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 Doctor’s 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.
: NBHA handlers all walk. it is a national
: walking field trial association.