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Practical Horseman Virtual Equitation Over-Fences Class

7/8/2020  −   7/21/2020
Open: 7/8/2020
Close: 7/20/2020
Organizer: Practical Horseman Editorial Staff

Practical Horseman is excited to bring you our third Virtual Horse Show and first Equitation Over-Fences Class.

A big thank-you to Vita Flex Pro and Farnam for their support of our show with great prizes.

Read on to learn more about how the class works, how to enter and the rules to follow. Good luck and have fun!

General Information
Entry period: Wednesday, July 8, to Monday, July 20. This means that you must submit your online entry, payment and video no later than 11:59 PM EST on July 20th.

How the Class Works
• One class open to all equitation riders at the following heights: 2’, 2’3, 2’6, 3’ and 3’3
• To be judged riding over our predetermined equitation course that you will adjust to your chosen height
• A helper records your round on video (please video horizontally!)
• You email a link to your YouTube video to Please see the section below on how to record your video.

To be judged on the rider's form, function and overall performance. You will be evaluated on the judge’s interpretation of the ideal for your fence height (2’, 2’3, 2’6, 3’ and 3’3). The judge determines which riders come closest to those ideals collectively and places riders in 1st–8th place.

Judge: Tom Brennan
Hunter rider, trainer and U.S. Equestrian Federation ‘R’ judge Tom Brennan was a co-trainer at Tony Workman’s training business, Winter Hill Farm, in Hillsboro, Virginia, for 14 years. During that time, he piloted several horse to multiple major championships, including the WCHR Hunter of the Year for Lynn Rice’s Gramercy Park in 2012, the same year Tom was named the WCHR National Emerging Professional Champion.
Tom and his wife, Tracy, now operate their Vineyard Haven Farm, based out of Round Hill, Virginia, where they have a robust training operation. In addition to teaching and training, Tom holds his U.S. Equestrian Federation “R” judging licenses in Hunter and Hunter/Jumper Seat Equitation. He has judged the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association International Hunter Derby Championships, the ASPCA Maclay National Championship Regionals, the USEF Pony Finals, ANRC National Equitation Championships, the Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championships and the New England Equitation Championships.

Class results
Class results will be posted online and the 1st–8th-place finishers will be notified via email. Your video WILL NOT be posted publicly unless we get permission.

• 1st place: $150 prize package from Vita Flex Pro and Farnam; audio evaluation of the round, courtesy of Tom Brennan’s Judge My Round; a 1-year membership to U.S. Rider (annual value: $159) and 1-year-subscription to Practical Horseman magazine (annual value: $15)
• 2nd place: $100 prize package from Vita Flex Pro and Farnam; 1-year subscription to Practical Horseman magazine
• 3rd place: $50 prize package from Vita Flex Pro and Farnam; 1-year subscription to Practical Horseman magazine
• 4th–8th places: 1-year subscription to Practical Horseman magazine

1. The class is $25 to enter. Enter and pay here.
2. When entering the Practical Horseman Virtual Hunter Over-Fences Class, I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I HAVE READ AND VOLUNTARILY AGREE TO THE RELEASE & WAIVER OF LIABILITY & INDEMNITY AGREEMENT posted on the PRACTICAL HORSEMAN website,, and also here >>
3. You must set our pre-determined equitation course (see downloadable course diagram on website). Choose your fence height (2’, 2’3, 2’6, 3’ and 3’3) and set all fences to that height. Be sure to include ground lines in front of every fence.
4. You must wear an ASTM/SEI approved helmet and appear in proper equitation-show attire; heeled boots and half-chaps are permitted.
5. Boots or conservative colored wraps are permitted on the horse's legs.
6. Coaching during the test is not allowed.
7. The natural background sound for the test must be audible. Rounds with no sound at all will be disqualified and your entry fee will not be returned.
8. You must submit your video via a YouTube link to
9. If the judge determines that the horse appears lame, the judge has the right to eliminate the rider from consideration.
10. Horses and riders are required to abide by standard equipment rules for hunter/jumping seat equitation. You acknowledge that by submitting your entry, you agree to abide by standard rules of fair play and for the welfare of the horse.
11. Violation of any of these rules may result in the refusal to accept the entry or non-refundable scratch.
12. This virtual show does not count toward any awards points for any organization.
13. We will make every effort to judge this class fairly with the knowledge that there are inherent challenges to judging online shows that make it different from the real-life experience.

How To Record Your Round
Study our course, choose your fence height (2’, 2’3, 2’6, 3’ and 3’3) and set all fences to that height. You are ready to record your video.
Note: Videos of rounds must be one continuous filming; unedited from start to finish.

Step 1
Using a phone or video camera, have a helper video your round: Your helper will stand outside the arena, midway down the long side (see course diagram for which side), ideally in an outdoor arena/field during the daytime. For best results, the camera should not be facing into the sun. An indoor or covered arena may be used if the lighting is good—the better the lighting conditions, the better you will look. Make sure your helper holds the phone/video camera horizontally.

Step 2
Prior to your opening circle, your videographer must show a cell phone displaying the date and time with you in the background, mounted on your horse. With the video still recording, the helper states the rider's name, the horse's name and the fence height that will be jumped. Proceed directly (no stopping and starting the video camera) to your opening circle and ride the course. The sound must be turned on throughout the entire video. From the time your round begins, make sure that you and your horse are in the video frame at all times and when jumping the fence, the entire fence is in the video frame.

Step 3
Upload your video to YouTube, (set to private if you want) and email the YouTube link to

Please email questions to

Organizer Notes

Upload your video to YouTube, (set to private if you want ) and email the YouTube link to

Virtual Equitation Over-Fences Class


Administrative Information

  • Change Policy: Changes are not permitted.
  • Refund Policy: No refunds.
  • Entry Option(s) Secure Spot: Pay in full via STRIDER