πŸ† Horsemanship Challenge

How to get your entry ticket?

Competition opens Saturday the 4th of September at 6pm.  There are two groups, for this competition:

  • Group A – 9am Sunday 3rd of October – Click Here
  • Group B – 11am Sunday 3rd of October – Click Here 

Only one entry allowed by ticket holder to either the 9am or the 11am group time.

Who will be judges be for the competition?

 Josh Knight & Syke Liikanen

What are rules for the competition?

The horsemanship challenge is open to all riders. It is a fun way to challenge yourself and test your partnership with your horse.

There are two elements to the horsemanship challenge: firstly there will be between 10 obstacles to cross. There will also be a work out component where each rider can demonstrate their dry work skills by riding a pattern.

Each obstacle will be scored out of 10 – A score of 8 or 9 indicates the horse rider team had an outstanding Approach, Obstacle and Departure.  A perfect ride would achieve a score of 10.

This is a timed event with the fastest completion of the course scoring extra bonus points. However speed without control will be marked down. The judges will reward good horsemanship over all other factors.

The judges will be looking for you to cross through or over each obstacle with minimal hesitation or resistance from your horse. On the obstacle, the judge is looking for a horse working on a loose or soft rein.  Crossing straight will also be considered and you will be marked down if your horse steps off the obstacle before completion.  The approach to the obstacle is also very important and you can be marked down if your horse ducks and dives on the approach to it.  Departure from each obstacle is also important and you may be marked down if your horse looks to be running away from the obstacle.  If an obstacle went well, the judge would expect to see a smooth exit and an efficient line being established to the next obstacle.

The upward transition should be smooth and on the correct lead for the line of travel. Leads are really important here but may not always happen within the parameters of the obstacle. A lot of riders trot out and acquire the new lead on the way to the next obstacle. That correct or incorrect lead will be judged in the overall horsemanship category.

Balance, cadence and confidence are what the judge wants to see coming into and out of obstacles. Smoothness up and down through the gait transitions.

In the dry work component the judges will be looking for a horse that is willingly guided. Correct leads and minimal resistance through change of gaits and stops.  Simple lead changes are acceptable.

What are the age restrictions?

Minimum age is 12 years old at the time of the event.  Everyone under the age of 18 at the event must wear a helmet.

When will be the presentation be? 

The presentation will be straight after the second group.  Those top three in the first group will be asked to come back at the end of the second group for the formal presentation.

What if you can no longer make it?

Please notify us via email at [email protected] as soon as possible. Your place will then be given to the next person on the waiting list. If this occurs during the event please report to the Customer Service Desk and notify them of your withdrawal.

Will there be any fee for entering?

No fee, it’s included in your ticket price (please ensure you include your ticket number at check out, unless you are purchasing your ticket at the time of entering this competition then leave it black).

When do entries close?

Entries will closed when the allocation has been completed, once your order has been processed you will get a ticket number to the competition.

1 thought on “πŸ† Horsemanship Challenge”

  1. Hi CG peeps, Where can I find the list of competitors? I thought I put my name down for the 11 am Sunday Comp. Ticket # 272 077 1546.

    Cheers Nancy Clarke. 0407 033 598

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