Halter:
 

The horse is judged based upon its conformation and condition.  Exhibitor will walk his/her horse to the judge one at a time.  The horse will be asked to trot and line up in the center of the arena.  Western or English attire may be used.  The pattern for this class is at the discretion of the Judge.

 

Showmanship:
 

Judged strictly on the exhibitors’ ability to fit and show a horse at halter.  Clothes and person are to be neat and clean and the horse must be well groomed.  The horse is merely a prop to demonstrate the ability and preparation of the exhibitor.  The exhibitor must lead the horse on the horses left side, holding the lead in the right hand, with the end of the lead loosely coiled in the left hand.  The exhibitor's hand must not be on the snap or chain portion of the lead.  A 360 degree pivot may be required.  This is a turn on the front while leaving the right hind foot in place.  A pattern will be posted prior to the show.

 

Lead Line: 
 

A child (6 years or under) is led by another person of any age at the walk only.  The child may be asked to back his/her horse.  The horse should have a bridle with the child holding the reins and the leader should have a lead.

 

Western Pleasure: 
 

This class will be judged on the performance, condition and conformation of the horse.  Horses will work both ways of the ring at all three (3) gaits (walk/trot/canter) to demonstrate their ability with different leads.  Riders will be asked to back the horse.

 

Walk-Trot: 
 

Same as Western Pleasure except riders will not be asked to canter.  Western or English attire may be worn.  A horse can be entered in both Western Pleasure and Walk Trot in the same age group.

 

Egg & Spoon: 
 

The rider will hold the egg in a spoon while riding around the arena.  Rider may hold onto the egg until instructed to remove thumb from the egg.  From that point on, the rider may not touch the egg, hold their thumb over the egg, or hold their finger under the bowl of the spoon.  When asked to change gaits, the rider must do so immediately. 

 

Pole Bending: 
 

The course contains six (6) poles set 21 feet apart.  Time will begin and end as the horse’s nose crosses the timer line.  An exhibitor may start either to the right or the left.  Knocking over a pole will result in a five (5) second penalty for each pole knocked down. Failure to follow the course shall result in disqualification.

 

Barrel Racing: 
 

Three barrels make up the course.  You may start either to the right or left and run to form a cloverleaf.  Knocking over a barrel results in a five (5) second penalty for each barrel knocked down.   Failure to follow the course shall result in disqualification.

 

Flag Race
 

Two barrels make up the course.  The rider shall run to the far barrel, make a 360 degree turn around the barrel  while picking up the flag, then sprinting to the next barrel and throw the flag into the barrel.  Missing the barrel will result in disqualification.  No penalty for knocking over a barrel.

 

Figure 8 Race:
 

A barrel and one pole make up the course.  The rider shall ride to the far barrel, make a 360 degree turn and cross over and past the pole to form a figure 8.  No penalty for knocking over a barrel or pole.

 

Relay Race:
 

The course will be made up of one barrel and requires two (2) contestants.  One horse and rider will stand at the far end on the arena.  The second contestant will ride to the first team and pass the stick to the first contestant.  The first team will run back across the timer line.  The second contestant shall stay at the end on the arena until the first contestant has crossed the timer line.

 

Keyhole Race:
 

The course will be made up of a "keyhole" drawn on the ground in white.  The rider will run to the far end of the arena, ride into the “keyhole”, make a 360 degree turn, run out of the “keyhole”, and back across the timer line.  If the horse steps on or over the line there is no time.
 

 

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