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Home International & Celtic Challenge – Rules & Prizes

AIMS

  • TO ENCOURAGE RIDERS AT ALL LEVELS
  • TO BE NON-ELITIST
  • TO ENCOURAGE AND DEVELOP TEAM SPIRIT

 

The Home International and Celtic Challenge is a friendly competition which is run on an annual basis in each of the 4 countries, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.  Each country takes a turn at hosting the event.  Make no mistake it’s a hotly fought contest but lots of fun and friends made for life throughout our mighty United Nations and many riders going on from a great Team Event representing their Nation to representing their country.

Team Riders consist of 6 riders competing in the Home International and another team of 6 in the Celtic Challenge.  Most Teams have a reserve squad and as such a reserves competition of mixed nation also runs alongside.

All Countries should intimate their intention to be present by 1st January in the year of competition. An email should be sent around all other Chefs to confirm attendance. (Currently protocol seems to be that the longest serving Chef is the person responsible for communications ... currently Maggie Pattinson (English Chef), prior to her Pat Conn (Welsh Chef).

Teams and distances must be declared no later than 1 hour after the vetting on the Friday evening for all team horses.  This allows the Chef to make any last minute adjustments after the vetting if required.

Entries

Team members are eligible to enter at members’ rates for the classes of the ride. (EGB, ILDRA and SERC have different pricing)

Entry and qualification criteria are also altered according to the nation’s rules. (mainly affecting novice and juniors)

Chef d’Equipe

A Chef d’Equipe will be appointed for each country. They may also be a team member.  The Chef d’Equipe is responsible for the riders and crews during competition.

Team Management

It is up to each country to decide on their team management.

 

Selection

The English Team is selected under the EGB International Committee and Squad Management.

 The Cornish team is selected by the EGB SW Committee

The Welsh Team is selected by the Committee of the Welsh Endurance Team (WET).

The Irish team will be selected by ILDRA.

The Scottish team will be selected by SERC.

 

Home International Rules

Each country will be represented by one team which will consist of 6 members – all 6 members to count in the team total.  The team comprises:

  • 1 x 2 day 160 km CER
  • 1 x 2 day 120 km (80 CER/ 40 GER)
  • 1 x 80 km CER
  • 1 x 2 day GER
  • 1 x 40 Km GER (novice horse and rider – 1st year of vetted endurance)
  • 1 x 50 Km Junior Rider (max age 16 on 1st January in year of competition) – Junior riders under 14 years of age will have to be accompanied by an adult rider,

Eligiblity

Riders and horses must be members of Endurance GB to be on the English or Welsh teams, ILDRA (including all Branches) for the Irish team and SERC for Scottish. Horses should be registered with their nation’s body from 1st January in the year of competition (with the exception  of Junior and Novice competitors, who should be members at the time of the event).

Entitlement to ride for a country is by birth or residence.  If the choice is residence then the rider must have lived in the country for at least 12 months prior to the ride.  Once a rider has competed for a country they may represent another country, if they are eligible, but may not represent different countries in consecutive years.  Only one change is permissible.

To compete in any class the rider and horse must be eligible under the rules of their own nation.

Novice – neither horse nor rider to have competed in competitive rides prior to 1st January of the year of the Team Event, or have competed over 50 km.

Results

The final result is based on:

1.  Number of horses home

2.  Distance completed ( greatest distance)

3.  Team total time taken ( team with the least riding time)

All classes have a minimum speed of 10 kmph. All classes, other than CER, have a maximum speed of 15 kmph  – placings in individual classes will be based on Performance Formula.

The CERs have no maximum speed (unless designated by the ride).

Penalties

Maximum pulse for all classes is 64 bpm within 30 mins of the end of the ride.

 Celtic Challenge Rules

(Scottish, Welsh, Irish & Cornish)

Each country will be represented by one team which will consist of 6 members – all 6 members to count in the team total.  The team comprises:

  • 1 x 2 day 160 km CER
  • 1 x 80 CER
  • 1 x 2 day 80 GER
  • 1 x 2 day 80 GER Junior Rider (maximum age 16 years on 1st January in year of competition). For 2019 there will be a sanction for riders to be under 18 years on the 1st January, however in the event of a tie in both the Team competition and the Junior class a rider under 16 years of age will be the winner.  
  • 1 x 50 km GER
  •  1 x 40 km  Novice horse (Horse must be Novice  and in its first  year of competition)

 

Eligibility

Riders and horses must be members of the Home Nation (Cornish riders to be EGB and live in Cornwall or Devon).

To compete in a class the rider and horse must be eligible under the rules of their own nation.

Novice – horse not to have competed in competitive rides prior to 1st January of the year of the Team Event, or have competed in a class of over 50 km.

Results

The final result is based on:

1.  Number of horses home

2.  Distance completed (greatest distance)

3.  Team total time taken (team with the least riding time)

All classes have a minimum speed of 10 kmph. All classes, other than CERs, have a maximum speed of 15 kmph – placings in individual classes will be based on Performance Formula.  The CERs have no maximum speed (unless designated by the ride).

Penalties

Maximum pulse for all classes is 64 bpm within 30 mins of the end of the ride.

Nb: 2019 sees the return of the Cornish Team on the understanding that they will send representatives to all competitions in future.

 Rosettes and Medals

The host society will present medals  and rosettes (from first to fourth place) to riders of all 8 teams plus rosettes for all reserve team riders (see reserve team competition).

Reserves Team Competition

Each country is permitted to field reserves .... all reserve riders will be drawn from a hat and into a reserve team .. no of teams and competitors dependent on no of reserves. 

Results with be calculated on a performance formula basis.

Rosettes should be awarded to the Chef d’Equipe of all teams completing the ride.

Rosettes should be awarded to the Crew members of CER combinations.

Margaret Montgomerie award Home International – a medal/rosette/keepsake should be awarded by the Chef d’Equipe of each Nation (England/Ireland/Scotland/Wales) to the team member (not necessarily a rider) who has shown the best team spirit throughout the Team Event.

Team Turnout

Best Team (5 Teams) Turnout will be judged on presentation to the Vetting and Parade.  (Judged by Vets and another as decided by the host nation).

14 Best Turn Out Rosettes to be presented for the winner of the Best turnout, in order that every member of the squad will have a rosette. If additional rosettes are required, these can be obtained after the event.  For ease it would be prudent for Chefs to inform host nation of number of people in squad prior to the event if possible.

Other awards

CER classes will be eligible for awards in those classes within the competition (160 , 80 and 80 part of the 120)

120 1st to 4th place calculated on placing in 80 CER and performance formula in the 40 GER

2 day 80 (Home International) Trophy presented by the English Squad (performance formula)

Home International Novice/novice 40 trophy and rosette (performance formula)

Celtic Challenge Novice Rosette (performance formula)

Home International Junior Trophy and rosette plus reserve (performance formula)

Celtic Challenge Junior trophy and rosette plus reserve (performance formula)

 

Min speed for Novice and Junior is 10 kph and the maximum is 15 kph


French Formula  = (2 x speed – minimum speed) x 100
Pulse


Want to know more?  Contact Current England Chef Maggie Pattinson, who will point you in the right direction for your likely Squad.  ALL Welcome.