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Trail Challenge Obstacle Course

Recreational Competition

JUDGING CRITERIA

 

RECEIVING SCORES

 

RANGE SCORE
ZERO / ONE Fall, Pass, Did not get past the start point 1 Passed Go (no $$)
PARTIAL CREDIT Bless your heart Not "Purdy" Close but no Cigar
AVERAGE RESULTS Okay Average Almost Good
ABOVE AVG RESULTS Good Excellent  10 Perfect

 

GENERAL JUDGING CRITERIA:

 

SPECIFIC MANEUVER JUDGING CRITERIA (general judging criteria applies)

GATE: Maintain control of the gate at all times by keeping one hand on the gate.

MOUNT: Mane and saddle may be used as a point of contact for 'gentle' balance.  The reins and saddle may not be used with any use of force or leverage. Rider is to land softly in the saddle.

UPHILL: A rider going uphill needs to stay balanced by maintaining an up and forward position parallel with the tree-line. 

DOWNHILL: You will incur point deductions if your weight is forward in the saddle.  You should display a balanced seat while going downhill.

SIDEPASS: Judges will be looking for crossing over of feet, shuffling will incur point deductions.  The front and hind of the horse should  move laterally simultaneously.

USING ROPES: Wrapping a rope around your hand will incur point deductions.  Always hold coiled rope in your hand.  Keep ropes a distance from your horse so they avoid getting tied up in them.  Never dally rope on the saddle horn.  A half dally providing leverage is acceptable.

JUMP - Rider should have eyes forward, seat raised forward out of the saddle, heals down with feet under them (not swayed back), and hands forward giving the horse his head.

BACK - Horse should back with soft neck and poll. Points deducted if looking backwards or to the side causes the rider to be off balance.

TURN ON HAUNCHES - One hind foot should remain still as the remaining parts of the horse maneuver in a circle.

TURN ON FOREHAND - Front hooves should remain relatively in place while the hind end maneuvers around the front end.

HANDS ON REINS: 

 

ALWAYS PLAN YOUR OBSTACLE!

Examples: If you are required to pick up a an item, situate your horse to minimize leaning (causing unbalance and risk); If you are required to turn on the haunch in a box, pay attention to place your horse's hind feet towards the center of the box so the front feet can maneuver around the haunch without touching the box.