WNY-ECHO

What is WNY-ECHO?

ECHO stands for Equine Cones Hazards Obstacles and is for horse people of all disciplines to enjoy their Equines and HAVE FUN! ECHO was started to offer a safe, fun place to work with your horse and to be around other knowledgeable horse people. Fun and safety are our top priorities; if you, your horse, and your equipment are safe – then it’s time to have fun!!

ECHO offers something for everyone! Entrants can participate with any safe equipment regardless of style; riding, driving, or even long-lining! ECHO is excellent for cross-training in many disciplines and you can choose how you want to use the course to better your skills.

Participants will navigate a course in the correct order and avoid knocking balls off of cones or tipping over barrels as these are faults and will count against them.

The three different classes all have specific goals and distinctions:

  • Optimum requires a consistent pace through the course, entrants are given the optimum time for the course and must do their best to match it!
  • Progressive mixes speed and stamina, entrants are given a set time and must pass through as many numbered cones or lettered gates in order as they can, continuing from the end of the course back to the start until their time has run out!
  • Fastest is the class for those who love speed, entrants pass through the course one time and the fastest time wins!

RULES

Optimum Time:

  • Optimum time to run the course is set by the Course Designer for each Division (Open, W/T, LL).
  • Each entry is to follow numbered course in sequence passing first through the S/F and proceeding through 1,2, 3(abcd), etc, ending by going back through the S/F.
  • Entries are not considered off course until they proceed through an incorrect obstacle.
  • Off Course or max time limit reached will equal elimination from that class only.
  • Each ball that is dislodged will = 1 Fault. Each Fault is worth 4 points
  • Time penalties will be added at .5 points per second over/under the allowed time
  • Entry closets to the Optimum time with lowest # Faults wins.

Progressive:

  • Progressive time is set by the Course Designer for each Division
  • Entry is to go through the S/F and proceed through the course in sequence. When the last cone is reached entry is to proceed back to cone 1 and repeat the course without going through the S/F. A whistle will be blow when time has ended and entry it to immediately proceed to S/F to end their run.
  • Entries are not considered off course until they proceed through an incorrect obstacle.
  • Off Course will equal elimination from that class only.
  • Each obstacle = 1 point. Obstacles with multiple parts (abcd) have each part counted separately so (abcd) = 4 points. Once a fault has occurred, the gate can no longer accrue points.
  • Each ball that is dislodged will = 1 Fault. Each Fault is worth 4 points
  • Entry with highest number of obstacles passed with lowest fault points wins
  • Winner of a point tie will be determined by fastest time.

Fastest Time:

  • Each entry is to follow numbered course in sequence passing first through the S/F and proceeding through 1,2, 3(abcd), etc, ending by going back through the S/F.
  • Entries are not considered off course until they proceed through an incorrect obstacle.
  • Off Course or max time limit reached will equal elimination from that class only.
  • Each ball that is dislodged will = 1 Fault. Each Fault is worth 4 points
  • Entry with fastest time (Time + faults) wins. Ties will be broken based in S/F time.

General Rules

  • All riders, Drivers, And Navigators must wear an approved ASTM helmet.
  • All Carriage and and long line drivers must carry a whip in hand.
  • Available for ages 10 and up
  • Coggins within 2 years and Rabies 1 year required to unload.
  • Unsafe behavior or equipment will be excused from the show
  • Max Time limit on course is equal to the Progressive Time Limit
  • Cone width for Drives is ~3 Meters
  • Cone width for Riders/Long Line ~1M

Next Echo August 9th
1001 Lacy rd Skaneateles

10am Checkin
10:30am – Course Walk
11am – first heat

Rules for this weeks ECHO
(1) All horses will need a current negative Coggins & rabies
(2) NO DOGS will be allowed on the property
(3) Twin Birch will provide a meal for everyone free of charge. To keep COVID contact down, please ask everyone NOT to bring a dish-to-pass
(4) the stable (other than the indoor arena) will be closed to visitors. The indoor arena will be open for use throughout the day
(5) No stalls or turnout pastures are available.
(6) There is a cow barn very close by (this has not always been popular with visiting horses).