In Hand Suitability
This class judges the communication between handler and equine. Handlers will enter the ring at a walk while going the first way of the ring. Entries will be asked to follow given commands on the rail both ways of the ring that may include walking, trotting, stopping, backing and turning at any gait. Handlers and equine will also be asked to execute a pattern. Patterns may include any of the above gaits as well as ground tying. Equines and handlers will be judged 70% on suitability as a team in communication and execution of rail work, 15% on pattern completion and 15% on presentation of both handler and equine.