Performance of the horse Suitability of the horse and rider Appointments of the horse and rider Results as shown by the performance of the horse are not to be considered more important than the method used by the rider in obtaining them WESTERN The rider should sit in the saddle with the knees slightly bent and weight directly over the balls of the feet.
The stirrups should be short enough to allow the heels to be lower than the toes.
Feet may be placed in the stirrup at the ball of the foot or “home”.
Riding with only the toes in the stirrups will be penalized. The body should always appear comfortable, relaxed and flexible Reins are to be carried above or slightly in front of the saddle horn Riders should sit the jog.
The seat at the lope should be close to the saddle and going with the horse’s movement Walk/Trot 11 & Over These classes are intended for inexperienced horses or riders who are not ready or capable to lope/canter in a show setting.
The same horse/rider combination is not eligible for any classes other than walk/trot. This class will only show at the gaits of walk and jog or trot Any age horse is permitted Tack is to follow the specifications found in either the English Division or the Western Division of this rulebook If a horse/rider combination leaves this division during the year it cannot return.
However the points toward year-end awards will remain The judge may ask horses to back WALK/TROT 10 & UNDER DIVISION — Patterns are to be worked as stated, not as drawn.
The drawing is an aid to give a general idea how the pattern will look in the arena and will be posted at show. Markers will be placed on the rail at the center of the arena and 50’ from each end wall.
When a pattern designates a horse should stop after a marker, the horse should begin its stop only when beyond the marker Each pattern is drawn so the bottom of the page represents the end of the arena the contestants enter WESTERN RIDING “Western Riding is an event where the horse is judged on quality of gaits, lead changes at the lope, response to the rider, manners and disposition.
The horse should perform with reasonable speed, and be sensible, well-mannered, free and easy moving.” -AQHA WESTERN RIDING/SCORING Patterns are to be worked as stated, not as drawn.
The drawing is an aid to give a general idea how the pattern will look in the arena and will be posted at the show Any horse not following the exact pattern will be disqualified Using two hands or touching any part of the horse or saddle with your free hand is a disqualification A rider shall be penalized for failure to change leads including cross cantering, midway between the markers throughout the entire pattern, anticipating and or changing leads early, horse stumbling, rider losing a stirrup, or excessive use of aids such as talking, petting, spurring, quirking, or jerking of reins, ticking the pole/log, failure to start the lope within 20 feet after crossing the pole/log, break of the designated gait as per pattern A rider shall be credited for changing of leads hind and front simultaneously at the designated point, a accurate and smooth pattern, even cadence throughout pattern, easily guiding and controlling with reins and leg, manor’s and disposition of horse and for maintaining correct seat throughout pattern Reining and Western Riding patterns will be those designated by the MIHA, so as to be on the same MIHA schedule.
These can be found at www.miha.org and will additionally be provided by EWHA for each show.
Reining will be added to the showbill for even years (ie:2010) and Western Riding will be added to the showbill for odd years (ie:2011). OTHER BREED STANDARDS If something is not specifically addressed in these rules, then you may show and appoint your horse according to your breed standards.
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