The National Pole Bending Association will host its four-day Championship Horse Show May 30 through June 2 at C Bar C Expo Center. Hours are 9 – 6 each day. The Pole Bending event will include Open competition, in addition to Kindergarten for three-year-old horses, Junior Horse, Amateur Rider, and Youth classes. A fun feature of this event is the World’s Fastest Pole Bending Slot Race.
Pole bending is a timed event featuring a horse and one mounted rider, running a weaving or serpentine path around six poles arranged in a line. Setting up the pole pattern is crucial to success. Each pole is to be 21 feet apart, and the first pole is to be 21 feet from the starting line. Anytime all of the poles are left standing is considered a good run.
Good horsemanship is the foundation for success in pole bending. The horse and rider team work as one to excel. Various methods are implemented, from the “slalom” approach to the “side pass” approach. Depending on the horse/ rider combination, the rider needs to experiment to see what method works best. Each contestant begins from a running start, and time begins and ends as the horse’s nose crosses the start and finish lines.
This family-friendly event, like nearly all equestrian events at C Bar C, carries no admission charge.