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NW Virtual Dressage Rally

When: Thursday, July 30, 2020 to 11:59 PM

Where:
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Stay Home Stay Safe, WA

The Northwest Region’s First Ever Virtual Dressage Rally!

Free to NWPC Members, and only a $25 fee for Out of Region members.

Come on an adventure with us!  The Northwest PC Region is offering an alternative to our usual rally format in an effort to engage our membership in a fun and educational way during these unprecedented circumstances.  This rally is a non-qualifier.  We realize that some of our members still do not have access to their horses, yet it is our hope that these members will be willing to sign up as a stable manager and participate in the Horse Management part of this virtual rally.  Sign up on the form below to join in the fun!

Date:  Riding test videos and entry forms must be submitted between July 1-30, 2020

Horse management portion of the Rally will be held August 10, 2020 (Monday) time/s TBD (We are aiming for an evening session)

General Information

Entry Period: The entry period is from July 1 to July 30, 2020 and results will be posted after the complete scoring of the Horse management portion of the competition on August 10. This means that you must submit your online entry, and riding test videos no later than 11:59 PM on July 30.  

Entries are limited to 2 rides total per participant.  Both rides must be from the same class, i.e. Test 1 & 2 Training level

NOTE:  in order to receive a team score, all members must compete in the Horse Management portion of the event on August 10. 

How to Enter: You must submit your completed Google Docs entry form (make sure to hit the submit button at the end of the form).  We will assign each member to a team.  We will try to put club members on teams of members from their own club if available.  You must include a YouTube link of your riding test video on the form or you must email the YouTube link to us at sheepherder101@yahoo.com no later than 11:59 PM on July 30. Please be sure to include your first and last name with your video link if you choose to submit the link through email. Please see the section below on how to record your video.

Entry Form:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfkOXAJlTMVZxt_t8_SaM2_se7SuBHxldNsoIL0fRDDKCGnZQ/viewform?usp=sf_link   The entry from can also be accessed at the bottom of this page.

Cost:  This Rally is free for current Northwest USPC members, there is a $25.00 for other USPC regional members.

Who can participate:  All current USPC members who are UR-A.

Classes Offered: *Riders can only enter 2 test(s) in one of the Classes; No Freestyle classes at this time. Only one class may be entered.

Class 1: USEF Training Level, Test(s) of Choice (can be ridden in a 20 x 40 meter space)
Class 2: USEF First Level, Test(s) of Choice (must be ridden in a 20 x 60 meter space)
Class 3: USEF Second Level through Fourth Level, Test(s) of Choice (must be ridden in a 20 x 60 meter space)

Class 4: USDF Intro, Test(s) of Choice (can be ridden in a 20 x 40 meter space)

Note: The term "test of choice" indicates that you may choose which test(s) of a particular level you would like to ride.

Copies of the test can be found here: https://www.usdf.org/downloads/forms/2019.asp

Judging and Scoring: The tests will be judged by a certified dressage judge and scored on standard tests sheets, with complete comments, just as if they were at a regular dressage show.

Results: Team Results and Top Scoring individuals will be posted on the Northwest Region’s website and the Northwest Region’s Facebook page. Score sheets will be scanned and emailed to all participants. Your video WILL NOT be posted publicly, nor will the comments on your test sheets. Please see below on how to record your video.

Prizes:  Team ribbons for each individual will be awarded.  The top 3 scoring rides per Class will be awarded ribbons.

How to Record Your Video

You do not need a special camera to record videos. A cell phone video will work! (Credit: iStock.com)

Step 1. Using a phone or video camera, have a helper video your ride from Letter C, ideally in an out-door arena/field during the daytime. For best results, the phone/camera should be held horizontally and not be facing into the sun. An indoor or covered arena may be used if the lighting is good—the better the lighting conditions, the better you will look. Make sure the sound is turned ON.

Step 2. Prior to entering the ring, your videographer must show a cell phone displaying the date and time. Without stopping the video, speak into the camera stating your name and your horse’s name, the level and test you are riding and then continue, without editing (no stop and starting) into the arena.

Step 3. As soon as the test is finished, the camera must circle the horse and rider showing the sides of the horse, spurs and the bit.

Step 4. Upload your video to YouTube and include the link within your online Google Doc entry form or email the YouTube link to sheepherder101@yahoo.com after you have completed your online entry form. If you choose to submit your link through email, please be sure to include your first and last name.
 

Rules to Keep in Mind

1. All uploaded videos must not have been previously reviewed by other judges at past or present shows.

2. Test are to be ridden in ether a short space 20 x 40 meters (Intro and training only) or standard 20- x 60-meter space (Frist level and up must be ridden in a 20 x 60 meter) (either size can be grass) marked with cones or fencing.

 3. Videos of tests must be one continuous filming; unedited from start to finish.

4. You must submit your video via a YouTube link, either within your online entry form  or you may email the link to us separately at sheepherder101@yahoo.com no later than 11:59 PM on July 30.

5. If the judge determines that the horse appears lame, the judge has the right to excuse the ride and not continue scoring. The Judge will make notes on the score sheet indicating their observations.

6. Horses and riders are required to abide by standard equipment rules for dressage as outlined by the USPC Dressage Rulebook and USPC Horse Management Handbook. You acknowledge that, by submitting your entry, you agree to abide by standard rules of fair play and for the welfare of the horse.

7. You must wear an ASTM/SEI-approved helmet as well as appropriate attire outlined in the USPC Dressage Rulebook. https://www.ponyclub.org/ContentDocs/Activities/Rulebooks/2020%20Dressage%20Rulebook.pdf

8. Violation of any of these rules may result in the refusal to accept the entry or a Scratch.

9. We will make every effort to judge this class fairly with the knowledge that there are inherent challenges to judging online shows that make it different from the real-life experience.

When entering the USPC NW Region Virtual Dressage Show, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND VOLUNTARILY AGREE TO THE RELEASE & WAIVER OF LIABILITY & INDEMNITY AGREEMENT   https://www.ponyclub.org/ContentDocs/Volunteers/RallyOrg/2020%20Waiver%20for%20PC%20Member%20w%20State%20Laws.pdf

 

The Horse Management Section:  The HM part of this rally will be held on August 10, Time TBD.  We will be using a Zoom platform and Quizlet and/or Kahoots applications.  We encourage members to become familiar with all of these formats prior to August 10.  You will need a computer AND a smartphone or pad to participate.  Siblings can share a computer if they are on the same team, but each must have their own smartphone or pad.  The questions will be taken from the HM Rule book, Dressage Rule book, and from the D and C flash cards available through Shop Pony Club.  There will be one or more team questions in addition to the individual questions.  Please review the turnout inspect score sheet found in the HM Rule book and know what is appropriate for your certification level.

https://www.ponyclub.org/ContentDocs/Activities/Rulebooks/2020%20Dressage%20Rulebook.pdf

https://www.ponyclub.org/ContentDocs/Activities/Rulebooks/2020%20Rules%20for%20Rallies%20HM.pdf

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers to them

How do I send you my video? Upload your video to YouTube (you may choose to make the video private within YouTube.) You must submit your video via YouTube link, either within your online entry form  or you may email the link to us separately to sheepherder101@yahoo.com no later than 11:59 PM on July 30. Please be sure to include your first and last name with your video link if you choose to submit the link through email.

What if I don't have a 20-by-60 arena? You can still participate, but you must enter as a non-compete entry, meaning that you will not be ranked against other riders and your ride will not count toward the team score. You will need to be entered in the HM portion of the rally as a stable manager.  Just make a note in your online entry that your arena is not standard size and you are entering it as a non-compete ride. Please let us know your approximate arena dimensions so that our judge can provide you with accurate feedback.

Can I have a test reader? Yes, the test may be called.  Rules for calling tests can be found in the USPC Dressage Rulebook (page 18) https://www.ponyclub.org/ContentDocs/Activities/Rulebooks/2020%20Dressage%20Rulebook.pdf

What if I am unrated:  As long as you are a member of Pony Club you can enter at the class level you and your horse have been riding.  If you have questions about that you can ask your DC or CA.

Can my coach offer tips/advice while I’m riding my test? No. Coaching during the test is not allowed.

Can I record my test without any sound? No. The natural background sound for the test must be audible. Tests with no sound at all will not be accepted. (This is to ensure that you are not receiving coaching.)

Do I have to wear show attire for my test? You can if you want to!  Please refer to the USPC Dressage Rulebook for Suitable show attire. ASTM/SEI-approved helmets must be worn, no exception. https://www.ponyclub.org/ContentDocs/Activities/Rulebooks/2020%20Dressage%20Rulebook.pdf

Can my horse wear polos? Please refer to the USPC Dressage and Horse management Rule books. https://www.ponyclub.org/ContentDocs/Activities/Rulebooks/2020%20Dressage%20Rulebook.pdf

https://www.ponyclub.org/ContentDocs/Activities/Rulebooks/2020%20Rules%20for%20Rallies%20HM.pdf

Can I wear spurs or use a whip? You can use spurs and/or a whip as long as you abide by standard equipment rules for dressage as outlined by the USPC Dressage Rulebook. You acknowledge that, by submitting your entry, you agree to abide by standard rules of fair play and for the welfare of the horse. https://www.ponyclub.org/ContentDocs/Activities/Rulebooks/2020%20Dressage%20Rulebook.pdf

Will I receive my test sheet after my ride? Riders will receive detailed feedback/test sheets from judge.

Will my video be used by USPC and the Northwest Region on their website or social media platforms? No. As long as your video is set to private on YouTube, your video and the comments on your test sheet will only be viewed by the organizers and the judge. They will not be made public.

Will my score be posted? No, you will receive your test sheet with your score on it at the conclusion of the entire competition.

Will you offer more Virtual Rallies? If this virtual rally is a success, we’ll be offering more!

Can I enter if I am from another Region? Yes

Do I have to be a member of any organization? Yes, you must me a member of USPC.

Do I need a special camera to film this? No, any camera or phone with video capability will work. The higher the quality, the better. Be sure to hold the phone horizontally when filming.

Do I have to compete in the HM portion of this rally?  Yes, this event is being offered in place of the rallies that could not take place because of the Covid Pandemic.  HM is an important aspect of any rally.

What do I do if I'm having trouble with my online entry? If you are having an issue, please contact sheepherder101@yahoo.com

Still have questions? Email: sheepherder101@yahoo.com

Out of Region Participants: $25 per participant.  Northwest Region Members are free

 

 

 

Contact:
Gaby England
gabrielle_england@comcast.net
Contact:
Julie Mowbray
sheepherder101@yahoo.com

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