1) Use of more than one finger between reins 2) Use of two hands or changing hands on reins; only one hand may be used on the reins, except that it is permissible to change hands to work an obstacle. 3) Illegal use of romal 4) Performing the obstacles incorrectly or other than in specified order 5) No attempt to perform an obstacle 6) Equipment failure that delays completion of pattern 7) Excessively or repeatedly touching the horse on the neck to lower the head 8) Fall to the ground by horse or rider 9) Failure to enter, exit or work obstacle from correct side or direction, including overturns of more than 1/4 turn 10) Failure to work an obstacle in any manner other than 28 how it’s described by the course 11) Riding outside designated boundary marker of the arena or course area 12) Third refusal 13) Failure to demonstrate correct lead or gait, if designated 14) Faults that occur on the line of travel between obstacles, which will not be cause for disqualification, but will be faulted according to severity: a) head carried too low (tip of ear below the withers consistently) b) over-flexing or straining neck in head carriage so the nose is carried behind the vertical consistently. Three (3) points 1) Break of gait at walk or jog for more than 2 strides 2) Out of lead or break of gait at lope (except when correcting an incorrect lead) 3) Knocking down an elevated pole, cone, barrel, plant obstacle, or severely disturbing an obstacle 4) Stepping outside the confines of, falling, or jumping off or out of an obstacle with one foot Five (5) points 1) Failure to follow the correct line of travel within or between obstacles 2) Dropping slicker or object required to be carried on course 3) First refusal, balk, or attempting to evade an obstacle by shying or backing more than 2 strides away 4) Second refusal 5) Letting go of gate or dropping rope gate 6) Use of either hand to instill fear or praise 7) Stepping outside the confines of, falling, or jumping off or out of an obstacle with more than one foot 8) Blatant disobedience (kicking out, bucking, rearing, striking) One-half (1/2) point 1) Each tick of log, pole, cone, or obstacle One (1) point 1) Each hit of or stepping on a log, pole, cone, or obstacle 2) Incorrect gait at walk or jog for two strides or less 3) Both front or hind feet in a single-strided slot or space 4) Skipping over or failing to step into required space 5) Split pole in lope over 6) Failure to meet the correct strides on jog over and lope over log obstacles 29 9) Failure to complete obstacle 10) Faults, which occur on the line of travel between obstacles, scored according to severity: a) excessive nosing out b) opening mouth excessively 5.
Management, when setting courses, should keep in mind that the idea is not to trap a horse, or eliminate it by making an obstacle too difficult.
All courses and obstacles are to be constructed with safety in mind, so as to eliminate any accidents.
When the distances and spaces are measured between all obstacles, the inside base to inside base measurement of each obstacle considering the normal path of the horse should be the measuring point.
Enough space must be provided for a horse to jog (at least 30 feet) and lope (at least 50 feet) for the judges to evaluate these gaits. 6.
If disrupted, the course shall be reset after each horse has worked.
In the case that a combination of obstacles is used, the course cannot be reset until the contestant finishes the entire course, regardless of where any disruption occurs. 7.
At least six obstacles must be used, three of which must be from the mandatory list of obstacles, and at least three others selected from the list of optional obstacles. 8.
Mandatory obstacles: A.
Opening, passing through, and closing gate. (Losing control of gate is to be penalized.) Use a gate which will not endanger horse or rider.
If the gate has a metal, plastic, or wooden support bar under the opening, contestants must work the gate moving forward through it.
Ride over at least four logs or poles.
These can be in a straight line, curved, zig-zag or raised.
The space between the logs is to be measured, and the path the horse is to take should be the measuring point.
All elevated elements must be placed in a cup, notched block, or otherwise secured so they cannot roll.
The height should be measured from the ground to the top of the element.
Spacing for walk overs, jog overs, and lope overs should be as follows or increments thereof. 1) The spacing for walk overs shall be 20” to 24” (40 cm to 60 cm) and may be elevated to 12” (30 cm).
Elevated walkovers should be set at least 22” (55 cm) apart. 2) The spacing for jog overs shall be 3’ to 3’6” (90 cm105 cm) and may be elevated to 8” (20 cm). 3) The spacing for lope overs shall be 6’ to 7’ or increments thereof, and may be elevated to 8”. 4) It is highly recommended that patterns for district horse shows contain both jog overs and lope overs, in order to better prepare trail class exhibitors for the State Show.
Backing obstacles to be spaced a minimum of 28” (70 cm).
If elevated, 30” (75 cm) spacing is required.
Entrants cannot be asked to back over a stationary object such as a wooden pole or metal bar. 30 — Trail Deductions: 1.
Artificial appearance and/or unnecessary delay while approaching or going through obstacles.
Each tick of an obstacle.
Break of gait at walk or jog.
Placing both front or hind feet in a single-strided slot or space. 2. 3. 4. 40 5. Skipping over or failing to step into a required space.
Split pole in lope-over.
Stepping on a log, pole, cone, or obstacle.
Wrong lead or breaking gait at lope.
Stepping outside the confines of; falling off or out of an obstacle such as a back through, bridge, side pass, box, or water box.
Refusals, balk, or attempting to evade an obstacle by shying or backing.
Blatant disobedience (kicking out, bucking, rearing, striking).
Failure to ever demonstrate correct lead or gait, if designated.
Failure to complete obstacle. 1.
Enter arena at sitting trot. 2.
Two-track left, straight trot, two-track right. 3.
Move up to an extended trot. 4.
Stop and back; make a 900 pivot (left). 5.
Lope one (1) fast circle to the right, change leads. 6.
Lope two (2) fast circles to left, change leads. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 3-Year-Old Futurity Reining This class measures the ability of the horse to perform many basic handling maneuvers.
The horse should guide willingly without undue resistance. — c. d. e. f. g.
Stepping on a log, pole, cone, or obstacle. 17.
Wrong lead or breaking gait at lope. 18.
Stepping outside the confines of, falling off or out of an obstacle such as a back thru, bridge, side pass, box, or water box. 19.
Refusals, balk, or attempting to evade an obstacle by shying or backing. 20.
Blatant disobedience (kicking out, bucking, rearing, striking). 21.
Failure to ever demonstrate correct lead or gait, if designated. 22.
Failure to complete obstacle. Scoring Stock Horse Trail The rider has the option of eliminating any obstacle and taking a score of “0” for the missed obstacle.
A judge may ask a horse to pass on an obstacle after three refusals or for safety concerns.
Each obstacle will be scored 1-10. Trail Credits: Credit is given to horses negotiating the obstacles with style and some degree of speed, providing correctness is not sacrificed.
Horse should receive credit for showing attentiveness to obstacles and capability of picking their own way through the course when the obstacles warrant it, and willingly responding to the rider’s cues on more difficult obstacles.
Quality of movement and cadence should be considered part of the maneuver score for the obstacle. Horses should not be ridden over tarps or plastic of any kind.
Exhibitors will not be asked to drag or pull any object. 71 Stock Horse Pleasure This class serves to measure the ability of the horse to be functional and a pleasure to ride while being used as a means of conveyance from one task to another.
This horse should be well-broke, relaxed, quiet, soft, and cadenced at all gaits.
The horse should be ridden on a relatively loose rein with light contact and without requiring undue restraint.
Excessively long, floppy reins will not be given extra credit.
The horse should be responsive to the rider and make all required transitions smoothly, timely, and correctly.
The horse should be soft in the bridle and yield to contact.
Horses shall be shown individually at the walk, trot, and lope in both directions.
The walk, trot, and lope will be extended in one direction only.
Markers set up in the arena will designate gait changes.
The pleasure course shall be set to make approximately one pass of the arena in each direction.
The pattern may be started either in the left or right direction.
The order of gaits shall be: 1) extended walk, 2) trot, 3) extended trot, 4) lope, 5) stop and reverse, 6) walk, 7) lope, 8) extended lope, 9) trot, and 10) stop and back. Trot – This gait should be a square twobeat diagonal trot.
The trot should be steady, soft, and slow enough for riding long distances.
Trots which are too fast, rough and hard to sit should be penalized.
Excessively slow and uncadenced trots should also be penalized.
Extended Trot – The extended trot should show a definite lengthening of stride from the regular trot with the same cadence, which will cause an increase in speed.
This trot should be level, flat, and steady with the appearance that the horse could hold this gait for an extended distance.
Lope – This gait should be a three-beat gait that is collected, cadenced, straight and steady, and is comfortable to ride.
Stop (from both lope and trot) – The horse should be in the correct stopping position – both hocks engaged and stopping on the hindquarters.
Reverse – A horse should turn briskly and flat with front feet on the ground and holding an inside rear pivot foot.
Extended Lope – This gait should be an obvious lengthening of stride from the previous lope, be at the same cadence and cause an increase in speed.
The gait needs to be steady, quiet, and holding the increased speed while being under complete control.
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