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Combined Training Award

History of 3-Day Events — The Three Day Event began with the military in 1892. It was an endurance ride without the jumps of today and covered 360 miles from Berlin to Vienna. (The winner placed with a little over 71 hours). To toughen up these horses for combat the ride “Militarie” was expanded about 1800 by the French. Horses that were expected to carry important messages to the kings were trained to master the most difficult of terrain to deliver the information in a short time and safely. The additions to the event were to prepare the horse and rider for battle and give them the power to win in combative situations.

A Morab who competes in any horse trial(s) or event(s) sanctioned by the United States Combined Training Association (USCTA) is eligible for this award. Nomination is for ONE level. This event tests the Morab as a top athlete in a sport that has been described as an “equestrian triathlon.” The horse and rider are required to compete in three phases of competition:

  1. Dressage — (a French word meaning training). It is a ride that is demonstrated on known patterns riding with precision, and obedience to exhibit high school and college level gymnastics for horses. It was used in the middle ages to allow horses to fight in combat and move by the subtle aids of the rider.
  2. Cross Country — best identified as eventing, the horse and rider gallop over obstacles and difficult terrain that the rider has seen before including water hazards, ditches, embankments, and obstacle jumps over a course of 1 1/2 miles (novice level) to 5 miles (advanced level).
  3. Stadium Jumping — consists of 12 – 15 obstacles that test the combination of horse and rider as they negotiate fences and obstacles. You must ride the course within a specified time without knocking down jump poles or committing “faults.”

At its highest levels, combined training qualifies as an Olympic Sport. Lower levels are called the “Horse Trials.” Upper levels are referred to as the “Three-Day Event.”

The military originally designed some of the events to test their horses. Known primarily for cross-country exhibitions, the exhibitor demonstrates their ability to negotiate solid obstacles that requires jumping skill.


Beginning Novice X-C and Stadium fences 2 ft 7 in, ditch 4 ft, drops 3 ft e in, 300-350 m/min (meters per minute) on cross country.
Novice X-C fences 2 ft 11 in, ditch 6 ft 7 in, drops 3 ft 11 in, 350 to 400 m/min; Stadium fences 2 ft 11 in.
Training X-C fences 3 ft 3 in, ditch 7 ft 11 in, drops 4 ft 7 in, 420 to 470 m/min; Stadium fences 3 ft 3 in.
Preliminary X-C fences 3 ft 7 in, ditch 9 ft 2 in, drops 5 ft 3 in, 520 m/min; Stadium fences 3 ft 7 in.
Intermediate X-C fences 3 ft 9 in, ditch 10 ft 6 in, drops 5 ft 11 in, 550 m/min; Stadium fences 3 ft 11 in.
Advanced X-C fences 3 ft 11 in, ditch drops 11 ft 10 in, 570 m/min; Stadium fences 4 ft 1 in.

Awards will be determined by totaling scores for each rider/Morab combination nominatied in each level.  To be granted an award, a Morab must meet the indicated Minimal Total according to Table C.

Nomination Fee: is $20.00

Grand Champion and Reserve Champion – Each Level

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