The Speed phase of Working Equitation is to test the speed, agility, athleticism, and submission of the horse and the balance, aids, and seat of the rider.
1 The obstacles used in the speed phase are the same obstacles that are allowed at each level of the ease of handling with the exception of the Jug. (See Ease of Handling) The horse and rider must enter and leave the arena at the walk.
2 The judge will signal the rider to begin by the ringing of a bell or blowing a whistle. Failure to begin with 45 seconds after the signal will result in elimination. Starting before the signal will result in elimination.
3 The timer for the speed class starts running as soon as the horse's nose crosses the starting line and the timer is stopped as soon as the horse's nose crosses the finish line. When manually timed, two timers must be used for each rider. The same two timing devices and people must be used for each competitor in a class. Timing devices and people can only be changed between classes. When timed with an electronic timer, a manual backup timer must be used.
4 Obstacles can have tennis balls on any part of the obstacles that when dislodged by the horse or rider hitting the obstacle will incur 10 sec added onto their time for each occurrence. Knocking down part of, or the entire obstacle, will result in a 20 sec penalty added for each occurrence.
5 Riders will walk into and out of the arena for the speed phase.
(See Also General Disqualifictions)
1 Starting the course or passing through the start flags before the judge has given permission by ringing a bell or blowing a whistle.
2 Not starting the course within 45 seconds of the whistle or bell starting signal.
3 An error in the course. (Example, skipping an obstacle or doing the obstacles out of order).
4 Three refusals on the same obstacle.
5 Non-completion of an obstacle.
6 Failure to pass through the obstacle flags.
7 Refusal of more than 15 seconds to perform an obstacle.
8 Obviously showing an obstacle to the horse or attempting an obstacle before the test has begun.
9 All four of the horse's feet leaving an obstacle.
10 Fall of the horse or rider.
11 More than three complete strides of canter in the Walk Trot or Novice Speed phase.
12 Not walking into and out of the arena.