Switch Cup

Move a cup working equitationSwitch Cup is a Working Equitation obstacle that may used during the Ease of Handling and/or Speed trials.


This obstacle consists of two bending poles that are approximately 2 meters (6.5 feet in height, with an exterior base not secured in the ground. The poles are set 1.2-meters (4-feet) apart. A drinking cup is placed upside down on the tip of one of the poles. The cup must be placed on the same pole for all competitors in the division or level.

Execution – Horses and riders must enter between to upright poles at the prescribed gait and halt between the two poles. Then, the rider lifts a cup from the top of one pole and moves it to the top of the other pole. Once the cup has been positioned, the horse and rider exit the obstacle at the prescribed gait.

To avoid disqualification, the rider must lift the cup using the same hand they have used to maneuver obstacles elsewhere on the course (or, if riding one-handed, their free hand). Inconsistent use of the hands is grounds for disqualification from the trial.

If the cup is dropped, a member of the ground crew will hand the cup to the riders competing at Children and Introductory levels. Novice level riders must dismount, retrieve the cup, and remount with the cup in hand or receive a 0 for the obstacle. Intermediate through Masters riders must dismount, retrieve the cup, and remount with the cup 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