Show Rules & Class Specifications

Rules and Regulations

  1. Entry fee for regular classes will be $10 per class for members or $15 per class for non-members. Medal classes will be $15 for member or $20 per class for non-members

  2. Awards Program membership for Year-End Awards will be $25 

  3. Late fee of $10 will apply if entry is not received by closing date (Monday before the show)

  4. Haul-In fee of $10 only charged for horses that haul-in and do not use stalls. Fee is charged per horse and not per horse/rider combination

  5. There will be no warm up fees charged

  6. Stalls must be stripped prior to leaving the show. 

  7.  Proof of Negative Coggins Required & Health Certificate within 14 days of show if from out of state

  8. Horses must not be tied to trailers not attached to tow vehicles.

  9. Cruelty to or the abuse of an animal, including the excessive use of a whip or other implement will result in immediate dismissal from the grounds. All fees will be forfeited.

  10. Please do not approach the judge 

  11. All riders must wear an approved ATSM/SEI helmet while mounted at ALL times

  12. Dogs are allowed & are welcomed; however, they must be leashed at all times.

  13. Show will follow USEF rules. 

  14. Longeing of horses is not allowed in the warm-up arena. Please longe in a separate and safe area away from other competitors and spectators

Awards
  1. Ribbons will be awarded in all classes 1st- 6th place. There will be High Point & Reserve Awards per Division. 

  2. Points towards year end placings in respective divisions will be awarded to Awards Program members. Riders may join at any point during the day of a show for their points to count. Points for new members are not retroactive if joining the Awards Program after a show.

Tack & Attire
Hunter Division

  1. Snaffles, pelhams and full bridles, all with cavesson nose bands, are required.

    • Judges may penalize, but may not eliminate, a horse or pony that competes in a snaffle, pelham, or full bridle that is unconventional. Unconventional snaffles, pelhams, or full bridles include, but are not limited to, hunter gags, kimberwickes, etc.

    • Judges must eliminate a horse or pony that competes in illegal bits or nosebands. Illegal bits include, but are not limited to, three rings, gags (other than the hunter gag), et cetera… Illegal nosebands include, but are not limited to, drop, flash and figure eight nosebands.

  2. Horses must return to the ring for conformation or soundness wearing a snaffle, pelham or full bridle with a cavesson noseband.

  3. Martingales of any type are prohibited in Under Saddle, hack and tie-breaking classes. Standing and running martingales used in the conventional manner are allowed for all over fences classes. All other martingales are considered illegal. A judge must eliminate a horse or pony that competes in a martingale other than a standing or running martingale used in the conventional manner.

  4. Boots and conservative colored bandages are permitted in Equitation classes. 

  5. Tied Stirrups. Any rider competing with their stirrup, stirrup leather or foot tied and/or secured in any manner, will automatically be eliminated from that class. Riding anywhere on the competition grounds with stirrup, stirrup leather or foot tied or otherwise secured is cause for disqualification, by the steward, of that rider from the subsequent class in which the rider is entered. In the case of junior or amateur riders, the steward will note the trainer name(s) on the Steward’s Report and further disciplinary actions may be taken by the Federation. Exception: Devices approved by the FEI are allowed.

  6. Attire. Riders may choose to wear conservatively colored coats (black, blue, green, grey or brown) which are free from adornment which in the judge’s opinion is overly distracting. Shirts must have a choker, similar collar or tie. Breeches may be buff, canary, tan, rust or white. Spurs, crops or bats are optional but if used must be a conservative color. Shirts (polo shirts are permitted) must have collars and sleeves (sleeves may be either long or short), and must be tucked into breeches. Sleeveless shirts and shirts with exposed hoods are prohibited. Boots are required. Half chaps are permitted as long as the color matches the paddock boots being worn. In extreme weather conditions, the use of jackets, sweaters or raincoats can be allowed by management and/or permission from the Jumper Judge/s. Permission must be granted before entering the competition ring.

Jumper Division

  1. Martingales.

    • Classes offered at 1.30m or below—No martingale restrictions when used in a conventional manner (see also JP111.3).

    • Classes offered above 1.30m (and all classes restricted to young horses)—The only martingales permitted are running martingales used in the conventional manner.

  2. Whips. Competitors are prohibited from using a whip that is longer than 30” (75cm) while in the process of jumping or schooling over fences. A rider may not carry more than one whip. Whips that are weighted at the end are prohibited at any time.

  3. Draw Reins/German Martingales. Draw reins and German Martingales may only be used when schooling or in classes with no prize money that are offered at 1.20m or below. Ponies may not be ridden by a Junior in draw reins or German martingales at any time. No other head set devices (chambon, etc.) are permitted in any class.

  4. Boots and conservative colored bandages are permitted. 

  5. Tied Stirrups. Any rider competing with their stirrup, stirrup leather or foot tied and/or secured in any manner, will automatically be eliminated from that class. Riding anywhere on the competition grounds with stirrup, stirrup leather or foot tied or otherwise secured is cause for disqualification, by the steward, of that rider from the subsequent class in which the rider is entered. In the case of junior or amateur riders, the steward will note the trainer name(s) on the Steward’s Report and further disciplinary actions may be taken by the Federation. Exception: Devices approved by the FEI are allowed.

  6. Standard Jumper Attire. Coats are not required. Breeches of any color are permitted. Shirts (polo shirts are permitted) must have collars and sleeves (sleeves may be either long or short), and must be tucked into breeches. Sleeveless shirts and shirts with exposed hoods are prohibited. Boots are required. Half chaps are permitted as long as the color matches the paddock boots being worn. In extreme weather conditions, the use of jackets, sweaters or raincoats can be allowed by management and/or permission from the Jumper Judge/s. Permission must be granted before entering the competition ring.

Class Descriptions
Walk Only

Intended as a fun class for riders new to showing. A handler is permitted. Riders showing in Walk Only may cross-enter Walk-Trot and Groundrail classes.

Groundrails

Courses will consist of 4 groundrails to be trotted in one direction of the ring. Under Saddle and Equitation on the Flat classes will walk and trot only. Horse/Rider combination may cross enter between Groundrails and Crossrails, but will not be allowed to show in any over fences division higher than Crossrails.

Hunter Hack/ Hunter Under Saddle

In Under Saddle and Hunter Hack classes, horses are shown at a walk, trot and canter both ways of the ring. Light contact with the horse’s mouth is required. Horses should be obedient, alert, responsive and move freely. They should not be eliminated for slight errors. Judges may ask horses to hand gallop collectively, one way of the ring. (Exception: green classes.) No more than eight will be asked to hand gallop at one time. All horses being considered for an award must be serviceably sound.

Crossrails

Courses will be very simple and consist of 8 small crossrails (approx. 12” high). Under saddle and equitation on the flat classes will walk and trot only. Open to all horse and rider combinations

 

Green Horse

Will consist of 8 fences with at least 1 simple change of direction. Fences will be a mixture of crossrails and verticals not to exceed 18" in height. Flower boxes may be included. No spread jumps. Will not be penalized if you do not canter. May be asked to canter in flat classes. Will not be asked to back. To be judged on performance, way of moving and soundness. All horses being considered for an award must be serviceably sound.

Special Hunter 2'

Courses will consist of 8 fences and at least one change of direction. Fences will be verticals and oxers with flower boxes, small walls, and gates. No combination fences. Under saddle and equitation on the flat classes will walk, trot, and canter. Equitation riders may be asked to perform additional tests per judge’s discretion.

Hopeful Hunter 2'3"

Courses will consist of 8 fences and at least one change of direction. Fences will be verticals, gates, walls, and oxers. A simple combination (1 or 2 strides) may be included on course. Under saddle and equitation on the flat classes will walk, trot, and canter. Equitation riders may be asked to perform additional tests per judge’s discretion.

 

Schooling Hunter 2'6"

Courses will consist of 8 fences and at least one change of direction. Fences will be verticals, gates, walls, and oxers. A simple combination (1 or 2 strides) may be included on course. Under saddle and equitation on the flat classes will walk, trot, and canter. Equitation riders may be asked to perform additional tests per judge’s discretion.

2'6" Hunter Medal

Must not have shown in classes above 2'6". Judged as a single jumping round with additional tests worked into the course. The top riders or all riders might be called back by the judge to jump over a shortened course, or to demonstrate some movements on the flat. Expect the course to have some rollbacks and less of a typical hunter flow. The same horse/rider combination must be used for all testing, unless a change of horse is requested as an additional test by the judge.  Additional tests will be utilized from USEF tests 1-19. 

  1. Halt (4 to 6 seconds) and/or back

  2. Hand gallop

  3. Figure eight at trot, demonstrating change of diagonals. At left diagonal, rider should be sitting the saddle when left front leg is on the ground; at right diagonal, rider should be sitting the saddle when right front leg is on the ground; when circling clockwise at a trot, rider should be on left diagonal; when circling counterclockwise, rider should be on the right diagonal.

  4. Figure eight at canter on correct lead, demonstrating simple change of lead. This is a change whereby the horse is brought back into a walk or trot and restarted into a canter on the opposite lead. Figures to be commenced in center of two circles so that one change of lead is shown.

  5. Work collectively at a walk, trot or canter.

  6. Jump low obstacles at a trot as well as at a canter. The maximum height and spread for a trot jump is 3’ for horses, 2’ for ponies.

  7. Jump obstacles on figure eight course.

  8. Question(s) regarding basic horsemanship, tack and equipment and conformation.

  9. Ride without stirrups, riders must be allowed option to cross stirrups.

  10. Jump low obstacles at a walk as well as at a canter. The maximum height and spread for a walk jump is 2’.

  11. Dismount and mount. Individually.

  12. Turn on the forehand.

  13. Figure eight at canter on correct lead demonstrating flying change of lead.

  14. Execute serpentine at a trot and/or canter on correct lead demonstrating simple or flying changes of lead.

  15. Change leads on a line demonstrating a simple or flying change of lead.

  16. Change horses. (Note: this test is the equivalent of two tests.)

  17. Canter on counter lead. (Note: no more than twelve horses may counter canter at one time.)

  18. Turn on the haunches from the walk.

  19. Demonstration ride of approximately one minute. Rider must advise judge beforehand what ride he plans to demonstrate.

Working Hunter 2'9" 

Courses will consist of 8 fences and at least one change of direction. Fences will be verticals, gates, walls, and oxers. A simple combination (1 or 2 strides) may be included on course.  Under saddle and equitation on the flat classes will walk, trot, and canter. Equitation riders may be asked to perform additional tests per judge’s discretion.

2'9" Hunter Medal

Must not have shown in classes above 2'9". Judged as a single jumping round with additional tests worked into the course. The top riders or all riders might be called back by the judge to jump over a shortened course, or to demonstrate some movements on the flat. Expect the course to have some rollbacks and less of a typical hunter flow. The same horse/rider combination must be used for all testing, unless a change of horse is requested as an additional test by the judge.  Additional tests will be utilized from USEF tests 1-19. 

  1. Halt (4 to 6 seconds) and/or back

  2. Hand gallop

  3. Figure eight at trot, demonstrating change of diagonals. At left diagonal, rider should be sitting the saddle when left front leg is on the ground; at right diagonal, rider should be sitting the saddle when right front leg is on the ground; when circling clockwise at a trot, rider should be on left diagonal; when circling counterclockwise, rider should be on the right diagonal.

  4. Figure eight at canter on correct lead, demonstrating simple change of lead. This is a change whereby the horse is brought back into a walk or trot and restarted into a canter on the opposite lead. Figures to be commenced in center of two circles so that one change of lead is shown.

  5. Work collectively at a walk, trot or canter.

  6. Jump low obstacles at a trot as well as at a canter. The maximum height and spread for a trot jump is 3’ for horses, 2’ for ponies.

  7. Jump obstacles on figure eight course.

  8. Question(s) regarding basic horsemanship, tack and equipment and conformation.

  9. Ride without stirrups, riders must be allowed option to cross stirrups.

  10. Jump low obstacles at a walk as well as at a canter. The maximum height and spread for a walk jump is 2’.

  11. Dismount and mount. Individually.

  12. Turn on the forehand.

  13. Figure eight at canter on correct lead demonstrating flying change of lead.

  14. Execute serpentine at a trot and/or canter on correct lead demonstrating simple or flying changes of lead.

  15. Change leads on a line demonstrating a simple or flying change of lead.

  16. Change horses. (Note: this test is the equivalent of two tests.)

  17. Canter on counter lead. (Note: no more than twelve horses may counter canter at one time.)

  18. Turn on the haunches from the walk.

  19. Demonstration ride of approximately one minute. Rider must advise judge beforehand what ride he plans to demonstrate.

Jumper Classes

Riders have a set amount of time to complete a course. Riders under the time allowed with no penalties (time faults, refusals or poles down) will move on to the jump off, which is a shortened course with less time allowed. The horse and rider with the fastest and clear round wins the class. Courses will consist of 8 or more obstacles, and may include bending lines, combinations, rollback turns, oxers, and possibly skinny jumps at 2'9" and up. 

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