UNITED STATES WORKING EQUITATION ASSOCIATION

                                     Ease of Handling Phase

 

     

 


Table 4-1. Summary of Obstacles and Level Requirements

Obstacle

L1

(8 max)

L2

(8 max)

L3

(10 max)

L4

(12 max)

L5

(12 max)

L6

(15 max)

1.     Bridge

W

W

W

W

W

W

2.     Figure 8

T

C, SC

C, SC

C, FC

C, FC

C, FC

Circles can be any size but must be uniform.

3m (10 ft) circles

May be required to rein back.

3.     Livestock Pen

W

W or C

W or C

W or C

 C

C

4.     Water Jug

5.     Corridor Bell

W

No RB

W or C

W or C

C

C

C

6.     Remove Pole

T

C

C

C

C

C

7.     Skewer Ring

W or T

W or C

W or C

C

C

C

8.     Knock Ball

W or T

W or C

W or C

C

C

C

9.     Replace Pole

T

C

C

C

C

C

10.  Switch Cup

W

No RB

W or C

W or C

C

C

C

11.  Single Pole Slalom

T

C, SC

C, SC

C, FC

C, FC

C, FC

12.  Double Pole Slalom

T

C, SC

C, SC

C, FC

C, FC

C, FC

13.  Gate

May be required in both directions.

14.  Jump

C

C

C

C

C

15.  Side Step over Pole

W

W

W

W

W

16.  Water Ditch

W

W

W

W

W

17.  Bank Jump

W

W or C

C

C

C

18.  Cloverleaf

C. SC

C, FC

C, FC

C, FC

Additional U.S. Obstacles

19.  Move Sack

W

W or C

W or C

C

C

C

20.  Varied Footing

W

W

W

W

W

W

21.  Drag Item

W or C

W or C

C

C

C

22.  Cattle Sorting

23.  Throw Rope

24.  Ground Tie

Note: 

1.   Obstacle numbers in table are for reference only; they are not intended to indicate sequential order.

2.   W = walk; T = trot; C = canter; RB = rein back; SC = simple change of lead; FC = flying change of lead.

3.   Any reference to gait (e.g., walk on the bridge) relates to Ease of Handling phase only.  There is no restriction on gait for any obstacle in the Speed phase.

 



.  Each obstacle within the Ease of Handling Phase is scored on a scale of 10 (highest) to 0 to enable correct and logical placement of the competitors in each class. Marks can be generally interpreted as follows:

 

10

9

8

Excellent

Very Good

Good

Extra quality shown in basics, on top of correctly fulfilling criteria of movement.

7

6

Fairly Good

Satisfactory

On the right track with both basics and criteria.

5

Sufficient

Marginal

4

Insufficient

At least one major problem in basics or criteria.

3

2

1

Poor

Bad

Very Bad

Serious or multiple problems with performance in basics, criteria, or both.

0

Not executed

For each obstacle, judges will score the horse on the basis of the following:

a.   Paces:  Correctness, freedom, and regularity.

b.   Impulsion:  Willingness to move forward; elasticity of steps; suppleness of the back; engagement of the hindquarters.

c.   Submission:  Attention and obedience; harmony; lightness and ease of the movements; acceptance of contact.

d.   Transitions:  Crisp accurate transitions between gaits.

Judges will score the rider on the basis of the following:

a.   Position and seat of the rider.

b.   Effectiveness and discretion in use of the aids.

c.   Exclusive use of single hand (when applicable).

 


obstacle is 0 for L1 thru L4 competitors; L5 and L6 riders must dismount, retrieve the pole, remount and place it in the barrel. 

Note:    Obstacles 6, 7, 8 and/or 9 can be combined as elements of one obstacle.

 

a negative mark.

 


SPEED PHASE 3

 

The speed trial has been designed to show the rider’s capacities of co-ordination and anticipation and the horse’s qualities of submission, speed, attention and finesse. The Speed Phase is performed after the EOH Phase using the same obstacles as listed above, but they should be performed as quickly as possible without any concern for style or movement quality. The test involves some or all of the obstacles used in the same level Ease of Handling Phase. The award placement is based on the time taken by competitors to complete the course plus time penalties for faults. Please see the Speed Phase Guidelines for more information.

 

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