BELL COUNTY YOUTH FAIR AND LIVESTOCK SHOW, INC.
P.O. BOX 1058 BELTON, TX 76513 (254) 933-5309, FAX (254) 933-5312 Web page at: http://agrilife.org/bellctyyouthfair EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN.............……...….……..................FARON PHINNEY VICE-CHAIRMAN....………....……............RICHARD CORTESE SECRETARY..........………………................RON LUCKSINGER JIMMY PARKER KAREN WALINDER OFFICERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS PRESIDENT..............…………….……..…….….JODY WILLIAMS VICE-PRESIDENT........…….…….………..…...…JOHN DILLARD SECRETARY-TREASURER.…….………….……MARK DILLARD FAIR SECRETARY...............…………...…..............PAM REAVIS BOARD MEMBERS Thomas Arnold Richard Frith Mark Dillard Cathy Holland John Dillard Jody Williams Brit Owen Cliff George Kenneth Benson (FFA) Milissa Beechem (FCCLA) Jan Ramthun (4-H) General Agriculture Superintendents...….John Potts & Bill Schumann General Agriculture Superintendent Emeritus…..…Harold Procter General FCS Superintendent…..…………....…………….…..Betty Nejtek
AUCTIONEERS EDDY LANGE, JOHN FISHER & TOMMY HALE AUCTION SALE STAFF Eddy Lange (Chairman) Shelia Norman Pam Fleming Sharon Long Rose Demyan Deborah Hendricks AUCTION SALE COMMITTEE Jennifer Smith (Chairman), Sherry Tyroch, Eddy McNamara, Jan George, Kim Cosper, Lisa Coufal, Julie Oglesby, Kim Doskocil, Linda Habel. SHOW ANNOUNCERS Special Thanks to: DENNY NORMAN & EDDY LANGE RODEO COMMITTEE Chairman...Tina Butler Co-Chairman...Duane Biels
Page 2 SHOW SCHEDULE Subject to Change* Weigh In Comm. Steers Validate Lambs Validate Meat Goats Validate Swine Entry Deadline (AG & FCS) Tattoo Rabbits Weigh Out Comm. Steers
Sept. 15, 2012 8:00 am Oct. 16 & 29, 2012 5 pm - 8 pm Oct. 16 & 29, 2012 5 pm - 8 pm Nov. 19, 20, 26, 2012 4 pm - 7 pm Dec. 10, 2012 8 am - 5 pm Jan. 8, 2013 5:30 - 7:30 pm Jan. 26, 2013 8:00 am Swine Carcass Contest Weigh-in Jan. 26, 2013 9:00 - 10:00 am Comm. Steer Record Books Due Jan. 30, 2013 by 5:00 pm Horse Exhibitor Ride Nights: Performance Events: Jan. 21 & 28, 2013 Speed Events: Jan. 22 & 29, 2013
FRIDAY, FEB. 1, 2013 5:00—9:00 p.m………………..Steer Exhibitor Stall set-up & move in Steers (OPTIONAL)
SATURDAY, FEB. 2, 2013 6:00 a.m.-- 8:00 a.m….…... Move in Market Steers 7:45-8:15 a.m. …………… Check In Horses 8:00—9:00 a.m……………..Check in for Showmanship at Fair Office 8:30 a.m…………………….. Horse Show (Halter, Western, English) 8:30—9:30 a.m. ……………Weigh Market Steers 9:00 a.m…………………… Check in, Appearance Judging & Rehearsal for Fashion Revue 10:00 a.m.– 12:00 noon…..Move in Commercial Steers 2:00 p.m……………………..Fashion Revue—Public Show—Special Events Room 3:00 p.m……….……………Grade Commercial Steers 5:00 p.m…………………….Judge Market Steers, Release all no placing/non-floored steers from the barn until 10:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m…………………….Clem Mikeska Exhibitor Appreciation Supper and Dance.
SUNDAY, FEB. 3, 2013 9:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m……..…...Move in all Swine. Must check in with Superintendents to get pen assignments on arrival. 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m…………… Move in all Market Lambs and Breeding Sheep. They must be in place by 2:00 p.m. 1:00 –1:30 p.m.……………..... Check In horses 1:30 p.m………………………. Timed Events Start 1:00-5:00 p.m……………....….Move in all Heifers. 4:00-5:30 p.m……………....…Check Heifer Papers & pickup showmanship numbers 2:00-4:00 p.m…………………. Weigh and Classify Market Lambs 4:00 p.m…………………..…. All Breeding Swine Cards due into fair office. 4:00 - 5:00 p.m………………..Pickup Swine Showmanship exhibitor numbers from Livestock Office. 5:00 p.m…….…………...…... Weigh and Classify Hogs - In this order (Durocs, Crosses, Black OPBs, Hamps, White OPBs & Yorks).
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9:00 a.m………………………..Beef Heifer Show. Release all Heifer at 12:00 Noon Monday. 1:00-4:00 p.m. ………………. Commercial Steers Interviews, release all Comm. Steers after interviews but, no sooner than 3:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m …………...………..Judge Breeding Sheep and release, followed by a ten minute break and then judge the Market Lambs. After conclusion of show release all non-placing/non-floored lambs until 11:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 5, 2013. 2:00-5:30 p.m………………….Check in Family & Consumer Sciences Division 5:00 p.m…………………...…..Judge Breeding Swine or upon conclusion of the Mkt. Lamb Show. Remove all breeding swine within one hour after the show. 5:30 p.m………………………..Hamburger Supper 6:15 p.m………………………..FCS Judges Orientation—Special Events Rm 6:45 p.m……………………….Judge Family & Consumer Science
TUESDAY, FEB. 5, 2013 8:00 am………………………..Judge Market Swine. Release all nonplacing/non-floored hogs from the barn until 10:00 p.m. Swine Carcass award presentation will be prior to the market show grand champion selection. 8:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m………….. Assembly Hall Closed 8:00 a.m………………………..Judge Family & Consumer Sciences Divisions 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon…….....Breeding Rabbits arrive and check-in. 12:00 noon—4:00 p.m……… Move in all Breeding & Market Goats. They must be in place by 4:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m………………………. Judge Breeding Rabbits. Immediately following the show, release all Breeders. Rabbit Showmanship will immediately following the breeding rabbit show. 2:00-4:00 p.m……………...….Weigh Meat Goats & weigh and tooth Breeding Goats. 4:00-8:00 p.m……………….…Check-in and weigh Fryer Rabbits.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 6, 2013 8:00 a.m…...……………….….Judge Breeding Goats followed by a tenminute break and then judge the Meat Goats. After conclusion of show release all non-placing/non-floored meat goats until 11:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. ………………………Judge Fryer Rabbits, after conclusion of the show remove all non-placing Fryer Rabbit pens. 2:00 - 8:00 p.m…………....…..Farm Shop check in 9:00 a.m……………………….. Assembly Hall Opens- FCS Exhibits 9:30 a.m………………………. Mini Rodeo in the Dome 6:00 p.m………………………...FCS Winners Circle, Presentation of Photography Awards, the “Polly-Esther” Clothing Awards, and the Outstanding Jr & Sr Highpoint FCS Awards Assembly Hall 7:00-8:00 p.m…………………. Country Store—Food Division items for sale in the Assembly Hall immediately following the FCS winners circle presentation. 8:00 p.m………………………..Assembly Hall Closes – FCS Exhibits
Page 4 THURSDAY, FEB. 7, 2013 7:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon……..Release remaining non-placing/non-floored hogs. 8:00 a.m…………………….....Judge Farm Shop. After conclusion of show release all Farm Shop items until 11:00 p.m. 8:00 -- 9:30 a.m……………….Move in Commercial Broilers 9:30 --10:30 a.m……………... Move in Turkeys 10:30 --11:00 a.m……………..Move in Roasters 12:30 p.m……………….…..….Judge Poultry in this order (Broilers, Roasters, and Turkeys.) 9:00 a.m………………………..Assembly Hall Opens – FCS Exhibits 9:00 a.m. –3:00 p.m….…….. Country Store—Food Division items for sale in the Assembly Hall. 3:00 p.m……………………..,,, Assembly Hall Closes 5:00-6:30 p.m……………..…. Check out/Release all Family & Consumer Sciences Divisions 7:30 p.m. ……………………... PRCA Rodeo 8:00 p.m…………………….….Farm Shop Awards Presentation in the Farm Shop area. After conclusion release all Farm Shop items until 11:00 p.m.
Any animal removed from the barn will not be eligible for the auction or floor price. FRIDAY, FEB. 8, 2013 7:00 -10:00 a.m………….…....Release remaining Farm Shop and animals not in Auction or on Floor Price. 8:00-10:00 a.m………………...All Floor Price animals must be taken to designated area. 7:30 p.m………………………. PRCA Rodeo
SATURDAY, FEB. 9, 2013 9:00 a.m……………………... Livestock exhibitor’s mandatory pre-auction meeting. 10:00 a.m……………………....FCS exhibitor’s mandatory preauction meeting. 11:00 a.m……………………….Auction Exhibitor BBQ, (free for Auction Exhibitors) Family members welcome for a fee. 11:00 a.m……………………....Buyers Luncheon 12:00 Noon………….………....Awards, Bell County Youth Fair Plaza of Honor Dedication Ceremony, Commercial Steer Announcements & Awards Presentation.
& Auction Sale 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Auction Sale, release all remaining animals and exhibits. 7:30 p.m. ……………………....PRCA Rodeo 8:00 p.m………………………..All exhibits must be removed from barn. ANY ANIMAL REMOVED FROM BARN WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR AUCTION SALE OR FLOOR PRICE.
ALL ANIMALS NOT REMOVED FROM THE BARN BY 7:00 P.M., FEB. 9, 2013 WILL BECOME PROPERTY OF BELL COUNTY YOUTH FAIR AND LIVESTOCK SHOW.
2013 BELT BUCKLES Grand Champion Mare……………………......Bar H Quarter Horses— ………………………………………….…...………...Sandy & Joyce Hooper Reserve Grand Champion Mare……………………………………………….. ………………………………………Heart of Texas Feed—Kevin Spurlock Grand Champion Gelding…………….…….…Bar H Quarter Horses— ……………………………………………...….……...Sandy & Joyce Hooper Reserve Grand Champion Gelding..…….……..…Belton Veterinary Clinic Champion Junior Halter Showmanship.……….......……Cliff & Jan George Res. Champ Jr Halter Showmanship……..CSM—Kenny & Tanya Cosper Champion Senior Halter Showmanship…………....…Hanke Boar Goats— …………………………………………………….….....Joe & Jenniter Hanke Reserve Champion Senior Halter Showmanship……………………...BCYF Senior Western Champion………………….…….…Bob & Anna Patterson Senior Western Reserve Champion….………..……Todd & Lindsey Strait Junior Western Champion…………………………………………...………..… ……………….……..…..Bell County Cowboys’ & Cowgirls’ Hall of Fame Junior Western Reserve Champion…….........First Texas Bank of Belton Senior English Champion.…………..………Holland S.P.J.S.T. Lodge #80 Senior English Reserve Champion......................................Extraco Banks Junior English Champion…..……………………...Bill & Lynda Schumann Junior English Reserve Champion…………….…Bill & Lynda Schumann Senior Speed Event Champion………Matthews, Ludwick, Templin ………………………………………………...………& Montgomery, CPA’s Senior Speed Event Reserve Champ..……..…....John & JoAnne Millican Junior Speed Event Champion...……..……..….....Jeff & Jeannie Ludwick Junior Res. Speed Event Champion…….……Scentsy by Kristin Hughes Champion Reining …….……………………………………….…..……..BCYF
Page 6 HORSE EXHIBITOR’S RIDE NIGHT RULES: Ride Nights Purpose: 1. Provide a structured opportunity for contestants entered in the Bell County Youth Fair Horse Division to prepare for the BCYF. 2. Open to all 4-H, FFA and FCCLA entered contestants.
Ride Nights Objective: 1. Provide a weather protected environment where contestants can practice to familiarize themselves with the different events and related rules. 2. Provide an opportunity for the horses to become accustomed to a new environment and to being in close proximity to unknown horses. 3. Provide an opportunity for the youth that love horses to meet other youth with the same interest, build relationships and learn to encourage each other.
Ride Night Rules: 1. Rules and operation of the exhibitor ride night program are prepared and implemented by the designated Superintendent. 2. Participants must be entered in the upcoming BCYF to participate. 3. Participants must ride only the horses they have registered for that event for the upcoming BCYF. 4. Contestants must sign up and provide up to date coggins test documentation at the beginning of each ride night date that is participated in. 5. The Ride Night Superintendent will designate instructors and topics for each night. Instructors are volunteers that are helping all our youth. Parents or youth that are disrespectful and disruptive to the instructor will be asked to leave the premises. 6. No alcohol of any type will be allowed during Ride Night activities. 7. Security will be provided. 8. Due to the large number of horses in close proximity and due to lack of event experience for many riders EMS will be provided. 9. Only the contestant and the horses registered for that event are permitted to ride in the arena. This means that no time should anyone other than the entered exhibitor be on a horse in either of the exposition arenas or the Expo Coliseum. During structured time only the authorized instructor of the topic will be allowed in the area with the contestants. The authorized instructor is encouraged to ride a trained horse during the instruction as needed to assist in the instruction process; however the horse should not be one registered to be shown in the BCYF. Exceptions are purely at the discretions of the Ride Night Superintendent. 10. All horses need to be safely controlled by the contestant in a way that insures the safety of the rider and the horse. In the event this does not occur the horse should be led from the arena. Horses should be adjusted to being around other horses and manageable by the rider prior to bringing the horse to Ride Nights. 11. Any horse of an unsound nature should not enter the facility. Additionally, if a horse experiences an injury or shows signs of lameness or illness the rider and horse will be asked to leave the facility. Horse Exhibitor Ride Nights: Performance Events: Jan. 21 & 28, 2013 Speed Events: Jan. 22 & 29, 2013
GENERAL RULES BELL COUNTY YOUTH FAIR AND LIVESTOCK SHOW, INC. ELIGIBILITY: ALL EXHIBITORS MUST LIVE OR ATTEND SCHOOL CONTINUOUSLY IN BELL COUNTY FROM DECEMBER 10, 2012 TO THE SHOW DATE OF FEBRUARY 2-9, 2013. IF AN EXHIBITOR’S COUNTY OF RESIDENCE AND COUNTY OF SCHOOL ATTENDANCE ARE DIFFERENT, THE EXHIBITOR SHALL PARTICIPATE IN ONLY ONE COUNTY SHOW OF HIS/HER CHOOSING. All exhibitors must be at least 8 years of age and in the third grade, but not more than nineteen years old on January 1, 2013 of the show year. They must be enrolled in public or private elementary or secondary school at the time of entry. If exhibitor drops out of school between entry date and show date, the exhibitor and the project are ineligible. “The exhibitors must have personally cared for their animals or personally constructed or made their projects under the direct supervision of a Bell County Extension Agent, Bell County Vocational Agriculture Advisor, or Bell County FCCLA Advisor AND BE A BONA FIDE MEMBER OF A BELL COUNTY 4-H CLUB, FFA CHAPTER OR FCCLA CHAPTER BY DECEMBER 10, 2012,TO ALLOW FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE UPCOMING BELL COUNTY YOUTH FAIR. CURRENT MEMBERS WILL BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IF THEY ATTEND A MINIMUM OF TWO MEETINGS OF THE PRIMARY 4-H CLUB OR CHAPTER IN WHICH THEY ARE ENROLLED FROM AUGUST 1, 2012 TO DECEMBER 31, 2012.” Animals must be weaned and in continuous possession of the exhibitor from the ownership deadline until exhibited at the Youth Fair. Boys and girls living in Bell County but belonging to 4-H clubs, FFA chapters, or FCCLA chapters in other counties may also exhibit. Junior age is 8-13, Senior age is 14-19, age is determined as of January 1, 2013 of the show year. 4-H Members participating in the Bell County Youth Fair must enroll online 4-H connect by December 10, 2012. Enrolling on 4-H connect does not complete your Bell County Youth Fair entry. 4-H members must also, submit a completed Bell County Youth Fair entry form to your club manager by the 4-H clubs manager’s set deadline.
TEXAS PENAL CODE: §32.44. Rigging publicly exhibited contest. (a) A person commits an offense if, with intent to affect the outcome (including the score) of a publicly exhibited contest: (1) he offers, confers, or agrees to confer any benefit on, or threatens harm to:
DIVISION E -- HORSE SUPERINTENDENTS: JULIE OGLESBY
SPECIAL RULES: HORSE OWNERSHIP: For participation in the Bell County Youth Fair Horse Show the horse must be owned on or before November 1, 2012. The horse must be owned solely by the exhibitor, his/her parents, brother, sister, or legal guardian. Ownership certification must be met by one of the methods as follow: A. Registered Horses - A copy of registration papers must be sent in at the time of entering. Registration papers with any breed (including breeding stock) association makes the horse a registered horse. B. A Grade Horse ID Certificate must be sent in at time of entering. The Grade Horse ID Certificate is available from the Leader/Advisor. Each exhibitor will be required to present the original copy of either of these forms to the show personnel along with his/her horse in order to receive an exhibitor number. (EIA test or Coggins) MISCELLANEOUS SHOW RULES: 1. Different horses may be shown by one exhibitor in different divisions; however, horses must still meet ownership requirements. 2. All points will be awarded on a one-horse, one rider basis in each division. 3. Stallions may not be shown in any division. 4. No rerun will be given any contestant if handicapped by his/her own equipment failure or accident to horse or rider. 5. In timed events, at least two watches should be used. The average time of the watches, used by the official timers, will be the official time. An electric timer is preferable and should be used if possible. 6. Tie breakers (individual class placing) - In case of a tie in timed or scored classes, ties will be broken by the fastest time or highest score of a runoff by the tied contestants. If a tie still exists, then places will be decided by the flip of a coin. 7. Tie breakers (high points) - In case of a tie the judge shall determine the class to re-run. If a tie still exists places will be decided by the flip of a coin. 8. Questions regarding the conduct, ethics rules of the show will be referred immediately by the Horse show Superintendent to the General Superintendent. The General Superintendent will confer with the Board of Directors or Judge, if necessary, and give a decision that shall be accepted as final. (See Protests in General Rules). 9. Unsoundness may be penalized at the discretion of the Judge. This decision is not subject to protest.
Page 9 10. The use of any stimulants or depressants is prohibited. Any surgical procedure, foreign substance or drug that could affect a horse’s performance or alter its natural conformation or appearance is prohibited. All drugs must be administered by a veterinarian. 11. Any time a horse’s mouth is tied or fastened in a performance class, it shall be disqualified. Any open, raw sores or bleeding body parts that come in contact with a hackamore, bit, spur or other related equipment may be penalized at the Judge‘s discretion. 12. The BELL COUNTY YOUTH FAIR & LIVESTOCK SHOW is committed to the humane treatment of horses. In any class, inhumane or abusive treatment may result in disqualification at the discretion of the Superintendent and/or Judge. 13. The Judge’s decision shall be final and is not subject to protest. 14. Champions - All appropriate first places will compete for champion. The second place in the class from which the champion comes will compete for reserve champion. 15. High Point Awards - High Point Awards will be given only in Western, English and Timed Event Divisions. The contestant with the most total points earned in a division will be Champion. The contestant with the next highest total in that division will be the Reserve Champion. 16. The Point System is a 10 Point System. Each of the first 10 horses will be given a point for each placing below it, plus one point; with a maximum of ten. Example 1: In a class of 15, first place receives 10 points, second receives 9 points, third receiving 8 points, and so on through tenth place receiving 1 point. Example 2: In a class of 5, first place receives 5 points, second receives 4 points, third receives 3 points, and so on through fifth place receiving 1 point. 17. During all over-fence and timed-event classes and warm up exercises, it is strongly recommended that all riders wear a properly fitted headgear with a fastened chin harness. In all other judged and timed classes, the use of protective headgear is acceptable, recommended, and the optional choice of the exhibitor. ASTM/SEI helmets are recommended. It is the responsibility of the rider and the parent, guardian, or Chapter or Club Leader to ensure that the headgear worn complies with appropriate safety standards for protective headgear intended for equestrians use, and that the headgear is properly fitted and in good condition. 18. In timed events, if the pattern is broken the exhibitor will exit the ring without completing correct run. 19. The exhibitor must move on to the next obstacle after three refusals in all classes with obstacles in the pattern. The Texas Agricultural Extension Service, Bell County Youth Fair and Livestock Show and the Horse Show Superintendent’s are not responsible for ensuring that the headgear worn complies with safety standards and make no representation or warranty, expressed or implied, about any protective headgear, and cautions riders that death or serious injury may result despite wearing such headgear, because all equestrian sports involve inherent dangerous risks and no helmet can protect against all possible injuries.
Page 10 SHOW CLASSES by DIVISION: The age of horse is computed as of January 1st, of year foaled. HALTER DIVISION: E - 1 Registered Mare, under five years E - 2 Registered Mare, five years and over E - 3 Grade Mare, under five years E - 4 Grade Mare, five years and over Grand Champion Mare Reserve Grand Champion Mare E - 5 Registered Gelding, under five years E - 6 Registered Gelding, five years and over E - 7 Grade Gelding, under five years E - 8 Grade Gelding, five years and over Grand Champion Gelding Reserve Grand Champion Gelding E - 9 Showmanship at Halter - 13 and under E - 10 Showmanship at Halter - 14 and over
WESTERN DIVISION: E - 14 Western Walk Trot - 13 and under E - 15 Western Walk Trot - 14 and over E - 16 Western Pleasure - 13 and under E - 17 Western Pleasure - 14 and over E - 18 Western Horsemanship - 13 and under E - 19 Western Horsemanship - 14 and over E - 20 Trail - 13 and under E - 21 Trail - 14 and over E - 22 Reining
ENGLISH DIVISION: E - 24 Hunter Showmanship - 13 and under E - 25 Hunter Showmanship - 14 and over E - 26 English Walk/Trot - 13 and under E - 27 English Walk/Trot - 14 and over E - 28 Hunter Under Saddle - 13 and under E - 29 Hunter Under Saddle - 14 and over E - 30 English Equitation - 13 and under E - 31 English Equitation - 14 and over
TIMED EVENT DIVISION: E - 32 Cloverleaf Barrels - 13 and under E - 33 Cloverleaf Barrels - 14 and over E - 34 Straight-Away Barrels - 13 and under E - 35 Straight-Away Barrels - 14 and over E - 36 Pole Bending - 13 and under E - 37 Pole Bending - 14 and over E - 38 Stakes Race - 13 and under E - 39 Stakes Race - 14 and over
Page 11 WESTERN CLASSES: The use of protective headgear is the “suggested choice” of exhibitors in any/all western classes, including judged and timed classes. JUDGED CLASSES: Western pleasure, western horsemanship, western walk trot and trail. ATTIRE - Riders shall wear western hat and cowboy boots. Long sleeve shirts are strongly recommended. The use of spurs and chaps shall be optional. Clothing should be neat and clean. Exhibitors will wear identification numbers on their backs, and are not allowed to post numbers on either side of the horse. EQUIPMENT - Horses shall be shown in a stock saddle that fits the rider. Silver equipment will not count over good, clean, working equipment. Horses may be ridden with a snaffle, curb, spade, half-breed bit or with a braided rawhide, leather or rope hackamore (bosal). However, split reins must be used and held in one hand with no more than one finger between reins. This applies even when a snaffle bit or hackamore is used. If a romal is used, fingers between reins are not permitted. Curb chains or straps must be at least 2 inches in width and must lie flat against the horse’s chin. No wire curbs are permitted, regardless of the amount of padding or tape. Absolutely no iron will be permitted under jaws. Mechanical hackamores are not permitted. Bosals or nosebands are not permitted with a bit. Gag bits, tie downs, martingales and draw reins are prohibited. TIMED EVENT CLASSES: Cloverleaf barrels, straight-away barrels, pole bending, and stakes race. ATTIRE - Exactly like judged classes. “Western hat is optional, but not required and if worn, should be affixed in a manner to keep it from coming off the rider. Protective headgear is suggested.” EQUIPMENT - Western-type equipment must be used. The use of a mechanical hackamore, gag bit or other type of bridle is the contestant’s choice. However, the judge may require the removal or alteration of equipment considered severe, dangerous or inhumane. Constants may use tie downs. ENGLISH CLASSES: JUDGED CLASSES: Walk trot, hunter under saddle, english equitation and hunter showmanship. ATTIRE - Hard hats will be required in all classes. Clothing must be clean and neat. Rider must wear coat, boots, breeches and hunting cap. The coat may be any tweed or melton (conservative, washable jackets in season ) acceptable for
Page 12 hunting. Breeches or jodhpur pants should be buff or brown. A black, dark blue or brown derby is required. Spurs of the unrowelled type, gloves, crops or bats are optional. Gloves are preferred in the equitation class and should be heavy wash leather or brown leather. See Hunter Showmanship section for specific attire and equipment. EQUIPMENT - Clean english forward, hunting or dressage type saddles are allowed. Saddles may have a suede seat and/or suede inserts on the skirts. Regulation snaffle, pelham or full bridle, with a cavesson noseband, is required. Breastplates are optional. Martingales draw reins, hackamores, boots or bandages are all prohibited. CLASS RULES: SHOWMANSHIP AT HALTER - The showmanship class is judged on an exhibitor’s ability to execute practical and basic halter class maneuvers from the ground. The class should always be judged with this in mind, giving credit to the exhibitor who can correctly perform each maneuver of the total pattern or run. Judges should refrain from conducting the class routine in any manner that attempts to trick, confuse or mislead exhibitors. In showmanship at halter, conformation of the horse is not judged. But, condition and appearance are considered. ATTIRE - Exhibitors should be neat, clean and well-groomed. Clothing shall be as stated in the section on judged classes. Chaps and spurs are not permitted. EQUIPMENT - Use a clean halter that is adjusted to fit the horse. The halter should fit well on the horse’s head to maximize response to subtle halter cues. Silver halters shall not count more over a nice, clean well-fitted halter. Lead straps are often attached to a chain and snap. The lead strap may be snapped below the jaw in the center ring of halter, or the chain can be run under the horse’s chin and snapped to the upper or lower halter ring on the right side of the horse’s head. HORSE FITTING AND GROOMING: 1. Horse should be clean and well-groomed. Manner of fitting for mane and tail may vary according to recognized practices for a particular breed of horse. 2. A well-groomed horse that is clean, properly trimmed and conditioned does have a justified advantage in showmanship at halter. Underweight or thin horses may be penalized. METHOD OF SHOWING: 1. Walk, trot, turn, back and pose the horse as shown in posted pattern or by judge’s instructions. 2. The horse is always lead from the left side. The exhibitor ‘s right hand is held closest to the halter, with the distance being highly dependent upon mannerisms of the horse, size of both the horse and exhibitor, and breed standards. The excess amount of lead is folded or loosely coiled in the left hand and held about waist high. Never wrap the excess lead around hand or make a coil so small that a sudden jerk could cause the lead to wrap around the hand.
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Page 13 3. At both the walk and trot, the exhibitor’s shoulder should be about even with the horse’s throat latch. In this position, the horse is beside the exhibitor, allowing the judge a clear view of the horse’s travel. Movement at both gaits should be brisk and sharp, as opposed to slow and dull. Speed of travel is somewhat related to straightness of travel; and the slower a horse moves, the greater chance for deviation from a straight line of movement. 4. When leading to or from a judge or ringmaster, stops and turns are very important. The exhibitor should always allow plenty of space between the horse and judge. Stops should be executed squarely and without hesitation, as the stop is an important maneuver preceding a correct turn or reverse of direction. 5. Turns of more than 90 degrees should always be executed to the right. Pushing the horse away rather than pulling the horse around will allow more distance between the horse’s and exhibitor’s feet. In addition, turning the to the right allows the horse to use the right hind foot as a pivot. The horse can then cross the left front foot over the right front to execute a very uniform and smooth turn. This results in the horse remaining in essentially the same tracks after the turn is completed and provides the judge a good view as the horse is walked or trotted away. 6. Immediately following a turn or reverse of direction, the exhibitor should look back to make sure the horse is lined up with the judge. Class routines may require walking or trotting back into the lineup of horses. The exhibitor should lead all the way through the line, stop, reverse and then lead into the line to set up. If asked to change positions in the line, back the horse out of the line and approach the new position from behind. 7. Pose or set up the horse with its feet set according to its type or breed. Stock horse breeds stand square. Move the horse’s feet by pushing or pulling on the lead strap as necessary with the right hand. Touching the horse’s body with a hand or foot to change the horse’s position is penalized. 8. Once set up, the horse should be presented in such a way as to not distract the judge’s attention from the horse. The exhibitor stands on the opposite side of the horse when the judge is toward the front and on the same side as the judge when the judge is toward the rear of the horse. This method of presentation is preferred by most judges for youth exhibitors. 9. For safety purposes at no time should an exhibitor stop and stand directly in front of the horse. 10. The primary objective is to show the horse. Exhibitors should stand where they can see the judge and the judge can see them, but without obstructing the judge’s view of the horse. The basic position of the exhibitor should allow contestant observation of the horse’s position and also permit observation of the judge. 11. Staring at the judge keeps an exhibitor from continually observing the horse and keeping the horse set properly. Exhibitors should maintain eye contact with the horse. It is acceptable to glance at the judge from time to time, but an exhibitor should not do this continuously. 12. Exhibitor should keep their proper position in line and allow reasonable space (at least five feet) between horses on either side. Keep horses from making contact with a competitor or encroaching of space rightfully belonging to another exhibitor.
Page 14 SOME SHOWMANSHIP CLASS FAULTS: 1. Allowing the horse to remain out of position. 2. Standing directly in front of the horse. 3. Kicking horse’s feet to move them. 4. Failure of the horse to lead properly. 5. Failure to stop before turning when showing at a walk or trot. 6. Failure to back. 7. Loud voice commands to your horse or other unnecessary actions. 8. Picking up horse’s feet for positioning purposes. 9. Tracking crooked. 10. Posed incorrectly. CLASS ROUTINE: 1. Exhibitors may enter the arena single file, moving around the arena counter-clockwise before lining up at the judge’s instruction. Once in line, each exhibitor will perform individually. by the judge. 2. At many shows, exhibitors will be asked to enter the arena individually and work a pattern. 3. Regardless of the manner used, judges should draw patterns clearly and make instructions that are easily understood by exhibitors. 4. Where patterns are posted, such instructions should be available for exhibitor to review by 8:00 a.m. the morning of show.
WESTERN WALK TROT This class recognizes a horse for functional correctness, quality of movement, attitude and manners. 1. Horses are shown at a walk and jog on a reasonably loose rein without undue restraint. Horses must work both ways of the ring, at both gaits, to demonstrate their ability with different leads and transitions. Riders may be asked to extend the jog at the Judge’s discretion. Horses may be required to reverse at the walk or jog and to go from any gait at the discretion of the Judge. 2. Horses should back easily and stand quietly. The judge may ask that only finalists be backed. 3. Horses are to be reversed to the center of the arena. 4. Large numbers in this class may require qualification heats to accommodate all horses. Arena size will dictate heat size. After each heat, all horses should be brought to the center with the finalists identified. 5. Any portion of a class or heat may be placed on the rail for extra work by the judge at any time. 6. At no time shall a fault-out system that results in a exhibitor being eliminated individually be used. A positive approach should be used, with winners or finalist being dismissed from the arena as a group. Individual horses should not be pulled off the rail while the class is being judged. 7. Entries shall be penalized for being on wrong leads, but not necessarily disqualified. Excessive speed and breaking gait are to be penalized. Horses with a low head carriage and/or head carriage behind the vertical; and/or a sullen, lethargic, emaciated, drawn or tired look will be penalized. 8. The class will be judged on the performance and condition of the horse at the discretion of the judge.
Page 26 7. The following will result in a 2 point penalty. a. Break of gait. b. Freezing up in spins or rollbacks. c. On walk-in patterns, failure to stop or walk before executing a canter departure. d. On run-in patterns, failure to be in canter before reaching the first marker. e. If a horse does not completely pass the specified marker before initiating a stop position. 8. Starting or performing circles or figure eights out of lead will be judged as follows: a. Each time a horse is out of lead, a judge must penalize by 1 point. The penalty for being out of lead is cumulative, and the Judge will add 1 penalty point for each ¼ of the circumference of a circle or any part thereof that a horse is out of lead b. A judge is required to penalize a horse ¼ point for a delayed change of lead by one stride. 9. Deduct ½ point for starting circle at a jog or exiting rollbacks at a jog up to two strides. For jogging beyond two strides but less than ½ circle or ½ length of arena, deduct 2 points, 10. Deduct ½ point for over or under spinning up to 1/8 of a turn; deduct 1 point for over or under spinning up to ¼ of a turn. 11. In patterns requiring a run-around, failure to be on the correct lead when rounding the end of the arena will be penalized as follows: for ½ the turn or less, 1 point; for more than ½ turn, 2 points. 12. There will be a ½ point penalty for failure to remain a minimum of 20 feet from the wall or fence when approaching a stop and/or rollback. 13. The judge shall have the authority to remove any contestant from a show he or she is judging if the contestant shows any disrespect or misconduct as to render him or herself or the show in an unprofessional manner. 14. Judges shall be the sole person(s) responsibility for determining if a rider has correctly completed the pattern.
WESTERN PLEASURE This class recognizes a horse for functional correctness, quality of movement, attitude and manners. 1. Horses are shown at a walk, jog and lope on a reasonably loose rein without undue restraint. Horses must work both ways of the ring, at all three gaits, to demonstrate their ability with different leads and transitions. Riders may be asked to extend the jug at the judge’s discretion. Horses may be required to reverse at the walk or jog and to go from any gait at the discretion of the judge. For safety of the exhibitors, a reverse at a lope or extended jog shall not be called. 2. Horses should back easily and stand quietly. The judge may ask that only finalists be backed. 3. Horses are to be reversed to the center of the arena. 4. Large numbers in this class may require qualification heats to accommodate all horses. Arena size will dictate heat size. After each heat, all horses should be brought to the center with the finalists identified. 5. Any portion of a class or heat may be placed on the rail for extra work by the judge at any time. 6. At no time shall a fault-out system that results in a exhibitor being eliminated individually be used. A positive approach should be used, with winners or finalist being dismissed from the arena as a group. Individual horses should not be pulled off the rail while the class is being judged. 7. Entries shall be penalized for being on wrong leads, but not necessarily disqualified. Excessive speed and breaking gait are to be penalized. Horses with a low head carriage and/ or head carriage behind the vertical; and/or a sullen, lethargic, emaciated, drawn or tired look will be penalized. 8. The class will be judged on the performance and condition of the horse at the discretion of the judge.
WESTERN HORSEMANSHIP This class recognizes ability to ride a horse functionally and correctly using various aids to cause the horse to perform required basic maneuvers. GENERAL: 1. Riders will be judged on basic position in saddle, which includes the position and use of hands, seat, feet and legs, as well as the ability to control and show the horse. 2. Scores on individual works will be based on rider’s skills and execution of the pattern. POSITION: 1. ARMS AND HANDS. Arms and hands should be held in an easy relaxed manner. Upper arms are held in a straight line with the body with the arm holding the reins bent at the elbow. Only one hand is used for reining and hands shall not be changed on reins. Hand is to be around reins with one finger permitted between split reins. Reins are to be carried immediately above and slightly in front of the saddle horn. Reins should be held so that light contact is maintained with the horse’s mouth.
2. BASIC POSITION. Rider should sit in a comfortable, balanced, relaxed and flexible manner. Lower leg should hang straight down from knee or forward to the stirrups with a slight bend in the knee, depending on type of saddle. In either position, stirrups should be just long enough for heels to be lower than toes. Feet may be placed in stirrups with boot heel touching stirrup or may be placed with the ball of the foot in the center of the stirrup. Riding with toes only in the stirrup will be penalized. Toes should be turned only slightly out with ankles flexed in a comfortable position. The lower legs and feet should be kept close to the horse’s body, but not in contact except when applying aids.
3. The following will result In no score; a. Abuse of an animal in the show arena and/or evidence that an act of abuse has occurred before or during the exhibition of a horse in competition. b. Use of illegal equipment, including wire on bits or curb chains c. Use of illegal bits or curb chains. d. Use of tack collars, tie downs or nose bands.
POSITION IN MOTION: The rider shall sit the trot and not post. The rider should be close to the saddle at a lope. Exaggerated shifting of the rider’s weight is not desirable and will be penalized in judging. CLASS ROUTINE: 1. The judge will ask each rider to work individually. Individual works will be a combination of maneuvers that the judge feels are necessary to determine the horsemanship ability of the rider. The pattern must include only maneuvers from the following list: a. straight walk, trot and lope, and circles in both directions b. stop c. back straight, in an L and a circle d. 360 degree turn or spin e. pivot, both ways f. turns of 90, 180 or 270 degrees g. rollbacks h. lope circles of varying size and speed I. pickup leads from standstill, walk or trot j. simple lead changes on a straight-away or in a circle k. side pass l. counter canter m. two track 2. The pattern should be posted by 8:00 a.m. the morning of show. 3. The judge will use these individual work scores to determine the top riders who will be asked to work individually or on the rail. Selected riders (or all riders if the class is small) will be required to work on the rail to determine final placing. 4. Rail work will include walk, trot and lope in one or both directions of the ring at the discretion of the judge.
TRAIL This class will be judged on the performance of the horse over obstacles, with emphasis on manners, response to the rider and attitude. 1. Credit will be given to horses negotiating the obstacles with style and some degree of speed, providing carefulness is not sacrificed, and to horses showing the capability of picking their way through course when obstacles warrant it, and willingly responding to riders ques on more difficult obstacles.
e. Use of whips or bats. f. Use of any attachment that alters the movement of or circulation to the tail. g. Failure to dismount and/or present the horse and equipment to the appropriate judge or class superintendent for inspection. h. Disrespect or misconduct by the exhibitor. i. The judge(s) may excuse a horse at any time while in the arena for unsafe conditions or improper exhibition pertaining to both the horse and/or rider. 4. Excess rein may be straightened at any place a horse is allowed to be completely stopped during a pattern. 5. The following will result in a score of 0: a. Use of more than the index or first finger between reins. b. Use of two hands or changing hands. c. Failure to complete pattern as written. d. Performing the maneuvers other than in the specified order. e. The inclusion of maneuvers not specified, Including, but not limited to: 1. Backing more than 2 strides. 2. Turning more than 90 degrees. Exception: a complete stop in the first quarter of a circle after a canter departure is not to be considered an inclusion of maneuver; a 2-point break of gait penalty will apply. f. Equipment failure that delays completion of pattern, including dropping a rein that comes in contact with the ground while the horse is in motion. g. Balking or refusal of command where pattern is delayed. Running away or failing to guide where it becomes impossible to discern whether the entry is on pattern. Jogging in excess of one half-circle or one-half the length of the arena. Over spins of more than ¼ turn. Fall to the ground by horse or rider. 6. The following will result in a penalty of 5 points: a. Spurring In front of cinch. Use of either hand to instill fear or praise. Holding the saddle with either hand. Blatant disobedience including kicking, bucking, rearing and striking.
REINING CLASS This class recognizes the ability of a horse to be willingly guided or controlled with little or no apparent resistance, while performing patterns with smoothness, finesse, responsive attitude and quickness while the rider is demonstrating authority at a controlled speed. 1. At no time shall a fault-out system that results in an exhibitor being eliminated individually be used. A positive approach should be used, with winners or finalist being dismissed from the arena as a group. Individual horses should not be pulled off the rail while the class is being judged. 2. The class will be judged on the performance and condition of the horse at the discretion of the judge. 3. The reining class will not count as part of High Point for the buckle series. Reining 1. Each contestant will individually enter the ring and perform the required pattern. 2. Each horse will be judged on the neatness, dispatch, ease, calmness, and speed with which it performs the pattern. 3. Excessive jawing, open mouth, or head raising on stop; lack of smooth sliding stops on haunches; breaking gaits; refusing to change lead; anticipating signals; stumbling or falling; wringing tall; backing sideways; changing hands on reins; losing the stirrup; holding on to the saddle, two hands on reins; or any unnecessary aid (such as unnecessary talking, petting, spurring, quirting, jerking of reins, etc.) given by the rider to the horse to induce the horse to perform, will be considered a fault and scored accordingly. 4. The horse should rein and handle easily, fluently, and effortlessly and with reasonable speed through the pattern. 5. Any horse not following the pattern will be disqualified. 6. A maximum of 8 reining patterns shall be identified and published in the Bell County Youth Fair Rule Book. Contestants should be proficient at all patterns. The pattern to be used in the BCYF competition will be selected, from the 8, by the Judge and posted the morning of the event. Scoring 1. Scoring will be on the basis of 0 to infinity, with 70 denoting an average performance. The individual maneuvers are scored in 1/2 point increments from a low of -1 ½ to a high of +1 ½, with a score of 0 denoting a maneuver that Is correct with no degree of difficulty. Scores will be announced after each horse. 2. Any ties for the first place will be worked off, using the same pattern and order of go that was used during the event; however, there will be no more than one run-off. If the score remains tied after the run-off, the entrants will be named cochampions.
Page 17 2. Horses shall be penalized for any unnecessary delay while approaching the obstacles. Horses with artificial appearance over obstacles should be penalized. 3. Only one hand may be used on the reins, except that it is permissible to change hands to work an obstacle. While horse is in motion, rider’s hands shall be clear of horse and saddle. 4. Horses must not be required to work on the rail. The course must be designed, however, to require each horse to show the three gaits (walk, jog, lope) somewhere between obstacles as a part of its work and will be scored as a maneuver. 5. Gait between obstacles shall be at the discretion of the judge. 6. The course to be used must be posted by 8:00 a.m. the morning of show. 7. No horse that deviates from the pattern in any way as it is written on the posted course shall place above any horse that completes the pattern as written. 8. The following will result in a no score on a particular obstacle but does not mean disqualification from the class: a. Doing an obstacle differently than described on the pattern. b. Missing or not attempting an obstacle. c. Failure to complete an obstacle. d. Failure to be in the prescribed gait or on the correct lead. 9. The following will result in disqualification from the class: a. Not doing the obstacles in the prescribed order. b. Fall to the ground by horse or rider. c. Illegal equipment. d. Willful abuse. e. More than one finger between reins, except when changing hands to work an obstacle. f. Obviously cuing the horse on the neck to lower the head. g. Major disobedience - rearing, schooling. 10. Superintendent, when setting courses, should keep in mind that the idea is not to trap a horse, or eliminate it by making an obstacle too difficult. All courses and obstacles are to be constructed with safety in mind so as to eliminate any accidents. Enough space must be provided for a horse to jog (at least 30 feet) and lope (at least 50 feet) for the judge to evaluate these gaits. 11. If disrupted, the course shall be reset after each horse has worked. In case that a combination of obstacles are used the course cannot be reset until the contestant finishes the entire course regardless of where any disruption occurs. 12. At least six obstacles must be used, three of which must be form the mandatory list of obstacles and at least three different others selected from the list of optional obstacles. 13. Mandatory obstacles: a. Opening, passing through, and closing gate. (Losing control of gate is to be penalized.) Use a gate which will not endanger horse or rider.
Page 18 b. Ride over at least four logs or poles. These can be in a straight line, curved, zigzag or raised. The space between the logs is to be measured and the path the horse is to take should be the measuring point. The space for walkovers shall be 15-24 inches; trot-overs, 3 feet to 3 feet 6 inches; lope-overs, 6 to 7 feet. Walk-overs may be elevated to 12 inches and should be a minimum of 22 inches apart. The height should be measured form the ground to the top of the element. Trot-overs and lope-overs cannot be elevated. c. Backing obstacle. Backing obstacles are to be spaced a minimum of 28 inches. If elevated, 30 inches spacing is required. 1. Back through and around at least three markers. 2. Back through L , V , U , straight, or similar shaped course, may be elevated no more than 24 inches. 14. Optional obstacles, but not limited to: a. Water hazard (ditch or small pond). No metal or slick bottom- boxes will be used. b. Serpentine obstacles at walk or jog. Spacing to be minimum of 6 feet for jog. c. Carry object from one part of arena to another. (Only objects which reasonably might be carried on a trail may be used.) d. Ride over wooden bridge. (Suggested minimum width shall be 36 inches wide and at least 6 feet long.) Bridge should be sturdy and safe. e. Put on and remove slicker. f. Remove and replace materials from mailbox. g. Side pass (may be elevated to 12 inches maxi mum). h. An obstacle consisting of four logs or rails, each 5 to 7 feet long, laid in a square. Each contest ant will enter the square by riding over log or rail as designed. When all four feet are inside the square, rider should execute a turn, as indicated, and depart. i. Any other safe and negotiable obstacle which could reasonably be expected to be encountered on a trail ride and meets the approval of the judge may be used. j. A combination of two or more of any obstacle is acceptable. 15. Unacceptable obstacles: a. Tires b. Animals c. Hides d. PVC pipe e. Dismounting f. Jumps g. Rocking or moving bridges h. Water box with floating or moving parts i. Flames, dry ice, fire extinguisher, etc. j. Logs or poles elevated in a manner that permits such to roll. k. Ground ties. 16. The judge must walk the course and has the right and duty to alter the course in any manner. The judge may remove or change any obstacle deemed unsafe or non-negotiable.
Page 23 5. At a signal from the starter or timer, the exhibitor will go to barrel number 1, passing to the right of this barrel, then on to barrel number 2, this time passing to the left of the barrel. At barrel number 3, make a left turn around the barrel. Go to barrel number 2, passing it to the left of the barrel, then on to barrel number 1, this time passing to the right of the barrel. As soon as barrel number 1 is passed the second time, the exhibitor sprints horse to the finish line. 6. This course may also be run to the left. For example, the exhibitor will go to barrel number 1, passing to the left of this barrel, then on to barrel number 2, this time passing to the right of the barrel. At barrel number 3, make a right turn around the barrel. Go to barrel number 2, passing it to the right of the barrel, then go to barrel number 1, this time passing to the left of the barrel. As soon as barrel number 1 is passed the second time, the exhibitor sprints horse to the finish line.
POLE BENDING 1. The pole bending pattern is to be run around six poles. Each pole is to be 21 feet apart with the first pole 21 feet from the starting line. 2. The exhibitor is allowed a running start. Timing shall begin as soon as the horse's nose reaches the starting line and will be stopped when the horse's nose passes over the finish line. 3. An exhibitor may start to the right or left of the poles. The exhibitor sprints horse to the pole farthest from the starting line, turning around the pole, then pass the remaining poles on alternating sides. At the pole closest to the starting line, make a turn around the pole, then pass the remaining poles on alternating sides. Turn around the pole farthest from the starting line and sprint horse to the finish line. 4. Failure to follow the pattern shall cause disqualification. 5. Knocking over a pole shall carry a five-second penalty. 6. It is recommended that all poles have at least a 14 inch base. 7. A contestant touching a pole with hand or body is not disqualified.
STAKES RACE 1. Two poles are set 80 feet apart at opposite ends of the course. Two markers designate the start-finish line 20 feet apart mid-way between the two end poles. 2. The exhibitor is allowed a running start. The exhibitor starts between the two center markers and runs around the two end poles. The contestant must make a left and a right turn or a right and left turn. 3. The exhibitor must start and finish between the center markers. Failing to do so is a disqualification. An exhibitor may touch the end poles with his/her hand. 4. Knocking over any of the poles or markers is a disqualification.
Page 22 Equipment— Regulation snaffle, pelham, or full bridle, with a cavesson nose-band, is required. Smooth round, slow twist, corkscrew, single twisted wire, double twisted wire and straight bar or solid mouthpieces with maximum 1 1/2 inch high ports are allowed. A plain leather halter, without decoration, and leather lead with chain and snap may be used at the discretion of the judge. The used of a crop or bat is prohibited. Method of Showing: See Showmanship at Halter section.
CLOVERLEAF BARRELS 1. Failure to follow the pattern is a disqualification. 2. Knocking over a barrel shall carry a five-second penalty. 3. The course must be measured exactly. If the pattern is too large for the available space, the pattern should be adjusted by the superintendent to fit the arena. Remember to leave adequate space between barrels and arena fence (approximately 20 feet), and set course to allow ample room for stopping. 4. The exhibitor is allowed a running start. Timing shall begin as soon as the horse's nose reaches the starting line and will be stopped when the horse's nose passes over the finish line. 5. At a signal from the starter or timer, the exhibitor will go to barrel number 1, turning to the right around this barrel, then on to barrel number 2, this time turning to the left. At barrel number 3, the same left turn around the barrel is made. 6. As soon as the turn is completed around the third barrel, the exhibitor sprints horse to the finish line. 7. This barrel course may also be run to the left. For example, the exhibitor will start to barrel number 2, turning to the left around the barrel, then to barrel number 1, turning to the right, then to barrel 3, turning to the right, followed by the sprint to the finish line. 8. An exhibitor touching a barrel with hand or body is not a disqualification.
STRAIGHT-AWAY BARRELS 1. Failure to follow the pattern is a disqualification. 2. Knocking over a barrel shall carry a five-second penalty. 3. The course must be measured exactly. If the pattern is too large for the available space, the pattern should be adjusted by the superintendent to fit the arena. Remember to leave adequate space between barrels and arena fence (approximately 20 feet.), and set course to allow ample room for stopping. 4. The exhibitor is allowed a running start. Timing shall begin as soon as the horse's nose reaches the starting line and will be stopped when the horse's nose passes over the finish line.
ENGLISH WALK TROT 1. The class will be judged on the horse's functional correctness, way of going, manners and condition. Conformation of the horse may only be considered in extremely close competition. 2. Walk trotters should be suitable to purpose. They should move in a long, low frame and be able to lengthen their stride and cover ground, as in traversing hunt country following hounds. They should be obedient, alert and responsive to their riders. Quick, short strides should be penalized. Horses that move in an artificial frame and are overflexed and behind the bit should be penalized. Judge should emphasize free movement and manners. 3. Horses enter the ring at a trot and are shown at a walk and trot while light contact is maintained with horse's mouth. 4. Horses must work both ways of the ring at both gaits to demonstrate their ability with different leads and transitions. Horses may change gaits at the flat-footed walk or the trot at the judge's discretion. 5. Horses should back easily and stand quietly. The judge may ask that only the finalists be backed. 6. Large numbers in the class will necessitate qualification heats to accommodate all horses. After each heat, all horses should be brought to the center of the arena and finalists identified. 7. Any portion of a class or heat may be placed on the rail for extra work by the judge at any time. 8. Horses with the low head carriage and/or head carriage behind the vertical and/or a sullen lethargic, emaciated, drawn or tired look will be penalized.
HUNTER UNDER SADDLE 1. The class will be judged on the horse’s functional correctness, way of going, manners, and condition. Conformation of the horse may only be considered in extremely close competition. 2. Hunters under saddle should be suitable to purpose. They should move in a long, low frame and be able to lengthen their stride and cover ground, as in traversing hunt country following hounds. They should be obedient, alert, and responsive to their riders. Quick, short strides should be penalized. Horses that move in an artificial frame and are overflexed and behind the bit should be penalized. Judges should emphasize free movement and manners. 3. Horses enter the ring at a trot and are shown at a walk, trot, and canter while light contact is maintained with the horse’s mouth. 4. Horses must work both ways of the ring at all gaits to demonstrate their ability with different leads, gaits, and transitions. Horses may change gaits at the flat-footed walk or the trot at the judge’s discretion. 5. The judge may ask finalists to hand gallop but never more than eight horses to gallop at one time.
6. Horses should back easily and stand quietly. The judge may ask that only the finalists be backed. 7. Large numbers in the class will necessitate qualification heats to accommodate all horses. After each heat, all horses should be brought to the center of the arena and the finalists identified. 8. Any portion of a class or heat may be placed on the rail for extra work by the judge at any time. 9. Horses with a low head carriage and/or head carriage behind the vertical and/or a sullen, lethargic, emaciated, drawn or tired look will be penalized.
Class Routine 1. Each rider will individually perform a designated pattern composed from the optional list of maneuvers below. The judge will score each rider on execution of the pattern as influenced by riding skills. Failure to execute or complete the pattern will not be a disqualification but shall be scored accordingly. The pattern must include only maneuvers from the following list: a. Execute a slow sitting trot, posting trot and/or extended trot. b. Back. c. Walk from a gallop with the emphasis on hands. d. Halt from a canter. e. Figure eight at the trot demonstrating the proper change of diagonals. The rider should be on the left when trotting in a clockwise direction and on the right diagonal when circling counter clock wise. On the left diagonal, the rider will sit in the saddle when the horse’s left front leg is on the ground. On the right diagonal, the rider sits in the saddle when the horse’s right front leg is on the ground. f. Figure eight at canter demonstrating a simple change of leads. (A simple change of leads is one in which the horse is brought back into a walk or trot before being restarted in a canter on the opposite lead.) Begin figures at the center of the two circles so that one change of lead is shown. g. Ride without stirrups. h. Maintain a counter-canter. i. Demonstrate a half turn on forehand and/or half turn on haunches. j. Simple change of leads on straight-away. 2. The pattern should be posted at 8:00 a.m. the morning of the show. 3. The judge will use individual's work scores to determine the top riders who will be asked to work individually or on the rail. Selected riders (or all riders if the class is small) will be required to work on the rail to demonstrate final placing. 4. Rail work will include walk, trot and canter in one or both directions of the ring at the discretion of the judge. A reverse should be executed by turning away from the rail. 5. Riders may be requested to gallop in safe groups and/or perform additional tests.
General: 1. Riders will be judged on basic position in saddle, which includes position and use of hands, seat, feet and legs, as well as the ability to control and show the horse. 2. Scores on individual works will be based on rider’s skills and execution of the pattern. 3. Riders will not be required to jump. Position: 1. General appearance - Rider should have a workman-like appearance, with a light and supple seat. Hands should convey the impression of complete control should any emergency arise. 2. Hands - Hands should be over and in front of the horse’s withers, knuckles 30 degrees inside the vertical with hands making a straight line from horse’s mouth to rider’s elbow. Hands should not be held tightly together. Method of holding reins is optional and the bite of reins may fall on either side, but it is more acceptable for the bite of the reins to lie on the off side. However, all reins must be picked up at the same time. The rider should maintain light contact with the horse’s mouth at all times, except when standing still. 3. Reins - The rein of the snaffle bridle may be held either outside the little finger or between the third and little finger. The snaffle rein of the pelham or full bridle should be held outside the little finger and a curb rein between the third and little finger or between the second and third fingers. In either case, reins should be picked up at the buckles by the right hand, then straightened and separated in correct order by the fingers of the left hand, pulled taut and adjusted to even pressure in both hands. 4. Basic position - Eyes should be up and shoulders back. Toes should be out at an angle best suited to the rider's conformation; ankles fixed in, heels down, calf of leg in contact with horse and slightly behind girth. Iron may be either under the toe or the ball of the foot, or slightly behind ball of foot. Position in Motion At the walk and slow trot, body should be vertical; at posting trot, inclined forward; at canter, halfway between posting trot and walk; when galloping and jumping, same inclination as posting trot.
HUNTER SHOWMANSHIP Attire—Clothing must be clean and neat. The rider must wear a coat, boots, breeches, and hunting cap. The coat may be any tweed or melton (conservative, washable jackets in season) acceptable for hunting, such as navy, dark green, gray, black or brown. Maroon and red are not acceptable. Breeches or jodhpur pants should be traditional shades of buff, brown, khaki, canary, light gray or rust. Boots may be black or brown. A black, dark blue, or brown hardhat is required. A tie or choker is required. Gloves are preferred and should be heavy wash leather or brown leather. Judges or show management may authorize adjustments to attire because of weather.