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					OFFICIAL RULE BOOK

 National Wild Horse
          &
Burro Show Association




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  Last revised April 9, 2000
                                         ASSOCIATION OBJECTIVES

Promote the education of people in the development, training, showing, and horsemanship of wild
horses & burros.

Encourage the adoption and use of wild horses and wild burros following their removal from the
public lands.

Foster good sportsmanship and proper conduct among horsemen and horsewomen and to foster
good fellowship among all persons interested in wild horses & burros.

Encourage proper and humane handling and care of horses & burros and prevention of cruelty to
animals.

Demonstrate the versatility and value of the wild horses and burros to the public.

Provide funding for the preservation and enhancement of wild horse and burro habitat.

Establish and maintain a Wild Horse & Burro Show Circuit in the Western States.


                                            SHOW ELIGIBILITY

Because promotion of wild horses and burros is central to the objectives of the show, all animals
participating in classes reserved for wild horses, burros, and mules must have been formerly wild.
Offspring of previously wild equines born in captivity will be accepted only if documentation shows
they were bred on the range. All entries must submit copies of identification papers issued by a
federal, state, or humane organization. Exceptions will be determined by the NWH&BSA show
committee with documentation as requested.

Cross Breeds (animals with only one documented wild parent) will be limited to designated All
Breeds classes.




                       Official Rule Book of the National Wild Horse and Burro Show Assn. Inc.
                                                    (Feb. 22, 2000)

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                                                   I. SHOW RULES
The National Wild Horse & Burro Show offers an approved Wild Horse and Burro Show each year under the regulations
set forth below. Every person who takes part in a show is responsible for a knowledge of and is subject to The National
Wild Horse & Burro Show Rules. Problems involving policy and questions arising at the shows, not specifically covered
by the rules below, will be decided by the Rules Committee. Their decision shall be final.

A. PARTICIPATION RULES

    1. LIABILITY:

        All entries are accepted with the understanding that the National Wild Horse and Burro Show Association, Inc.,
        Washoe County, show committee, agents, and facility are not responsible for any loss, damage or injury to any
        animal exhibited or to any article of any kind. All animals shall be under the control and the risk of the exhibitor,
        who will be responsible for any loss, damage or injury to any person, animal or property occasions by him, his
        agents or employees, or by an animal owned or exhibited by him, and shall indemnify the NWH&BSA, Inc.
        against any and all loss, damages and liability thus occasional, including attorney fees, which may be incurred
        as a result as a result thereof. The submitting of an entry form to the Show Secretary shall constitute an
        acceptance by each person signing same of the revisions herein set forth.

    2. REFUSAL OF ENTRANTS:

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        The show’ management reserves the right to refuse, accept conditionally or to cancel any exhibitor’
        participation in the show.

    3. CANCELLATION OF CLASSES:

        The Show Committee may at its discretion cancel any class when there are 2 or fewer participants entered at
        the beginning of the show.

    4. PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES:

        No equine/burro is to be shown in any class competition recognized by the NWH&BSA if it has been
        administered any forbidden substance in accordance with the AQHA rule 441H.

    5. UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT:

        When an exhibitor and/or representative acting on behalf of the exhibitor is guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct,
        the Association can suspend the rights of such exhibitor and/or representative from participating in future
        approved shows for such a period as judged appropriate; and the Association can bar from participation in any
        NWH&BSA approved event, all animals registered in such suspended person's name according to Association
        records during the term of his suspension.

    6. MISCONDUCT:

        All exhibitors, riders, owners, trainers, parents, or anyone connected with the horse guilty of misconduct or
        inhumane treatment of the animal on or about the show grounds will, on receipt of formal written complaint from
        either the judge, show committee, Association Representative, exhibitor or spectator, be subject to suspension
        for no less than fifteen (15) days or more than one year depending on the seriousness of the offense, and will be
        suspended from point accumulation. The Show Committee will make the final decision in such cases.




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7. ENTRANT SUBSTITUTIONS:

   Substitutions of an equine/burro may not be made after the announced closing date of entries. If the animal is
   sold or injured after closing of entries, management will allow owner to post-enter another in the same classes
   only.

8. PROTESTS:

   Protests shall be made to the show committee by an exhibitor, owner, agent, trainer or the parent of a Youth
   exhibitor for any violation of NWH&BSA rules. It must be in writing, signed by the protester, addressed to the
   secretary of show at which the alleged violation occurred, accompanied by a deposit of $30.00 (if by check,
   payable to the show committee) and received by the Steward, member of the show committee, the Show
   Manager, or the show secretary within 48 hours of the alleged violation. Protests must be immediately referred
   to the Rules Committee by the Secretary-Treasurer.

9. DECISIONS:

   Any decision in regard to the protest will be conducted under NWH&BSA and/or AQHA guidelines. Horse health
   and welfare decisions will be based upon recommendations of the Show Veterinarian and the Show Committee.

10. DISQUALIFICATIONS:

   Any animal inhumanly doctored in any way or medically, mechanically, or unfairly prepared or tampered with
   before entering the show ring will be disqualified. If it is ascertained that any exhibitor has made or caused to
   made any false statement in regard to any animal or article exhibited, or if any exhibitor shall attempt to
   interfere with the judges in the performance of their duties, he shall be excluded from competing or exhibiting.
   In case of any animal being disqualified, the winner of the next succeeding prize in the class shall take the prize
   that has been awarded to such disqualified animal and the lowest prize in the class shall go to the reserve
   winner.

11. DISCIPLINE:

   Exhibitors are warned that any act of discourtesy or disobedience to the officials of this show on the part of the
   owner, lessee, trainer, groom, rider or driver may disqualify the animal from further participation. The Show
   Association reserves the right to remove an animal, owner, lessee, trainer, groom, rider or driver from the show
   without being liable for compensation or damages.

12. PADDOCK AREA CONDUCT:

   There shall be no conduct in the paddock area which disturbs or creates hazard to animals, riders and/or
   handlers. There will be no whips, noisemakers or other equipment, devices or objects allowed in the paddock
   area which might disturb or create a hazard to animals, riders or handlers in the area, except the show whip
   carried properly by the rider or handler.

13. CRUELTY AND/OR ABUSE:

   Cruelty to or abuse of an animal by any person at a recognized competition is forbidden and constitutes a
   violation and may result in expulsion from the show grounds. “CRUELTY” and/or “    ABUSE” but are not limited
   thereto:

   a. Excessive use of force on any animal in a stall, runway schooling area, show ring, or elsewhere on the
      competition grounds before, or during a competition by any person.

   b. Rapping the legs of an animal with the butt end of a riding crop or other implement.

   c. Use of any substance to induce temporary heat.

   d. Manual polling with any object other than a bamboo pole.
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   e. Use of a wire or chain in conjunction with any schooling jump

   f.   Use of electric device in schooling or showing.

   g. Use of shackles (not to be construed as rubber or elastic exercising devices).

   h. Showing an animal with raw or bleeding sores.

   i.   Use of explosives anywhere on the competition grounds, except in an exhibition or if required in class
        competitions.

   j.   Inhumane treatment of an animal in a stall, runway, schooling area, show ring or elsewhere on the
        competition grounds, by any person

14. GATE RULES:

   Due to a full schedule of classes, the two (2) minute limit for gates will be strictly enforced. Exhibitors are
   cautioned against entering the same animal/rider in successive classes. The gate will close two (2) minutes
   after the first animal enters the ring, or in case with large classes taking more than two minutes, at the
   completion or final animal in the continuous string of equines/burros. It is the responsibility of the exhibitor to be
   sure that his/her animal is at the gate on time. Class calls must be considered a courtesy only. NO protests will
   be upheld on the basis of a public address system malfunction. Gate hold will be granted at the discretion of the
   gate steward and will not exceed five (5) minutes.

15. WITHDRAWAL FROM CLASSES:

   As a courtesy to the Gate steward, Announcer and Show Office, exhibitors are requested to notify the Gate
   steward and Show Office when it is necessary to withdraw from an entered class. This courtesy will enable the
   show to run more efficiently. Your consideration will be greatly appreciated by the staff. The change should
   take place at least 2 classes before the start of the class in question.

16. ADMISSION TO THE RING:

   No person will be permitted to enter the ring except participants in the class, judge, their assistants and show
   officials. Attendants and grooms may enter the ring only when summoned by order of the judge.

17. HEADERS:

   All headers must wear appropriate show attire and foot wear.

18. MAXIMUM EVENT HOURS:

   A show may not hold classes more than 12 hours out of any 24 hour period from the start of the first class to the
   finish of the last class, including intermissions. There must be a recess of at least eight (8) hours between the
   finish of the last class of any evening performance and the first class of a morning performance the following
   day.




                       Official Rule Book of the National Wild Horse and Burro Show Assn. Inc.
                                                    (Feb. 22, 2000)

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B. SHOW MANAGEMENT

  1. JUDGES:

     a. The judge will appear at least 30 minutes before the start of show.

     b. No judge, members of his family, or students shall exhibit or act as agents, representatives in any capacity,
        or handlers of a horse in any approved class at a show or contest at which he/she is officiating; nor any
        horse be shown under a judge if that judge has been owner, trainer, agent in any capacity, or conditioner of
        that horse within the previous thirty (30) days. If such a horse is entered in a show, its entry fee shall be
        refunded and it is not to be exhibited. A judge may be suspended from the list of approved judges for
        infraction of this rule at the ruling of the Executive Committee.

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     c. A judge’ decision is final. Once a sheet of placings is sent to the announcer stand, there will be no
        changing of the results unless an error in number was made and is obvious to the audience that such error
        was made with intent of placing the horses as they lined up in the standings. On all classes, 6th place must
        be listed on the sheet.

     d. No judge shall determine eligibility for registration of any entry in the ring.

     e. A judge may order any person or horse from the arena for bad conduct of one or both.

     f.   A learner judge, with judge and Show Association's permission, may work with a senior judge.

     g. A judge, upon arrival in a city in which he/she is to officiate, is to contact an official of the show and advise
        that official of his presence and location.

     h. When requested by an exhibitor, through the Show Association or ring steward, the judge is urged to give
        his opinion courteously and sincerely. In no way should a class or show be held up due to lost time with
        exhibitors holding question and answer sessions with a judge.

     i.   A judge may only officiate at two (2) shows per show season.

  2. RING STEWARD:

     a. The ring steward shall be referred to as Ring Steward and shall be familiar with approved NWH&BSA Show
        procedures.

     b. The ring steward assembles classes promptly in order to keep judging program on schedule and eliminate
        delays between classes.

     c. The ring steward notifies the judge when all horses are present for each class. No horses may be
        admitted after the ring steward notifies the judge the gate is closed.

     d. The ring steward has charge of activity in the show ring.

     e. Moves and places horses as judge requests.

     f.   The ring steward should act as mediator between judge and exhibitors and announcer.

     g. When ring area is small and class entries are large, the ring steward should keep the horses until the judge
        is ready to judge them.

     h. The ring steward has the authority to ask an exhibitor to remove his horse for the safety of other horses and
        spectators, with the permission of the judge.

     i.   The ring steward must not allow exhibitors to crowd up in the show ring and should try to keep the
          possibilities of an accident to a minimum.
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      j.   After the ribbons are presented he/she may have the ribbon winners circle the ring for the benefit of the
           spectators if time permits.

      k. The ring steward shall not advise or comment to the judge on the activities of the class. He/she will maintain
         a minimum distance of ten (10) feet between him/her self and the judge, unless requested otherwise by the
         judge.

      l.   The ring steward is selected to help the judge, not to advise the judge, argue with, visit with, or criticize the
           judge.

   3. NWH&BSA REPRESENTATIVE:

      a. The representative of NWH&BSA should point out in a diplomatic manner any instance where NWH&BSA
         rules are not enforced and should immediately report to the appropriate officials any violations of the rules
         which might invalidate a class; should remain available to Judge and exhibitors all times to clarify the
         application of NWH&BSA rules and investigate any situation where the rules are not upheld.

      b. The NWH&BSA Executive Committee shall appoint a qualified member of the sponsoring club to serve as
         NWH&BSA Representative, one of which to be present at approved shows.

      c. The show is responsible for announcing the Representative's name prior to and during said show.

      d. The Representative is required to check in with the show office upon arrival at said show's grounds.

      e. If dispute arises as to color, eligibility of horse or burro, Representative will check into matter and decision is
         final and animal will show in the decided category for that year.

C. EXHIBITOR CLASSIFICATION

   1. RIDER CATEGORIES:

      a. NOVICE CATEGORY – Open to exhibitors who have not won three (3) first place ribbons respectively, at
         any competition in a particular division. Novice status of riders is affected by winnings at any and all
         competitions, including all outside shows. Amateur rules apply also.

      b. AMATEUR CATEGORY -Open to exhibitors who, after his/her 18th birthday has not engaged in any of the
         following activities which would make him/her a professional:

           1. Accepts remuneration for riding, schooling, driving, showing in halter, training, or conducting clinics or
              seminars.
           2. Accepts remuneration for instructions in equitation or horse training.
           3. Accepts remuneration in accordance with AQHA rules.
           4. Has won prizes or money in excess of $2,000.

      c. OPEN CATEGORY - Open to exhibitors over 13 years of age regardless of the ribbons, remuneration
         previously won, or professional status. There is no qualification required for the rider, driver, or handler.

      d. YOUTH CATEGORY - an individual who has not reached his/her 18th birthday as of January 1st of the
         current year. Stallions shall not be shown by any youth!




                           Official Rule Book of the National Wild Horse and Burro Show Assn. Inc.
                                                        (Feb. 22, 2000)

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  2. ANIMAL CATEGORIES:

     For Horse Show purposes any wild horse, burro, or mule is considered to be one year old on the 1st day of
     January following the actual date of foaling and the age of the animal on January 1 shall be maintained
     throughout the entire calender year. No animal is allowed to be shown under saddle if less than 2 years of age.

     a. GREEN HORSE - an animal that has been adopted for three years or less (Must show proof of adoption
        date) and are five (5) years of age or less. A Green Horse may not cross enter into any other age or
        category and is ineligible for Super Horse Award.


     b. IN-HAND ANIMALS - An equine not yet under saddle or harness. Reserved for the animals under 3 years
        of age or equines less than 1 year adopted. In-Hand animals may not enter in any class under saddle,
        mounted or in harness. The Highpoint winner must show in at least 4 of the 5 In-Hand categories:
        Showmanship, Halter, Longe Line, Americana, and Costume.

     c. BURROS - Burros will compete in all classes with equines unless a sufficient number justifies separate
        classes. Exceptions are halter (excluding Showmanship), trail, and timed events which offer their own
        categories.

     d. MULES - To preserve fairness, since there is not a specific mule division, mules will be shown as follows:
        Halter - mules shall be shown with burros; Trail, Trail-In-Hand, and timed events, mules 14 hands or less
        shall be shown with burros. Mules over 14.1 hands shall be shown with horses.

SHOW AWARDS AND SCORING

  1. EVENT SCORING:

     a. To assure uniform scoring at shows, points should be awarded in each class for the following places:

             First Place:   6 points
             Second Place: 5 points
             Third Place:   4 points
             Fourth Place: 3 points
             Fifth Place:   2 point
             Sixth Place/Reserve: 1 point

     b. When there are less than six entrants in a class, points will be based on the number of entrants in the class.
        For example, if only 4 entrants scored, first place would receive 4 points, second place would receive 3
        points, third place would receive 2 points, and fourth place would receive 1 point.

     c. In case of a tie for High Point placings, one point will be given for each horse you place over in the classes.
        If a tie still remains, the winner will be decided by the number of qualifying entrants competed against.

  2. SCORING DISPUTES:

     Any question or dispute in connection with the competition for these awards shall be referred for decision to the
     Rules Committee of The National Wild Horse & Burro Show, and its decision shall be final. A final record of any
     Club or National Show will be kept in the files of the NWH&BSA Point Secretary, and information in connection
     therewith will be available upon request for 60 days after Award.




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                                                      (Feb. 22, 2000)

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3. RECOMMENDED SHOW AWARDS:

  a. First to sixth place for each scored or timed class.

  b. Grand and Reserve Halter Champion for mares, stallions, geldings, and burros. Solid and Color class
     points do not count toward the Halter championship awards.

  c. High Point for Novice, Youth 12 and under, Youth 13 to 18 years, Amateur, and Open riders.

  d. Green Horse and Super horse/burro and Reserve Super horse/burro.

4. ANNUAL POINT AWARDS:

  a. Accumulation of points for annual awards will be kept by the Point Secretary of the NWH&BSA for
     NWH&BSA EXHIBITORS ONLY. Showmanship and horsemanship points will be recorded on the rider. In
     all other point classes the points will be kept on the animal and rider combination. The owner of the horse is
     defined as the person(s) whose name is on the Registration papers, legal brand certificate, and/or a Bill of
     Sale. Also to be considered as owner is the person with a contract showing they are the person buying or
     leasing the horse. (Trainers collecting fees for outside horses are not to be considered owners.) Awards
     will be presented to the owners or riders of horse, or riders in horsemanship classes earning the highest
     ratings in each Division listed in the current rules. Rating for Category High Point Awards will be computed
     in accordance with the following general regulations:

      1. Properly marked results from the affiliated club shows or national show shall be the sole basis upon
         which rating will be computed, and the score thus derived shall determine the awards in each Category.

      2. The National Wild Horse & Burro Show Point Secretary will use every care to achieve accuracy in
         computing the ratings, but neither the Point Secretary nor the Association will be liable for the failure of
         any Club or National Show to file the results of their show, nor for errors or omissions in the marking
         thereof, nor responsible beyond the point of accuracy in computing the final ratings from the results
         submitted by the proper authorities of each show.

      3. Only those points earned at approved Shows conducted under the Rules of the Association will be
         included in the ratings. The cumulative score earned by any entry within the respective classification
         shall be included in the final rating, regardless of transfer of ownership within the period of competition.
         The owner of the animal at the time of scoring its last point shall be the recipient of the award.

      4. Points are not retroactive - they accumulate only from the date of approved first show within the same
         year.

      5. Entrants have to show in at least two (2) approved shows to become eligible for year-end-award.




                      Official Rule Book of the National Wild Horse and Burro Show Assn. Inc.
                                                   (Feb. 22, 2000)

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                                        II. AFFILIATED SHOWS
The National Wild Horse & Burro Show Rules shall apply to each and every approved show.

A. APPROVAL OF SHOW SCHEDULES:

   The National Wild Horse & Burro Show Committee will be responsible to determine the date schedule. Club
   Organizations desiring to have an approved show may apply for a show date in writing. Application must be made
   from the Show Secretary to The National Wild Horse & Burro Show Secretary-Treasurer and shall include at least
   three (3) preferred show dates in order of preference. The National Wild Horse & Burro Show Committee will
   announce the approved point show schedule to all the membership, but it shall be tentative until all shows approval
   fees are paid. Open dates, if any, within the approved point show season may be used as rain dates.

B. SETTING SHOW DATES:

   Each club organization is allowed (1) approved weekend show date per year. Two clubs may combine a show date
   to utilize the Double Judge Option, with each show counting as one of their approved dates. Clubs that have
   sanctioned show weekends from the previous year shall have first right of refusal until February 28th of the current
   show year. If request for show date is not received in writing by March 1 of the current year it becomes an available
   show date open to other club requests.

C. SHOW SANCTION REQUIREMENTS:

   Affiliated clubs and/or any of The National Wild Horse & Burro Show approved shows must be in good standing and
   must comply with The National Wild Horse & Burro Show rules. The show bill must be approved by the NWH&BSA
   Secretary-Treasurer at least 45 days prior to the show or in time for the show to be listed in the club newsletter or
   official publication at least one time prior to the show with correct wording, description of classes, listed in order
   which they will be shown, entry fees, name of judge, name of show secretary, with address and telephone number,
   date of show, and time show is to start.

D. MANAGEMENT OF AFFILIATED SHOWS:

   1. Hiring of the judge is the responsibility of the club sponsoring show (To have a "Learner judge" in the ring
      permission must be obtained from the show management and the judge.) The judge hired must hold at least 2
      breed cards and shall be approved by The National Wild Horse & Burro Show Committee.

   2. The show manager is responsible for sending a current copy of NWH&BSA Rule Book and the show bill to the
      judge at least 2 weeks prior to the show date. The rules of the NWH&BSA will take precedence over the rules
      of any other organization. All divisions and sections for which rules are provided herein must be conducted
      accordingly and cannot be held under rules that are not in agreement. Any rules not covered by NWH&BSA
      rules will be covered by the American Quarter Horse Assoc. (AQHA) rules.

   3. Upon the judge's arrival, it is the responsibility of the show manager to brief the judge on special classes or any
      changes in the show.

   4. All show secretaries are required to keep records and judges cards of their show for one year from the date of
      the award so records can be checked if necessary.

   5. Classes must be held in the same order as previously advertised and listed on the show bill. Exceptions can be
      made the day of the show with approval of the majority of exhibitors present. Any other exceptions must be
      stated in the show bill. The club & national show may combine, cancel or split classes as they deem necessary.




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6. A show may not hold classes more than 12 hours out of any 24 hour period from the start of the first class to the
   finish of the last class, including intermissions. There must be a recess of at least eight (8) hours between the
   finish of the last class of any evening performance and the first class of a morning performance the following
   day.

7. It shall be recommended to the club and national show to present a trophy, award or rosette for 1st place and
   ribbons for 2nd through 6th places, and it is suggested that participation ribbons be given to all exhibitors in
   classes for ages 12 and under.

8. In order for a show to be approved for points, a minimum of 50% of the classes offered must be from the
   approved NWH&BSA class list, unless all NWH&BSA classes are offered. NWH&BSA point and non-point
   classes must be so designated on the show bill.

9. If a class has fewer than four entries it may be combined with another class at the discretion of the show
   management. The combined classes will be judged simultaneously, and placed separately. Points will be
   awarded according to placing as in any other point class.

10. When there is only one entrant in a class, points will be allowed to the entry, provided said entry actually
    executes all maneuvers and/or gaits required in said class.

11. If the show is canceled, there will be no refund of the show approval fee and the canceling show assumes the
    responsibility for notifying exhibitors of cancellation. If canceled due to weather or other natural disasters,
    approval fee can be transferred to the rain date.

12. No NWH&BSA Show will be held in any grass arena, roped off arena, picket fence or any other non-permanent
    arena, with the following exceptions: Halter, jumping, trail and driving may be held outside the arena, on the
    grass, with the consent of a majority of the class exhibitors.

13. If any NWH&BSA Show is canceled during the show, points will be allowed for those classes already shown and
    the show may be rescheduled on a rain date. No new classes for points may be added to the original show
    program and any classes already shown and points allowed for, cannot be repeated.

14. Each club and national show shall be required to furnish the Point Secretary of The National Wild Horse & Burro
    Show a record showing the placing of each class through 6th place, together with the name of the owner and
    exhibitor and addresses of each. These records are to be assembled in the same manner as the show was
    held. If a class was canceled or combined, this should be duly noted and must be signed by the show secretary
    and/or horse show manager. It shall be forwarded and post marked within ten (10) days after the closing date of
    said show to the recording secretary. Any member club or show that does not submit the show results within the
    required ten (10) day time limit shall be fined $25.00 and will not be allowed any future show dates until all fines
    are paid and show results are forwarded.




                        Official Rule Book of the National Wild Horse and Burro Show Assn. Inc.
                                                     (Feb. 22, 2000)

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                                             III. CLASS RULES
A. HALTER DIVISION CLASSES

  1. CLASS PROCEDURES:

     All ages must be offered in Halter Classes. Animals to be shown at halter, preferably leather. Silver show
     halter shall not be judged over plain halters. As there is no standard for these animals scoring will be
     determined by lack of conformation faults, way of going and soundness and, grooming. Horse/burro to be
     judged in a stock horse manner (squared, straight legs, not stretched in any way), individually, standing, at the
     walk, and trot on lead line.

  2. ATTIRE:

     Mandatory dress for exhibitor shall be long sleeved shirt, boots, hat, and belt. Exhibitor will not be penalized for
     touching or moving the animal. Exhibitor is not to hinder a judge's view of the animal.

  3. EQUIPMENT:

     Use of bats or whips is prohibited.

  1. SHOWMANSHIP AT HALTER

     a. CLASS PROCEDURES:

         This class shall be judged strictly on the contestant's ability to fit and show in a halter class. This shall be a
         separate class from all other halter classes. Only the showman and condition of the horse is to be judged.
         The animal is merely a prop to show the ability of the showman. In showmanship classes the animals must
         be well groomed and conditioned. Hair coat is to be clean and well brushed. Hooves may be polished, left
         clear or have clear gloss applied. Tack is to be neat, clean and in good repair. A neat halter and lead
         shank will be judged the same as an expensive one.

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         Showman is to be on animal’ left side holding lead in right hand. The remaining portion of the lead to be
         held safely and neatly in left hand. A tightly coiled (wrapped around hand) or rolled lead shank will be
         considered a fault in showmanship. When posing the horse/burros, it is NOT allowed to touch any part of
         the animal. Kicking, whipping or petting the animal is prohibited. The animal is to stand in stock horse
         manner. Exhibitor is not to hinder a judge's view of the horse/burro.

         The exhibitor is to be courteous and alert and is to respond quickly to requests from the judge or ring
         steward. Undue fussing and maneuvering is objectionable. Unsportsmanlike behavior may cause
         elimination.

     b. PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS:

         1. When posing your animal, stand toward the front facing the horse/burro, but not directly in front of the
            animal and always in a position where you can keep your eye on the judge.

         2. Pose western type horses with their feet squarely under them. Most of the showing should be done with
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            the lead strap. Never kick the animal’ leg into position.

         3. Do not crowd the exhibitor next to you when in a side by side position. Do not crowd exhibitor in front or
            behind when lined up head to tail.

         4. When a judge is observing other animals, let yours stand if posed reasonably well.

         5. Be natural. Over showing, undue fussing and maneuvering are objectionable.

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   c. FAULTS:

      1.   Failure to recognize and correct faults of horse's position.
      2.   Kicking, hitting or having actual contact with the horse.
      3.   Visiting or conversing with the other contestants.
      4.   Failure to lead properly or back a horse when requested.
      5.   Loud voice commands or over showing through unnecessary actions.
      6.   Turning a horse the wrong way (horse should always be turned to the right.
      7.   Causing the judge to move to avoid being bumped or stepped on. (i.e. running over the judge)
      8.   Improperly fitting equipment.
      9.   Hindering view of horse.

2. ATTIRE:

   An English Showman will show in appropriate English attire with correct English approved tack. A Western
   Showman will show in appropriate Western attire with correct Western approved tack.

2. LONGE LINE

   a. CLASS PROCEDURES:

      This class is for equines 2 years old or younger. 1 horse/burro per exhibitor allowed. Futurity to be judged
      in one go-round with all present judges judging. There will be no finals. The winners will be determined by
      the total score from the judges in the one go-round. Judges will be outside the longing circle. The exhibitor
      will enter the arena and await the signal. When the signal is given, the exhibitor will be allowed 1 ½ minutes
      to present their animal. The animals are judged 80% on their movement and 20% on manners.

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      If an animal’ chin or nose show signs of broken skin, rawness, or bleeding, the animal will be eliminated
      from the competition. No leg wraps allowed.

      If the animal plays on the LONGE line, it will not count against the horse/burro. The animal should be
      judged as though the pleasure prospect was playing in the fields. The judge at his or her discretion may
      penalize the animal for excessive bucking, running off, or displaying attitudes uncomplimentary to pleasure
      horses/burros such as ear pinning or tail wringing.

      After the longing competition is completed, the animals will line up for judging. The judges may not
      discriminate for or against bulk, but rather look for a total picture, emphasizing balance and athletic
      capabilities. The judge(s) may mouth each horse/burro to determine correct age.

   b. PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS:

      It is suggested that the horse walk, trot, and lope in each direction, but it is not mandatory. Burros will walk
      and trot. It is beneficial if you show all 3 gates in each direction. The exhibitor may begin the work in the
      direction (counter or counter clockwise) of their choice. At half time it will be noted to the exhibitor, at the
      end of the one ½ minutes, the signal will be used and the exhibitor will retire from the longing area. All
      animals are to remain in the arena after they have been longing and should stand quietly while other
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     c. ATTIRE/EQUIPMENT:

         Horses/burros are to be shown in a halter, regular or show type is acceptable. The only attachment allowed
         to the halter is a LONGE line. The LONGE line may not accede 30 feet with a snap or chain attached to the
         halter. The LONGE line, including a chain, must hang free from the halter without touching any part of the
         horse. It is permissible to use a LONGE whip.

         Conventional western attire is mandatory. If a horse is considered a Hunt Seat prospect, then the horse is
         to be braided and shown at the walk, trot, and canter. The exhibitor may wear Hunt Seat attire. The horse
         shall be shown in plain leather hunt halter.

B. WESTERN DIVISION CLASSES

  1. ATTIRE:

     Rider shall wear western hat, long sleeve western style shirt, and western boots, unless specified differently by
     show or by show Association and stated on the show bill. Spurs and chaps may be worn at the option of the
     rider. Helmets are optional in place of western hat.

  2. EQUIPMENT

     Whenever this handbook refers to hackamore, it means the use only of a rawhide braided, leather braided, or
     rope bosal. It does not refer to a so-called mechanical hackamore. Absolutely no iron will be permitted under
     the jaws regardless of how padded or covered.

     Whenever this handbook refers to snaffle bit in western performance classes, it means the use of a smooth
     snaffle bit with broken mouth-piece (conventional o-ring, egg butt or D-ring) and the ring no larger than 4". One
     inch in from cheek must be a minimum of 5/16 inch diameter with a gradual decrease to center of the snaffle.
     Optional loose curb strap (leather or nylon only). Reins to be attached above the curb strap.

     a. OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT

         1. Rope or Riata. If used, the rope or riata must be coiled and attached to the saddle.
         2. Hobbles-attached to the saddle.
         3. Tapaderos.

     b. PROHIBITED EQUIPMENT

         1. Wire curbs regardless of how padded or covered.
         2. Any chin strap narrower than one-half inch.
         3. Martingales, nosebands and tie-downs.

     c. EXCEPTION ON PROHIBITED EQUIPMENT

         Gymkhana - allowed to use mechanical hackamores, any type of bit, the judge may prohibit the use of bits
         or equipment he/she may consider severe. Gymkhana may be ridden English, (See English attire and
         equipment). May use tie-downs, caves on or nose bands, and running martingale.

     d. PROHIBITED EQUIPMENT FOR GYMKHANA

         Draw reins and tack collar.




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1. WESTERN PLEASURE

  a.   CLASS PROCEDURES:

       A good pleasure animal has a stride of reasonable length in keeping with his conformation. He carries his
       head in a natural position, not high and over flexed at the poll or low with the nose out. The horse/burro
       should be relaxed but alert and ready to respond to the rider's commands without excessive cuing. When
       asked to extend the jog, he moves out with the same smooth way of going. Animals should give a smooth,
       pleasurable ride.

       Judge may ask for additional work of the same nature from any animal. He is not to ask for work other than
       that listed above. Rider shall not be required to dismount except in the event the judge wants to check
       equipment.

       This class will be judged on the performance and conformation of the animal at the discretion of the judge.
       Entries will be penalized for excessive speed, lack of forward motion or being on the wrong leads.

  b. PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS:

       Animals to be shown at a walk, jog and lope on a reasonably loose rein or with light contact without undue
       restraint both ways of the ring. Horses/burros may be asked to halt and/or back easily on the rail at the
       judges discretion. Horses/burros, at the discretion of the judge, may be asked to extend any gait. (No more
       that 12 horses at one time may be asked to extend the lope.) Animals are required to stand quietly and
       back easily. Animals are to be reversed to the inside (away from the rail). They may be required to reverse
       at the walk or jog at the discretion of the judge, but shall not be asked to reverse at the lope. Animals shall
       not be asked to go to a lope from the jog. Excessive speed or slowness will be severely penalized.

  c. EQUIPMENT:

       1. Split Reins

            a. Reins shall be held in one hand during performance. Hand to be around reins. One finger between
               reins permitted. The tail of split reins may be carried in the free hand with a 16 inch spacing
               between the reining hand and the free hand holding the tails. If carrying the tails, no finger permitted
               between the reins.

            b. When riding with two hands on split reins, tails of reins will be crossed over the neck of the horse.
               Reins must be bridged when riding in a O-ring or D-ring snaffle.

       2. Romal Reins

            Whenever this handbook refers to "ROMAL", it means an extension of braided material attached to
            closed reins. This extension is to be allowed to be carried in the free hand with a 16-inch spacing
            between the reining hand and the free hand holding the romal. The romal shall not be used forward of
            the cinch or used to signal or cue the horse in any way. Any infraction of the rule shall be penalized
            severely by the judge.Hands should be around reins. One finger between the rein is not permitted.

  d. FAULTS: May not necessarily be cause for disqualification:

       1.   Changing hands on reins.
       2.   More than one finger between reins.
       3.   Being on wrong lead.
       4.   Excessive speed (any gait).
       5.   Excessive slowness (any gait).
       6.   Breaking gait.
       7.   Failure to take the called for gait when called for.
       8.   Head carried too low or too high in accordance with the horses natural conformation.
       9.   Nosing out or flexing behind the vertical.
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     10. Opening mouth excessively.
     11. Stumbling or falling.

  e. DISQUALIFICATIONS:
     1. Changing hands on reins
     2. Two hands on reins. (Unless showing with a snaffle or bosal.)
     3. Touching horse or saddle with free hand
     4. Use of spurs forward of the cinch.

2. GREEN HORSE WESTERN PLEASURE

  a. CLASS PROCEDURES:

     Judged on basis of both animal and rider performance, suitability and conformation. Green horses/burros
     may be shown two-handed with hackamore (bosal type) or ring snaffle bit (no shank) at the discretion of the
     exhibitor. The tails of split reins shall be crossed over the animal's neck (bridged).

3. MATURE HORSE WESTERN PLEASURE

  a. CLASS PROCEDURES:

     Judged on both animal and rider performance, suitability and conformation. The animal is to be shown in a
     curb bit that has a solid or broken mouthpiece, has shanks and acts with leverage. Senior horses/burros not
     ready for solid mouthpieces, may be shown in a hackamore (bosal type) or ring snaffle bit (no shank).

4. WESTERN HORSEMANSHIP

  a. CLASS PROCEDURES:

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     Judged on the basis of the rider’ seat, hands and ability to control and show the horse. This class is limited
     to youth and amateur categories. This class may, at the judge's discretion, be judged only on individual
     work (patterns), on the rail work, or a combination of the two. Results, as shown by performance of the
     horse, are not to be considered more important than the method used by the rider in obtaining them.
     Consideration shall be given as to Novice and youth 12 and under to receive easier or no pattern.

     The rider is judged in this class on the ability to ride and control a horse properly. Rider will be judged on
     basic position in the saddle, hand position, leg position, seat position and back position. A rider should sit
     straight, shoulders even, with an arch in the small of the back. When looking down, the rider should see the
     point of his toe from the point of his knee.

  b. PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS:

     The class will be worked at a walk, jog and lope in both directions. The judge "MUST POST THE
     PATTERN", (if one is to be used), at least one hour prior to the commencing of the class. It is
     recommended that Pattern work be done first, followed by rail work if required. Judging of the individual
     work will begin at the indication of the judge. Exhibitors shall return to the holding area at the signal of the
     steward, regardless of whether or not they have completed the work prescribed by the judge. Failure to
     complete the pattern will not be a disqualification but shall be scored accordingly. The judge will use the rail
     work, if needed, to determine the top riders. The class may be asked to extend at the jog only, mount and
     dismount, back the horse, work individually, and reverse at a walk or jog, but never at a lope. Riders will
     not be asked to change horses. Riders 12 years of age and under shall not be requested to mount and
     dismount.

     Both hands and arms shall be held in a relaxed, easy manner. Upper arms to be in a straight line with the
     body, the one holding reins bent at elbow. Free hand shall not touch or rest on the saddle. When using a
     romal, the off-hand shall be around the romal with at least sixteen (16) inches of slack. One finger between
     reins is permitted with split reins but not with romal. Reins are to be carried immediately above or slightly in

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     front of the saddle horn. Only one hand is to be used for reining and that hand shall not be changed. If
     riding in ring snaffle bit (no shank) or bosal, may ride two-handed. Tails of split reins shall be crossed over
     the horse's neck (bridged). Reins should be carried so as to have light contact with horse's mouth and at no
     time shall reins be carried more than a slight hand movement from the horse's mouth.

     The rider shall sit in the saddle with legs hanging straight and slightly forward to stirrups. The stirrup should
     be just short enough to allow heels to be lower than toes. Body should always appear comfortable, relaxed
     and flexible. Feet may be placed home in the stirrups with boot heel touching the stirrup or may be placed
     less deep in the stirrup. Riding with toes only in the stirrup will be penalized. Rider to sit the jog and not
     post. Exaggerated shifting of the rider's weight is not desirable.

     When mounting, control the horse by taking up reins in left hand and adjusting evenly with enough tension
     to feel the bit and hold the horse steady. Ends of the reins to hang on near side while mounting. ALWAYS
     check front cinch and curb strap before mounting, Place left foot into stirrup (if necessary, twist near stirrup
     with right hand). Grasp saddle horn with right hand. Spring up with body loose to horse and settle easily
     into the saddle. Slip right foot into off position and assume basic position. Ends of split reins should be
     carried on the side of the reining hand.

     To dismount, reverse the above procedure, when using split reins, bring both down. Walk to the horse's
     head and stand facing the judge. Wait for acknowledgment to remount.

  c. ATTIRE:

     Clothing of rider must be clean, workmanlike and neat. Chaps and spurs are optional, no contestant shall
     be eliminated for not wearing them or have it count against them.

  d. EQUIPMENT:

     The saddle must fit the rider. Half-breed, spade, snaffle, hackamore, curb bits may be used with split or
     romal reins. Curb chain requirements are flat chain only (half inch) lying flat against the jaw. Mechanical
     hackamores, tie-downs, running martingales and draw reins are prohibited. No silver equipment shall be
     given preference over good working equipment.

5. BEGINNING WALK-TROT, 12 YEARS AND UNDER

  a. CLASS PROCEDURES:

     Limited to riders 12 years and under. Riders to be asked to walk and trot and may be asked to back. Tie-
     downs and martingales are prohibited. To be judged on horsemanship and the ability to ride and present the
     horse to the judge. Horses/burros are to enter the arena at a flat-foot walk turning to the right and
     proceeding in a counter-clockwise direction on the rail. The class to be worked at a walk and trot both
     directions of the arena. In the line-up the judge may ask riders to back their animals to help him/her judge
     the extent of the rider's horsemanship. Riders will not be asked to mount or dismount.

     Remember this class is for Beginners only, not to be used as warm-up. You may not cross enter
     anything other than Showmanship, Halter, Trail-In Hand or Costume. Stallions are ineligible

  b. ATTIRE:

     Riders to be suitably dressed according to tack, English or Western.




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6. LEAD LINE EQUITATION, ANIMALS 6 YEARS AND UNDER

   1. CLASS PROCEDURES:

      The lead line class may be ridden Western or English. The rider will be evaluated on his or her basic
      position in the saddle, hand position, leg position, seat position, back position and ability to properly hold the
      reins and aid and cue the mount. May not cross enter anything other than Showmanship or costume.
      Stallions are ineligible.

      A lead shank should be attached to the bridle, bit or to a halter that is under the bridle so that while the rider
      in on the rail, the horse/burro could be controlled by the person leading the mount if necessary. If the Judge
      asks the rider to back the horse/burro in the line-up, the leader should not aid the rider.

      The person leading must be at least 16 years or over. A rider in this class will be ineligible to ride in any
      other Equitation class. All riders will receive an award and this class will encourage Junior riders in their
      efforts to learn about and participate in shows.

2. TRAIL

   a. CLASS PROCEDURES:

      This class will be judged on the performance of the horse/burro over the obstacles, with emphasis on
      manners, response to the rider, and attitude. Animals must not be required to work on the rail, however, the
      course must be designed to require each animal to show the three (3) gaits (walk, jog and lope) somewhere
      between obstacles as part of its work. Enough space should be provided for a horse/burro to jog at least 20
      feet and lope at least 30 to 40 feet, for the judge to evaluate these gaits. Credit is to be given to those
      negotiating obstacles with style and demonstrating a willing response to the rider's cues and some degree of
      speed, providing care-fullness is not sacrificed. A horse/burro not completing the course or completing in
      incorrect order of maneuvers shall be cause for disqualification. Any animal not performing over any
      particular obstacle but moving on to negotiate the balance of maneuvers shall not be disqualified but shall
      be penalized for missing the obstacle. Failure to follow exact pattern will result in disqualification. After
      three (3) refusals of an obstacle the horse/burro must move on and be penalized accordingly for missing the
      refused obstacle.

      Only one hand may be used on reins, and hands must not be changed, except that it is permissible to
      change hands to work with an obstacle. Hand to be around reins. One finger between reins permitted.
      While the horse/burro is in motion, rider's hands shall be clear of the animal and saddle. Spurs or romal
      shall not be used forward of the cinch.

   b. FAULTS:

      Penalties in scoring the class, but not cause for disqualification, shall be as follows:

      1.   Unnecessary delay while approaching or attempting an obstacle;
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           Exaggerated standing in stirrups and leaning forward over the animal’ neck by the rider.
      3.   Horse/burros with or displaying artificial appearances over obstacles.
      4.   Failure to complete an obstacle;
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c. OBSTACLES:

  A minimum of Six (6) obstacles will be used, with a maximum of eight (8). The three (3) mandatory
  obstacles listed below plus up to five (5) of the listed optional obstacles are to be used and shown on the
  posted pattern. The gaits between obstacles shall be at the discretion of the judge and are to be specified
  on the posted pattern. The course or pattern to be used must be posted at least one hour before scheduled
  time of the class. The course shall be reset as originally after each horse/burro has worked. Association,
  when setting courses, should keep in mind that the idea is not to trap a horse/burro, or eliminate it by
  making an obstacle too difficult. If difficult courses are set, novices, 12 and under and green horse/burro
  trail should be less difficult. Except where otherwise stated, obstacles may be raised no more than 12
  inches. (All or any part of the obstacle may be raised.)

  The judge has the right to alter the course in any manner or remove any obstacle deemed by the judge to
  be unsafe. All courses and obstacles are to be constructed with safety in mind so as to avoid any accidents.

d. MANDATORY OBSTACLES:

  1. GATE - Opening, passing through, and closing gate. (Changing hands on gate or turning loose of gate
     is to be penalized.) Use a gate which will not endanger the animal or rider.

  2.    LOGS - Ride over at least four (4) logs or poles. These can be in a straight line, curved zigzag or
       raised. Distance between logs or poles is to be fifteen (15") to twenty-four (24") inches for walk-overs;
       three feet (3') to three feet six inches (3'6") for trot-overs; and six feet (6') to seven feet (7') for lope-
       overs. Elevated walk-overs should be a minimum of twenty-two inches (22") apart and a maximum of
       twelve inches (12") high. Trot-overs and lope-overs cannot be elevated.

  3. BRIDGE - Ride over wooden bridge. Recommended size of bridge to be thirty-six (36") inches wide
     and six feet (6') long. Bridge must be sturdy and safe. No rolling bridge is allowed. Bridge should not
     exceed twelve (12") inches in height.

e. OPTIONAL OBSTACLES:

  1. Water hazard (ditch or small pond). No metal or slick bottom boxes will be used.
  2. Hobble or ground tie horse/burro (at contestant's discretion).
  3. Carry object from one part of arena to another. (Only objects which might reasonably be carried on a
     trail ride may be used.) No live or dead animals may be used as an object to be carried. minimum
     (space between poles); Elevated; 30 inches minimum
  4. Back horse/burro through "L"-shaped course. On ground; 28 inch (space between poles.) Shape of
     back-through may be varied.
  5. Back through and around three (3) markers set either in a triangle or line.
  6. Back through obstacles as shown above. Beginning on either right or left of the center pole, each rider
     will back across the starting line, proceed through the center line poles, turn without touching the
     baseline, back through the center poles and across the finish line on side opposite side of entry.
  7. Put on and remove slicker, to be located so that rider can ride to and reach from horseback. Reins may
     be held or dropped on neck of horse/burro or placed around saddle horn while doing so.
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     9. Obstacle consisting of four (4) logs, rails, or lime, each being from 5 to 6 feet long laid in a square. The
        square can be used to either; 1) Enter the square and execute a 180 degree or 360 degree turn and
        then leave the square or 2) Lope through the square providing the rails were six (6) feet in length and
        were not elevated. The pattern must state which is required.

     10. Although the shape of the side pass may be varied, recommended side passes are: rails placed in a)
         straight line; b) in a ( ) shape or c) the obstacle consisting of three logs or rails, a minimum of six (6)
         feet long, set as in the diagram below, with no less than 18 inches between log ends. Side pass Log A
         to right. Horse/burros front feet to pass through midpoint opening. Side pass Log B to right, stop and
         then side pass back to left on Log B. Horse/burros hind feet to pass through opening. Side pass Log C
         to left to complete obstacle.



                             Head          B



                      Head     18"         18"    A

                       C             18"         Head




     11. Obstacle consisting of three (3) to five (5) markers, to be either pylons, cones or barrels. Horse/burro is
         to jog through in either a cloverleaf or serpentine pattern as stated on pattern posted. Markers are to be
         spaced at least three (3) feet apart to jog through.

f.   UNACCEPTABLE OBSTACLES:

     1.    Tires
     2.    Animals
     3.    PVC Pipe
     4.    Dismounting, except to ground tie.
     5.    Jumps
     6.    Rocking or moving bridges
     7.    Water box with floating or moving parts.
     8.    Flames, dry ice, fire extinguisher, etc.
     9.    Logs or poles elevated in a manner that permits such to roll.
     10.   Horse trailer.




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8. TRAIL-IN-HAND

   Class objective is to successfully navigate a trail course with the horse/burro In Hand. NOVICE/12 &
   UNDER/GREEN Horse/burro will have a limited number of simple obstacles geared to young animals or novice
   exhibitors. If Youth 12 & Under wish to show in the advanced level class they must declare their
   exhibitor/animal pair and they will not be allowed to return with that pair to the novice division.

   Once an exhibitor has shown in the advanced level they may not show that pair in the novice level. More than
   one exhibitor/animal pair is allowed. (i.e. One handler may show more than one horse or burro.)

   a. CLASS PROCEDURES:

      This class will be judged on the performance of the horse/burro over the obstacles, with emphasis on
      manners, response to the handler and attitude. Horse/burro shall be penalized for any unnecessary delay
      while approaching the obstacles. Horse/burro may not be shown under saddle or harness in any other class.

      Credit will be given to those horse/burros negotiating the obstacles with style, and some degree of speed,
      providing carefulness is not sacrificed. Credit will be given to horse/burros showing capability of picking
      their own way through course when obstacles warrant it, and willingly responding to handler's cues on more
      difficult obstacles. Animals with artificial appearance over obstacles should be penalized. Handler may
      touch the animal with hands for cues. Horse/burro will be required to walk and trot beside the handler as
      part of the course. Failure to complete obstacle shall not be a disqualification, but is to be severely
      penalized.

   b. PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS:

      A minimum of six obstacles will be used, three of which will be mandatory and three others selected from
      the approved list. Gait between obstacles shall be posted as part of the course. The course to be used
      must be posted at least one hour before scheduled time of the class. Failure to follow course shall cause
      disqualification. The course shall be reset as originally after each horse/burro has worked. Association,
      when setting courses, should keep in mind that the idea is not to trap a horse/burro, or eliminate it by
      making an obstacle too difficult. If difficult courses are set, Novice, 12 & under and Green Horse/burro trail
      should be less difficult. Enough space should be provided for a horse/burro to jog/trot at least 20 feet for
      the judge to evaluate his gaits.

   c. EQUIPMENT:

      Halter with lead required, chain optional. No bridles will be allowed. No whips will be allowed.

   d. MANDATORY OBSTACLES:

      1. Opening, passing through, and closing gate. (Changing hands on gate or turning loose of gate is to be
         penalized.) Use a gate which will not endanger animal or handler.

      2. Lead over at least four logs, these being placed a minimum of 15 inches apart. The space between
         poles is measured. These can be in a straight line, curved, zigzag, raised, or combined with a trot over.
         (Trot overs: 3' to 3'6" apart.)

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  e. OPTIONAL OBSTACLES:

     1. Hobble or ground tie horse/burro at contestant's option. (Not to be used for the Novice Division.)

     2. Carry object from one part of arena to another. (Only objects which might be carried on a trail ride may
        be used.)

     3. Back horse/burro through "L" shaped course: On ground - 28" minimum (space between poles),
        Elevated - 30" minimum (space between poles).

     4. Put on and remove slicker.

     5. Remove and replace materials from mailbox.

     6. Side pass (over obstacle is optional) touching allowed.

     7. Back through and around three markers set either in a triangle or line.

     8. (See diagram under Optional Obstacles #9 Trail) An obstacle consisting of four logs, rails, or lime to
        mark the obstacle, each side 5 to 6 feet long, laid in a square as shown below. Each contestant will
        enter the square by stepping over log, rail or lime at designated side. When all four feet are inside the
        square, handler will execute a 360/ turn (right or left), pause and depart by stepping over log, rail or lime
        immediately opposite side of entry.

9. WESTERN RIDING

  a. CLASS PROCEDURES:

     This contest is neither a stunt nor a race, but it should be performed with reasonable speed. It is a
     competition in the performance and characteristics of a good, sensible, well-mannered, free and easy
     moving horse. Horses will be judged on riding qualities of gaits, flying changes of lead; response to rider;
     manners and disposition. Credit shall be given for and emphasis placed on smoothness, even cadence of
     gaits, and the horse's ability to change leads precisely and easily rear and front at the center point between
     markers.

  b. PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS:

     The horse should cross the log at both the jog-trot and lope without breaking gait or radically changing
     stride.

     1. Follow pattern shown below.
     2. Gate -
        optional.
        The horse
        is to
        approach
        at a walk,
        and put the
        rider in a
        position to
        open, pass
        through,
        and close
        without
        dismountin
        g. If a gate
        is not used, the horse shall walk to the first marker and make the transition to the jog-trot at that marker.

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      3. The eight small circles represent markers (barrels, cones, kegs or standards are recommended). These
         should be separated by a uniform measured distance of not less than thirty (30) nor more than fifty (50)
         feet on the side with five markers (see diagram). The judge is responsible for the correctness of the
         pattern.

      4. The rectangle represents an obstacle (one small log recommended), minimum of eight feet in length.

      5. The long and sometimes twisting line indicates the direction of travel and the gaits at which the horse is
         to move. The dotted line (...) indicates the walk, the dash line (---)jog-trot, and the solid line ( ) lope.

      6. The exhibitor will negotiate horse through the gate (optional, up to show committee) and proceed on
         course as indicated by the pattern. Any horse not following the exact pattern will be disqualified. The
         judge may require an exhibitor to repeat or reverse any part of the routine.

   c. SCORING:

      1. Scoring will be on a basis of 0 to 100 with 70 denoting an average performance.

      2. Points will be added or subtracted from the 9 (8 if gate is not used) maneuvers as follows:
             Excellent            +1½
             Good                 +½
             Average               0
             Poor                 -½
             Very Poor            -1 ½

      3. The nine (9) maneuvers are as follows:
         a. gate, (option per show committee)
         b. walk transition to jog/log,
         c. jog/transition to lope,
         d. line (side) lead changes (plus/minus 1 point per change),
         e. first two crossing lead changes (plus/minus 1 point per change),
         f. log (lope),
         g. second two crossing lead changes (plus/minus 1 point per change),
         h. lope/stop/back, minimum of 10 feet, and
         i. overall pattern accuracy and smoothness (plus/minus 1 point).

10. WESTERN REINING

   a. CLASS PROCEDURES:

      Scoring will be on the basis of 0 to 100, with 70 denoting an average performance. Each horse will be
      judged on the neatness, dispatch, ease, calmness, and speed with which it performs the pattern. A judge
      may require any contestant to repeat his performance of any or all of the various parts of the pattern.

   b. PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS:

      In an approved Reining class, any one of the three (3) approved Reining Patterns, see page 22, may be
      used. One of these three (3) patterns is to be selected by the judge of the class and used by all contestants
      in the class.

      Each contestant will perform the required pattern individually and separately. Horse shall rein and handle
      easily, fluently, effortlessly, and with reasonable speed throughout the pattern. Any horse not following exact
      pattern will be disqualified.

      While horse is in motion, rider's hands shall be clear of horse and saddle. Spurs or romal shall not be used
      forward of the cinch.

   c. FAULTS:
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    Faults against the horse (to be scored accordingly, but not to cause disqualification):

    1.    Opening mouth excessively (when wearing bit.)
    2.    Excessive jawing, open mouth, or head raising on stop.
    3.    Breaking gaits.
    4.    Lack of smooth, straight stop on haunches (bouncing or sideways stop.)
    5.    Refusing to change leads.
    6.    Anticipating signals.
    7.    Stumbling or falling.
    8.    Wringing tail.
    9.    Backing sideways.
    10.   Knocking over markers.

Faults against the rider (to be scored accordingly, but not to cause disqualification):

    11. Losing stirrup or holding on.
    12. Any unnecessary aid given by the rider (such as unnecessary talking, petting, spurring, quirting, jerking
        of reins, etc.)
    13. In reining patterns 1, failure to run figure 8 within the markers and/or roll-backs beyond the markers is to
        be considered a fault and not a disqualification.

d. DISQUALIFICATIONS:

    1. Changing hands on reins.
    2. Two hands on reins (except Jr. or Green horse may be shown two-handed in a ring snaffle or bosal.)
    3. In reining patterns 2, failure to run figure 8 within the markers and/or roll-backs beyond the markers is to
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        e. REINING PATTERN NUMBER 1

            The arena or plot should be approximately 50 X
            150 feet in size. The judge shall indicate with
            markers on arena fence or wall the length of the
            pattern. Markers within the area of the pattern
            will not be used.




Ride pattern as follows:

    1. Run to the far end of the arena, stop and do 2½
       spins to the left - no hesitation.
    2. Run to the opposite end of the arena, stop and do
       2½ spins to the right - no hesitation.
    3. Run past center of center, do sliding stop, no
       hesitation, back over slide tracks to center, hesitate.
    4. Make a ¼ pivot to the left to face left wall- hesitate.
    5. Begin on right lead and make two circles to the right, the first small and slow, the second large and fast. Change
       leads at center of arena.
    6. Make two circles to the left, first small and slow, the second large and fast. Change leads at the center of arena.
    7. Begin a large fast circle to the right. Do not close this circle, but run straight down the side past the center, do a
       sliding stop. (Stop to be at least 20 feet from wall or fence.)
    8. Walk to judge and stop for inspection until dismissed.
    9. The bridle may be dropped at the judge's discretion.




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        f.   REINING PATTERN NUMBER 2

             The arena or plot should be
             approximately 50 X 150 feet in size. The
             judge shall indicate with markers on
             arena fence or wall the length of the
             pattern. Markers withing the area of the
             pattern will not be used.




Ride pattern as follows:

    1. 1. to 2. Run with speed, past center marker.
    2. Stop and back up to center of pattern.
    3. Settle horse for approximately 10 seconds.
        Start lope. Circles should be made inside the
        end markers.
    4. 4. & 5. Ride two circles to the right, first
        circle small and slow - and second circle
        larger and faster.
    5. 6. & 7. Ride two circles to the left, first circle
        small and slow - and the second circle larger
        and faster.
    6. Left roll back over hocks (should be made past far end marker.)
    7. Right roll back over hocks (should be made past near end marker.)
    8. Stop (should be made past center marker). Let horse settle, then in approximate area of Stop, do the pivots.
    9. Do one 360/ spin either right or left.
    10. Do one 360/ spin in the direction opposite than done in 11.
    11. Walk to judge and stop for inspection until dismissed.
    12. The bridle may be dropped at the judge's discretion.




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    g. REINING PATTERN NUMBER 3 (OPEN)

        The arena or plot should be
        approximately 50 X 150 feet in size. The
        judge shall indicate with markers on
        arena fence or wall the length of the
        pattern. Markers withing the area of the
        pattern will not be used.



Ride pattern as follows:

1. Begin work to the right.
2. First figure eight, slow.
3. Second figure eight, faster (lead change
    must take place at Point A).
4. Proceed from point B to point C at walk or
    trot.
5. Begin run.
6. Sliding stop.
7. Turn away from the rail, do a spin and a half, no hesitation.
8. Sliding stop.
9. Turn away from the rail, do a spin and a half, no hesitation.
10. Sliding stop.
11. Back over slide marks. Face judge, walk a few steps.
12. Pivot right or left, no more than 90/.
13. Pivot the opposite direction, no more than 180/.
14. Pivot in the direction taken in 12, no more than 180/.
15. The bridle may be dropped at the judge's discretion.




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D. DRIVING DIVISION CLASSES

      a. ATTIRE:

      Personal attire should be neat, clean and in good working order. Coat (conservative color), tie and hat of choice
      may be worn (not mandatory). Long-sleeved shirt/blouse. If female exhibitor is attired in a short dress, a lap
      robe is required. Driving gloves, hat or helmet are optional. Hair must be neat and contained (as in a net or
      braid). Exhibitor may wear rain-wear or weather apparel if weather conditions require.

      b. EQUIPMENT:

      Horse/burro to be shown to a suitable two or four wheeled vehicle. Wooden spokes and pneumatic wheels are
      acceptable. Light harness, either leather or synthetic, with a suitable driving bit properly adjusted and fitted to
      horse/burro. Suitable over check or side-rain is permitted and optional. Boots, bell boots, and quarter boots are
      prohibited.

      c. GROOMING:

      Animals should be clean, well groomed and presented in properly adjusted and fitted harness. Braided forelock
      and hunt-style braiding of tail is optional. Excessive toe length and weighted shoes are prohibited.

   1. PLEASURE DRIVING

      a. CLASS PROCEDURES:

          Open to all horses & burros. To be shown at a flat walk, trot and road trot, extreme speed to be penalized.
          To stand quietly and back readily. A header is permitted in the ring during the lineup. Horse/burro to be
          judged on manners, quality, performance and overall presentation. Animals will be penalized for head
          tossing, breaking stride, going sideways, and excessive mouthing of bit or tail swishing. Class is judged 80
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          percent on horse/burro’ performance and suitability for assuring a pleasurable drive, with a maximum of 20
          percent on condition and conformation. Maximum credit should be given to horse/burro that moves
          straight, with free movement, manners and bright expression.

   2. OBSTACLE DRIVING

      a. Open to horses and burros. Minimum of five (5) obstacles maximum of ten (10). To include but not limited
         to driving over a bridge, backing around obstacles, weaving around obstacles, water hazard, driving through
         a gate, removing of replacing material from a mail box. To be shown, walk, trot, extended trot somewhere
         in pattern, pattern will be posted at least 1 hour before class. Credit will be given to those that show
         manners, response to driver, good attitude, willingness, finesse and smoothness.

      b. For appointments refer to ATTIRE/EQUIPMENT above.

E. ENGLISH DIVISION CLASSES

   1. ATTIRE/EQUIPMENT:

      Attire will be in with AQHA Rule book. Hunting or forward seat; may have suede seat and/or suede insert on
      skirt. (Optional) Spurs of the unrolled type, crops, bats, gloves or English breast plate, and braiding of mane
      and/or tail in hunt style are all optional. (Prohibited) Boots, of any description, on the horse/burro, draw reins,
      martingales, and roweled spurs. Western saddles are prohibited.




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1. HUNTER UNDER SADDLE

     a. CLASS PROCEDURES:

       To be shown at a walk, trot and canter, with optional extended trot, extended canter or hand gallop both
       ways of the arena. No more that eight (8) horses at a time shall be asked to extend, at the discretion of
       show Association, to canter or hand gallop. Horses are to stand quietly and back readily. The judge may,
       at his discretion, require only the finalists to back. Horses may be required to reverse at the walk or trot at
       the discretion of the judge, but shall not be asked to reverse at the canter. Riders carrying whips may
       change hands without stopping while to continue with the required gait. Whip must always be in plain view
       of the judge.

     b. EQUIPMENT:

       No martingales, tie-downs or draw reins are allowed. Boots of any description for use on the horse are
       prohibited. Artificial appliances are prohibited. Western saddles are prohibited.

2.   ENGLISH HUNT SEAT EQUITATION

     a. CLASS PROCEDURES:

       Rider should have a workmanlike appearance, seat and hands light and supple, conveying the impression
       of complete control should any emergency arise. To mount, take up reins in left hand and place hand on
       withers. Grasp stirrup leather with right hand and insert left foot in stirrup and mount. To dismount, rider may
       either step down or slide down. The size of the rider must be taken into consideration.

       Hands should be over and in front of horse's withers, knuckles thirty degrees inside the vertical, hands
       slightly apart and making a straight line from horse's mouth to rider's elbow.

       Method of holding reins is optional and bight of reins may fall on either side. However, all reins must be
       picked up at the same times. The eyes should be up and shoulders back. Toes should be at an angle best
       suited to the rider's conformation; ankles flexed in, heels down, calf of leg in contact with horse and slightly
       behind girth. Iron may be either on toe, ball of foot or 'home'. At the walk and slow trot, body should be
       vertical; posting trot, inclined forward; canter, halfway between the posting trot and the walk; galloping and
       jumping, same inclination as the posting trot.

     b. PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS:

       The Equitation Class is to determine the riding ability of the rider and the judge will bear this in mind at all
       times. The judge may ask each rider to work individually. These individual works will be any of the
       maneuvers that the judge feels are necessary to determine the equitation ability of the rider. The judge
       "MUST POST THE PATTERN", (if one is to be used), at least one hour prior to the commencing of the
       class. It is recommended that pattern work be done first, followed by rail work if required. Judging of the
       individual work will begin at the indication of the judge. Exhibitors shall commence to the holding area at the
       signal of the steward, regardless of whether or not they have completed the work prescribed by the judge.
       Failure to complete the pattern will not be a disqualification but shall be scored accordingly. The judge will
       use these individual works to determine the top riders.

       Individual works may be comprised of any of the following:

       1. Performance on rail.
       2. Back.
       3. Figure-eight at trot, demonstrating change of diagonals. At left diagonal, rider should be sitting the
          saddle when left front leg is on the ground; at right diagonal, rider should be sitting the saddle when right
          front leg is on the ground; when circling clockwise at a trot, rider should be on left diagonal, when
          circling counter-clockwise, rider should be on right diagonal.
       4. Figure-eight at canter on correct lead demonstrating simple change of lead. (This is a change whereby
          the horse is brought back into a walk or trot and restarted into a canter on the opposite lead.) Figures to
          be commenced in center of two circles so that one change of lead is shown.
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     5. Ride without stirrups.
     6. Change leads down center of ring demonstrating simple change of lead.
     7. Execute serpentine at trot and/or canter on correct lead demonstrating simple or flying changes of lead.
        A series of left and right half circles off center of imaginary line where correct diagonal or lead change
        must be shown.
     8. Canter on the counter lead.

3. HUNTER HACK
   a. CLASS PROCEDURES:

     Horses to be exhibited in appropriate tack and exhibitors in required appropriate attire. Refer to
     Appointments. Horses to be shown at a walk, trot and canter both ways of the arena. Horses are required to
     jump two fences 2'9" or less and gallop one way of the arena. Horses are judged on suitability as a hunter,
     way of going, conformation and soundness.

4. JUMPING

  a. CLASS PROCEDURES:

     Jumpers are scored on a mathematical basis and penalty faults, which include knock downs, disobedience
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     and falls. Time shall begin from the instant the horse’ chest reaches the starting line until it reaches the
     finish line. Time shall be stopped while a knockdown jump is being replaced, this is from the moment the
     rider gets his mount in a position to retake the jump until the proper authority signals that the jump has been
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     re-placed. It shall be the rider’ responsibility to be ready to continue the course when the signal is given.
     In case of broken equipment the rider may either continue without penalty or stop and correct difficulty, in
     which case he will be penalized three (3) faults. In case of loss of shoe, rider may either continue without
     penalty or be eliminated.

     1. Knock downs, an obstacle is considered knocked down and four faults assessed, when a horse or rider,
        by contact:
        a) Lowers any part thereof which established the height of the obstacle or the height of any element of
            spread obstacle even when the falling part is arrested in its fall by any portion of the obstacle; or
        b) Moves any part thereof which establishes the height of the obstacle so it rests on a different support
            from the one on which it was originally placed.
        c) Knocks down an obstacle, standard wing, automatic timing equipment or other Designated markers
            on start and finish lines.
        d) If an obstacle falls after the horse leaves the ring, it shall not be considered a knockdown.

     2. Disobedience
        a) Refusal. When a horse stops in front of an obstacle (whether or not the obstacle is knocked down
            or altered) it is a refusal unless the horse then immediately jumps the obstacle without backing one
            step. If horse takes one step backwards, it is a refusal.
            1) After refusal, if horse is moved toward the obstacle but does not attempt to jump, it is
                considered another refusal.
            2) In the case of a refusal on an in-and-out jump, the horse must return to the start of the in-and-
                out sequence and re-jump previous elements as well as following elements.
        b) Run-out. A run-out occurs when the horse evades or passes the obstacle to be jumped; jumps an
            obstacle outside its limiting markers; or, when the horse or rider knocks down a flag, stand, wing or
            other element limiting the obstacle (without obstacle being jumped).
        c) Loss of Forward Movement. Failure to maintain trot, canter or gallop after crossing starting line,
            except when it is a refusal, a run-out or when due to uncontrollable circumstances, such as when an
            obstacle is being reset.
        d) Unnecessary Circling on Course. Any form of circle or circles, whereby the horse crosses its
            original track between two consecutive obstacles anywhere on course, except to retake obstacle
            after refusal or run-out.
        e) First disobedience anywhere on course - 3 faults.
        f) Second cumulative disobedience anywhere on course - 6 faults.
     3. Minimum Obstacles and Fences:
        a) There will be a minimum of four obstacles; horses to make a minimum of eight jumps.
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          b) It is recommended the first obstacle be no more than minimum height (2'9").
          c) Both a starting line at least 12' in front of the first obstacle, and a finish line at least 24' beyond the
             last obstacle must be indicated by markers (at least 12' apart) at each end of the lines. Horse must
             start and finish by passing between markers.
          d) Obstacles, except within combination, should be located a minimum of 48' apart, size of arena
             permitting. Height of obstacles must be a minimum of two feet, nine inches (2' 9") and a maximum
             jump height of three feet, six inches (3' 6").

      4. Disqualifications
         a) Third cumulative disobedience anywhere on course.
         b) Fall of horse and/or rider after the starting line and before the finish line.
         c) Jumping an obstacle before it is reset, or without waiting for signal to proceed.
         d) Starting before the judges signal to proceed.
         e) Failure to enter ring within one minute of being called.
         f) Failure to cross the starting line within one minute after an audible signal to proceed.
         g) Jumping an obstacle before crossing start line unless said obstacle is designed as a practice
             obstacle or after crossing the finish line, whether forming part of the course or not.
         h) Off course.
         i) Deliberately addressing an obstacle (penalized at anytime the horse is in the ring).
         j) Rider and/or horse leaving the arena before finishing the course (penalized at any time the horse
             is in the ring).

      5. Jump-Offs
         Jump-offs will be held over the original course altered as outlined. In a jump-off, the sequence of
         obstacles may be in any order as long as the original direction is maintained. Only in the case of clean
         round ties, for first place or when points are involved, the height, and to a maximum spread of six feet.
         In case of ties involving faults, rails shall not be raised, courses may be shortened to less than 50
         percent of the original obstacles and must include at least one vertical and one spread jump. When a
         jump-off is required, the winner will be decided on the time only if faults are equal. If two or more
         horses are disqualified in the timed jump-off and are tied for a point, they are not to be re-jumped, but
         flip a coin to break the tie.

5. COUNTRY PLEASURE

  a. CLASS PROCEDURES:
     Open to any Style of Riding (English, Western, Saddleseat, Australian Stock) and is usually run as an open
     class, with any age of horse and rider at any ability level. Contestants are to enter the arena at a walk,
     traveling counter clockwise. When all contestants are in the arena, the judge will request that they perform
     their favorite gait. This gait can be a jog, trot, lope, or canter. Contestant are to perform both directions of
     the arena. After performing both directions at the walk and favorite gait, contestants will line up in the
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6. COSTUME

  a. CLASS PROCEDURES:

     May be shown in-hand, mounted or driven. Credit will be given for originality, expression, overall picture
     and presentation. One (1) participant per animal, unless accompanied by a child under 6 yrs. of age.

7. AMERICANA

  a. CLASS PROCEDURES:

     A special theme class depicting the historical background of the wild horse or burro. Exhibitors are
     encouraged to submit music and a dialogue to announcer prior to entry. Costumes are recommended. This
     may be a group afford with more than one (1) horse participating. Presentation is limited to five (5)
     minutes. A 30 second call will be given.

8. SUPER HORSE

  a. CLASS PROCEDURES:

     Super Horse class shall consist of riders showing under a modified trail class, followed by western pleasure,
     a 10 minute tack change in the arena and then proceeding with an english pleasure. During the tack change
     the rider will be allowed up to 2 handlers and only what they can carry we retain the option of splitting the
     class.

9. PACKING

  a. CLASS PROCEDURES:

     Each packer will furnish pack donkey, swamper to hold, pack saddle, panniers or boxes, mattee and lash
     ropes. The show management will furnish the goods to be packed. No person competing in the contest can
     help show management, or judge, set up the loads. The goods to be packed can be anything that has been
     or can be packed.

10. GAMING CLASSES

  a. CLASS PROCEDURES:

     In all gaming classes, it is mandatory to wear appropriate attire, which includes western shirt, western hat or
     helmet and cowboy boots. The hat must be on the riders head when entering the arena and past the
     starting line. Western type equipment must be used. Use of a hackamore, incl. mechanical hackamore or
     other type of bridal is the optional choice of the contestant. However the judge may prohibit the use of bits
     or equipment he/she may consider severe. During these events, all arena gates will be closed before
     contestants compete. Exhibitors should not be allowed to enter or exit the arena moving in full speed.

     All times and disqualifications shall be announced over the PA or loud speaker immediately after each
     individual run. Any rider striking the horse forward of the cinch with any object while in the arena shall be
     immediately disqualified. These objects shall include: romal, whip, bat, crop, wire, reins, or any other
     object. This rule will be strictly enforced by the judge. Any horse that crosses the starting line with any part
     of its body before the starting signal or after the judge has called time will be disqualified. Horses not under
     reasonable control will be disqualified.

     In case of mechanical failure of either the electrical timer or stop watches, an exhibitor may be given a re-
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     run. The starting and finishing time shall be taken the instant the horse’ nose reaches the timing line.
     Three refusals are a no time.

  b. EQUIPMENT:
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      The following equipment may be used at the rider’ option:
      1. Tie Downs
      2. Skid boots
      3. Splint boots
      4. Bell boots
      5. Whips, bats, quirts, tie-downs or martingales, or any humane equipment may be used in a humane
         manner in timed events.

      The following equipment is prohibited:

      1. Tack collars
      2. Draw reins
      3. English tack or attire

11. KEYHOLE

   a. CLASS PROCEDURES:

      A keyhole will be marked with lime or sawdust according to the diagram included with this event. Rider, at
      starting signal, crosses the starting line, races into the keyhole, turns his horse and returns across the
      starting line. Knocking down a marker, stepping on, or over any lines of the keyhole will disqualify the horse
      and rider. A judge or judges must be at the keyhole to decide upon these disqualifications and their
      decisions shall be final. Use of markers (poles or cones) on the keyhole opening are at the show committee
      discretion. If markers are used they should be placed 5 feet apart on each corner of the 10' runway.



12. BARREL RACING

   a. CLASS PROCEDURES:

      Barrel racing is a timed
      event. The course should be
      measured exactly according
      to the drawing below and
      cannot exceed these dimensions. However, if
      the course is too large for the available space, the pattern should be reduced five (5) yards at a time until
      the pattern fits the arena. Adequate space must remain between barrels and any obstacle. The distance
      from barrel number three to the finish line need not be reduced five yards at a time if there is sufficient
      room for the horse to stop. When measuring the area for the barrel course, allow ample room for horses to
      complete their turns and stop at the finish. It is recommended there be at least 45 feet from the starting line
      to the end of the arena, at least 18 feet from barrels 1 and 2 to the fence and 36 feet from barrel 3 to the
      end of the arena.

      Brightly colored 55 gallon steel drums with both ends must be used. There shall be no rubber barrels or
      barrel pads used.

      Starting line markers or electric timers, when possible, shall be placed against the arena fence. An electric
      timer or at least two (2) stop watches shall be used, with the time indicated by the timer or an average of the
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      watches used by official timers to be the official time. Timing shall begin as soon as the horse’ nose
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      reaches the starting line and will be stopped when the horse’ nose passes over the finish line.

      The contestant is allowed a running start. At a signal from the starter, the contestant will run to barrel #1,
      pass to the left of it, and complete an approx. 360 degree turn around; then go to barrel #2, pass to the right
      of it and complete slightly more than 360 degree turn around; then go to barrel #3 and pass to the right of it
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      and do approx. 360 degree turn around it; then sprint to the finish line. Passing between barrel #1 & #2.
      This barrel course may also be run to the left. For example, the contestant will start to barrel #2 turning to
      the left; then barrel #1 turning to the right, then barrel #3 turning to the right, following by the sprint to the
      finish line.

      Knocking over a barrel carries a five (5) second penalty. Failure to follow the pattern will cause
      disqualification. A contestant may touch the barrel with hands in barrel racing.

13. POLE BENDING

   a. CLASS PROCEDURES:

      Contestant runs from starting line to the last pole, turns and bends back through, making a U-turn on the
      pole closest to starting line and bends back through then races back across finish line. Contestant may
      have choice of starting race either to right or left of poles, but must finish on opposite side. Poles to be
      uniform in size and at least five (5) feet high. Knocking over pole disqualifies contestant. A contestant may
      touch the poles with hands.

      Six poles are set up on 20 foot centers. The starting line should be 20 feet in front of the first pole. Refer to
      the pattern diagram above.


14. WESTERN JUMPING

   a. CLASS PROCEDURES:

      Jumps shall be 24 to 30 inches high; made of wood and be 14 feet in length and maximum 4 inch diameter.
      There shall be 2 jumps parallel to each other and spaced 30 feet apart with the starting line 30 feet in front
      of the first jump and 3 poles placed 30 feet away from last jump. The poles shall be 20 feet apart. Rider
      will cross the starting line, then over the two jumps, weave through the poles, turn, weave back and jump
      both jumps again and across the finish line (and starting line). For jumps or poles knocked down the rider
      will be disqualified. It does not matter which way you turn into the weave.

15. 10 BARREL RACE

   a. CLASS PROCEDURES:

      Painted cans (pref. white), 5 gallon water buckets or cones to be used, not under 19 inches high and not
      over 23 inches high. Cans must be uniform in diameter and height. Ten (10) cans to be placed on 20 foot
      centers. Starting line 20 feet before first can. MUST start on left side of first barrel so that a left hand turn
      is made on end barrel. Five (5) second penalty for knocking over can, and five (5) second penalty for
      jumping cans. Rider to make a left side turn between the barrels and weaves to end and returns weaving
      past first barrel and runs across finish line (also starting line).

16. FLAG RACE

   a. CLASS PROCEDURES:

      Two (2) open 50 gallon barrels are placed 130 feet apart. The first barrel shall be 20 feet from the starting
      line. Sticking in the barrels will be a 5 foot staff made of wood, each marked with a different colored flag,
      approximately 8 inches square, wrapped and tacked at the top. Staff to be maximum of one inch in
      diameter. Contestant crosses the starting line, goes to first container, taking that flag from barrel and going
      to second container, exchanges flag in barrel, goes back to first barrel and places flag from second
      container in first container, then crosses finish line.
                      Official Rule Book of the National Wild Horse and Burro Show Assn. Inc.
                                                   (Feb. 22, 2000)

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      If flag is dropped or misses the container or a barrel is knocked over the rider is disqualified.

17. FIGURE 8 STAKE RACE

   a. CLASS PROCEDURES:

      The stakes are to be 100 feet apart and to be uniform in size, 5 feet or more in height. The starting and
      finish line is the 20 feet before the first pole.

      Contestants must start with the first stake (the far one) to their right, run to second stake (the one closest to
      the start line), make a left hand turn, back to the far stake make another right hand turn and race past
      second stake on the right side across the finish line. Knocking down a stake or touching with hand or not
      staying on course disqualifies.

18. TOMAHAWK RACE

   a. CLASS PROCEDURES:

      Two (2), one open faced and one lid-up, 50 gallon barrels are placed 130 feet apart. Starting and finish line
                                                                                                     )
      will be 20 feet in front of first open faced barrel. A tomahawk (small rubbery item of 8" - 12“ will be set on
      the second barrel. Contestant to run to far barrel, turn, picking up tomahawk and depositing it in first barrel
      and continuing past the finish line. Dropping the tomahawk or missing the barrel will cost disqualification.


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                      Official Rule Book of the National Wild Horse and Burro Show Assn. Inc.
                                                   (Feb. 22, 2000)

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                                                     CLASSES

      HALTER            STALLION ***        MARE        GELDING

Weanling - 2 Years             X               X              X
Old

3 - 4 Years Old                X               X                  X

5 Years and Older              X               X                  X

Championship                   X               X                  X

Sold Open *                    X               X                  X

Color Open **                  X               X                  X

 Note:   If Burros are present the same classes apply.

 * Solid Open - A Horse/Burro with white above the knees. Includes Buckskins, Palominos, Grullas, Duns, etc.
 ** Color Open - A Horse/Burro with natural white markings above the knee or behind the eyes (Appaloosa, Pinto)
 ***Juniors (under 18 years of age) may not show stallions or jacks in any class.


SHOWMANSHIP             WESTERN                    WESTERN
                      HORSEMANSHIP                 PLEASURE

12 years and         * 12 years and under    12 years and under
under                13 to 18 years          13 to 18 years
13 to 18 years       Novice                  Green Horse
Novice               Open                    Novice
Open                 Amateur                 Open
Amateur                                      Amateur
                                             Senior




TRAIL-IN-HAND **           WESTERN                   WESTERN
                           REINING                  EQUITATION

12 years and under    * 12 years and under     *** 12 years and under
13 to 18 years        13 to 18 years           13 to 18 years
Green Horse           * Green Horse            Novice
Novice                Novice                   Open
Open                  Open                     Amateur
Amateur               Amateur

     * Easier Pattern Given
     ** For Horses not yet started under saddle
     *** Novice Equitation - rail work, easy or no pattern


                         Official Rule Book of the National Wild Horse and Burro Show Assn. Inc.
                                                      (Feb. 22, 2000)

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   WESTERN              HUNT SEAT                    HACK
    RIDING              EQUITATION

12 years and under    12 years and under     12 years and under
13 to 18 years        13 to 18 years         13 to 18 years
Green Horse           Green Horse            Green Horse
Novice                Novice                 Novice
Open                  Open                   Open
Amateur               Amateur                Amateur
                      Burro



     TRAIL             HUNTER UNDER                OBSTACLE
                          SADDLE                    DRIVING

12 years and under    12 years and under      12 years and under
13 to 18 years        13 to 18 years          13 to 18 years
Novice                Novice                  Novice
Green Horse           Green Horses            Green Horse
Open                  Open                    Open
Amateur               Amateur                 Amateur
Burro                 Senior                  Burro



  PLEASURE              BAREBACK                   JUMPING
   DRIVING

Amateur driver       May be ridden in       * 12 years and under
Green Horse          Western or English     * 13 to 18 years
Youth 13-18          attire                 Novice
Open                                        ** Green Horse
Burro                                       Open
                                            Amateur

     Note: Jumps will be from 2' to 2' 9"

     * Jumps will be lowered
     ** Class not recommended for horses under 4 years of age



  COUNTRY             COSTUME - OPEN               LONGE LINE
  PLEASURE




                         Official Rule Book of the National Wild Horse and Burro Show Assn. Inc.
                                                      (Feb. 22, 2000)

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Open to any style     May be shown In-            Horse to be one
of riding (English,   Hand,                       (2) year old. To be
Western,              Mounted or driven.          shown in walk, trot
Saddleseat,           Credit will                 and canter both
Australian            be given for originality,   directions.
Stock). Run as        expression, overall         Burro walk/trot.
an Open               picture and
Class for any age     presentation. One
of horse              participant
 and rider.           per animal (unless
                      accompanied by child
                      under 6
                       years of age)




                          Official Rule Book of the National Wild Horse and Burro Show Assn. Inc.
                                                       (Feb. 22, 2000)

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   BEGINNING               LEAD LINE                FIGURE 8
   WALK-TROT                                         STAKE

12 years and under     6 years and under       12 years an under
May not cross or       may not cross enter     13 to 18 years
enter enter anything   anything other than     Novice
other than             Showmanship or          Green Horse
Showmanship, Halter    Costume                 Amateur
and Trail-In-Hand or                           Open
Costume



 POLE BENDING              KEYHOLE            BARREL RACING

12 years and under     12 years and under    12 years and under
13 to 18 years         13 to 18 years        13 to 18 years
Novice                 Novice                Novice
Green Horse            Green Horse           Green Horse
Amateur                Amateur               Amateur
Open                   Open                  Open



   FLAG RACE              WESTERN                 10 BARREL
                          JUMPING

12 years and under     12 years and under    12 years and under
13 to 18 years         13 to 18 years        13 to 18 years
Novice                 Novice                Novice
Green Horse            Green Horse           Green Horse
Amateur                Amateur               Amateur
Open                   Open                  Open




                        Official Rule Book of the National Wild Horse and Burro Show Assn. Inc.
                                                     (Feb. 22, 2000)

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   TOMAHAWK              PACKING              SUPERHORSE
     RACE

12 years and under   Burro/Mules           Combination of
13 to 18 years                             Classes
Novice
Green Horse
Amateur
Open



                                               END OF RULES




                      Official Rule Book of the National Wild Horse and Burro Show Assn. Inc.
                                                   (Feb. 22, 2000)

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