Connemara Performance Hunter Championship

Classes

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70. REGISTERED CONNEMARA PONY, STALLION, MARE or GELDING, 5 – 7 years old inclusive.
To be ridden by riders who have attained their 14th birthday by 1 January 2017. Previous winners of this class (from 2009 onwards) are ineligible to compete. This rule applies to the same combination of pony and rider.

71. REGISTERED CONNEMARA PONY, STALLION, MARE or GELDING, 8 - 15 years old inclusive.
To be ridden by riders who have attained their 14th birthday by 1 January 2017. Previous winners of this class (from 2009 onwards) are ineligible to compete. This rule applies to the same combination of pony and rider.

Aim

To demonstrate the distinctive traits of the Connemara Pony; rideability, scope, versatility and suitability for child or adult.


Entry Fee

RDS Members: €230 each entry; Non-Members: €260 each entry.


Rules

  • All ponies must be registered as pure bred Connemaras with the Connemara Pony Breeders Society or a daughter studbook and present a valid passport.
  • Microchips will be examined at each qualifier and must corroborate with passport bar code.
  • Riders in both categories must be over 14 years of age on 1 January 2017.
  • Riders who have competed in a CIC***, CCI*** or CSI*** competition or higher in the past five years (with the exception of Pony, Junior & Young Riders) are ineligible to compete in these classes.
  • All competition criteria (tack, whip & fence size) apply equally to the practice / warm-up arena.
  • Ponies must be presented without plaits in competition.
  • The RDS reserves the right to amalgamate these classes at the Final.
  • Qualified ponies must be entered independently of the qualifiers by the exhibitor with the RDS in order to compete at the DHS.

Tack

  • Protective headgear conforming to the current recommended kitemark standard - PAS 015, F1163 or Snell and fitted with an adjustable harness is compulsory for all riders. (Please note that (BS) EN 1384 hats will not be permitted unless the hat is dual stamped with another standard such as Snell or PAS 015).
  • A body protector must be worn by all riders.
  • Hunting dress is obligatory for the rider.
  • Only snaffle bridles with any one of the following nosebands: cavesson, drop, flash or grackle are permitted. This applies to all phases of the competition. 
  • Crank nosebands are not permitted.
  • Martingales are not permitted.
  • Neckstraps and/or breastplates are permitted.
  • Only saddle contoured numnahs are permitted.  No saddle cloths or visible logos are permitted.
  • Whips are permitted but may not exceed 75cms.
  • Only blunt metal spurs or ones with rubber rowels ≤ 2.5cms (1'') facing downwards are permitted.
  • Ponies will compete without leg boots or bandages.  Overreach boots are permitted.
  • The same tack must be used in each phase.  No tack etc. may be worn that conceals the conformation of the pony.
  • No item of tack excluded from competition is allowed in the practice arena.

If for any reason, a competitor goes through the Start with incorrect tack, the Judge will have no option but to eliminate that competitor.


Qualification

The top five ponies from the 5 - 7 year old category at each of the four qualifiers are eligible to enter for the DHS.  The top four ponies from the 8 - 15 year old category at each of the four qualifiers are eligible to enter for the DHS.  A change of rider may be permitted under exceptional circumstances and will only be allowed on written request and with the approval of the DHS Show Director.  In addition, the substitute rider will be required to be signed off by a Level 2 HSI accredited coach as capable of competing in the competition.

An athlete may qualify a maximum of two ponies per Connemara Performance Hunter category.

Competition at the qualifier venues will commence at or before 9am.

Qualifier entry forms are available here.

Entries must reach the RDS before 5pm on the Monday preceding each qualifier.  Please note that 5pm is the close of entries and will be strictly adhered to.  All entries for the qualifiers must be sent to 'Connemara Performance Hunter Qualifier Entries, Equestrian Department, RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4'. Entries are also accepted by email at connemaraperformanceentries@rds.ie (please ensure to include 'Connemara Performance Hunter Qualifier Entries' in the subject line of the email) or by fax at 01 6604014.

A qualifier entry fee of €30 must be paid directly to the competition secretary on the day of the qualifier.

In the event that the age categories are split into two sections due to high numbers, the two highest placed ponies in each section will qualify for the Dublin Horse Show.  The fifth or final pony to qualify will come from that section where the next highest placed pony is closest to the category winner.

Qualifier Startlists

Startlists for the Connemara Performance Hunter Qualifiers will be made available below on or before the Thursday preceding the qualifier.  


Qualifiers Results

Qualifier results will be available here.

 


Competition Format

Class Format at the Qualifiers

The Flat Work Phase is followed directly by the Conformation Assessment which is followed by the Jumping Phase.

The Jumping Phase must conclude with a halt and salute.

Ridden Flat Work Phase

5 - 7 year olds - worth 80 points
8 - 15 year olds - worth 90 points

Details of the Flat Work Phase can be found here.

Jumping Phase (170 points)

5 - 7 year olds - 16 jumping efforts ≤ 95 cm in height @325mpm

8 - 15 year olds - 16 jumping efforts ≤ 105cm in height @350mpm

Penalties

  • For each fence down - 4 penalties
  • 1st refusal - 5 penalties
  • 2nd refusal at the same fence - 8 penalties
  • 2nd refusal on course - 10 penalties
  • 3rd refusal on course - Elimination
  • Fall of horse or rider - Elimination
  • For every 4 second interval over the optimum time - 1 penalty

A mark out of 10 will be awarded for Rhythm and Fluency of the Jumping Phase.

Conformation Assessment (10 points) 

A mark out of 10 for Conformation will be awarded directly after the Ridden Flat Work Phase.  The judge(s) will observe the ponies for obvious conformation defects. 

Class Format at the Final

The Jumping Phase and Ridden Flat Work Phase will be in the same format as the qualifiers.  In the Final, the Jumping Phase will be followed by a Conformation Assessment.  Once the competitor has completed the Jumping Phase, he/she will proceed to strip the pony and present in-hand to the conformation judge.  The judge will give each pony a mark for conformation and movement.  All three phases will run consecutively at the Final.

These classes will run as per a specific drawn order available from the Equestrian Office.


Marking

Marking System at the Qualifiers
PhasePoints
Flat Work Phase 80 (90) points
Conformation Assessment 10 points
Jumping Phase 170 points
16 fences @ 10 points each 160
Rhythm & Fluency 10
TOTAL 260 (270) points

In the event of a tie, the pony with the highest jumping mark will be the winner; if there is still a tie the pony closest to (under) the optimum time will be the winner.

Marking System at the Final
PhasePoints
Flat Work Phase 80 (90) points
Jumping Phase 190 points
16 fences @ 10 points each 160
Rhythm & Fluency 10
Technique 10
Balance & Harmony of rider with pony
10
Conformation Phase 30 points
TOTAL 300 (310) points

At the DHS Final, fluency along with jumping technique and the balance and harmony of the rider will be taken into consideration when judging the Jumping Phase.

In the event of a tie, the pony with the highest jumping mark will be the winner; if there is still a tie the pony closest to (under) the optimum time will be the winner.


Fences

At the qualifiers the ponies will be expected to jump a track similar to those used in the Young Event-Horse Series competition.

At the Final, the course will be derby in style with a number of cross country / young event horse style fences.


Course Designer

Mr Dereck Hamilton


Awards & Prizes

  • 1st €1,750
  • 2nd €1,500
  • 3rd €1,000
  • 4th €500
  • 6th €250

Cups & Trophies

Cup No. 153 – Perpetual Challenge Trophy presented to the winner of the Connemara Performance Hunter Championship (Class 70).

Cup No. 162 – Perpetual Challenge Trophy presented to the winner of the Connemara Performance Hunter Championship (Class 71).


Parade

Champion and Reserve Champion of each class are required to participate in the Parade of Champions on Friday 11 August.  Further details available here.


View Qualifier Details