Horse Classic Rules

 

General Information

  • This current Exhibitor’s Online Premium supersedes all previous premium books or rules.
  • Due to COVID-19 this year’s show is a virtual, non-qualifying Open Show.
  • In addition to the show rules below, please see the Video page for rules and guidelines for video submissions for your entries.
  • The rules in this premium are in line with the guidance of the following organizations: the United States Equestrian Federation; California Gymkhana Association, American Miniature Horse Association (AMHA); United State Dressage Association (USDF); American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Ranch Horse Program; and Western States Versatility Ranch Horse Association (WSVRHA).
Eligibility

Eligibility

Due to Covid-19 Pandemic, this year’s show will be a non-qualifying open show.
  • The horse shown must be the member's project at least 120 days prior to Horse Classic (February 21, 2021) 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.
  • Exhibitors shall show in their respective divisions based upon their age as of December 31, 2020, 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, 2020.

    • Senior - 14 years of age or older and not yet 19 years of age as of December 31, 2020.

  • 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.

Exhibitors are required to care for, prepare for showing, and show their own animals.
Exhibitors are required to care for, prepare for showing, and show their own animals.

Rules

  • Horses that are owned or leased as a joint project may be shown by no more than (2) exhibitors per horse and cannot be shown in the same age division.
  • Miniature will follow American Miniature Horse Registry (AMHR).
  • Dressage will follow according to USDF guidelines. No more than three tests per horse. 
  • Ranch Horse will follow AQHA and WSVRHA
  • Exhibitors may not cross-enter divisions on the same horse.
  • Exhibitors shall show in their respective divisions based upon their age as of December 31, 2020, 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 including gymkhana).
    • Junior - 13 years of age or under as of December 21, 2020.
    • Senior - 14 years of age or older and not yet 19 years of age as of December 31, 2020.
  • If entered in the walk/trot division (Novice), exhibitor may not cross over to any loping division.
  • 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 show.
  • 4-H'ers must wear an equestrian helmet which always meets ASTM/SEI standards while mounted, i.e. during classes, practice areas, and pleasure rides. If a helmet is not worn, the rider will be disqualified from all classes and points won will NOT count towards the high point awards. There will be no appeal process for this infraction.
  • 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. 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 event. 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 or during the videotaping of the classes.
  • Lameness or incapacity: a judge or show management may at any time ask a rider to view a horse at trot or under saddle if they have concerns regarding lameness. The judge or show management has the authority to excuse any horse from the class due to lameness. Obvious lameness will result in a disqualification. Obvious lameness is consistently observed at a trot, marked nodding, hitching or shortened stride, minimal weight bearing in motion and or at rest and inability to move.
  • Any and 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 the show management.
  • Patterns/courses will be posted on the Classes & Divisions page on June 7, 2021.
  • Videos can be filmed any time after the patterns/courses are posted. Please see Video page for details on video requirements, formats, and submission link.
  • Exhibitors will receive their contestant number by email after completing their registration.

Girl in Western riding gear on horse with winning ribbons in front of Horse Classic sign.

Riding Attire

The 4-H Uniform is appropriate for all events. Participants must follow California 4-H Dress Guidelines unless otherwise noted below. Youth must wear an approved helmet that is in accordance with California 4-H Policy (Chapter 11:XVII,A).

English, Jumping, and Dressage Attire

Hunt or Saddle seat coat, shirt, breeches or jodhpurs, boots and ASTM/SEI helmet.

Western, Ranch Horse, and Gymkhana Attire

Long-sleeve western shirt, pants or jeans, belt, tie, and ASTM/SEI helmet.

Showmanship

  • 4-H Uniform, English or Western attire.
  • 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.
  • In the showmanship classes, the ASTM/SEI helmet is not required but youth must wear an approved helmet that is in accordance with California 4-H Policy (Chapter 11:XVII,A).

Miniature Horse

  • Athletic or tennis shoes are allowed.
  • Use English attire for English bridle
  • Use Western attire for Western halter.

Tack

Dressage

Plain snaffle bit.

English Showmanship classes

Horse is to be shown in an English bridle or leather halter and lead.

Ranch Classes

  • Horses may be shown in western saddle and appropriate bridle, snaffle or hackamore.
  • May use a rope or riata, if used must be coiled and attached to saddle, hobbles must be attached to saddle, protective boots, leg wraps, and bandages are allowed.
  • Spurs may be worn but not used in front of cinch, chaps or chinks optional.

Prohibited equipment in Ranch Classes

  • Wire chin straps regardless of padding,
  • Chin strap or chain narrower than one half inch
  • Martingales and draw reins
  • Nosebands
  • Cavesson
  • Tie downs and Roping Reins.

Ranch Showmanship

  • Halter must be plain leather or plain cotton (buckaroo style allowed).
  • Silver equipment will not count over a good working outfit.

Youth standing with brown horse with winning ribbon on halter in front of California 4-H Horse Classic sign.

Awards/Placement

  • All exhibitors will receive a judge’s comment sheet for each class entered. Comment sheets will be emailed to the participants 14 days following the competition to email listed in registration.
  • Results will be posted on the Horse Classic website 14 days following the competition.
  • Awards will be mailed to county UCCE offices.
  • Exhibitors placing first in their class will qualify to enter in the State Fair County Fair Best of Show 4-H Horse Show in 2022 at Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA. Not all classes are recognized at State Fair. Novice and Green horses are not eligible.
  • No awards will be issued to classes with less than 5 participants.

Complaint Process

Any protest must be emailed to hamargarite@ucanr.edu by July 9, 2021.

  • The protest must be specific and propose one or more potential solutions to the situation.
  • The protest will be discussed, and a final decision by the CA 4-H Equine Advisory Board will be made within 24 hours of submission to the show office.
  • Protests will be considered only if there has been a violation of stated rules.
  • The decisions of the judges and timers cannot be protested and are final.
  • Any complaints filed after the submission deadline will not be considered.
  • There is no appeals process. No refunds will be given to members who are disqualified.

Handling of Tie Scores

Ties for high point will be broken as follows:

English & Western Divisions:

Placing in showmanship, placing in Equitation, place in Horsemanship # of 1st places

Miniature Horse Division:

Showmanship, #1st places, #2nd places.

Ranch Horse Division

Placing in Showmanship, Pattern class, then trail.

Jumping Division:

Equitation over fences.

Gymkhana Division:

Lowest combined time of all 5 events.