job of promoting Eventing in Eastern Ontario and are there to help answer any questions you might have. www.nchta.ca Southern Ontario Combined Training Association (SOCTA) offers unrecognized schooling Events and Combined Tests (just Dressage and Show Jumping). SOCTA is an excellent place to test out Eventing. As long as the rider is deemed safe, they are allowed to finish the cross-country course with more than 4 refusals. www.socta.info WHAT MEMBERSHIPS WILL YOU NEED FOR EVENTING?
Ontario Equestrian (OE): Even if you don’t ever show, you should have this membership for insurance protection. SOCTA events require only this membership. OHTA requires this as well as a few others, listed below. For OHTA recognized Events, you will also require: Equestrian Canada (EC): Bronze: Pre-Entry, Entry, Pre-Training Silver: Training Gold: Preliminary, Intermediate, Advanced Ontario Horse Trials Association (OHTA): You can purchase this membership while renewing your OE. OHTA allows you to purchase a day membership for $15 at the events if you just want to try it out before committing to a full membership for pre-entry, entry and pre-training only. Canadian Eventing (CE): purchased via Equine Canada or on a day membership basis. 60 | EQUESTRIAN ONTARIO DEC ‘17
EC Horse License: Required for training level and above. GREAT, NOW THAT YOU’VE GOT A WALLET FULL OF MEMBERSHIPS; DO YOU NEED ANY SPECIAL EQUIPMENT?
Yes and no.
You can do dressage from training level down in an all-purpose or close contact saddle. You need a dark jacket with a stock tie, and light breeches for dressage and show jumping. You can even wear half chaps as long as they are leather and the colour matches your paddock boots! You do need an approved safety cross-country vest. You do need a cross-country crash helmet. You can buy a black cover and wear the same helmet for all three phases. It is strongly recommended that you use a breastplate on cross-country to keep your saddle secure as you go up and down hills. Galloping boots keep the front and tendons of your horses legs protected. NOW YOU ARE ALL SET! JUST GO PRACTICE THAT DRESSAGE TEST!
Most people don’t get into Eventing because they love dressage. However, you can’t escape it, so you might as well practice it. If you haven’t ridden a dressage test before, I would seek out an event coach or a helpful friend that has. You will need guidance navigating the test and ring. Once you become comfortable with the test and the ring, you will be ready to show off at an event. You can find the dressage tests on the OHTA website.