F3 – Five-gait

F3 – Five-gait

This test is performed on an oval track with a minimum length of 250m.

Eligible horses

Combinations entering this test are excluded from other four- and five-gait tests at the same event.

Preliminary Round

The test is ridden groups of up to three riders on the oval track. The horses show the five gaits as instructed by the speaker as described in S2.3.2. They ride on the rein as set in the starting list.

Sections:

  1. slow to medium speed tölt
  2. slow to medium speed trot
  3. medium walk
  4. slow to medium speed canter
  5. pace

Pace is shown twice on one long side. The riders choose the long side by majority vote. In the event of a draw the speaker will decide. A combination needs to show one half of a long side to get a mark.

The mark for pace is doubled and the total number of points is divided by 6.

 

Final Round

The finalists show the required sections as instructed by the speaker as described in S2.3.2.

Pace is shown twice on one long side. The riders choose the long side by majority vote. In the event of a draw the speaker will decide. A combination needs to show one half of a long side to get a mark.

The mark for pace is doubled and the total number of points is divided by 6.

Finals and preliminary rounds with more than one horse on the track

The horses must enter the oval track at the speaker’s command on the rein on which the first section is begun (see S2.4). The riders spread themselves evenly around the oval track. The beginning and the end of each section is directed by the speaker.

During the intervals when the marks are being shown, the horses may only be ridden at walk. In order to spread out, the riders can circle at the request of the speaker, under supervision of the chief judge.

Exit via the oval track.

Left rein and right rein groups

In preliminary rounds with more than one horse on the track the riders may choose their starting rein when they enter the competition. Starting groups will be created based on the riders’ choice of rein.  When no preference is indicated, left rein is assumed to be the preference. Riders will start the preliminary on the rein specified in the starting order.

In finals, the majority of the riders determine the rein on which the first section is begun. In the event of a tie the vote of the preliminary round’s winner is doubled. If this does not break the tie, the decision is made by coin toss.

References in the text refer to the current version of the FEIF Rules and Regulations

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