These competitions usually are made up of three parts.
In the first part - the "control of paces" - the rider is asked to control the horse in two different gaits for a certain distance in a certain amount of time.
The second part is an obstacle course, which can include jumps, crossing ditches, riding up or down steep hills, crossing a bridge or water, riding very sharp turns or under very low poles.
The third part is the orienteering ride, where riders have to follow a set route on a map at a certain speed and checking in on check points.
This time, this meant riding up a steep hill through heather and gorse, to end up on top of a mountain ridge, overlooking a breath-taking view of Dingle Bay, the Blaskets, the Skelligs and the whole wide open Atlantic.
Certainly worthwhile coming out for!!! Oh, and the ribbon, of course - we came 6th!