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About IPHDA and Performance Horse Competitions

About IPHDA and Performance Horse Competitions

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  • 1. International Performance Horse Development Association & Performance Horse Development
  • 2. IPHDA and your Performance Horse endeavors!
    • Whether you are new to
    • the Performance Horse Industry or a seasoned pro
    • IPHDA and PHD competitions offer
    •   New and Exciting opportunities
  • 3. The Performance Horse and the Performance Horse Rider
    • A Performance horse is a trained athlete. All Performance Horse events require the rider to control their horse while they PERFORM the athletic challenges demanded by a particular sport.  
    • Regardless of discipline, each performance horse begins his or her careers learning to follow:
      • Basic guiding cues
      • Basic body control cues
    • Regardless of discipline, each performance horse rider begins his or her careers learning balance and body control to allow them to:
      • Deliver consistent guiding cues to their horse
      • Deliver consistent cues to control the horses body.
  • 4. Performance Horse Event Differences
    • There are 2 types of Performance Horse events
    • Timed or hard fault events
      • Example: Roping, Barrels, Jumping
    • judged events
      • Example: English and Western Rail events, Reining, Cow Horse
    • Whether timed or judged all Performance Horse events favor certain inherited qualities for horses competing in their events:
    • Examples:
    • English and Western rail classes favor a horse with a certain way of moving
    • Reining favors an athletic even tempered horse
    • Jumping and eventing favor a horse that is bold and athletic
    • Roping and cow horse favor an athletic horse with some cow sense
  • 5. Similarities in Performance Horse Events
    • 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:
        • Western Pleasure
        • Hunter Hack
        • Horsemanship
        • English equitation
        • Trail class
        • Trail riding
    • The types of events that require horses to perform quick fluid starts, stops, and direction
    • changes include:
        • Barrel Racing
        • Jumping
        • Roping
        • Reining
        • eventing
        • Cow Horse
        • Team penning
    These similarities are the basis for Performance Horse Development
  • 6. 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?
  • 7. How Broke Is Your Horse?
    • “ Broke” is a term that is used to describe a horses training level and their willingness to accept cues from riders!
    • Horses can be:
    • Green Broke
    • Really broke
    • Kid broke
    • And A personal favorite HUSBAND BROKE!
    • Here is how IPHDA describes a broke horse!  
    • A broke horse will:
    • Wait for its rider’s cues
    • Willingly accept and follow those cues
    • Thing to consider when talking about a broke horse:
    • Training went into creating that broke horse.
    • Broke does not imply what type of training or training method used to create the broke horse
  • 8.
    • 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
  • 9. 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
  • 10. 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!
  • 11.
    • PHD competitions are split into 2 divisions
    • the Primary and Secondary divisions
    • 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
  • 12. PHD’s Primary Division
    • Level 1 Patterns:
    • Start to require the horse and rider to perform simple guiding and transitional skills. This requires the horse and rider to start developing feel and softness.
    • Level 2 patterns:
    • Increase the amount of feel and softness needed by introducing body control and stride manipulation (lengthening and shortening strides) to the patterns.
    • Level 3 and 4 Patterns:
    • Increase the amount of feel and softness needed by requiring more body control and stride manipulation.
    • When a Horse graduates from the primary division they will be able to:
    • Travel in a steady frame
    • Transition smoothly between gaits
    • Lengthen and shorten their strides at the trot.
    • Stay balanced and between the riders reins and legs
    • When a Rider graduates from the primary division they will have the skills to ride the primary level horse to its full potential
  • 13. Primary Division Patterns Video goes here Link to video on line http:// =-xr4mJOI6Hw
  • 14. PHD’s Secondary Division
    • The Secondary Patterns help horse and rider develop the skills needed to:
    • Respond to and deliver lighter cues
    • Perform some maneuvers with speed
    • Rate their speed
    • Manipulate their stride at a lope and Gallop
    • Stay balanced while performing with speed.
    • When a horse can perform the secondary level patterns, they will :
    • Stop willingly from a gallop like a Reiner or Roper
    • Change direction with speed like a Barrel horse or Jumper in a jump off
    • Be able to extend or collect their stride like all of the above events require
    • Stay balanced and between their riders reins and legs regardless of speed .
    • When a Rider graduates from the primary division they will have the skills to ride the secondary level horse to its full potential
  • 15. Secondary Division Patterns Video goes here Link to video on line http:// =xca2O6re6cM
  • 16.
    • Virtual Shows
    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
  • 17. Virtual shows held online at
  • 18.
    • Are easy to enter
      • Anyone with a horse a video camera and a friend can enter
      • Register and pay online.
      • Upload your video or videos to You Tube
    • Are Affordable
      • Entry fee for members is $15 plus
      • A $20 jackpot fee for cash paybacks
      • Or a $3 awards only fee
      • No Truck and trailer needed
      • No Fuel or Hotel rooms needed
    • Rewarding to win for those that chose to pay the jack pot fee
      • 80% of each jackpot fee goes towards the purse for each level
      • Payback structure that pays more places as the number of entries increase
    • Educational  
      • Each IPHDA member receives professional advice from the judges of their V show performance
      • IPHDA hires only experienced successful trainers and coaches as our V show judges
    V shows
  • 19.
    • IPHDA Clubs can be as small as one person looking for others to ride with or large enough to hold regular practice and V show taping sessions
    • IPHDA helps you grow your club by:
      • Advertising your club in our club locater and our events calendar
      • Creating a web page for your club at
      • Sending you adverting material with your contact information.
    • Local club events can be
      • Practice sessions where members get together and practice the patterns and learn from each other or a local trainer.
      • V show Taping sessions, where members come to video their Virtual show entries.
    • Club V shows where each entry is video taped and the classes are hosted on your clubs IPHDA web page and judged by the IPHDA professional judges
    • Live local shows, where the club hires an IPHDA approved judge to judge the exhibitors and place the classes that day!
      • At this time IPHDA is working on a judges qualification test so we can approve local judges for this type of club event
    Local Club events
  • 20.
    • The IPHDA judging system starts with each rider having a 70 and based on the maneuver evaluation their score goes up or down from there.
    • IPHDA requires the judges to evaluate the transition and guiding qualities of a maneuver based on the following.
    • -1/2 - improvement needed
    • 0 - adequate skill for this level
    • +1/2 - skills above those required for this level
    Evaluating an IPHDA Event
  • 21.
    • 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.
    • Entered from different environments, I.e.
      • Size of arena
      • Type of footing
      • Weather condition
      • Etc.
    Evaluating verse Judging
  • 22. Benefits of IPHDA and PHD
    • 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!
  • 23. 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 Membership includes valuable training tips, ability to have professional judges evaluate your ride, Cash and awards just for entering and much more……..