A rise in popularity of non-traditional eventing formats has prompted Equestrian Sports New Zealand to work on a simple set of rules and minimum safety and competition standards.
The concept known as Express Eventing started several years ago in Britain, and compressed the sport of three-day-eventing into a half day. Other similar formats have followed suit, and with this rise in popularity, an ESNZ review has found there is a need to provide organising committees with guidance for alternative formats, training events and competitions.
The working group of Eliza Riedel, Melissa da Souza and Justine Kidd said initiatives by organising committees were encouraging, “but some of these are at risk of falling outside of the future ESNZ framework and rules and therefore can put those involved at risk if something was to go wrong at the event”.
A simple set of guidelines is to be circulated to organising committees and and area groups for feedback before undergoing a final review. The result would then be recommended for adoption and presentation to the 2014 Eventing Conference.
“This new Express Eventing format will be focused on participation at the CNC105 level and below. The objective is to provide an event that encourages participation in Eventing while reducing the cost and volunteer input required to provide a fun, safe, competitive experience. Ultimately we hope this provides OC’s with an opportunity to confidently run an entry level event that can help generate resources for their OC, event and Area Group.”