbycross.com
"Fifteen minutes of excellent work is better than an hour and a half of wandering aimlessly around." -Col. Bengt Ljundquist
All you DerbyCross fans...here's some new info for this summer's event. It's being held at Morven Park on Saturday, August 16 NOT at Great Meadow. The guest sport will be show jumping. Captains and teams are still being determined. Captains select the team riders. The organizers are not doing an Amateur team division this year but it is something they want to do in the future, at a lower level than what the pros ride - would likely be maxed out at Prelim. Go to www.derbycross.com for more info and to see the new site.
There will be more information on the calcutta on the website shortly... I'm trying to track down some photos - anyone out there who may have attended before and willing to offer up some images would be wonderful!
I am way up in Area 1, but Myopia Horse Show is featuring at Derby-Cross, but they have a class for BN, Novice, Training and Intermediate heights (only Training and Intermediate win $$). But they have a Calcutta the night before.
Couple of questions for those experienced derby-crossers -
1) The website also says that you can choose your own music? You can really choose your own music to jam around the course to?
2) Do they add all the times of the 4 teammates together?
3) Is it the time closest to the optimum time or the fastest time that wins?