QUALIFYING HOURS–What’s considered 1-hour?

“One hour” is more than just time in the saddle. In addition to riding or driving, participants earn qualifying time doing other activities focused on the horse’s care or training. After all, we strengthen the relationship with our horses through both mounted and un-mounted activities. 

Tip: Keep your Hours Tracker at the barn where you can easily write in your Hours and Kilometers completed each day between July 1-October 11, 2021.  Scroll down for MS Word  & Excel versions of Hours Tracker.

Hours to include:

  • Mounted activities: General schooling, trail riding, parades, demos, lessons, showing, and riding in clinics. Include warm-up time and cool-down hacks at home or when attending shows/clinics/special events.
  • Driving: in-harness work (horse may be single or part of a team)
  • Grooming, bathing, braiding mane, tacking/un-tacking.
  • Lunging, long-lining, ground-driving.
  • Ground work or liberty work.
  • Equine Assisted Learning or therapeutic riding activities you and your horse provide.
  • In-hand (i.e. halter training young foal, hand walking, versatility/obstacles training).
  • Ranch or farm work: logging, skidding, plowing, harrowing, working cows.
  • Trailering your own horse: measured in travel time. (Taking your horse to public events or on outings increases the opportunity for people to meet endangered breeds).

Hours NOT to include:

  • Feeding, mucking stalls, cleaning paddocks, mending fences, cleaning tack and other general barn chores.
  • Work with your horse NOT performed by the registered participant, (i.e., trainer schooling or showing your horse).
  • Time at horse shows when the horse is resting between classes at the trailer/stable.
  • Horse receiving services from a veterinarian, equine dentist, chiropractor or other professional.
  • Horse being shod (unless participant is personally shoeing or trimming their horse).
  • Having your horse transported by a professional shipper.                                                                                                          

Download Hours Tracker MS Word version

Download Hours Tracker Excel version 

Thank you and enjoy the CHHAPS Challenge!