• Liberty cup becomes the Liberty Trophy
• The main OLHA league will consist only of courses completed ‘on the lead rein’ (including Advanced 1 Star course), there will no longer be a Liberty element to this league
• Competitors may join the Liberty Trophy competition at any time of the year and start competing at any level they choose
• First prize winners at each level (Bronze, Silver, Gold) get a Liberty medal.
The Liberty Cup will become the Liberty Trophy in 2014
As usual the judge is looking for free flowing movement both within and between obstacles. Treats and touch may be used to reward the horse within the obstacle but not between so that flow is maintained and there is no possibility of the food being used to keep the horse connected to the handler or that the touch is manoeuvring the horse. At any time the horse loses contact with the handler between obstacles this is called a break and one mark is deducted. This is taken from the next obstacle’s score.
There are ten obstacles in the competition Liberty Trophy competition course.
There are three levels in which to compete:
Competitors can easily see what level they are at (Bronze, Silver or Gold) by looking at the League table and seeing what their cumulative league point total is and checking it against the table below.
Bronze level is 0 – 40 Liberty Trophy league points
Silver level is 41 -120 Liberty Trophy league points
Gold Level is 121+ Liberty Trophy league points
The Bronze course is the equivalent of Starter Level
The Silver course is the equivalent of Medium Level
The Gold course is the equivalent of Advanced One Star Level
Bronze level competitors may have a headcollar and/or a neckrope* on the horse to correct and guide him but every time it is used in this way they will lose a point.
Silver level may use a neck rope with the same caveats as those at Bronze level.
Gold level will have no equipment on the horse at all.
*A neck rope is a long lead rope that forms a loop around the horse’s neck. It should ideally lie loosely on the shoulders but may be anywhere from the behind the ears to the withers. Every time this rope goes tight marks will be deducted.
Competitors may join the Liberty Trophy competition at any time of the year and start competing at any level they choose. However once they have entered at a level they cannot move from that level unless they are promoted by gaining league points within the Liberty Trophy competition. For example, a team may not enter at Gold level one month and then Bronze the next.
The league points are awarded as follows:
These league points are cumulative through the year so that competitors can rise up through the levels, they are added to the lifetime points as happens now and will affect the team level in the ‘On Lead Rein’ League and ‘Real-time’ competitions.
Everyone gets rosettes as usual and all first prize winners at each level (Bronze, Silver, Gold) receive a Liberty medal. At the end of the year the highest placed competitor wins the Liberty Trophy.