Author Topic: Young Event Horse, the levels below Beginner Novice, and those CCI/CIC divisions  (Read 52 times)

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Young Event Horse (YEH)
Like any "young horse" division in FEI disciplines, these divisions are intended to push your young competitor to the limits. Not every horse can do it! (And that's okay.) YEH horses are being prepared for the CCI/CIC divisions at the earliest possible age.

4 year olds in YEH compete on a Novice level course and complete Novice eventing level dressage tests. Early in the year, difficulty may be lowered to a BN equivalent, but by June/July, all horses in this division are competing at Novice level.

5 year old YEH is equivalent to Training level eventing.

6 year old YEH (not standard IRL) is equivalent to Preliminary eventing. (Note that Preliminary is the precursor to CCI/CIC*.)

Young horses (up to age 6) entering the YEH program later than 4 years of age should enter a younger division if they cannot compete in their own age bracket.

While schooling a YEH horse in pre-BN level classes is okay, the goal is to push these horses harder. At trials, these horses should not be (cross) entering lower than BN for 4 year olds, Novice for 5 year olds, or Training for 6 year olds.



The Levels Below Beginner Novice

Pre-Amoeba
(Not universally recognized IRL)
This is a ground poles division which borrows its dressage test from dressage circuit introductory level choices. This is an acceptable place to start or school any new eventer, and an ideal place to test the waters with a 3 year old going on to YEH, especially late in the year.

Amoeba
This is basically the "puddle jumper" division of eventing. Open to any new horse or rider (horse age 4+), this is the best place to start a timid team for their first trial (or two, or three).

Tadpole
A little more difficult than Amoeba, this is another general introductory division. Four year olds starting out in YEH might school at this level early in the year to build confidence. Older horses, or new riders, might also prefer to start here.

Polywog
(Not universally recognized IRL; also called Green as Grass)
Meant to be a mid point between Tadpole and Beginner Novice, this division uses the most difficult BN dressage test, and sets its jump heights half way between Tadpole and BN obstacles. On courses where jump heights cannot be adjusted, horses will instead jump an even mixture of Tadpole and BN obstacles. Four year olds starting out in YEH might school at this level early in the year to build confidence. Older horses, or new riders, might also prefer to start here.


NOTE
It is absolutely NOT necessary to start at these levels, nor is it necessary to progress through them without skipping levels. There are countless circuits in the real world that do not offer these pre-Beginner Novice levels, and thus all horses and riders in those areas start at BN or higher. BN is the official "first level" of eventing.

The TEA will permit Beginner Novice horses to cross enter any of these levels at multi-day shows. That being said, a Pre-Amoeba horse is no longer a Pre-Amoeba horse if it competes above Tadpole. an Amoeba horse is also no longer an Amoeba horse if it competes above Tadpole. a Tadpole horse is no longer a Tadpole horse if it competes above Polywog. A Polywog horse is not longer a Polywog horse if it competes above Beginner Novice. A horse's recognized (highest usual) level is the level it will be considered when it comes time to determine the winner of level-based awards.




CCI & CIC Divisions

Concours International Combine (CIC) are international level classes held at one-day events (1DE format).

Concours Complet International (CCI) are international level classes held at multi-day events (2DE & 3DE format).

They are escentially the same, though CIC is often considered tougher due to being faster and running all three phases in the same day. CCI has 1-4 star levels, while CIC has 1-3.

CCI* & CIC* are the level in between Preliminary and Intermediate. Horses qualify for these divisions by earning qualifying scores in Preliminary. While competing at CCI/CIC*, horses might cross enter Preliminary or Intermediate. They would definitely not cross enter lower than Preliminary, higher than Intermediate, or in higher-star CCI/CIC divisions.

CCI** & CIC** are the level between Intermediate and Advanced. Horses qualify for these divisions by earning qualifying scores in Intermediate. While competing at CCI/CIC**, horses might cross enter Intermediate or Advanced. They would definitely not cross enter lower than Intermediate, higher than Advanced, or in higher-or-lower-star CCI/CIC divisions.

CCI*** & CIC*** are the level above Advanced. Horses qualify for these divisions by earning qualifying scores in Advanced. While competing at CCI/CIC***, horses might cross enter Advanced. They would definitely not cross enter lower than Advanced or in higher-or-lower-star CCI/CIC divisions.

CCI**** is the absolute highest level. Horses qualify for this division by earning qualifying scores in CCI***. While competing at CCI****, horses generally do not cross enter into any other division at the same trial. When CCI**** is not offered, these horses might school in Advanced, or in CIC*** (if CIC is offered).


NOTE Although the YEH program is most definitely a prep program for the CCI/CIC divisions, this does not mean that YEH participation is required.

Furthermore, for the younger competitors, consider that YEH competitors still need to earn qualifying scores in Preliminary before they can compete at CCI/CIC*. This means that if the YEH horse did not cross enter into Preliminary during its 6 year old season, it will spend some time in Preliminary as a 7 year old before qualifying. 6 year old YEH divisions, though equivalent to Preliminary, do not count to qualify for CCI/CIC*. As such, although the CCI/CIC* divisions are open to horses age 7+, it is more common for these horses to be at least 8.
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