SHW768. WALK, TROT, CANTER, HUNT SEAT EQUITATION ON THE FLAT - Advanced: Riders that choose to ride the walk, trot/jog, canter/lope classes are no longer eligible for the EWD walk, trot/jog classes. English equipment and attire will follow rules as set forth in the AQHA Official Handbook with the exceptions of authorized adaptations. Riders must wear a properly fitted and fastened with harness, ASTM approved protective helmet. No equipment is allowed that would in any way affix the rider to the horse or saddle with the exception of light rubber bands. Safety stirrups (Peacock, S-shaped irons or Devonshire) are required if rider is unable to wear boots with heels. Peacock irons are recommended in all cases.
SHW768.1 The following points have equal consideration in judging the class:
Use of aids
Ability to follow directions
Ring etiquette and safety
Results as shown by the performance of the horse are not to be considered more important than the manner used in obtaining them.
SHW768.2 Class Procedure - All exhibitors must work as a group (or in groups) of ten or less. Riders will compete on the rail at a walk, trot and canter both ways of the ring, line up and complete an individual workout. Riders will remain in the ring throughout the individual workouts.
SHW768.2.1 Individual Workout - Horses will be shown at three gaits - walk, trot and canter. Walk forward from lineup to begin at marker one (A). Walk to marker two (B). Stop. Turn 90 degrees left. Canter right lead to marker three (C). Drop to posting trot right diagonal to marker four (D). At (D), canter left lead to (C). At (C), drop to a sitting trot. Trot past (B). Stop. Turn 270 degrees to the left on the haunches. Extended trot to (D), left diagonal. Stop. Back four steps. Walk and return along rail to place in lineup.
SHW768.2.2 Judges are not permitted to alter the mandatory workout in any manner. Handlers must stand with their riders in the lineup. Handlers may only help at judge's or ring steward's indication. Markers must be used, may be numbered. People must not be used as markers no matter if they are safety stand-by spotters. A competitor with a hearing impairment may have an assistant who communicates via sign language or cue cards to the competitor so they may know the judges directions. This assistant will be outside the ring and their position known to the judges and ring steward.
SHW768.3 Scoring - Exhibitors are to be scored from 0 to 20 with 1/2 point increments acceptable. Ten points should be allocated toward overall appearance of exhibitor and horse and ten points allocated towards performance of the pattern.
EQUESTRIANS WITH DISABILITIES
WALK, TROT, CANTER, HUNT SEAT EQUITATION
ON THE FLAT PATTERN
X = Horse Handlers