What is Combined Training?
Combined Training (CT) is an equestrian competition comprising of 2 of the 3 tests of a Horse Trial.
Combined Training uses Showjumping & Dressage
The same horse and rider must complete both tests
Elimination from one test means the horse & rider are eliminated from the whole competition, although Pony Club does encourage the rider to continue to complete all tests.
The total score is reached by adding together penalty marks incurred in each test. The winner is the competitor with the lowest total penalty marks.
What are Horse Trials?
Horse Trials (HT) is an event in which riders compete in 3 stages: dressage, showjumping and cross-country. Points are scored for each phase to determine an overall winner for each grade (Grade 5 beginners through to Grade 1 advanced). If you are competing at a horse trials event as a Pony Club Member, you must be 8+ years, and be graded.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT GAMES, NOVELTIES & COMPETITIONS
RULE #1: Have fun!
Games are a great activity that should be experienced by all riders. They assist riders to improve their balance and riding seat whilst their mind is distracted by the game. They are also an opportunity to teach the horse emotional control and improve its fitness and flexibility. Bending is particular is an ideal opportunity to improve the lead changes of the horse.
Clubs and Zones (such as the North Eastern Zone) run Games days, and Novelty rings at gymkhanas. PCAV (Pony Club Association of Victoria) hosts the annual Games, Flat Teams and Musical Ride Championship and the Inter Zone Teams Mounted Games Challenge. The teams for these events are selected by each zone through their qualifiers. Great fun is had with costume dress-ups for the Musical Ride Team.
Internationally, games and other non-olympic disciplines are also a Pony Club tradition. Victoria participates in the National Mounted Games Competitions, and is part of the roster to send a team member to the International Mounted Games. In 2016, Benalla Pony Club had a representative in the Australian Tetrathlon 2016 Team, who travelled to Ireland to compete in this event.