Virtual Challenge Rules
OVERVIEW OF THE GENERAL RULES
Exhibitors are encouraged to join the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/imtcacanada. No profanity, hate speech, offensive comments, politics, or bullying will be tolerated. Violations will get you banned from the group and the competition with no refund! The Facebook group is a great place to ask questions, talk to fellow competitors, and learn about special events like drawings.
REGISTRATION: Exhibitors must complete an electronic entry form by the ride's deadline. Each ride needs a new form. Deadlines are at the top of every page on this website.
OBSTACLE LISTS: Each Riding/In-Hand Level has a designated amount of Obstacles they will need to complete and submit in to get judged.
Novice/Level 1 = 8 obstacles
Level 2 = 10
Obstacles Level 3 = 12
Obstacles Each Level will need to complete 6 obstacles off the Required Obstacle List then add the remaining obstacles from the Additional Obstacle List.
You may repeat the same obstacle from previous challenges but it is highly encourage to try other obstacles from the lists.
VIDEOS: Each ride will have a published video deadline. Videos must be uploaded to YouTube or another video hosting site, and a link to each video must be submitted via this website. Each obstacle needs its own video, and each obstacle must be different. No repeated obstacles, even if it is in a different location! Read and follow the obstacle instructions exactly!
PAYMENT: Fees must be paid at the time of entry. Payment is to be made via PayPal. No refunds of entry fees for any reason. We are providing an extended time period for this virtual competition to allow for complications due to weather and work/school schedules. Plan ahead, and don’t wait until the last minute to make and/or submit your videos! A separate entry form is required for each horse/rider team.
No ponied horses in videos. We can’t stop you from ponying a horse on your ride; however, if you choose to pony, please safely tie up the ponied horse while making your videos.
Tie Breaker: The senior judge will designate an obstacle as the “tie breaker obstacle”. A second and third “tie breaker obstacle” will be chosen and used only if the first tie breaker obstacle does not break the participants’ tied score. These will be designated before the competition commences. The participants will not know which obstacles are designated tie breakers.
Age determination: A rider/handlers age for the calendar year is based on their age on January first. A horses age for the calendar year is determined using the standard January 1st age progression. Example: A horse born in April is considered 1-year old on January first. Each handler/rider/horse partnership may compete in two levels at a Challenge. Examples: Novice and Level 1. Levels 1 and 2. Levels and 3. Partnerships must compete in the same two levels when competing in-hand and riding.
GENERAL VIDEO REQUIREMENTS
1. Each obstacle must be videoed continuously with no editing. Exception: videos may be edited at beginning and end to edit out non-competitive actions (turning on the camera, getting into position, turning off camera, etc.). Each obstacle must have its own video.
2. Videos can be filmed on a trail, bridle path, or other non-arena setting. A large pasture, field and indoor arena is also acceptable. Any exceptions to this rule will be given in the obstacle menu.
3. Videos must be filmed in horizontal (hold phone sideways) mode with SOUND ON. No music, please. Make your videos in the highest quality you can! Low quality videos are very hard to judge. We recommend at least 360p, but higher is better.
4. Obstacles may not be combined. For example, if you cross a log while walking up a steep hill, you can only submit this video for ONE of those two obstacle types.
5. Place your camera according to the instructions for each obstacle, to the best of your ability. Remember, the judge can’t score what she or he can’t see! Read and follow the obstacle instructions exactly! You will receive the instructions upon registration.
6. Each month's videos must be dated on YouTube (or other video host) during the month of the ride. For example, April’s videos must have an upload date between April 1 and 30.
7. ENSURE THAT YOUR VIDEOS ARE VIEWABLE. On YouTube, if you set your videos to "Private" the judge cannot view them. If you submit Private videos, you will receive a score of zero on those videos. The easiest way to doublecheck that your videos are viewable is to text or email the URLs to a friend and have them try to view them.