It is the opportunity for riders to gauge a variety of factors, with much of the focus of attention paid to lighting and footing. While gauging the quality of lighting and footing is largely a subjective process, most of the conclusions reached by individual riders are quite consistent. At the National Western, lighting and footing have not been a problem.
Mark and Trish, with Baxter the horse, chat while waiting for Deborah, Elizabeth and Tara to begin their walkthrough
Baxter takes notice of the camera
more riders begin to circulate on the arena floor
while riders move in a clockwise manner on the arena floor, a USEF official rides in the opposite direction
Deborah, Elizabeth and Tara at the far end of the arena
Though the stands are open to watch the walkthrough, the perspective from the arena floor is quite different. Most noticeable is the size of the arena.
About the photos –
This particular walkthrough was associated with the “Gambler’s Choice” event, in which the riders design their own course. The degree of difficulty combined with time determines the final score for each rider. In the event of a tie, a jump-off is done using an FEI-style course not seen by those participating in the jump-off.
The girls did well in the event, earning ribbons and a large cardboard check.