View Full Version : How does a pairs HT work?
27th May 2011, 08:47 AM
Having not competed at a HT for going on for 2 years. I'm off to one in 3 weeks time (will have to do a LOT of practice) :scared:
MY question is how does the pairs class work. Me and my friend fancy having a go at this after our classes. It goes very novice 60cm, novice 75cm then novice pairs 75cm. I was planning on having a go at these first 3.
Do you jump the fences together? or one after each other? is one horse always the lead? What happens with the number of refusals?
Argh too many questions :confused: Help!
27th May 2011, 10:17 AM
However you like really!
Jump the jumps one after each other, but you can chop and change who's in the lead half way round if you like. There might be a 'dressing fence' which you have to try to jump at the same time. Refusals can add up but i think you will get eliminated if you have three stops at a fence or a fall. Someone might correct me on that though.
The only thing i would say is that three classes might be hard work. The adrenalin that gets pumped about means it is very tiring.
27th May 2011, 11:07 AM
As IcarusGirl said.
I'm not overly sure how it works on how many stops you can have or plopping off. I know my local venue lets you carry on or go round fences you can't get over, they'll also help you back on and let you keep going if you "dismount!"
It's a good idea to have the more confident horse in front and then allow the more nervous horse to follow. "Dressing fences" are usually nice and long so there is plenty of room for both horses to jump side by side.
I too think 3 classes may be a bit much but it depends how long the course is and how fit your horse is.
Good luck, hope you and your friend have fun.
27th May 2011, 12:35 PM
Clip is very fit, the first course is only 800m the second course is 2000m. It's a flat course as I do a farm ride there. Only considering the very novice class as usually Clip needs to do a mini class to get in the right mind frame. If I go straight into the novice I can forsee a couple of dirty stops that would then transfer into the next class
27th May 2011, 06:41 PM
Sounds kinda like teamchasing, when i did it in the past years ago we alwasy had a jounior and senior pair so the juniour did the smaller fences the seniour did the bigger ones and you got style marks if you did them together over two or three fences on the course
27th May 2011, 07:54 PM
When I used to do it many years ago we got extra points for every jump we did together and extra ones for the distances between fences too. It showed control and that both horses were confident and didn't need leading over a fence.
I used to love the feeling of us being equally matched and galloping and jumping together.
Can't tell you what happens nowadays though.
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