Up Hill



Horse and rider will be asked to climb a hill.


  • Pole or marker placed on ground – horse must stop before proceeding
  • Markers placed such that the path up the hill is in a zig zag pattern
  • Transition of gait mid way through hill

How is it Judged?

  • Unless otherwise directed horses should calmly walk up the hill
  • Rushing will be penalized
  • Rider should be in an up and forward position allowing the horse full range of their head and neck
  • Penalty for the rider balancing on the horse’s mouth
  • Riders may grab mane for balance
  • Western riders may place hand on horn to protect body
  • Faltering or Stumbling incurs highest penalty as horse should display athletic ability