10. -- Handicapped -- U.S. Complete provides for the handicapped handler.
A.: The stake manager determines the eligibility of a handicapped handler.
B.: As always, the judges will set the pace. A handicapped handlerís transportation must be a four-wheeler or a horse in cases where the four-wheelers are not allowed on state grounds. The horse or four-wheeler must be provided by the handler.
C.: The handicapped handler should remain behind their brace mate as not to crowd or place their brace mate at a disadvantage by height that a horse may create, or noise that the four-wheeler would create.
D.: A scout may be used to release the dog at the breakaway. The scout may also be used to walk the dog back to the course following a find.
only the Amateurs can use the handicap rule
and can also use a 4 wheeler or horse
Section 22. INJURED OR HANDICAP HANDLER.
a. To handle a dog at a trial from a horse or four wheeler (where permitted) the handler must notify the trial
chairman prior to the drawing and provide a State placard and/or certificate from the State identifying the
handicap status. A Doctorís excuse is not acceptable. An individual must submit a request for handicap
status to the NBHA Secretary for approval prior to competition. A handicapped handler may handle up to
2 dogs per stake and must be the owner of those dogs. There are no restrictions for the length of stake.
b. A handicapped handler, riding, should respect his or her brace-mate at all times. The goal of the
handicapped rule in the NBHA is to allow a handler to participate in a field trial who might otherwise be
unable to compete because of physical impairment.
c. A handicapped handler uses the horse only as a vehicle of transportation, and in no way should utilize
the horse to guide the dog to a specific location or to give a physical advantage over his brace-mate. At
no time can the rider do anything that he or she could not do if they were walking, but the riding handler
also should not be penalized. As the walking handler can, the riding handler may be allowed to catch up if
he falls behind, as long as he does not run or lope his horse in so doing. This will help the problem of
both judges seeing both dogs for the major portion of the heat.
d. The average participant in a walking field trial proceeds at a pace of 3.5 to 4.0 miles per hour. The
marshals shall evaluate the pace with the aid of a GPS, if necessary, and if the marshal has to warn a
participant about the pace more than once, the matter will be referred to the stake manager or field trial
chairman, and the participant may be asked to withdraw.
: I've never seen an NBHA trial. I'm mainly a
: HB guy but I've both run and judged in the
: woods from time to time. I note however
: that NBHA posts appear on both the CD and HB
: NGs. So - do handlers walk or do they ride?
: And whichever they do, why don't people
: post on the appropriate NG? I really don't
: care where they post, I'm just confused as I
: said. Harry