RUBRICS

Rubrics contain detailed descriptions of the behaviors required for each class.

These rubrics are used to judge each performance.

All rubrics can be found in the official TECS Handbook.

Alternatively, click any of the following classes to download the rubric for that class.

The equine to targets their nose to a hand

The equine targets their nose to a target stick

The equine follows a target stick through a series of weave cones

The equine follows a nose target at a variety of speeds in walk and trot

Division 2: Stationary Nose Targeting

Asking the equine to touch & station (hold position) with their nose at a target that does not move

The equine stations at a nose target

The equine sends to a nose targeting station

Division 3: Hoof Targeting

Asking the equine to place specific hooves onto a target surface

Targeting the front hooves to a mat

Targeting the hind hooves to a mat

Targeting the right and left hooves to a mat

Targeting all four hooves to a mat

Division 4: Bucket Targeting

Asking the equine to send to & recall from loaded buckets

The equine demonstrates bucket manners

The equine sends to a bucket target

Division 5: Face Targeting

Asking the equine to touch specifc regions of their face to a target

Targeting the left and right eye from each side

Targeting the left and right ear from each side

Targeting the forehead from each side

Targeting the left and right cheek on each side

The equine lifts their lip in a "smile"

Division 6: Reverse Roundpen

The equine performs quality gaits on a circle, from protective contact

Performing quality walk circles each direction

Performing quality trot circles each direction

Performing quality canter circles each direction

LEVEL 2

Specialized Foundations

Performed unmounted, at liberty.

Division 1: Dressage

Patterns & lateral movements performed in a flat, clear arena at the walk, trot, and/or canter

A dressage pattern in walk

A dressage pattern in walk and trot

A dressage pattern in walk, trot, and canter

Pivots on forehand & haunches, sidepasses

Shoulder-in, haunches-in, and half passing each direction in the walk

Shoulder-in, haunches-in, and half passing each direction in the trot

Shoulder-in, haunches-in, and half passing each direction in the canter

An individual, unique performance using behaviors from Level 2, Division 1

Division 2: Jumping

Ground poles in walk, trot, & canter.

Jump courses at 18", 2', 2'6", and 3'

Ground poles at the walk

Ground poles at the trot

Ground poles at the canter

A course of ground poles

A course of 18" jumps

A course of 2' jumps

A course of 2'6" jumps

A course of 3' jumps

Division 3: Trail

Completion of a variety of obstacle challenges, both individually or

as a full obstacle course

Navigating bridge obstacles

Navigating jump obstacles

Navigating solid and rope gates

Navigating a mailbox obstacle

Asking the equine to pack/carry objects

Asking the equine to drag objects

Navigating narrow spaces

Navigating water obstacles

Navigating a full trail obstacle course

Division 4: Gymkhana

Poles, barrels, & other speed games, in walk, jog, or lope.

A single turn around a barrel

Pivoting within a keyhole shape

Three barrels in a cloverleaf pattern

Three barrels in a line

Circling around a single barrel

A single pass through a set of weave poles

Two passes through a set of weave poles

LEVEL 3

Specialized Riding

Performed mounted/ridden.

Division 1: Dressage

Patterns & lateral movements performed in a flat, clear arena at the walk, trot, and/or canter

A dressage pattern in walk

A dressage pattern in walk and trot

A dressage pattern in walk, trot, and canter

Pivots on forehand & haunches, sidepasses

Shoulder-in, haunches-in, and half passing each direction in the walk

Shoulder-in, haunches-in, and half passing each direction in the trot

Shoulder-in, haunches-in, and half passing each direction in the canter

An individual, unique performance using behaviors from Level 2, Division 1

Division 2: Jumping

Ground poles in walk, trot, & canter.

Jump courses at 18", 2', 2'6", and 3'

Ground poles at the walk

Ground poles at the trot

Ground poles at the canter

A course of ground poles

A course of 18" jumps

A course of 2' jumps

A course of 2'6" jumps

A course of 3' jumps

Division 3: Trail

Completion of a variety of obstacle challenges, both individually or

as a full obstacle course

Navigating bridge obstacles

Navigating jump obstacles

Navigating solid and rope gates

Navigating a mailbox obstacle

Asking the equine to pack/carry objects

Asking the equine to drag objects

Navigating narrow spaces

Navigating water obstacles

Navigating a full trail obstacle course

Division 4: Gymkhana

Poles, barrels, & other speed games, in walk, jog, or lope.

A single turn around a barrel

Pivoting within a keyhole shape

Three barrels in a cloverleaf pattern

Three barrels in a line

Circling around a single barrel

A single pass through a set of weave poles

Two passes through a set of weave poles

Division 7: Freestyle

Competitors use Level 1 behaviors to create a freestyle performance

An individual, unique freestyle performance

LEVEL 1

Generalized Foundations

Performed unmounted, at liberty.

Division 1: Dynamic Nose Targeting

Asking the equine to touch a moving target with their nose

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Learn about the Levels, Divisions, and Classes, as well as descriptions of each.

Read the detailed rubrics used for grading each class, including specific instructions for each.

Read answers & explanations from TECS judges to frequently asked questions

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