Tira will take
himself, jig, groom and groom through the obstacles. And fast it should go.
Tira wearing safety clothing obviously thinks its fun and 7ans temporarily
supplied groom, who tries not to embarrass himself totally in the turns, do
likewise. Fast small hooves thunder and the sweat begins to leak on both horses
and people before the rapid test tour is over.
Tira counts with
its 128 centimeters at the withers as a B-pony and competes in easy A in sports
driving, but in the races that take place the weekend of 20-21 August, horses
of all sizes to compete in everything from light to very high levels.
- This is the
first year we have difficult class in our competitions, where they have to
qualify for the Championship. It is great that we can organize a big
competition here - our coachmen in northern Sweden may otherwise have to travel
far to compete, says Anette Johansson in reflective vest, tournament
director, and says that they hope for a weekend where coachmen, groomer and
horses from all over Sweden's long country, and even some carriages from
neighboring countries to come to participate.
Norwegian contestant is even closer than others, their national, race.
organized by Ornskoldsvik variety equestrian club körsektion, held at the
club's outdoor courts and is said to be an exciting spectacle for both the
participants and the audience. In the days determined races in both dressage
and precision, where the horses including running on a smooth path between
cones with balls they should avoid touching down. There’s also increase the
tempo when horse and wagon on time will get around a road course with
additional obstacles. Ulrica Merikanto, from club körsektion, says that it is
all about speed, well-thought-out choices and good communication, both between
people and between man and horse. That may also be the element of competition
that is the most fun for the audience to watch the dogs in dizzying speed to
take both hooves and wheels between the cottages and telephone poles.
For the fastest
possible time to get through the course it is important to choose the right
path. How the road looks very much depends on the rig. Larger horses are
generally faster than small but has, so to speak, larger turning radius.
The carriages are
of different types, depending on class and race operations. In a two-wheel jig
is always the driver on the right side and the groom to the left, while the
placement of a marathon carriage with four wheels, looks a bit different. It
controls the driver from the middle of the cart while the groom standing at the
back and have to work hard to balance the carriage of cars cornering.
Because it goes
fast, and both horses and people on the go, the security is very important.
Officials are in place to quickly jump in and help, and both horse and equipment
checked before and after the races in order to minimize the risk of anything
happening. The wagons have quick connections to easily get off the horse and
carriage horses have shin guards, boots and men helmet, safety
- Gloves are also
a good choice, says Anette Johansson, holding up his hands and points out that
it is important both to get a good grip and to avoid injury.
- But the most
important thing is still to have good discipline, and communication with the
The contest runs
crews divided by the number of horses pulling: Enbet, couples or four horses
that are one, two or four horses in front of the cart. The contestants also
divided by size where horses and ponies competing in different classes.
A full choir
competition consists of three different parts: dressage, marathon and
precision, all to the coachman to test the skill and the horses' versatility