2016 Northumberland County Riders

Class Descriptions

1.       Open Halter – This is a line class and is judged on the horse’s confirmation and way of going, (confirmation is the way the horse is built and put together). If you are showing in western attire, a leather halter and lead is to be used. If showing in English attire an English bridle is to be used. Yearlings may be shown in a Yearling show halter. As in all classes, youth may not show stallions.

2.       Open Showmanship – This is a lone class and is judged on how you show your horse/pony to their best advantage. A pattern is usually posted for these classes. The equipment used is the same as Halter class.

3.       Open Lead Line- This class is for either English or western riders, who are not yet riding independently. An adult must lead the horse or pony with a halter and lead. The halter must be over top of the bridle. Children under four years old require a side walker. Riders in this class are not eligible to ride in any other riding classes.The judge will not show prejudice against a child with side walkers.

4.       Walk Only (10 and Under) – This class is for children ten years of age and under. Riders in this class may not enter any other riding class.

5.       Walk Trot/Jog Pleasure – This class is judged on your mount’s type, manners and way of going. (Is your horse a pleasure to ride?) This division is open to both English and Western riders. Entrants in this division may also show in Mystery, Pole Bending, OpenBarrels and Cross rails, as long as they are participating at the trot.

6.       Walk Trot/Jog Pattern – This class is judged on how you ride your horse/pony. You may be asked to execute a simple pattern, as well as preform rail work.

7.       Green Horse Pleasure- This class is a walk trot/jog class. Both English and Western riders may enter. This class is strictly for green horses in their first or second year of showing. Entrants may also participate in cross rails.

8.       Special Needs Class- This class is for those riders who have special needs such as; intellectual or physical disabilities. This is a lead class, halters should be over top of bridle. Side walkers permitted.

9.       Youth Western Pleasure – This class is judged on your mount’s type; its manners and way of going (if it’s a pleasure to ride). You will be asked to walk, jog, and lope both ways of the ring.

10.   Open Western Pleasure-This class is judged on your mount’s type, manners and way of going. You will be asked to walk, jog and lope both ways of the rings.

11.   Open Western Horsemanship- This class is judged on how you ride, you may be asked to execute a pattern at the judge’s discretion. You will be required to walk, jog and lope both ways of the ring.

12.   Youth English Pleasure- This class is judged on your mount’s type, manners and way of going. The horse will also be judged on the suitability for a youth rider. You will be asked to walk, trot and canter both ways of the ring.

13.   Open English Pleasure –This class is judged on your mount’s type, manners and way of going. You will be asked to walk, trot and canter both ways of the ring

14.   Youth English Equitation- This class is judged on how you ride, you may be asked to execute a pattern at the judge’s discretion. You will be asked to walk, trot and canter both ways of the ring.

15.   Adult English Equitation- This class is judged on how you ride, you may be asked to execute a pattern at the judge’s discretion. You will be asked to walk, trot and canter both ways of the ring.

16.   Open Hunter Under Saddle- This class will be judged based on your horse’s way of going, type and their manners. Horses will be judged on their suitability for hunters on the flat. You will be asked to walk, trot and canter both directions of the ring.

17.   Open Pairs-This is a walk, trot class. It is open to both English and Western riders. Each pair will be judged on the synchronization of the horses and riders.

18.   Mystery Class (Youth) - This is a fun class for youth only. The details of the fun class will be revealed by the Youth Director at the start of the class. Riders may only be asked to walk or trot and a handler is acceptable for safety reasons.

19.   Open Command- Both English and Western riders may enter this class. This is an elimination type class, and will be judged on the rider’s ability to execute commands with speed and accuracy. The judge may use commands such as; “Halt”, “canter”, “reinback”, etc. and will eliminate the last riders to execute the task.

20.   Rusty Stirrup (40+)-This is a flat class open to both English and Western riders. Riders must be 40 years of age and older. Riders will be asked to walk, trot/jog, and canter both ways of the ring.

21.   Open Trail- This class is judged on the performance of the horse over obstacles, with emphasis on manners, response of the rider and quality of movement. Credit will be given to the horses negotiating the obstacles with style and some degree of speed, providing correctness is not sacrificed. Obstacles could include; a bridge, back through, letter retrieval from a mail box etc. This is an NCR class, and will be judged in accordance to NCR guidelines, not WHOA or AQHA.

22.   Open Barrels- This is a timed event ridden at speed around a course of 3 barrels in a cloverleaf pattern. The Western director will post the pattern for reference. This class may be ridden in both English and Western attire.

23.   Open Pole Bending- This is a timed event, riders will weave down and back through a series of vertical posts in a pattern which will be posted by the Western Director. This class may be ridden in English or Western attire.

24.   Open Keyhole- This is a timed event ridden at speed down the length of the arena. Riders will pass through the chute, execute a 180 degree turn and ride back down the length of the arena (again passing through the chute). The Western director will post pattern for reference.

25.   Cross Rails- Walk/Trot (canter optional)- This class is designed for green horses or riders just learning to jump. This class is over a course of jumps (5or6). The courses are posted prior to the start of the show. You will be judged on the pace, manners and jumping style of your horse or pony as they work their way around the course.

26.   Hunter Hack (Max 2’)- This is a combination class, whereby riders will be asked to preform both rail work and negotiate a jumping obstacle of one or two fences. The rail work may include walk, trot, canter, or hand gallop. If numbers dictate, then the class will be split for the hand gallop portion for safety.

27.   Baby Jumper (Max. 2’)- This class is designed for those riders/horses who want to try a jumper class. Clear rounds will require a jump off. The course will consist of multiple obstacles and may include a combination (not at the first fence). Courses will be posted prior to the class.

28.   Low Hunter (Max. 2.3’)-Riders will be asked to negotiate a course of multiple jumping efforts and will be judged on pace, manners, jumping style and movement. Courses will be posted prior to the class.

29.   Open Hunter (Max. 2.6’)-Riders will be asked to negotiate a course of multiple jumping efforts and will be judged on pace, manners, jumping style and movement. Courses will be posted prior to the class.

30.   Open Jumper (Max. 2.6’)-This class is judged by clear rounds and riders accumulate faults for knock downs, and refusals. A fall is cause for automatic elimination and you may not remount in riding area. You will be asked to negotiate a course of multiple jumping efforts which may include combination fences. Faults; 4 per rail, 4 per refusal. NCR will allow up to a combined 3 refusals in the class or 3 refusals at a single jumping effort before elimination. Riders who are eliminated may take a courtesy jump before leaving the ring. More than one clear round will result in a jump off which will be timed. The jump off course will be a different and shorter course than the original course.

31.   Jumper Special- The jumper special may be one of several jumper courses that will be announced prior to the class. The class will begin the season with smaller courses and get higher by the end of the season, based on the English director’s discretion and interest from our members. This class may run as one of the following;

a.       Gambler’s Choice- In this class riders will negotiate jumping obstacles. Riders may choose what jumps to take, in whatever order they wish. Each obstacle will carry points from 10-120 according to its difficulty. No points will be given if the obstacle is knocked over. There is a fixed time, after which a bell will be rung to tell the rider their round id over. The rider with the most points will be declared the winner.

b.      Chase Me Charlie-In this class the jump will be raised after every round (once every rider has gone). If the rider has a refusal or knocks the jump down they are eliminated. The jump gets higher and the class continues until only one rider is remaining.

c.       Jumper Stakes- This class will be run similarly to the Open Jumper (see description) but prize money will be given to top three riders.