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Open Horse Show

OPEN HORSE SHOW INFORMATION

Superintendents: Tina Decker, Bethany Aurin
For information call 970-846-7504 or 970-846-7883. The outdoor arena will be closed to any type of riding starting at 6pm Friday until the end of the RCFOHS.

High Point Awards in Each age division:
Champion English, Reserve Champion English, and 3rd runner-up English
Champion Western, Reserve Champion Western, and 3rd runner-up Western
Champion Gymkhana, Reserve Champion Gymkhana, and 3rd runner-up Gymkhana
Champion & Reserve halter awards
Youth Sportsmanship Award
 
Age Groups (as of January 1, 2018)
8 & Under
9 - 13
14 - 19
Adult 20-49
Adult 50+
 
Entry Information: Entries due (postmarked by) August 1. Late entries will be accepted until August 7 with a $10 late fee and must be hand delivered. Entries will be accepted the day of the show up to one-hour prior to the show start for the following fees: $15 per class, $20 office fee per person.

Mail entries with payment to: RCF OPEN HORSE SHOW, PO Box 1000, Hayden, CO 81639
 
Entry Fees & rules: $5 per halter class, $10 per riding class or three for $20, one time office fee $10 per person. Refunds given only with a doctor’s note veterinarian note presented prior to start of show. Class scratches/changes must be made in the morning prior to the start of the show. All fees must accompany entry form.
 
Stall Information and Fees: Stalls are limited! Reserve yours early. Horse stalls - $10 per stall per day. For reservations please call the Routt County Fairgrounds office at 970-276-3068. BRING YOUR OWN SHAVINGS. Straw is not allowed. This includes 4H’ers participating in the Open Horse Show! There will be no horses stalled in the Lockhart Barn after Tuesday, August14.
 
4-H YOUTH: If you are participating in the Open Horse Show you must pay for your stall during the RCFOHS. Your stalls for the 4-H shows do not require payment but you do need to pay for stalls for the RCFOHS. You must sign up for an Open Horse Show stall separate from the 4-H horse show.
 
General Rules and Regulations: Colorado 4-H Horse Rule Book & AQHA Rules Apply. Management will combine classes if there are two or fewer entries. Ribbons 1st thru 6th place. Points awarded through 6th place. Must show in a minimum of three events to qualify for High Point awards. (Example: for Western high point show in Showmanship, Western Pleasure, Western Horsemanship, Reining, Western riding, and or Trail.)
 
Points are figured on contestant/horse team. If entering more than one horse, each horse will receive its own number. Points given 1st= 6pts, 2nd =5pts, 3rd=4pts, 4th=3 pts, 5th= 2 pts, and 6th = 1 pt. respectively. Ties will be broken by contestant/horse team that earned points in the greatest number of events. Age is as of January 1, 2016. Halters can be used per breed of Horse for halter classes. Stallions prohibited in youth division. Halter classes DO NOT count toward High Point Awards. The gate will close for each class three minutes after the class is called into the arena. Under no circumstances may an exhibitor, parent, or spectator badger, insult or be argumentative with a judge, show secretary, ring steward or the show management. Any flagrant display may result in the exclusion of the exhibitor from competition and forfeiture of awards or expulsion from the show grounds for the person and or exhibitor. Only members of the show staff are allowed in the announcer’s booth. At any time while in the arena or on the fairgrounds a rider may be disqualified and or excused from the arena for abusing their horse, unsportsmanlike conduct, lack of control or any unsafe situations for either themselves or for others.
Routt County Fair Open Horse show Gymkhana additional rules: 4-H RULES APPLY; it is mandatory that HELMETS MUST BE WORN by contestants under 18 when participating in the gymkhana.
 
You will be disqualified and receive a no-time for the following: 1. Breaking pattern, 2. Breaking the Timer during your run. 3. Dropping the flag during the flag race, knocking the bucket/barrel over or hitting your horse with the flag. 4. Excessive punishment of a horse at any time shall result in disqualification for the duration of the Gymkhana. At any time while in the arena or on the fairgrounds a rider may be disqualified and or excused from the arena for abusing their horse, unsportsmanlike conduct, lack of control or any unsafe situations for either themselves or for others. Due to safety, running horses through the entry/exit gate will not be allowed. Violators may, or may not, be given a warning before being disqualified, depending on the severity of the violation. When entering and exciting the arena, contestants must have their horse under control and proceed at a walk through the entry/exit gate(s). No spectator, horses or riders shall stand within 30 feet of the entry gate, except the gate keeper. This area is for horses entering and exiting the arena. The only horse /riders allowed in the waiting area is that age group that is competing at that time.
 
Contestants are allowed some assistance when entering the arena, providing it is accomplished in a safe manner. Parents or guardians need to assist their children. It is NOT the RCFOHS staff’s responsibility to assist contestants. Excessive force or time will not be permitted. The current rider up must enter the arena within 60 seconds of being called or forfeit his/her turn. Riders may circle once in the arena before making their run. Only members of the Gymkhana/show staff are allowed in the announcer’s booth.
 
In case of a timer failure on a good qualified run, the contestant will be given a re-ride. The contestant can run again immediately or choose to run the re-ride at the end of their age group.

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 12

9am (OA)
Western Reining 50 and older

Western Reining 20-49
Western Reining 14-19
Western Reining 9-13
Western Reining 8 and under
 
Western Riding 50 and older
Western Riding 20-49
Western Riding 14-19
Western Riding 9-13
Western Riding 8 and under
 
Lunch Break
 
Gymkhana Events
Cowboy hat not required for speed events, 4-H rules apply and pattern sizes except for barrels. Barrels will be a high school rodeo pattern. In accordance with Colorado 4-H rules: Youth 18 & under must wear a helmet when participating in a Gymkhana event.
 
Routt County Fair Open Horse Show Gymkhana additional rules:  You will be disqualified and receive a no-time for the following: 1. Breaking pattern, 2. Breaking the Timer during your run. 3. during the flag race: Dropping the flag during the flag race, knocking the bucket/barrel over or hitting your horse with the flag. 4. Excessive punishment of a horse at any time shall result in disqualification for the duration of the Gymkhana. At any time while in the arena or on the fairgrounds a rider may be disqualified and or excused from the arena for abusing their horse, unsportsmanlike conduct, lack of control or any unsafe situations for either themselves or for others.
 
Due to safety running horses through the entry/exit gate will not be allowed. Violators may, or may not, be given a warning before being disqualified, depending on the severity of the violation. When entering and exciting the arena, contestants must have their horse under control and proceed at a walk through the entry/exit gate(s) No spectator, horses or riders shall stand within 30 feet of the entry gate, except the gate keeper. This area is for horses entering and exiting the arena. The only horse /riders allowed in the waiting area is that age group that is competing at that time.
 
Contestants are allowed some assistance when entering the arena, providing it is accomplished in a safe manner. Parents or guardians need to assist their children. It is NOT the RCFOHS staff’s responsibility to assist contestants. Excessive force or time will not be permitted. The current rider up must enter the arena within 60 seconds of being called or forfeit his/her turn. Riders may circle once in the arena before making their run. Only members of the Gymkhana/show staff are allowed in the announcer’s booth In case of a timer failure on a good qualified run, the contestant will be given a re-ride. The contestant can run again immediately or choose to run the re-ride at the end of their age group.
 
In the event of a tie, the tie will be broken by the fastest combined time of all the Gymkhana events entered by that rider/horse in the given age group.
 
Western and gymkhana high point awards follow conclusion of show.

Barrel Racing 50 and older
Barrel Racing 20-49
Barrel Racing 14-19
Barrel Racing 9-13
Barrel Racing 8 and under
 
Pole Bending 50 and older
Pole Bending 20-49
Pole Bending 14-19
Pole Bending 9-13
Pole Bending 8 and under
Stake Race 50 and older
Stake Race 20-49
Stake Race 14-19
Stake Race 9-13
Stake Race 8 and under
 
Award Ceremony takes place inside the Exhibit Hall 30 minutes following the completion of the gymkhana.

 

 

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 10

OPEN HORSE SHOW FREESTYLE REINING/DRESSAGE
6pm (OA)
Superintendents: Bethany Aurin, Tina Decker, Aleigh Aurin

Western and Dressage Jackpot with 75% payback
Entry fee $25 if received by August 1, $35 if received August 2-7. No entries accepted after August 7.
Freestyle reining is a competition for horses where the riders guide the horses through a precise pattern of circles, spins, and stops. This competition is fun for all ages where the rider chooses a song and costume for rider and horse. The rider designs a reining pattern to go with their music. This is open to English and western riders of all ages.

If entries allow the divisions will be separated into adult and youth western and English, 19 and under as of January 1, 2018.

Scoring: creativity/costume/pattern = 40 points, Leads/lead line changes, 6 ads = 25 points, Stops, backing, spins = 35 points all for a total of 100 points possible.
Please call 970-846-7883 OR 970-846-7504 with any questions.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11

9am (OA)
Showmanship
50 and older
20-49
14-19
9-12
8 and younger

Halter Classes:
Weanling
2-6 year old geldings
6 and older geldings
2-6 year old mares
6 and older mares
Grand & Reserve Overall Champion

English Classes
Hunter Hack 20 and older
Hunter Hack 14-19
Hunter Hack 9-13
Hunter Hack 8 and under
 
Hunter Under Saddle 20 and older
Hunter Under Saddle 14-19
Hunter Under Saddle 9-13
Hunter Under Saddle 8 and under

Junior Hunter Seat Equitation – horses 5 years and younger
Hunter Seat Equitation 20 and older
Hunter Seat Equitation 14-19
Hunter Seat Equitation 9-13
Hunter Seat Equitation 8 and under

Saturday after lunch
Western
Junior Western Pleasure – horse 5 years and younger
Western Pleasure 50 and older
Western Pleasure 20-49
Western Pleasure 14-19
Western Pleasure 9-13
Western Pleasure 8 and under
 
Western Horsemanship 50 and older
Western Horsemanship 20-49
Western Horsemanship 14-19
Western Horsemanship 9-13
Western Horsemanship 8 and under
(Open Horse Show continues Sunday)