You’ve decided to volunteer at the Las Cruces Horse Trials (aka LCHT) and we THANK YOU! Below is some helpful information to ease your mind about your new role. First off, What IS Eventing?
Eventing is best described as an equestrian triathlon. Comprised of three phases, the sport tests a rider’s skill more completely than any other.
Dressage, the first phase, shows the horse’s and rider’s ability to perform a series of prescribed classical movements on the flat in an enclosed arena. The second phase, cross-country, involves the horse and rider galloping over natural terrain, jumping a variety of fixed obstacles along the way. In the final phase of show jumping, horse and rider jump a series of stadium fences in an enclosed arena. (Although LCHT rides stadium then cross-country)
The rider accumulates penalty points in each phase based on varying factors and the rider with the lowest amount of points at the end of the three phases takes home top honors. The sport evolved from a military contest to an Olympic competition. It is an exciting sport attracting interest from all levels of sports enthusiasts, from weekend hobby riders to professional international stars.
Please check out the Phases of Eventing page to read more about each phase.
Important things to know before the show:
Dress comfortably but in layers. Our show will start off earlier enough that the weather may be chilly but then warm up as the day goes on. Wear comfortable shoes. You will be walking in the desert. Although our course has been cleared of weeds and wild things, you will be sitting off course, and therefore in the dirt.
Items to bring:
- Bring a folding chair, something easy to carry from one jump to the next. You may be assigned to several different locations as the morning goes on and being able to get there is important.
- Bring extra water and snacks. We will give you a meal ticket for lunch and someone will try to come by with extra water throughout the show but it’s always best to have some on hand.
- Bring Sunglasses, a Hat and Sunscreen.
- Bring bug repellent, just in case.
Check out this document “guidelines_for_xc_judges_2_18_2016” from the USEA website for great information about being a Cross-Country Judge.