GETTING INVOLVED IN HORSEBOARDING
The Horseboarding UK community is a very close knit group and often referred to as a family, within which there are an actual number of families who are involved in the sport.
What can you expect at a Horseboarding UK event?
The National Championship competitions are run over two or three days, and take place as part of the Living Heritage Game & Country Fair series, which are held at some of the most prestigious country estates in the UK. These events run on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays on Bank Holiday weekends.
The teams and volunteers arrive the day before the event, are allocated space in the camping area, and space to keep any horses within electric fenced pens.
Once the teams have settled in, they can enjoy an evening of socializing at the camp or on the showground.
There are also often opportunities for teams to practice in the arena, and complete any team assessments, as necessary.
On competition days, the teams and volunteers are required to attend a briefing, normally around 9am, which is held in one of the showground's food tents, which gives everyone the chance to have breakfast too.
Everyone is briefed on the procedures for the day, competition times, race order and role allocations. Teams will also need to complete their Declaration Forms at this point.
If you are new to the sport, this is a great opportunity to ask questions if there is anything you are unsure about.
Competition time, and the teams prepare their horses at camp, waiting for instructions from a Horseboarding UK official to proceed to the arena. Upon arriving in the arena, the horses go into the pits area, and after an introduction carousel, the racing begins.
There is a Pit Manager to guide you through the heat, and the Horseboarding UK officials will guide you through the day, plus all the teams are friendly and helpful.
After the day of competition, it's an evening of socializing, exchanging war stories of competitions past, toasting the day's victories, drowning the day's losses and predicting what will happen on Day Two.
Day Two starts, once again, with the morning breakfast briefing. The day continues with further heats, and once the competition has ended, and results collated, the rosettes and trophies are presented at camp. Teams then pack up and head home, but those with an extra long journey have the option to stay another night.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
First of all, you do not need to be part of a competitive team to get involved with the National Championships. Quite a few members of the horseboarding family have never competed, but work as part of the team that makes the event happen on the day. You can become a linesperson, gate person, cameraman, or help out in the sound box or on our trade stand. Often, people will attend events as volunteers to see what it is all about, before starting to compete. If you are a board rider, but are not part of a team, it is always worth coming along to events as a stand-in boarder, in case somebody is injured or drops out, leaving a team with aboard rider.
To get involved as a volunteer, you will need to fill in our online volunteer application form.
Would you like to attend a training day?
These are held regularly at our five training locations, Yorkshire, Cheshire, Norwich ,Cambridge and Wiltshire, with more planned. You can attend as a spectator, as a team, or as one element of a team. This is a great way to start in the sport, even if you don't have a team, as you will meet others from your area. Many of our teams have got together and started in this way. Please contact your nearest Regional Horseboarding Co-Ordinator for more details.
We also offer private team set up lessons, with our fully insured horseboarding instructor. If you have suitable facilities, this can be done at your own home or stables, or, at one of our training locations.Daniel Fowler-Prime, the founder of the sport in the UK, will take you through what is expected of your team, introducing your horse to the idea of towing a boarder, and all the safety requirements that a team must be aware of during towing and competition. For more information, please contact Daniel Fowler-Prime.
Do you want to compete, or become part of a competing team?
First, you must fill in the relevant online application forms.
Before you can compete, however, you must be assessed, to make sure that you are safe and competent to take part in competitions. You can be assessed at regional training events, as part of a private team set-up lesson or even at our events. All team set-ups and assessments cost £50 per team, and the two can be done at the same time, for a single payment of £50.
For more information on registrations, team names and team colours, please contact email@example.com