Stuart Buntine gave the following details of the Express Eventing competition at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, on 30 November at a press conference in London today:
- Competition starts with each rider doing a 4-minute freestyle dressage to music programme.
- Dressage is marked by four international judges and a musician, who will give an artistic impression score.
- Marks are converted into time-penalties, with each mark equating to 2 seconds.
- Reverse order combined jumping phase starts with a 12-obstacle show jumping course with fences up to 1.30m, with some choices of routes.
- Riders then enter a pitstop area where they must put on a body protector and have the option of changing tack. They can be assisted by two grooms and the event organisation will also provide two “horse handling officials” in this area.
- They then move onto a cross-country phase with approximately 20 fences and 25 jumping efforts.
- Whole combined jumping phase — including the pitstop — is timed, with seconds added for jumping penalties, to determine the winner.
- Winner gets £100,000, total prize-fund of £250,000.