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Obstacles

More obstacles will be added over the next month!

Click on each obstacle heading for more information on each Working Equitation obstacle.

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.

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An odd number of vertical posts, approximately 2 metres in height. A minimum of five is required. Posts will be spaced in a straight line 6 metres for Masters level and between 7- 10 metres apart for lower levels. Posts will be set on a base, not sunk into the ground, to allow for give in the event a horse contacts the pole. Flags indicating entry should be placed on the appropriate side of the first post.

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This obstacle will consist of a circular inner yard and a circular outer yard with an opening to allow entry and exit. The use of live animals in Australia is not practical, so life‐size statuary representing such animals is recommended.

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The bridge should be made of wood and be of solid construction. A minimum width: 1.5 metres, minimum length: 4 metres.  The bridge will rise from flush or near flush with the ground on either end to a minimum height at centre of 20 cm, with a 1 metre slope on either end.  Rails or other barriers if used, will be affixed to or positioned next to both sides of the bridge. The rails or barriers will be a minimum of 90 cm (36 inches) and a maximum of 1.2 metres in height.

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Two stands, tables or barrels approximately 1.6 metres high.  The distance between the stands must be at least 10 metres.  The pickup item can comprise of an oil skin coat, saddle bag, hessian sack, stock

whip, Akubra hat, blanket or soft toy etc.

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Two poles approx. 2 metres high. A cup is placed upside down on top of a post.

The posts will be located adjacent to one another with 1.2 metres between them.

Junior riders the posts can be placed closer.

At the Masters level, the posts may be spaced with 3 metres between them.

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Three barrels or similar equipment arranged in the shape of an equilateral triangle with centre to centre spacing of 4 metres apart for Lead-Line to Elementary levels, and 3 metres apart for Medium through to Masters levels. Barrels can be made of any material. Can be substituted with cones if needed.

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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.

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This obstacle is an odd number of vertical posts of 2 metres height. Minimum of 5 posts for LeadLine to Elementary levels, and 7 posts for Advanced and to Masters levels.

 

The posts will be arranged in two parallel lines. The lines will be staggered equally so that the first even‐numbered post is set opposite the midpoint between the first and second odd‐numbered posts.

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This obstacle is usually run in conjunction with ‘Spear the Ring’ or with the ‘Knockball’. If it is combined into one obstacle the pick up the spearing and the deposit are all judged as one obstacle. However they can be separated into 3 different obstacles. For this reason they will be listed here separately.

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One to three supports and rings with an inside diameter of 15 cm (6 inches). At the Masters level, a ring with an inside diameter of 10 cm (4 inches) may be used.

When multiple supports and rings are used, the supports will be of varying heights between 30cm and 1.5 metres. The supports should not extend significantly beyond the ring placed on them.

This obstacle is the last in a series of three (pick up , spear ring or knockball, and deposit pole)

One open-top, well‐balanced and lightly-weighted barrel.

Wooden, bamboo or metal poles, between 2.4 and 3.5 metres in length.

A wooden pole must have a minimum diameter of 28mm.

The 2.4 metre pole is suggested for Lead-Line, Introductory and Preparatory.

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