SHOW RULES

 

The Show Committee, consisting of all SCRC Officers  Board of Directors shall have official direction over the management of the show and have the authority to enforce all rules governing the show. Chair being SCRC president.

1. Class Age Groups are as follows: Youth, ages 17 and under; Adults age 18 and over. A contestant’s age on or before April 1st of each year will determine the age group for competition.  A contestant must stay in the chosen age group for the entire year. No contestant can ride for points in more than one age group, during an official show season year.  Once a rider moves to another age group for points, he/she must stay there for the entire year.

2. Age Verification

The show secretary is responsible for verifying that each rider is riding in the correct age category. If a rider is protested, verification of the rider’s age must be provided (such as driver’s license, birth certificate, etc).

3. Event Records

SCRC record times will count only on standard patterns. If a record is broken, the pattern will be measured and verified immediately after the run.

4. Points and Awards to be awarded at the Year End shall be:

English Division – High Point Club

Western Division – High Point Club

Timed Division – High Point Club

Over All High Point Club -

Youth English  Division - High Point Club

Youth Western Division - High Point Club

Youth Timed Division - High Point Club

Over All Youth Division - High Point Club

In-Hand, Trail, Gaited division year-end awards will be given based on participation.

5. Saddle Safety: No rider shall be fastened to their horse on the show grounds.

 No rider shall ride bareback.

 No more than one rider per horse.

6. Horse Ownership: Any saddle club member may ride any saddle club horse, but the contestant and the horse owner must be members of the club. The horse may be ridden only once in any event unless ridden by members of an immediate family in the same household. Immediate family being spouse and children still in school, or schooling horse.

7. Contestant Competition: Contestant must ride under their own name, and cannot compete against themselves with the same horse.

8. Required Minimum Attire: For safety reasons, all contestants must wear boots or shoes with western type heels, pants must be below the calves and shirts must have sleeves equivalent to a standard sleeved T-Shirt.  Ages 17 and younger are required to wear a  helmet certified by SEI to ASTM F1163. Formal Show Attire encouraged.

9. Behavior and Animal Welfare: The Rules and Regulations Committee has the power to disqualify any contestant or club member acting on behalf of the contestant for the following:

                Not following the rules of the event.

                Knocking over any property. (Property being anything used in the event that is moveable, a rider            may hold up property.)

                 Intentionally hitting a horse with a property.

                Poor sportsmanship, intoxication, or unruly conduct.

                Use of a hot stick or other electrical devices.

                No using of "twisted wire" or "Gag" type bits.

                A notably lame horse will be disqualified and the rider asked to exit the arena

 At the discretion of the SCRC, any suspicion of animal abuse may warrant action by the SCRC. Any suspected unhealthy horse will be checked by a Veterinarian with action to be taken accordingly.

During any event, an unruly or out-of-control horse will be disqualified. (A horse may be escorted by another horse or person for safety reasons.)

 If a contestant or club member is suspended or disqualified, the suspension or disqualification period can range from single day/single event to permanent suspension from current or future shows.

 In the event of a random inspection, all fines given to a horse whether by an official of USDA or other state or federal agency will be the responsibility of the horse owner including any fines assessed to the SCRC.

10. Timer and Records: A contestant shall get one accurate time on the clock and that will be the recorded time, qualified or disqualified.

In speed events, the timer is to be set up No Further than 75 feet from the gate.

11. Sale of Goods and Services: The sale of anything at the SCRCS Show is restricted solely to approval by the SCRC BOD. No more than one representative per MLM brand. There must not be an age restriction on items sold. No alcohol allowed on premises.

12. Contestant Ties: In the case of a contestant tie, the contestants will be given the option to have a run-off or a coin toss. If one contestant wants a run-off and the other contestant wants a coin toss, then there will be a run off with a one second penalty for each knocked over property.

13. Chute Requirement: The arena/ring will have a chute.

14. Contestant Timeliness: Each contestant will have no longer than 2 minutes to get his horse in the arena and mounted after his name is called.

15. Club Duties: Each club member has to meet a minimum requirement of 5 hours per person (10 for families) in order to be eligible for year-end awards.

                Workers to report 30 minutes before their scheduled designated time.  The duties consist of     working classes, entrance gate, checking/selling tickets and receiving money.

Two Rules and Regulations committee members are to work each show.

16. Judge Expectation: Judges will handle classes entirely, including checking for “soring” or any other issues that appear out of order. Shoes will be checked by the Rules and Regulations Committee and/or appointee.

17. Emergency Services and Bad Weather: The SCRC will make arrangements for police and ambulance services for the Show. In the event of severe weather the show may be delayed for safety. The Vice President or other Executive Officer will make all decisions regarding severe weather.

If the show is delayed, contestants will have 30 minutes to return to the arena once the announcement is made that the severe weather has passed and all is clear.

18. Protests: Any member wanting to protest a written rule must make his protest to his or her President or Vice President. A required deposit fee of $10.00 must be paid. The fee will be refunded if the Committee finds the protest to be valid. A member of the Riding Club Rules and Regulations committee will then file the official protest on behalf of the individual club member.

If the Committee finds the protest to be invalid, the person filing the protest forfeits the $10.00 and it goes to the Association general fund.

The representative of the club making the protest shall have a vote in the final decision.

 The protest must be made before the completion of the class being protested.

During the protest, class places and trophies will be held, pending the Rules and Regulations Committee decision.

If the protest is made after the conclusion of the class, the protest will not be considered.

When a protest meeting is called, each riding  club Representative has five (5) minutes to reach the site of the meeting. At the end of the five (5) minutes, roll call will be taken and the meeting will start. No other club Representative will be allowed at the meeting.

Trophies and awards will be held on the class under protest, but other classes will continue as scheduled.

19. Pony Measurement: It will be the clubs responsibility to have all ponies measured (Rules Committee Representative) 

As a Standard, a "Pony" is measured at 14.2 hands (58 inches) at the withers and below. Tall Ponies (over 13.2HH or 54 inches, but less than 14.2HH or 58 inches) can also be shown in full-sized horse specific  events)

Any pony that is protested (a fee of ten dollars, $10.00, Pony Height only) and found to be too tall will be eliminated from competition. 

When a pony is protested it is to be measured in a area designated by the Rules and Regulation Committee.  The owner will hold the pony. When the pony is standing and relaxed squarely to their satisfaction, he will be measured by the Rules and Regulations Committee. The pony’s legs cannot be touched or adjusted.

The chairperson of the Rules and Regulations Committee is to have the final say. All ponies will be measured on a flat surface, using a standard measuring stick.

At their discretion, the Rules and Regulations Committee can measure a pony any time at the State Show, without a protest fee. This may result in disqualification.

The owner of the pony may voluntarily have their pony measured by the President and Vice President of the SCRC. If the pony is voluntarily measured, the pony’s measurements will be valid for the entire weekend.

The pony must be run in the same manner that it was measured. If measured without shoes, the pony must run without shoes.

An official measurement form will be completed and kept on file for each pony that is measured. 

20. Class Size for Judged Events: In Pleasure Classes there shall be no more than 30 horses in each working, however, each working will be kept as equal as possible.

21. Show Curfew: After 11PM each night, there will be no running the roads, cruising on horses or vehicles.   Everyone is to be gone from the show grounds. This will be enforced by SCRC, security, and the Dover PD. 

24. Arena lights: Lights will be turned on before the start of the show each day.

25. Motorized Vehicles & ATV’s: For safety purposes, there will be no loud motorized recreational vehicles of any kind allowed on the show grounds. This includes, but is not limited to motorcycles, 3-wheelers and 4-wheelers. Golf carts, Scooters (Honda Spree or similar), Gators or similar Farm Utility Vehicles are allowed, but must be driven by a licensed driver.

Bicycles, skates, or other things that would frighten a horse must be kept away from the arena area.

26. Working the Arena: During speed the first arena drag will occur at the number equal to half the number of participating clubs and then on the same number thereafter. Each western and speed event starts new.

27. Closing Classes: A class will be closed when the first rider for that class is called.

28. Pets: No pets will be allowed in the seating and concession areas.

29. Rules Enforcement: Anyone refusing to follow the rules of the SCRC will be asked to leave the grounds by security.

 

CLASS RULES

 

NOTE for ALL JUDGED CLASSES: Stallions allowed - however can be asked to leave at any time. "Twisted Wire" and "Gag" Bits are prohibited.
 (SCRC Rules and Regulations shall be an appendix to the By-Laws)
1.    Open Trail ( 5 Obstacles)
1.1    Open to all breeds of horses using either English or Western tack.
1.2 To be judged on performance of horse over designated obstacles. Points are given or deducted based on performance.
1.3 A minimum of five obstacles will be chosen by the Judge and posted the day of the show.

2.    Open Speed Trail (5 Obstacles, Timed)
2.1    Open to all breeds of horses using either English or Western tack.
2.2 To be judged on time. Failure to complete an obstacle will result in 15 second penalty.
2.3 A minimum of five obstacles will be chosen by the Judge and posted the day of the show.

3.    Halter (Miniatures and Ponies only)
3.1 Class to be shown with halter.
3.2 Contestant attire to match horse’s breed.
3.3 Ponies must be under 14 Hands
4.    Halter (Full Size Horses only)
4.1 Class to be shown with halter.
4.2 Contestant attire to match horse’s breed.
4.3 Horses must be Over 14 Hands

5.    Showmanship
5.1 Class to be shown with halter.
5.2 Contestant attire to match horse’s breed.
5.3 Horse must follow predetermined pattern which will be posted the day of the show

6.    Driving
6.1 No altered Shoes, Pads, or other devices on the horse's hooves
6.2 This event is judged primarily on the suitability of the horse to provide a pleasurable drive.
6.3 To be shown both ways of the arena at a walk, slow trot and strong trot.
6.4 Drivers will be asked to come into the center of the ring and line up. Each Driver will then be asked to reign back.

7.    Lead Line (Any Discipline, 6 years and under)
7.1 Rider and pony only to be judged.
7.2 If 6 and under contestant rides Lead line, they may ride in qualified age appropriate class.
7.3 The 6 and under classes must be ridden alone without assistance from handler/side walker

8.    Walk (Any Discipline, 8 years and under)
8.1 Open to all breeds of horses using either English or Western tack and attire.
8.2 To be shown at a flat-footed walk
8.3 Horses are to be reversed to the inside (away from the rail).

9.    English Pleasure – Walk – Trot 
8.1 Open to horse or pony of any sex, breed, or combination of trotting breed, using only English Attire.
8.2 Gaits are Walk and Trot. No canter. Judge may ask for a sitting or rising trot.
8.3 Horses are to be reversed to the inside (away from the rail).
8.4 Judging emphasis is on the Horse
8.5 This is a rail class

10.    English Pleasure – Walk – Trot – Canter 
10.1 Open to all trotting, to be shown in English tack, and rider shall wear appropriate Huntseat attire.
10.2 To be shown at a flat-footed walk, square trot, (judge’s option of sitting, posting, or extended trot), and canter on a reasonably light rein.
10.3 Horses are to be reversed to the inside (away from the rail); horses shall not be asked to reverse at a canter. Horses shall stand quietly and back readily.
10.4 Judging emphasis is on the Horse
10.5 This is a rail class

11.    English Equitation (pattern, W/T/C)
11.1    The rider only is being judged. 
11.2    Rider to show horse at a walk, trot, and canter both directions of the ring. Rider will be judged on his/her seat, hands, legs, feet, position, balance, and control of mount. Suitability of horse to rider shall be considered. 
11.3    Rider may be asked to perform any of the individual tests following: (1) Back up (2) Perform 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, rider should be on left diagonal. (3) Perform 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). Figure eight to be commenced in center of two circles so that one change of lead is shown. (4) Riding without stirrups 
11.4    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 to be called back for rail work, and those selected riders will be required to work on the rail. Horses need not be worked both directions on the rail.

12.    English Equitation over Fences (course, Cross Rails, W/T/C)
12.1    Jumps used will be Cross rails for all riders
12.2    The rider only is being judged. Rider will be judged on his/her seat, hands, legs, feet, position, balance and control of mount. Suitability of horses shall be considered. Individual performance shall consist of riding over a course of at least two jumps, but no more than six jumps at the recommended height. Rider shall have the animal under control at all times.
12.3    Rider may be asked to perform any of the individual tests following: (1) Back up (2) Perform 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, rider should be on left diagonal. (3) Perform 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). Figure eight to be commenced in center of two circles so that one change of lead is shown. (4) Riding without stirrups 
12.4    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 to be called back for rail work, and those selected riders will be required to work on the rail. Horses need not be worked both directions on the rail.

13.    Western Pleasure – Walk – Trot 
13.1 Open to horse or pony of any sex, breed, or combination of trotting breed, using only Western Attire.
13.2 Gaits are Walk and Trot. No canter.
13.3 Horses are to be reversed to the inside (away from the rail).
13.4 Judging emphasis is on the Horse
13.5 This is a rail class
13.6 Holding the saddle horn with either hand will be penalized and may be disqualified at the judge’s discretion unless covered by specific class rules.

14.    Western Pleasure – Walk – Trot – Canter 
14.1 Open to all trotting breeds, shown in Western tack, and rider shall wear appropriate Western attire.
14.2 To be shown at a flat-footed walk, square trot, (judge’s option of sitting, posting, or extended trot), and canter on a reasonably light rein.
14.3 Horses are to be reversed to the inside (away from the rail); horses shall not be asked to reverse at a canter. Horses shall stand quietly and back readily.
14.4 Either One or Two hands may be used, but must be consistent throughout the entire class.
14.5 Holding the saddle horn with either hand will be penalized and may be disqualified at the judge’s discretion unless covered by specific class rules.

15.    Western Horsemanship (pattern, W/T/C)
15.1 General horsemanship A. Riders will be judged on seat, hands and their ability to control and show the horse. B. Results as shown by performance of the horse are NOT to be considered more important than the method used by the rider. 
15.2. Class routine A. Each rider will perform an individual pattern. B. Individual work may be comprised of any of the following: (1) Walk, jog, or lope in a straight line, curve or circle, or any combination of these gaits and patterns, such as a figure eight, etc. (2) Stop. (3) Back. (4) Turn. (5) Sidepass. (6) Simple change of lead through the trot, walk, or halt, in a straight line, figure eight, or any other pattern. (7) Flying change of lead in a straight line, figure eight, or any other pattern. (8) Counter canter. (9) Dismount and mount. (10) Ride without stirrups
15.3 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 to be called back for rail work, and those selected riders will be required to work on the rail. Horses need not be worked both directions on the rail.
16.    Ranch Pleasure (pattern, W/T/C)
16.1 Open to horse or pony of any sex, breed, or combination of trotting breed normally used for pleasure. Western apparel and tack required.
16.2 To be shown in accordance with the American Ranch Horse Association (ARHA) rules and SCRC exceptions where listed
16.3 The horse’s performance should simulate a horse riding outside the confines of an arena and that of a working ranch horse. This class should show the horse’s ability to work at a forward, working speed while under control by the rider. Light contact should be rewarded and horse does not have to be shown on a full drape of reins. The overall manners and responsiveness of the horse while performing the maneuver requirements, and the horse’s quality of movement are the primary considerations.
16.4 The required maneuvers will include the walk, jog, and lope both directions: and the extended jog and lope at least one direction; as well as stops, turn to change directions, and back.  Three optional maneuvers may include a side pass, turns of 360 or more, change of lead (simple or flying), walk, jog, or lope over a pole(s); or some reasonable combination of maneuvers that would be reasonable for a ranch horse to perform.
16.5    No time limit.

17    Country Pleasure (walk, favorite gait)
17.1    To be shown with light rein, walk and favorite gait (not a square trot). No Canter
17.2    Bumping and Pumping of the reins must be penalized.
17.3    Set tails, humane tails, action devices and pads are not allowed.
17.4 Entries shall be plain shod as for trail and pleasure riding with one-piece shoe and no pads. The metal from which the shoe is made must not exceed one-half (1/2) inch in thickness, or one and half (1 ½) inches in width, with no bar, plate, or other weight inside the shoe. A regular keg shoe is suggested.
17.5 Shall have the option to wear Western or English attire.

18    Plantation Pleasure (Flat Walk, Running Walk)
18.1    To be shown with light rein, walk, favorite gait (not a square trot), and canter.
18.2    Bumping and Pumping of the reins must be penalized.
18.3    Set tails, humane tails, action devices and pads are not allowed.
18.4     Entries shall be plain shod as for trail and pleasure riding with one-piece shoe and no pads. The metal from which the shoe is made must not exceed one-half (1/2) inch in thickness, or one and one half (1 ½) inches in width, with no bar, plate, or other weight inside the shoe. A regular keg shoe is suggested.
18.5 Shall have the option to wear Western or English attire.

19    Racking Horse (flat walk, slow rack, fast rack)
19.1 Hoof to shoe with no pad of any type, whether for corrective purposes or otherwise.
19.2 Judged 20% show walk, 30% slow rack, 30% fast rack and 20% confirmation.
19.3 No set tails. Horses will be asked to back.
19.4 Shoe can be made conventional or manmade to owners specifications.

20    Open Saddle Pleasure Equitation (Walk, Favorite Gait)
20.1 Gaits are walk and favorite gait (not a square trot). No canter.
20.2 No built up shoes. No other restrictions on shoes.

21    Pole Bending
21.1 Pattern to be set with 6 plastic poles at least 6 feet high, a minimum of 2 inches in diameter, with approximately 1/16 inch wall thickness, and white in color.
21.2 Poles to be uniform and set 21 feet apart, and 21 feet from the starting line (clock).
21.3 Contestant may have a running start. Contestant runs to the last pole, begins and ends weaving at the 6th pole, turns and races back to the finish line.
21.4 A contestant is automatically added 5 seconds to total time for knocked over pole.

22    Lead Line Barrels
22.1 Contestants may go either right or left of the first barrel, but must make one right turn and two left turns, or one left turn and two right turns.
23.2  The barrels must be 20 feet from the starting line, 30 feet between marker number 1 and number 2, 35 feet from marker number 3 to barrels 1 and 2, barrels are to be set inside the marker.
22.3 Knocking over a barrel will add 5 seconds to the contestant’s final time
22.4 Not following the pattern as set by the Association will result in disqualification
22.5 Contestants may start and finish across the line.
22.6 Riders in the 6 and under lead line can only ride in the 6 and under speed classes. The 6 and under speed classes must be ridden alone without assistance.
22.7 Class not eligible for jackpot
23    Cloverleaf
23.1 Contestants may go either right or left of the first barrel, but must make one right turn and two left turns, or one left turn and two right turns.
23.2 The barrels must be 20 feet from the starting line, 90 feet between marker number 1 and number 2, 105 feet from marker number 3 to barrels 1 and 2, barrels are to be set inside the marker.
23.3 Knocking over a barrel will add 5 seconds to the contestant’s final time
23.4 Not following the pattern as set by the Association will result in disqualification
23.5 Contestants may start and finish across the line.
23.6 Contestants may race for points only, or cash prizes and points. If racing for prizes, additional fees apply

24    Flag Race
24.1 Barrel number 1 and 2 are each placed 20 feet from the starting line to the marker and 10 feet from the fence to the marker.
24.2 Barrel number 3 is placed 130 feet from the starting line to the maker.
24.3 Rider may ride either to the inside or outside of barrels 1 and 2, in obtaining or placing the flag; but the rider must ride on the outside of barrel number 3.
24.4 The flag and buckets will be the same type as used in the Figure 8 Flags.
24.5 Failure to run the pattern, to obtain or replace the flag, knocking over any property, or hitting horse with the flag results in disqualification.
24.6 Contestants may race for points only, or cash prizes and points. If racing for prizes, additional fees apply

25    1 Barrel Speed Race
25.1 The marker is 180 feet from the starting and finishing line and center of the arena.
25.2 Rider may start pattern on either side of the arena, and must circle the barrel, and then cross the finish line.
25.3 The rider is disqualified for knocking over a barrel or failing to run the correct pattern.
25.4 Contestants may race for points only, or cash prizes and points. If racing for prizes, additional fees apply


Note 1: Bands will be allowed on all English classes except for Country Pleasure. Meaning there will be no restrictions on bands, if bands can be worn with the type of shoe on the horse.
Note 2: In Pleasure Classes there shall be no more than 30 horses in each working class; however, each working will be kept as equal as possible.
Note 3: The Rules and Regulations set forth by PRIDE HIO shall take precedence over any SCRC rule for all English classes.
Note 4: A rider will be disqualified from a class, if the rider enters the arena for the wrong class or does not follow the rules of the class, such as required tack, attire, appropriate shoes on the horse, etc.
Note 5: All Show/Arena workers, including the judge, will be informed of the required gaits for each class. The gaits that are set by the rules will be the ones that are called for in the class, no additions or exceptions.
 

 
 

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