Two handlers are allowed in the ring for tack changes.
Maximum 2 riders.
General Rules for each class clarification. Horses to be judged for Hunter under Saddle, then Western Pleasure and Barrel Race.
No horse may leave the ring once the class starts unless instructed by the judge.
Each segment to be judged as an individual class and the horse with the best average to be the winner. 133.comMAND CLASS The Command Class is a competition which exhibits the abilities of a well trained, responsive performance horse.
Exhibitors can show in either Western or English attire. Entries are eliminated, one at a time at the discretion of the Judge as commands are not executed correctly.
At no time are horses to be judged individually or one at a time to decide the class.
At no time are obstacles to be used to decide the class.
At no time are ring stewards allowed to partake in the judging or placing of the class.
The command to stop from the lope or hand gallop can be given only once in each direction. Suggested commands are as follows: stop, jog, lope, reverse (at any gait), back up, 360 degree turn on the haunches, 180 degree turn on the forehand, side pass (left and right), counter canter, dismount, mount, reverse flying change of leads (no more than 8 horses), reverse simple change of leads (no more than 8 horses), roll back, walk, etc. Examples of eliminations are as follows: failure to execute the command correctly, wrong leads, disunited, excessive speed, breaking gait, hanging up or turning sideways at the back up, circling for better position without being commanded to do so, moving when stopped, moving when mounting or dismounting, etc.
At the Judge’s discretion entries may be eliminated for poor execution of the command, ie taking too long to execute transition from one gait to another, horse opening mouth excessively at the back up, etc. 134.
REINING CLASS Either of the two (2) WHAO-approved reining patterns may be used and is to be selected by the judge of the class and used by all contestants in the class. (b) Each contestant will perform the required pattern individually and separately.
All horses will be judged immediately upon entering the arena.
Any fault incurred prior to the commencement of a pattern will be scored accordingly. (c) To rein a horse is not only to guide him, but also to control his every movement.
The best reined horse should be willingly guided or controlled with little or no apparent resistance and dictated to completely.
Any movement on his own must be considered a lack of control.
All deviations from the exact written pattern must be considered a lack of or temporary loss of control, and therefore faulted according to severity of deviation.
Credit will be given for smoothness, finesse, attitude, quickness and authority in performing the various maneuvers while using controlled speed. (d) Scoring will be on the basis of 0-Infinity, with 70 denoting an average performance.
The individual maneuvers are scored in 1/2 point increments from a low of -1 1/2 to a high of +1 1/2 with a score of 0 denoting a maneuver that is correct with no degree of difficulty. (e) The following will result in no score: (1) Abuse of an animal in the show arena and/or evidence that an act of abuse has occurred prior to or during the exhibition of a horse in competition; (2) Use of illegal equipment, including wire on bits, bosals or curb chains; (3) Use of illegal bits, bosals or curb chains; when using a snaffle bit, optional curb strap is acceptable; however, curb chains are not acceptable. (4) Use of tack collars, tie downs or nose bands;
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