Rules & Class Descriptions

Rules & Regulations

Membership
1. Membership is open to any persons paying annual dues and abiding by the
regulations of the Freedom Reins Horse Club.

2. Members in good standing who participate at a minimum of two-thirds of the
shows in each class are eligible for year-end awards. Participants wishing to
accumulate points towards year-end awards must be Freedom Reins Members.
Participants who are not paid members may show, but cannot accumulate
points. Point accumulation will be effective at the time that the contestant is a
paid member; points are not retroactive.

3. Cost of member dues will be announced each year prior to the first show. Dues
for 2015 will be: $15 single non-showing, $25 single showing membership or
$25 for first family member – plus $10 for the second – plus $5 each thereafter.
Family membership is limited to spouse, significant other, and children under
18 & their siblings residing in the same household 100% of the time

4. All members (current and previous one year) who have provided an email
address to the Club will receive a copy of the rules and the annual “e-packet”
by email.

Points Accumulation – Member

5. Five places will be awarded in each class. Points on riders will be accumulated
in the following manner:
• 1st place = 5 points
• 2nd place = 4 points
• 3rd place = 3 points
• 4th place = 2 points
• 5th place = 1 point

6. There will be no ties in any placing. Points will be counted after each show by
both the President and Secretary. Accumulated points will be tallied toward
year-end awards. There will be two year-end awards for each class: Grand
Champion and Reserve Champion. (See Year-End Awards).

7. In case of a tie, the award will go to the horse/rider with the most first place
points or the greatest number of higher placings, ie: most seconds, most
thirds, etc. If all that is equal, a list of age appropriate questions will be
previously prepared by the board and asked of each participant in turn. When
a participant answers incorrectly, the other must answer the question correctly
to break the tie. In the event of a tie and one participant has left the grounds,
the participant still present automatically wins the tie.

Points Accumulation – Horse

8. Points may be accrued on horses who are nominated. Any horse accumulating
100 points in any one division will receive a recognition award at the year-end
awards banquet. 100 points earns a ROM (Register Of Merit) and 200 points
earns a Superior, etc, see AQHA rules. Points may be earned under different
riders and in different age divisions. Points will be awarded to the horse by
divisions:

• 1) HALTER HORSE: All halter classes except Tiny-Tot.
• 2) TRAIL HORSE: All trail classes except Tiny-Tot.
• 3) KID’S HORSE: All Tiny-Tot classes including games.
• 4) ENGLISH HORSE: All English pleasure, English walk-trot classes
and all jumping classes including ground poles.
• 5) WESTERN HORSE: All Western Pleasure and Western walk-trot
classes, including “AQHA” Ranch.
• 6) SPEED HORSE: All speed day classes.
• 7) YOOPER HORSE: All Yooper Division classes

Once a horse acquires points, the points are recorded and for the life of that
horse and will follow that horse upon new ownership. Horse must be owned by
a Freedom Reins member during the time points are earned. Exhibitor need
not be a member. A Horse Nomination Form must be completed and fees paid
in order to earn points; points are not retroactive. Points are based on the
number of horses in the class (See Points Table). An initial nomination fee of
$10 per horse must be paid before the first show or before points will accrue.
Each year thereafter, a $5 nomination fee applies.
Year-End Awards

10. All money collected from membership dues will be used for year-end awards.

11. Year end awards will be earned according to Grand and Reserve Champion in
each class for the pleasure and game shows.

12. Each Grand is worth 2 points and each Reserve is worth 1 point.

13. Grand and Reserve points will be totaled and then divided into the total of the
membership dues so that a dollar amount may be applied to each Grand and
each Reserve. The quality and cost of the awards will be based on the dollar
amount there is to spend.

14. If the club can afford to, the board may take money from the general fund and
add to the membership account in order to increase the dollar amount to
spend.

15. Each horse and rider combination is eligible for year-end awards. One owner
showing multiple horses who earn year end awards will receive one award
each, unless the owner prefers to combine the money for one award. An
additional fee of $5 for single and $10 for family will be added to membership
fees if showing more than one horse per person.

16. There will be three High Point Year End Awards: a game show High Point, a
Pleasure Show High Point, and an overall High Point. For High Point awards,
only points from one horse/rider combination will count.

17. There will be no ties for Grand and Reserve Champions. Refer to Rule #7. In
the event that a tie cannot be broken with Rule #7, the amount of competition
will decide the tie- the rider with the most number of competitions will win
the tie.

Safety

18. The primary responsibility for the safety of the exhibitor rests with the
exhibitor and parent, legal guardian or Instructor. A judge or at least two board
members may excuse any unsafe equipment or any unruly horse from
competition.

19. Protective headgear & boots– All riders must wear boots with a heel. All
participants in all English and Jumping classes, and participants under age 18 in
Game/Speed classes, are required to wear properly secured protective riding
helmets when in their classes. The exhibitor (or his or her parent, legal
guardian, or instructor/trainer if the exhibitor is a minor) – not the show
officials or judge – is solely responsible for complying with the headgear and
boot rule. In other words, helmets and boots are required, if you chose not to
wear them; you do so at your own risk.

20. There will be no discrimination against protective headgear, even if the style
does not match the style of riding.

21. In all Western, English and Gymkhana classes, tying or securing the rider or any
part of the rider in the saddle or to any other equipment is unsafe. Such action
will disqualify the rider.

22. Horses may be excused from the ring or the grounds when obviously out of the
rider or handlers’ control, or anytime the animal is deemed a danger to other
participants, at the discretion of the judge or at least two board members.

Liability

23. Under the MICHIGAN EQUINE ACTIVITY LIABILITY ACT, an equine professional is
not liable for injury to or the death of a participant in an equine activity
resulting from an inherent risk of the equine activity. All persons exhibiting or
attending Freedom Reins events do so at their own risk.

Photographs and Media

24. Pictures are randomly taken at shows and may be presented to the L’Anse
Sentinel and possibly posted on internet sites, such as, but not limited to, the
Freedom Reins website, Upper Michigan Horses and Facebook. Anyone wishing
not to be in pictures or in the media should make this known to any board
member. Otherwise, by attending these events, consent to take and use
pictures is assumed.

Equipment Breakdowns, Animal Lameness & Falls

25. Judges will examine and check all horses brought into any class for lameness.
Obvious lameness shall be cause for disqualification at the discretion of the
judge or two board members. Obvious lameness is: consistently observable at a
trot under all circumstances, marked nodding, hitching or shortened stride
and/or minimal weight-bearing in motion or at rest; inability to move.

26. If tack or equipment breaks or a horse loses a shoe and the exhibitor cannot
safely complete the class or course, he or she may be disqualified. However, if
the exhibitor is able to continue the course despite the difficulty and without
cruelty to the horse and without causing a safety hazard, the exhibitor may
continue and complete the class or course.

27. A competitor is considered to have fallen when he or she is separated from the
horse in such a way as to necessitate remounting.

28. Any fall from the horse will result in a DQ.

Sportsmanship, Fair Play & Humane Treatment of Animals

29. Good sportsmanship is to be displayed at all times by all exhibitors, their
families and spectators. Good sportsmanship is defined as respectful treatment
of judges, show management, other competitors, and all horses involved. In
addition, respect for the tradition of the sport and spirit of showing horses is
paramount. Any individual not displaying good sportsmanship may be
disqualified or excused from the event at the discretion of the judge or at least
two board members.

30. Overt/excessive coaching from outside the arena will be penalized at the
judge’s discretion.

31. No person on the show grounds may treat a horse in an inhumane manner. The
show grounds include, but are not limited to, the barns, stalls, practice areas
and show arenas. When a report or discovery of inhumane treatment is made,
show management will investigate the incident. The standard for measuring
conduct or treatment is that which a reasonable person, informed and
experienced in generally accepted equine training procedures, would
determine to be cruel, abusive and inhumane. Abuse or inhumane treatment
may be grounds for warning, disqualification, or being excused from the ring or
the grounds, depending upon the severity. This will be determined by the
judge and/or at least two board members.

32. Exhibited animals should not be excessively thin or fat but should demonstrate
a Body Condition Score of 4 or greater, as determined by the Henneke Body
Condition Scoring System. For more information on Body Condition Scoring visit
www.extension.org/horse and search on “horse body condition scoring.”

33. Excessively thin or sickly horses may be asked to leave the ring or the grounds
and may be disqualified at the discretion of the judge and or at least two board
members.

34. All equine-related state laws are to be followed at Freedom Reins events, and
it is the responsibility of the exhibitor, parent or legal guardian or instructor to
be aware of these.

Pleasure Show Divisions

35. Divisions will be adjusted only as necessary, based upon the current
membership and anticipated numbers so as to have fair and evenly spaced
competition and in order to have all classes as evenly filled as possible, but any
changes in age divisions will be made prior to packet distribution and will
remain final for that year.

36. Open Show Divisions-
• Tiny-Tot: age 10 & under
• Novice: any age (new to showing)
• Open: any age.

37. Youth Show divisions are by experience level, not by age. Parents and
instructors are expected to be honest and place youth riders in the appropriate
levels. Exhibitors may show above their level if preferred, but must stay in the
same level throughout the show.
• Level 1: Age 10 & under, Leadline classes only, not walking or
trotting, needs a lot of assistance to complete class.
• Level 2: Age 10 & under, Walk classes only, not trotting, needs
minimal or no assistance to complete the class.
• Level 3: Any age, Walk-Trot classes only, either little show
experience or beginner rider.
• Level 4: Any age, has show/riding experience, cantering but not
refined, doesn’t always place well.
• Level 5: Any age, has show experience, cantering, very refined,
has attended larger shows, and usually places well.

38. To qualify for Novice classes, a rider must genuinely be a beginner, lack
experience in that class, and have not yet received a year-end award in that
class.

Game Show Divisions

39. Tiny-Tot: 10 & under, Half-Arena. If you prefer to use the whole arena, you
may show in the Youth Division instead.
• Walk-Trot
• Walk
• Leadline

40. Tiny-Tots may show above their level as they wish, in order to improve,
without penalty. ie: a Leadliner may come off the leadline at times without
penalty, a Walker may trot a few strides, a Trotter may canter a few strides.

41. If someone is obviously showing well below their level (a Walk-Trotter who is
cantering well, safely, consistently and is getting exceptionally good times
compared to other Walk-Trotters, should move up to Youth classes)

42. Open:
• Youth 13 & under (cantering well)
• Junior 14-19
• Senior 20 and over

Proper Tack and Equipment

43. The use of proper and appropriate tack and equipment for both the age of the
horse and the style of riding are essential in teaching our beginner riders and
young children proper show etiquette and proper horsemanship. Riders using
the wrong style of tack for the style of riding or the wrong bit for the age of
the horse, etc. may be placed lower or DQ’d at the judge’s discretion (with the
exception of Yooper Classes).

44. There will be no discrimination against work tack. If the performance is
otherwise equal, silver or expensive show tack will not be placed above clean
and proper work tack in good repair, in any class.

General & Michigan 4-H Rules Statement

It is strongly recommended that all exhibitors, family members and instructors
familiarize themselves with the Michigan 4-H Rules. Although the Freedom Reins has
its own set of specific rules, the Michigan 4-H Horse & Pony Project Show Rules and
Regulations has a lot to offer in the way of education and the proper ways of showing
horses and judges will be looking for these things when placing classes. The current MI
4-H Horse & Pony Project Handbook can be found at:
http://4h.msue.msu.edu/uploads/files/83/ 2011HorseRuleBkFullSheet.pdf

45. If a situation arises that is not covered specifically by these rules, a decision
will be made by the judge and/ or at least two board members. Other
associations’ rules may be referred to as a guide. These Associations include:
AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association), APHA (American Paint Horse
Association), AHA (Arabian Horse Association) and The Jockey Club. Other local
Clubs’ rules may also be taken into consideration, including TTRC (Timber
Trails Riding Club) and UPHA (Upper Peninsula Horseman’s Association).

46. A judge may only judge one points show every other year, unless circumstances
arise in which there is no other option.

47. Any rule changes will be made prior to annual e-packet distribution (Jan-March)
and will remain final for the entire year.

48. A current negative Coggins and Interstate Health Certificate (if out-of-State)
are required for all horses on grounds. Copy of current negative Coggins
required at time of registration for membership or at the first show. Original
Coggins should be available on show day. Non-members must present a copy
before unloading horse on grounds.

49. January 1st after the foaling year, the horse is considered one year old.

50. Handlers of stallions over age 2 must be 18 years of age or older.

51. Participants will be assigned a 2 digit number for use for multiple show
seasons. Each horse will be assigned a 2 digit number which will be used for
multiple show seasons. A combination of the participant’s 2 digit number and
the horses 2 digit number will create a 4 digit number to be used at each
event. A number can be recycled if the participant or horse does not show
after a 2 year recess.

52. In case of a non-sufficient funds check, participant will be given one week from
the date on the check to resolve the problem. A $10 service charge will be
added to the bill with every unsuccessful attempt to cash it. If after two
weeks the check still has not cleared, accumulated points will be dropped and
participant will not be allowed to enter another show until past balance is paid
in full. Weekly attempts to cash check will continue indefinitely with the $10
charge being added each time.

53. Gaming Classes: A three (3) second penalty will be given for knocking over an
obstacle. Rider will be disqualified for a break in pattern.

POINTS TABLE FOR 100 POINT AWARD ON HORSES:
(Across = number of horses in class, down = placing)s

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
1st 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
2nd 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
3rd 0 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
4th 0 0 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
5th 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

Class Descriptions

Patterns for pattern classes will be posted on the Freedom Reins Facebook
page or at www.freedomreins.net
Any patterns not specified here will be set by judges on show day. Patterns
will be used for the entire season.

HALTER:

Halter class is defined as a class where the horse is judged based on its
conformation. One of the most important criteria in selecting a horse is
conformation or its physical appearance. Rating conformation depends upon
objective evaluation of the following four traits: balance, structural correctness,
breed & sex characteristics & degree of muscling. Of the four, balance is the single
most important & refers to the structural & aesthetic blending of body parts.
Balance is influenced almost entirely by skeletal structure. The Judge should know
breed characteristics & standards and places the horse highest who most closely
meets its own breed standard.

Yooper Halter – Same as general description. Horse should be shown in “natural
form” without show tack or excessive grooming. Exhibitor should not be in show
clothing. Clean, very basic/modest Western or English attire and straw cowboy
hats are acceptable, but should NOT be regular show clothing (no rail shirts,
chaps, riding jackets), and any clean street clothing is allowed and preferred. No
silver or bling. Horse may be shown in any type or style of tack or any
combination thereof, any humane bit or no bit is acceptable. This is a “Working
Horse” class and the horse should not be presented as in the “regular” halter
classes. Competitive pleasure horses should not enter this class. Horses entered in
Yooper Division MAY cross enter into other appropriate classes, but show clothing
and show tack are NOT ALLOWED in the other classes, ie: Unclipped QH gelding
may enter Yooper Halter, Stock Halter, Yooper Pleasure, Western Pleasure, etc., if
horse remains unclipped, without show tack, and rider is not in show clothes for all
classes.

Aged Horse (18 & Over) Halter (Not available in 2015) – Same as general
description, only for any horse, pony or mini aged 18 and over. May cross-enter
other appropriate halter classes without penalty.

Halter 3 & Under, Mares 4 & Up, Geldings & Stallions 4 & Up – Same as general
description & self explanatory.

English Halter-  (Not available in 2015) – Same as general
description, but only English type horses may enter. English breeds include: Arab,
Thoroughbred, Morgan, Tennessee Walker, Fox Trotter, etc.
**Horses with appropriate Appendix registration and grade horses may be shown in
English or Stock at owner’s discretion.

Stock Breed Halter– Same as general description, but only stock type
breeds may enter. Stock breeds include: QH, Paint, Appaloosa, Mustang, etc.
**Horses with appropriate Appendix registration and grade horses may be shown in
English or Stock at owner’s discretion

Tiny-Tot Halter – Exhibitor is aged 10 & under, who will show only in the other
Tiny-Tot classes (may show in other halter classes). Any type horse. An adult or
helper may enter the ring with the Tiny-Tot exhibitor and may provide minimal
assistance as necessary to safely complete the class, but the adult may not
excessively coach them through the class. May not be asked to trot but may trot if
exhibitor is able. Judging will not be based on whether or not exhibitor trotted.

Pony & Mini Halter – (Not available in 2015) – General description & self
explanatory.

Color Breed Halter – General description & only color breed horses (those with a
color registry: Buckskin, Dun, Paint, Pinto, Appaloosa, Palomino, etc). Judged on
conformation as above, condition, and also on color.

Non-Color Breed Halter-General description & any color or breed that is NOT
eligible in Color Breed Halter.

SHOWMANSHIP:

Showmanship class shall be judged strictly on the exhibitors’ ability to fit & show a
horse at halter. The horse is merely a prop to demonstrate the ability &
preparation of the exhibitor. The ideal showmanship performance consists of a
poised, confident, neatly attired exhibitor leading a well groomed & conditioned
horse that quickly & efficiently performs the requested pattern. Pattern is
required & can be posted or kept simple by explaining pattern when class enters
ring. The showmanship class is not another halter class & should not be judged as
such. Teeny-weeny exhibitors may have an adult or helper enter the ring with
them and may be given minimal assistance as necessary to safely complete the
class, but the adult may not excessively coach them through the class. Teenyweeny
exhibitors may not be asked to trot but may trot if exhibitor is able.
Judging will not be based on whether or not exhibitor trotted.

Tiny Tot Leadline-
Entries will be age appropriate. Horse will have bridle with reins held by rider, a
halter over the bridle with lead line attached or a Leadline attached to the bridle
bit, held by responsible person. Entries will be judged in a group on the rail going
in both directions and will be asked to back the horse. The judge may ask exhibitor
simple questions. Exhibitor should demonstrate independence as much as possible,
showing ability to direct and cue the horse without assistance from the handler.
May ride English or Western. Appropriate attire and tack, including appropriate bit
for age of horse and type of riding, one or two hands on the reins, etc. should be
used. (See description under Western or English Pleasure).

Tiny Tot Walk-
Entries will be age appropriate. Entries will be judged in a group on the rail going
in both directions and will be asked to back the horse. The judge may ask simple
questions. Exhibitors may have an adult or helper enter the ring with them and
may be given minimal assistance as necessary to safely complete the class, but the
adult may not excessively coach them through the class. Judging typically will be
50% on horse, 50% on rider. May ride English or Western. Appropriate attire and
tack, including appropriate bit for age of horse and type of riding, one or two
hands on the reins, etc. should be used. (See description under Western or English
Pleasure).

Tiny Tot Walk Trot-
Same as Teeny-Weeny Walk except riders will walk & trot in both directions.
ENGLISH PLEASURE – (Includes Saddleseat, HUS, etc)
These horses should reach forward with ease and smoothness, be able to lengthen
stride and cover ground with relaxed, free flowing movement, while exhibiting
correct gaits that are of the proper cadence. The quality of the movement & the
consistency of the gaits is a major consideration. Horses should be obedient, have
a bright expression with alert ears & should respond willingly to the rider with
light leg & hand contact. The horse should be under control at all times & be able
to halt in a smooth, balanced manner. Entries will be judged in a group on the rail
going in both directions at the walk, trot, and canter, and will also be asked to
back the horse.
English Equipment – English bridle with English appropriate bit. Horse is ridden
two handed (with a rein in each hand). Saddle is any English type, without a horn.
Rider wears a hunt coat, breeches, high English or Paddock boots & hard hat or
helmet. Tie or choker is required. Gloves, spurs of the unroweled type & crops or
bats are optional. Hair should be neat & contained as in a net or tied up braid.

English Equitation-
English Equitation is an evaluation based on the ability of a rider to perform
various maneuvers in harmony with his/her horse. The communication between
horse & rider should be subtle. Equitation is judged on the rider & his/her effect
on the horse and the rider’s seat and position. Usually a pattern is posted however
the Judge may just explain a simple pattern. Entries will be judged individually
according to a posted or stated pattern and may also be asked to demonstrate rail
work at the walk, trot, and canter.

HUNTER-JUMPER

Ground Poles
Rider will maneuver horse over a series of ground poles according to the pattern.
Entries will be judged individually.

Hunter Hack-(Not available in 2015)
Hunter Hack will be judged on style over fences, even hunting pace, flat walk,
manners & way of going. Horse will navigate two 2 jumps, then also may be asked
to demonstrate rail work in both directions at the walk, trot and canter. May be
asked to perform a hand gallop.

Working Hunter Over Fences – (Not available in 2015)
A hunter course shall be any course that directors deem a fair test of a hunter.
One practice jump is allowed at the request of exhibitors immediately prior to the
class. Horse will navigate obstacles according to the posted course, with at least
one change of direction.
Height of fences will be determined by directors with consideration of exhibitors’
experience and ability. Circling once upon entering ring is permissible. Elimination
will be by three refusals, break in pattern, jumping obstacle before its reset, or
fall from the horse.

Handy Hunter-
May be offered as one class per division. Course should vary from the
normal hunter class routine to include elements that show rideability and
handiness. e.g. turn back, trot fences, option lines. Not recommended for green
horses or novice rider classes.

Equitation Over Fences-
Class objective is to judge the rider’s ability over the fences, not the horse’s. Only
the effect the rider has on a horse is to be considered. How a rider elects to ride
the course, the pace & approach to the jumps is used to evaluate the rider’s
judgment & ability. Obstacles are navigated according to the posted course.
Height of fences will be determined by directors with consideration of exhibitors’
experience and ability. Circling once upon entering ring is permissible. Elimination
will be by three refusals, break in pattern jumping obstacle before its reset, or fall
from the horse.

Low Jumper (Cross Rails) –Judged as horse rider combination- 50/50, fences
will not exceed 2.5 feet, may or may not include a change of direction. Height of
fences will be determined by directors with consideration of exhibitors’
experience and ability. Circling once upon entering ring is permissible. Elimination
will be by three refusals, break in pattern, jumping obstacle before its reset, or
fall from the horse.

Intermediate Jumper (Vertical fences) – (Not available in 2015) – Fences will
be vertical and height of fences will be determined by directors with consideration
of exhibitors’ experience and ability. Circling once upon entering ring is
permissible. Elimination will be by three refusals, break in pattern, jumping
obstacle before its reset, or fall from the horse.

Pick Your Line – (Not available in 2015) – A mixture of crossrails and vertical
jumps, varying fence heights, each worth a specific point value. Rider
accumulating the most points in a specific time frame wins the event. Jumps may
be jumped from either direction, as many times as rider wishes. Points awarded
only for obstacles cleared.

WESTERN PLEASURE

Contestants, compete simultaneously, traveling the perimeter of the arena, and at
the discretion of the judge, are asked to walk, jog, lope and reverse the direction
of the horse. Horses are evaluated on quality of movement while staying quiet and
calm, traveling on a loose rein. The quality of the movement & the consistency of
the gaits is a major consideration. Horses should be obedient, have a bright
expression with alert ears & should respond willingly to the rider with light leg &
hand contact. The horse should be under control at all times & be able to halt in a
smooth, balanced manner.
Western Equipment – Horses aged 5 & under may be shown two handed in a
shankless bit, bosal, or a shanked bit. Horses aged 6 & over must be ridden one
handed in a shanked bit. The saddle is Western, with a horn and skirts. Silver is
optional and will not take precedence over working tack in clean condition and
good repair. Western clothing consists of pants (slacks, trousers or jeans) for both
men and women, long sleeved & collared shirt for men and slinky & vest or jacket,
or long sleeved & collared shirts for women. Western hat & boots. Spurs, chaps
and ties are optional.

Yooper Pleasure- Same as Western or English Pleasure, but according to Yooper
Division rules. Horse should be shown in “natural form” without show tack or
excessive grooming. Exhibitor should not be in show clothing. Clean, very
basic/modest Western or English attire and straw cowboy hats are acceptable, but
should NOT be regular show clothing (no rail shirts, chaps, riding jackets), and any
clean street clothing is allowed and preferred. No silver or bling. Horse may be
shown in any type or style of tack or any combination thereof, any humane bit or
no bit is acceptable. This is a “Working Horse” class and the horse should not be
presented as in the “regular” halter classes. Competitive pleasure horses should
not enter this class. Horses entered in Yooper Division MAY cross enter into other
appropriate classes, but show clothing and show tack are NOT ALLOWED in the
other classes, ie: Unclipped QH gelding may enter Yooper Halter, Stock Halter,
Yooper Pleasure, Western Pleasure, etc., if horse remains unclipped, without show
tack, and rider is not in show clothes for all classes.

Working Ranch Pleasure – (Not available in 2015) – The purpose of a ranch
pleasure horse should reflect the versatility, attitude, and movement of a working
horse. The horse’s performance should simulate a horse riding outside the confines
of an arena and that of a working ranch horse. This class should show the horse’s
ability to work at a forward, working speed while under control by the rider. Light
contact should be rewarded and horse does not have to be shown on a full drape of
reins. The overall manners and responsiveness of the horse while performing the
maneuver requirements, and the horse’s quality of movement are the primary
considerations. Each horse will work individually, performing both required and
optional maneuvers. The required maneuvers will include the walk, jog, and lope
both directions: and the extended jog and lope at least one direction; as well as
stops, turn to change directions, and back. Three optional maneuvers may include
a side pass, turns of 360 or more, change of lead (simple or flying), walk, jog, or
lope over a pole(s); or some reasonable combination of maneuvers that would be
reasonable for a ranch horse to perform. The maneuvers may be arranged in
various combinations with final approval by the judge. Transitions should be
performed where designated, with smoothness and responsiveness. No time limit.
One of the suggested four patterns may be used, however a judge may utilize a
different pattern as long as all required maneuvers are included plus three or more
optional maneuvers are included. Failure to perform a required maneuver will
result in a horse placing below all other horses that perform all maneuvers.
Apparel and Equipment: No hoof polish, no braided or banded manes or tail
extensions, and trimming inside ears is discouraged, trimming bridle path is
allowed, also trimming of fetlocks or excessive (long) facial hair is
acceptable/optional. Equipment with silver should not count over a good working
outfit. Silver on bridles and saddles is discouraged but optional if not excessive.
Show clothing should be conservative/modest, with exception of Yooper Division
participants, who are to show according to their division. Open to horses shown in
walk-trot also, encouraging progression to the lope.
“In all gaits,” the 2014 AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations reads,
“movement of the ranch pleasure horse should simulate a horse needing to
cover long distances, softly and quietly, like that of a working ranch horse.”
The 2014 AQHA Handbook will also clarify that posting at the extended trot
and holding the saddle horn will be acceptable riding techniques in ranch
pleasure classes.
Patterns will be posted on the website and will be available for everyone over the
season.

WESTERN HORSEMANSHIP

Western Horsemanship is an evaluation based on the ability of a rider to perform
various maneuvers in harmony with his/her horse. The communication between
horse & rider should be subtle. Horsemanship is judged on the rider & his/her
effect on the horse and the rider’s seat and position. Usually a pattern is posted
however the Judge may just explain a simple pattern. Entries will be judged
individually according to a posted or stated pattern and may also be asked to
demonstrate rail work at the walk, jog, and lope.

Yooper Horsemanship – Same as Western or English Horsemanship, but according
to Yooper Division rules. Horse should be shown in “natural form” without show
tack or excessive grooming. Exhibitor should not be in show clothing. Clean, very
basic/modest Western or English attire and straw cowboy hats are acceptable, but
should NOT be regular show clothing (no rail shirts, chaps, riding jackets), and any
clean street clothing is allowed and preferred. No silver or bling. Horse may be
shown in any type or style of tack or any combination thereof, any humane bit or
no bit is acceptable. This is a “Working Horse” class and the horse should not be
presented as in the “regular” halter classes. Competitive pleasure horses should
not enter this class. Horses entered in Yooper Division MAY cross enter into other
appropriate classes, but show clothing and show tack are NOT ALLOWED in the
other classes, ie: Unclipped QH gelding may enter Yooper Halter, Stock Halter,
Yooper Pleasure, Western Pleasure, etc., if horse remains unclipped, without show
tack, and rider is not in show clothes for all classes.

Disciplined Rail – All horses enter the ring, on the rail. The judge controls the
class. He may ask for a walk, jog/trot, canter/lope, turns on the forehand or
haunches, sidepass off and then go back to the rail for more maneuvers, drop
stirrups, back & reverse direction. The reverse direction can be at a walk or
jog/trot. He can stop the class on the rail and one at a time depart in a
canter/lope or counter canter to a point then simple or flying lead change to the
correct lead. The horse/rider combination who completes the judge’s instructions
to the highest quality will win the class.

Western Riding –
Judges the abilities of the horse to change leads precisely, easily and
simultaneously, using both hind and front legs. Following one of four patterns
consisting of a log and a series of pylons, the horse and rider must change gaits –
from a walk to a jog or a lope – throughout the course. Reward is given to the
horse that changes fluidly and precisely between the middle of the pylons within
the pattern.

Reining –  (Not available in 2015)
Exhibitors will enter the ring and perform the required pattern individually. All
horses will be judged from starting point of pattern. Horse should be willingly
guided or controlled with little or no apparent resistance. Credit will be given for
smoothness, finesse, attitude, quickness & authority in performing the various
maneuvers while using controlled speed. Judge may request that rider drop the
bridle.

TRAIL:

This class will be judged on the performance of the horse over obstacles with
emphasis on manners, response to the rider & quality of movement. Credit will be
given to horses negotiating the obstacles with style & some degree of speed,
providing correctness is not sacrificed. Horses should receive credit for showing
attentiveness to the obstacles & the capability of picking their own way through
the course when obstacles warrant it & willingly responding to the rider’s cues on
more difficult obstacles. Must move on to the next obstacle after three refusals.

Leadline Trail –
Entries will be age appropriate. Horse will have bridle with reins held by rider, a
halter over the bridle with lead line attached or a Leadline attached to the bridle
bit, held by responsible person. Entries will be judged individually on their ability
to independently maneuver through various obstacles, according to the pattern.

Tiny Tot Walk Trail-
Same as Leadline Trail except there will be no lead shank attached and no
handler. Entries will maneuver through various obstacles at the walk, according to
the pattern.

Tiny Tot Walk Trot Trail-
Same as Walk Trail, but entries will maneuver through various obstacles at both
the walk and trot, according to the pattern.

In Hand Trail – (Not available in 2015) – Same as Trail, except horse is led over
various obstacles according to pattern. Unbroken horses & ponies or minis only.

Yooper Trail – Same as Trail except by Yooper Division Rules. See Yooper Western
Pleasure for appropriate tack, attire and rules.