Ridden TREC – Staircase Down In Hand

© Stephanie Frend


A natural or man-made staircase of 3 or more steps, flagged at entrance and exit.

– Front width: minimum 1 m
– Length: 5 to 10 m according to the degree of slope
– Stair Depth: Around 0.4m (16”)
– Stair Height: 0.20 to 0.30 m (8 – 12”)


To lead the horse down the staircase at a walk. Horse to follow on a loose rein, and maintain a respectful distance from the rider. Highlighting the calm and balance of the horse as well as the correct approach and attitude of the rider.

Note: Walk is Mandatory.

Scoring This Obstacle

See also: Ridden Obstacles / Scoring

Effectiveness Faults (E Score) -3 per incident

BEFORE the obstacle:

– Running Out
– Error of Course Corrected
– Stepping Back
– Refusal
– Circling

IN the obstacle:

– Break of Gait

Style Faults (S Score) -1 per incident.

– Irregular Forward Motion
– Progression on Tense Reins
– Loss of Balance of the Horse or the Rider
– Incorrect Rider Aids
– Horse Moving Sideways
– Horse’s Nose Passing Rider’s Shoulder

(Flapping Stirrups – see Penalties).

Horse may skip stair step(s) if the rhythm of the walk is consistent.

Walk is mandatory.

Penalties (P Score)

– Brutality (-5)
– Dangerous Handling (-5)
– Fall of Horse or Rider (Rider Excused)
– Leaving The Obstacle (-10)
– Flapping Stirrups / USA (-1)

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