Phase one POR (orienteering)
The first part of the POR is to have your tack checked, to make sure you are safe and carrying all the compulsory equipment. Be aware at this stage your horse may also be checked by a vet. You will then go into the map room, where there will be a master map. You must copy this route onto a supplied blank map which you will take with you. There is a time limit for this. When your time is up you will leave the map room and the stewards will tell you what speed you will need to start at.
On the correct route there may be tickets for you to find, these are often letters or numbers that you should mark on your card once found. These can be either ‘good or ‘bad’ tickets. Good tickets are given at checkpoints on the marked route, bad tickets can be picked up for going on the most obvious alternative route. In this case riders can be penalised for finding a ‘bad’ ticket.
A halt of at least 5 minutes must be imposed by the organisers at each check point. This halt will be increased to 15 minutes if it includes a veterinary inspection or fitness check.
Other penalties that can be occurred for the following:
Incorrect or lack of specified equipment required.
For a horse arriving at any checkpoint with one or more missing shoes.
For every additional 5 minutes kept at a halt by a vet in order for a horses heart rate to drop below the maximum limit, up to 15 points can be deducted.