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Horseback Riding Disciplines

  1. 2. The western phrasing for equitation. The horse and rider may be asked to do a pattern in the class.
  2. 4. This riding, developed in the United States, Canada, and Australia from the work done on cattle ranches, was originally modeled after the riding styles of the Mexican Vaqueros.
  3. 8. A remarkable combination fo art, equitation, competitive sport, and training. It can be defined as the practice of "classical horsemanship," and further described as the art of training a horse to perform precise exercise in a balanced, supple, athletic, and responsive manner. The word means "training" in French.
  4. 10. These classes ask a horse to quietly manure over several obstacles, which may include a bridge, a gate or trotting over poles.
  5. 11. This event pits a team of three riders against a herd of 30 often uncooperative cattle. The team must select out a designated two fo cows (marked with large numbers) and move them from one end of the arena to a pen at the other end.
  6. 12. These classes are judged on how graceful and well-conformed a horse can clear a jump course with no faults. Time is not a factor.
  1. 1. These classes are judged on the horse's conformation, quality and breed type. The horse is shown in-hand.
  2. 3. this is a western class that is judged on how soft and responsive the horse is. Horses should be shown on a loose rein with nice pleasant gaits.
  3. 5. In these classes, horse and rider are asked to complete a pattern, which includes spins, rollbacks and sliding stops
  4. 6. These classes are judged on how fast a horse can jump a course. The fastest clean round wins.
  5. 7. These classes are competitive events in which handlers are judged on their mastery of the skills required to show a horse at halter. The horse's quality and conformation are not considered, except as a reflection of the handler's ability to show the horse to its best advantage. Most are asked to perform a pattern that demonstrates mastery of basic handling skills, such as walk and trot in hand, back, turns of various degrees, and setup.
  6. 9. The formal art and practice of riding horses. This involves maintaining the body position that is considered correct for the type of riding involved; making appropriate use of "body aids," meaning the hands, legs, seat and upper torso; and demonstrating the mental composure necessary to control the horse and correct any mistakes he may make.
  7. 10. In this very popular Western competition, two riders work together to rope a steer.