If you are heading out to a BE80(T) competition this season, did you know that you have access to FREE support from BE Accredited Coaches who are there especially to support you? The Coaches are organised by each event to support all BE80(T) competitors at all BE80(T) hosting fixtures in the BE calendar.
To make sure you get the most out of your BE80(T) experience, whether it is your first time in the sport or you are coming back to it, read our handy tips:
Top tips for BE80(T)
1. Join in on a course walk
Before setting off to your competition, check out the event website or their Facebook or Twitter pages to find out when the BE80(T) dedicated cross country course walks are taking place during or before the event. All links to event information can be found HERE.
2. Locate your Coach
When you pick up your number at the secretary's tent, ask them to point out who the BE80(T) Coaches are at the event and where they can be found. The coaches should be wearing a bib printed with ‘BE80(T) Coach' so they should be easy to spot, but don't hesitate to ask the secretary for more information.
3. Go on - ask anything!
The coaches are there just for you and to help you grow your skills and confidence. So, even if you think your question is trivial or silly, don't hesitate to ask - the coaches have all taken part because they want to support you and they will be happy to answer anything.
Olympian Karen Dixon regularly helps at BE80(T) hosting events. “I get really stuck in with helping I have to say! I like to offer as much advice as I possibly can, so I offer advice on things as basic as how to stud up, what size studs to be using and why, plus what tack riders should be using in each phase.
“I do all this because I find it genuinely rewarding to give encouragement and watch people's confidence grow.”
4. The ultimate warm-up
The coaches will be available in the warm up area of the show jumping, make yourself known to the coach when you get to the warm up area and make the most of their expert tips before you enter the main ring.
5. Good jumping skills pay off
The Virbac 3D Worming Technical Merit rewards good jumping skills, and goes to riders that have both:
- Finished closest to the optimum time on cross country (without time penalties) in their section and,
- Achieved a clear jumping round in both the show jumping and cross country
So, make sure you pay attention to the commentators during the BE80(T) as they will announce the Technical Merit winners after each section. Read more about the Technical Merit Award or see if you have achieved it online.