Sorry, I took a little break, but I'm back with a very nice course by my friend Don Lehman.
I had the pleasure of being one of the judges at the AQHA Celebration & EMO Western States Championships in Las Vegas, NV in early July of this year. This course really flew well. It was challenging and able to get a large number of horses through in a timely manner.
This course started out with difficulty with a lope spoke in obstacle 1. A very quick lead change was required at #2 and right into another challenging and different lope spoke in obstacle 3.
After all that loping the horses were required to drop down in gears to a jog and both clear poles and make sharp turns simultaneously.
Horses needed to use there fine motor skill finally in obstacles 5 and 6.
The final obstacles required jogging, stopping, backing and walk overs. Horses had to slow down and exercise caution and carefulness after a lot of steady forward motion.