5. Knock Down Ball or Spear Ring
The competitor knocks down a ball with the tip of the lance at the gait required for the level. The ball is located on the top of a base of at least 2 feet in height. Balls of a larger size should be used for Lead Line, Walk Trot, and Novice levels, while balls of a smaller size (no smaller then a tennis ball) are appropriate for the other levels. Balls should be constructed or filled (i.e. with water or sand) in a way that prohibits the ball from rolling once knocked down.
The competitor collects a ring from any location at the gait required for the level. Rings are only used at the Preliminary, Intermediate, Advanced, and International levels. Multiple rings, set in different locations, may be used.
Rings should have a minimum diameter of 4".
Young Horse in Hand - Walk, leading horse from either side according to the course directions.
Young Horse Test A - Walk, with the lance pickup, knockdown, and lance return in a straight line, not requiring any turns.
Young Horse Test B - Trot.
Lead Line - Walk.
Walk - Walk.
· Walk Trot - Trot.
· Novice - Trot.
· Preliminary - Canter, may spear ring(s).
· Intermediate - Canter, may spear ring(s).
· Advanced - Canter, may spear ring(s).
AdInternational - Canter, may spear ring(s).
The attributes of the correct working horse and rider. The horse or pony should, without hesitation, pick up the ring or knock down the ball. Knocking down the base of the ball or ring holder will be penalized.