Figure 8

FiguFigure 8 between drums Working Equitation obstaclere 8 is a Working Equitation obstacle that may be used during the Ease of Handling and/or Speed trials. This obstacle may be used at all performance levels.

To complete this obstacle, the horse and rider enter between the drums or markers with the red flag on their right side and circle the right drum. As they pass through the center of the two drums, they change their bend and, if needed, canter lead, and circle the left drum. The horse and rider enter and exit the obstacle in the same direction of travel.

At the Advanced level, competitors must complete the obstacle by backing the same pattern at the conclusion of their forward figures.

At the Children’s and Introductory levels, this obstacle may be completed at the walk or trot. At the Novice A level, this obstacle must be performed at the trot. At the Novice B, Intermediate, Advanced, and Masters levels, this obstacle must be performed at the canter.

Two drums or upright barrels, placed 3 meters (10 feet) apart as measured from the center of each drum. The obstacle number should be placed on or near the first drum.

Figure 8 Between Drums Working Equitation Diagram

Execution – The horse performs a circle around the righthand drum. Upon completing the turn, halfway between the drums, the horse will change direction and begin a circle of the same diameter around the left-hand drum. When completing the second circle, the horse must pass between the drums to exit the obstacle. The circles must be uniform in size with the change of lead and/or bend on-center between the drums. A circle size of 3 m (10 ft) represents the highest degree of execution. The Advanced (L6) and Masters (L7) levels may be required to rein back through the obstacle after the initial circuits in the forward direction. The first circuit in reverse must circle the drum on the right. If this option is included, it must be indicated on the course map.

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

Last update 12/31/2018