Medal Finals are the most exciting equitation classes. Competitors often have multiple rounds, usually over the span of a few days, with each day’s round comprising of a different test. The top scoring riders may also be asked to complete ‘tests’ at the judges’ discretion. For example: a series of tests that include jumping a fence from the walk or trot, riding without stirrups, halt and numerous other tests.
Often considered the most challenging Medal Final, the USEF Talent Search Finals West Coast are hosted by Blenheim EquiSports in the fall season.These Finals are made up of three phases: a strictly subscribed flat phase, a technically difficult gymnastics phase and a challenging jumping phase. The top four emerging from this competition will enter the Final Four, wherein each rider completes a shortened course on his or her own horse before swapping mounts with the other riders in the Final Four and completing the course on the new horse.