If you are getting your Working Equitation education through videos and reading the rules you might be really disappointed if a judge disqualifies your due to this seemingly insignificant rule!
When riding in EOH or the Speed test, you may not pass between any elements of another obstacle unless you have already completed that obstacle.
Here is an example that could catch you off guard and cause a DQ.
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In our example the course map calls for these elements to be performed in the following order.
4. Garrocha Pick Up
5. Skewer the Ring
6. Return the Garrocha
7. Switch a Cup
During the course walk down you plan your path of travel for elements 4, 5 and 6 and you decide on your return trip to drop off the garrocha you will travel between the Single Slalom Poles, element 10. This would cause a DQ, as you have not completed the Single Slalom! Should the order of the course be changed and you have already completed the Single Slalom this is not an issue. It also would not be an issue if the course map indicates it is ok, but that is not the case here. In this case pick your route of travel so that you avoid passing between any of the elements of the Slalom, instead go around the complete Slalom.
Elements that frequently cause a DQ are the Single Slalom, Double or Parallel Slalom, the Figure 8 and especially watch the elements associated with the Garrocha!
USFWE Rules Page 14 where it states. “Riders cannot cross any obstacle that has not been performed.”
P. 56 section 3.3.F.3 states ” Crossing the line of an obstacle during the trial but before it has been performed unless specifically noted as allowed on the course map shall result in the rider’s immediate disqualification.”
P. 62 Section 3.5.C Disqualifications for the Ease of Handling & Speed Trials states, ” Crossing the line of an obstacle during the trial but before it has been performed unless specifically noted as allowed on the course map.”
Read your map and carefully plan your route to keep your Disappointment Quotient as low as possible.