SHW770. WALK, JOG AND LOPE WESTERN HORSEMANSHIP - Advanced. Riders that choose to ride the walk, trot/jog, canter/lope classes are no longer eligible for the EWD walk, trot/jog classes. Western 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. A western hat may be affixed over the 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 (covered or other approved safety stirrups) are required if rider is unable to wear boots with heels.
SHW770.1 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.
SHW770.2 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, jog and lope both ways of the ring, line up and complete an individual workout. Riders will remain in the ring throughout the individual workouts.
SHW770.2.1 Individual Workout - Horses will be shown at three gaits - walk, jog and lope. Walk forward from lineup to begin at marker one (A). Walk to marker two (B). Lope right lead to marker three (C) and circle right at marker three (C). Continue loping past marker four (D). Stop. Side pass left. Back three (3) steps. Turn 180 degrees to left on hindquarters. Lope left lead to marker one (A). Drop to jog around marker one (A) to marker four (D). Drop to a walk. Return along rail to place in lineup.
SHW770.3 Judges are not permitted to alter the mandatory workout in any manner. Handlers must stand with their riders in the line up. 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.
SHW770.4 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, JOG AND LOPE WESTERN HORSEMANSHIP
X = Horse Handlers