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Open Horse Show Sunday: Reining, Western Riding, Gymkhana

Date: Aug 11, 2019
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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.

For safety reasons, 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.
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