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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 the Start point
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:  Rider should be balanced and have an up and forward position parallel with the tree-line. Rider's hands should be forward giving the equine his head for movement. Grabbing mane is not a perfect score.

DOWNHILL: Rider should be balanced and have a vertical position parallel with the tree line. Rider's hands should be forward giving the equine his head for movement.

SIDEPASS: Penalty if sidepass does not possess good lateral movement with hips and shoulders moving simultaneously with crossing feet (not a shuffle). 

USING ROPES:  Always hold rope in a figure 8, not coiled around your hand.  Keep rope a distance from your equine so they avoid getting tangled 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 equine his head.

BACK - Equine should back with soft neck and poll. Rider may glance backwards but a penalty will occur if balance is compromised.

TURN ON HAUNCHES (Yield Fore)- A hind hoof should remain relatively in place as the front end of the equine maneuvers around.

TURN ON FOREHAND (Yield Hind) - A front hoof should remain relatively in place while the hind end maneuvers around.

IN HAND:


USE OF AIDS: 

 

ALWAYS PLAN YOUR OBSTACLE!

Examples: