Trail Course of the Month 12/18
The Open Championship Classes at the Desert Classic Arabian in Scottsdale, AZ exemplified a "forward motion" course. I designed the courses for this show and wanted to draw timely courses that tested a horse's ability to stay cool while being tested.
The first two obstacles showed off a horse's ability to stay careful and calm with three different tests; walk/overs, a bridge and a back. Afterwards a horse must wake up and execute a hairpin right turn at the jog in obstacle 3 (jog/overs).
After the hard right a left lead needs to be picked up to do the lope overs with a 1 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 1 stiding. Another direction swing takes place at obstacle 5 with the jog/overs that swing right. The horse then has minimum time to get into a right lead for lope overs at obstacle 6. A lot happened here in a short time.
After a series of turns, gait changes, rhythm adjustments, direction swings and striding challenges a horse must maintain its calm by negotiating the gate at obstacle 7. The course finishes up with another swing to the right with bow tie lope/overs at obstacle 8.
I thought this course had tempo and flow making it enjoyable to watch as well as ride.
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