Since we’re on the cusp of the 2013 USDAA Cynosport Games in Tennesse, I thought I’d reach back to 2008 and lay out a couple of practice courses based on the more challenging areas of the 2008 Steeplechase Finals course. I have replaced the aframe with a teeter for the sake of space, but the aframe can certainly be swapped back in.
Here is the Steeplechase Finals course and you can read through the the real time commentary from the finals on the USDAA website here:
* This portion of the course is the very close to the original lay out from the finals except I have swapped out the aframe for a teeter.
* Take a couple of passes at this warm-up and pay close attention to the execution of #12-15 as there were handling errors and bars down in the area in the finals.
* This opening deals with straight line speed and an obstacle discrimination. A pull over over #2 would make for a safe pass by the tunnel, but needs a good turn to #4.
* Be sure to set up for a good turn from #7-8 and then prepare for a rear cross at #9 for a solid weave pole entrance.
* Note that I turned the teeter around.
* A lead-out past #2 and a front cross after #3 would be an option for the start here.
* Be sure to work the teeter contact after so much speed coming off the huge straight line from #6-7.
* A rear cross at #10 would create a nice turn to the tunnel (practice some rear crosses at doubles and triples) and be mindful of good shoulder turns through the run for home.
First published for USDAA in 2008