14th – 16th June 2019
Connegar Farm, Manston, Sturminster Newton, Dorset. DT10 1HB

The IHSGB Summer Festival is more than just a tournament!  Activities for you and your horse not just on the oval or pace track.  Whilst 2019 will see some of our top sport riders competing for a place on Team GB – the event welcomes all level of competitors and we hope that there will be something for you and inspiration from others.

Open to all members and non members, the IHSGB Sport Group look forward to warmly welcoming you to the Summer Festival in Dorset! We encourage you to enter and support the Festival.

We also have professional photographer Tanja Davis on site during the festival.

 

How to enter

You can enter the IHSGB Summer Festival using the link below. There’s also an additional Friday event for those interested in riding A sport. Details of the classes can be found below.  


 Enter British Championships & Summer Festival  Enter Friday sport A event

Entries close  on June 3rd

 

Volunteer

Please consider volunteering at the Summer Festival – the small organising group appreciate all the time you can give to help out during the weekend.

Volunteer

 

Vaccinations

Please ensure that your horse is correctly vaccinated prior to attending the Festival, we require all initial vaccinations and timely ANNUAL boosters to be in place.  Passports will be checked on arrival. More info on vaccination rules can be found below. 

FEIF vaccination rules

 

More info

For more information or for details of any of the classes or guidelines, see the FEIF rules and regulations below. If you have any questions, get in touch with us at sportgroup@ihsgb.co.uk

 

Classes

There are lots of classes available from FEIF, unfortunately we’re unable to offer them all!  With limited time and entries, we have to be selective to which classes we feel best suit riders attending the Festival and try to vary the classes we offer, allowing something for everyone at every level of horsemanship. The speaker will direct you – but knowing what is expect is a good idea!

Easy/beginner level

This is a group tölt test, you can choose your starting rein on the entry form. 

  1. Slow tölt
  2. Return to walk and change rein
  3. Any speed tölt

You can choose to show any tempo once you have changed the rein – but be aware that others around you may be doing a different tempo – so focus on your own performance!

This is a four gait group test, you can choose your starting rein on the entry form. 

  1. Any speed tölt
  2. Slow to medium speed trot
  3. Medium walk
  4. Slow to medium speed canter, the start into canter and the stop after canter into walk is shown separately by each rider as instructed by the speaker

 

Medium/intermediate level

This is a group tölt test, you can choose your starting rein on the entry form. 

  1. Slow tölt Return to walk and change rein
  2. Fast tölt on the long sides, slow tölt on the short sides.

This is a group tölt test.

  1. Any speed tölt Return to walk and change rein
  2. Slow to medium speed tölt, on the long sides holding both reins in one hand clearly showing no rein contact with the horse’s mouth

This is a group four gait test.

  1. Slow speed tölt
  2. Slow to medium speed trot
  3. Medium walk
  4. Slow to medium speed canter
  5. Medium to fast tölt

This is a group five gait test.

  1. Slow to medium speed tölt
  2. Slow to medium speed trot
  3. Medium walk
  4. Slow to medium speed canter
  5. Pace

Pace is shown twice on one long side. The riders choose the long side by majority vote. In the event of a draw the speaker will decide. A combination needs to show one half of a long side to get a mark.  The mark for pace is doubled and the total number of points is divided by 6.

Youth (under 18 only)

This is a group tölt test.

  1. Any speed tölt
  2. Return to walk and change rein
  3. Any speed tölt

This is a group four gait test.

  1. Any speed tölt
  2. Slow to medium speed trot
  3. Medium walk
  4. Slow to medium speed canter

Hard/Sport A level

These are all individual classes and are not directed by the speaker.  These tests contain elements that are quite technical and gait changes have to be made at specific points on the track.  However, some riders may feel more comfortable being on the track on their own and they are welcome to enter these tests, although should they reach the final this will be run as a group.

This is an individual tölt class. Sections below are shown.

Begin at the middle of the short side and ride one round in slow tölt on either rein. Return to walk at the middle of the short side and change rein

  1. From the middle of the short side ride one round in slow tölt, lengthen stride distinctly on the long sides
  2. From the middle of the short side ride one round in fast tölt

The rider has three rounds at their disposal to show the following gaits in the following order: Sections:

  1. Any speed tölt
  2. Slow, steady and calm speed tölt.  Return to walk and change rein
  3. Slow to medium speed tölt, holding both reins in one hand clearly showing no rein contact with the horse’s mouth

Each section may be shown only once, for one round. Marks for section 3 are doubled.

The rider has four and a half rounds at their disposal to show the following gaits in any order:

  1. Slow tölt
  2. Slow to medium speed trot
  3. Medium walk
  4. Slow to medium speed canter
  5. Fast tölt

Each gait may be shown only once; walk for a half round and the other gaits for one round.

The rider has four and a half rounds at their disposal to show the following gaits in any order:

  1. Slow to medium speed tölt
  2. Slow to medium speed trot
  3. Medium walk
  4. Slow to medium speed canter
  5. Racing pace

Each gait may be shown only once, walk for a half round and the other gaits for one round. Racing pace is shown on the long sides only and marks for tölt and pace are doubled.

Pace race 100 m with flying start – this is conducted on a pace track, where there should be at least a stretch of 50 m before the start of the timed stretch of 100 m.

One horse at a time proceeds to the start.

At the starters’ signal, the rider rides to the 50 m marker in any gait he wishes.

On crossing the 50 m mark, time keeping starts at a visual signal.

From there to the finish line the horse must be in racing pace.

There will be two runs.

As soon as the starting flag is raised, the horse moves off at walk, trot or tölt.

Between the starting line and the 25 m mark, strike off in canter from any gait.

Between the 25 m mark and the 50 m mark (beginning of the timed stretch) change into racing pace. On crossing the 50 m mark time keeping starts at a visual signal.

After the 150 m mark (end of the timed stretch) and before the end marker at 200 m, the horse has to have returned to tölt, trot or walk.