Specs. - NCEA Junior Hunt Seat Medal Finals - West
|WEST - National Sunshine I
HITS Desert Horse Park
|Saturday, November 4, 2017
Grand Prix Ring
HITS will host the East & West Coast Finals of the inaugural season of the NCEA’s Junior Hunt Seat Medal competition, a new national 3’3” equitation class approved by the USEF and initiated by the NCEA to increase exposure for collegiate equestrian scholarships. Riders at the finals will be exposed for the first time to the Bracket-style competition similar to what they would find at the NCEA college competitions. Under the Bracket format, the four riders with the highest combined scores from the jumping and flat phases will compete head-to-head over the same course on the same horse.
ELIGIBILITY: The top 50 riders from the West Coast NCEA ranking list will be invited to compete in the Finals. Riders accumulate points in NCEA Medal classes offered at recognized USEF and Equine Canada licensed competitions. Riders will compete in the NCEA Medal ranking list (East or West Coast) based on their address submitted to the NCEA membership office, unless at the time of membership they elect to compete in the other coast finals.
QUALIFYING PERIOD: All points won in NCEA classes held at shows starting on February 1, 2017 through August 20, 2017 will count towards the Finals for the inaugural 2017 year.
CONDITIONS & SPECIFICATIONS: To consist of Three Phases. Fences 3’3”. To be judged under the Open Numerical Scoring system. Competitors must ride the same horse in Phases 1 and 2.
- PHASE 1 - Over Fences - To be held over a course of at least 10 fences including a double and a triple combination, with at least two changes of direction. Hunter-style and jumper-style fences are allowed; water obstacles and liverpools are not permitted. The top ten riders, or 20%, whichever is greater, will return for the Flat phase.
- PHASE 2 - Flat - To be shown at the Walk, Trot and Canter both directions of the ring. Tests to include any of the USEF Tests 1-19 as well as at least two lateral movements of shoulder in, haunches in or leg yield. The top four riders, as determined by the combined scores of the jumping and flat phases (the jumping and flat phases to count equally) will return for the Bracket phase. In the event of a tie for any of the top four places, the score from Phase 1 (Over Fences) will be used to break the tie.
- PHASE 3 - Bracket Style - The First and Fourth place riders will compete on the same horse over a course of at least 8 fences riding the horse of the Second or Third place rider with the horse to be chosen by draw. The Second and Third place riders will compete on the same horse over a course of at least 8 fences riding the horse of the First or Fourth place rider with the horse to be chosen by draw. The winners of each head-to-head will compete for Champion and Reserve on the same horse. Third and Fourth place will be determined by adding the scores of each rider from Phase 1 and 2 and their semi-final ride off.
SCORING: Scores from Phase 1 and 2 will be added to determine the top 4 to compete in Bracket Phase, and to determine placings fifth through tenth. Champion and Reserve will be determined by the final Bracket ride-off. Third and Fourth place will be determined by adding each rider’s scores from Phase 1 and 2 and their bracket semi-final score. In the event of a tie for any place, the score from Phase 1 will be used to break the tie.
TACK & EQUIPMENT: Conventional tack per USEF EQ105.5.
ORDER OF GO: The Order-of-go for Phase 1 will be drawn on Friday, the day before the competition.
AWARDS: Trophy and Cooler for Overall Champion, Prizes and Ribbons 1-10 for Overall.