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EMT Class Descriptions

In Hand

Lead your horse through the course, no rider or saddle. This class is offered in the Novice, Youth 1, 2, 3, Adult 1, 2, 3, Open 1, 2, 3

Lead Line

A child under 6 years old as of January 1st or person that is unable to control the horse on their own is lead through the course with an adult leading the horse/pony. Helmets are required


Any Mini can enter in this class. It is offered in Level 1 or 2

Youth – Ages 6-17

Participants under 18 years old based on age as of January 1st; Minimum age to compete will be 6 years old. Helmets are required if showing under IMTCA or OQHA. There will be classes offered in the Level 1, 2 and 3, also in hand and riding for a total of 6 classes.

Adult – Ages 18 and up

Participants over the age of 18 as of January 1st. There will be classes offered in the Levels of 1, 2 and 3, also in hand and riding for each totaling 6 classes.

Junior Horse

This is defined as a horse 5 years and under as determined using the standard January 1st age progression. Riding class they must be a minimum of 2 years of age. This class is offered in levels 1 and 2 and also in hand and riding for a total of 4 classes.

Novice Division

Limited exposure to mastering Mountain Trail Obstacles. No more than 3 blue ribbons in a qualifying Trail Challenge or in the first 2 years of riding. This class is offered as In Hand and Riding for 2 classes.

Open Division

Any trainer or any age rider. This Class is offered in Levels of 1, 2 and 3 also with In Hand and Riding totaling 6 classes.

Ride One Lead One

Rider of any age will be riding a horse and leading a horse that is in a halter and a lead rope, no saddle on the lead horse.

Rider with Dog

Rider will be accompanied with their well trusted dog to go through the course with them. No leashes and dog must be able to stay with rider and go across the obstacles with the horse, directly in front of rider or directly behind horse.  Dog will have obedience commands to stay in specific places while you do some of the obstacles. Please have a ground person in case dog would wander from rider.

Levels for Each Division

Level 1

This is considered a new partnership. The rider and horse may not have established trust or are unsure about each team member’s ability to negotiate simple obstacles. Obstacles should be easy to explain to the team: basic maneuver or technique needed to complete the obstacle. The course will be at a flat footed walk.

Level 2

This is considered an established Partnership. The rider and horse are familiar with one another, exhibit trust when negotiating obstacles and are conditioned to ride a longer course. May include some jog, trot, running walks, gait, or intermediate gait up to and between obstacles, forward ground covering is encouraged; 180, 270, 360 degree on certain obstacles.

Level 3

This is considered a Partnership where horse and rider have established trust, can negotiate difficult obstacles and are conditioned to travel a longer course. May include some canter, lope, or gait up to and between obstacles; 180, 270 or 360 on certain obstacles.

Gamblers Choice

This class any one can enter. Show your skills with picking up to 16 obstacles in any order and wow the judge and the crowd with what you and your horse can do.