Date: 20th May 2017
Running order of Divisions: CIC3* Friday. CIC2* & CIC1* Saturday
Arena: 220’ x 280’ All Weather
CIC1* – 26/ 16 plus 1 with time faults (65%)
CIC2* – 20/7 plus 1 with time faults (40%)
CIC3* – 11/6 (55%)
As the Course Designer states in the Evaluation Report there was a fairly easy change from the 3 Star course to the 2 Star course, giving some different lines. The difference between the 2 Star and 1 Star, was the removal of the last fence of the 2 Star, which was a related line and a liverpool oxer. The liverpool was moved to the vertical at fence 10 for the 1 Star.
I liked the way the triple bar was used in the 1 and 2 Star as a ‘set up’ for the triple combination. This line was away from the in-gate, which would have added to the difficultly. While this would be suitable for this level of Event, such a line away from an in-gate is not preferable for lower Divisions.
When the triple bar was used in the 3 star (fence 7) it was very much un-related to any other obstacle, and therefore being one of the easiest obstacles to jump it was somewhat a ‘free’ jump. It would have been more influential, within the overall concept of the course, if it were made into an oxer for that Division.
The 3 Star had 9 verticals compared with 6 spread fences. The Course Designer noted this on the Evaluation Sheet and was due to the amount of jump material available. Ideally, a minimum of 24 pairs of wings are required to ensure that a suitable course, for Divisions up to 3 Star, can be built.
When the course was changed for the 2 Star both combinations ended up with verticals at the ‘A’ element, thus asking the same question. Changing the direction of the double in the 2 Star meant that the oxer had to be completely rebuilt. A time saver in these circumstances, when the combination is an oxer/vertical, is just to move the back pole and wings of the oxer to the original vertical, thus ending up with an oxer/vertical in the opposite direction. The distance stays the same and the situation of the two verticals at ‘A’ is resolved.
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