About the Classic Three Day Event
Historically, names include Jimmy Wofford, Karen O’Connor, Phyllis Dawson, Tremaine Cooper, Stephen Bradley, Colleen Rutledge, Sharon White, Natalie Hollis, Kim Meir, Steuart Pittman, Danny Warrington, John Williams, , Kent Allen, Pam Wiedemann, Max Corcoran, Jan Bynny, Steph Kohr, Kelly Williams and many more who have all volunteered at this Classic 3 Day event! That’s right, these USET riders, former Olympians, World Championship team members and upper level professionals have coached, advised, and assisted at the Waredaca Classic Novice and Training Three-Day Event! Warmly termed the ‘Quarter Star’ and ‘Half Star’, this experience that combines education and competition continues to grow in popularity and support.
Held at Waredaca Farm in Laytonsville, MD., this ‘one of a kind’ competition is in it’s 17th year at the beautiful family farm and eventing facility in the heart of Maryland’s horse country. A special treat this year will be the return of the very popular international eventing rider Eric Smiley as lead clinician. He is scheduled to assist competitors during the entire event AND offer many educational opportunities for those non participants who volunteer and are interested in the Classic format. All seminars, course walks and talks are open to all entered riders and grooms, support crew, volunteers and so on. And new this year is our partnering with the Area 2
expertly managed by Chris Donovan. Growing interest with the Young Riders over the past few years combined with the invaluable horsemanship experience this type of competition requires makes it an excellent fit!
Lots of sponsored prizes are given–check out our Awards page and be impressed!!
The 2021 Classic Three-Day Event, complete with roads and tracks and steeplechase, takes place over the four days – October 20-24. Food and beverages are provided throughout the experience. Educational seminars and demonstrations include proper horse inspection technique, cross country course walks, steeplechase practice session, conditioning and fitness seminars and more. Volunteers are welcome and encouraged to participate!
2021 Qualifications for all Classic Three Days:
LEVELS AND QUALIFICATIONS
MER (minimum eligibility requirement):
Dressage – no more than 50 penalty points;
Cross-country – no jumping penalties and not more than 36 time penalties;
Show jumping – no more than 16 jump penalties.
Novice Classic Three-day Event (N3D): Open to competitors of any age, on horses 4 years of age or older. The competitor and horse must complete four horse trials at the Novice level or higher. Three must meet the national MERs; one may have no more than 20 jump penalties on cross-country. Two of the qualifying horse trials must be completed as a combination (same horse and rider.) All qualifying competitions must be completed within 24 months of the start of the competition. The final qualifier must be completed at least 10 days before the start of cross-country. A competitor established at the Preliminary level may compete on a horse which has obtained 2 MERs at the Novice level or higher.
NATIONAL THREE-DAY EVENTS (P3D, M3D, and T3D). These competitions are conducted in accordance with the USEF Rules for Eventing and the additions and exceptions noted below.
TRAINING THREE-DAY EVENT (T3D) – Open to competitors of any age, on horses 4 years of age or older. Both the competitor and the horse as a combination must have obtained MERs at three Horse Trials at the Training Level or higher, plus an additional MER at the Training Level or higher with no more than 20 jumping penalties at obstacles on the Cross-Country test. A competitor established at the Preliminary Level may compete on a horse which has obtained 2 MERs at the Training Level or higher.
MODIFIED THREE-DAY EVENT (M3D) – Open to competitors of any age, on horses 5 years of age or older. Both the competitor and the horse as a combination must have obtained MERs at three Horse Trials at the Training Level or higher, plus an additional MER at Modified Level or higher with no jumping penalties at obstacles on the Cross-Country test. A competitor established at the Preliminary Level may compete on a horse which has obtained two MERs at the Training Level or higher. Qualifying competitions must be completed within a 24 month period of the start of the Classic Competition.
PRELIMINARY THREE-DAY EVENT (P3D)- Open to competitors beginning the calendar year of their 14th birthday, on horses 5 years of age or older. Both the competitor and the horse as a combination, must have obtained an MER at three Horse Trials at the Preliminary Level or higher, plus an additional MER at the Preliminary Level or higher with no more than 20 Jumping Penalties at obstacles on the Cross-Country test.
PARTICIPATION FOR ALL LEVELS
A. Riders must be members of the USEA (Junior, Full, Intercollegiate, or Life).
B. Horses must be USEA registered: Limited (BN,N, & T) or Full (M,P).
C. USEA Fees (Drug/Meds/Admin/Starter) shall be paid at the time of entry.
QUALIFYING TIME FRAME FOR BEGINNER NOVICE AND NOVICE LEVELS
A. Qualifying competitions for all levels must be completed within a 24-month period of the first horse inspection of the selected classic event.
B. A horse may be entered in a three-day event without having fulfilled the qualifications. An organizer, at their discretion, and as space allows, may allow entries to fulfill the necessary qualifications after the closing date.
QUALIFYING TIME FRAME FOR TRAINING, MODIFIED, AND PRELIMINARY LEVELS
Entries must be received by the end of the day on the closing date. Qualifications must be fulfilled at least 10 days before the cross-country test of the competition for which it is needed if the MER has been achieved at a horse trial.
Novice and Beginner Novice Classic Three-day Events are categorized as Eventing Tests, conducted under the same rules as National Three-Day Events and include a central emphasis on education, including supervised schooling over parts of the steeplechase course prior to the start of the test.
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