ANRC National Equitation Championships

2020 Championships Overview

The ANRC National Equitation Championships are an invitational competition for collegiate, junior, adult amateur, and ANRC alumni teams that pay an annual ANRC team membership fee. There is no need to qualify. Everyone is welcome to join us for the 2020 championships April 9-11, 2020. Membership opens September 1, 2019.

The ANRC National Equitation Championships are traditionally held on the second or third week in April. The championship for each group is held on the same weekend and judged separately. In each championship, teams may compete in a 3′ National Division or a 2’6″ Novice Division. Participants may compete on a school-owned horse, a leased horse, or a privately owned horse.

Teams

College or High School/Organization Team Membership

A college or high school/organization can join ANRC by paying an annual membership fee of $250. Each college or high school/organization member may field one team in each division. Each team can have a minimum of two riders or a maximum of three riders. (when there is a team of three riders, the lowest score is dropped in each competition phase). If approved by management, in addition to their team entries, a college or high school/organization may enter up to eight individual entries. If a college or high school/organization cannot field a team of two riders, they pay a membership fee of $125 for an individual entry. Annual membership begins September 1 and ends August 31.

Adult Amateur or ANRC Alumni Team Membership

An organization that enters an adult amateur team or an ANRC alumni team can join ANRC by paying an annual membership fee of $125 for each national or novice team and may field more than one team in each division under the organization’s name. For example: Shady Oak Farm Gold National or Novice Team; Shady Oak Farm Silver National or Novice Team. Each team can have a minimum of two riders or a maximum of three riders (when there is a team of three riders, the lowest score is dropped in each competition phase). If an organization cannot field a team of two riders, they pay a membership fee of $125 for an individual entry, or ask to be on a team with another organization. Annual membership begins September 1 and ends August 31.

2020 National Equitation Championships Schedule:

April 9-11 – Swan Lake Stables, Littlestown, PA

The championships begin with stabling open and teams arriving on Monday, April 6, or Tuesday, April 7. Prior to arrival, entered teams are assigned scheduled schooling sessions in each competition area. This practice time gives coaches, riders, and horses a chance to become familiar with each venue. Informal gatherings are held in the evenings to promote camaraderie among teams. Regular coaches meetings are held to ask questions, review competition rules, and declare team riders for each division. The tentative schedule is as follows:

  • April 6-7 (Monday/Tuesday) – Arrival
  • April 7-9 (Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday) – assigned schooling sessions
  • April 8 (Wednesday) assigned schooling continues followed by the Written Test Phase for all competitors
  • April 9 (Thursday) – Novice Flat Phase followed by the Novice Hunter Seat Medal Phase
  • April 10 (Friday) – National Flat Phase followed by the National Equitation Derby Phase and awards dinner
  • April 11 (Saturday) – Novice Equitation Derby Phase followed by the National Hunter Seat Medal Phase and the final awards ceremony

Championship Format:

The competition is judged and scored on equitation skills and sound horsemanship practices. The highest score in each phase will be awarded to the rider who demonstrates excellence in equitation and produces a smooth, cooperative, performance with their horse that exemplifies quality hunter movement on the flat and over fences. The scores are added to produce individual and team standings. The four phases are described below with a sample video of each mounted phase.

  • A Written test (based on riding theory and selected stable management topics worth 5% of the total score)
  • Flat Phase (includes USEF Hunter Equitation Tests worth 35% of the total score)

  • An Equitation Derby Course (natural jumps in a field worth 30% of the total score)

  • A Hunter Seat Medal Course (in a ring worth and 30% of the total score)

Throughout the year, coaches are encouraged to incorporate forward riding theory and sound stable management practices to improve the rider’s mounted and non-mounted horsemanship skills. Students are encouraged to set personal goals, as well as team goals, study ANRC materials, practice fundamentals, and apply knowledge.

The primary goal of ANRC is to promote the American System of Forward Riding. This system is based on the idea that the rider’s position or seat, control, and schooling of the horse are integral parts. The training objectives seek to develop the horse’s agility and strength under the weight of the rider, and achieve balance of the horse independently of the rider’s aids. Emphasis is placed on the rider’s ability to achieve a cooperative performance, allowing the horse to move forward freely with connected movement, while remaining calm and alert.

For more information about the ANRC National Championships, please contact Patte Zumbrun, ANRC Chair, at pzumbrun@goucher.edu

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