Jug is a Working Equitation obstacle that may be included during the Ease of Handling trial. This obstacle may be used at all competition levels but is not used during the Speed trial at any level.

This obstacle consists of an empty jug with a handle placed on top of a table, about 1.2 meters (4 ft) high. The table may be another common material such as a drum, barrel, or stack of hay bales provided the surface is flat.

Execution – The rider approaches the table in the prescribed gait, halts with the rider’s leg even with the table, raises the jug above his/her head, and replaces the jug on the table. The obstacle must be approached from the numbered side. The rider may stop at any position around the table as long as the obstacle is approached from the numbered side.

The horse must depart at the same gait as it approached the obstacle. If there are entrance and exit flags for the obstacle, these flags are considered transition points.

If the jug is dropped, a member of the ground crew will hand the jug to the riders competing at Children and Introductory levels. Novice level riders must dismount, retrieve the jug, remount and replace the jug on the table. Failure to dismount, retrieve the jug and remount will result in a 0 for the obstacle. Intermediate A through Masters riders must dismount, retrieve the jug, remount, and replace the jug; failure to do so will result in disqualification.

Assessment Criteria (EOH) – The Judge will evaluate the manner in which the horse approaches and remains immobile next to the table without showing any fear and trusting the rider’s use of aids. The jug, when placed on the table, must remain upright. Any jarring movement against the table will result in a lower score. Intermediate A through Masters level riders will receive a higher score for approaching the table at canter with a good canter-to-halt transition.

For complete details about this obstacle and its requirements, reference the U.S. Working Equitation Rules, here.

Last update 12/31/2018