most of the shows hosted by CHHAPS feature this competition, and it
is a unique facet of our organization and its events. To the
best of our knowledge, we are the only organization outside of QC
offering this type of competition in their Canadian Horse shows.
is divided into four sections consisting of a variety of disciplines,
in order to best exemplify the following qualities:
is demonstrated by a stoneboat pull, in which the horse pulls a
weighted stoneboat or platform over a prescribed distance and crossing
over a finish line. Whoever stops closest to the finish line
wins. Thus, in this part of the competition, accuracy and
obedience are also rewarded.
is demonstrated by an Obstacles driving course in which the horse
drives through a set course consisting of pairs of cones, set with
balls on top. The fastest horse staying on course with the
least knockdowns, wins. Along with agility, this section also
demonstrates speed and obedience.
is demonstrated by timed trot of 1/4 to 1/2 mile in length. The
horse pulls a cart or carriage over the prescribed distance as quickly
as it can, at the trot. The fastest horse wins. Breaks in
pace are penalized and if the horse canters for more than 3 strides,
they are eliminated. This element demonstrates obedience as
well as speed.
is shown by a Trail course consisting of a number of obstacles,
typically a bridge, gate, water, poles and backup, done at prescribed
gaits which need to be negotiated accurately, bravely and without
hesitation. The horse is shown under saddle, and the horse
negotiating the course the fastest with no hesitation or refusals,
is scored and awarded separately, however points are accumulated
from each of the four sections with the overall point winner being
declared the Iron Horse Champion.
that is truly versatile and can excel in all of these disciplines
skillfully demonstrates all of the positive attributes which have
made the Canadian Horse famous over the years. Therefore to
continue the tradition and to foster this versatility within the
breed, it is our belief that these individuals should continue to
be recognized, and that they are truly deserving of the "Iron