Stopwatches to be trialled at all levels in 2016

Stopwatches to be trialled at all levels in 2016

With the permission of British Eventing Chief Executive, David Holmes, cross country stopwatches will be permitted at all levels for a trial period in 2016. From the first event of 2016 until the end of June 2016 competitors will now be allowed to wear stopwatches during the cross country phase at BE80, BE90 and BE100 - including the Mitsubishi Motors Cup, formally the Badminton Grassroots Championships. Previously forbidden at BE100 and below British Eventing have taken the decision to trial the use of timing devices for a period of four months, the position thereafter will be notified in good time to Members by all reasonable and appropriate means.

Following feedback from stewards and officials, BE found that riders of all ages at lower levels were struggling to find the correct pace and to adapt their rhythm and speed for different levels of tracks. BE Coaches are now increasingly getting the U18 programme riders to use the gallops in training to learn how to set their pace so it is hoped that the trial will enable competitors to put into practice what they train to do at home.

Under 18 Regional Coach, Mark Corbett, commented; “It is about learning to use the stopwatches as part of your cross country equipment and to help riders find the rhythm and speed that they use in training to then use in competition.

“Speed Training courses from BE will be coming out around the country at all ages and levels to understand how to use their watches effectively and put it in to practice using marked distances.”

Full details on timing devices will be published in the 2016 British Eventing Rule book. For more information on the British Eventing Training & Education programme visit www.britisheventing.com/training/