The ABBEY Open Challenge is of the featured competitions at the National Show held over four sections: Hack, Working, Time Trial and Cattle. It has been designed to showcase the ability and temperament of the Society’s horses five years and over.
Prizemoney is awarded to the winner and placegetters of each section. Scores from each section are added together, with the exception of the Time Trial time, which is deducted from the total score to give an overall score. An overall winner, based on points, is calculated after the completion of all four sections.
During the Hack Section, the horse should be calm, supple, obedient and move freely. The workout should demonstrate the horse’s basic training in fluent and flowing motion. The horse should be relaxed and give a comfortable ride.
The Working Section tests the horse’s ability to maneuver well whilst engaging its hindquarters during haunch turns and stops. The horse should be relaxed and settled during the workout, be light on its feet, well balanced and responsive to the rider’s commands, with little or no resistance to the bit.
Time Trial Section
The course for the Time Trial may include jumping small obstacles, opening a gate, and the like. Although this is a timed event, some sections of the course may stipulate the horse’s pace. Penalties may be given for break of pace, knocking over obstacles, etc.
The Cattle Section is a normal campdraft. Prior to commencement of the event, the Judge will stipulate a left or right-handed course and competitors will be scored and judged as follows: Cut Out: 26 points Horse Work: 70 points Gate: 4 points