Replacing a pole is a Working Equitation obstacle that may be used in the Ease of Handling or Speed trials. This obstacle is often used in combination with the Remove a Pole and Spear Ring obstacles, but it may be a stand-alone obstacle if other obstacles are performed in between the other two parts (remove/spear).
Riders are advised to avoid throwing the pole into the drum, as doing so often results in the pole bouncing out.
Execution – The pole is deposited with the butt end down in the drum. The rider may circle the drum once before replacing the pole, though this is considered less difficult than a straight approach.
The pole must be deposited into and remain in the drum. If the pole bounces out or is dropped, a member of the ground crew will hand the pole to the riders competing at Children and Introductory (L1) levels. Novice (L2/L3) level riders must dismount, retrieve the pole, and remount with the pole in hand or receive a 0 for the obstacle. Intermediate (L4) through Masters (L7) riders must dismount, retrieve the pole, and remount with the pole in hand. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.
For complete details about this obstacle and its requirements, reference the U.S. Working Equitation Rules, here.
Last update 12/31/2018