Set Speed Rides
Set Speed Rides
Set Speed got its beginnings in Europe as a way to progressively develop endurance horses and riders. Distances are lower than endurance, and speeds are capped.
While the distance is anything up to 50 miles, typically they are either 12 or 25 miles.
Horses must meet a heart rate parameter of 56 beats per minute within 20 minutes of coming into either a vet check or the finish. This measurement is not scored. It's just a pass or fail check.
After the finish, and after horses have met parameter they still must return for their final vet check at 30 minutes. The heart rate that is taken at this final 30 minute check is combined in a formula along with your average speed to calculate your final score
What this means in practice is that in order to do well at Set Speed, you must travel as close to the maximum speed as possible (without going over it and thus being disqualified) while still riding within your horse's fitness level. Very steady consistent pacing on trail is quite important (similar to Competitive Trail), as it will result in lower final heart rates.
There are two ways of scoring Set Speed rides. Grading and Placing. The strategy for competitors will remain essentially the same, however in a graded ride, riders will be able to travel a bit slower and still attain a Grade 1 if the horse has a heart rate of 44 or lower within 30 minutes of the finish. In placed rides, each extra bit of speed will bring your score up, so there is a bit more incentive to go faster. Though of course, a high final heart rate will always be very detrimental to your score, so riding an unfit horse very fast is likely to result in elimination for failing to meet parameter, or a poor grade/score due to a high final heart rate.
i) General OCTRA veterinary and event rules apply, unless otherwise
ii) The Endurance score card is used
b) Objective/Purpose is to provide a unique training opportunity in a competitive
setting at a distance and speed appropriate to horse and/or rider experience,
and to test the rider’s ability to understand and demonstrate their horse’s
level of fitness.
i) Horse and rider combination is always entered at the level of the least
Set Speed Rides have no minimum distance, and may be up to a maximum of
80km (50 miles) in length
a) <u>Bronze Levels</u> – up to 50km (31 miles)
b) <u>Silver Levels</u> – 30km (18 miles) to less than 80km (50 miles)
c) <u>Gold Levels</u> – 30im (18 miles) up to and including 80km (50 miles)
<u>Horse and rider combinations</u> MUST always enter the level of the least experienced
a) Mileage earned in any mileage program recognized by OCTRA may be used.
b) Riders may enter or remain in any level for which they and their horse are
c) Horse and Rider, EACH with
i) 500 miles/800km or more on record, may enter any level
ii) 250 miles/400km or more on record, may enter Bronze or Silver Level
iii) Less than 250 miles/400km on record may enter Bronze level events.
i) Bronze Speed – 4 to 7mph (6.5 to 11.3kph)
ii) Silver Speed – 5 to 8 mph (8 to 13kph)
iii) Gold Speed – 5 to 10 mph (8 to 16kph)