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COSCA DIVISIONAL HIGH POINT AWARDS Division I Halter Horse of the Year (1st-5th) Division II Western Horse of the Year (1st-5th) Division III Hunt Seat Horse of the Year (1st-5th) Division IV Saddle Seat Horse of the Year (1st-5th) Division V Gaited Horse of the Year (1st-5th) The COSCA Divisional High Point Awards Program is open to all horses or ponies shown in any approved COSCA point class at a COSCA approved show. (*Except as noted below*.) Awards to be given to the top two (2) horses and/or ponies named CHAMPION and RESERVE that have accumulated the most overall points during the current show season.

These awards will be presented at a designated time at the COSCA Championship Horse Show or at a banquet. To be eligible, each horse or pony shall be individually registered with the secretary of each division of their choice.

There shall be no cross entering between Division III and Division IV.

Registration fee for each division is $10..

Name, sex, breed or type of horse or pony, and registration number (for registered horses or ponies) will be needed.

All registered horses or ponies must show under their registered name.

In the case of a horse/pony being registered in more than one breed registry, said horse shall count only one (1) breed class points earned that day towards said division.

Any remaining points earned in said division that day shall go towards the individual’s merit (COM) points. The name and address of the owner or lessee of the horse or pony must be submitted, and they must be current COSCA members in good standing, as well as all riders and drivers/handlers. Participants in the program do not need to send in their points.

Points will be kept by point secretary. COM fees still apply. All classes in which only the horse or pony is being judged will count toward this award. *Amateur, Youth Activity and 4H classes do not count for the Divisional Awards Program.

Please see HYPERLINK “http://www.coscaonline.com” www.coscaonline.com for a list of classes.* Points will be counted from January 1st of the current year, up to BUT NOT INCLUDING, the COSCA Championship Show. All points must be earned in COSCA approved point classes AT COSCA approved shows. Points will count as follows: 1st – 5 points 2nd – 4 points 3rd – 3 points 4th – 2 points 5th – 1 point Halter Championship – 2 points — 17.

Western Hack Horse – S/M/G 18.

Adult Walk-Trot Equitation/Horsemanship – 18 Yrs. & Over – H/P, E/W – S/M/G 19.

Adult Walk-Trot Pleasure – 18 Yrs. & Over – H/P, E/W – S/M/G 20.

Open Walk-Trot Pleasure – All Ages – H/P, E/W – S/M/G** 21.

Jack Benny Pleasure – 39 Yrs. & Over – H/P, E/W – S/M/G 22.

Open Indian Performance – Horse/Large Pony 13 Hands & Over – S/M/G 23.

Egg & Spoon – H/P, E/W – S/M/G (1) This class may be split by age; ie weanlings, yearlings, 2 year olds.

If split, all age groups must be offered.

C/F/G = Colts, Fillies, and Geldings. ***May be divided Saddle/Pleasure Type and Stock/Hunter Type. (2), (3), and (4) – May be divided into Saddle Seat and Hunt Seat, but cross entering will not be permitted at a show. (5) May be divided: Jr.

Western Pleasure Horse – Open – S/M/G. Sr.

Western Pleasure Horse – Open – S/M/G. **Non-point class _______________________________________________________________________ PAINT/PINTO DIVISION 1.

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Paint/Pinto Halter Horse – Stallions (No Breeding Stock)} 2.

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Paint/Pinto Halter Horse – Mares (No Breeding Stock)} May Be Combined (1) 3.

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Paint/Pinto Halter Horse – Geldings (No Breeding Stock)} 4.

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Paint/Pinto English Pleasure Horse – All Types (No Breeding Stock) – S/M/G (2) 5.

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Paint/Pinto Western Pleasure Horse – All Types (No Breeding Stock) – S/M/G(3) (1) May be divided by age and/or sex. (2) May be divided Hunter Under Saddle/Saddle Seat. (3) May be divided: Reg.

Paint/Pinto Jr.

Western Pleasure Horse – All Types (No Breeding Stock) – Jr.

Paints – 4 Yrs. & Under/Jr.

Pintos – 5 Yrs. & Under – S/M/G. — 16. 4-H English Pleasure – Horse – M/G} 17. 4-H English Pleasure – Pony – M/G – 58” & Under} May Be Combined 18. 4-H Western Pleasure – Horse – M/G} 19. 4-H Western Pleasure – Pony – M/G – 58” & Under} May Be Combined 20. 4-H English Equitation – Horse – M/G} 21. 4-H English Equitation – Pony – M/G – 58” & Under} May Be Combined 22. 4-H Western Horsemanship – Horse – M/G} 23. 4-H Western Horsemanship – Pony – M/G – 58” & Under} May Be Combined (1), (2), and (3): It is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that these classes be divided by ages 13 & Under and 14-18 Inclusive.

In order for points to count toward year-end awards, all age groups must be offered at the same show. **All Youth Activity Horse or Pony classes may be split as to horse or pony.

If a class is split, cross entering will not be permitted.

Ponies must be measured prior to entering any class that is split. ” ADVERTISING RATES 1 mo. 3 mo. 1 yr. Full Page $77.00 $203.50 $673.00 Half Page 43.00 112.00 316.80 Quarter Page 23.50 61.50 215.50 Five Inch (2 col.

Wide) 14.00 35.75 130.00 Four Inch (1 col.

Wide) 6.00 16.00 54.00 — All points must be earned in COSCA approved point classes AT COSCA approved shows. Points will count as follows: 1st – 5 points 2nd – 4 points 3rd – 3 points 4th – 2 points 5th – 1 point No ties will be awarded; Should a tie in points occur, Exhibitor that has the highest number of First Places will determine placing.

If this does not resolve the tie then the highest number of Second Place Awards would be considered.

This procedure would be followed through 3rd, 4th, and 5th places until tie is resolved.

Only exhibitors and specific classes involved in the tie would be considered unless the tie would fall into a category where multiple classes are tallied for the award, such as the Divisional, Amateur, or Youth Awards.

In this case all applicable classes would need to be considered. GENERAL RULES For those competitors who would be eligible by age to show in both Adult Amateur and Youth Activity: These competitors are required to fill out a declaration at the beginning of each calendar year stating their intent to show in either Adult Amateur or Youth Activity classes and file such declaration with the Point Secretary.

THEY MAY NOT CROSS ENTER. WESTERN The use of shoes other than standard horse shoes is to be discouraged and may be penalized by the judge.

Any horse showing evidence of altered tail carriage may be penalized. Reins shall be held in one hand and cannot be changed during performance.

The free hand shall not be used to support the rider by being placed on any part of the saddle.

When end of split reins falls on side of reining hand, one finger between reins is permitted.

When using romal or when ends of split reins are held in hand not used for reining, no finger between reins is allowed.

Rider may hold romal or end of split reins to keep them from swinging and to adjust the position of the reins provided it is held at least 16” from the reining hand.

Snaffle bits and bosals permitted on Junior horses.

Please refer to the Open Division for description of permitted equipment and method of holding reins. APPOINTMENTS: Entries must be penalized for incomplete appointments but not necessarily disqualified. Western attire: Riders must wear Western hat; long-sleeved shirt with any type of collar, trousers or pants, and boots; (a one-piece long-sleeved equitation suit is acceptable provided it includes any type of collar).

Chaps, shotgun chaps, and spurs are optional.

A vest, jacket, coat, and/or sweater may also be worn.

Protective headgear with harness (not required to be of Western style) is optional in all classes.

A side saddle rider must wear an apron of closed or button type with belt under loops.

It is suggested that an apron with waistband cut the same as chaps and double thickness, be used in classes where chaps are required. Tack: Entries shall be shown with a stock saddle but silver equipment will not count over a good working outfit.

There shall be no discrimination against any standard Western bit.

Jointed mouthpieces are permitted.

Horses shall not be shown with artificial appliances that would tend to alter their performance.

No wire, or other metal or rawhide may be used in conjunction with, or part of, the flat leather chin strap, which must be at least ½” in width; round, rolled, braided, or rawhide curb straps are prohibited.

A light lip strap is permissible.

Curb chains may be used but must be at least ½” in width and lie flat against the jaws of the horse.

Hackamore bits, cavesson type nosebands, martingales, and tiedowns are prohibited. COSCA ADULT AMATEUR HALTER HORSE – SADDLE/PLEASURE TYPE – Adults 18 Yrs. & Over – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings (COSCA Adult Amateur Card Required) Open to any breed or combination of breeds over 14.2 hands.

Breed horses exempt on height ruling. Horses to be shown in hand at a walk and trot.

Any type suitable headstall may be used.

To be judged on conformation, way of going, substance, quality, and manners.

Transmissible weaknesses and/or unsoundness to be counted strongly against animal.

Handlers must be appropriately attired for this class.

COSCA Rule COSCA ADULT AMATEUR HALTER HORSE – STOCK/HUNTER TYPE – Adults 18 Yrs. & Over – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings (COSCA Adult Amateur Card Required) — PART 1.

SHOWING REGULATIONS & GENERAL DESCRIPTION Section 1.

Eligibility.

In order to compete, all horses must be registered with the American Saddlebred Horse Association or the Canadian American Saddle Horse Registry.

They must be entered in their full registered names with registration numbers, and under the names of the owner(s) of record with the A.S.H.A.

Or the C.A.S.H.R. Effective 12/1/84: A copy of the registration papers showing proof of ownership, or a copy of the registration papers with a Certificate of Eligibility to Show issued by the American Saddlebred Horse Association must be submitted with entry form at the time of making entry; competition management is responsible for notifying exhibitors of this requirement.

EXCEPTION: Horses shown in a USAE Regular Member show prior to December 31, 1973. Section 2.

Type and Conformation.

The American Saddlebred is the epitome of the show horse.

He carries himself with an attitude that is elusive of description – some call it “class,” presence, quality, style, or charm.

This superior air distinguishes his every movement. The ideal American Saddlebred is well proportioned and presents a beautiful overall picture.

The animal should be in good flesh, with good muscle tone and a smooth, glossy coat.

Masculinity in stallions and femininity in mares are important and should be taken into consideration.

The average height is 15 to 16 hands and the weight is 1,000 – 1,200 pounds.

Any color is acceptable; the most prominent are chestnut, bay, brown, and black with some gray, roan, palomino, and pinto. Section 3.

General.

The American Saddlebred has clean, rhythmic, and fluid action which is straight and true.

Winging, interfering, traveling wide behind, mixing of gaits, and loss of form are undesirable. All horses must be serviceably sound.

Horses must not show evidence of lameness, broken wind, or complete loss of sight in both eyes. Horses may be shown in any class with unset tails. All horses shall be worked both ways of the ring at all required gaits as directed by the judge(s).

All horses chosen for a workout must be worked both ways of the ring in front of each judge, at any gait except the walk. An exhibitor is entitled to request only one time out per class. TO BE PENALIZED: Mixed gaits, unbalanced action, pulling, fighting the bit, tossing the head, carrying head to one side or going sideways, leaving hocks behind, strung out, wrong lead or cross-cantering, breaking of gait, winging, interfering, traveling wide behind, loss of form due to excessive speed, bad manners, exaggerated opening of mouth, carrying sour ears, bucking, rearing, balking, kicking, or not being under control. Section 4.

Appointments.

Horses shall be shown without artificial appliances (eg wired ears).

Inconspicuously applied hair in mane or tail, a tail brace and mouth controls are permitted.

In the event a horse has lost the sight in one eye, it must appear to have vision and may be shown with an artificial eye or contact lens.

Quarter boots are permitted in Five-Gaited, Fine Harness, and Roadster Classes.

In case of inclement weather, the use of polo boots or bandages may be permitted provided competition management publicly announces it before a class.

Any artificial change of color or markings (other than mane or tail) is prohibited.

Use of contact lenses or eye prosthesis for any other use than stated is prohibited. PART IV.

REG.

AMERICAN SADDLEBRED IN-HAND Sec. 1.

Judging.

Entries to be shown individually, standing, and at a walk and trot on the lead.

Horses must stand squarely on all four feet with the front legs perpendicular to the ground.

Rear legs may be placed slightly back but the handler may be asked to move hind legs up under the animal for inspection, Judged 50% on conformation and finish; 50% on way of going and natural action.

Undesirable traits must be penalized. Sec. 2.

Appointments.

Entries to be led into the ring and shown in bridle or halter without quarter boots, blinkers, blindfolds, or other appliances.

PROHIBITED: curb bits and tail sets on Weanlings and Yearlings. Sec. 3.

Attendants.

Only two people per animal are permitted in the ring.

Handlers and attendants must be neatly and appropriately dressed in clean and well-fitted clothes.

Each may carry or use a whip not exceeding 6’ including lash; the lash shall not have been altered in any way.

It must be a standard whip of suitable style.

Exception: a small empty paper bag, a small empty plastic bag, or ribbons may be attached to the whip.

The small empty paper bag may be used separately.

USEF Rule Sec. 4.

COSCA Award.

There will be one (1) high point award for In-Hand Horses.

Points will be counted from divided classes provided the division of said class offers equal opportunity for all horses to compete.

COSCA Rule REG.

AMERICAN SADDLEBRED IN-HAND – OPEN Entries to be shown individually, standing, and at a walk and trot on the lead.

Horses must stand squarely on all four feet with the front legs perpendicular to the ground.

Rear legs may be placed slightly back but the handler may be asked to move hind legs up under the animal for inspection.

Judged 50% on conformation and finish; 50% on way of going and natural action.

Undesirable traits must be penalized. Only two people per animal are permitted in the ring.

Handlers and attendants must be neatly attired with clean, well-fitted conservative clothes. USEF Rule PART V.

GENERAL – REG.

AMERICAN SADDLEBRED PLEASURE HORSES Sec. 1.

Introduction.

The Pleasure Horse should be a typical Saddlebred with quality, style, presence, and suitable conformation; prompt comfortable gaits, giving the distinct impression it is an agreeable mount to ride.

Easy, ground-covering action is desired.

Manners and suitability as a Pleasure mount are paramount.

Special emphasis is placed on a true, flat walk.

Transitions from one gait to another should be smooth and effortless.

TO BE PENALIZED: Laboring action; pulling, tossing head; going sideways and tail-switching. Sec. 2.

Ineligibility.

Horses shown in any class in the Saddlebred Division other than “In-Hand” classes are ineligible to show in a Saddlebred Pleasure Horse Class at the same show.

Saddlebred Pleasure Horses may, however, enter any class in other divisions for which they are qualified.

Horses shown by a professional in any class are ineligible to compete in American Saddlebred Pleasure Horse classes at the same competition.

Exception: Horses showing in Saddlebred Pleasure In-Hand, Model Classes, American Saddlebred Country Western Pleasure Classes and Hunter Country Pleasure Classes may be shown by a professional in an open breed class and then shown by an amateur in American Saddlebred Pleasure Horse Classes.

CROSS-ENTERING at the same show is prohibited between Show Pleasure and Country Pleasure. Sec. 3.

Tails.

Entries must be shown with a full mane and tail.

Tails must not be gingered, or put in any device which alters their carriage while on the grounds, before and during the show, as well as in preparation for the show entered.

The fact that a horse’s tail has once been set does not exclude participation.

Any animal with prohibited equipment must be disqualified from further competition and forfeit all entry fees and winnings. Sec. 4.

Artificial Appliances.

The use of artificial appliances or devices such as chains, shackles, rubber bands, blinkers (except when driving), or blindfolds is prohibited on the grounds before or during a show.

Any animal with prohibited equipment must be disqualified from further competition and forfeit all entry fees and winnings.

For definition of artificial appliances pertaining to Saddlebred Pleasure horses, please consult the current USEF Rule Book. Sec. 5.

Showing.

Classes are open only to mares and/or geldings.

Stallions are prohibited.

Horses are to be shown by an Amateur who is no longer eligible to compete as a Junior Exhibitor; or by a Junior Exhibitor.

Amateurs and Junior Exhibitors shall not compete in the same class except in championships and at shows where there are insufficient entries to fill two classes. AMATEUR CARDS will be required at all COSCA shows.

USEF Amateur Cards will be honored at all shows.

COSCA Amateur Cards will be honored only at COSCA shows that are not a USEF affiliated show. Sec. 6.

Division of Classes.

Classes may be divided according to: Sex or age of horse.

Height – 15.2 hands and under; Over 15.2 hands.

Sex or Age of rider. Sec. 7.

Appointments.

Entries must be penalized for incomplete appointments but not necessarily disqualified. English Equipment: A full bridle, pelham or curb, and English-type saddle.

For rider, informal attire with coat and hat.

Gaudy colors should be avoided.

Prohibited: A single snaffle, hackamore, martingale, or tie-down. Western Equipment: To be shown with stock saddle but silver equipment will not count over a good working outfit.

A side saddle shall be considered legal equipment.

Riders shall wear Western hat, long sleeved shirt and/or jacket with a collar, a necktie, kerchief or bolo tie; trousers or pants (or one-piece equitation suit is acceptable provided it includes a collar and cuffs).

Chaps, shotgun chaps or chinks, and boots are required.

A vest, coat, or sweater may be worn. PART VI.

REG.

AMERICAN SADDLEBRED AMATEUR COUNTRY PLEASURE HORSE Judging: Manners and suitability as a pleasure mount are paramount.

Transitions from one gait to another should be smooth and effortless.

Horses must be obedient with prompt transitions.

Special emphasis is placed on a true, flat walk.

Entries must be asked both ways of the ring to halt and stand quietly on the rail.

Horses must stand quietly and back readily in the line-up.

TO BE PENALIZED: Pulling, head tossing, laboring action, going sideways, and tail-switching. The Country Pleasure horse may be less showy than the Show Pleasure horse but should still be typical of the breed.

Easy ground covering action is desired.

In Western classes, a less elevated head carriage should not be penalized.

The Western horse should have more substance, especially in the quarters, be close-coupled, and have well-defined withers. Country Pleasure horses must be plain shod.

Permissible as plain shod shall be a shoe (inclusive of calks), which may be thicker at the heel and may include toe clips and side clips.

Also permissible is an eggbar shoe.

Not permissible as plain shod – bands, bars, pads of any kind, wedges, lead, springs, any attachment that extends below the bottom of the shoe, and any foreign substance not specified as permissible.

The sole and entire frog of the foot must be visible.

Any animal with prohibited shoeing must be disqualified from further competition and forfeit all entry fees and winnings.

Full mane and tail.

Braids, artificial manes, and tail switches are prohibited. USEF Rule — SUGGESTIONS TO SHOW COMMITTEE: Try to offer at least two (2) Appaloosa classes and space them to give exhibitors sufficient time.

Schedule the Pleasure classes prior to the Open Indian Performance – S/M/G Class in a show.

A minimum of five (5) classes should be allowed between the Pleasure Class and the Open Indian Performance – S/M/G Class.

If English Pleasure is in the program, it must be on the same day as (and preferably before) the Western Pleasure Class. HALTER CLASSES: Equipment: Horses to be shown in a halter only.

All tack shall be neat, clean, and well cared for.

Unsecured keepers may be used as long as at least two links of chain remain outside of halter before attachment of keeper or leather part of lead shank.

Violation of this minimum restriction shall result in disqualification from the class at the discretion of the judge(s).

As well, a horse whose mouth is found to be bloody shall be disqualified at the judge’s discretion.

The use of whips or bats of any type shall not be permitted. Attire: In halter, it is mandatory to wear appropriate western attire, which includes long-sleeved shirt, western hat, cowboy boots, and pants (slacks, jeans, trousers, etc.).

No skirts or dresses.

Chaps and spurs are prohibited. Class Conduct: Horses shall enter ring and be lined up at the discretion of the judge.

Entries shall be judged individually standing, and also at a walk and trot on the line.

Horses should stand squarely and naturally and are not to be stretched.

Exhibitors shall not be penalized for touching or moving a horse’s leg with their hands.

Horses must be handled and shown by one (1) person only.

Unruly or ill-mannered horses may be excused from the ring.

Emphasis shall be placed on type, conformation, action, substance, quality, and manners.

Transmissible weakness and/or conditions as follows shall be counted strongly against animals, such as impaired vision, parrot mouth, ringbone, spavin, thoroughpins, curb and bowed tendons.

Horses entered in all events must be serviceably sound and in good condition.

Small blemishes on account of accident, for example, wire cuts and brands, are not to be counted against the horse.

If a horse falls or an exhibitor needs assistance with a loose horse, they will not be disqualified from the class. REGISTERED APPALOOSA HALTER HORSE – All Ages – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings Entries shall be judged individually standing, and also at a walk and trot on the line.

Horses shall be led directly to and away from the judge.

Additionally, the judge shall inspect the trot from a direct side angle.

Horses will be lined up head to tail for individual inspetion by the judge.

The judge shall inspect each horse from the front, rear, and both sides.

Horses should stand squarely and naturally and are not to be stretched.

Exhibitors shall not be punished for touching or moving a horse’s leg with their hands.

Unruly or ill-mannered horses may be excused from the ring.

Emphasis shall be placed on type, conformation, action, substance, quality, and manners.

Horses must be serviceably sound and in good condition.

Small blemishes on account of accident, for example, wire cuts and brands, are not to be counted against the horse.

ApHC Rule YEAR-END HIGH POINT AWARDS: Classes at COSCA shows may be combined, split by sex or split by sex and age.

COSCA point classes shall be split such that horses may not cross enter.

Points from these classes will be combined for one (1) year-end high point award. ENGLISH PERFORMANCE Equipment: In all English classes, an English snaffle (no shank – conventional O-ring, egg-butt, D-ring or full cheek snaffle with bit keepers), kimberwick, pelham and/or a double bridle consisting of two (2) bits – a curb weymouth and a snaffle or bradoon (all with two [2] reins, no conversion strap) all with cavesson nosebands and plain leather browbands must be used.

The inside circumference of the ring shall be no smaller than 2” and no larger than 4”. In reference to mouthpieces, nothing may protrude below the mouthpiece (bar) such as extensions or prongs.

Mouthpieces may be two (2) or three (3) pieces. On broken mouthpieces only, connecting rings of 1 1/4” or less in diameter or a connecting flat bar 3/8” to 3/4” (measured top to bottom with a maximum length of 2”) which lie flat in the horse’s mouth are acceptable.

All mouthpieces must be a minimum of 5/16” in diameter with snaffles to be measured 1” in from the cheek with a gradual decrease to the center of the snaffle.

Mouthpiece may be inlaid, but smooth or latex wrapped.

Smooth, round, oval or egg-shaped, slow twist, corkscrew, single twisted wire, double twisted wire mouthpieces and straight bar or solid mouthpieces with maximum port no higher than 1 1/2” are allowed. When a curb bit is used, a curb strap or curb chain is required, but must meet the approval of the judge, be at least 1/2” in width and lie flat against the jaw of the horse. Bits of any style (pelham, snaffle, kimberwick) featuring cathedral, fishback, or donut mouthpieces; prongs, edges, or rough sharp material shall be cause for elimination.

Mechanically altered bits are illegal and shall be cause for disqualification. A bit cannot be physically or mechanically altered to increase the severity of its use and may be eliminated at the discretion of the judge.

Spring loaded bits are approved as long as they meet all bit specifications. A dropped noseband is prohibited in all English classes except jumping.

A dropped noseband shall be interpreted as a cavesson and/or noseband which is fastened below the bit or mouthpiece. An exhibitor may be required by the judge to remove or alter any piece of equipment which, in his/her opinion, would tend to give a horse or exhibitor an unfair advantage. Saddles must be heavy, plain, leather skirted (of hunt seat type) or forward (of hunt seat type) may have suede seat and/or suede inset or skirt and either leather or cloth lining.

Either, leather, web, cord, neoprene or linen girths are permitted. Saddle pads should fit size and shape of saddle, except when necessary to accommodate numbers on both sides for which a square pad or suitable attachment may be used.

Saddle pads and attachments shall be white or natural color without ornament. Optional Equipment: Spurs of the unrowelled type. Crops or bats. — Except in Roadster, Stock, Trail, Western Riding, Working Cow Horse, Hackamore, Gymkhana, Jumper, and Hunter classes, all horses shall be worked at all gaits both directions of the ring and otherwise as described by class specifications, and will be asked to reverse direction at either the walk, jog trot, or normal trot.

Judges are required to consider the performance at each gait equally in adjudicating performance classes.

At judge’s discretion, horses shall change from any gait to any other gait as listed in class specifications. Workouts will be judged as a separate class and horses must be tied for placings being considered in that workout.

Workouts may be called for by the judge for any or all placings.

All horses chosen for a workout must be worked both ways of the ring at any gait listed in class specifications and requested by the judge. Horses must come to the line up at the gait requested.

In the line up, horses must stand quietly and may be asked to back individually or as a group.

Horses not to stretch in the line up. Sidesaddles permitted for ladies in all sections of the Arabian Division; appointments to be appropriate for the seat ridden. COUNTRY ENGLISH PLEASURE CLASSES General. 1.competitors enter the ring in a counter-clockwise direction, at the normal trot. 2.

Light contact must be maintained with all reins at all gaits.

A judge may not request that gaits be performed only on the snaffle or curb. 3.

Judge(s) are required to consider the performance at each gait equally in adjudicating this class. 4.

Cross entries are prohibited between the Arabian Country English Pleasure section and the Arabian English Pleasure and Pleasure Driving sections and/or informal Combination classes at the same show. Appointments. 1.

Bridle shall be light, show type, either single snaffle, single curb, curb and snaffle, or Pelham bit.

No martingales or tie-downs. 2.

English-type saddle.

No forward seat saddles allowed.

Girth either leather, web, string or suitable material. 3.

Informal saddle seat attire is required; no hunt attire.

Suggested are conservative colors such as black, blue, grey, beige or brown jacket with matching jodhpurs.

Day coat with jodhpurs also permitted.

Boots and derby, soft hat or protective headgear required.

Protective headgear may be worn without penalty.

Contrasting hats, vests and/or ties are acceptable. 4.

Spurs, whip or crop optional, at the exhibitor’s discretion. Qualifying Gaits.

It is imperative that the horse gives the distinct appearance of being a pleasure to ride.

A quiet responsive mouth is paramount.

All gaits must be performed with willingness and obvious ease, cadence, balance and smoothness. 1.

Walk, a four-beat gait: To be true, flat-footed and ground covering. 2.

Normal Trot, a two-beat gait: To be an overall balanced, relaxed, easy-going trot with elasticity and freedom of movement.

High action MUST be penalized.

Posting is required. 3.

Strong Trot, a two-beat gait: To be faster with lengthened stride, maintaining balance, ease and freedom of movement.

High action MUST be penalized.

Posting is required. 4.

Canter, a three-beat gait: To be smooth, unhurried, straight and correct on both leads. 5.

Hand Gallop: To be a faster gait, lengthened stride and controlled, straight and correct on both leads.

Extreme speed MUST be penalized. 6.

It is mandatory that horses be asked to halt on the rail, stand quietly, back and walk off on a loose rein. REG.

ARABIAN & HALF-ARABIAN/ANGLO-ARABIAN COUNTRY ENGLISH PLEASURE (Saddle Seat) – Open – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings To be shown at a walk, normal trot, strong trot, canter, and hand gallop.

It is mandatory that horses be asked to halt on the rail, stand quietly, back, and walk off on a loose rein at least one direction of the ring.

To be judged on attitude, manners, performance, quality, and conformation, in that order.

It is imperative that the horse give the distinct appearance of being a pleasure to ride.

A quiet responsive mouth is paramount.

USEF Rule — NOTE: Canadian horses born before January 1, 1985, must be registered with the American Morgan Horse Association, Inc.

Or have Canadian Morgan Horse Club registration papers showing an American registration number.

Canadian horses born after January 1, 1985, can be shown with Canadian registration papers as long as the papers do not state “Not eligible for U.S.

Reciprocity.” The Morgan shall be shown in all its natural beauty with a full mane, forelock, and tail.

Braiding is permitted only in Hunter, Jumper, Dressage, Sport Horse, and Carriage Pleasure Driving classes.

Braiding is also permitted in performance and equitation classes when shown under proper Hunter, Dressage, Sport Horse, or Carriage Driving tack and attire.

The use of any device in the ring, to alter the natural carriage of the tail or ears shall result in disqualification.

Rubber bands inconspicuously applied in the forelock are permitted.

The use of supplemental hair on the horse is prohibited in any class restricted to Morgans and shall result in disqualification from the competition, and all entry fees and winnings of the entry for the entire competition will be forfeited.

The Morgan’s form and movement in its distinctive gaits should be the result of selective breeding and good training.

Entries must be serviceably sound and in good condition.

Rubber or elastic (except on boots), attached in any way to the legs or hooves, shall not be used on the show grounds at any time. Type and Conformation: A Morgan is distinctive for its stamina and vigor, personality and eagerness and strong natural way of moving.

The head is made up of a straight or slightly dished face; big, prominent eyes set wide apart; small ears set rather wide apart carried alertly; small muzzle with firm lips and large nostrils; prominent jaw.

In body conformation the Morgan gives the appearance of a very strong powerful horse with great shoulder angulation and depth, short back, broad loins, muscular and well developed croup and with tail set in high and carried gracefully.

Head is carried proudly and neck slightly crested, meeting the head at a well defined throttle.

Legs are straight and sound with short cannons, flat bone, medium length pasterns and an appearance of over-all substance with refinement.

The Morgan ranges from 14.1 hands to 15.2 hands with occasional entries over or under. Shoeing Regulations: Borium or standard screw-in caulks are allowed.

In Classic Pleasure classes, horses may be shown with or without rim pads.

A rim pad must follow the inner and outer edge of the shoe and the connection at the heel must not be wider than any aspect of the shoe.

Rim pads are optional for use in the Morgan Horse Division Classic Pleasure Section.

The weight of the shoe, including rim pad, must not exceed 16 ozs., and the length of toe including shoe and pad must not exceed 4 1/2”.

In Pleasure (except Classic) Pleasure Driving, and Natural Park classes, shoes including pads (if applicable) must not exceed 18 ozs., and the length of the toe must not exceed 5” including pad and shoe.

In all In-Hand classes, Parade, Park Saddle, Park Harness, Hunter, Jumper, Combined Training, Cutting, Reining, Carriage, Equitation and all other Morgan classes there are no specific shoe weight limits but the length of toe must not exceed 5 3/4” including pads and shoe. Except for weanlings and yearlings which must be shown barefoot, horses may be shod or barefoot.

If shod, shoes must be open heeled without bars, turnbuckles and bands, or rocker bars or Memphis bars.

Weight attached to the exterior of the hoof or pad is prohibited. In all Pleasure, Natural Park and Stock Horse classes shoes including pads must not exceed 18 oz.

And length of the toe must not exceed 4 3/4”.

In all Morgan classes other than Pleasure, Natural Park and Stock there is no specific shoe weight limits but the length of toe must not exceed 5 3/4” including pad and shoe.

In Classic Pleasure classes shoes must not exceed 16 oz., no pads, and length of the toe must not exceed 4 1/2”. Please read the USEF Rule Book for qualifying gaits, appointments, and attire. After 6:00 p.m.

Formal attire is optional. An inconspicuous tongue-tie is permitted in all Morgan sections with the exception of Carriage Driving, Dressage, Hunter over Fences, Reining Seat Equitation, Western Seat Equitation, Trail, Reining and Western Pleasure. Junior Exhibitors are eligible to show in Amateur classes unless prohibited in the prize list. In Classic Pleasure classes, cross entering is allowed in all other English Pleasure and Pleasure Driving sections provided the toe and shoeing requirements of the horse are met. (Not mandatory to state in prize list.) Cross entering in all other classes is permitted. REGISTERED MORGAN “IN-HAND” CLASSES – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings (May be divided by show committee as to age or sex, but only one (1) year-end high point award will be given.) Sec. 1 – It is recommended that halter horses enter the ring at a trot.

Entries are to be judged individually, standing, then at a walk and trot on the line and must be serviceably sound.

Horses must stand squarely on all four feet with front legs perpendicular to the ground.

Rear legs may be placed slightly back.

Judge may ask exhibitor to move hind legs under horse for inspection.

Emphasis shall be on type and conformation with consideration given to horse’s ability to move correctly on the lead. Sec. 2 – Not more than two handlers, each of whom may have one whip, shall be allowed in the ring to show each horse in “In-Hand” classes.

Whip to be no longer than 6’ including the snapper or lash, with no appendages of any kind.

No other item of any kind shall be used inside or outside the ring.

USEF Rule Sec. 3 – “In-Hand” classes may include Weanling colts, Yearling colts, Two-year-old colts, Three-year-old stallions, Four-year-old stallions, Five-year-old and over stallions; Weanling fillies, Yearling fillies; Two-year-old fillies, Three-year-old mares, Four-year-old mares, Five-year-old and over mares (may be divided into mares that have had foals and mares that have not produced foals), Two-year-old and under geldings, Three- and Four-year-old geldings, and Five-year-old and over geldings. REGISTERED MORGAN ENGLISH PLEASURE HORSES (Saddle Seat) – Open To be shown at a walk, pleasure trot, road trot, and canter, with light rein, but still maintaining contact with horse’s mouth.

To be judged on manners, performance with proper cadence and balance, quality, presence, and apparent ability to give a good pleasure ride 60%; type and conformation 40%.

May be asked to back. USEF Rule REGISTERED MORGAN AMATEUR ENGLISH PLEASURE HORSES (Saddle Seat) – Adult and/or Jr.

Exhibitor This class is limited to Amateur riders.

A current USAE or COSCA Amateur card is required for exhibitors 18 and over.

An Amateur’s Pleasure Horse must show all of the tractability and willingness of the fully trained Pleasure Horse.

He may be somewhat stronger than a ladies’ or junior exhibitors’ horse, but must be completely cooperative and absolutely agreeable at all times.

A light mouth and a willing nature are paramount to the Amateur Pleasure Horse.

To be shown at a walk, pleasure trot, road trot, and canter with light rein but still maintaining contact with horse’s mouth.

To be judged on manners, performance with proper cadence and balance, suitability, quality, presence and apparent ability to give a good pleasure ride 60%; type and conformation 40%.

May be asked to back. USEF Rule (Points from the above two classes will be combined for COSCA year-end awards.) — Must stand quietly and back readily in the line-up.

Judged on overall performance.

UMH Rule OPEN YOUTH GAITED MOUNTAIN HORSE – ENGLISH OR WESTERN – MARES & GELDINGS ONLY Classes designated for youth are restricted to individuals who have not reached their 18th birthday as of January 1st of the competition year. Horses shall enter the ring at the show gait and proceed to the right, in a counter-clockwise direction.

The sequence of gaits shall be: show gait, Mountain Horse pleasure gait, trail walk, reverse, and repeat.

The judge may ask for one or more gaits to be repeated prior to calling for a line-up. Must stand quietly and back readily in the line-up.

Judged on overall performance.

UMH Rule OPEN GAITED MOUNTAIN HORSE EQUITATION – ENGLISH OR WESTERN – STALLIONS, MARES, & GELDINGS Open to Amateurs and Professionals.

Shall be judged both ways of the ring. Horses shall enter the ring at the show gait and proceed to the right, in a counter-clockwise direction.

The sequence of gaits shall be: show gait, Mountain Horse pleasure gait, trail walk, reverse, and repeat.

The judge may ask for one or more gaits to be repeated prior to calling for a line-up. Must stand quietly and back readily in the line-up.

Judged on overall performance.

UMH Rule Requirements for Equitation: High head looking forward.

Shoulders even and square with rib cage drawn up and out of the belt area.

Waist supple but not collapsed.

Buttocks tucked neatly and seated on seat bones.

Deep seat, close and in contact with horse.

Thighs and knees in close contact with horse, but not gripping.

Irons/stirrups at mid ankle when the foot is removed from stirrup.

Forearm(s) should be parallel to the ground.

Hand should be held over the withers.

The hands may not cross the neck while the horse is in motion for English.

One hand on reins, Romal or Split Reins (split rein is held with the index finger between reins only), for Western.

The touch of the rider’s hands on the reins should be light, yet clearly in contact.

An imaginary vertical line, drawn on the rider from the side view, would show a straight connection from the ear through the shoulder to the elbow, traveling down the body through the hip to the heel.

Good, quiet hands are paramount.

Thumping or kicking of the horse will be penalized.

Generally accepted standards for hand and body position while riding Saddle Seat or Western (split rein or romal) apply.

See below 1.

General.

Judges should note that the required Equitation Seat should in no way be exaggerated but be thoroughly efficient and most comfortable for riding the type of horse called for at any gait and for any length of time.

In Saddle Seat Equitation classes, riders should convey impression of effective and easy control.

To show a horse well, he should show himself to the best advantage.

Ring generalship must be taken into consideration by the judges.

A complete picture of the whole is of major importance.

An exhibitor is entitled to request only one time-out per class. (See GR833).

A judge must order from the ring any unruly horse or one whose actions threaten to endanger the rider, other exhibitors, or their entries. 2.

Hands.

Hands should be held in an easy position, neither perpendicular nor horizontal to the saddle and should show sympathy, adaptability and control.

The height the hands are held above the horse’s withers is a matter of how and where the horse carries his head.

The method of holding the reins is optional however both hands must be used and all reins must be picked up at one time.

Bight of rein should be on the off side. 3.

Basic Position.

To obtain proper position, rider should place himself comfortably in the saddle and find his center of gravity by sitting with a slight bend at the knees but without use of irons.

While in this position adjust leathers to fit.

Irons should be placed under ball of foot (not toe nor “home”) with even pressure on entire width of sole and center of iron.

Foot position should be natural (neither extremely in nor out). 4.

Position in Motion. Walk: slight motion in saddle. Trot: slight elevation in saddle posting; hips under body not mechanical up-and-down norswinging forward and backward. Canter: close seat, going with horse. Slow Gait: steady in saddle, no slap nor twist; legs straight down, intermittent calf pressure permissible; hands slightly raised, flexible contact, no sawing. Rack: seat smooth in saddle; legs down and slightly back, not thrust forward; hands low in motion with gait, not sawing but placement optional to individual rider and horse. — Neck – Very long, set high on the shoulder and relatively upright with fine throatlatch.

The neck should be shapely but without a pronounced crest. Head – Relatively small, short and refined with large eyes and small, well placed ears and a straight or slightly concave profile (a “Roman nosed” or convex profile is not desirable). Pronounced withers and a very deep and well laid-back shoulder. Proportionately short back closely coupled with a long hip and relatively level top line (moderately sloping croup not to be penalized). Legs – Correct from all angles with long forearms and short cannon bones in front and long, well-angled pasterns front and rear. Refinement of bone but not lacking in substance, especially in the chest, girth, shoulder, and hip. A relatively high-set tail, natural and flowing. When observed at rest or in motion, the horse must exhibit a natural presence and, when animated, extreme brilliance.

The horse must exhibit high carriage when showing or relaxed. General 1.

All horses shall be worked both ways of the ring at all required gait as directed by the judge(s).

All horses chosen for a workout must be worked both ways of the ring in front of each judge, at any gait except the walk. 2.

To be penalized: Over-bridling (ie, over-flexed, chin toward chest); mixed gaits, unbalanced action; pulling; fighting the bit; tossing the head; carrying head to one side or going sideways; leaving hocks behind; strung out; wrong lead or cross-cantering; breaking of gait; winging; interfering; traveling wide behind; loss of form due to excessive speed; bad manners; exaggerated opening of mouth; carrying sour ears; bucking; rearing; balking; kicking or not being under control.

Horses with head-sets behind the vertical must be penalized. 3.

BACKING.

Entries are not to be requested to back in the line up with the exception of the Country Pleasure, Ladies English Side Saddle, Western Pleasure and Show Hack divisions where backing is optional at the judge’s discretion. Judging Criteria. The specific type of class being judged determines the importance of each criteria in the final judging outcome.

The order in which each is listed in the class specifications determines where the emphasis should be placed.

For example: A horse placed first in a class judged on performance, quality, manners, and conformation could justifiably be unplaced against the same horses in the class judged on manners, quality, performance, and conformation.

The criteria considered are: performance, manners, quality, and conformation. Halter Classes. Halter classes may be divided by sex and age groups at the discretion of competition management Horses to be shown standing, at a walk, and at the trot.

Halter horses are not to be stretched or “parked out.” A horse is considered not stretched if all four feet are flat on the ground and at least one front and one rear cannon bone is perpendicular to the ground.

Horse’s weight evenly distributed on all four legs.

Emphasis shall be placed upon quality, conformation, and adherence to breed standards with close attention placed upon animated motion, flexion of the joints, and correct movement of the horse.

Transmissible weaknesses to be counted strongly against breeding stock.

Horses must be serviceably sound. The use of shackles, elastic stretchers or blindfolds on weanlings and yearling is prohibited on the grounds before or during a competition. NATIONAL SHOW HORSE HALTER – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings May be divided by show committee as to age or sex, but only one (1) year-end high point award will be given. Horses to be shown standing, at a walk, and at the trot.

Halter horses are not to be stretched or “parked out.” A horse is considered not stretched if all four feet are flat on the ground and at least one front and one rear cannon bone is perpendicular to the ground.

Horse’s weight evenly distributed on all four legs.

Emphasis shall be placed upon quality, conformation, and adherence to breed standards with close attention placed upon animated motion, flexion of the joints, and correct movement of the horse.

Transmissible weaknesses to be counted strongly against breeding stock.

Horses must be serviceably sound.

USEF Rule COUNTRY PLEASURE Description. The Country Pleasure Horse has less animation than the English Pleasure Horse, but should be typical of the National Show Horse.

EXTREME KNEE MOTION AND SPEED ARE TO BE PENALIZED.

The Pleasure horse must have comfortable gaits giving the distinct impression it is a true pleasure to ride.

Manners and suitability as a pleasure mount are paramount.

Horses shown in Country Pleasure (as well as Western, Hunter or Show Hack) are ineligible to show in any other NSH class at the same show except for Halter, Ladies Side Saddle and/or Equitation.

Horses shown in Country Pleasure, Western, Hunter or Show Hack may cross-enter among these classes. Class Specifications and Gait Requirements. The standard of excellence of the National Show Horse, is beauty, symmetry, and balance.

Balance features coordinated motion, with straight true folding action of the front legs with flexing hocks carried close together, producing a clean, rhythmic and fluid way of going.

In addition, the National Show Horse possesses animation, brilliance and extreme grace of movement.

UNDESIRABLE: Winging, interfering, traveling wide behind, mixing of gaits, shackled look and loss of form. The WALK: Judging at the walk is based on manners, quality and natural action; it is not used as a rest period.

The walk should be an elastic, ground covering and collected four-beat gait maintaining proper form and consistency in stride.

It should be executed in a brisk manner that is compatible with the type of class.

It should display the horse’s good manners, type of stride, and attitude.

The walk is relaxed. The TROT: The trot is a natural, two-beat diagonal gait in which the front foot and the opposite hind foot take off from the ground in unison and land simultaneously.

A balanced trot features coordinated motion with straight, true, shoulder motion of front legs, with flexing hocks carried close together.

To be performed at a moderate speed and collection.

The trot must be mannerly, balanced, cadenced and free moving.

Posting is required. The CANTER: A three-beat gait.

Smooth, unhurried, with moderate collection, correct and straight on both leads.

The horse must appear bright but relaxed.

It is acceptable, although not encouraged, for the horse to have a bolder, stronger canter in those classes where manners are not paramount or where speed at a qualifying gait is desired.

Ease of control, rate of speed, and collection may vary according to the class specifications.

Where manners are paramount, a slow, consistent rate of speed must be maintained with little obvious effort from the rider. Judging Requirements. To be shown at a walk, trot (strong trot in open classes only), and canter.

To be judged on manners, performance and quality.

Suitability of horse and rider shall be given consideration. Transition from one gait to another shall be smooth and effortless.

Light contact with the horse’s mouth must be maintained.

Special emphasis is placed on a true, flat walk.

Halting is not mandatory, however, entries may be asked to halt and stand quietly on the rail either and/or both ways of the ring at the judge’s discretion.

Horses may be asked to back at the judge’s discretion. Appointments. 1.

Bridle shall be light, show type; full bridle.

No martingale or tie-down. 2.

English type saddle.

Girth either leather, web, or other suitable material.

Hunt attire or equipment is prohibited. 3.

Informal English riding suits are required for Pleasure classes.

It consists of conservative solid colors such as black, burgundy, blue, gray, beige or brown with matching jodhpurs (contrasting jackets are permitted), and derby or soft hat.

Top hats are prohibited.

Gloves are recommended. 4.

Extremes of temperature or climatic conditions may modify the above dress requirements at the judge’s discretion. 5.

Spurs or whips are optional in all English classes. — 4.

Judges must consider all gaits in adjudicating the class. 5.

If bridles are to be checked, it is the sole decision of the judge to do so.

The judge may designate the steward to check bridles at the out gate.

Riders must dismount. 6.

Only one hand may be used on reins and hands must not be changed.

Hand to be around reins.

When end of split reins falls on side of reining hand, one finger between reins is permitted.

When using romal or when ends of split reins are held in hand not used for reining, no finger between reins is allowed.

Rider may hold romal or end of split reins to keep them from swinging and adjust the position of the reins provided it is held at least 16” from the reining hand. 7.

Horses shall be asked to back at the judge’s discretion. Personal Appointments. 1.competitors must be penalized for incomplete appointments but not necessarily disqualified. 2.

Riders must wear Western hat; long-sleeved shirt any type of collar, (exhibitors in National Show Horse, and Saddlebred divisions must wear a necktie, kerchief, or bolo tie) trousers or pants, and boots; (a one-piece long-sleeved equitation suit is acceptable provided it includes any type of collar).

Chaps, shotgun chaps and spurs are optional (riders showing at an Arabian, Half-Arabian, Morgan, National Show Horse, or Saddlebred competition must wear chaps).

A vest, jacket, coat and/or sweater may also be worn.

Protective headgear may be worn without penalty; not required to be of Western style.

Refer to USEF GR318. 3.

A side saddle rider must wear an apron of closed or button type with belt under loops.

It is suggested that an apron with waist band cut the same as chaps and double thickness, be used in classes where chaps are required. Tack. 1.competitors must be penalized for incomplete appointments but not necessarily disqualified.

Entries shall be shown with stock saddle but silver equipment will not count over a good working outfit.

A side saddle shall be considered legal equipment.

Tapaderos are prohibited. 2.

There shall be no discrimination against any standard Western bit.

A standard Western bit is defined as having a shank with a maximum length overall of 8 1/2”.

The mouthpiece will consist of a metal bar 5/16” to ¾” in diameter as measured one inch in from the shank.

The bars may be inlaid but must be smooth or latex wrapped.

Nothing may protrude below the mouthpiece (bar) such as extensions, prongs, or rivets designed to intimidate the horse.

Rollers attached to the center of the bit are acceptable, and may extend below the bar.

Jointed mouthpieces are acceptable and may consist of two or three pieces and may have one or two joints.

A three-piece mouthpiece may include a connecting ring of 1 ¼” or less in diameter or a connecting flat bar of 3/8” to ¾” (measured top to bottom with a maximum length of 2”), which lies flat in the mouth, or a roller or port as described herein.

The port must be no higher than 3 ½” maximum with roller(s) and covers acceptable.

Jointed mouthpieces, half-breeds, and spade bits are standard.

Slip or gag bits, rigid donut mouthpieces, and flat polo mouthpieces are prohibited.

Roping bits with both reins connected to a single ring at center of cross bar shall not be used.

Reins must be attached to each shank.

Any rein design or other device which increases the effective length and thereby the leverage of the shank of a standard western bit is prohibited.

Anything that alters the intended use of equipment as provided for in the description of appointments for a given class is considered to be an artificial appliance. 3.

Standard snaffle bits are permitted in any class on a junior horse five years old and under.

A standard snaffle bit is defined as a center jointed single rounded, unwrapped smooth mouthpiece of 5/16” to ¾” diameter metal as measured from ring to 1” in from the ring with a gradual decrease to the center of the snaffle.

The rings may be from 2” to 4” outside diameter of either the loose type, eggbutt, dee, or center mounted without cheeks.

If a curb strap is used it must be attached below the reins. (For illustration of acceptable curb chains and overall bit length see USEF WS3.) 4.

Hackamores are permitted in any class on a junior horse five years old and under.

A hackamore includes a bosal rounded in shape and constructed of flexible braided rawhide or leather and must have a flexible nonmetallic core attached to a suitable headstall with maximum diameter of ¾” at the cheek.

Attached reins may be of hair, rope, or leather.

No other material of any kind is to be used in conjunction with a bosal, ie, steel, metal, or chains (Exception: smooth plastic electrical tape is acceptable). 5.

Hoses shall not be shown with artificial appliances that would tend to alter their performance.

Curb chains and leather chin straps may be used but must be flat and at least ½” in width and lie flat against the jaws of the horse.

No wire, rawhide, metal, or other substance can be used in conjunction with or as part of the leather chin strap, or curb chains.

Rounded, rolled, braided, or rawhide curb straps are prohibited.

A light lip strap is permissible.

Hackamore bits, bosals, cavesson type nosebands, martingales, and tie-downs are prohibited.

A judge does not have the authority to add or to remove any of the standard equipment as specified above. 6.

Bandages and boots of any type are prohibited.

In the event of injury, the judge may permit a protective bandage. Snaffle or Hackamore Horse. A snaffle or hackamore horse is a junior horse and may be shown in a ring snaffle or hackamore with two hands (both hands must be visible to the judge) and may also be shown in a bridle (one handed).

A junior horse may be switched back and forth from a bridle to snaffle or hackamore (Arabians, Half-Arabians, National Show Horses, and Saddlebreds may not switch back and forth from a bridle to snaffle or hackamore). Qualifying Gaits. 1.

For performance criteria, see chart (USEF NS14). a.

Walk, a four-beat gait: True, flat footed and ground covering. b.

Jog-trot, a two-beat gait: Free, square, slow and easy. c. Lope, a true three-beat gait: Smooth, slow and straight on both leads. — POINTS All points must be earned in COSCA approved Novice Rider classes at COSCA approved shows.

No other points earned in any other divisions within COSCA approved classes will count towards Novice Rider points. Points will count as follows: First 5 points Second 4 points Third 3 points Fourth 2 points Fifth 1 point Novice Rider and Showmanship classes will not count towards any high point awards! – eg COM, Year-end High Point Awards, Horse or Pony of the Year, Youth Activity High Point Awards. CROSS ENTERING – NOVICE RIDERS Novice division classes only – Novice riders MAY CROSS ENTER between Novice Walk Trot and Novice Canter classes at any time within any show during a show season at their discretion while they are an eligible Novice Rider.

Riders will not be penalized for showing Novice Walk Trot after entering a Novice Canter class. Only Novice Walk/Trot riders can enter in Novice Walk/Trot/Canter classes.

If they have applied for a Novice Canter card, they can NOT got back into Novice Walk/Trot classes. All other NON-NOVICE COSCA Approved classes – all other COSCA class rules apply to Novice riders entering these classes outside of the Novice division. HORSE/PONY ELIGIBILITY To encourage participation and ensure the safety of exhibitors, novice riders are eligible to ride horses/ponies that are shown in canter classes at the same show by other riders as long as the following apply: 1.

The horse/pony is not shown in a canter class by the Novice rider unless rider and the horse/pony qualify to show canter divisions. 2.

If Novice rider is not qualified to show canter divisions, said horse/pony may be shown by an exhibitor who is qualified to show canter divisions. Novice riders are allowed to show different horses within the Novice division classes.

For Example: Rider takes horse A into Novice Walk Trot and horse B into Novice Canter. All class specifications to stay the same. NOVICE RIDER SUB-CATEGORIES AND ELIGIBILITY Novice Walk-Trot Novice Canter Each sub-category will have a separate card.

It is not required that exhibitors complete the Novice Walk-Trot category to be eligible for Novice Canter, however exhibitors who apply for and receive a Novice Canter card may not cross enter into COSCA Walk-Trot classes of any kind. ELIGIBILITY FOR NOVICE WALK-TROT Open to exhibitors of all ages.

To be eligible for a Novice Walk-Trot card, exhibitors cannot have earned more than 25 points in COSCA approved walk-trot classes and cannot have shown in COSCA approved classes requiring a canter. Upon receipt of the Novice Walk-Trot card, exhibitors may show in Novice Rider Division Walk-Trot classes as well as any COSCA approved Walk-Trot classes with which they meet the requirements (ie Adult Walk-Trot and Adult Walk-Trot Equitation/Horsemanship).

Once an exhibitor has earned 25 points in COSCA approved point classes, they will no longer be eligible to participate in Novice Walk-Trot classes in subsequent years, but may continue to compete in Novice Walk-Trot classes for the current year.

If an exhibitor has pointed out in Novice Walk/Trot during the previous show season, they can NOT enter in any Novice Walk/Trot classes. Exhibitors completing their 25 point requirement for Novice Walk-Trot may choose to continue showing Adult Walk-Trot Pleasure and Adult Walk-Trot Equitation/Horsemanship – OR – they may begin showing any of the COSCA approved canter classes, including but not limited to Novice Canter classes, but they may not cross enter the Adult Walk-Trot Pleasure and Adult Walk-Trot Equitation/Horsemanship classes to canter classes within the same show. Upon accumulation of 25 points in Novice Walk-Trot classes, a Certificate of Achievement will be awarded. ELIGIBILITY FOR NOVICE CANTER Open to exhibitors of all ages.

To be eligible for a Novice Canter card, exhibitors cannot have earned more than 25 points in COSCA approved classes requiring a canter.

It is not required that exhibitors apply for and complete the point requirement for a Novice Walk-Trot card before applying for the Novice Canter card.

However, no Novice Canter cards will be issued to any exhibitors holding a Novice Walk-Trot card with less than the required 25 points. Upon receipt of the Novice Canter card, exhibitors may show in Novice Canter Division classes as well as any COSCA approved Canter classes with which they meet the requirements.

Once an exhibitor has earned 25 points in COSCA approved point classes, they will no longer be eligible to participate in Novice Canter classes in subsequent years, but may continue to compete in Novice Canter classes for the current year.

Exhibitors holding a Novice Canter card for the current year may not show in any COSCA approved Walk-Trot classes. Upon accumulation of 25 points in Novice Canter classes, a Certificate of Achievement will be awarded. POINTS All points must be earned in COSCA approved point classes at COSCA approved shows.

Points will count as follows: First 5 points Second 4 points Third 3 points Fourth 2 points Fifth 1 point Novice Rider classes will not count towards any high point awards! – eg COM, Year-end High Point Awards, Horse or Pony of the Year, Youth Activity High Point Awards. — NOVICE RIDER ENGLISH PLEASURE – Open – Horse or Pony – Mares & Geldings (COSCA Novice Card Required) Open to horses or ponies of any breed or combination of breeds. To be ridden on a reasonably loose rein without loss of contact and to be shown at a walk, trot, and canter.

Must stand quietly and back readily.

To be judged on manners, performance, soundness, quality, and suitability to rider. Use of full bridle, pelham, kimberwick, or snaffle bit is optional.

Martingales prohibited. May be divided 17 yrs. & under, and 18 yrs. & over.

COSCA Rule OPEN DIVISION English Road Hack Horses, English Bridle Path Horses and English Pleasure Horses – Open may be divided into Saddle Seat and Hunt Seat, but cross entering will not be permitted at a show.

Miniature Horses are not permitted. Saddle Seat attire: Suggested are conservative colors such as black, blue, gray, beige, or brown jacket with matching jodhpurs.

Day coat with jodhpurs also permitted.

Derby or soft hat required.

Contrasting vest and/or ties are acceptable.

Spurs, whip, or crop optional at the exhibitor’s discretion. Hunt Seat attire: Riders should wear coats of any tweed or Melton for hunting (conservative wash jackets in season), breeches or jodhpurs and boots.

Conservative colored protective headgear is mandatory.

Spurs, crops or bats are optional at the exhibitor’s discretion. Ladies’ Side Saddle attire and appointments: 1.

Bridle: See USEF Rules AR120.1, AR128.1, AR132, AR136.1, and AR187.2.

Appropriate bridle of style depicted by a period costume is also acceptable. 2.

Martingales or tie downs are prohibited. 3.

Saddle: Appropriate side saddle, either English or Western style. 4.

Attire: English (hunt, show hack, or saddle seat).

A short-sleeved (long-sleeved if western), and skirt, divided skirt or apron, hat, and boots are required.

For specific recommendations regarding attire refer to USEF Rules WS104.2 and 3904.3 (Western), HU121 (Hunter).

Period attire is also acceptable and encouraged to be researched as to the authenticity of the entire costume.

Hat and boots required.

Protective headgear may be worn without penalty (see GR318). 5.

Spur, whip, or crop optional, at the exhibitor’s discretion. 6.competitors must be penalized for incomplete appointments but not necessarily disqualified.

Protective headgear may be worn without penalty (see GR318). Western attire: Riders must wear Western hat; long-sleeved shirt with any type of collar, trousers or pants, and boots; (a one-piece long-sleeved equitation suit is acceptable provided it includes any type of collar).

Chaps, shotgun chaps and spurs are optional.

A vest, jacket, coat and/or sweater may also be worn.

A side saddle rider must wear an apron of closed or button type with belt under loops.

It is suggested that an apron with waistband cut the same as chaps and double thickness, be used in classes where chaps are required. Protective headgear with harness is optional in all classes, not required to be of Western style. Appointments for Western classes are as follows: Tack: Entries shall be shown with stock saddle but silver equipment will not count over a good working outfit.

A side saddle shall be considered legal equipment.

There shall be no discrimination against any standard Western bit.

Nothing may protrude below the mouthpiece (bar); such as, extensions, prongs, or rivets designed to intimidate the horse.

Rollers attached to the center of the bit are acceptable, and may extend below the bar.

Jointed mouthpieces are acceptable and may consist of two or three pieces and may have one or two joints.

A three-piece mouthpiece may include a connecting ring of 1 1/4” or less in diameter or which lies flat in the mouth, or a roller or port.

Jointed mouthpieces, half-breeds, and spade bits are standard.

Slip or gag bits are prohibited.

Roping bits with both reins connected to a single rein at center of cross bar shall not be used.

Reins must be attached to each shank. Standard snaffle bits are permitted in any class on a junior horse.

A standard snaffle bit is defined as a center jointed single, rounded, unwrapped smooth mouthpiece of 5/16” to 3/4″ diameter metal as measured from ring to 1” in from the ring with a gradual decrease to the center of the snaffle.

The rings may be from 2” to 4” outside diameter of either the loose type, eggbutt, dee, or center mounted without cheeks.

If a curb strap is used it must be attached below the reins. Hackamores are permitted in any class on a junior horse.

A hackamore includes a bosal rounded in shape and constructed of braided rawhide or leather and must have a flexible nonmetallic core attached to a suitable headstall.

Attached reins may be of hair, rope or leather.

No other material of any kind is to be used in conjunction with a bosal, ie steel, metal or chains (exception: smooth plastic electrical tape is acceptable.) OPEN HALTER HORSE – 2 Yrs. & Under – Colts, Fillies, & Geldings – English or Western Open to any breed or combination of breeds, two years old or younger as of January 1st of the current year. Class may be split by age; ie weanlings, yearlings, 2-year olds. Horses to be shown in hand at walk and trot.

Any type suitable headstall may be used.

To be judged on conformation, action, substance, quality, and manners.

Transmissible weaknesses and/or unsoundness to be counted strongly against animal.

Handlers should be appropriately attired for this class. COSCA Rule NOTE: This class may be divided Saddle/Pleasure Type and Stock/Hunter Type.

Points will revert back to the combined class for one (1) year-end high point award. OPEN HALTER HORSE – 3 Yrs. & Over – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings – English or Western Open to any breed or combination of breeds, three years old or older as of January 1st of the current year. Horses to be shown in hand at walk and trot.

Any type suitable headstall may be used.

To be judged on conformation, action, substance, quality, and manners.

Transmissible weaknesses and/or unsoundness to be counted strongly against animal.

Handlers should be appropriately attired for this class. COSCA Rule — Dress – Informal attire consisting of solid color saddle suit (day coats permitted) and derby or soft hat.

Formal attire consisting of dark colored riding habit and accessories or dark tuxedo type jacket and jodhpurs to match with top hat and gloves or colored formal jacket with black jodhpurs and derby or top hat and gloves.

Spurs, gloves (informal attire), whip or crop optional. SHOEING: Stock & Hunter – The use of shoes other than standard horse shoes is to be discouraged and may be penalized by the judge.

Use of wedge pad is permitted.

Toe length not to exceed 4 1/2” including shoe and pad; weight of shoe not to exceed 12 oz. Pleasure type horse may be shod with a 14 oz.

Shoe of any type or configuration, except a connecting bar extending below the shoe to both heels.

One single pad.

Maximum overall hoof length, including the shoe and pad, shall be 5”. Saddle type horse – There shall be no limitations on the length of the toe, weight of shoe, number of pads, or use of lead or weight.

Bands or other devices on the hoof are options. REG.

PAINT/PINTO HALTER HORSE – All Ages (No Breeding Stock) – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings To be shown in hand at a walk and jog-trot.

To be judged on type, conformation, quality, substance, and soundness.

COSCA Rule YEAR-END HIGH POINT AWARDS: Classes at COSCA shows may be combined, split by sex or split by sex and age.

COSCA point classes shall be split such that horses may not cross enter.

Points from these classes will be combined for one (1) year-end high point award. REG.

PAINT/PINTO ENGLISH PLEASURE HORSE – All Types (No Breeding Stock) – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings To be shown at a walk, trot, and canter both ways of the ring.

Judges may ask for an extended canter or hand gallop.

Never more than eight (8) horses to hand gallop at one time.

At the hand gallop, the judge may ask group to halt and stand quietly on a free rein (loosened rein).

May be asked to back.

Entries are required to walk prior to execution of gaits.

To enter the ring at a normal trot.

Horses are to be judged upon performance, manners, conformation, suitability, and appointments. COSCA Rule YEAR-END HIGH POINT AWARDS: Shows may divide classes as follows: Reg.

Paint/Pinto Hunter Under Saddle – All Types (No Breeding Stock) – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings Reg.

Paint/Pinto Saddle Seat Pleasure – All Types (No Breeding Stock) – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings Points earned in a given class will revert to the Reg.

Paint/Pinto English Pleasure Horse – All Types (No Breeding Stock) – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings Class for one (1) year-end high point award. REG.

PAINT/PINTO WESTERN PLEASURE HORSE – All Types (No Breeding Stock) – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings Horses are to be shown at a walk, trot, and lope both ways of the ring on a reasonably loose rein without undue restraint.

The judge shall have the right to ask for additional work from any horse.

All horses considered for final placing must be asked to back.

Horses are to be judged on performance, manners, conformation, suitability, and appointments.

COSCA Rule YEAR-END HIGH POINT AWARDS: Shows may divide as follows: Reg.

Paint/Pinto Jr.

Western Pleasure Horse – All Types (No Breeding Stock) – Jr.

Paints – 4 Yrs. & Under/Jr.

Pintos – 5 Yrs. & Under — Back on the rail. Any combination of the above may be used for a work-off. This class shall be judged: 25% on Paso Corto; 25% on Paso Largo; 10% on Flat Walk; and 40% on manners, conformation, attitude, and way of going.

Attire shall be in keeping with the type of tack used.

USEF Rule REGISTERED PASO FINO COUNTRY PLEASURE HORSES QUALIFYING GAITS AND CLASS SPECIFICATIONS: 1.

Flat Walk, which is a true, evenly spaced four-beat, flat-footed, smooth gait executed with mild collection.

The horse’s head carriage is natural and relaxed. 2.

Corto, which is an evenly-spaced four-beat lateral gait with the horse going forward with free and moderately extended steps.

The steps should be even and the whole movement balanced and unconstrained.

A definite change of speed from the flat walk must be observed.

The rider allows the horse, maintaining light contact on the reins, to carry his head somewhat in front of the vertical and allows him at the same time to lower his head and neck slightly.

The horse should demonstrate pride, style, and enthusiasm, along with good manners and ready response. 3.

Largo, which is an evenly-spaced longer strided four-beat lateral gait with considerably more speed than the Corto, but without extreme speed.

The whole movement should be well balanced and the transition from Corto should be fluidly executed.

A definite change of speed from the Paso Corto must be observed.

The rider allows the horse, while maintaining light contact on the reins without leaning or pulling against the reins, to lengthen his frame and to gain ground.

Extreme speed, loss of form, cadence or smoothness shall be penalized. The Paso Fino Country Pleasure Horse should be a calm, mild-mannered, safe, using pleasure horse maintaining balance, ease and freedom of movement.

It must demonstrate flawless manners.

It must be absolutely agreeable to the commands and directions of the rider.

It is imperative that the horse give the distinct appearance of being a pleasure to ride with emphasis on the flat walk and smooth transitions.

It must at all times work on a very light rein without resistance and, although it should be athletic, may be energetic, and should combine style and spirit.

It must at all times demonstrate a quiet, calm and extremely tractable attitude.

It must stand quietly and back readily when requested.

Horses indicating aggressiveness, over-collection or excessive animation shall be severely penalized. This class is open to amateurs and to horses who have not been in professional training for thirty (30) days before the show.

Cross entering in any other class is permitted. This class shall be judged: 20% on Flat Walk; 20% on Corto; 20% on Largo; 10% on the back; 10% on appearance and way of going; and 20% on manners.

Special attention shall be afforded to form, smoothness, rhythmic constancy of the gaits and tractable attitude. PROCEDURES: The exhibitors will enter the ring to the right of the rail at a Paso Corto, and circle the arena in a counterclockwise manner.

Sequence of gaits will be: Paso Corto, Paso Largo, Flat Walk, reverse and repeat, then line up.

When requested by the Judge(s), the rider will back the horse out of the line up, dismount from the left side, walk around to the front of the horse checking the headgear and/or bridle appointments, then remount from the right side and return to the line up.

Rider’s style of dismount and mount is not to be emphasized; rather, emphasis is placed on the horse’s willingness to back in a calm controlled manner and to stand quietly. While executing all gaits, entries should space themselves to avoid bunching up and maintain their relative positions on the rail except to pass. APPOINTMENTS: The tack and attire are to be appropriate for Paso Pleasure Class, at all times neat, clean and in good taste.

Bits are not required in the Paso Fino Country Pleasure Class.

The tack and headgear for the horses may be of any variety that would be appropriate and practical for pleasure riding. Attire shall be in keeping with the type of tack used.

Where Western-style tack is used, riders shall dress as specified under requirements for Western attire described at PF130 USEF Rule Book with the exception that chaps or chinks are optional in this class.

Where English-style or Plantation-type tack is used, the rider’s attire shall consist of a long sleeved shirt, full length trousers, tailored jacket or vest, hat and riding boots.

Riders who use English tack cannot wear chaps.

Sweater vests are not allowed.

A tie is optional.

Women riders may wear skirts, culottes or gaucho pants that are long enough to cover the knees while seated in a saddle along with knee-high boots.

Jeans and baseball-style hats are prohibited.

No part of the official Paso Fino costume shall be allowed except for riding boots.

Exhibitors should remember that even though this is a Paso Country Pleasure Class, it is a horse show class and not just a ride for pleasure.

USEF Rule REGISTERED PASO FINO COUNTRY PLEASURE HORSES – Open The sequence of gaits shall be: Paso Corto, Paso Largo, Flat Walk, reverse and repeat, then line up.

When requested by the Judge(s) the rider will back the horse out of the line up, dismount from the left side, walk around to the front of the horse checking the headgear and/or bridle appointments, then remount from the right side and return to the line up.

Rider’s style of dismount and mount is not to be emphasized; rather, emphasis is placed on the horse’s willingness to back in a calm controlled manner and to stand quietly. This class shall be judged: 20% on Flat Walk; 20% on Corto; 20% on Largo; 10% on the back; 10% on appearance and way of going; and 20% on manners.

Special attention shall be afforded to form, smoothness, rhythmic constancy of the gaits and tractable attitude.

USEF Rule — Draw reins Rowelled spurs Standing or running martingale Prohibited boots, leg wraps, bandages and figure 8 or flash cavessons Rubber reins Slip on spurs REG.

QUARTER HORSE HALTER – All Ages – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings A halter class is defined as a class where the horse is judged based upon its conformation.

Conformation is defined as the physical appearance due to the arrangement of muscle, bone, and other body tissues.

Rating conformation depends upon objective evaluation of the following four traits: balance, structural correctness, breed and sex characteristics, and degree of muscling.

Of the four, balance is the single most important, and refers to the structural and aesthetic blending of body parts.

Balance is influenced almost entirely by skeletal structure. Class Procedure: Horses will walk to the judge one at a time.

As the horse approaches, the judge will step to the right (left of the horse) to enable the horse to trot straight to a cone placed at 50 feet away.

At the cone, the horse will continue trotting, turn to the left and trot toward the left wall or fence of the arena.

After trotting, horses will be lined up head to tail for individual inspection by the judge.

The judge shall inspect each horse from both sides, front and rear.

AQHA Rule YEAR-END HIGH POINT AWARDS: Classes at COSCA shows may be combined, split by sex, or split by sex and age.

COSCA point classes shall be split such that horses may not cross enter.

Points from these classes will be combined for one (1) year-end high point award.

Broodmare, mare & foal, get of sire, and produce of dam classes are COSCA non-point classes for year-end awards.

At shows which offer a full complement of halter classes and are approved by the American Quarter Horse Association, the grand and reserve champions in each sex division will be awarded an additional two (2) points and one (1) point respectively for COSCA year-end awards. REG.

QUARTER HORSE WESTERN PLEASURE – All Ages – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings YEAR-END HIGH POINT AWARDS: Shows may divide classes as follows: REG.

JR.

QUARTER HORSE WESTERN PLEASURE – 5 Yrs. & UNDER – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings and REG.

SENIOR QUARTER HORSE – 6 Yrs. & OVER – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings NOTE: If a show committee is unable to have both Junior and Senior Western Pleasure Horse classes in their show, these may be combined into one (1) class which shall be titled: REG.

QUARTER HORSE WESTERN PLEASURE – All Ages – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings.

Points earned in a given class will revert to the REG.

QUARTER HORSE WESTERN PLEASURE HORSE – All Ages – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings Class for one (1) year-end high point award. A good pleasure horse has a free-flowing stride of reasonable length in keeping with his conformation.

He should cover a reasonable amount of ground with little effort.

Ideally he should have a balanced, flowing motion.

He should carry his head and neck in a relaxed, natural position, with his poll level with or slightly above the level of the withers.

He should not carry his head behind the vertical, giving the appearance of intimidation, or be excessively nosed out, giving a resistant appearance.

His head should be level with his nose slightly in front of the vertical, having a bright expression with his ears alert.

He should be shown on a reasonably loose rein, but still have light contact and control.

He should be responsive, yet smooth, in transitions when called for.

When asked to extend, he should move out with the same flowing motion.

Maximum credit should be given to the flowing, balanced and willing horse which gives the appearance of being fit and a pleasure to ride. Class Requirements: This class will be judged on the performance, condition and conformation of the horse; however, a minimum of 20 percent of the judging shall be based on condition and conformation.

Horses to be shown at a walk, jog and lope on a reasonably loose rein or light contact without undue restraint. Horses must work both ways of the ring at all three gaits to demonstrate their ability with different leads.

Gaits should be asked for in the following manner: walk, jog, extended jog (at least one direction), lope with an increase in forward motion.

At the option of the judge(s), horses may be asked to extend the walk, jog or lope, one or both ways of the ring.

It is mandatory that a moderate extension of the jog be asked for in at least one direction.

An extended jog is a definite two beat lengthening of stride and covering more ground.

Cadenced and balanced with smoothness is more essential than speed.

Lope with forward motion will become the only gait recognized as a lope.

However, never more than the top 12 horses may be asked to extend at the lope.

Riders should sit at the extended jog.

Horses are required to back easily and stand quietly.

Passing is permissible and should not be penalized as long as the horse maintains a proper and even cadence and rhythm. Horses are to be reversed to the inside (away from the rail).

They may be required to reverse at the walk or jog at the discretion of the judge(s), but shall not be asked to reverse at the lope. Rider shall not be required to dismount except in the event the judge(s) wishes to check equipment.

Except for junior horses shown with a hackamore/snaffle bit, only one hand may be used on the reins.

And the hand must not be changed.

The hand is to be around reins, index finger only between reins permitted.

Violation of this rule is an automatic disqualification.

AQHA Rule Faults, to be scored according to severity and can be a cause for disqualification: — The object and purpose of the COSCA Youth are: To acquaint the young people of the Central Ohio Saddle Club Association with the structure, function, and workings of the organization. To assist the Young Show Person in making a successful transition into adult classes. To promote sportsmanship, discipline, and responsibility, both individually and through group participation. To enjoy horsemanship by developing a greater awareness of the variety of breeds representing C.O.S.C.A. GENERAL RULES: All Youth Activity (YA) pleasure performance classes are REQUIRED to have the usual COSCA payback. In all classes which require Western tack, a Junior horse or pony (5 years and under) may be shown in snaffle or bosal (see snaffle bit rules). Youth classes are open to horses or ponies of any breed or combination of breeds. For those competitors who would be eligible by age to show in Adult, Adult Amateur, and Youth Activity; they are required to fill out a declaration at the beginning of each calendar year stating their intent to show in either Adult, Adult Amateur, or Youth Activity classes.

This declaration must be filed with the Point Secretary.competitors may not cross-enter between these divisions. (a) Youth Activity classes are open to any exhibitor 18 years of age or younger as of January 1st of the current competition year.

The age of the youth as of January 1st shall be maintained throughout the entire year. (b) Stallions are NOT permitted in any youth activity classes. (c) TO THE SHOW COMMITTEE: It is strongly recommended to the show committee to split showmanship and horsemanship classes by age, making one class 13 years of age and under, and the other 14-18 years, inclusive, but may not exclude one class or the other. (d) English horsemanship may be split by age as described and/or type of seat shown, but may not exclude one or the other. NOTE: When this class is split by type of seat shown, the points will only count on the first class shown at that show. (e) Showmanship class may be split English or Western but may not exclude one or the other.

Only the points for the first class shown at that show will count. Saddle Seat attire: Suggested are conservative colors such as black, blue, gray, beige or brown jacket with matching jodhpurs.

Day coat with jodhpurs also permitted.

Derby or soft hat required.

Contrasting vest and/or ties are acceptable.

Spurs, whip or crop optional at the exhibitor’s discretion. Saddle Seat attire for showmanship: Long-sleeved shirt, tie, hat, jodhpurs and jodhpur boots are mandatory.

Gloves, vest and coat are optional.

Formal attire is not to be worn before 6:00 p.m.

And is not mandatory after 6:00 p.m. Hunt Seat attire: Riders should wear coats of any tweed or Melton for hunting (conservative wash jackets in season), breeches or jodhpurs and boots.

Conservative colored protective headgear is mandatory.

Spurs, crops or bats are optional at the exhibitor’s discretion. Western attire: Riders must wear Western hat; long-sleeved shirt with any type of collar, trousers or pants, and boots; (a one-piece long-sleeved equitation suit is acceptable provided it includes any type of collar).

Chaps, shotgun chaps, and spurs are optional.

A vest, jacket, coat and/or sweater may also be worn.

Protective headgear with harness is optional in all classes, not required to be of Western style.

A side-saddle rider must wear an apron of closed or button type with belt under loops.

It is suggested that an apron with waistband cut the same as chaps and double thickness, be used in classes where chaps are required. Tack: Horses shall be shown with a stock saddle but silver equipment will not count over a good working outfit.

Cavesson-type nosebands are prohibited.

Rope and curb-chains are optional.

One hand only to be used on split reins.

With Romal Reins two hands are permitted in correct position.

Two hands permissible with snaffle bit or hackamore. YA OPEN HALTER – 18 Yrs. & Under – Horse or Pony – English or Western – Mares & Geldings Only (It is strongly recommended that this class be divided by ages 13 Yrs. & under and 14-18 Yrs.

Inclusive.) (Year-end high point awards will be awarded by above divided ages.) Horses or ponies to be shown in hand at a walk and trot.

Any type suitable headstall may be used.

To be judged on conformation, action, substance, quality, and manners.

Transmissible weaknesses and/or unsoundness to be counted strongly against animal.

Handlers should be appropriately attired for this class. At the show committee’s discretion, class may be split as to horse or pony.

If a class is split, cross entering will not be permitted.

Ponies must be measured prior to entering any class that is split.

COSCA Rule YA SHOWMANSHIP – 18 Yrs. & Under – Horse or Pony – English or Western – Mares & Geldings Only (Strongly recommend class be divided 10 Yrs. & Under, 11-13 Yrs., and 14-18 Yrs.

Inclusive.) (Three [3] year-end high point awards.) To be judged on (1) grooming and fitting of horse, (2) appearance and grooming of showman, (3) presentation of horse and showmanship skills displayed in the ring.

When diagonal gait is called for in pattern, appropriate lateral gait will be accepted based on breed standards. At the show committee’s discretion, class may be split as to horse or pony.

If a class is split, cross entering will not be permitted.

Ponies must be measured prior to entering any class that is split.

COSCA Rule ATTENTION ANNOUNCER: Please ask the audience not to clap or make noise during Walk-Trot classes – wait until the class has been judged. (“Spotters” are required in walk-trot classes.

These should be responsible knowledgeable horse people over the age of 16 years.

Number of “spotters” to be determined by ring conditions and number of entries in class.

Parents may be utilized. “Spotters” are not permitted to converse or coach while in the ring.

No action must be taken by these “spotters” unless an emergency situation arises.) YA PONY & HORSE LEAD-IN EQUITATION – 6 Yrs. & Under – Mares & Geldings Only English or Western tack and attire permitted.

No side saddles permitted.

NO COSTUMES. The leaders shall be adult or child and shall not be considered in judging.

Animal should be led on a loose rein.

To be judged on rider’s seat and hands 60%; manners of animal 20%; general suitability of animal to rider, appropriate attire and equipment 20%.

No stallions permitted.

To be shown both ways of the ring at a walk.

Do not line up head to tail.

Both rider and leader must be members of COSCA to be eligible for points. (No money to be paid in this class.) Spurs and ropes are optional.

Chaps are optional.

Nosebands not permitted with Western tack.

Must be shown without artificial appliances (ie tiedowns, overchecks, tapederos, etc.).

Whips or bats allowed, but the length must not exceed 25”, plus a 4” cracker, or a total of 29”. At the show committee’s discretion, class may be split as to horse or pony.

If a class is split, cross entering will not be permitted.

Ponies must be measured prior to entering any class that is split.

COSCA Rule NOTE: This class will not count toward the YA All Around Awards. YA WALK-TROT EQUITATION – 10 Yrs. & Under – Horse or Pony – English or Western – Mares & Geldings Only English or Western tack and attire.

Side saddles not permitted.

Must be shown without artificial appliances (ie tiedowns, overchecks, tapederos, etc.).

Whips or bats allowed, but the length must not exceed 25”, plus a 4” cracker, or a total of 29”.

Once a rider has shown at a COSCA show (whether or not a point class), in a walk, trot and canter class, the rider is no longer eligible to compete in this class. Class must be worked the full size of the ring or arena.

Do not line up head to tail.

Rider only to be judged.

To be judged at the walk and trot on hands and seat.

May be asked to back in line up. At the show committee’s discretion, class may be split as to horse or pony.

If a class is split, cross entering will not be permitted.

Ponies must be measured prior to entering any class that is split.

COSCA Rule YA WALK-TROT PLEASURE – 10 Yrs. & Under – Horse or Pony – English or Western – Mares & Geldings Only English or Western tack and attire.

Must be shown without artificial appliances (ie tiedowns, overchecks, tapederos, etc.).

Whips or bats allowed, but the length must not exceed 25”, plus a 4” cracker, or a total of 29”.

Once a rider has shown at a COSCA show (whether or not a point class), in a walk, trot, and canter class, the rider is no longer eligible to compete in this class. Class must be worked the full size of the ring or arena.

Do not line up head to tail.

Horses to work both ways of the ring at a flat walk, and square even trot.

May be asked to back in line up.

To be judged 60% on manners and performance; 40% suitability, quality, and soundness. At the show committee’s discretion, class may be split as to horse or pony.

If a class is split, cross entering will not be permitted.

Ponies must be measured prior to entering any class that is split.

COSCA Rule YA WALK-TROT EQUITATION – 11 to 18 Yrs.

Inclusive – Horse or Pony – Mares & Geldings Only English or Western tack and attire.

Side saddles not permitted.

Must be shown without artificial appliances (ie tiedowns, overchecks, tapederos, etc.).

Whips or bats allowed, but the length must not exceed 25”, plus a 4” cracker, or a total of 29”.

Once a rider has shown at a COSCA show (whether or not a point class), in a walk, trot, and canter class, the rider is no longer eligible to compete in this class. Class must be worked the full size of the ring or arena.

Do not line up head to tail.

Rider only to be judged.

To be judged at the walk and trot on hands and seat.

May be asked to back in line up. At the show committee’s discretion, class may be split as to horse or pony.

If a class is split, cross entering will not be permitted.

Ponies must be measured prior to entering any class that is split.

COSCA Rule YA WALK-TROT PLEASURE – 11 to 18 Yrs.

Inclusive – Horse or Pony – Mares & Geldings Only English or Western tack and attire.

Must be shown without artificial appliances (ie tiedowns, overchecks, tapederos, etc.).

Whips or bats allowed, but the length must not exceed 25”, plus a 4” cracker, or a total of 29”.

Once a rider has shown at a COSCA show (whether or not a point class), in a walk, trot, and canter class, the rider is no longer eligible to compete in this class. Class must be worked the full size of the ring or arena.

Do not line up head to tail.

Horses or ponies to work both ways of the ring at a flat walk and square, even trot.

May be asked to back in line up.

To be judged 60% on manners and performance; 40% suitability, quality, and soundness. At the show committee’s discretion, class may be split as to horse or pony.

If a class is split, cross entering will not be permitted.

Ponies must be measured prior to entering any class that is split.

COSCA Rule YA WESTERN HORSEMANSHIP – 18 Yrs. & Under – Horse or Pony – Mares & Geldings Only (It is strongly recommend that this class be divided by ages 13 Yrs. & Under and 14-18 Yrs.

Inclusive.) (Year-end high point awards will be awarded by above divided ages.) (a) All entries will enter ring for rail work.

After completion of rail work the judge(s) may only choose to use the top 7 riders for pattern work if judge(s) feels individual pattern work is necessary.

Other riders can remain in the ring.

To be judged 100% on rail work unless pattern work is called for.

When pattern work is used, class will be judged 50% on rail work and 50% on pattern work. NOTE: Patterns are preferred for horsemanship classes.

If pattern work is used, once completed, the whole class, or just the finalists must work at all three gaits at least one direction of the ring. (b) The horsemanship class is to determine the riding ability of the rider and the judge(s) will bear this in mind at all times. Judging: Rail work to be judged at the walk, jog, and lope, both ways of the ring. Saddle must fit rider. Good hands are paramount. All movements of the horse should be governed by the use of imperceptible aids.

Exaggerated shifting of the rider’s weight is not desirable. Results as shown by performance of the horse are not to be considered more important than the method used in obtaining them.

Consideration shall be given as to the size of the rider. At the show committee’s discretion, class may be split as to horse or pony.

If a class is split, cross entering will not be permitted.

Ponies must be measured prior to entering any class that is split.

COSCA Rule YA ENGLISH EQUITATION – 18 Yrs. & Under – Horse or Pony – Saddle Seat or Hunt Seat – Mares & Geldings Only (It is strongly recommend that this class be divided by ages 13 Yrs. & Under and 14-18 Yrs.

Inclusive.) (Year-end high point awards will be awarded by above divided ages.) (a) All entries will enter ring for rail work.

After completion of rail work the judge(s) may only choose to use the top 7 riders for pattern work if judge(s) feels individual pattern work is necessary.

Other riders can remain in the ring.

To be judged 100% on rail work unless pattern work is called for.

When pattern work is used, class will be judged 50% on rail work and 50% on pattern work. NOTE: Patterns are preferred for equitation classes.

If pattern work is used, once completed, the whole class, or just the finalists must work at all three gaits at least one direction of the ring. (b) The equitation class is to determine the riding ability of the rider and the judge(s) will bear this in mind at all times. Judging: Rail work to be judged at the walk, trot, and canter, both ways of the ring. Saddle must fit rider. Good hands are paramount. All movements of the horse should be governed by the use of imperceptible aids.

Exaggerated shifting of the rider’s weight is not desirable. Results as shown by performance of the horse are not to be considered more important than the method used in obtaining them.

Consideration shall be given as to the size of the rider. At the show committee’s discretion, class may be split as to horse or pony.

If a class is split, cross entering will not be permitted.

Ponies must be measured prior to entering any class that is split.

COSCA Rule YA WESTERN PLEASURE – 18 Yrs. & Under – Horse or Pony – Mares & Geldings Only (It is strongly recommend that this class be divided by ages 13 Yrs. & Under and 14-18 Yrs.

Inclusive.) (Year-end high point awards will be awarded by above divided ages.) To be shown at a walk, jog-trot, and lope both ways of the ring, on a reasonably loose rein without undue restraint.

To be judged on performance 60%; conformation 30%; appointments 10%. At the show committee’s discretion, class may be split as to horse or pony.

If a class is split, cross entering will not be permitted.

Ponies must be measured prior to entering any class that is split.

COSCA Rule YA ENGLISH PLEASURE – 18 Yrs. & Under – Horse or Pony – Saddle Seat or Hunt Seat – Mares & Geldings Only (It is strongly recommend that this class be divided by ages 13 Yrs. & Under and 14-18 Yrs.

Inclusive.) (Year-end high point awards will be awarded by above divided ages.) To be ridden on a reasonably loose rein without loss of contact and to be shown at a flat-footed walk, collected trot (medium for hunters), and easy canter.

Must stand quietly and back readily.

To be judged on manners, performance, quality, and suitability to rider.

Martingales prohibited.

Attire may be either correct Saddle Seat or Hunt Seat Style.

Use of full bridle, pelham, kimberwick, or snaffle bit is optional.

To be judged on performance 60%; conformation 30%; appointments 10%. At the show committee’s discretion, class may be split as to horse or pony.

If a class is split, cross entering will not be permitted.

Ponies must be measured prior to entering any class that is split.

COSCA Rule YOUTH ACTIVITY ALL AROUND AWARD Points will be kept on one (1) horse/pony, one (1) rider combinations that have accumulated the most overall points during the current show season. The one (1) horse/pony, one (1) rider combinations with the highest number of points will qualify for a High Point All Around Youth Activity Award. In order to qualify for the Youth Activity All Around Awards Program the same horse/same rider combination must have shown at a minimum of five (5) shows offering Youth Activity classes and earned a minimum of twenty-five (25) points in said Youth Activity classes during the season.

Exhibitors may qualify more than one (1) horse/pony for an overall award. After the above criteria is met, all other applicable points in Youth Activity classes will be added. Awards are: 10 years and under 1st through 5th place 11-13 years 1st through 5th place 14-18 years 1st through 5th place No ties will be awarded; Should a tie in points occur, Exhibitor that has the highest number of First Places will determine placing.

If this does not resolve the tie then the highest number of Second Place Awards would be considered.

This procedure would be followed through 3rd, 4th, and 5th places until tie is resolved.

Only exhibitors and specific classes involved in the tie would be considered unless the tie would fall into a category where multiple classes are tallied for the award, such as the Divisional, Amateur, or Youth Awards.

In this case all applicable classes would need to be considered. 4-H SECTION GENERAL RULES: Horses or ponies may be used in the 4-H Division. The exhibitor in 4-H classes must be a 4-H member and present a current membership card or have their membership verified by a letter from their 4-H advisor.

This card or verification MUST be presented prior to exhibiting in the class.

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