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Open Horse Show

Elk River Pet and Ranch
Bear River Valley Co-op
Steamboat Lumber
Sponsor: Elk River Pet and Ranch, Bear River Valley Co-op, Steamboat Lumber
Superintendents: Tina Decker, Bethany Aurin, Aleigh 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, 2019)
8 & Under
9 - 13
14 - 19
Adult 20-49
Adult 50+

Entry Information: Entries due (postmarked by) August 5. Entries will be accepted the day of the show up to one-hour prior to the show start with a $30 late fee.
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 or 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!

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.
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RCFOHS CLASS LIST
SATURDAY, 9am (OA)
Showmanship
1. 50 and older
2. 20-49
3. 14-19
4. 9-13
5. 8 and younger

Halter Classes:
6. Weanling
7. 2-6 year old geldings
8. 6 and older geldings
9. 2-6 year old mares
10. 6 and older mares
Grand & Reserve Overall Champion

English Classes
11. Hunter Hack 20 and older
12. Hunter Hack 14-19
13. Hunter Hack 9-13
14. Hunter Hack 8 and under

15. Hunter Under Saddle 20 and older
16. Hunter Under Saddle 14-19
17. Hunter Under Saddle 9-13
18. Hunter Under Saddle 8 and under

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

Saturday after lunch
Western
24. Junior Western Pleasure – horse 5 years and younger
25. Western Pleasure 50 and older
26. Western Pleasure 20-49
27. Western Pleasure 14-19
28. Western Pleasure 9-13
29. Western Pleasure 8 and under

30. Western Horsemanship 50 and older
31. Western Horsemanship 20-49
32. Western Horsemanship 14-19
33. Western Horsemanship 9-13
34. Western Horsemanship 8 and under

SUNDAY, 9am (OA)

35. Western Reining 50 and older
36. Western Reining 20-49
37. Western Reining 14-19
38. Western Reining 9-13
39. Western Reining 8 and under

40. Western Riding 50 and older
41. Western Riding 20-49
42. Western Riding 14-19
43. Western Riding 9-13
44. 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.

45. Barrel Racing 50 and older
46. Barrel Racing 20-49
47. Barrel Racing 14-19
48. Barrel Racing 9-13
49. Barrel Racing 8 and under

50. Pole Bending 50 and older
51. Pole Bending 20-49
52. Pole Bending 14-19
53. Pole Bending 9-13
54. Pole Bending 8 and under

55. Stake Race 50 and older
56. Stake Race 20-49
57. Stake Race 14-19
58. Stake Race 9-13
59. 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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