General Horse Show Rules
AQHA rules pertaining to animal welfare will be strictly enforced. Anyone found in violations of these rules may be subject to disqualification and/or penalties and fines as defined by AQHA rules.
Any dispute as to operation of classes, matters of protocol, procedures in lab testing, show management issues and all other issues shall be decided by the Show Manager. The Show Manager’s decision shall be final and considered acceptable by all exhibitors.
Numbers will be assigned to each horse at the time of entry, which shall stand for the entire show, and must be displayed whenever the horse is in the ring. Exhibitors in AQHA classes must use saddle pads with numbers on both sides in all classes (except for Working Hunter, Equitation Over Fences, and Jumping).
Three-Judge Procedure: When three judges officiate a Congress class, all three judges’ cards are used to determine the final placing. Each back number used on a judge’s card receives points, 15 for first place down to one point for 15th place. Ties are broken using the tie-breaker judge designated on the show results. Four-Judge Procedure: When four judges officiate a Congress class, each contestant’s lowest placing is dropped and the remaining three judge’s cards are used to determine final placings. Each back number used on a judge’s card receives points, 15 for first place down to one point for 15th place. Ties are broken using the tie-breaker judge designated on the show results.
Judges scoresheets will be posted.
Liability for Loss or Damage
The horse show committee and Ohio Quarter Horse Association assumes no responsibility in case of loss or damage to persons, horses or personal property, from any cause, and upon this condition only are entries accepted.
Over Fence Practice and Warm-Up
Fences will be set up in the Buckeye Arena on Friday, October 12th, through Tuesday, October 16th. There will be no schooling in the Celeste Center. Over fence warm-up classes must be pre-entered.
See page 67 for entry information.
Patterns will be posted by October 1st on: www.horseshowpatterns.com.
Procedure for Objections
An exhibitor making an objection to the award of the judge shall submit his or her objection in writing with the Show Manager, immediately after the award is made. No objection will be accepted by the show committee unless accompanied by a deposit of $100, which sum shall be forfeited to the horse show if the objection is not sustained.
OQHA follows AQHA medication rules for all entrants to the horse show. Horses may, at the discretion of the Show Management, be subjected to laboratory testing. By signing the entry form, the owner and handler acknowledge that they are subject to drug testing at the discretion of the Show Management. Any owner refusing testing shall be disqualified and subject to disciplinary action. If it is determined from testing that a violation has occurred, owner and handler shall immediately forfeit any monies or prizes won for exhibition of the horse in violation and shall be subject to additional disciplinary action.
Responsibility for Entry Errors
All entries shall be made by the exhibitor or his/her agent and no animal may be admitted for exhibition unless the entry blank is duly signed by the exhibitor or agent. Errors on entry forms are the responsibility of the exhibitor and cannot be changed at the show.
The entry office must be notified of all changes to riders and handlers to any Congress class no later than 2:00 pm the day before the first go of the class. Any horse/rider combination that differs from the official class list maintained by the entry office in Congress Hall will result in disqualification of the entry, both from the go-round and any finals in which it might have qualified.
Right of Cancellation
The Ohio Quarter Horse Association reserves the right to cancel these events
without notice and without liability any time prior to the contests. In this case, all fees will be refunded.
Right of Removal
The horse show committee and Ohio Quarter Horse Association reserves the right to prohibit any person or horse from showing, or attending to any horse in the show ring, and to remove any person or horse from the grounds without being liable for compensation.
Substitutions will be allowed only in the event of death of the horse entered.
Supervision of Exercise Areas
The make-up/exercise pens will be under the supervision of AQHA stewards, who will have the sole discretion to eject any exhibitor for inhumane treatment. Your cooperation will be expected. Horses must leave the arena when the tractor enters for watering and dragging.
Trail Practice Sign-Up
Practice times during non-show hours in all show arenas will be posted at the Show Manager’s office. Exhibitors will also be able to sign up for individual practice times at the Show Manager’s office located in the Celeste Center.
Trail Equipment and Warm-Up
A $25 fee per class will include one paid warm-up and access to “at-will” practice (times and locations to be announced). Additional paid warm-up slots can be purchased for $10 per 10 minute slot, paid at the warm-up location, as schedule permits.
All participants in classes requiring individual work must go in the order drawn or be disqualified.