Whether Timed or Judged every Performance Horse Event
favors a horse that willing follows its riders cues!
The types of events that require horse to, maintain a relaxed frame at all 3 gaits and
transition up and down between gaits include:
The types of events that require horses to perform quick fluid starts, stops, and direction
These similarities are the basis for Performance Horse Development
IPHDA Presents Performance Horse Development Just imagine a young skater competing at their very first skating competition being asked to perform double toe loops and death spirals just like their Olympic heroes perform. How discouraging would that be?. PHD is a new equine development event that offers competition levels that test horse and rider’s individual ability to execute progressively more difficult patterns. PHD offers patterns that test “How Broke is Your Horse” in a manner that does not favor any event or specific training style. Like figure skating performance horse sports are made up of many different events that require specific skills. The successful completion of these specific skills requires a solid basic skill foundation. Remember that old adage…don’t run before you walk?. Unlike figure skating there were no competitions for performance horses based on the basic skills needed for performance horse competitions. If you wanted to participate in performance horse events you had to have a complete skill set. And what beginner starts with a complete skill set?
1/ Allow riders to learn the basics of training and riding a Performance Horse through educational competitions
2/ Allow Trainers and owners a place to show case their young horses, and create a market and purpose for all levels of Performance Horses.
IPHDA was created with 2 goals
To achieve these goals IPHDA Created Performance Horse Development Competitions PHD is made up of 8 progressive levels of competitions Offers achievable goals for all levels of horses and riders IPHDA Uses an awards system based on personal achievement
PHD’s 8 Progressive levels of competition Member set goals based on their own circumstances, making personal improvement a journey of competition, not a journey to compete Horses and riders progress quicker in their learning by literally learning to walk before they run!
The Primary Division includes PHD levels 1 – 4. These patterns are designed to test the horse and riders ability to perform the basic skills need for the many rail and non speed event classes popular in both English and Western competitions such as:
English and Western Pleasure, trail, Hunter Hack, Western Riding and Horsemanship / Equitation classes.
They also create the foundation needed for the more advanced training needed in the secondary division.
The Secondary Division Includes levels 5-8. These patterns are designed to test the horse and riders ability to perform with speed the basics learned in the primary division. The secondary level develops the horse and rider’s skills to where they can compete in many of today's high performance events, such as:
Reining, Jumping, Roping, Eventing, Barrel Racing and team penning
Progression of the PHD Levels and Performance Horse Events
These are IPHDA competitions held online, they are open to the world, and they offer both awards and prize money for the competitors Local Club events PHD Club events are practice sessions, V show taping sessions or live local shows Combination Live and virtual shows These competitions are hosted by local clubs and they use the Virtual show judges for placing their classes IPHDA competitions and events
An IPHDA judge is required to Evaluate whether a horse willingly followed the rider’s guiding and transition cues. They are not required to Judge how willing or unwillingly the horse reacted to the rider’s cues.
This difference allows IPHDA competitions to be:
Accurately evaluated off of video
The PHD judge does not need to see all of the fine details that need to be considered when judging other equine events where the score is based on degree’s of good and bad.
By working to pass the PHD levels, coaching and training help becomes more effective
By working to pass the PHD levels, horses and riders do not skip any of the basics and both develop a solid foundation.
By knowing the basics you have the tools to maintain the level of training achieved
Enjoy international competitions without leaving home
Awards for personal achievements
Competitive levels with prize money and awards for every horse and rider
It is fun to learn and rewarding to reach goals!
How Do I Get Started Contact your local club or college IPHDA representative Start the journey towards your personal equine opportunities! Join IPHDA by logging into www.iphda.com Membership includes valuable training tips, ability to have professional judges evaluate your ride, Cash and awards just for entering and much more……..