Arena course matches
More chances to compete and more fun. Those were the two main goals in mind when we developped the arena course matches. There are very few riding schools with 90 meter tracks compared to the amount of riding schools with 40x20m arenas and most 90 meter tracks are not safe to ride during the winter.
Accessible for anyone with an arena
So why not set up a postal competition with courses that fit exactly in a 40x20 arena? This way, any riding school or anyone with an arena can participate in an official horsebackarchery match!
Adapting existing straight tracks to an arena has been done occasionally by keeping them straight and making them shorter. But while we were at it, we wanted to make full use of the arena and use it to train the horse and rider on both sides.
More emphasis on riding
The above means in the arena courses there will be more emphasis on riding the horse. And that means a par time range and minuspoints for going through a turn in the wrong lead for example. Do you think you have a disadvantage because your horse is too fast or can only do a left lead? Then train him better and you no longer have a disadvantage!
Walk, trot and canter
To make these matches accessible for everyone, all tracks can be ridden in walk, trot and canter. We have seperate general rules for the walk and trot versions.
Shorter matches and more fun
The rider needs to spend much less time on his horse in an arena course match. Therefore more riders can use the same horse, making it easier for organisers to have an arena postal match. The short time the match takes should also make it more fun to partcipate and more exciting to watch!