This event is a day of Western Competitions including:
The purpose of this class is to select individuals in the order of their resemblance to their breed ideal with the most positive combination of balance, structural correctness, muscling and movement. Classes are divided by the horse's sex.
Western pleasure horses should be as the name implies - a pleasure to ride. Contestants compete simultaneously, traveling around the perimeter of the arena. Horses are judged on functional correctness, quality of movement including consistency of their gaits, and attitude.
Reining patterns include stops, spins, rollbacks and lead changes, each horse is evaluated on movement, mastery of the pattern and attitude. The reining pattern shall challenge the rider to guide and control every movement of the horse.
Just as a decathlete must train in several events, trail horses must also be accomplished in numerous obstacles such as passing through gates and crossing bridges. Trail judges focus on the skill of the horse to handle certain situations that might occur on an outdoor trail ride. Scoring is based on the horse's willingness, ease and grace in negotiating the course.
Barrel racing is a time event. Exhibitors race against the clock, following a course consisting of three barrels in a triangular "cloverleaf” pattern. Contestants must choose either the right or left barrel, circle it, and go on to the next barrel, completing the course after circling the third barrel and running home. Barrels are permitted to be touched, but if one is knocked down during the course of the run, a five-second penalty per downed barrel is added.
Pole Bending is a timed event. Just as a skier would compete in a slalom course, pole bending puts a horse through a similarly designed course. The course consists of a series of six poles spaced 21 feet apart, which horses and riders weave through. Horses run to the far end of the series of poles, turn, and weave in and out as they work their way back to the front. Horses then complete a turn around the front pole and maneuver through the series again. At the last pole, they complete that turn and race toward the finish line at full speed. A five-second penalty is added for each pole knocked down.
Stake Race is a timed event which is a variation of pole bending with only two poles. The two poles are set 30ft apart and a timing line (defined by two markers) is set between the two poles. The event begins and when the horse crosses the timing line. Go through the timing line between the markers to the first pole and go around it in either direction. Go back across the timing line between the markers to the second pole and go around it in the opposite direction, then return across the timing line between the markers. The horse is disqualified if they knock over a marker. A five-second penalty is added for each pole knocked down.
Time: 10 am check in begins, 11 am start.