The timer and patterns will be set & permanently marked, using the standard pattern that is posted, for the entire go round. Once the event starts, it will be ran AS IS for all contestants.
During the event, the arena will be draged at regular intervals, to be determined by the Field Judges. Either every 5 or 8 runs and between each age division.
Arena gate will be closed immediately after contestant enters arena and kept closed until pattern is complete and horse is under control. Contestants are to enter the arena using the large gate nearest parking area and leave the arena through the smaller gate in opposite corner.
If contestant’s horse breaks timer light, by backing through before starting pattern, time will be considered started.
Contestant must keep a forward motion once pattern is started.
Not following posted pattern will be considered a no time. A broken pattern shall be defined as breaking forward motion to retrace their tracks to finish the pattern and/or passing the plane of the pole on the off side. EXAMPLE: Should the contestant run by a pole and have to back up or turn around and retrace their tracks, this is would be considered a broken pattern. Also; if a pole is knocked down and the contestant does not follow the weave pattern around the original base position, it is considered a broken pattern
If a horse recrosses starting line or stops the timer with any part of its body, at any time before the pattern is completed, pattern will be considered broken and run will receive no time.
When the electric eye fails to work for one or more contestants during the go round, the manual back-up time will be used for those electronically missed. Times will be final. The electric eye controlled times will remain unaltered.
Knocking over a pole is a 5 second penalty, per pole.