Drag Item is a Working Equitation obstacle that may be used during the Ease of Handling trial. This obstacle is included in the current United States Working Equitation Rules adopted by WE United in December 2016. This obstacle is not recognized by the World Association of Working Equitation (WAWE) and therefore is not included in international competitions.
As described in the United States Working Equitation Rules on page B-16, “The obstacle consists of: (1) An item to drag, which should resemble objects found in the field such as a log, a weighted skid, or a weighted sack. (2) One or two tables, drums, or upright structures approximately 1.2 meters (4-ft.) high. (3) A standard lariat (lasso, reata, rope), a minimum of 6 meters (20-ft.) long. The coiled free end is positioned on the first table. The loop end is securely attached to the drag item. The drag may be in a straight line from table 1 to table 2, a “U” from table 1 around a specified object and back to table 1, a circle around table 1, a serpentine through cones, or other pattern as designated.”
This obstacle may not be included at the Children or Introductory levels. This obstacle is performed in the walk.
Execution – Rider will halt at the first table, pick up the rope, and drag the item in the designated pattern. Rider will then coil the rope and place it on the designated table. Riders using saddles with horns may dally the rope. If the rider drops the rope, Novice (L2/L3) riders must dismount, retrieve the rope, and remount with the rope. Failure to dismount, retrieve the rope, and remount with the rope will result in a 0 for the obstacle. Intermediate (L4/L5) riders must dismount, retrieve the rope, and remount with the rope. Failure to do so will result in a disqualification.
For complete details about this obstacle and its requirements, reference the U.S. Working Equitation Rules, here.
Last update 12/31/2018