Remove Pole

Jill Hamman-Bannister and Omni's Easy Jet
Jill Hamman-Bannister and Omni’s Easy Jet

Remove pole is a Working Equitation obstacle that may be used during the Ease of Handling or Speed trials at any level.

As outlined in the United States Working Equitation Rules published in December 2018, “This obstacle must be used in conjunction with Replace Pole (#7). The Spear Ring  (#6) obstacle is not required but may be included in the sequence. When used in sequence with Remove/Replace Pole, they are considered and scored as a single obstacle. If other obstacles are encountered between them, they are scored separately (e.g., if the Remove Pole and Spear Ring obstacles are performed in sequence and another obstacle is performed before Replacing Pole is encountered, then Remove Pole and Spear Ring are considered a single obstacle, and Replace Pole  is considered a separate obstacle).”

An open-topped drum or barrel with a 2.5 – 3.5 meter (8-11.5 foot) long pole set upright inside. The tip of the pole should be clearly marked with a taper or with distinct color.

Execution – To complete the obstacle, the horse and rider approach the open-topped drum in the working gait required for their level. While passing by the drum, the rider removes the pole from the drum without an interruption of forward movement.  The rider may circle the drum once before picking up the pole, though this is considered less difficult than a straight approach.

If the rider drops the pole during the course of this obstacle:

  • At the Children and Introductory levels, a grounds crew person may retrieve the dropped pole and hand it (butt end down) to the rider.
  • At the Novice levels, a rider may dismount and retrieve the pole or continue on the course without retrieving the pole, but receive zero points for the obstacle.
  • At all other levels, the rider must dismount, retrieve the pole, remount with the pole in hand, and continue on the course. 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