15. 3 Barrels
This obstacle consists of 3 barrels positioned in a triangle at 3 meters apart, measured from the center of each barrel. The horse canters a route through the barrels. The rider circles around the first barrel to the right, then proceeds to the next barrel, performing a change of lead over a line midway between the 1st and 2nd barrels. The rider then circles the quarters around the 2nd barrel, performs another change of lead over a line midway between the 2nd and 3rd barrels, and makes a full circle around the 3rd barrel before exiting from the same point as the entry.
Preliminary: Canter, changes through walk or trot.
Intermediate: Canter, changes through walk or trot.
Advanced: Canter, flying changes.
International: Canter, flying changes.
The attributes of the correct working horse and rider, the precision and correctness of the lead changes, and the suppleness of the horse are of paramount importance. This obstacle shows the ease of handling of the horse and his ability to perform in tight areas, while still maintaining the impulsion and tempo of the canter.