I am planning a fun event for some of my students to do at a schooling show and was wondering if some of you knowedgeable Cothers could help me out? I am hoping to organize a mock "Nations Cup" class and wanted to make sure I understood all the rules. COuld anyone explain the details of how this class runs?
Eight teams of four riders. Same horse and rider combo for entire comp. Teams compete in four lines (first rider each team, then 2nd rider each team ,etc.
Two rounds in each comp. same course
1st round starting order is done by drawing.
2nd. unless someone is eliminated in 1st round, the eight teams take part in 2nd round. starting order is reverse order of merit (best team last).
Not sure where the eight teams part comes from. You have as many teams as you have "countries." Ideally four riders per team, but you can have three person teams, but that means no drop score. All scores on a three person team must count.
Order of go is drawn. Each team competed over the exact same course. Rider one on each team goes first, then rider two and so on. Scores are added together for a team total. BUT you can drop the worst score of a four person team.
Second round can be over a slightly shortened course, or the same one. Teams compete in reverse order according to their scores. Team with most faults goes first, least faults last. Riders go in the same order as in first round. Again, scores are cumulative and added to first round scores. If there is a clear winner after most teams have finished, the winning team may elect not to send fourth rider if that score will not change the results.
Great idea to do and love it when show planners think outside the box. Is this going to be a separate class you are offering? I've been on associations where we do this type of thing and personally I think it's great but planning is key as sometimes you lose interest if the show is running slow or long. The premises of a Nation's Cup is as Lauriep mentioned above - 2 rounds and the team's lowest score is dropped... if a rider's goes off course or has a fall, refuses out then that would eliminate them from the 2nd round..which puts the pressure on the remaining team members.
For a schooling show you could change it up some - for instance 1st round hunter, 2nd round equitation or 1 jumper round/1 hunter round or jumper & equitation rounds. I wanted to do something similar at one of our schooling shows a sort of Battle of the Barns kind of thing where you would have 3 or 4 team members & they would declare what divisions they were competing =so you could have 4 team members of different showing levels (heights) or hunter, equitation, pleasure -whatever and the lowest score would be dropped, and the teams would get great prizes. Doing something like that would alleviate the need for creating a new class.the show I wanted to do it at has an enormous prize list - too many classes...