Speed

The Speed phase is part of a 3 phase competition which is typically included in live events. We will be running this phase every other competition. This will give you the opportunity to experience the addition of this round in the Ease of Handling course as a test of the efficiency of your partnership together in the obstacles.

Navigation on the course is at your discretion, but you are advised to maintain the confidence of your horse by keeping the pace and ease of execution in mind so as not to jeopardise your Ease of Handling training. You cannot exceed the gait of the obstacles that are required for your level. Think about travelling on shorter more efficient lines to save time, especially on a small course. You can be creative in your execution of the obstacles as long as you meet the requirements.

The speed round may also have obstacles removed or executed differently from the Ease of Handling round, or a different order of obstacles in a competition. In our case we are keeping the same course with some different requirements in the speed round.

Requirements

Competition #9 has a speed phase for Preparatory, Preliminary, and Novice levels.

The course needs to be as accurate as possible, so you will need to use the course measurements for the level as per the Ease of Handling page. The speed round uses the same Ease of Handling course with some modifications as below:

Preparatory

There is no requirement to do a circle in the pickup garrocha – knock ball – drop off garrocha obstacles. You must ride it in the direction shown by the arrows on the course map here:

The jug lift obstacle has been removed.

You must have 3 steps of walk within the bell corridor (this is a change from WEDU rules where a halt is required).

Preparatory rounds cannot do a gait faster than a trot. If more than 3 strides of canter are seen in a round then you will receive a time penalty.

PreLIMINARY

There is no requirement to do a circle in the pickup garrocha – knock ball – drop off garrocha obstacles. You must ride it in the direction shown by the arrows on the course map here:

The jug lift obstacle has been removed.

You must only do the obstacles at a maximum pace of trot otherwise a time penalty will be given. Canter is allowed in-between.

PreLIMINARY

There is no requirement to do a circle in the pickup garrocha – knock ball – drop off garrocha obstacles. You must ride it in the direction shown by the arrows on the course map here:

The jug lift obstacle has been removed.

You can only do the slalom at a maximum pace of trot otherwise a time penalty will be given.

How is this round scored?

The phase placings will be done based on time, starting when you enter through the start flags until you pass through the finish flags.

Where a gait is required at obstacles or in-between, an inappropriate gait will receive a time penalty. The obstacle start and end are at the point of entry and exit if there are no transition markers.

All levels are required to do no faster than trot in the slalom from the point of the horse’s nose reaching the first pole to the point of the hind legs passing the end pole. The transition needs to be outside of the obstacle otherwise penalty time will be incurred.

There will also be time penalties for errors in the obstacles.

At the higher levels (Preliminary and Novice in our case) you are expected to finish each obstacle and the rider must return any parts that have been knocked over (by dismounting if necessary), such as the rope dropping on the ground or garrocha pole falling out of the barrel on deposit.

As for the Ease of Handling round you will be disqualified for doing a course in the wrong order or direction of entry indicated on the course map, or passing through the finish flags before the course is completed.

You need to salute the judge before and after the speed round otherwise, there is a 5 sec penalty time added for missing the salute.

The final scores will be points based on the placings of each competitor in order of lowest time. The points earned in each phase are combined to produce the overall points and competitor placings.