Class List & Descriptions

1. ADULT SHOWMANSHIP AND GROOMING - POSTED PATTERN

Open to riders 18 years and older riding English or Western, combined. English exhibitors to lead horse into ring wearing a suitable bridle. Western exhibitors to lead horse wearing a halter and lead. Class to be judged on finish, grooming of the animal, appearance of exhibitor and their showing of the horse to its best advantage. Each exhibitor will be asked to show his or her horse individually for standing presentation and at the walk, trot, turning and back while being lead.

2. YOUTH SHOWMANSHIP AND GROOMING - POSTED PATTERN

Open to riders 17 years and under. English and Western, combined. English exhibitors to lead horse into ring wearing a suitable bridle. Western exhibitors to lead horse wearing a halter and lead. Class to be judged on finish, grooming of the animal, appearance of exhibitor and their showing of the horse to its best advantage. Each exhibitor will be asked to show his or her horse individually for standing presentation and at the walk, trot, turning and back while being lead.

3. CHAMPIONSHIP SHOWMANSHIP AND GROOMING - POSTED PATTERN

Showmanship and grooming class the same show day to be eligible to enter this class. Enter ring one at a time.

4. MAIDEN SHOWMANSHIP AND GROOMING - POSTED PATTERN

English and Western, combined for all ages. English exhibitors to lead horse into ring wearing a suitable bridle. Western exhibitors to lead horse wearing a halter and lead. Class to be judged on finish, grooming of the animal, appearance of exhibitor and their showing of the horse to its best advantage. Each exhibitor will be asked to show his or her horse individually for standing presentation and at the walk, trot, and turning while being lead. Maiden exhibitor has never won a blue ribbon in Showmanship and Grooming.

5. NOVICE SHOWMANSHIP AND GROOMING - POSTED PATTERN

English and Western, combined for all ages. English exhibitors to lead horse into ring wearing a suitable bridle. Western exhibitors to lead horse wearing a halter and lead. Class to be judged on finish, grooming of the animal, appearance of exhibitor and their showing of the horse to its best advantage.. Each exhibitor will be asked to show his or her horse individually for standing presentation and at the walk, trot, turning and backing while being lead. Novice exhibitor has never won a year-end championship in Showmanship and Grooming

6. HORSE IN HAND

Entrants to be led into the ring wearing appropriate halter or bridle. Animals will be judged individually, while standing and at a walk and trot on the line. Horses are to be judged on type, quality, presence and conformation and the way of going according to their breed type.

7. PONY IN HAND

Entrants to be led into the ring wearing appropriate halter or bridle. Animals will be judged individually, while standing and at a walk and trot on the line. Ponies are to be judged on type, quality, presence and conformation and the way of going according to their breed type.

8. MODEL IN HAND CHAMPIONSHIP

Horse or Pony must enter the in hand class the same day of show

to be eligible to enter this class.

9. ALTERNATE GAIT MODEL CLASS

Entrants to be led into the ring wearing appropriate halter or bridle. Animals will be judged individually standing. Horses are to be judged on type, quality, presence and conformation. The breeds of gaited horses are Astrcon, Florida Cracker Horse, Icelandic, Mangalarga Marchador, Missouri Foxtrotter, Paso Fino, Peruvian Paso, Racking Horse, Rocky Mountain Horse, Spotted Saddle Horse, Tennessee Walker, Marwari Horse, and Campolins and Standardbred that pace and Saddlebreds that slow gait or rack.

10. APPALOOSA HALTER

To be led into the ring wearing appropriate halter. Animals will be judged individually, standing and at a walk and trot on the line. Horses are to be judged on type, quality, presence and conformation, according to their breed type. Registration papers are required for Appaloosas classes.

11. QUARTER HORSE HALTER

To be led into the ring wearing appropriate halter. Animals will be judged individually, standing and at a walk and jog on the line. Horses are to be judged on type, quality, presence and conformation, according to their breed type. Registration papers are required for Quarter Horses.

12. WALK TROT TRAIL HORSE OR PONY - OPEN

Open to English and Western riders. Class to consist of showing individually through a course of obstacles set up either in or outside the ring, course to be made up of tests to simulate possible encounters while trail riding. Test may require: negotiating a gate, carrying objects, going over logs or simulated brush, crossing a bridge, backing through obstacles, side passing, ground tie and dismounting from either side of the horse or other similar obstacles. Walk, trot/jog are required as part of the course. Failure to perform a gait or obstacle will result in loss of points but not disqualification. To be judged on the horse’s manners, performance showing suitability in a quiet trail mount.

13. TRAIL HORSE OR PONY - OPEN

Open to English and Western riders. Class to consist of showing individually through a course of obstacles set up either in or outside the ring, course to be made up of tests to simulate possible encounters while trail riding. Test may require: negotiating a gate, carrying objects, riding through water, over logs or simulated brush, crossing a bridge, backing through obstacles, side passing, ground tie and dismounting from either side or other similar obstacles. Walk, trot/jog and canter/lope are required as part of the course.

14. OPEN WESTERN HORSEMANSHIP - POSTED PATTERN

This western horsemanship class is to execute, in concert with their horse, a set of maneuvers prescribed by the judge with precision and smoothness while exhibiting poise and confidence, and maintaining a balanced, functional and fundamentally correct body position. The ideal horsemanship pattern is extremely precise with the rider and horse working in complete unison, executing each maneuver with subtle aids and cues. Good hands are paramount. Exhibitors to be always on correct lead. Arms are to be in a straight line with the body, with the one holding the reins bent at the elbow. A junior horse ridden two-handed in an acceptable snaffle bit or hackamore/bosal may be exhibited. When riding a senior horse, only one hand is to be used for reining and hands shall not be changed. Reins to be held above the horn and as near to it as possible. The position of the exhibitor’s free hand is optional, but it should be kept free of the horse and equipment and held in a relaxed manner with the exhibitor’s body straight at all times.

Exhibitor may hold romal to keep it from swinging and to adjust the position of the reins, provided it is held at least 16 . (40.64 cm) from the reining hand. Bracing against horn will be penalized. The exhibitor should sit in the saddle in a balanced, relaxed manner, with his/her back straight and shoulders even, and arms close to the body. The stirrups should be just short enough to allow the heels to be lower than the toes. Knees should be slightly bent and weight be directly over the balls of the feet. Body always should appear comfortable, relaxed and flexible. Feet should be placed in the stirrups with weight on the ball of the foot and turned out just slightly. Consideration, however, should be given to the width of the stirrups, which vary on western saddles. The legs must maintain contact with the horse, to give aids to the horse.

Position in motion: Exhibitor should sit to the jog-trot and extended trot and not post. At the lope, he/she should be close to the saddle. All movements of the horse should be governed by the use of imperceptible aids, and the shifting of exhibitor’s weight is not desirable. An exhibitor is penalized if he or she loses a stirrup, uses two hands on the reins except when riding a junior horse in an acceptable snaffle bit or hackamore/bosal, changes hands on the reins, or touches any part of the saddle with his or her free hand.

15. WESTERN WALK-TROT EQUITATION (17 YEARS & UNDER)

To be shown at a walk and jog both ways of the ring. To be judged on the rider’s form and ability to handle their mount. Rider may not enter any class asking for a canter/lope or jumping on the same show date.

16. WESTERN WALK-TROT PLEASURE (17 YEARS & UNDER)

Open to riders not loping. To be judged on way of going, manners and performance as a suitable walk/jog mount. To be shown at a walk and jog both ways of the ring. Rider may not enter any class asking for a canter/lope or jumping on the same show date.

17. LEAD LINE EQUITATION - OPEN

Open to English and Western riders 7 years of age and under. To be shown at a walk and trot/jog or alternate gait on an attached

lead demonstrating the rider’s control of the horse/pony. Rider may be asked to turn to the left and right. Judged on the rider’s performances. Stallions are prohibited. An adult, 18 years of age or older, shall be required to lead entry. Handlers and riders shall be properly attired with no farm/stable logos. Entry may compete only in lead line classes.

18. LEAD LINE PLEASURE - OPEN

Open to English and Western riders 7 years of age and under. Stallions are prohibited. An adult, 18 years of age or older shall be required to lead the entry using an attached lead. Handlers and riders shall be properly attired with no farm/stable logos. To be judged at the walk, trot/jog or alternate gait. To be judged on the horse or pony as a pleasure class with manners and the suitability of the mount emphasized.

19. ENGISH WALK-TROT EQUITATION (10 YEARS & UNDER)

To be shown at a walk and trot both ways of the ring. To be judged on the rider’s form and ability to handle their mount. Rider may not enter any class asking for a canter/lope or jumping on the same show date. Header is optional at line-up.

20. WALK-TROT EQUITATION (11 YEARS- 17 YEARS) - OPEN

Open to English and Western riders. To be shown at a walk and trot/jog both ways of the ring. To be judged on the rider’s form and ability to handle their mount. Rider may not enter any class asking for a canter/lope or jumping on the same show date

21. WALK-TROT EQUITATION (ADULT 18 & OVER) - OPEN

Open to English and Western riders 18 years old and older, riders not cantering or loping. To be shown at a walk and trot/jog both ways of the ring. To be judged on the rider’s form and ability to handle their mount. Rider may not enter any class asking for a canter/lope or jumping on the same show date.

22. ENGLISH WALK-TROT PLEASURE (10 YEARS & UNDER)

Open to riders not cantering. To be judged on way of going, manners and performance as a suitable walk/trot mount. To be shown at a walk and trot/jog both ways of the ring. Rider may not enter any class asking for a canter/lope or jumping on the same show date. Header is optional at line-up.

23. WALK-TROT PLEASURE (11 YEARS- 17 YEARS) - OPEN

Open to English and Western riders not cantering or loping. To be judged on way of going, manners and performance as a suitable walk/trot mount. Show at a walk and trot/ jog both ways of the ring. Rider may not enter any class asking for a canter/lope or jumping on the same show date.

24. WALK-TROT PLEASURE (ADULT 18 & OVER) - OPEN

Open to both English and Western riders 18 years old and older, riders not cantering or loping. To be judged on way of going, manners and performance as a suitable walk/trot mount. Show at a walk and trot/jog both ways of the ring. Rider may not enter any class asking for a canter/lope or jumping on the same show date.

25. WALK TROT PLEASURE CHAMPIONSHIP

You must enter one of the Walk-Trot Pleasure classes same show day to be eligible to enter this class. Header is optional at line-up. 21.

26. WALK-TROT EQUITATION POSTED PATTERN

CHAMPIONSHIP

Open to riders, of any age, to be judged on the rider’s form and handling of their horse. Individual performances are required by a posted pattern. You must have enter a Walk-Trot Equitation class the same show day to be eligible to enter this class. Header is optional at line-up.

27. COSTUME CLASS

28. APPALOOSA ENGLISH PLEASURE

Open to registered Appaloosa with papers judged as a pleasure class. Judged to ApHC standards.

INDIVIDUAL WORKOUT MUST BE COMPRISED OF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:

1. Walk, jog, trot, lope, in a straight line, curve or circle, or any combination of these gaits and patterns such as figure eights, etc

2. Stop

3. Turn on the haunches or forehand

4. Side pass

5. Simple lead change

6. Flying lead change

7. Counter canter

8. Ride without stirrups

9. Extended gaits

29. QUARTER HORSE HUNTER UNDER SADDLE

Open to a registered AQHA papered horse judge as a pleasure class. Judged to AQHA standards.

 

30. ENGLISH PLEASURE HORSE

 

Open to all types of English tack. To be shown at a walk, trot and canter both ways of the ring. Maybe asked to back. To be judged on the horse’s manners, performance and way of going. Martingales are not permitted.

31. OPEN PLEASURE PONY

To be shown at a walk, trot/jog and canter/lope both ways of the ring. Maybe asked to back. To be judged on the pony’s manners, performance and way of going. Martingales are not permitted.

32. ROAD HACK

Open to English riders of any age. To be shown at a walk, trot, extended trot and canter both directions the ring. Hand gallop required with no more than 8 horses to gallop at one time. To be shown with a loose rein without loss of contact. Must stand quietly and back readily. Martingales are not permitted. To be judged on the horse’s performance, substance and manners. Excessive speed to be penalized.

33. ALTERNATE GAITED HORSE PLEASURE – 2 GAITS

Open to Western riders and English riders. To be judged on the horse’s manner, performance and way of going as shown by the

rider. To be shown at walk, and a lateral movement instead a diagonal movement (the trot) when performing a two beat gait.

Open to alternate gaited horses. The breeds of gaited horses are Astrcon, Florida Cracker Horse, Icelandic, Mangalarga Marchador, Missouri Foxtrotter, Paso Fino, Peruvian Paso, Racking Horse, Rocky Mountain Horse, Spotted Saddle Horse, Tennessee Walker, Marwari Horse, and Campolins and Standardbred that pace and Saddlebred that slow gait or rack

34. MORGAN PLEASURE – ALL SEATS

To be shown at walk, trot/jog, road trot/extended jog and canter/lope with a light rein but still maintaining contact with

horse’s mouth, maybe asked to back. To be judged on manners, performance with proper cadence and balance, suitability, quality, presence and apparent ability to give a good pleasure ride 60% and type & conformation 40%.

35. ARABIAN AND ½ ARABIAN PLEASURE

Horses shown in this division must be registered with the Arabian Horse Registry of America, Inc. and or Canadian Arabian Horse Registry. Must be entered under their full registered name. To be shown at a walk, normal trot/jog, strong trot, canter/lope and hand gallop. To be judged on manners, performance, attitude, quality and conformation.

36. ENGLISH EQUITATION: (17 YEARS OLD AND UNDER)

Open to all English riders for their appropriate age division. To be shown at a walk, trot and canter both ways of the ring. Riders may be asked to work collectively without stirrups. Maybe asked to back. To be judged on the rider’s form and ability to handle their mount. Individual workouts may be required.

37. OPEN HUNTER UNDER SADDLE

To be shown at a walk, trot and canter both ways of the ring and may be asked to back. To be judged on the horse’s manners, performance and way of going. Martingales are not permitted.

38. MAIDEN EQUITATION - OPEN

Open to English and Western riders who never having won a blue ribbon in an equitation class requiring a canter/lope. No year award in this class. To be shown at a walk, trot/jog and canter/lope, both directions of the ring. Maybe asked to back. To be judged on the rider’s form and ability to handle their mount. No age limit. Class may be split into 2 divisions if there are more than 15 entries.

39. BRIDLE PATH

Open to English riders of any age. To be shown on a reasonably loose rein but without loss of contact, at a flat footed walk, easy trot and canter both directions of the ring. Must stand quietly and back readily. Emphasis is placed on actual suitability of mount to purpose.

40. NOVICE PLEASURE

English and Western horse or ponies, who have not won a year-end championship in open or any breed pleasure class shown at the walk, trot/jog, and canter/lope. To be shown in appropriate attire and tack for seat they are riding.

41. JUNIOR WESTERN EQUITATION

Open to riders under 18 years to be shown at walk, jog and lope both ways of the ring. To be judged on rider’s form and handling of horse/pony. Western tack and attire required. May be asked to back. Individual workouts may be required.

42. QUARTER HORSE WESTERN PLEASURE

Open to Register AQHA horse with papers judged as a pleasure class to AQHA standard.

43. ADULT EQUITATION - OPEN

Open to both English and Western riders 18 years old and older. To be shown and judged on rider’s form and ability to handle their mount. Judge may require individual performances.

44. NOVICE EQUITATION - OPEN

English and Western riders who have not won a year-end championship in equitation. To be shown in appropriate attire and tack for seat they are riding. To be judged on the rider’s form and ability to handle their horse. To be shown at a walk, trot/jog and canter/lope both ways of the ring. Maybe asked to back. No age limit.

45. OPEN WESTERN PLEASURE HORSE

Open to Western riders. To be judged on the horse’s manner, performance and way of going as shown by the rider. To be shown at walk, extended walk, jog, extended jog and lope both ways of the ring. Must be asked to back. Should be ridden with a reasonable loose rein without loss of contact.

46. DRESSAGE SUITABILITY

The quality and correctness of: overall frame and topline, balance and proportions, head, neck, saddle position, shoulder, back, forehand, hindquarters, angulation & formation of legs and joints.

WALK:

Regular, four even beats, straight, active & even strides, with correctly aligned steps, articulation of joints, freedom of shoulders & haunches, balance, elastic & swinging back, overstep, reach, ground-covering steps with marching quality

TROT:

Regular, two even beats, straight, active & even strides, with correctly aligned steps, articulation of joints, freedom of shoulders & haunches, balance, elasticity, swinging back, natural engagement & impulsion from hindquarters, ground-covering steps,suspension, power from upward thrust & roundness.

GENERAL IMPRESSION:

Includes rideability (acceptance of the aids). Demonstrates character, presence & temperament necessary for training, harmony (relationship of conformation to movement), athleticism (strength & mobility), development related to age & condition. Shows potential to become competitive dressage horse & progress through the levels.

47. APPALOOSA WESTERN PLEASURE

Open to registered Appaloosa with papers. Judged as a pleasure class to the ApHC standards.

48. ADULT PLEASURE - OPEN

Open to riders 18 years and older riding English or Western. To be shown as English/Western Pleasure Class. To be judged on the horse’s performance, manners and way of going.

49. YOUTH ACTIVITY PLEASURE - OPEN

Open to riders under 18 years riding either English or Western. To be shown as English/Western Pleasure Class. To be judged on the horse’s performance, manners and way of going.

50. EQUITATION POSTED PATTERN CHAMPIONSHIP

Open to English and Western riders, to be judged on the rider’s form and handling of their horse. Individual performances are required by a posted pattern. You must enter either the youth aged equitation class or the adult equitation class on the same show day to be eligible to enter this class.

51. PLEASURE CHAMPIONSHIP

Open to English and Western horses or pony that enter one of following English Horse Pleasure, English Pony Pleasure, Western Pleasure Horse. Points will go back to original class with seat type shown in the champion class. The class display the balance required of a pleasure horse or pony, which exhibits good conformation.

JUMP CLASSES:

TCH will be offering 6 jumping classes at all 4 of our unrated shows. The jump course will be held in an unfenced field at the Union Fair Grounds adjacent to the warm up ring. The course perimeter will be marked off by 6 cones and will be 120” x 60”. Not open to walk-trot riders.

There will be 3 jump courses with the fences set at no higher than 18”.

 

There will be two courses set as hunter courses (A and B) and one course set as an equitation course.

 

The maximum fences to be jumped in each class will be 8 with a minimum of 6 fences in any one class.

 

The hunter courses will consist of 2 outside lines and 2 change of direction single fences. Automatic lead changes are required to be in the top ribbons but not mandatory to enter the division. The distance between the fences in each line will not exceed 6 strides and will never be less than 2 strides in the hunter courses (A and B). The equitation course may include at least one roll back. An oxer may be included in any one of the courses not to exceed a width of 18”.

52. CROSS RAIL EQUITATION

53. FIRST — CROSS RAIL HUNTERS OVER FENCES

54. SECOND — CROSS RAIL HUNTERS OVER FENCES

There will be 3 jump courses with the fences set at no higher than 2’4”. There will be two courses set as hunter courses (A and B)

and one course set as an equitation course. The maximum fences to be jumped in each class will be 8 with a minimum of 6 fences in any one class. The hunter courses will consist of 2 outside lines and 2 change of direction single fences. Automatic lead changes are required to be in the top ribbons but not mandatory to enter the division. The distance between the fences in each line will not exceed 6 strides and will never be less than 2 strides in the hunter courses (A and B). The equitation course may include at least one roll back. An oxer may be included in any one of the courses not to exceed a width of 2’.

55. EQUITATION OVER FENCES — ALL AGES (MAX. HEIGHT 2’ 4”)

56. FIRST — HUNTERS OVER FENCES - HORSE OR PONY (MAX. HEIGHT 2’ 4”)

56. SECOND — HUNTERS OVER FENCES - HORSE OR PONY (MAX. HEIGHT 2’ 4”)

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