Horse Agility & Obstacle Challenge 2017


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2017 Horse Show Dates:

Information coming by end of January.

Email your entry form to nhashows@gmail.com You can pay your entry by etransfer, cheque, or cash.

Entries are due the Wednesday before the show date to save the post entry fee.

You can compete in a horse show as a member or non member of NHA – only members will have points go towards year end prizes, as well as other membership perks.


Divisions:

  • To be determined

Agility, what to expect:

This is a pattern you complete from the ground (not riding) with your horse. You are judged based on the harmony between you and your horse along with how well your horse completes the obstacles. Each obstacle is worth a maximum of 10 points. The highest score wins. In the event of a tie, the time will be the tie breaker.

For All Agility and Liberty Classes:

  • Treats may be used as a reward. Points will be deducted if treats are used as a bribe.
  • Ties in points will use time as the tie breaker.

Obstacle Challenge – What to expect:

These are riding classes where you compete English or Western. Classes distinct in Finesse and Gamblers Choice:

Finesse class is a pattern with a maximum of 10 obstacles. Each obstacle is worth 10 points. You are scored based on the harmony between horse and human combined with how well your horse completes the obstacle. The highest score wins. If there is a tie, the time will be the tie breaker.

Gamblers Choice is where you have 3 minutes in the ring to complete as many obstacles as possible – each obstacle is worth a set amount of points (which is explained before the class starts). There is a ‘gamblers choice’ obstacle. This is an obstacle that is worth extra points, but if you attempt this obstacle and are unsuccessful then you lose those points. For all of the other obstacles you can attempt them and will not lose points if unsuccessful. You can also earn up to 10 Partnership Points. These are points awarded for good partnership and unity with the horse, showing your ability to use natural horsemanship even under pressure. The person with the most points wins. If there is a tie, the placing is shared.


How will it be judged?

See the ‘How will it be judged?’ document for more information.


Classes Explained:

  1. Novice Agility:  Is intended for the beginner/novice horses or handlers. The pattern will only ask for walk and/or trot. There will be a maximum of 10 obstacles. Example tasks include things like: walking over a tarp, going under ‘car wash’, backing up straight in between two poles or an L shape, walking/trotting over poles/logs, walking over a small bridge,  2 hooves on a pedestal, or walking over a teeter tauter. If you enter this class you may not enter Open Agility or Liberty with the same horse.
  2. Open Agility: these patterns may ask for canter. Example tasks include sending your horse over a jump, cantering your horse, 4 hooves on a pedestal, or sideways over an object. If you enter this class you may not enter Novice Agility with the same horse.
  3. Novice Liberty: This is an introduction to liberty (no rope attached). The halter stays on and you may do some touching of the horse to support as needed. The pattern will be similar to the Novice Agility class.
  4. Open Liberty: This pattern will include obstacles very similar to the Open Agility class and it is expected the handler can complete the tasks without touching their horse. If you enter this class you may not enter Novice Agility or Novice Liberty with the same horse. You will not be asked to canter, however your horse may canter – for example you could be tasked to have your horse complete a jump, but you can choose at what speed/gait.
  5. Thoroughbred Agility: To enter this division, your horse needs to be a registered Thoroughbred. You do not need your horse’s papers but you need to register with your horse’s registered Thoroughbred name and provide their year of birth.
  6. Novice Finesse Obstacle Pattern: this division is geared towards beginner and novice horses or riders. Classes will be at walk and trot only. Example obstacles include putting mail in a mailbox, walking over a tarp, putting two hooves in a water box, putting 2 hooves on a pedestal, walking over a sm
    all bridge, backing up between two poles, or going under a cowboy curtain. You cannot enter Open Obstacles with the same horse if you enter Novice Obstacles.
  7. Open Finesse Obstacle Pattern: this division is geared towards intermediate and advanced horses and riders. All speeds are permitted. Example obstacles include: putting 4 hooves on a pedestal, crossing a ditch, going through a gate, sideways over a log, backing up through a zig zag, dragging a sled, or ground tying your horse. You cannot enter Novice Obstacles with the same horse if you enter Open Obstacles.
  8. Thoroughbred Finesse Obstacle Pattern: This class is set at the Novice level. To enter this division, your horse needs to be a registered Thoroughbred. You do not need your horse’s papers but you need to register with your horse’s registered Thoroughbred name and provide their year of birth.
  9. Novice Gamblers Choice: this division is geared towards beginner and novice horses or riders. Classes will be at walk and trot only. Example obstacles include putting mail in a mailbox, walking over a tarp, putting two hooves in a water box, putting 2 hooves on a pedestal, walking over a small bridge, backing up between two poles, or going under a cowboy curtain. You cannot enter Open Obstacles with the same horse if you enter Novice Obstacles.
  10. Open Gamblers Choice: this division is geared towards intermediate and advanced horses and riders. All speeds are permitted. Example obstacles include: putting 4 hooves on a pedestal, crossing a ditch, going through a gate, sideways over a log, backing up through a zig zag, dragging a sled, or ground tying your horse. You cannot enter Novice Obstacles with the same horse if you enter Open Obstacles.
  11. Stakes Gamblers Choice: this class is open to all riders. There will be a large selection of obstacles ranging from beginner to advanced. Each will be worth a different amount of points (see Gamblers Choice information above). There is prize money only for this class (see information under prizes). If there is a tie, the prize money will be split. For example if there is a tie between two people for 1st place, then these riders will split the prize money from 1st and 2nd place. The next place will receive 3rd. It is the same format as the other Gamblers Choice classes.

Prizes:

  • Placing to 6th place
  • The Stakes Gambler’s Choice (Class 11) will have 50% of all entries added to the prize money plus an extra $25 for 1st, $15 for 2nd, and $10 for 3rd added prize money. The prize money will be divided up as follows: 1st place = 30%, 2nd place = 25%, 3rd place = 20%, 4th place = 15%, 5th place = 10% with the additional money added to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Minimum 5 entries to run this class.
  • Champion and reserve champion ribbons/prizes awarded to each division at every show and year end champions and reserve champions awarded for each division.

Location & Obstacles:

Partridge Horse Hill at 531 Hwy 35 in Pontypool, Ontario.

The show will be held indoors in the event of rain.

For more information about the Facility visit www.partridgehorsehill.com

To view photos of the obstacles visit our Gallery


 

Additional Information:

  • You will be able to practice the obstacles from 8am-9am prior to the show start – with the exception of the gambler choice obstacle. You/the horse must be registered in the show to practice.  
  • You may compete as a NHA member or not – however only NHA members will have points accumulated for year end awards. You can become an NHA member at the show
  • You need to have liability insurance (an Ontario Equestrian Federation membership https://horse.on.ca/, a Canadian Recreational Horse & Rider Association membership http://crhra.ca/, or insurance purchased separately from your provider).