At the Children’s and Introductory level, the Jump may be performed at walk or trot. At the Novice level, the jump may be executed at the trot or canter. At the Intermediate level or above, the jump must be performed from the canter.
This obstacle may be used up to twice on each course (once each direction). If a horse dislodges the pole during a competition, a ground person should place the pole back on the hay bales.
The obstacle consists of a single jump in a progression of heights for each level. Standard jump rails or a solid wood obstacle (like a flower box) can be used. Bales of straw placed end-to-end are acceptable. The jump must be at least 3-m (10-ft) across and must be positioned between two jump standards with appropriate jump cups.
Children and Introductory: A single rail is placed on the ground between the jump standards; jump cups must be removed. Up to two ground rails may be set in front of the jump rail; each 1- to 1.2-m (3.5- to 4-ft) apart.
Novice A & B: Jump consists of a pair of crossed rails not to exceed 0.5 m (22 in.) at the standard and 0.4 m (15 in.) at the center.
Intermediate A – Masters: Jump consists of a solid-looking obstacle or rails set approximately 0.5-m (22 in.) high. The jump may be set up to 1-m (39-in.) high for Masters Level riders.
Execution – The horse should approach and jump over the obstacle cleanly, naturally, and with assurance. The obstacle may be required in both directions providing there is at least one obstacle in between the first and second execution.
For complete details about this obstacle and its requirements, reference the U.S. Working Equitation Rules, here.
Last update 12/31/2018