The jump will consist of two wings, one at each end and at least two poles. Two wings, with one ground or two cross rails or one horizontal rail height as per level requirement.
If the jump is used twice there must be at least 2 obstacles in between each jump.
At Lead-Line, Introductory and Preparatory the obstacle is performed at walk or trot
At Preliminary the obstacle is performed at trot or canter
At Novice and above the obstacle must be performed at canter
Pole on Ground for intro, must not be able to roll
Cross rail for prep and prelim
Straight Rail for novice and above, moving from 25 cm in Novice to 60 cm in Masters
The horse should approach and perform this obstacle naturally and with confidence. This obstacle may be performed in both directions as separate obstacles on a course.
At Lead-Line and Introductory this obstacle will be a split pole on the ground.
If the rail has not been replaced after the previous competitor has knocked it down, the current rider may stop while the rail is replaced, and then continue with no penalty.
JUDGING CONSIDERATIONS: (JUMP)
The judge(s) will consider the confidence, bascule and continuity in action of the horse, and the rider’s use of aids in performing the obstacle.
The judge(s) will give a score lower than 5 if the pole is knocked off, or if the jump wings are knocked over.
Sally Thorne comments & tips from Waikora Equestrian Retreat
The problem of the jump is often more in the riders head than the horse!
At the lower levels it is more in the nature of a raised trot pole and can be ridden just like that. At prelim where canter is required between obstacles, the jump can be cantered over or trotted over. The levels above this require it to be performed at canter.
Use trot poles in your training. I like two on a 20 meter circle and work to maintain the same rhythm over the poles as between the poles.
Play on the circle with canter and downward transition to a trot over the pole and then back up to canter, moving up to canter over the pole and gradually increasing it to cross rail