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Challenge

Junior

Facebook Challenge.

FREE video competition.
Open to all.
Opens - January 22nd
Closes - February 7th
Videos should be uploaded to Equine Agility UK Facebook Group page.
Rosettes to all
Open to all Juniors 14 years and under.
Equines must be 2 years old to compete.
The aim of our video challenges is to help bring about a better understanding of the obstacles and to increase knowledge and awareness of the principles of Equine Agility UK and off course to have FUN with our equines !
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S - Bend

Lets get this right !

Equipment.

6 poles
3 different lengths - as above.

Requirements.

Handler and equine to halt at the entrance.
Handler to step in front, and face the equine.
Take a moment to connect, breathe, get those shoulders down and relax.
Proceed to negotiate the obstacle.
Throughout this obstacle the handler must remain facing the equine and walking backwards.

Aim.

To successfully negotiate the obstacle without either the equine/handler touching or stepping out of the poles.

Finesse.

The handler should remain soft and relaxed throughout, creating a relaxed rope contact with the equine.
The handler should remain focused throughout, helping the equine to focus and successfully negotiate the turns.

Horsemanship.

This is an exercise in "energy" control.
The position of the handler in front of the equine helps the equine to stay focussed.
The handler should "push" the energy back towards the equine if he is trying to rush, and draw the energy back to encourage him forward. 
Feel your feet and move with soft knees.
Good timing from the handler is essential.

The judges point of view.

I am looking to see a partnership that is focused and working together.
The handler being able to remain focussed herself and able to keep the equines attention  and focus.
The overall appearance should look relaxed and fluent.
I am looking for quality in the turns, with equine stepping under himself and not shuffling from side to side ( this may take some practice, especially with an older horse, it is not athleticism that is required, just correct movement.)
The equine should not look as though he is pushing through the handler and trying to rush.
Partnership is priority, the handler asking, the equine responding, mutual communication.