Conformation and Type
***New in 2018: The Conformation Phase will be removed from qualifying competitions, and take place only at the Championships***
While the judges look for horses with strong abilities in dressage and show jumping, they also look for a horse with correct, elastic gaits, scope and athleticism over fences, and those that with the correct training will have the speed, soundness, and stamina necessary at the CCI levels.
This is a modified dressage test judged on overall collective impressions (not by each individual movement). There are two dressage tests for each level, one for qualifying competitions and one for the championships, which are available in the documents section. *Beginning in 2018, the dressage tests have been revised and shortened.
Each horse is stripped of tack and shown in hand to the judge. Handlers are to stand their horse up for inspection by the judge who will assess conformation and type. The horse is judged on potential for soundness, speed and stamina. Handlers will be asked to walk and trot them in a straight line for soundness and correctness. Color, size and gender should not be a factor in a horse's score.
The jumping phase should incorporate a small course of five show jumping fences immediately followed by ten cross-country jumps. This model allows for a smooth transition from a show jumping pace to the more forward cross-country pace. The fence parameters at the qualifying competitions may be up to 2'11" (Novice specifications) for the four-year-old classes and up to 3'3" (Training specifications) for the five-year-old classes. The heights should build throuhgout the year, and at Championships, the four-year-olds will have up to four Training Level questions and heights, with the five-year-olds having up to four Preliminary questions and heights. An event horse must be able to jump a bank, ditch, water, or solid fence. All events must incorporate at least one of these obstacles in their jumping section. The obstacles should be straight forward, inviting, and age-appropriate for the youngsters. Please note that schooling through the water obstacle prior to competition is encouraged. If possible, the last fence should encourage a horse to gallop and jump out of stride (an ascending fence with a round profile, a good ground line, and preferably with brush). This should be followed by a galloping stretch of at least 100 meters. At Championships, there may be an option-fence on show-jumping, and an option-fence on cross-country. The jumping standards may be found here.
At qualifying YEH competitions, there will be no conformation phase. Dressage will be run first allowing about 8 minutes per horse, and then the jumping/galloping phase can be run after the dressage is completed, also allowing about 8 minutes per horse. At Championships, dressage will be immediately followed by the conformation phase, and then the jumping/galloping phase will be run the following day.