Obstacle Course is a timed event. Speed is important but so is control and accuracy. Time penalties are added every time a horse steps on a pole, knocks over a cone or breaks into a canter. The first obstacle was made up of two poles and four cones. The poles were set just a bit further apart than the wheels of the forecarts and each team was required to pass between them. Most of the teams walked...
but a few trotted!I will show pictures of the two remaining obstacles (back up box and bridge) in my next post.
There was a long straightway to the second obstacle.
All the teams trotted out quite boldly here.
The serpentine tested the driver's ability to guide his horses through a series of tight turns.