Table of Contents
Committee Elections 1
Committee Powers 1-2
Roles of Officers 2
Point Tabulation 2-3
Open Meetings 3
Calendar Year 4
Annual Awards 5
Special Awards 5-7
Horse Hunter 8
Green Pony Hunter 9
Pony Hunter 10
Short Stirrup Hunter Pony 10
Short Stirrup 12
Long Stirrup 13
Special Classes 13-14
Show Registration & Dates 14-15
SHOW STANDARDS 15-16
HARFORD HORSE SHOWS ASSOCIATION, INC.
ARTICLE I : Name
As adopted by a plurality vote of the executive committee, the association's name shall be: Harford Horse Shows Association,
ARTICLE II : Purposes
The purposes of the H.H.S.A., Inc., shall be:
To stimulate interest in the sport of horse showing.
To provide healthy competition among exhibitors registered with the H.H.S.A.
To promote quality English horse shows.
To encourage the growth of the number of exhibitors attending local English horse shows.
To support the financial cause of the organizations or groups that hold local English horse shows.
ARTICLE III :
Section 1 : Membership
Membership in the H.H.S.A. is not restricted to place of residence.
Senior members are members over 17 years of age as of 12/1 of the previous year.
Junior members are members 17 years of age and under as of 12/1 of the previous year.
Non-riding voting member is a member of any age who does not ride for points, but wishes to be a part of the H.H.S.A. and
have voting priviledges.
Family membership consists of household occupants. (Each occupant may ride for points, and senior members hold voting rights.)
Section 2 : Registration
Membership fee will be announced prior to each show season.
Payment of membership fee enrolls the voting member for one show season and the annual meeting following that show season.
Tabulation of points will be effective as of the date of registration.
Section 3 : Voting
Only senior members may nominate and vote for a maximum of 11 committee members. There must be a minimum of seven members.
Only junior members may nominate and vote for a maximum of six junior committee members.
ARTICLE IV : Operating Procedures
Section 1 : Committee Elections
At an annual final meeting, open to all H.H.S.A. members, a majority of present registered voting members in good standing
will elect committee members to serve for the following year.
Section 2 : General Committee Powers
Only senior members of the committee shall be eligible to vote. A simple majority of the senior members must be present
for official business.
The committee shall serve to conduct and manage the affairs of the H.H.S.A. for the current year.
It shall establish the divisions in which riders and equines compete.
The committee shall maintain records of competing members and recorded horses and ponies.
It shall make or suggest amendments, additions, or deletions to these rules subject to membership approval by majority
vote of members in good standing at an open meeting.
It shall publish a calendar of H.H.S.A. associated shows for the current year.
The committee shall make decisions (by majority vote) on issues not covered by these rules. In the event of such a situation,
recognized show rules shall be accepted reference.
Section 3 : Officers
Officers of the H.H.S.A. shall include, but not limited to, a chairman, co-chairman, secretary, and treasurer, who shall
be voted to their positions by the committee.
The chairman shall be senior member and shall preside at all meetings of members and directors at which he/she shall be
present and shall perform duties as may be assigned to him/her by the committee. The chairman shall appoint, from the committee
members, sub-committees that he/she deems necessary for the proper conduct of the H.H.S.A.
The co-chairman shall be a senior member and in the absence of the chairman shall preside at all meetings and shall perform
all other duties of the chairman. He/she shall have such powers and perform such duties as assigned to him/her by the committee.
The secretary shall be a senior member and shall give notice of all meetings of the executive committee, keep minutes for
all executive and open meetings, possess a current mailing list, and perform such duties as assigned by the chairman.
The treasurer shall be a senior member and shall collect all monies due the association and have the care and custody of
all funds, receipts and disbursements. Funds shall be deposited in the name of the H.H.S.A. Inc., in a bank that is most convenient
for the treasurer. He/she shall render to the chairman and committee an account of the financial condition at all meetings.
Only receipts deemed proper by the committee shall be accepted for reimbursement. The treasurer shall be responsible for filing
annual tax material.
Section 4 : Vacancies
Vacancies of the H.H.S.A. committee may be filled by a majority vote of the committee.
Section 5 : Point Tabulation
The chairman will appoint an individual to assume the duty of point tabulator.
The point tabulator will record and tabulate all points earned by registered members and animals.
Points will be as follows:
1st Place : 10 points
2nd Place : 6 points
3rd Place : 4 points
4th Place : 2 points
5th Place : 1 point
6th Place : point
There must be at least 3 entries in a class for points to count towards year end awards.
Double points may be allowed at H.H.S.A. committee shows, and any double pointed show must be advertised in advance.
No additional points will be awarded for Champion and Reserve Champion ribbons.
Shows are encouraged to tabulate and award championships in all divisions.
All show managers must forward Judges Cards, or copies of same, to Point Tabulator within seven days following show.
Section 6 : Open Meetings
The purpose of open meetings is to inform the general membership of current policy and to ascertain general membership
approval of that policy by majority vote of members present.
Open meetings will be conducted under simplified ýRoberts Rules of Order."
Members will be notified of open meetings through local newspapers and individual mailings.
At least two open meetings per year will be held with fair notice.
All rule changes must be voted on at the spring open meeting.
All proposed rule changes must be published and forwarded to members prior to the spring open meeting.
Section 7 : Protests
A protest may be made to the committee by an exhibitor, an agent, a trainer, or the parent of a junior member for any violation
of these rules. The protest must be:
Signed by the protestor
Addressed or submitted to the secretary of the H.H.S.A.
Accompanied by a deposit of $20.00 and received by the secretary within one week of the alleged violation.
Protests requiring immediate attention will be taken to the show steward for a decision, which must be made in accordance
with H.H.S.A. rules.
In the event the steward cannot reach a decision in regard to a protest, he must request a hearing through the H.H.S.A.
Such hearings shall be held within ten days notice to the concerned parties. All persons concerned shall be notified and
may, at their option, attend the hearing and may bring witnesses, sworn statements, or other evidence in their own behalf.
After the hearing, if the protest is upheld, final penalty will be handed down the H.H.S.A. committee. If the protest is overruled,
the deposit will be forfeited to the H.H.S.A. If the protest is sustained, the deposit shall be returned to the protestor.
Section 8 : Violations of Members
Inspecting the judge's card without permission of the judge is a violation.
No member may approach a judge before or after a decision without first obtaining permission from the show steward or the
No one will be allowed to abuse any animals or physically or verbally assault another person.
Members must obey penalties imposed by the H.H.S.A.
Riding, exhibiting, coaching, or training for the benefit, credit, reutation, or satisfaction of a suspended person is
Any violations (for which members may be subject to penalty) not covered by this set of guidelines, but which may occur
and necessitate action by the committee, will be judged according to standards prescribed in the current recognized show rules.
Section 9 : Penalties
Censure : Formal notification in writing and published in the H.H.S.A. newsletter recognizing that an offense has been
committed and by whom.
Suspension : The inability to participae in any form at any H.H.S.A. function, i.e., as an exhibitor, spectator, or participant.
The period of suspension shall be at the discretion of the H.H.S.A. senior executive committee. The terms of the suspension
shall be published in the H.H.S.A. newsletter.
Expulsion : The person(s) receiving expulsion from the H.H.S.A. will be unable to participate in any form in H.H.S.A. sponsored
functions permanently. The expulsion shall be a formal notification in writing and published in the newsletter.
Forfeiture : The person involved in the offense must return all trophies, ribbons and prize money in connection with offense
committed. Of the points earned by the involved person or animal, H.H.S.A. will take those connected to the offense of the
H.H.S.A. point book.
The executive committee of the H.H.S.A. shall be responsible for deciding which penalty is appropriate for a violation
of the H.H.S.A. rules.
Section 1 : Calendar Year
All eligibility will be determined as of 12/1 of the previous year. This includes both horse and rider eligibility.
Section 2 : Registration
All animals are registered for the current show season for a set fee, which will announced before the first H.H.S.A. show
of the current year. H.H.S.A. recorded animals are eligible for awards in all divisions for which they qualify. Registration
forms must be filled in with complete information to ensure correct awarding of points and inclusion on H.H.S.A. associated
shows' mailing lists. Registration forms must be filled out and all fees paid before any points will count. H.H.S.A. will
not be responsible for errors made because of failure of the exhibitor, owner, agent, or trainer to complete the registration
form correctly or to adhere to the responsibilities described in these guidelines, or to show an animal as registered.
Section 3 : Measurement
All ponies must have a current H.H.S.A. card or a current M.H.S.A, V.H.S.A, or A.H.S.A. measurement card. Cards will be
available at each registered show. Measuring will be done by a committee of three persons designated by the H.H.S.A. committee.
Ponies shall be measured shod or unshod. M.H.S.A., V.H.S.A., or A.H.S.A. measurement cards shall take precedence. All ponies
must be measured for a current card before they can show.
Section 4 : Divisions
H.H.S.A. recognized shows may offer any or all of the following divisions:
Leadline Large Pleasure Pony
Mini-Stirrup Baby Green Horse Hunter
Short Stirrup Equitation Pleasure Horse
Short Stirrup Hunter Pony Working Horse Hunter
Equitation 13 & Under Small/Medium Schooling Pony
Equitation 14-17 Large Schooling Pony
Equitation Adult Schooling Horse Hunter
Novice Equitation Green Pony Hunter
Small/Medium Pony Hunter Green Horse Hunter
Large Pony Hunter Junior Hunter
Small/Medium Pleasure Pony Amateur Adult Hunter
Section 5 : Annual Awards
Each year a permanent award and six ribbons are presented to the high point earners in each of the H.H.S.A. divisions.
For the leadline, a blue merit award will be given when the rider has accumulated 20 points. At that point, H.H.S.A. will
no longer record points in that division for that rider. Riders must accumulate at least 10 points to receive a red merit
and at least five points to receive a yellow merit in the leadline division.
In the mini-stirrup, short stirrup and long stirrup divisions, the riders will receive a blue merit award when they have
accumulated 30 points. After the rider has reached 30 points, no additional points will be tabulated. Mini-stirrup and short
stirrup riders who accumulate at least 15 points but less than 30 points will receive a red merit award.
In any hunter division, no under saddle points will count towards year end awards unless the animal also completes a course
in an over fences class in the same division at the same show.
To be eligible for annual high score awards, a horse or pony must be recorded with this association, and its owner(s) must
be a member.
If the animal is leased, the lease may be transferred between persons during the year without affecting the animal's score.
In the event of a tie, a high score award will be given to each of the tied competitors.
Two classes in each division are necessary for points in that division to count for H.H.S.A. annual awards.
Section 6 : Special Awards
HARFORD HUNTER SEAT : To be given annually to the first place rider in this special class. Junior riders must qualify for
the ride-off held at the last show of the season. Ribbons will also be awarded to 6th place. Donated by Richard Rhia.
UNITED STATES EQUESTRIAN TEAM BENEFIT CUP : To be given annually to the first place senior rider in this special class.
Ribbons will also be awarded to 6th place. Senior riders must qualify for the ride-off held at the last show of the season.
Donated by Richard Rhia.
HOWARD F. JEFFERSON MEMORIAL SPORTSMANSHIP TROPHY : To be presented to the junior member of the H.H.S.A. who exhibits outstanding
sportsmanship. Donated by Ruth Shope.
FREE STATE EQUESTRIAN CLUB, INC., MEMORIAL TROPHY : To be presented to the horse or pony that has accumulated the highest
total points in the open performance divisions. (Open includes pleasure, schooling horse hunter and schooling pony hunter).
RANDOM GUESS MEMORIAL TROPHY : To be presented to the horse or pony that has accumulated the second highest total points
in the open performance divisions as described above. Donated by the Gepp Family.
THE DAREDEVIL PERPETUAL TROPHY : For the small pony hunter champion. Donated by Hand Me Down Stables.
THE WINSOME PERPETUAL TROPHY : For the medium pony hunter champion. Donated by Kim Gibson.
THE TAJ MAHAL PERPETUAL TROPHY : For the large pony hunter champion. Donated by Phyllis and Sally Zinkhan.
JUNIOR HUNTER PERPETUAL TROPHY : For the junior horse hunter champion. Donated by Easy Riders 4-H Club.
GRANDVIEW FARM GREEN HUNTER PERPETUAL TROPHY : For the green horse hunter champion. Donated by Grandview Farm : Mr. and
Mrs. E.L. Dinning.
THE CRAMMED PERPETUAL TROPHY : For the working hunter champion. Donated by Donna, Steve, Cari, Megan & Brooke Sullivan.
THE MAXWELL VON KURTZBEINE PERPETUAL TROPHY : For the large pony pleasure champion. Donated by Dr. and Mrs. Theissen.
THE SNOWFIELDS PERPETUAL TROPHY : For the small/medium pony pleasure champion. Donated by Gallimaufry Farm.
THE GALLIMAUFRY PERPETUAL TROPHY : For the grand champion pleasure pony. Donated by Gallimaufry Farm.
THE SHANNONDALE MEMORIAL PERPETUAL TROPHY : For the pleasure horse champion. Donated by David & Cherie Stunkard.
THE ROSEMONT FARM PERPETUAL TROPHY : For the small/medium schooling pony hunter champion. Donated by Pat and Wendy Barnes.
THE TIFFIN PERPETUAL TROPHY : For the grand champion pony hunter in the regular division. Donated by Bonnie Tipton *Small
: Medium : Large
THE FOXFIRE PERPETUAL TROPHY : For green pony hunter champion. Donated by the Trouland Family
THE MONA LISA PERPETUAL TROPHY : For grand champion pony overall. Donated by the Clarendon Family
THE QUADRASKY PERPETUAL TROPHY : For grand champion horse in open divisions. Donated by the Bridges.
THE DEEP RUN WELSH PERPETUAL TROPHY : For novice equitation champion. Donated by Welsh Run Ponies.
THE COOL MEADOWS PERPETUAL TROPHY : For equitation 13 and under champion. Donated by Mr. and Mrs. Wade Gowl.
THE H.H.S.A. EQUITATION 14-17 PERPETUAL TROPHY : For equitation 14-17 champion. Donated by H.H.S.A.
THE SPLIT SECOND FARM PERPETUAL TROPHY : For adult equitation champion. Donated by the Scampton Family
THE STOCKTON SADDLERY AMATEUR ADULT HUNTER PERPETUAL TROPHY : For amateur adult hunter champion. Donated by Stocton Saddlery.
THE PEPPERMILL SENIOR SPORTSMANSHIP PERPETUAL TROPHY : Presented to the senior member of the H.H.S.A. who exhibits outstanding
sportmanship. Donated by the Peppermill Restaurant.
THE HERE NOR THERE PERPETUAL TROPHY : Presented to the grand champion overall horse. Donated by the Clarendon Family.
THE JARRETTSVILLE SADDLERY PERPETUAL TROPHY : For the short stirrup hunter champion. Donated by Jarrettsville Saddlery.
THE ROGREEK PERPETUAL TROPHY : For the baby green hunter champion. Donated by Donita Dietz and Michelle Deise Tauson.
THE AAZRAK MEMORIAL TROPHY : Presented to the registered Arabian or part-Arabian (minimum 25% Arabian blood) horse or pony
with the most points in all performance classes. Donated by friends of Ann McKay.
THE HUNTING GROUND FARM PERPETUAL TROPHY : Presented to the winner of the low adult amateur hunter. Donated by Hunting
THE CHILDREN'S HUNTER PERPETUAL TROPHY :Presented to the winner of the Children's Hunter. Donated by Mr. & Mrs. Frank
Section 7 : Exhibitor Responsibilities
Exhibitors are required to use the same name for their mounts at every show.
Exhibitors are required to wear the correct number.
Rider's name must be included on entry blanks. Adults must sign entry forms and should make entries when possible.
All exhibitors are required by Maryland law to show proof of a negative coggins test for any equine brought to the show
grounds. It must be current within 12 months of the date of the show.
All ponies must have a valid measurement card.
Juniors and seniors can show the same horse at the same show.
Exhibitors should be familiar with the requirements of point tabulation.
H.H.S.A. registered shows will set a three minute time limit when calling a class. Gate person, ring person, and/or announcer
must be notified of any legitimate tack change or class conflict. Elimination from the class will result if this procedure
is not followed. Exhibitors should make every effort to help the show keep moving.
Please leave the show grounds clean of trash and other debris, including stones or wood used to block trailer tires.
If the exhibitor has a question for the judge, he/she should first approach the steward.
Judges should not be harassed or insulted.
Unruliness, profanity, or any other serious loss of control by an exhibitor will be penalized.
Any exhibitor who is in debt to an H.H.S.A. show or the H.H.S.A. itself will not be allowed to participate in any H.H.S.A.
functions until all debts are paid in full.
Martingales are prohibited in all under saddle classes and the pleasure division.
All stallions must be handled and ridden only by adults at all times.
Anyone mounted must wear approved hard hats and proper footwear with heels
All junior riders must wear, while mounted, an A.H.S.A. approved helmet.
All exhibitors must be neatly and appropriately attired for their respective riding classes (i.e., riding coat, riding
shirt, riding boots, etc., for hunter and pleasure).
Chaps are not allowed except in the schooling division.
Senior riders may ride ponies only in the schooling, equitation, and green division.
All hunters must be serviceably sound.
The animal will be judged on an even hunting pace, manners, jumping style together with faults, performance manners and
way of going over the course.
A hunter course should be a reasonable test for a hunting horse with obstacles simulating those found in the hunt field.
It will be up to the discretion of the show management as to whether soundness is to be judged by trotting in a courtesy
circle or jogging back at the end of the class. In case of jogging back, all horses must be jogged back in the same complete
bridle as shown in that same class.
In any horse hunter division, no under saddle points will count toward year end awards unless the animal also completes
a course in an over fences class in the same division at the same show.
Championships : The champion and the reserve champion shall be awarded to two of the four horses that have acquired the
most points over fences. In addition to the points, only these four horses shall receive points for under saddle classes.
In case of a tie score, the championship and/or reserve shall be awarded to the horse that has accumulated the most points
over fences. If horses have an equal number of points over fences and no points under saddle, the tied horses shall be hacked
HORSE HUNTER DIVISIONS
Jump Height Combination Distance
Working Hunter 3'0" and/or 3'3" 24'-26'
Green Hunter 1st yr 2'9"; 2nd yr 3'0" 22'-24'
Baby Green Hunter 2'3" and/or 2'6" 22'-24'
Children's Hunter 2'3" and/or 2'6" 22'-24'
Amateur Adult Hunter 2'3" and/or 2'6" 22'-24'
Junior Hunter 3'0" 24'-26'
Schooling Hunter 2'3" and/or 2'6" 22'-24'
WORKING HORSE HUNTER : This division is open to all horses. To be judged on manners, jumping style, even hunting pace,
way of going, soundness, and suitability as a hunter. Riders will be offered a fence height of 3'0" and/or 3'3" as deemed
appropriate by the show committee.
GREEN HUNTER : A green horse is a horse of any age in his 1st or 2nd year of showing in any classes that require horses
to jump 3' or higher. Any horse that shows as a 2nd year green hunter will lose his status the following year. Green horses
are not to gallop. First year horses jump 2'9", and second year horse jump 3'.
BABY GREEN HUNTER : A baby green horse is a horse of any age in its first year of showing over fences at or exceeding 2'3".
May enter into any other division so long as the jump heights do not exceed 2'6". A horse eligible for this division may go
in the under saddle class only without breaking its pre-baby green status for the year. Baby green horses are not to gallop.
Simple courses are suggested, and horses may trot their courses without being penalized. Fence heights may vary 2'3: - 2'6"
at show discretion.
JUNIOR HUNTER - Riders in this division shall not have reached their 18th birthday as of 12/1 of the previous year. This
division is open to horses over 14.2 hands. The horse may be shown in other divisions at the same show and not necessarily
by a junior. Manners and suitability of horse and rider to be emphasized. Extreme speed to be penalized. Fence height 3'0".
SCHOOLING HORSE HUNTER : This division is open to all horses and to both junior and senior riders. Riders will have their
choice of two fence heights, 2'3" and 2'6". Riders and mounts may cross enter into other divisions where eligible.
AMATEUR ADULT HUNTER : This division is open to seniors on horses. Riders must be eligible under the A.H.S.A's amateur
qualifications. To be judged on manners, jumping style, even hunting pace, way of going, soundess, and suitability as a hunter.
Riders will be offered a fence height of 2'6". Riders may not cross enter into any other division jumping higher than 2'6:
in same show.
CHILDREN'S HUNTER : This division is open to children (18 years or under) on horses. Riders must be eligible under the
A.H.S.A.'s amateur qualifications. To be judged on manners, jummping style, even hunting pace, way of going, soundness, and
suitability as a hunter. Riders will be offered a fence height of 2'3" and 2'6". Riders may not cross enter into any other
division jumping higher than 2'6" in same show.
HUNTER UNDER SADDLE : To be shown both ways of the ring at a walk, trot, and canter. Eight or more entries, if available,
may be asked to hand gallop at one time. Judged on performance, manners, and way of going.
HUNTER OVER FENCES : To be shown over a minimum of six jumps in the ring. Judged on performance, jumping style, manners,
and way of going.
HANDY HUNTER : To be shown over a minimum of six fences. May be held in the ring or on an outside course. Emphasis on handiness
and promptness. There should be two changes of direction and preferably one combination. Entries may be required to trot one
**The above classes are just sample classes. Shows are not limited to these events.
GREEN PONY HUNTER DIVISIONS
A green pony is a pony of any age that has not shown anywhere over fences the regulation height or higher for its respective
division, equitation included. A pony eligible for this division may go in the hack class ONLY without breaking its green.
No under saddle points will count towards year end awards unless the animal also completes a course in an over fences class
in the same division at the same show. Juniors and seniors may ride ponies in this division. Green ponies do not gallop. Ponies
may only show in this division one year; however, ponies may simultaneously show in any other division.
Fence Heights: 2' and 2'6" : Rider's Choice
PONY HUNTER DIVISIONS
To be judged on performance, manners, way of going, style of jumping with emphasis on suitability as a child's mount.
The suitability of a pony to a rider shall be determined by the height and weight of a rider as related to the size of
the pony as well as the compatibility of the rider and pony.
Children eligible for the pony hunter classes shall not have passed their 18th birthday as of 12/1 of the previous year.
Juniors and seniors may ride ponies in the schooling pony hunter division.
Height Jump Height In & Out
Small 12.2 & under 2'3" 20'
Medium over 12.2 : 13.2 2'6" 22'
Large over 13.2 : 14.2 2'9" 24'
Small/Medium Schooling 13.2 and under 2' 22'
Large Schooling over 13.2 : 14.2 2'3" and/or 2'6" 24'
**Sample classes : see horse hunter
SHORT STIRRUP HUNTER PONY DIVIVION
Mounts not to exceed 14.2 hands.
To be judged as a hunter division, with emphasis on suitability and manners.
Riders not to have reached their 11th birthday as of 12/1 of the previous year.
Short stirrup riders may not cross enter into any other division with the exception of short stirrup equitation at the
Jumps not to exceed 18". Simple courses suggested.
Division will consist of two over fences classes and a hack class.
No under saddle points will count towards year end awards unless the animal also completes a course in an over fences class
in the same division at the same show.
Open to horses and ponies of any breed suitable for English riding and normally used for pleasure. To be shown in English
tack. Martingales are prohibited. Judged on performance, willingness and ability to give a safe comfortable ride, with emphasis
on manners. All animals must be serviceably sound. Pleasure competitors may not cross enter into nay hunter division jumping
that animal's height at the same show. Animals may compete in equitation, schooling, green pony, baby green horse, children's
hunter and adult amateur hunter.
Jump Heights Height
Small/Medium Pleasure Pony 2' 13.2 and under
Large Pleasure Pony 2' over 13.2 to 14.2
Pleasure Horse 2'3" and/or 2'6" over 14.2
Championships : To be straight points (all classes counted equally). The championship will be awarded to the two horses
or ponies accumulating the most points in their divisions. In case of a tie, the animals must have a hack-off to determine
the winner. (Shows holding pleasure divisions may not have two over fences classes.)
PLEASURE UNDER SADDLE : To be shown both ways of the ring at a walk, trot and canter. To be judged on suitability of a
horse/pony to purpose, manners, an ability to give a safe, comfortable ride.
PLEASURE TRAIL : To be shown over and through obstacles simulating those found on the trail. Judged on promptness and suitability
to purpose with emphasis on manners.
PLEASURE COMBINATION : To be shown both ways of the ring at a walk, trot, and canter. Judge to select eight if available
to jump two or more fences. To be judged on willingness, suitability to purpose, and ability to give a safe, comfortable ride.
PLEASURE OVER FENCES : To be shown over obstacles and fences that might be found on the trail. To be judged on manners,
willingness, and natural ability to jump.
Section 1 : Divisions Offered
Leadline : Not to have reached their 8th birthday as of 12/1 of the previous year.
Mini-Stirrup : Open to riders 10 and under as of 12/1 of the previous year.
Short Stirrup : Open to riders 10 and under as of 12/1 of the previous year.
Equitation 13 and under : Not to have reached their 14th birthday as of 12/1 of the previous year.
Equitation 14-17 : Have reached their 14th but not their 18th birthday as of 12/1 of the previous year.
Adult Equitation : 18 year and older as of 12/1 of the previous year
Novice Equitation : No age limit.
Section 2 : General Description
All ages of riders are determined as of 12/1 of the previous year.
Shows may hold one or all of the above divisions.
Adults may ride ponies in the adult equitation divisions and USET, suitability to count.
In case of a tie for champion in the equitation division, a ride off will be held to determine the champion and/or reserve.
Any rider not having control of his mount shall be dismissed from the ring and shall be disqualified from that class.
Judged on hands, seat and control of mount.
Riders may not wear chaps in equitation classes.
Fence heights to be as follows (rider's choice):
13 and under 2' or 2'6"
2'6" or 3'0"
Adult 2'6" or 3'0"
Short Stirrup Not to exceed 18"
Novice 2' or 2'6"
Section 3 : Leadline
Open to all riders who have not reached their 8th birthday as of 12/1 of the previous year.
Leadline mounts not to exceed 13.2 hands.
Will not be allowed to trot.
Leadline Walk : to be shown both ways of the ring at a walk with no leadline attached. May be escorted without penalty.
Leadline entries may not cross enter into any other division at the same show.
Section 4 : Mini- Stirrup
Mounts not to exceed 14.2 hands.
Mini-Stirrup riders may not cross enter into any other pointed division at the same show.
Open to riders 10 and under as of 12/1 of the previous year.
Walk/Walk Trot : to be judged on equitation and suitability of mount at a walk and trot.
Pleasure Pony : judged as a performance class on performance, manners, willingness, suitability to purpose, and ability
to give a safe comfortable ride at a walk and trot.
Section 5 : Short Stirrup
Mounts not to exceed 14.2 hands.
Open to riders 10 and under as of 12/1 of the previous year.
Short stirrup riders may not cross enter into any other pointed class at the same show, with the exception of short stirrup
See page 5 for merit award information.
Short Stirrup Walk : judged both ways at a walk
Short Stirrup Walk, Trot : judged both ways at a walk and trot.
Short Stirrup Walk, Trot, Canter : judged both ways at a walk, trot and canter.
Short Stirrup over Fences : over a minimum of four and maximum of eight fences in the ring. Jumps not to exceed 18". Simple
**Mini Stirrup and Short Stirrup classes shall be split at 18 entries or at show management discretion.
Section 6 : Novice Equitation
This will be open to all riders, juniors and seniors, who have not won more than three blue ribbons in any open equitation
class (any class judged on the rider), excluding 4-H and Short Stirrup. Seniors may ride ponies. To be judged on hands, seat
and control of mount. Division consists of one hack and one over fences class. Jumps at 2' and 2'6" rider's choice. Points
to accumulate toward a year end award. Show may wish to divide divisions into horses and ponies if entries warrant. Eligibility
determined as of 1st H.H.S.A show of the current year.
Section 7 : Long Stirrup Division
This will be open to any junior or amateur rider of any age. Riders may not cross enter between this division into any
other division at the same show. Points to accumulate toward a year end award. To be judged on equitation.
Pleasure classes may be added at the show management's discretion. These classes will be judged 50% performance and 50%
Walk / Walk Trot / Walk Trot Canter
Over Fences not to exceed 2'
Pleasure under saddle
Pleasure over fences
Championships : All classes are counted equally. Ties to be hacked off.
United States Equestrian