Sam and Diarm talk about managing chance, about using an OST model to achieve your off-season goals and about why there is no such thing as luck. Sam even throws in a few practical tips for seeing a stride!
This week attention turns to Adelaide and the last CCI4* of the 2018 season. We pick some potential winners, pitting two predictive models against each other for the first time.
We are also delighted to be joined by Andrew Hoy, who gives us stories from his past (and plans for his future) and talks about what the fans will be enjoying this weekend at the show.
Think of the attribute list of an event horse. Footwork, reactions, intelligence, athleticism, carefulness, scope, speed, stamina, impulsion, submissiveness, paces and trainability. Which attributes are we testing at one and two-star and how much emphasis is placed on each? How these attributes are tested will absolutely shape the type of event horses that are bred, produced and purchased, and then it will continue to shape how we train them. If 76% of horses all score the same score of zero penalties in the cross-country, but they get rewarded for everything they do in the dressage arena, then over time we will end up with dressage horses being asked to perform cross-country rather than cross-country horses being asked to perform dressage.
In the latest Eventing Podcast, we begin a discussion that we hope will engage people. This engagement may well explain why things are scored the way they are and it might transpire that this is the best way forward for the sport. But we also present an alternative scoring solution. A method of rewarding the best all-round performance. If there were no consequences to extreme dressage in eventing then there would be no problem. But there are consequences. We are shortening top level courses and removing jumping efforts over fears of stamina. We have horses and riders that are growing up with less cross-country attributes and training than is desirable and this presents a safety concern. Our sport has one unique phase which attracts spectators and should remain the heartbeat of the sport.
Leg 1 of the 2018 Event Rider Masters series will take place at The Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials. This will be the third year running that Chatsworth will play host to the opening leg of the new Event Rider Masters season.
Diarm & Nicole pick some winners. All about speed at this venue.
In an EquiRatings Special, Sam & Diarm discuss the EquiRatings approach to Risk Management in Eventing and what they are trying to achieve with the ERQI.
The penultimate event of the 2017 series and ERM 2017 is heating up. Can Gemma Tattersall keep up her ERM form? How close can Mark Todd and Marcio Jorge get to her before we head for Blenheim? Will our dark horse for the season, Treason, post a counting score that further closes the gap?
Will Chris Burton and Graf Liberty enjoy a first Event Rider Masters win, or will Oliver Townend win this leg for the second year in a row?
Just Diarm and Nicole on this one before they pack their bags for rainy Scotland.
What a weekend of action that was! Ingrid winning her first championship, the Brits being back at the top with Bartle, girl power surging through the sport once again…Full team in the house to discuss.
NOTE: We tried to record this a few times but the platform we record on has a bug at the moment which means the audio is drifting. It sounds like we are interrupting each other. We have edited it for now and are hoping they can get it fixed asap. Thanks for your patience.
Finally Championship time is here for 2017 and all eyes turn to Strzegom where the best of best will battle it out to be crowned European champion. We have a full house of Nicole, Jenni, Sam and Diarm all giving their views on the ones to beat (and who might come unstuck!).
Jung is aiming for history again — surely he can’t win four European titles in a row on four different horses?! He is going to have to beat the best to do it. Ingrid arrives on Aachen superstar Horseware Hale Bob, Tom and Upsilon fly the French flag, while Gemma and Quicklook V will surely be the cornerstone of the British challenge.
5 days of top class eventing action awaits!
Just Diarm and Nicole on this one. They both think that Jung gets beaten. They even agree on a podium! All happy families for a change.
All the usual names get a mention — can Andrew lead from start to finish or will a certain Frenchman spoil his party? Can Vittoria strike for the girls again and can Toddy finally break his ERM curse? Nicole continues her Love Island obsession with an interesting observation on Oliver Townend.
One Two Many almost goes under the radar until a big stat shows up late in the day. Have we missed anyone? You can let us know.