Penny and Brian Ross of The Virginia Horse Trials in Lexington, Virginia are proud to announce the their inaugural Junior/Young Rider Team Challenge (JYTC) for Eventing at the spring competition scheduled to run on May 21-24, 2009. We are inviting any group of juniors and young riders to put together a team of four riders to compete at any level that we are offering which is Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, Preliminary and Intermediate. The four team members may be at the same level or four different levels or any combination of levels (e.g. 2 novices and 2 Training). Because it might be difficult to assemble your own team, if you just let us know you are interested, we will find a team for you.
The competition will run in accordance with the 2009 USEF Eventing, general and drugs/medication rules. All team riders are subject to the same rules and regulations that apply to all competitors of the VHT. The winning team is the one with the lowest penalty points from their best three riders at the end of the competition. In the case of a tie the team with the highest third place score will win. A team member that fails to finish the competition will score 1000 penalties.
Our experienced scoring team has, through research, managed to come up with a scoring system that will make all levels equal by using a co-efficient to balance the scores. The average winning scores over the last five years at the Virginia Horse Trials have differed at each level. It was used last year for the College Team challenge and worked out quite well. The following system will be used:
Beginner Novice - coefficient of 1.1 (a HT score of 23 is a CTC score of 25.3)
Novice - coefficient of 1.0 (a HT score of 23 is a CTC score of 23)
Training - coefficient of 0.9 (a HT score of 23 is a CTC score of 20.7)
Preliminary - coefficient of 0.8 (a HT score of 23 is a CTC score of 18.4)
Intermediate - coefficient of 0.75 (a HT score of 23 is a CTC score of 17.25)
Another way to look at this is that to receive a CTC score of 36, a BN rider needs a 32.73, a N rider a 36, a T rider a 40, a P rider a 45, and an I rider a 48. Each team may enter up to five riders but must name the four team members before any of the five ride their dressage test. It is permitted for a team to start only three riders. Each team member must be entered in the regular horse trials.
If a group sends in a complete team we will stable them together. We encourage the teams to have a team name. To be eligible riders must be a junior or young rider as defined by USEF (born after 12/31/1987. The USEA horse trial Entry forms are available in the United States Eventing Association omnibus.
Remember that even if you don’t have a full team or are an individual, just let us know that you are interested and we will put you on a team or if you only have 2 or 3 people, we will try to find other riders for your team.