Young Rider News 2011
In 2011, the Development Squad program will include Young Riders (to end of the year in which they turn 21) and extended to all riders intending to compete at Introductory or above during the year.
Announcement of Squad Coaches/venues and dates for the clinics will be put up on this website at the end of January 2011.
From the beginning of February 2011, riders can apply for inclusion in one of these squads providing a first and second preference and using the appropriate link from this website.
Junior & Young Rider Development squads will be set up in different parts of the State (North West, North East, Sydney, South East, South West) as appropriate to demand. Riders must commit to the two 2-day clinics appropriate to their squad. These will be held one in each of the Easter and Spring school holidays.
Results on the website for Introductory and above will be recorded for enrolled squad members only. Junior Leaderboard results for junior performance Pre Novice and above will continue to be listed in The Eventer. They do not form part of this program.
Recognition will also be given to squad riders as patches on their saddle cloths as follows:
Introductory to 1-star: three Quality results where a quality result is a finishing mark of <60.
Rewards will be announced on the website in April, July, September, December.
The program mission is to mentor junior and young riders in the sport of eventing. This includes all three phases, for dressage: protocol tests, rules, general knowledge; for jumping: course building and understanding difficulty factors in courses, riding a full course, rules, general knowledge; for cross country: measuring course, minute markers, riding to time with/without jumps (with schooling at pace), identifying issues on course, their solution, rules, general knowledge. Additional help during the clinics under supervision is encouraged. This might include (for example) veterinary talk, presentation, fitness for eventing, equipment and its use, saddle fitting, horse dentistry. In addition squad riders will be expected to maintain diaries, set goals and the older riders should be enrolling in Equi-skills and working towards their EA Introductory level horsemanship and riding certificates.
For more information, contact Penny Rose 02 4464 2384.
Coaches for the squads will again be selected on their experience in group-training, managing young riders and with a willingness to promote the development of both juniors and young riders to the agreed curriculum. Squad training is NOT intended to take the place of the rider’s regular coach but supplement this by teaching those aspects of the sport better administered in a group session ensuring that safe and fair riding is the bottom line. Inclusion of parents in some sessions is also encouraged and team participation promoted.
The Junior & Young Rider sub-committee will allocate riders to squads so as to provide a balance in each squad in terms of 2010 performance and numbers of spaces available. Successful applicants will be listed on this website. Riders will then enrol online with payment ($150/clinic) as they would for events.
FEI riders and Young Riders at any level will be catered for in the Development clinics but additional training will be available for those competitors who enter major 3DE in the lead up to these events.