SHW769. WALK & JOG WESTERN HORSEMANSHIP - Beginner: Western equipment and attire will follow as set forth in the AQHA Official Handbook with exceptions of authorized adaptations. Riders must wear a properly fitted and fastened with harness, ASTM approved protective helmet. A Western hat may be affixed over the helmet. No equipment is allowed that would in any way affix the rider to the horse or saddle with the exception of light rubber bands. Safety stirrups (covered or other approved safety stirrups) are required if rider is unable to wear boots with a heel.
SHW769.1 The following points have equal consideration in judging the class:
Use of aids
Ability to follow directions
Ring etiquette and safety
Results as shown by the performance of the horse are not to be considered more important than the manner used in obtaining them.
SHW769.2 Class Procedure. All exhibitors must work as a group (or in groups) of 10 or less. Rider will compete on the rail at a walk and jog both ways of the ring, line up and complete an individual workout. Riders will remain in the ring throughout the individual workouts.
SHW769.2.1 Individual Workout - Horses will be shown at two gaits - walk and jog. Walk from place in line around 1st marker to 2nd marker. Take up a jog and continue around 3rd marker back to 2nd marker. Stop. Back four steps. Walk back and line up. Judges are not permitted to alter the mandatory workout in any manner. Markers must be used, may be numbered. Handlers must stand with their riders in the line up. Handler may only help at judge's or ring steward's indication. People must not be used as markers no matter if they are safety stand-by spotters. A competitor with a hearing impairment may have an assistant who communicates via sign language or cue cards to the competitor so they may hear the judge's directives. This assistant will be outside the ring and their position known to the judge and ring steward.
EQUESTRIANS WITH DISABILITIES
WALK/JOG/TROT WESTERN HORSEMANSHIP PATTERN
X = Horse Handler
Walk from line up and around 1st marker to 2nd marker. Take up the jog and continue around 3rd marker back to 2nd marker. Stop. Back four steps. Walk back and line up.