Equestrian Life Hacks You Need To Know

There’s a hack for that… You may have noticed that over recent months ‘hacks’ have taken the internet by storm! All about putting an end to wasted money, time and effort, what’s not to love! As riders, our lives are pretty fast paced. We’ve always got something to do or somewhere we’re supposed to be (usually 5 minutes ago)! With this in mind, we’ve been hard at work finding the best tips and tricks, gathering them all in one place, just for you! Take a look at our top ten…

Storage Solutions

Rug Rack Hack

1. Saddle, rug and bridle racks are a great way to store equipment. However, they can be slippery, leaving their contents sat in a heap on the floor. Ready for a quick, easy and cost effective equestrian hack to ensure this doesn’t happen? Grab a roll of vet wrap from your first aid kit and cover the smooth metal surface. Textured and self-adhesive, vet wrap sticks in place without glue, improving grip!

2. Do you ever find that your equipment goes mouldy during storage, even in bags or boxes? Mould occurs as a result of excess moisture in the air. So, if the containers not air tight, mould can still take hold! Thankfully though, there’s a quick and easy solution! Next time you buy a new pair of shoes or even clothing, check the packaging and pockets. You may find there’s a few sachets of silica gel. Silica gel adsorbs water to dry out the air. So, rather than throwing them away, save them!

Silica Gel Hack

Tack Hacks

Tooth Brush Hack

3. From seams and treads to bits and buckles, our horses saddlery has shed loads of hard to reach places, which quickly fill up with dirt and dust. Don’t be disheartened though, there’s a tack hack tool in every bathroom ready to come to the rescue. Of course we’re talking about tooth brushes! Rather than binning them when you’re ready for a new one, put them to work. Designed to be tough on debris without being damaging, the fine bristles are perfect for stubborn spots!

4. No one wants their saddle to get damaged, after-all they’re not cheap! At the end of a ride, we’re all taught to run our stirrups up before putting our tack away. While this is the correct thing to do, it can leave marks on the saddle flaps. So, you may have thought about investing in stirrup covers but hold your horses…We’ve got a better idea. Head to the kitchen and grab a double ended oven glove! Place the centre portion over the seat, with a hand mitt on either side. Place the irons in the mitts and problem solved!

Oven Glove Hack
Bit Ring Hack

5. Eliminating the need for a trip to the gym, putting guards on a loose ring bit can quickly become a full body workout. However, with this top tip, it couldn’t be any easier!

  • Remove your bit from the bridle.
  • Attach both reins to the same bit ring.
  • Take the rubber guard and place the centre rein buckle through the hole.
  • Pull the guard all the way down so it’s sitting against the ring.
  • Hold both rein buckles and slide them in opposite directions, popping the guard over the ring.
  • Repeat for the other side!

Time Saving Tips

6. Baling twine to the rescue! Lets be honest, the uses for this stuff are endless. Next time you need to open a bale of hay or straw but you’ve got nothing to cut the string with, you’ll need to know this. So, grab the closest piece of bailing twine and we’ll tell you what to do:

  • Holding either end, thread your loose piece of twine under the one you’d like to cut.
  • Pull the twine back and forth quickly, creating friction to snap the string.
  • Repeat the process for both sides.
Baling Twine Hack
Bucket Haynet Hack

7. Got an old water bucket that’s leaking? Don’t we all! It’s not time for the bin just yet though, we’ve got a plan. There’s few things more irritating than battling to hold a haynet open while trying to fill it! Thankfully, broken buckets are a handy and cost effective alternative to filling stands. To give it a go, place your net into a large bucket, stretch the opening over the edges and you’re ready to try!

8. Playful and troublesome, some horses are great at tipping their food and water buckets everywhere! Not only does this waste their feed, ruin their bed and make a total mess, it can mean they spend the night without water or miss out on a meal. To avoid this, grab an old tyre to use as a holder. This makes their buckets almost impossible to tip up.

Car Tyre Hack
Water Bucket Hack

9. Carrying large buckets of water around the yard isn’t ever much fun. Not only is it damaging for our back, but there’s a good chance we’ll end up soaking wet and freezing cold. So, next time your trying to move a full bucket, go grab a lead rope! Fasten the clip on to the handle or thread the end through and you’ll be able to drag it to where you need it!

10. Opening a sewn up bag of feed… You just rip it, right? Well you could, but did you know there’s a much easier way? Here’s how it is supposed to be done:

  • Put the bag on the ground.
  • Check the stitching. One side will have multiple strands, the other single.
  • Face the multiple stranded side towards you.
  • Using scissors, cut off the stitches that hang off the edge of the bag.
  • Find the end of the first single stranded stitch and pull!

Don’t forget to let us know how you get on with our top tips. Have we missed your favourite equestrian life hack? We’d love to hear about it! So, be sure to share your ideas in the comments… Happy hacking!


Vaccinations – Our Guide To Preventing Tetanus & Flu

Tetanus & Flu Vaccinations - Our Guide

Photo credit: The Royal Veterinary College

Our horses immune systems aren’t dissimilar to our own. This means that just like you and I, they require vaccinations. Our horse’s environments contain disease causing bacteria, viruses, funguses and parasites. Collectively, these are known as pathogens. The first line of defence against pathogens is to stop them entering the body. This comes down to proper biosecurity and hygiene, but also natural defences like skin and mucus. But when this fails, what happens?

How do vaccinations work?

When a pathogen is inhaled or ingested by your horse, the immune system works hard to fight and eradicate it, using antibodies. Antibodies are like their very own highly trained soldiers. However, they’re a bit of a one trick pony! Each antibody is specific to a type of antigen, this is a subpart of the pathogen. Our horses have countless different types of antibodies because each time they’re exposed to something new, they must learn how to fight it! Think of it like a lock and a key. When a pathogen enters for the first time, it can take a while for the body to respond properly. This is when your horse is most susceptible to becoming ill. That’s where vaccinations come in.

Why vaccinate?

Vaccinations are a bit like education for the immune system, teaching them how to generate the right antibodies. They won’t make our horses sick, but can help them to respond more effectively if they’re exposed to the real thing.

Every horse over 6 months old should be vaccinated against Equine Influenzas and Tetanus. These are usually combined in one effective program. Take a look at why it’s so important…

Equine Influenza

Equine influenza, also known as ‘the flu’ is a severe viral respiratory tract disease. Airborne and highly infections, it spreads quickly amongst unvaccinated equines.

Symptoms

With a short incubation period, symptoms such as a high temperature, nasal discharge, swollen glands and coughing can occur just three or four days after exposure. If your horse is showing any symptoms, quick and effective isolation is key to stopping the virus spreading.

Treatment

Your vet will likely recommend a mucolytic agent to thin the mucus and antibiotics to prevent secondary infections. While visible symptoms may ease after around a week, the internal damage will take longer to repair! Flu attacks the lining of the respiratory tract. So, at least six weeks of total rest in a well ventilated and non-dusty environment are needed before returning to work.  

Tetanus

Painful and distressing, this is one of the most traumatic diseases for both horse and owner to deal with. Tetanus also known as lockjaw, is caused by the bacterium Clostridium tetani. This is found in soil and horse faeces. The infection is able to take hold when the bacterium enters the body through a cut or wound. While lots of domestic animals and even people can get tetanus, it’s common in horses due to the environment they live in and their propensity for injury! Once the bacterium enters the body it thrives and multiplies, producing toxins. These toxins work their way to the central nervous system. Depending on the site of the injury, this can take between one and three weeks.

Symptoms

Once the toxins reach the brain and spine, they begin to effect the muscles, causing paralysis and stiffness. Classic symptoms include fever, pricked ears, flared nostrils, abnormal gait, difficulty eating, laboured breathing and violent spasms.

Treatment

Treatment is almost never successful. Tetanus is usually fatal, on average fewer than 10% will recover. Infected horses must be kept isolated in a dark, stimulus free environment to prevent violent spasms. Unable to eat or drink, they may require a stomach tube or intravenous drip. Attempted treatment will often consist of wound aerating and cleaning, antitoxin intravenous injections and sedation.

Prevention

Vaccinations

The key to preventing both flu and tetanus is a proper vaccination schedule! Generally, combined vaccinations are used for convenience during the primary course and for the booster 12 months after the first vaccine. Once this is completed, a flu vaccine will be used. After the initial course tetanus boosters will be given every 24 months.

VaccinationWhen
(Primary Course) 1stFrom 6 months old.
(Primary Course) 2nd 4-6 weeks after the 1st.
3rd ( First Booster)6 months after the 2nd.
BoosterLeisure Horses: Minimum 12 months after the last booster.
Competition Horses: Within 6 months +21 days after the last booster.

Always ensure that your vet records vaccinations in your horses passport.

Biosecurity

Good hygiene can help to guard our horses from a whole host of illnesses such as strangles, flu and equine herpes virus. Take a look at what measures you can take…

Vaccinations & Biosecurity
Photo Credit: BHS Equine Disease Prevention
To request a free A4 or A5 disease prevention poster for your yard – contact welfare@bhs.org.uk or call 02476 840517.

Competition Rules

Rules may vary based on the governing body. The current FEI guidance is as follows:

  • Horses that have only received the 1st vaccination of the primary course are not allowed to compete.
  • Once they have received their 1st and 2nd vaccination of the primary course they can compete for up to 6 months +21 days.
  • If your horse has been vaccinated within 7 days prior to an event they are not allowed to compete.

BETA Summer Of Safety Event – Our Guide

BETA's Summer of Safety

From washing our hands and covering our face to social distancing and routine cleaning, this year more than ever before we’ve all been bombarded with constant reminders to ‘stay safe’. While for many of us our concerns have become centralised around the global coronavirus pandemic, there’s a few things which as equestrians we should never forget about. This year we’re proud to be supporting the brand new Summer of Safety Event by the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA). An updated take on their popular ‘Safety Week’, this now covers a much wider range of topics. Taking place over the next three months from June to September, keep reading to find out what you can expect to see and when…

What can you expect from BETA’s Summer of Safety?

A Summer Of Safety - BETA

19th June to 2nd July – Rider Safety Equipment

If we said ‘safety wear’, what would be the first thing that came in to your mind? There’s a good chance it’d be ‘riding hat’ or ‘body protector’, right? To kick off BETA’s Summer Of Safety we’re going to be taking a look at some of the most common pieces of protective equipment. After all, almost all of us will be regularly relying on them to keep us safe, both in the saddle and on the ground. We’ll be covering everything from fitting and safety standards to proper storage and correct care. That’s not all, we’re also going to be looking at the items you may be a little less familiar with, like air vests and shoulder protectors.

Don’t forget, we offer free body protector and riding hat fittings in-store. To book your appointment at Rochdale, Cannock or Nantwich, please visit our website. Fittings are also available at Kidderminster but there’s no need to book!


3rd July to 16th July – Tack Selection, Safety, Fitting & Maintenance

From slipping saddles and snagged stirrups to broken bits and ruined reins, have you ever had a tack trauma? Safety isn’t all about your protective equipment, sometimes it’s about protecting your equipment! During the second phase of BETA’s Summer of Safety, we’re going to be taking a look at how basic maintenance, regular checking and proper fitting could help to keep both you and your horse safe.

A Summer Of Safety - BETA

A Summer Of Safety - BETA

 17th July to 30th July – Yard Safety, Biosecurity, Insurance & First Aid

During the third phase of BETA’s Summer Of Safety we’re going to be diving in to the topics of yard safety, insurance and first aid. Be truthful, how many yards to you know that follow proper biosecurity and isolation protocols? If the last year has taught us anything as horse owners, it’s just how important these measures really are in preventing the spread of disease! So, we’re going to be taking a look at how we can keep our horses safe against a whole host of infectious nasties like strangles, flue and EHV-1. Is your horse a walking vet bill? Let’s face it, most of them are! So, we’re also going to be exploring everyday first aid and the importance of having appropriate insurance cover.


31st July to 13th August – Horse Health

As equestrians, we may not always agree. However one thing’s for sure, we all want our horses to be happy and healthy! During the fourth phase of BETA’s Summer of Safety we’re going to be looking at horse husbandry and the preventative measures we can take to keep our four legged friends in tip top condition. This will include parasite control, dentistry, vaccinations, farriery and the very latest in therapy products.

A Summer Of Safety - BETA

A Summer Of Safety - BETA

14th August to 27th August – Road Safety

When we’re reflecting on road safety it’s important to think about why accidents occur. It can be easy to pin blame and point fingers. But the truth is, both riders and drivers must play their part to make hacking safer, one can’t be effective without the other! So, for the fifth phase of BETA’s Summer of Safety we’ll be looking at best practices, safe riding, hi-vis, ride tracking and reporting accidents.


28th August to 11th September – Feed Room Safety

It may have been a while, but think back to the last time you ate out at a restaurant. Would you still have eaten the food if they had a terrible hygiene rating? Food safety protocols have been put into place to keep us safe, avoiding contamination and preventing us getting ill. Really, it shouldn’t be any different for our horses! So, during the sixth phase of BETA’s Summer of Safety we’re going to be looking at feed room management, vermin control and BETA NOPS/EGUS approved brands.

A Summer Of Safety - BETA

So, now you know what’s coming up! For free resources, advice, articles and information about all of the topics listed above and many more, keep an eye on our blog and social media pages. To get involved, share your stories and follow the latest updates use #BSOS21 on Facebook and Instagram.

NAF Prep Like A Pro – Competition Grooming

NAF Show Preparation Like A Pro

Give your horse the winning look! With competition season well underway, we’re going to be telling you a little bit more about some very special preparation products. Without further ado, it’s time we introduced you to our top picks from none other than the only official supplier of supplements and care products to the British Equestrian Teams, NAF! Used for some of the most high profile horses around, they truly offer the Five Star Treatment!

Bathing

NAF Show Off Shampoo

NAF Five Star Show Off Shampoo
RRP £8.99

Show up, show off! There’s nothing more eye catching in the show ring than a sensationally shiny coat. However, all too often hours of blood sweat and tears just don’t do the trick.

We can all agree, a good bath is the best way to remove dirt and grease from our horse’s coat. But that’s all a shampoo can do, right? Not this one! You may have noticed that some soaps simply strip the coat of everything in their path. While this may leave your horse clean, it can also make the hair dull, lack lustre, rough and brittle. No one wants that!

Thankfully, NAF Show Off isn’t one of those products! Formulated to offer so much more than just powerful cleaning, it removes dirt, deep conditions, brightens and enhances natural pigmentation. Designed for outstanding results, it doesn’t disappoint. Bonus points from us, it smells fantastic too!

For the best results, wet your horse’s coat and apply a small amount of shampoo. Work it into a lather using a wash brush or mitt, getting right down to the skin. Rinse away thoroughly with clean water.

NAF Five Star Show Off Shampoo

Laura

“I have a grey (white!) mare who I regularly compete at dressage with. She is a nightmare to get clean, especially removing the yellow smears that seem to be everywhere. The only product that gets her clean is NAF show off shampoo, it’s amazing!!! I’ve tried so many other, very similar products and they don’t even begin to lift the stains. NAF shampoo lifts them straight away and leaves her coat looking fantastic and white, all for a very reasonable price. Here’s a picture of her winning her area festival last year, scrubbed using NAF shampoo!”

NAF Five Star Show Off Shampoo

Monster

“Midnight Rustic Moonshine (Monster) is always washed with SHOW OFF before a show, it makes her coat incredibly shiny, we also use it on our other Show Hunter for her white bits and the results are magnificent! Monster has also always been on In The Pink Powder ever since we saw a real difference in her condition at the Search for a Star finals at HOYS in 2012. We trust NAF to deliver with turn out and with nutrition and wouldn’t be without either product.”

Spray & Shine

Shine On Grooming Spray

Shine On Grooming Spray
RRP £9.99

Get noticed! Have you ever found yourself longingly gazing after a horse whose coat gleamed like glass? Next time, make sure it’s your four legged friend turning heads! After you’ve given your horse a bath, add the finishing touches to their dry coat with NAF Five Star Shine On Grooming Spray. Giving your horse that little extra WOW factor, this fine mist spray leaves coats, manes and tails smooth, sparkling and impossible to overlook!

Shine On Grooming Spray

Charlotte & Danny

“My favourite NAF products are the Lavender Wash, Paint It Clear and the Shine On Grooming Spray they really do work a treat and at a brilliant price too, I use them all the time at shows and at home! He is a picture of me and Danny (Norway dance) competing in Wales in the Home Pony International qualifying for scope too!”

Shine On Grooming Spray

Alice & Mr Goose

“My favourite NAF product Shine On! I love this product as Mr Goose and I love to compete and I always spray this on him. It makes him look so smart and shiny. Not only is it really effective, it is so easy and quick to use, a couple of sprays and he is shining! I would recommend this product to anyone who wants to stand out from the crowd and catch the judges eye.”

Mane & Tail

NAF Silky Mane & Tail D-Tangler

NAF Silky Mane & Tail D-Tangler
RRP £10.99

Tame, tangle free and oh so touchable! Whether your horse has miles of mane or is pulled to perfection, NAF Silky Mane and Tail D-Tangler is a show season saviour. Leaving hair feeling silky and smooth, it’s deluxe formula makes removing knots child’s play, while promoting a natural looking shine. Great for day-to-day use in the run up to competition, it discourages mud, hay, bedding and dust from sticking.

Thankfully, this makes for much easier brushing out, reducing breakage and saving time! Best of all, it’s non-sticky and non-greasy, so there’s no tell tale signs left behind.

NAF Silky Mane & Tail D-Tangler

Lucinda Thompson & Steve

“This is one of my horses, Steve, at Bicton Arena where he was plastered in red mud after cross country day (XC photo underneath so you can appreciate the mud!). However, with the help of NAF Show Off Shampoo and Silky Mane and Tail D-tangler he was sparkling for Sundays trot up.”

NAF Silky Mane & Tail D-Tangler

Hayley & Billy

“We use quite a few NAF products, our favourite is the Silky. Silky is an essential product when going to competitions but it is also used at home to keep our horses manes and tails lovely and tangle free. Our horses live out and their tails get rather mucky, it keeps their tails thick and because it helps reduce tangles, it means less hair is pulled out when grooming. We highly recommend this product for all horse owners!”

NAF Plait It Up

NAF Plait It Up
RRP £10.99

Enough is enough, no more sharing hair spray! There’s nothing worse than dropping a section half way through a plait. Except maybe getting to a show and finding half of the hair has gone rogue and escaped! If slippery manes and tails are your number one enemy, this is the product for you. Prepare to create pure perfection every time with NAF Plait It Up. Quick, easy and effective, it makes the hair easier to grip and faster to work with. To use, simply:

  • Section your horse’s mane and brush out any knots.
  • Spray each section with Plait it Up.
  • Plait the hair.
  • Lightly spray to finish and fix.
NAF Plait It Up

Jess Mayoh & Blakeswater Sanchez

“I use a lot of NAF Products. My favourites are the Silky Mane & Tail De-tangler and Plait It Up Spray. Plait It Up helps my plaits stay neat and tidy and create show stopping plaits every-time. The Detangler helps my mane and tail stay knot free as-well as being soft and shiny.”

NAF Plait It Up

Philippa Hyne

“The results of using NAF Plait it up before and during the wettest days hunting imaginable! Highly recommend product for keeping stray hairs in place and giving your plaits that finished look!”

Hooves

Paint It Black & Paint It Clear

Paint It Black & Paint It Clear
RRP £10.99

Time for a pedicure? Help your horse put their best hoof forward. Highlight their natural hoof pigmentation and ensure they’re polished to perfection with NAF Paint It Clear or NAF Paint It Black. Unlike oils which tend to rub off quickly, this is a fast drying polish. In other words, it stays put! To apply, wash and dry the hoof. Next, paint the product on to the wall of the hoof using the brush applicator provided, avoiding the coronet band. A great alternative to varnish, the ingredients are natural. So, it doesn’t require removal.

Paint It Black & Paint It Clear

Emma & Maggie

“I love the Paint it Black Polish it dries so quickly and is proper black, it looks really smart and the Show Off Shampoo is so easy to use and Maggie shines more than her competitors!! We are working out way through the range!!”

Paint It Black & Paint It Clear

Harry & Apple

“Paint It Clear – This stuff is so cool! It makes Apple’s hoofs look incredible and it lasts even after riding! It makes me and Apple feel super glam when riding!”

Post Show Spa…

There’s no denying, shows are mentally and physically draining, not just for us, but for our horses too! By the end of the day we’re eagerly awaiting heading home for a well deserved soak in the bath. The question is though, what about our horses?

NAF Cooling Wash
RRP £7.99

NAF Cooling Wash

No hassle. No rinsing. No tension! When our final class is over, we often sponge our horses down to cool them off, right? Easily squeezing into your usual routine, add a couple of caps of NAF Cooling Wash to your water. This helps with relaxation, reduces stiffness and refreshes tired muscles.

NAF Lavender Wash
RRP £8.50

NAF Lavender Wash

From crowds and banners to flower pots and scary fences, our horses are faced with a lot while out competing. NAF Lavender Wash contains natural essential oil, formulated to help them unwind and relax. With no hidden nasties like soaps, detergents or thickeners, there’s no need to rinse it away afterwards. Simply dilute it in water and apply liberally.

There you have it! Everything you need in your grooming kit for a show stopping turnout. We can’t wait to see your show day snaps! Share your photos in the comments or include #NaylorsSnapAndShare on your social posts. You can shop all of the products featured in this blog at Naylors.com or visit one of our stores.


Olympic Eventing – Tokyo 2020

Olympic Eventing - Tokyo 2020

Perhaps the most nail biting of all the equestrian disciplines, most of us love eventing for it’s thrills and spills. The very height of excitement, the Olympic eventing competition is sure to have us right on the edge of our seats when the games return this Summer!

Like many events, the Olympic Games was postponed due to the global Coronavirus pandemic. Thankfully though, they’re back on! Proceedings are expected to be getting underway on 23rd July 2021, continuing until 8th August.

What is eventing?

Sometimes referred to as the ‘Equestrian Triathlon’, eventing is considered by many as the ultimate test of horse and rider. Originally, it was a competition for military officers and their horses, determining their competency. Consequently, it requires speed, stamina, scope, strength, precision and so much more.

Fast forwarding to 2021, modern Olympic eventing comprises of three phases: dressage, cross country and show jumping! There will be 65 horse and rider combinations, competing for their chance to win both team and indervidual medals. Take a look at how it works and what you can expect to see.

Olympic Eventing – Dressage

Firstly, days one and two of Olympic eventing will see horse and rider combinations tackle the dressage phase! This is often referred to as ‘dancing horses’. It’s all about elegance, communication and precision.

Olympic Eventing - Dressage

Dressage takes place in a rectangular 60m x 20m arena, with letter markers at designated points. Dressage tests are made up of a number of ‘movements’. Horse and rider perform these in a sequence, at the correct marker. Each individual movement will be given a mark from 0 to 10 based on how well it was performed. The test that will be ridden is the 2020 Olympic Games 5* B test, fancy having a go?

Unlike in the Olympic dressage competition, the dressage phase of eventing has 3 judges (not 7). At the end of each riders test, the scores from each movement will be combined and turned into a percentage. This percentage is then turned in to penalty points. The penalty points from dressage are carried over as a starting point for the cross country phase.

Olympic Eventing – Cross Country

Olympic Eventing - Cross Country

Secondly, days three and four of Olympic eventing see horse and rider combinations tackle cross country! This means galloping over long distances, faced with obstacles like logs, water jumps, stone walls, corner fences and banks. Truly hair raising, this phase requires tactical riding, speed, stamina, adaptability, agility and above all… Brave pants!

The Tokyo Olympic cross-country course will cover a distance of around 4,500m. Within this, there will be approximately 38 jumps. Fast and furious, there will be no room for mistakes! With a tight time limit, they’ll need to cover around 570 meters per minute to complete the course in the expected 8 minute optimum time. Riders will receive faults for:

  • Exceeding the time: 0.4 faults per second.
  • Refusals: 1st refusal, 20 faults. 2nd refusal, 40 faults.
  • Horse or Rider: Elimination.

You may have noticed, this is a shorter distance than usual and it will be taking place earlier in the day. These changes were made due to the challenging climate, improving horse and human welfare.

At the end of the round, the penalties incurred will be added onto each riders dressage score. This will be carried over to the show jumping!

Olympic Eventing – Show Jumping

Finally, both the team and indervidual events culminate with the show jumping phase! The polar opposite to cross country, show jumping requires a complete change of mindset for the horse and rider. It’s all about scope, adjustability, elasticity, perfect lines and accuracy. Unlike the cross country, fences are not fixed. In other words, the poles are lightweight and can very easily come bouncing out of their cups. Riders will be aiming to complete their round without any faults for the following:

Olympic Show Jumping
  • Time Faults: 1 penalty for every 4 seconds over the time.
  • Refusal: 4 penalties.
  • Horse or Rider Fall: Elimination.

Team

The Tokyo Olympic eventing show jumping phase will be approximately 600m long, containing between 11 and 12 obstacles, with a maximum of 16 efforts. The jump heights will be approximately 125cm.

Athletes from each team will compete in reverse order of placing. So, the best riders from each nation will compete last, representing their team for a placing.

The penalties incurred during the show jumping phase will be added each riders score from dressage and cross country. Once all 3 riders from each nations team have ridden, their scores will be combined. The team with the lowest number of penalties overall will be the winners!

Indervidual

The team show jumping does not decide the indervidual medal winners. It does however determine who will qualify for the indervidual Olympic show jumping final.

The 25 combinations with the best overall scores will compete in the indervidual final. It won’t be easy though, they’ll be taking on an even tougher course! A break will see the setup changed. The new layout will have approximately 9 obstacles with a maximum of 12 efforts, up to 130cm high. This will be over a shorter distance of between 360m and 500m.

Indervidual medals will be decided based on the lowest number of penalty points from all of the phases of competition.

Save The Date – Eventing

Fri 30 July – 8:30 to 11:00
  • Eventing Dressage Team and Individual Day 1 – Session 1
Fri 30 July – 17:30 to 20:10
  • Eventing Dressage Team and Individual Day 1 – Session 2
Sat 31 July 8:30 – 11:00
  • Eventing Dressage Team and Individual Day 2 – Session 3
Sun 1 Aug – 7:45 to 11:10
  • Eventing Cross Country Team and Individual
Mon 2 Aug – 17:00 to 22:25
  • Jumping Team Final and Individual Qualifier
  • Jumping Individual Final
  • Team Victory Ceremony
  • Individual Victory Ceremony

Will you be watching at home, cheering on our British riders? We’d love to know who you’ll be rooting for! Let us know in the comments!