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Light Horse 
booklet

Cumberland County Exhibition

 

Aug. 27 to Aug. 31, 2019

 

Light Horse

Rules & Regulations


 

Committee Members:

 

Christine Carter

Bobi Guzzo

Kathy Maltby

Brenda Smith

Kirsteen Thomson



 

Entries Close:

August 13th, 2019





 

Address Entries To: Cumberland County Exhibition 

Light Horse Entries

P.O. Box 516 Oxford, N.S.

B0M 1P0

 

cumberlandcountyex@hotmail.com  

Forms can be found on line at 

www.cumberlandcountyex.com

 

Please make cheques payable to:

Cumberland County Exhibition

e-transfer to 

cumberlandcountyex@hotmail.com

 

Cumberland County Exhibition

Aug 27. - Aug. 31, 2019

Light Horse Division

General Rules and Regulations

 

  • Entries close August 13th, 2019 Post-entries close August 24th, 2019.

  • All entries must be on the grounds by 8:00 am on Tuesday and remain on the grounds until 8:00 pm, Saturday. No animal shall be removed from the premises before 8:00 pm on Saturday evening. Failure to adhere to this rule will result in the exhibitor being barred from the show for a period of 5 years.

  • The exhibition buildings will be open for stall prep at 11:00 am on Sunday, August 25th, 2019.

  • Horses in straight stalls must be tied with heads at front of stall and a tail rope secured behind them.

  • All stock to be shown must be properly entered on the form provided.

  • No stalls will be available for horses and ponies shown only in line classes.

  • The judges may reduce the value of prizes or withhold them altogether if they do not feel the exhibit is worthy of a prize.  Judge’s decision is final.

  • Exhibitors must be prepared to show their animal(s) at a time called for by the judge. All livestock must be presented in an acceptable condition.

  • Any exhibitor interfering with a judge in the performance of his/her duties will be disqualified.

  • Proper tickets and passes MUST be presented at all gates or admission may be refused. This rule is strictly enforced.

  • Riders 18 years old and under, must wear a certified riding helmet secured with a safety harness while mounted on a horse anywhere on the show grounds, at all times, even during warms-ups and open time in the arena.

  • No stallions may be shown in the light horse division.

  • Riders who must do tack changes between back to back classes must have sufficient help in the warm up area to make it a quick and safe process. The rider must be mounted and prepared to return to the ring within 5 minutes.

  • The committee reserves the right to cancel any class with fewer than three entries.

 

**STALLS MUST BE CLEANED OUT BEFORE DEPARTURE OR YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RETURN TO EXHIBITION NEXT YEAR **

 

  • Entries in livestock classes will only be accepted if space permits.

  • Exhibitor’s will be entitled to passes based upon the following:

1-3 horses: 1 free pass and may purchase another one at $8.00 4 or more horses: 2 free passes and may purchase two at $8.00

 

The management will take reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of any article sent or brought to the exhibition, yet it must be understood that the owners themselves must assume all risk. Should the article be accidentally injured, lost or stolen, while the management will give all assistance in its power towards the recovery of the same, it will not make any payment of the value thereof. Each exhibitor is responsible for his/her own liability insurance in every division, with absolutely no exceptions.

Rules on Bits

We have adopted the AQHA Rules on which bits are permitted in the show ring. Please find the rules below on which bits are acceptable and which are not.

 

443. Western Equipment

 

  1. References to a hackamore mean the use of a flexible, braided rawhide, leather or rope bosal, the core of which may be either rawhide or flexible cable. Absolutely no rigid material will be permitted under the jaws, regardless of how padded or covered. Horsehair bosals are prohibited. This rule does not refer to a so- called mechanical hackamore.

  2. References to snaffle bits in western performance classes mean the conventional O-ring, egg-butt or D-ring with a ring no larger than 4” (100 mm). The inside circumference of the ring must be free of rein, curb or headstall attachments which would provide leverage. The mouthpiece should be round, oval or egg- shaped, smooth and unwrapped metal. It may be inlaid but smooth or latex-wrapped. The bars must be a minimum of 5/16” (8mm) in diameter, measured one inch (25 mm) in from the cheek with a gradual decrease to center of the snaffle. The mouthpiece may be two or three pieces. A three-piece, connecting ring of 1 ¼” (32mm) or less in diameter, or a connecting flat bar of 3/8” to ¾” (10mm-20mm) measured top to bottom, with a maximum length of 2” (50mm), which lies flat in the horse’s mouth, is acceptable. Optional curb strap attached below the reins on a snaffle bit is acceptable.

  3. References to a bit in western performance classes mean the use of a curb bit that has a solid or broken mouthpiece, has shanks and acts with leverage. All curb bits must be free of mechanical device and should be considered a standard western bit. A description of a legal, standard western bit included:

    1. 8 ½” (215mm) maximum length of shank. Shanks may be fixed or loose.

    2. Concerning mouthpieces, bars must be round, oval or egg shaped, smooth and unwrapped of metal of 5/16” to ¾” (8mm-20mm) in diameter, measured 1” (25mm) from the cheek. They may be inlaid, but must be smooth or latex wrapped. Nothing may protrude below the mouthpiece (bar), such as extensions or prongs on solid mouthpieces. The mouthpiece may be two or three pieces. A three-piece, connecting ring of 1 ¼” (32mm) or less in diameter, or a connecting flat bar of 3/8” to 3/4 “ (10mm -20mm) measured top to bottom with a maximum length of 2” (50mm), which lies flat in the horse’s mouth, is acceptable.

    3. The port must be no higher than 3 ½” (90mm) maximum, with rollers and covers acceptable. Broken mouthpieces, half-breeds and spades are standard.

    4. Slip or gag bits, and donut and flat polo mouthpieces are not acceptable.

  4. Except for hackamore/snaffle bit classes or 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 the reins; index finger only between split reins permitted. In trail, it is permissible to change hands to work an obstacle.

(g) Junior horses competing in junior western pleasure, western  horsemanship, reining, working cow horse, western riding and trail that are shown with a hackamore or snaffle bit may be ridden with one (refer to 443(d) above)or two hands on the reins. The tails of the reins must be crossed on the opposite side of the neck when riding with two hands on split reins except in working cow horse and reining. Closed reins (example Mecate) may not be used with a snaffle bit, except in working cow horse and reining, where a mecate is permitted.

(i) In roping, speed events, team penning and ranch sorting western type equipment must be used. Use of a hackamore (including mechanical hackamores) or other type of bridles is the optional choice of the contestant; however, the judge may prohibit the use of bits or equipment he/she may consider severe.



 

 

 

444. English Equipment

 

  1. In all English classes, an English snaffle (no shank), kimberwick, Pelham and/or full bridle (with two reins); all with cavesson nosebands and plain leather brow bands must be used.


 

  1. In reference to mouthpieces, nothing may protrude below the mouthpiece (bar). Solid or broken mouthpieces must be between 5/16” to 3/4 “ (8,mm-20mm) in diameter, measured 1” (25mm) from the cheek and may have a port no higher than 1 ½” (40mm). They may be inlaid; synthetic wrapped, including rubber or plastic encased, but must be smooth. On broken mouth pieces only, connecting rings of 1 ¼” (32mm) or less in diameter or connecting flat bar of 3/8” to 3/4” (10mm-20mm) measured top to bottom with maximum length of 2” (50mm), which lie flat in the horse’s mouth, are acceptable. Snaffle bit rings may be no larger than 4” (100mm) in diameter. Any bit having a fixed rein requires use of a curb chain. Smooth round, oval or egg shaped, slow twist, corkscrew, single twisted wire, double twisted wire mouthpieces and straight bar or solid mouthpieces are allowed.

  2. In jumping class only, mechanical hackamores may be used.

  3. Bits of any style (Pelham, snaffle, kimberwick) featuring mouthpieces with cathedrals, donuts, prongs, edges or rough, sharp material shall be cause for elimination. Square stock, metal wrapped or polo bits shall be cause for elimination. If a curb bit is used, the chain must be at least ½” (15mm) in width and lie flat against the jaw of the horse.

 

You can find these rules in their entirety in the AQHA handbook, https://www.aqha.com/rulebook under the show rules, number 443, 444 and 445.



 

Light Horse Division

Entries close: August 13th, 2019

Post entries close August 24th, 2019 – no entries will be accepted after this date.

 

Address entries to:

Cumberland County Exhibition Light Horse Entries

PO Box 516, Oxford NS B0M 1P0

or complete entries online at www. cumberlandcountyex.com

Payment may be made by cheque, cash or e-transfers to cumberlandcountyex@hotmail.com

 Entry will not be confirmed until payment is received. 


 

*New This Year*

Junior Classes are for riders up to 16 years of age as of January 1, 2019. Senior division is for riders 17 years of age and up as of January 1, 2019

 

Also this year- join the rest of the light horse riders and their families for a potluck supper.  Friday August 30, at 7 pm in the light horse barn. In order to be environmentally friendly, we will not be providing plates, cutlery etc. Please bring your own. 

Division Rules:


 

  1. Entry fees are $5.00 per class (no entry fee for any Equitation classes), and must accompany entry form. If entering the same horse for open and small fry events, please put both entry forms in one envelope. Post entries will be charged $7.00 per class.

  2. Cross entries between English and Western are permitted..

  1. The fee for straight stalls is $10.00 and box stalls are available in the brick barn, on a first come first serve basis for a fee of $25.00 (All stall allotments will be final)

  2. Hay, straw, bedding and tack boxes in the walkway must be kept neat and tidy at all times.

  3. Back numbers are $2.00 each, if you have your own back number, please put that number on your entry form and there will be NO charge.

  4. Proof of your liability insurance MUST accompany entry forms or entry will be considered incomplete and returned. PLEASE see info on insurance requirements!

  5. All riders in the light horse and saddle pony classes must be dressed appropriately.  Western: A long sleeve shirt with sleeves rolled down and the shirt must be tucked in a western hat or helmet (please refer to helmet rules) and cowboy boots.  Spurs and chap are optional. Reins must be held properly in one hand. No roping or barrel racing reins are permitted except in gymkhana events. A five second penalty will be added if hat is not on rider’s body the entire time he/she is in the arena for their gymkhana events.


 

English: Tweed or dark colored jacket, helmet, light colored or brown breeches, tie or hunting stock and English boots.



 

Prize money awarded:

1st $13

2nd $11

3rd $9

4th $7

5th $5

 

Small Fry

1st $9

2nd $7

3rd $6

4th $5

5th $4

 

Costume class: 1st $15, 2nd $13, 3rd $11, 4th $9, 5th $7

 

There will be awards for high point 

Jr. – Pole Bending

Sr- Pole Bending

Jr- Barrel Racing

Sr- Barrel Racing

Jr. – Performance (Classes 1 or 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15 & 16)

Sr. – Performance (Classes 1 or 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15 & 16)

Small Fry (Classes 1 – 8)

 

Must be same horse and rider combo.

 

Helmet Rules

 

For safety reasons: ALL 18 years of age and younger must wear an approved riding helmet, secured with a safety harness at all times while on horseback, on the grounds of the Cumberland County Exhibition. We encourage those over 18 years of age to wear approved helmets in all classes. 

 

We appreciate your cooperation and compliance with this policy.


 

 

IMPORTANT RULES PLEASE READ

All post-entries during the exhibition will be by 5:00 p.m. the day before the event. (Example: if you want to show trail on Friday, sign up for it on Thursday evening by 5:00 p.m. at the exhibition office.)

 

Please note: for insurance purposes The Cumberland County Exhibition requires that all light horse competitors have a NSEF (Nova Scotia Equestrian Federation) or province equivalent membership if from outside of Nova Scotia. A copy of each rider’s membership must accompany all entry forms. The entry is not complete without this proof of membership/insurance.


 

Light Horse Entry Form, Payment, and NSEF Card or equivalent are all required for complete

entry.

For more information on NSEF membership, visit:

www.horsenovascotia.ca

 

Phone:

902-425-5450 ext 337

Or email:

nsefmembership@sportnovascotia.ca

 

We appreciate your cooperation and compliance with this policy.

 

Light Horse Line Classes

 

Class 1 - Mares, three years old and older

 

Class 2 - Geldings, three years old and older

 

Light Horse Showmanship Classes

 

Class 3 - Senior Showmanship: This class is open to exhibitors 18 years of age and older.

 

Class 4 - Junior Showmanship: This class is open to exhibitors 17 years of age and under.

 

Light Horse Performance classes


 

Class 5 - Senior Western Pleasure: This class is open to riders 18 years of age and over. Horses to be shown at a flat footed walk, jog and lope both ways of the ring on a reasonably loose rein. Horses should stop readily, stand quietly and rein back easily.

 

Class 6 - Junior Western Pleasure: This class is open to riders 17 years of age and under. Horses to be shown at a flat footed walk, jog and lope both ways of the ring on a reasonably loose rein. Horses should stop readily, stand quietly and rein back easily. If class entries are sufficient the class will be divided according to age.

 

Class 7 - Senior English Pleasure: This class is open to riders 18 years of age and over. Horses to be shown; at a flat footed walk, normal trot and easy canter with a light contact on the horse’s mouth. Horse should stand quietly and rein back easily.

 

Class 8 - Junior English Pleasure: This class is open to riders 17 years of age and under. Horses to be shown at a flat footed walk, normal trot and easy canter with a light contact on the horse’s mouth. Horse should stand quietly and rein back easily.


 

Class 9 - Senior Western Equitation: This class is open to riders 18 years of age and older. Rider to show horse at a walk, jog and lope both ways of the ring. Horses should stand quietly and rein back readily. Riders may be asked to dismount and mount. **No entry fee required for this class as no prize money is awarded**

 

Class 10 - Junior Western Equitation: This class is open to riders 17 years of age and under. Rider to show horse at a walk, jog and lope both ways of the ring. Horses should stand quietly and rein back readily. Riders may be asked to dismount and mount. **No entry fee required for this class as no prize money is awarded**

 

Class 11 - Senior English Equitation: This class is open to riders 18 years of age and older. Rider to show horse at a walk, trot and canter both ways of the ring. Horses should stand quietly and rein back readily. Riders may be asked to dismount and mount. **No entry fee required for this class as no prize money is awarded**

 

Class 12- Junior English Equitation: This class is open to riders 17 years of age and under. Rider to show horse at a walk, trot and canter both ways of the ring. Horses should stand quietly and rein back readily. Riders may be asked to dismount and mount. **No entry fee required for this class as no prize money is awarded**

 

Class 13 - Hunter Hack over Fences: This class is open to all English competitors. This class begins with exhibitors being judged on the flat, at the walk, trot and canter both ways of the arena. Riders will be asked to jump 2 small fences no more than 2’0” in height. At the judges’ discretion a rider may be asked to hand gallop.

 

Class 14 - Road Hack: This class is open to all English competitors. Horses to be shown at a flat footed walk with a reasonably loose rein, trot, strong trot, easy canter and gallop. To be judged on performance.

 

Class 15 - Reining: Western tack must be used. Pattern appears at the back of this book and will also be posted prior to start of class.

Class 16 - Trail Horse: Horses will be shown over and through obstacles. Walk, jog and lope will be included in the course. Course will be posted prior to the start of the class. Western tack must be used.

 

Gymkhana Classes

Class 19 A Jr. Poles & Class 19 B  Sr. Poles– Pole Bending (HORSE): Two runs over the week will determine the final placing for this class. Course and running order will be posted prior to class. Western tack must be used. A 5 second penalty for each knocked pole will be added to time.


 

Class 20 A- Jr. Barrels & Class 20 B- Sr. Barrels – Barrel Racing (HORSE): Two runs over the week will determine the final placing for this class. Course and running order will be posted prior to start of class. Western tack must be used. A 5 second penalty for each knocked barrel will be added to time.

 

Class 21 A- Jr. & Class 21 B- Sr. - Schudaho: Course and running order will be posted prior to class. Western Tack must be used. A 5 second penalty for each knocked pole or barrel will be added to time.

Other 

 

Class 17 – Paper Towel Pair of Saddle Horses: Open to English and Western. To be shown abreast at a walk, trot or jog, canter or lope while holding a piece of paper towel between pairs. Riders have 3 strides to correctly execute command but the paper towel must not be torn.

 

Class 18 - Costume Class (HORSE): Open to all light horse exhibitors.

 

Class 22- Backing the Wrong Horse: *New this year!!*  Competitors will be randomly drawn in pairs. Each pair will choose one of their horses to use- only one is used for both riders. Each rider will do a set pattern, walk, trot, canter, back up,  one after the other on the chosen horse and will be judged as a pair. English or western tack may be used.  


 

Class 23 – English Pleasure Stake Class: Two turns in the ring, over the week will determine the final placing for this class.  Judged the same as English Pleasure except with

$200.00 added for prize money. Entry fee for this class is $15.00

 

Class 24 - Western Pleasure Stake Class: Two turns in the ring, over the week, will determine the final placing for this class.  Judged the same as Western Pleasure except with

$200.00 added for prize money. Entry fee for this class is $15.00

 

Class 25 - Cumberland County Owned: This class is open to both English and Western exhibitors with a horse owned in Cumberland County. Horses to be shown at a walk, jog or trot, lope or canter both ways of the ring. To be judged on performance, 40% conformation. If class entries are sufficient, this class will be divided prior to entering the ring, wait for your ring steward’s direction please. Riders must have a groom available to help as they will be asked to un-tacked their horse to be judged on their conformation.

 

Class 26 - Lead Line: Open to all exhibitors 2 to 8 years of age. Horses to be lead at a walk only. Riders may not show in any other classes. Helmets must be worn for this class. Appropriate insurance must be held by the leader of the horse.

 

Class 27- Kool-Aid Class: Open to both English and Western. Horses to be shown at a walk, jog or trot, lope or canter both ways of the ring, while the rider holds a glass of liquid. Riders will be judged on the amount of liquid remaining in the glass at the end of the class. 

 

Class 28- Dare to Wear Pink: Pink is the theme- the more the better! Entry fees from this class will go to breast cancer research. 

 

Class 29- Trail Challenge: Horses will be shown over and through obstacles. Each obstacle with be rated with a number of points, with more difficult obstacles having a higher point score. Time allotted for the course is 90 seconds. Competitors must follow the course but may skip an obstacle and move on to the next. If a rider is in the process of doing an obstacle when the whistle blows, they may complete it. The rider with the most points wins- if there is a tie, the one with the fastest time is placed higher. Course will be posted prior to the start of the class. Western tack must be used.

 

Class 30 - Barrel Racing Stake Entry fee $15. Prize money a percentage of the entry fees, with an added $200 in sponsorship.

 

Class 31- Pole bending Stake Entry fee $15. Prize money a percentage of the entry fees, with an added $200 in sponsorship.






 

There will be a Grand Champion Equitation class for both English and Western Top 2 Junior and Senior. Please look for a time on the program.



 

Small Fry Division

 

This is for riders 12 and under with a light horse or a pony, to be shown at a walk or jog only. Riders in this division cannot show in other divisions with the exception of family class and halter.

 

Small Fry Classes

 

Class 1 - Small Fry Showmanship: focuses on the exhibitor's ability to fit and show a horse at halter. Judges evaluate the grooming and fitting of the horse and the expertise of the exhibitor in presenting the horse to the best of his or her ability. Contestants must work a predetermined pattern consisting of maneuvers such as walking, trotting, pivoting, backing and setting up.

 

Class 2 – Small Fry Equitation: This class is open to all English and Western riders. Riders to show at walk, jog, or trot both ways of the ring. Small Fry should stand quietly and back readily. Riders may be asked to dismount and mount. Judged on riding ability only. **No entry fee required for this class as no prize money is awarded**

 

Class 3 - Small Fry Pleasure: This class is open to all English and Western riders to be shown at a flat footed walk, jog, or trot both ways of the ring on a reasonably loose rein. Should stop readily and stand quietly.

 

Class 4 - Costume Class (Small Fry): Open to children 12 years of age and under. For safety reasons, costume class must be performed with horse being led from the ground. 

 

Class 5 – Small Fry Barrel Racing: Two runs in the ring over the week, will determine the final placing for this class Saturday night. Course and running order will be posted prior to class. Western tack must be used. Walk, jog only. If you lope you will be penalized with the judge’s decision. 

 

Class 6 – Small Fry Pole Bending: Two runs in the ring over the week, will determine the final placing for this class  Saturday night. Course and running order will be posted prior to class. Western tack must be used. Walk, jog only. If you lope you will be penalized with the judge’s decision. 

 

Class 7 – Trail Small Fry: to be shown over and through obstacles. Walk and jog may be included in the course. Course will be posted prior to the start of the class.

 

Class 8- Simon Says Command   The judge/announcer calls out gait changes and changes of directions. Riders have 3 strides to correctly execute command but only when announcer says “Simon Says”.