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Three Barrels

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THREE BARRELS

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.

GAIT REQUIRED

  • At Lead-line, Introductory and Preparatory the obstacle maybe performed at walk or trot. The judge will consider the additional difficulty of the trot.

  • At Preliminary the obstacle must be performed at trot

  • At Novice the obstacle must be performed at canter with trot- or walk-through changes.

  • At Elementary the obstacle must be performed at canter with simple (walkthrough) changes.

  • At Medium and above the horse must perform Flying Changes.

The barrels will be circled as per course directives and in the order in relation to the entry of the obstacle: If the barrel to the right is first, the barrel across from the entry will be second, and the barrel to the left of the entry will be third. If the barrel to the left is first, the barrel across from the entry will be second, and the barrel to the right of the entry will be third.

The horse and rider enter between the barrels. They will perform a full circle around the first barrel of the entry. Upon completing a full circle around the first barrel, at the point halfway between the first and second barrels, the horse will change lead and perform a ¾ circle of the same diameter around the second barrel.

Upon completion of the ¾ circle around the second barrel, at the point halfway between the second and third barrels, the horse will change lead and begin a full circle of the same diameter around the third and final barrel.

Upon completing a full circle around the third barrel, the horse and rider will pass between the first and third barrel to exit the obstacle.

WEDU Rulebook V4

JUDGING CONSIDERATIONS
  • The judge(s) will consider correctness and attitude during the change of lead, the change of bend, the passage halfway between the barrels, the shape, symmetry, and precision of the circles, and the horse’s response and action.

  • If the change of lead does not coincide with the halfway point between the barrels even when it is performed with only a slight delay, the judge(s) may not give a mark higher than than satisfactory (6). When the change is performed with more than a slight delay, the mark should be lower.

  • The judge(s) will give a mark lower than 5 if the rider fails to perform the change of lead or performs the lead poorly.

  • The judge(s) will give a mark lower than 5 if a barrel is knocked over.

 

Sally Thorne comments & tips from Waikora Equestrian Retreat
Better marks are gained if all your circles are symmetrical and the same size.

Training Tips
  • Either count your steps in training or place markers on the ground to give yourself an idea of the size required. Make the circles as big as you need to accommodate your horses level of training or ability on any given day

  • Work on your rhythm  and bend at different size circles without drums before adding drums into the mix.

  • Play with spiralling in and spiralling out in your training to help with achieving and maintaining bend

  •  At intro level a good walk circle is better than a poor trot circle.

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