In a continued effort to raise the standard of eventing show jumping course design in the United States, US Equestrian has announced its plans for the 2018 Eventing Show Jumping Course Advisor Program. After reviewing all FEI level eventing show jumping courses in 2017, US Equestrian Eventing Show Jumping Course Advisor Richard Jeffery will turn his focus to 12 National Horse Trial show jumping courses across the preliminary and intermediate levels in 2018. However, in a shift from 2017, Jeffery will evaluate the courses prior to each event in addition to offering a critique of the course post event.
“We are receiving a lot of positive feedback from riders as they have seen great improvement in the courses. We are working hard to reach as many course designers as possible since many do not have an opportunity to attend other events to see firsthand how eventing show jumping is progressing,” said Jeffery. “Through the US Equestrian website, course designers can learn from each other, especially from more senior course designers, compare courses, and read the evaluations. In some instances, events use the same show jumping course across all divisions. This can be equal for some, harder for others, and too simple for the advanced divisions, so the idea of this program is to make course designers aware of the degree of technicality that should go into each division.”
Course designers will submit their courses with all technical details to Jeffery 14 days prior to the start of competition. Jeffery will review the course and provide feedback to the course designer and technical delegate before the start of the event. Within five days of the event’s conclusion, course designers will complete an evaluation form, also noting the adjustments made to the course based off Jeffery’s pre-competition feedback. Each course’s pre-competition evaluation and overall analysis will be available on USequestrian.org. This gives course designers an opportunity to review a variety of courses and consider Jeffery’s input from them when designing. To view Jeffery’s 2017 FEI-level course critiques, visit USequestrian.org.
For more information about the US Equestrian Eventing Show Jumping Course Advisor Program, please contact Shealagh Costello, Director of Eventing National Programs, at [email protected] or (859) 225-6923.
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