The corridor will consist of poles resting on supports, small fences, or walls at least 30cm in height. They will be placed parallel to one another and spaced a distance of 1.5 metres apart. The ends are open. The corridor will be about 3.5 metres long.
At Introductory and Preparatory the obstacle must be performed at a walk. At Preliminary the obstacle may be performed at walk or trot. At Novice and above the obstacle may be performed at walk or canter.
The horse and rider transition prior to the obstacle and will proceed to the end of the corridor and halt, and the rider will ring the bell. In Introductory and Preparatory the rider will proceed forwards after ringing the bell to exit. At Preliminary and above the horse and rider will then rein back beyond the entry point to conclude the obstacle.
Riders at Novice and below will not dismount. At these levels, the rider will score a (zero) 0 (EOH) or a penalty will apply (Speed) and they will be asked to move onto the next obstacle. At Elementary and above in both Speed and EOH if the cup is dropped, the rider must dismount, retrieve and remount with the cup, and place it on the post before continuing the course. Failure to dismount and retrieve the cup will result in disqualification. Speed Phase In the Bell Corridor no halt is required when ringing the bell (at all levels).
The judge will consider rhythm, straightness, balance and confidence in approach, halt and rein back. The halt should stay immobile. A score of 7 or less will be given for:
● Incorrect rein back
A score of 5 or less will be given for:
● Moving/shifting during halt
● Bumping the obstacle
A score of (zero) 0 will be given for:
● Knocking the obstacle over
● The horse stepping over the posts/fences
● Failing to ring the bell
● Obstacle performed at wrong gait
Don’t do the same thing every time in training. Sometimes back out, sometimes walk out, sometimes ring the bell and sometimes don’t.
Make sure your horse waits for you to initiate any action.
Practice and obtain square halts out of the obstacle and bring them to the obstacle.
Square halts are an asset in all of the stationary obstacles and it’s worth the time to train them.