B. This class will be judged on the performance of the pony over obstacles, with emphasis on manners, response to rider and attitude.

C. Credit will be given to ponies negotiating the obstacles with style, without hesitancy, and to ponies showing the capability of picking their own way through the course when obstacles warrant it, and willingly responding to a rider's cues on more difficult obstacles.

E. Ponies shall be penalized for any unnecessary delay while approaching the obstacles. Ponies with artificial appearance over obstacles should be penalized.

F. Except for Junior ponies shown with a hackamore, bosal or snaffle bit, only one hand may be used on the reins, except that it is permissible to change hands to work an obstacle.  While the pony is in motion, the rider's hands shall be clear of the pony and saddle.

G. Ponies must not be required to work on the rail. The course must be designed, however, to require each pony to show three gaits (walk, jog and lope) somewhere

between obstacles as a part of its work and will be scored as a maneuver. 8 & Under riders & In-Hand Classes may be asked to show at a walk and jog only.


H. Major Faults -

            1. Not doing the obstacles in the prescribed order.

2. Missing or not attempting an obstacle.

3. Failure to complete an obstacle.

4. Failure to be in prescribed gait or on correct lead.

8. Obviously cueing the pony on the neck to lower the




K. Disqualifications. The following will result in disqualification from the class; a disqualification results in a score of 0 for the course:

5. Illegal equipment.

6. Willful abuse.

7. More than one finger between reins, except when

changing hands to work an obstacle.

9. Major disobedience: rearing, schooling, etc.

10. Also see General Rules.


L. When setting the course, it should be kept in mind the idea is not to trap the pony or eliminate it by making an obstacle too difficult. All courses and obstacles are to be

constructed with safety in mind so as to eliminate any accidents. If difficult courses are set, Junior trail should be less difficult. When measuring the distances and spaces

between obstacles, the normal path of the pony should be the point of measurement. Enough space must be provided for a pony to jog and lope at least 10 strides each for the judges to evaluate gaits.


M. If disrupted, the rider should start over with a new video.  Do not continue.

N. At least six obstacles must be used, which includes any pattern at a gait.


O. Unacceptable Obstacles

1. Tires.

2. Animals.

3. Hides.

4. PVC pipe.

5. Dismounting.

6. Jumps.

7. Rocking or moving bridges.

8. Water box with floating or moving parts.

9. Flames, dry ice, fire extinguishers, etc.

10. Logs or poles elevated in a manner that permits such to roll.


Q. Tack and Attire. Western Tack and Attire or Hunt Seat Tack and Attire are acceptable.  If Hunt seat attire is worn, they must still complete using the one hand on the reins requirement. Only one finger is allowed inside the reins at any time.  Split reins are preferred.


Weanling, Yearling, and Two Year Olds INHAND TRAIL

A. General Rules

Exhibitors & Ponies are expected to be groomed, cleaned, as well as the tack used.


B. Class Routine

1. The class will be judged on the performance of the pony over obstacles, with emphasis on manners and way of going. 

2. Credit will be given to ponies negotiating the obstacles with style, without hesitancy and willingly responding to their handler.

a. Special credit should be given to handlers who can negotiate obstacles without entering the obstacle or touching the pony.

3. Ponies shall be penalized for any unnecessary delay while approaching the obstacles.

5. Pony is to be led through the course with the exhibitor on the left side. The exhibitor

should be positioned between the eye and the mid-point of the neck. Exhibitor may change sides to negotiate obstacles, but must change back before proceeding to the next obstacle.

7. The following will result in a no score on a particular obstacle but does not mean disqualification from the class:

a. Doing obstacle differently than described on the pattern.

b. Missing or not attempting an obstacle.

c. Not doing the obstacles in prescribed order.


8. The following shall be penalized at judge's discretion:

a. Leading pony in front or ahead of him.

Entering an obstacle with the pony, except serpentines, triangular back-throughs, gates or other obstacles in which the handler must enter to work the obstacle.

b. Touching pony with hand or foot in attempt to cue the pony.

9. The following will result in disqualification:

b. Illegal equipment.

c. Willful abuse.

d. Major disobedience: rearing, schooling, etc.

e. QPA Standard Disqualification Rules

10. If disrupted, the exhibitor should restart their video.

11. At least six obstacles must be used.

a. There shall be no cantering on course.

b. When opening and closing the gate, only the left hand should be used.

c. Handler should walk beside the bridge.

d. On back-throughs that are L shaped, straight or U shaped, the handler should stay on the outside of the obstacle.

e. On V-shape back-throughs, the handler should stand on the outside of the V; on a V walk-through, the handler should stand on the inside of the V.

f. On triangular barrels back-throughs or serpentine back-throughs, the handler is

allowed to enter the obstacle.

g. On straight trot-overs or walk-overs, the handler should be on the outside of the poles.

h. On 360 degree turns inside a box of poles, the handler is allowed to step inside the corners of the box.

i. Walk-overs and trot-overs may be in a half circle or fan shaped. The handler may work outside the half circle or stand at the apex of the half circle on the inside.

12. Unacceptable obstacles are listed above.


C. Tack and Attire. May be shown in either western or hunt seat attire.

1. Ponies must be shown in a leather halter, regular or show type is acceptable. The lead shank may be a regular type or show type. Shank may have a chain, which may be used over the nose, under the chin or through the lead ring on the halter and snapped back to the chain next to the lead strap.

2. Lip chains are strictly forbidden.



IN-HAND TRAIL This class is designed to provide exhibitors an event to showcase ponies too young to show in performance events. Requirements are created to prepare the young pony for a productive performance career without harming them physically or mentally. This class is available only to weanlings, yearlings and two year olds and may be divided if adequate entries.

1) The judge shall look for a pony that can proceed through the course with the least amount of exhibitor influence and still be correct; a willing attitude; trust in and responsiveness to their handler and free and natural gaits. Handlers must keep a hand on the gate at all times as they negotiate this obstacle.

2) Judges should consider the following as undesirable: unnecessary delay when approaching obstacles; pulling back or attempting to run off; bad attitude; displays of aggression or resentment toward handler; losing control of the gate.


Weanling/Yearling IN HAND TRAIL OBSTACLES This class shall contain a minimum of six obstacles/maneuvers.  Examples are: 1) Trot between obstacles. 2) Move away from pressure in either a haunch turn, forehand turn or side pass. 3) Backing. 4) Standing quietly. 5) Allow handler to “sack” with flag or slicker. 6) Gate - open, pass through and close. 7) Walk over poles. 8) Pick up front foot or hind foot. 9) Cross bridge, water hazard, or simulated water hazard (tarp). 10) Pass in or around natural obstacles such as a rock campsite, chairs, bales of hay, etc.


TWO YEAR OLD IN HAND TRAIL OBSTACLES The Two Year Old class shall contain a minimum of six obstacles/ maneuvers. Examples above.  Two year olds must perform the class carrying a saddle. Saddle must be cinched.   Saddle type is optional, but stirrups must be down.  Rider attire and saddle type are not required to match.


If reason arises to combine the Weanling/Yearling Class and 2-year old class, this may be done using the same pattern, but 2 year olds are required to do the exercise saddled and receive no additional points for doing so.