CURCA (the Canadian Universities Riding Clubs Association) is the official representative organisation for Canadian Student Riding, re-organised in 1997 as a member of the Association Internationale des Etudients Cavaliers (AIEC), and is run for, and exclusively by, students. AIEC was founded in 1984 and since its registration as a non-profit association in 1988, thousands of international student riders have enjoyed the unique experiences of the competitions throughout the world. The purpose of AIEC is to support, to develop and to coordinate the international university equestrian sports and to develop and improve the cooperation and understanding between the national associations of university equestrian sports.
A typical first and third round show jumping course.
A Student Rider Nations Cup is an international dressage and show jumping event where riders from all over the globe come together to compete. Horses are provided by the host national and are distributed via "Luck of the Draw". Riders are each given a five minute warm-up for dressage and two practice jumps prior to show jumping rounds. Three riders from three countries will each ride the same horse once and the best score advances to the next round in a knockout style competition.
Each succeeding round of competition becomes increasingly more challenging and requires horses of different calibres. Upon reaching the fourth and final round, remaining riders must each compete on two different horses to determine the winner. Because the riders are not riding their own horses and have very limited time on the horse before they ride, the competition rewards riders for their individual skill and challenges their ability to adapt to new horses in very truncated amounts of time.
Team dressage test at WUEC South Korea 2010.
The first round of dressage is ridden as a team test. In all subsequent rounds, riders compete individually. The final dressage round involves both a technical test at the Prix St. George level as well as a freestyle test to music. For show jumping, the first two rounds are judged on a combination of rider style and faults, similar to jumper equitation and medal classes. The third and final rounds are run under Table A Speed formats, based solely on faults and time, and may reach heights up to 1.40m/4'7.