We are running a monthly introductory horse agility competition with different obstacles each month which you can use as a training exercise with feedback £3.75 – start any time or £5.00 for competition.
Entries will be marked as soon as possible after receipt and recorded on the Leaderboard throughout the month. Your results will be emailed to you as soon as they are marked.
Last entry deadline is 11.59pm THIRD Sunday of each month. (unless detailed otherwise for exceptional month)
(This month 11.59pm Sunday 19th July 2020)
For those of you lucky enough to still be able to both work with your horses in hand or at liberty (no ridden please) – The Sports Day challenge is up. (Link on the title) We will be challenging those who won last year to increase their precision. See the challenge info.
Your first entry fee can be offset when you join the International Horse Agility Club and receive 15% off your first year’s basic membership if you join through Tolt.Club and you also receive two free entries into the Online Horse Agility Competition.
The objective is to use obstacles and set up a course that will help your horse to become braver and bolder. As you go over, under, beside or through the assorted obstacles you and your horse will become more confident. In the process of teaching your horse how to go through the course, you will develop a better relationship with your horse learning to communicate with each other.
We start with simple steps and over time the challenges will grow.
There are four categories:
1: In-hand with your horse in a head-collar and leadrope.
2: Walking with your horse at liberty
3: Riding your horse
There will be 7 obstacles each month and 6 must be attempted.
A video of you and your horse doing 6 obstacles is submitted. Marks will be allocated: 5 total marks are available for how the horse tackles the obstacle and 5 marks for the handling or riding.
While you can do the obstacles in any order, the video must be a continuous sequence so that you move directly from one obstacle to the next.
5 marks will be allocated for how the horse tackles the obstacle. As we want this to be primarily a good learning experience for both you and your horse, we would encourage people to listen to their horses’ worries. For instance if your horse can’t (for now) walk within 6 feet of flags, then find the distance where he is comfortable and submit that. Or if your horse can only stand without you for 3 seconds, then fine. Your horse being calm and relaxed will get you more marks than if you insist on an anxious horse getting it “right”.
The other 5 marks will be for handling. We will be looking for a soft connection between horse and handler, where there is good communication on both sides.
While there will be prizes for our competition, the main objectives are:
- For you and your horse to get out there and ‘do-it’.
- We want to help you build better communication with your horse
- Help your horse become bolder and braver
- To improve over time
- And have fun