The competitions consist of Show Jumping and Dressage. In Show Jumping each rider is allowed two minutes to warm up on the flat, and two jumps before negotiating the course and in dressage each rider is allowed 5 minutes to warm up, making it an excellent test in horsemanship.
The first round of Show Jumping starts around 3’3’’ and is judged on style rather than faults. Each team will draw a list of three horses and after watching the horses warm up, choose which rider will ride which horse. There will be three people from three different teams that ride the same horse, and the competitor with the best score on the horse will move on to the second round.
In the second round the fences are higher and is judged on faults first and style second. You ride the horse you draw also against two other people from two other teams. The winner of the 3 people on the same horse will move on to semi finals, and the process continues.
In the final round there are two horses and two riders. Each rider will ride both horses and will be judged solely on faults and time around a course typically 4’3 in height. The combined score on both horses will determine the winner of the competition.
For first round dressage, all three riders on a team will be riding the test at the same time. This makes for an added level of difficulty trying to ride the test as a team rather than just concentrating on yourself. There is a team score as well as individual scores. Like in Show Jumping, each team rides against two other teams. The person with the best score on the horse they ride will move on to the second round. The team score is factored into the team standings for dressage.
From there dressage progresses the same as Show Jumping with the final round being around 4th level difficulty. The two final riders will have to ride a technical test on one horse, and a musical freestyle on a second horse. The best combined score wins the dressage competition.
As well as the riding the host country also organizes social events and cultural excursions. Attendence is mandatory.
As of now, anybody competing on an SRNC team for the United States must be a paid member of ISRO. You will need to pay a $100 deposit to ISRO before the end of the registration date of the competition you wish to attend. The deposit will be returned as soon as you get to the competition. You will also be responsible for the fee for the competition, paid directly to the competition. This fee is normally $164 Euros. Lodging for 3 nights and all meals during the competition are included in this price. Drinks can be bought on site. You are also responsible for your plane ticket, so plan early to avoid expensive tickets.