In Western Riding the horse is judged on quality of gaits, lead changes at the lope, response to the rider, manners and disposition. The horse should perform with reasonable speed, and be sensible, well-mannered, free and easy moving. Credit shall be given for and emphasis placed on smoothness, even cadence of gaits and the horse’s ability to change leads precisely, easily and simultaneously both hind and front at the center point between markers. Contestants work individually. Western Riding is offered in Open-, Amateur- and Youth divisions.