Student Riding Nations Cup

International student riding is a different and fun way for university students to compete, meet new people, and gain new and exciting experiences all over the world. Student riding draws members from all 5 continents and there are approximately 15 active member countries that attend AIEC competitions each year. The format of student riding competitions is different to that of an ordinary competition since riders compete on unfamiliar horses. Moreover, they only compete against riders drawn on the same horse. They are team competitions, comprising both dressage and show jumping disciplines, each team consisting of 3 riders.

Typical Competition

In most cases, the competition starts on a Thursday with the arrival of teams. The first night kicks off with a Welcome Party once the riders and supporters have all arrived. The Friday consists of the first and second rounds of dressage. In the first round, the entire team enters the arena together to ride a synchronised program. The riders are judged both individually and as a team. A Theme Party takes place on the Friday night. The Saturday consists of the first and second rounds of show jumping. The first round is judged on style and the second round on style and faults. A Black Tie Gala Dinner takes place on the Saturday night, and at some point during this three course meal, the semi-finalists are announced. The Sunday consists of the semi-finals and finals of both dressage and show jumping. The individual and team winners of each discipline are announced during the Prize Giving Ceremony. Each participating rider is required to attend the prize giving for recognition of their participation in the competition, regardless of their results. Many riders and supporters choose to stay beyond the official end of the competition for the Extra Night, and depart on the Monday morning.

Dates 2024:

The Netherlands 5-7 July

Switzerland 22-25 August

More reading about this on AIEC website or SAR website.