Summer's End Horse Show!
Sunday, September 25 @ 9:00 AM
Our Summer Semester is coming to an end, which means it's time for our quarterly horse show!
- Our show series is a fun and laid-back way to learn about the world of horse showing, get a chance to come ride on a weekend, and meet the other riders in our Academy! It is a low pressure, relaxed atmosphere geared towards learning and camaraderie rather than competitiveness.
- Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the classes you would like to enter and your horse preferences, or sign up at your next lesson.
- Shows are open to all current and former students of any level.
- Ribbons will be awarded for places 1-5 in all classes.
- Show runs rain or shine.
- There is a restroom on the premises.
- There are chairs available for spectators, but you are welcome to bring your own.
Before the Show
- Decide what DIVISION you will be in. Levels 0-1 should enter as Walk/Trot only, Levels 3-4 should enter as Open, and Level 2 students can choose which they would prefer.
- Decide what CLASSES you would like to enter in your division. It’s $10 to register for the show, and $5 per class you enter. You can enter as many or as few as you want.
- Sign up for a HORSE for each class. You can pick the same horse or different horses, first come first serve. Each class has two heats, and a horse can be used only once per heat.
- Pay the INVOICE any time up to 48 hours before the show. If you need to change classes or cancel your registration, it must be done 48 hours prior to the show.
- INVITE your friends and family to come cheer you on, spectators are free!
- Decide what you want to WEAR. Comfort is the most important as you will be outside all day, so make sure to dress for the weather. Our shows are meant to be a learning experience, not a fancy event, so no pressure to dress nice.
- Get a good night’s SLEEP and eat a good BREAKFAST before the show.
At the Show
- Plan to ARRIVE between 8:00 and 8:30.
- CHECK IN at the office. Pick a show number and write it on the check in sheet. Make sure the check in sheet is correct with which classes you entered and which horse(s) you signed up for. Grab pins and put your show number on your back. Grab a show bill and circle the classes you are entered in, and keep it with you.
- Get your HORSE(S) ready. If you are riding multiple horses, see which of them still need groomed and tacked, and help whoever else is sharing them with you. Remember that the first half is Western, so that is the tack you start with. There will be hoof polish, show sheen, rubber bands, and other show day grooming supplies out if you would like to use them.
- Bring your horses to the arena and hand walk them around to see everything. Then you can WARM UP on your horse if there is time to do so. Remember to be kind and flexible, and share warm up time with others who are sharing your horse.
- Be in the arena and ready to BEGIN AT 9:00. Keep your show bill handy so that you can keep track of which classes you are in. If you are not in a class, please remain in or near the arena so that you don’t miss your upcoming classes. We will not wait, so listen carefully to class calls.
- SMILE, BREATHE, AND REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN! Cheer on your fellow barnmates, give your horse(s) nice big pets, and be proud of yourself!
- Before you leave, make sure your HORSE is taken care of, either by giving it to another student who will show it later, or by putting it in its stall and removing its bridle.
- Don’t forget to pick up your RIBBONS before you leave! Ribbons are awarded places 1-5 in each heat by division.
Part 1: Western
- Showmanship: Lead your horse through a Western pattern to show your ability to control it from the ground.
- Horsemanship: Ride your horse through a Western pattern to show your ability to control it from the saddle.
- Pleasure: Ride in a group class, following the directions of the judge, to see how accurately you can accomplish tasks and ride in traffic.
- Pole Bending: Weave through the poles or cones as fast as you can without knocking any down.
- Barrel Racing: Ride a cloverlead pattern around the barrels as fast as you can without knocking any down.
- Trail Course: Navigate through a variety of obstacles to show your leadership skills with your horse.
- Bareback Versatility: Ride in a group class without a saddle, following directions from the judge to test your balance and strength.
Part 2: English
- Dressage: Ride an English pattern, showing how smoothly and accurately you can pilot your horse.
- Hunter Under Saddle: Ride in a group class, following the directions of the judge, to see how accurately you can accomplish tasks and pilot your horse.
- Hunter Ground Poles: Ride through a course of poles on the ground as smoothly as you can.
- Hunter Crossrails: Ride through a course of small "x" jumps as smoothly as you can without knocking any down or refusing any jumps.
- Jumper Verticals: Ride through a course of straight-across jumps as quickly as you can without knocking any down or refusing any jumps.
- Gambler's Choice (Cross Country): Ride over all the jumps in any order up to 2 times each within the time limit (done outside on the cross country course if the weather permits). Points are awarded by difficulty of the fence, and subtracted for knockdowns and refusals.