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How to become an Eventing Official

How to Become an ESNZ Eventing Official

ESNZ Eventing is committed to the development of all officials.  Well trained and competent officials are a key component of the on-going success and development of our sport.

To be an official at a competition technical knowledge alone is not enough. It is also necessary to communicate positively and clearly while always maintaining fairness and consistency.

You don’t have to know every rule, but you must be able to find them easily.

  • Watch horses and riders of all levels while training. Ask permission to watch riders’ training sessions with good coaches.
  • Watch horses jumping in competition. Know how striding alters for different types of fences, and other trends shown at different types of fences. Have a good understanding of distances in related fences/combinations.
  • Read books and magazine articles, especially on Cross Country design and safety. Know the course, know where potential problems might be and always put safety first.

Introduction to being an ESNZ Eventing Official

Have you considered becoming an ESNZ Eventing Official and would like to know more about the different roles and their responsibilities – read our Officials Introduction Document