Eligibility & Rules
- The horse shown must be the member's project at least 120 days prior to Horse Classic (February 24, 2022) but need not be owned by or registered to the exhibitor (i.e., leasing of horses is acceptable).
- Miniature horses must be 38" or less in height and includes miniature donkeys and mules.
- All equine species are eligible (horse, pony, miniature, mules and donkeys). No stallions may be shown.
- 4-Hers are not eligible to participate if they or their horses have been trained under the judge within 90 days of the show date.
Horses that are owned or leased as a joint project may be shown by no more than 2 exhibitors per horse but may not be shown in the same age division.
- Exhibitors shall show in their respective divisions based upon their age as of December 31, 2021, regardless of their current age.
Novice: Based on the rider and limited to first and second year members with no age restriction but limited in performance (no cantering/loping in ANY event).
Junior - 13 years of age or under as of December 31, 2021.
Senior - 14 years of age or older and not yet 19 years of age as of December 31, 2021.
- 4-Hers are not eligible to participate if they or their horses have been trained under the judge within 90 days of the show date. The list of judges will be posted one week before the competition.
Equine Drug Enforcement
All shows held in California are subject to the state equine drugging laws. Exhibitors shall inform show management of all drugs and medication administered to a horse within 72 hours prior to the show. A declaration form containing the name of the drug, its purpose and time/date of administration shall be presented to the show management prior to the entrant’s first class. If medication contains a prohibited substance, the horse must be withdrawn from competition for at least 24 hours after administration of the medication.
- Bicycles allowed in non-horse areas.
- Youth must wear an approved helmet (4-H Policy).
- No dogs allowed in horse areas.
To request special accommodations (i.e. needs for a handicapped contestant, medical condition, etc.), the 4-Her’s project leader must contact show management prior to June 4th, 2022 at email@example.com.
Participants will be ineligible to compete until all registration & entry forms with appropriate signatures are complete and all fees paid. If missing, project leader’s and 4-H staff’s signatures may be verified with show management by telephone. Telephone number must be provided.
Exhibitors are requested to register promptly at the show office upon arrival. The show office will be open Thursday, June 23 at 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. The show office will be open Friday through Sunday beginning 7:00 a.m. and will close one hour following the conclusion of classes or events.
Stabling and Grounds Facilities
Stabling will be in pens and will be open to exhibitors Thursday, June 23th starting at 9am Exhibitors are to vacate the pens by 7:00 pm, Sunday, June 26th.. Early arrival or late departure must be arranged and will be charged an extra fee by Diamond Bar Arena. The Barn Manager will be on the grounds from Thursday, June 23 throughout the show
Each horse must be assigned a separate pen.
Covered/Non-Covered Pens, Haul-in, Feed/Bedding, RV and dry camping will be provided directly through Diamond Bar Arena at a reduced rate. Visit the Facilities Page to find out these rates and to secure your space directly with the Diamond Bar Arena.
Back Numbers: All exhibitors will be issued a back number, this number must be worn at all times when you are exhibiting.
Show management has the right to limit the number of exhibitors due to safety, facility accommodations, and time schedule. If a rail class is divided, the classes will be judged as a preliminary classes, the judge will then call back his/her choices to return in a final class to complete for awards.
Due to unforeseeable problems with any mechanical device, the PA system and paddock calls must be considered a courtesy. It is the responsibility of the exhibitor to be sure that he/she is at the proper location for educational events as well as his/her horse is at the arena gate prior to the start of the class. Every effort will be made to maintain a working PA system to carry class calls; however, no protest will be upheld, nor will any class be changed on the basis of a PA malfunction alone. In classes where horses compete collectively, after the warning is issued that competitors are to appear at the in-gate ready to participate, the in- gate will be closed two minutes after the first horse enters the ring.
Rings Running Concurrently
On the days we have multiple rings running, some rings will run with “Open Cards”, it is the exhibitor’s responsibility to get to all of their classes in a timely manner. We will not hold all the rings open till the end of the day.
See the Tentative Schedule below for more details.
Participant meetings will take place each morning prior to the day’s events, it is suggested that all participants, leaders, and parents attend. Any changes to the schedule or event clarifications will be given at the meetings. If you do not attend and a change is announced at the meeting, show management is not responsible for missed classes, changes in patterns, etc.
Supervision and Code of Conduct
A certified 4-H volunteer adult leader(s) must be named as a chaperone and on grounds when 4-Her(s) are present. The adult(s) must be named on the individual’s registration form. Parents, as non 4-H leaders, may only chaperone their own child(ren).
A certified 4-H leader must supervise at all times while youth are working with or riding horses. Adequate adult supervision is required in order for the 4-H accident insurance to be valid and in force.
- 4-Hers must abide by the Code of Conduct. Any infractions may disqualify 4-Her from classes and/or high point awards or they may be asked to immediately leave the grounds. This is your ONLY warning. Additional infractions will result in consequences.
- All adults must adhere to the Adult Code of Conduct; remember that this is an educational, fun event for our exhibitors, parents, guardians and leaders. Unsportsmanlike conduct on the part of the exhibitors, parents, guardians or leaders will be subject to removal from the premises for the remainder of the show with no refund of any monies paid.
In addition, the following Horse Classic Code of Conduct also applies:
- All, youth and adults, will demonstrate respect for one another and their property.
- Bullying will not be tolerated.
- Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated, treat others as you would like to be treated.
- Youth participants may not leave grounds without permission of their chaperone.
- Possession or use of alcohol, tobacco, smokeless tobacco products, e-cigarettes, unregulated nicotine products, illegal drugs and/or any other inappropriate materials is strictly prohibited.
- Obscene and discriminatory language, roughhousing and insubordination will not be tolerated at any time.
- 4-H Leaders and/or riders in Over Fences and Trail must help set up and tear down courses or work ground crew during show.
- A 4-H Adult Leader or parent must be present when youth is using wash racks.
- Absolutely no parking in the Barn Use designated parking areas.
- Be responsible for the care of your horse(s) i.e. watering, feeding, grooming.
- In practice areas, take your turn and allow others equal time.
- Be on time for classes; being late may disqualify you from the class.
- Do not tie horses to fences, pen doors or other unsafe areas.
- Clean pen daily and/or day use area upon.
- Use designated wash areas.
- Clean up wash and grooming areas after each.
- Wear an equestrian helmet, which meets ASTM/SEI standards, while riding at all times.
- Must wear boots with heels while riding i.e. no bare feet, sandals, or athletic shoes.
- No riding in shorts, long pants must be worn.
- No double riding or bareback riding on the grounds.
- Hair extensions are allowed for both horse (artificial tails, or “switches”) and riders (clip-on pony tail or bun).
- Walk, do not trot or lope, horses in barn area and areas outside of arenas.
- The California 4-H YDP allows the use of a lung line with or without a chain for lunging for all 4-H participants without preference. No local policy shall dictate a specific lunging preference as this decision should be left to the rider, their coach, parent/guardian, and/or horse owner and not the program. Regardless of the chosen technique, lunging should be done in a way that is safe for both horse and rider. As in all 4-H experiences, when lunging is being conducted in an unsafe manner, the authorized adult leader should intervene and use the opportunity to show the correct technique.
- Must follow the Warm Up Arena Rules and/or directions of the supervisor (see below).
- Back Numbers: All exhibitors will be issued a back number, this number must be worn at all times in the show ring.
Please remember - all competitors and families are asked to place all trash and garbage in containers provided throughout the grounds. Also, be very careful to use the designated wash rack areas. Your assistance and cooperation will assure that we can continue to hold the Classic Event in the future at this wonderful facility.
By attending the 2022 California 4-H Horse Classic, all individuals (members, volunteers, and guests) are bound by the respective codes of conduct whether there is a signed acknowledgment or not.
Classes, Definitions, and Divisions
- Classes or divisions with less than THREE entries may be combined or canceled.
- Exhibitors may not cross enter divisions on the same horse with the exception of Open classes.
- Junior: An exhibitor, 13 years of age or under as of December 31, 2021.
- Senior: An exhibitor, 14 years of age or older and not yet 19 years of age as of December 31, 2021.
- Novice Rider: 2 gaited division (walk/trot). Based on the rider and limited to first and second year members with no age restriction but limited in performance (no cantering/loping in ANY event) once a member moves into walk, trot, canter class (this includes English, Western, and Gymkhana divisions) they may not move back into the beginning rider division.
- Once having won High Point at State Classic, the rider must move out of this division at the State Classic.
Miniature Horse Division
Classes to be offered: Showmanship, Trail Obstacles, and Over Fences. Athletic or tennis shoes are allowed in the Over Fences Class. Miniature horses must be 38" or less in height and includes miniature donkeys and mules. All entries in the miniature horse classes will be measured prior to the show on Friday at 7:00 a.m. For further information please refer to the AMHR web site at https://www.shetlandminiature.com/registries/amhr Note: The miniature horse division high-point winner will receive a belt buckle.
Over Fences Divisions
- Cross Rail Division: trot or canter, open – 18” cross rails
- Equitation Over Fences: 2’ – 2’6”
Showmanship: The purpose of showmanship is to teach courtesy, good grooming, poise, confidence, and how to fit, train, and handle your horse. Showmanship is a demonstration of the member’s ability to show the animal, in hand, to its best advantage. Conformation of the animal is not considered. Attire western or 4-H uniform for western showmanship. English attire for English showmanship.
For English Showmanship The horse may be shown with a safe, properly fitted halter or show bridle, each complete with a throatlatch.
For Western and Ranch the horse must be shown in a halter. Horses should be well-groomed, clean, and clipped according to breed. The horse should also be well-trained to the required routine and well-mannered so that it stands quietly, but alertly, while in the class. Exhibitors will be asked to demonstrate their ability to lead, turn, set up, and move their animals as the judge requests. Additional tests, as listed, may be asked.
Hunt Seat Equitation: This class recognizes the exhibitor’s ability to ride a horse functionally and correctly using various aids to cause the horse to perform required basic maneuvers. Riders will be judged on their basic position in saddle, which includes position and use of hands, seat, feet, and legs, as well as the ability to control and show the horse. Riders will be asked to do a pattern and may do rail work. Riders will not be required to jump. General appearance. Rider should have a workmanlike appearance, seat, hands light and supple conveying the impression of complete control should any emergency arise
Hunter Under Saddle: The Hunter Under Saddle class is designed for you to exhibit how well your horse performs at a walk, trot and canter while riding in hunt seat attire and tack. The class routine is similar to the Western Pleasure class in that you are instructed to walk, trot or canter along the arena rail with a group of others.
English Pleasure: An English pleasure class is suitable for all horses that can walk, trot and canter in both directions of the arena. This class spotlights the horse that moves the most willingly and evenly. The horse doesn't have to be the best mover. The English pleasure horse shouldn't pull on the reins or refuse to go forward.
Equitation Over Fences: The rider’s performance and skills over fences are being judged in this class: the rider’s basic position in the saddle; the position and use of hands, legs, and feet; the ability to control and show the horse.
Western Equitation: This class recognizes the exhibitor’s ability to ride a horse functionally and correctly using various aids to cause the horse to perform required basic maneuvers. This class will be performed on the rail.
Western Horsemanship: This class recognizes the exhibitor’s ability to ride a horse functionally and correctly using various aids to cause the horse to perform required basic maneuvers. Riders in this class will perform a pattern and may be asked to do rail work.
Western Pleasure: This class recognizes a horse for functional correctness, quality of movement, attitude and manners.
- Walk. The walk is a natural, flat footed, four beat gait. The horse must move straight and true at a walk. The walk must be alert, with a stride of reasonable length in keeping with the size of the horse.
- Jog trot. The jog trot is a smooth, ground covering two beat diagonal gait. The horse works from one pair of diagonals to the other pair. The jog trot should be square, balanced with a straight forward movement of the feet. Horses walking with their back feet and trotting on the front are not considered performing the required gait. When asked to extend the jog, he moves out with the same smooth way of going.
- Lope. The lope is an easy rhythmical three beat gait. Horses moving to the left should lope on the left lead. Horses moving to the right should lope on the right lead. Horses traveling at a four beat gait are not considered to be performing at a proper lope. The horse should lope with a natural stride and appear relaxed and smooth. He should be ridden at a speed that is a natural way of going. Judges may ask the exhibitor to extend the lope, in which the horse will move out with the same smooth way of going.
- Head. The head should be carried at an angle that is natural and suitable to the horse’s conformation at all gaits. Ideally, a horse should carry its head no lower than level and its nose should be in front of vertical.
Trail: This class will be judged on the performance of the horse over obstacles with emphasis on manners, response to rider, and attitude. Judges will assign a point value to each obstacle and points will be added to or subtracted from this score based on the horse’s performance over that obstacle. Credit Given. Credit will be given to those horses negotiating the obstacles cleanly, smoothly, and alertly with style and prompt response to rider’s cues.
Ranch Riding: These classes test the rider on the ability to complete a set of patterns and task where the rider is judged on their ability to complete it effectively. Rider is judged on their transitions through walk, job and lope through a series of patterns and obstacles.
Ranch Pleasure: The ranch rail pleasure class measures the ability of the horse to be a pleasure to ride while being used as a means of conveyance from one ranch task to another and should reflect the versatility, attitude, and movement of a working horse. The horse should be well-broke, relaxed, quiet, soft and cadenced at all gaits.
Ranch Reining: In this class, a horse is evaluated on its maneuverability as it performs a set pattern that includes circles, lead changes, spins and stops.
Ranch Trail: This class tests the ability of a horse to negotiate obstacles that might commonly be found on ranches.
Horse Show Rules
Any rule not addressed in these pages may be found at the United States Equestrian Federation website: www.usef.org/compete/resources-forms/rules-regulations/rulebook under rule book (equitation, hunter/jumpers, and western divisions). California Gymkhana Association web site (gymkhana) calgymkhana.com/ and www.amha.org (miniature horse classes), USDF (Dressage Classes) and AQHA Ranch Horse division rule book.
Show management has the right to limit the number of exhibitors due to safety, facility accommodations, and time schedule. If a rail class is divided, the classes will be judged as a preliminary class, the judge will then call back his/her choices to return in a final class to complete for awards.
The rider will be disqualified from all remaining classes and previous points won will NOT count towards the high point awards if the following occurs:
- Deliberate failure of the rider to immediately leave the arena when so instructed by the judge, or;
- Use of offensive language or unsportsmanlike behavior, or;
- Harassment of the judge, show management and/or fellow competitors.
All persons in the Barn areas and/or around horses must wear closed-toe shoes at all times. Please be advised that the following dress code will be enforced for all individuals attending the California State 4-H Horse Classic, including adults. If you choose to dress inappropriately, you will be asked to change. All clothing shall be neat and in good repair and appearance. All attire shall be within the bounds of decency and good taste as appropriate for youth events.
- Articles of clothing, which display profanity, products or slogans, which promote tobacco, alcohol, drugs, sex or that are in any other way distracting, are prohibited.
- Excessively baggy or tight clothing, and clothing which advertises gang symbols or affiliation is prohibited.
- Items of clothing which expose bare midriffs, bare chests, undergarments, or that is transparent are prohibited.
- Tank tops with straps wider than one inch are permitted.
- Please be advised that spaghetti straps, shirts, which expose a bareback, halter tops, and tube tops are prohibited.
- 4-Hers must wear an equestrian helmet which meets ASTM/SEI standards while mounted at all times, i.e. during classes, practice areas, and pleasure rides. If a helmet is not worn, the rider will be disqualified from all remaining classes and previous points won will NOT count towards the high point awards. There will be no appeal process.
- In the showmanship classes, the ASTM/SEI helmet is not required but is recommended by state 4-H policy
- 4-H Uniform is appropriate for all events.
- Silver and/or professional show clothes (i.e. chaps) will not count over good, working equipment
- Advertising of any form on the clothing worn is not permissible
- English Attire: Hunt or Saddle seat coat, shirt, breeches or jodhpurs, boots and ASTM/SEI helmet.
- Western Attire: Long-sleeve western shirt, pants or jeans, belt, tie, and ASTM/SEI helmet.
- Showmanship: 4-H Uniform, English or Western attire.
- In the English Showmanship classes, horse is to be shown in an English bridle
Exhibitors are required to care for, prepare for showing, and show their own animals. Adult help (including parents/trainers) in grooming, exercising, and preparing for show at this Championship 4-H Horse Show may cause the member and/or animal to be disqualified.
The rider and horse must be under control and deemed safe by the judge and/or show management and will be excused from the class if the horse or rider presents a safety issue for self or others. There will be no appeal process.
Inhumane treatment of any animal will be cause for eviction from the grounds. All horses must be under control at all times anywhere on the grounds or in the arena. Horses presenting a danger to themselves, or others may be excused from the arena and/or the show.
Adults may assist the member when necessary for safety purposes. No adult may mount a 4-H project horse to school, prepare for a class or ride for pleasure. (In the event an exhibitor’s horse must be used as a fill-in for the judging contest, an adult would be allowed to ride said horse for contest, but “schooling” will not be allowed).
Disqualification consists of withholding ribbons or awards, elimination from further competitions and removal from the show grounds. It is strongly encouraged that older, more experienced 4-H members help younger, less experienced members.
There is to be no coaching (coaching includes verbal and non-verbal commands, instructions, gestures, etc.) from the rail during classes, adults may help exhibitors in the warm up arena. After the second offense exhibitor will be disqualified from the show, “two strikes and you’re out”.
Warm-Up Arena Rules
- There will be one or more warm-up arenas designated each day of the horse show.
- Lunging will be permitted only in a fenced arena and must be supervised at all times by an adult.*
- Horses being lunged or ridden must be under control at all times. No galloping or excessive speed will be tolerated.
- ASTM/SEI approved helmets, appropriate boots and long pants must be worn while riding.
- No riding bareback or riding double is allowed (exception: dollar bill bareback classes)
- Please be considerate of others while in the warm-up arenas. Allow a safe distance between horses when passing, and do not cut off others when returning to the rail.
- Exhibitors must follow all other rules put forth by the warm up arena supervisor.
*The California 4-H YDP allows the use of a lung line with or without a chain for lunging for all 4-H participants without preference. This decision should be left to the rider, their coach, parent/guardian, and/or horse owner and not the program.
Regardless of the chosen technique, lunging should be done in a way that is safe for both horse and rider. As in all 4-H experiences, when lunging is being conducted in an unsafe manner, the authorized adult leader should intervene and use the opportunity to show the correct technique.
If these rules are violated, or there is a safety concern, you may be asked to leave the warm-up arena.
Contesting a Result
All decisions of the judges shall be final. No exhibitor shall be allowed, under any circumstances, to interfere with the judge(s), during their adjudication, or with Classic’s staff and management. The judge may refuse to discuss a decision with anyone unless the individual first requests permission from show management. Show management will only give permission for judges to discuss with riders a decision upon the completion of the day’s classes to be judged.
Any protest must be submitted in writing within two hours of the alleged violation. The protest must be specific and state one or more proposed solutions to the situation. The protest will be discussed, and a final decision will be made by the State 4-H Advisory Committee within 24 hours after submission to the show office. Protests will be considered only if there has been a violation of stated rules. The decisions of the judges, veterinarians, and timers cannot be protested and are final. 4-H rules stated in this information overrides USEF, California Gymkhana Association and AMHA rules, AQHA, USDF.
Please direct Horse Classic questions to the 4-H Equine Coordinator/Horse Classic Show Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org