TARANAKI EQUITATION MEDAL CLASS
The Taranaki Equitation Medal Class is an equitation class open to Junior and Amateur (as defined by ESNZ) riders, not necessarily from Taranaki. The top 10 from each qualifying class are eligible for the Final class to be held at the January Taranaki Equestrian Jumping Show. Money to be awarded for each class, at the Final a perpetual trophy and rug will be awarded to the winner, kindly sponsored by Karen & Charlie Cotton. This season's qualifying classes will be held at Stratford A&P Show & Taranaki Equestrian Jumping January show (Sat). The Final will be on the Sunday of the Taranaki Equestrian Jumping January show.
This equitation medal class is a hybrid between hunters and jumpers. The class is similar to jumpers in that riders often have to compete over jumper type courses, but it is more like hunters because it is also subjectively judged on the rider’s style. While the horse itself is not being judged, it can influence how the rider looks and is perceived by the judge.
One round per rider to be shown over a course of not less than eight obstacles at 1.05m which must include one combination including an oxer and two changes of direction (change of lead) after the first obstacle. The top riders will be asked to come back to perform a work off to include two or more "tests". The work off may include Tests 1-19 (see below). Any exhibitor who does not participate in the testing is placed last of those exhibitors called back to test. Should more than one exhibitor fail to return for testing they will be placed at the judge’s discretion. Only one rider per horse. To fill a class four competitors must complete the course.
- Halt (4 to 6 seconds) and/or back
- Hand gallop
- Figure eight at trot, demonstrating change of diagonals. At left diagonal, rider should be sitting the saddle when left front leg is on the ground; at right diagonal, rider should be sitting the saddle when right front leg is on the ground; when circling clockwise at a trot, rider should be on left diagonal; when circling counterclockwise, rider should be on the right diagonal.
- Figure eight at canter on correct lead, demonstrating simple change of lead. This is a change whereby the horse is brought back into a walk or trot and restarted into a canter on the opposite lead. Figures to be commenced in center of two circles so that one change of lead is shown.
- Work collectively at a walk, trot or canter.
- Jump low obstacles at a trot as well as at a canter. The maximum height and spread for a trot jump is 3’ for horses.
- Jump obstacles on figure eight course.
- Question(s) regarding basic horsemanship, tack and equipment and conformation.
- Ride without stirrups, riders must be allowed option to cross stirrups.
- Jump low obstacles at a walk as well as at a canter. The maximum height and spread for a walk jump is 2’.
- Dismount and mount. Individually.
- Turn on the forehand.
- Figure eight at canter on correct lead demonstrating flying change of lead.
- Execute serpentine at a trot and/or canter on correct lead demonstrating simple or flying changes of lead.
- Change leads on a line demonstrating a simple or flying change of lead.
- Change horses. (Note: this test is the equivalent of two tests.)
- Canter on counter lead. (Note: no more than twelve horses may counter canter at one time.)
- Turn on the haunches from the walk.
- Demonstration ride of approximately one minute. Rider must advise judge beforehand what ride he plans to demonstrate.
Any questions, please contact Holli Marshall at 027 305 7137 or 06 752 1179 or email: email@example.com