Equagility – New for 2017

We are now combining Horse Agility with ridden work to offer a new dimension to working with your horse. In Equagility the horse and handler complete an obstacle course then complete the same course ridden.

 

Unlike our usual Horse Agility Levels system where, as you accumulate league points you are promoted up through the levels, in Equagility you can choose the level you want to compete at each month so that if you just want to walk there’s a course for you but if you feel ready to work on a more challenging aspect you can move to another level.

 

We recommend that a saddle (with or without stirrups), bridle and neck rope or strap are worn at ALL LEVELS but this is your choice.

 

The groundwork is judged in exactly the same way as the usual Horse Agility competitions.
In the ridden part you will lose marks if the halter/headcollar rein going tight or if the bridle rein is used. The bridle is there for safety only and will lose you marks if you use it but don’t let that stop you if you have to! STAY SAFE!

 

If you use the neck rope or strap remember it is there to guide the horse lightly, if it used with a lot of pressure you will lose marks, if you need to use it to stay on the horse please do—you will get no marks for falling off! Riding ability is not judged just the free movement of the horse if he looks resistant or tense you will lose marks.

 

Marks are allocated as such: 10 marks per obstacle. 5 marks for completing the obstacle as the criteria, 5 marks for good horsemanship.
The equipment listed for each level is the equipment that you use this is not optional.

 

NOTE 1: If using a bridle either tie the reins well out of the way while doing the groundwork or put the bridle on after the groundwork section as you prepare to ride. It is better if the halter/headcollar is under the bridle not on top of it.
NOTE 2: Please instruct your camera operator to show everything we need to see (feet in hula hoop or being near enough to see the reins and rider for example, or you may well lose marks.)
NOTE 3: Minimum age of horse 3 years, minimum age of rider 7 years.

 

The Equagility levels and the equipment for each level

There are seven levels starting with very easy to extremely challenging. Just as in regular Horse Agility competitions the scores are banded so that you can gain League points as you compete. See points for each level on the next page. Remember you can work at any level each month but each horse/handler combination can only enter Equagility once each month.
The levels are very simply named after the colours of the rainbow.

 

REMEMBER: at all levels a saddle, bridle and neck strap/rope is allowed.

 

Red: Walking only.
Groundwork: using lead rein, neck rein or liberty.
Ridden: two reins attached to a halter/headcollar.
 

Orange: Walking and Trotting.
Groundwork: using lead rein, neck rein or liberty.
Ridden: two reins attached to halter/headcollar for riding.
 

Yellow: Walking, trotting, possibly cantering.
Groundwork: using lead rein, neck rein or liberty.
Ridden: two reins attached the halter/headcollar.

 

Here we have a halter/headcollar

Here we have a halter/headcollar with two reins, a bridle, saddle and neck rope. Note the reins looped onto the English saddle so they do not move away from the rider. On a Western saddle you could use the horn.

 

Green: Walking only.
Groundwork: using lead rein, neck rein or liberty.
Ridden: one rein but can change sides with the rein by passing it under the neck or throwing over the head of the horse.
 

Blue: Walking and trotting.
Groundwork using one rein, neck rein or liberty.
Ridden: one rein which must remain on one side of the horse throughout.
 

Indigo: Walk, trot, possibly canter.
Groundwork: at liberty (halter/headcollar may be left on horse).
Ridden: one rein which cannot change sides.

 

Here we have a halter/headcollar and one rein with a saddle but no neck rope. Remember you can have a saddle, bridle and neck rope at any level.

 

Violet: Walk, trot and possibly canter.
Groundwork at liberty (no halter or headcollar on horse).
Ridden: completed with no reins.

 

Here we have no halter/headcollar and a neck rope. Remember you can have a saddle, bridle and neck rope at any level.

The Equagility League Table

Every time someone competes they could win league points. These points go towards the competitor’s place in the league but are NOT added to the Horse Agility life time points. The sport of Equagility is not connected to any levels or leagues in the usual Horse Agility Club competitions.

 

All the scores and league points are collated and published on the website so that at any time competitors can see where they are placed in the league. In the event of a league points tie the cumulative scores are taken into consideration. If there is still a tie the number of wins in that season are taken into account.

 

 

Score 100-98 97-95 94-92 91-89 88-86 85-83
Red 6 pts 5 pts 4 pts 3 pts 2 pts 1 pts
Orange 7 pts 6 pts 5 pts 4 pts 3 pts 2 pts
Yellow 8 pts 7 pts 6 pts 5 pts 4 pts 3 pts
Green 9 pts 8 pts 7 pts 6 pts 5 pts 4 pts
Blue 10 pts 9 pts 8 pts 7 pts 6 pts 5 pts
Indigo 11 pts 10 pts 9 pts 8 pts 7 pts 6 pts
Violet 12 pts 11 pts 10 pts 9 pts 8 pts 7 pts

 

SAFETY NOTES

You are responsible for your own safety when you compete in Equagility do not enter a class for which you are not thoroughly prepared. The bridle is there for your safety please use it if you need to.
So that you always have the reins easy to reach loop them over the horn of your Western saddle or tie a piece of string between the D rings on the front of your English saddle and thread the reins through it. If the horse should move quickly the reins will not disappear up his neck and therefore be unavailable to you, the string will keep them within easy reach. (See picture right) Always practice in a small space this is not something to start playing with in a large open area.

 

For further information on how to start riding without a bridle see Three Minute Horsemanship (Exercises 58 and 59) by Vanessa Bee published by JA Allen, London in Europe and Trafalgar Square Books, Vermont in the USA. Available from the Horse Agility Club Shop with 10% discount for members.

 

NOTE: On line video Equagility will run from the 15th of the month to the 15th of the following month.



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