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Nov 8, 2018
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Excellent Record Keeping
Credit cards should be used as a money management tool
and an emergency source of funds when needed. Credit cards as useful money management tools since they provide a record of what you have purchased and you don't have to carry large amounts of cash. More info...

Aug 8, 2018
Bluffers’ guide to driving at WEG
Tryon, NC
What’s the format?
If you understand eventing, you understand driving trials — as one of our reporters once said, it’s basically eventing but with wheels instead of jumps.

The WEG driving competition is for horse teams, so four horses are put to a carriage, with two wheelers behind and two leaders in front. The driver uses the reins, voice and whip as his aids, while two backsteppers help to balance the carriage, navigate and so on.

Each competitor starts with driven dressage on 21 September, which is marked on similar criteria to ridden dressage. More info...

Aug 8, 2018
Bluffers’ guide to endurance at WEG
Tryon 2018
What’s the format?
This is a 160km race, completed in one day on 12 September. It is being held across the grounds of the Tryon estate and the surrounding area.

There are typically five loops on the ride, of approximately 20-38km. After each loop there is a vetgate. Here crews work to cool the horses and lower their heart rates enough to present them to the vets as quickly as possible — the heart rate must be down to 64 beats per minute to present the horse. As the clock is still running until a horse is presented, speed of presentation is vital as horses can overtake by fast presentation. More info...

Aug 8, 2018
Bluffers' guide to vaulting at WEG
Tryon 2018
canter on a circle at least 15m in diameter.

There are four different competitions in the WEG vaulting — male and female individual, pas de deux and squad.
The male and female individual competitions start with a compulsory competition, in which the vaulters perform eight set movements. This is followed by a 60sec freestyle to music. These two events make up round one.

Only the top 15 after round one go through to the next two competitions, which form round two. There is a technical test — again this is a 60 sec freestyle to music but it has to include five specific moves which are individually scored and show ability in each of the following five areas: jump force, timing and rhythm, suppleness, balance and strength. More info...

Aug 8, 2018
Bluffers’ guide to reining at WEG
Tryon 2018
What does it involve?
Reining is fast-paced and adrenalin pumping. It shows off the athletic ability and movements commonly used by ranch-type horses who are used to work cattle.

At WEG, each rider has to ride one of 10 approved patterns in an arena. There are around seven movements that must be shown including 360-degree spins, sliding stops, flying changes, small and slow canter circles plus bigger, faster canter circles. Riders only have one hand on the rein and the contact is loose — their seat does the majority of the work — and each movement must be smooth, controlled and have finesse.
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Aug 8, 2018
Bluffers’ guide to showjumping at WEG
Tryon 2018
What’s the format?
Run over a total of six days (with one rest day), the team champion is decided after three rounds of jumping (x, x and x September). The top individual riders then go on to a final qualifier (x September), after which the top four compete in a horse-swapping challenge — unique to WEG — to decide the medals on Sunday, x September.

In this final, the four competitors have just three minutes in a “schooling area” within the main arena in which to get used to each horse and do two practice fences before jumping a round. More info...


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