XV Vislatvijas Zirgu dienas

XII Latvian horse days
Sunday, starts at 9.00

9:00 Competitions for pony riders: Competition Nr. 10 –Conduction tasks for children with I and II group ponies/horses (walking, trotting).
9.00. Competitions for pony riders: Competition Nr.11 - Obstacles height 65 cm, speed competition.
~11:00 Competitions for pony riders: Competition Nr.12 - Obstacles height up to 40 cm. Ideal time competitions for riders up to 10 years old. Competitions with a time norm, which is called “ideal time”. Penalty points for failure to achieve the “ideal time” are not awarded. If the “ideal time” is exceeded, then one penalty point is awarded for each four seconds that have begun. The best result will have the athlete whose result – penalty points, the difference between the made time and the “ideal time” – is the smallest.
~11:45 contest for spectators
~12:00 Figural riding show - figural riding is like a beautiful dance, in which four horses form different shapes on riding arena, showing the elements of a classical dressage school. If we look for a comparison for dressage, the most suitable sport would be figure skating, as in dressage a horse guided by a rider also performs certain movements in certain places of the arena. Riders create their own scheme, i.e. a dance, and start to the music of their choice.
.~12:20 Relay race for riders (with ponies) and grooms. (Competition No. 13)
~13:00 contest for spectators
~13:10 “Horse school” show- Horse school-riders representatives Laima and her horse Reskadors demonstrate the foundations of classic dressing. Collaboration between horse and rider is based on horses' natural training, which allows inventory to be used only as a tool for refined horse guidance. Laima and Reskadors have studied classical dressage from masters Marius Schneider, Manolo Mendez and Helene Arianoff.
~13:30 Competition No. 14* Obstacles height from 130 cm, contest „Strength and skill”. The aim of this competition is to demonstrate the horse’s ability to clear 4 to 6 different obstacles. Officially international high-jump competitions in the equestrian sport are named after the French word for “power” –“puissance”. High jump competitions will be held on the outdoor arena and on the riding arena. They usually involve five rounds where horses jump over one or more show jumping obstacles and the last – the highest obstacle. In each round, the obstacle is raised until the best rider/horse pair who clears the maximum height is identified.
~14:30 Agility dog show. Agility is a sport for dogs, the “little friends” of horses, its rules to a certain extent are similar to the show jumping rules. For example, only a handler without a dog can inspect the course of the agility competition. The task on the competition course is to complete the route in the shortest possible time and without faults. It only seems easy at a casual glance – on the competition route handlers can only give dogs a voice command or a hand signal, dogs run free, without a leash. There is also a certain order of clearing the obstacles in the agility competitions. Dogs of various size, age, gender, pedigree and non-pedigree dogs can participate in the competition. Depending on their size and age, they compete in different groups.
~15:00 contest for spectators with wooden horses
~15 :15 “Horse school” show
~15:40 Cariiage driving show
~16 :20 Figural riding show
~17:00 Competition No. 15 Obstacles height up to 90 cm Masks and Music The riders take part in the competitions in colourful glamorous attire – ladies in fancy blouses and dresses, and gentlemen in bright shirts. The riders will complete the course to the music of their choice. The choice of the attire is an opportunity to get creative and make the event colourful. The competition organisers have prepared prizes for the ladies and gentlemen dressed in the most interesting and fun outfits.
• Excursions to the stables. Within a short time frame, a determined group of equestrian sports enthusiasts has completely transformed a potato field in order to prove that in Latvia this sport can be practiced qualitatively, professionally and successfully. See and feel this change by participating in excursions to the equestrian centre that would be interesting for both adults and children. During the excursion you will go around the territory and see the largest riding arena in Latvia, outdoor sand arenas, horse stables, a wonderful landscape, relax in nature’s lap, and get acquainted with the school’s inhabitants – horses and ponies.
• Riding a pony for kids and face painting. All young visitors are invited to our kids’ corner to the face painting master classes where the artist will paint the children’s faces allowing them to get the feel of different animals! Pony rides around the pond will take place all day long!
• Rabbit Town and Inflatable Attractions. We invite everyone to get to know the rabbit life by visiting a rabbit town and play with real rabbits! Inflatable attractions for children also will be available all day long!

* The organizer reserves the right to change the event program. This program includes provisional starting times of the shows.

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