Class Descriptions

Class Descriptions

Hunter Class Specifications

The courses offered at this show will consist of at least eight fences with two changes of directions. The area of the courtesy circle may be restricted by a mandatory line and will be indicated on the course diagram and designated by a physical barrier placed in the arena. Course diagrams will be posted at least one hour before the class. If entries warrant, a Junior division will be opened.

Hunter Warm-Up

Open to all exhibitors. The warm-up class will be open card, unlimited number of rounds, and will run for the duration of the day.

English Pleasure Walk/Trot

For Juniors and Amateurs. Horses to be shown at the walk and trot. Horses to be judged at the walk and trot in both directions. Horses will be judged on manners and way of going. Martingales are not permitted. A horse/rider combination may show in either the English Pleasure Walk/Trot or the English Pleasure Walk/Trot/Canter, but not both classes. One flat class and the 2′ Pleasure Hunter Hack will determine English Pleasure division champion.

TIP English Pleasure Walk/Trot

Open only to horses with a TIP number. For Juniors and Amateurs. Horses to be shown at the Walk and Trot. Horses to be judged at the walk and trot in both directions. Horses will be judged on manners and way of going. Martingales are not permitted. A horse/rider combination may show in either the TIP English Pleasure Walk/Trot or the TIP English Pleasure Walk/Trot/Canter, but not both classes. One flat class and the 2′ Pleasure Hunter Hack will determine TIP English Pleasure division champion.

English Pleasure Walk/Trot/Canter

For Juniors and Amateurs. Horses to be shown at the Walk and Trot. Horses to be judged at the walk and trot in both directions. Horses will be judged on manners and way of going. Martingales are not permitted. A horse/rider combination may show in either the English Pleasure Walk/Trot or the English Pleasure Walk/Trot/Canter, but not both classes. One flat class and the 2′ Pleasure Hunter Hack will determine English Pleasure division champion.

TIP English Pleasure Walk/Trot/Canter

Open only to horses with a TIP number. For Juniors and Amateurs. Horses to be shown at the Walk, Trot, and Canter. Horses to be judged at the walk, trot, and canter in both directions. Horses will be judged on manners and way of going. Martingales are not permitted. A horse/rider combination may show in either the TIP English Pleasure Walk/Trot or the TIP English Pleasure Walk/Trot/Canter, but not both classes. One flat class and the 2′ Pleasure Hunter Hack will determine TIP English Pleasure division champion.

2′ Pleasure Hunter Hack

For Juniors and Amateurs. Horses will be shown at the walk, trot, and canter, then will be asked to individually jump two single fences. To be shown at 2′ in height. To be judged on performance and soundness. Horses will not be jogged. Trotting jumps and simple changes of lead will not be penalized. Martingales are not permitted.

Junior/Amateur Cross Rail Hunters 2X Around

For Juniors and Amateurs. To be shown at 1’6″ in height. Riders will jump 4 outside fences, twice around. To be judged on performance and soundness. Horses will not be jogged. Trotting jumps and simple changes of lead will not be penalized. Under Saddle class to be shown at the walk and trot only. Horse/Rider combination may not enter or show in any other class at this show with fences over 2’3″.

Open Cross Rail Hunters 2X Around

To be shown at 1’6″ in height. Riders will jump 4 outside fences, twice around. To be judged on performance and soundness. Horses will not be jogged. Trotting jumps and simple changes of lead will not be penalized. Under Saddle class to be shown at the walk and trot only. Horse/Rider combination may not enter or show in any other class at this show with fences over 2’3″.

Junior/Amateur Cross Rail Hunters Course

For Juniors and Amateurs. To be shown at 1’6″ in height. To be judged on performance and soundness. Horses will not be jogged. Trotting jumps and simple changes of lead will not be penalized. Horse/Rider combination may not enter or show in any other class at this show with fences over 2’3″.

Open Cross Rail Hunters Course

For Juniors and Amateurs. To be shown at 1’6″ in height. To be judged on performance and soundness. Horses will not be jogged. Trotting jumps and simple changes of lead will not be penalized. Horse/Rider combination may not enter or show in any other class at this show with fences over 2’3″.

Junior/Amateur 2′ Hunters 2X Around

For Juniors and Amateurs. To be shown at 2′ in height. Riders will jump 4 outside fences, twice around. To be judged on performance and soundness. Horses will not be jogged. Trotting jumps and simple changes of lead will not be penalized. Horse/Rider combination may not enter or show in any other class at this show with fences over 2’6″.

Open 2′ Hunters 2X Around

To be shown at 2′ in height. Riders will jump 4 outside fences, twice around. To be judged on performance and soundness. Horses will not be jogged. Trotting jumps and simple changes of lead will not be penalized. Horse/Rider combination may not enter or show in any other class at this show with fences over 2’6″

Junior/Amateur 2′ Hunters Course

For Juniors and Amateurs. To be shown at 2′ in height. To be judged on performance and soundness. Horses will not be jogged. Trotting jumps and simple changes of lead will not be penalized. Horse/Rider combination may not enter or show in any other class at this show with fences over 2’6″.

Open 2′ Hunters Course

For Juniors and Amateurs. To be shown at 2′ in height. To be judged on performance and soundness. Horses will not be jogged. Trotting jumps and simple changes of lead will not be penalized. Horse/Rider combination may not enter or show in any other class at this show with fences over 2’6″.

Junior/Amateur 2’3″ Hunters

For Juniors and Amateurs. To be shown at 2’3″ in height. To be judged on performance and soundness. Horses will not be jogged. Simple changes of lead will not be penalized. Horse/Rider combination may not enter or show in any other class at this show with fences over 2’6″.

Open 2’3″ Hunters

To be shown at 2’3″ in height. To be judged on performance and soundness. Horses will not be jogged. Simple changes of lead will not be penalized. Horse/Rider combination may not enter or show in any other class at this show with fences over 2’6″.

Junior/Amateur 2’6″ Hunters

For Juniors and Amateurs. To be shown at 2’6″ in height. To be judged on performance and soundness. Horses will not be jogged.

Open 2’6″ Hunters

To be shown at 2’6″ in height. To be judged on performance and soundness. Horses will not be jogged.

Handy Hunter/Future Equitation Horse

For Juniors and Amateurs. To be shown at 2’6″ or 3′ in height. The course may include a halt, trot jump, hand gallop and/or other tests. To be judged on performance and soundness. Horses will not be jogged.

Junior/Amateur 3′ Hunters

For Juniors and Amateurs. To be shown at 3′ in height. To be judged on performance and soundness. Horses will not be jogged.

Open 3′ Hunters

To be shown at 3′ in height. To be judged on performance and soundness. Horses will not be jogged. $500 prize money to be awarded to year-end division high-point Champion and Reserve Champion.

$1,500 Hunter Derby

Open to all riders. To be shown at either 2’6″ or 3′. The course will have at least 2 option fences set at 2″ to 3″ above respective heights. Height must be indicated on the horse show entry form.

First Round: Hunter Derby Course

All riders will jump a course of at least ten fences. Obstacles must simulate those reminiscent of the hunt field and course must offer a variety of Classic jumps with different appearances such as: natural post and rail, stone wall, white board fence or gate, coop, Aikens, hedge, oxer, brush, logs, natural foliage;

Second Round: Handy Hunter Course

  • The course should simulate riding over hunt country and must have a minimum of two handy options, such as tight turns, different tracks, clever options for jump approaches, pen type obstacles, hand gallop a jump, trot a lowered obstacle not to exceed 2′ or 2’6″ in height, respectively, halt, and or back.
  • The top 20 horses from the First Round, after all ties are broken, are eligible to return for Second Round.
    Awards
  • Ribbons will be awarded for 1st-6th place.
  • Prize money will be distributed as follows: 1st-30%, 2nd- 25%, 3rd- 20%, 4th- 15%, 5th- 5%, 6th: 5%
  • If fewer than 10 riders, the purse becomes an 100% Add Back.

Hunter Derby Warm-Up

To be shown at either 2’6″ or 3′. Height must be indicated on the horse show entry form.

Hunter Seat Equitation Class Specifications

Junior/Amateur Cross Rail Equitation 2X Around

For juniors and Amateurs. To be shown at 1’6″ in height. Riders will jump 4 outside fences, twice around. Trotting jumps and simple changes of lead will not be penalized. Under Saddle class to be shown at the walk and trot only. Horse/Rider combination may not enter or show in any other class at this show with fences over 2’3″. Rider’s may cross-enter any two adjoining divisions

Junior/Amateur Cross Rail Equitation Course

For Juniors and Amateurs. To be shown at 1’6″ in height. Trotting jumps and simple changes of lead will not be penalized. Under Saddle class to be shown at the walk and trot only. Horse/Rider combination may not enter or show in any other class at this show with fences over 2’3″. Rider’s may cross-enter any two adjoining divisions.

Junior/Amateur 2′ Equitation 2X Around

For Juniors and Amateurs. To be shown at 2′ in height. Riders will jump 4 outside fences, twice around. Trotting jumps and simple changes of lead will not be penalized. Horse/Rider combination may not enter or show in any other class at this show with fences over 2’6″. Rider’s may cross-enter any two adjoining divisions.

Junior/Amateur 2′ Equitation Course

For Juniors and Amateurs. To be shown at 2′ in height. Trotting jumps and simple changes of lead will not be penalized. Horse/Rider combination may not enter or show in any other class at this show with fences over 2’6″. Rider’s may cross-enter any two adjoining divisions.

Junior/Amateur 2’3″ Equitation

For Juniors and Amateurs. To be shown at 2’3″ in height. Simple changes of lead will not be penalized. Horse/Rider combination may not enter or show in any other class at this show with fences over 2’6″. Rider’s may cross-enter any two adjoining divisions.

Junior/Amateur 2’6″ Equitation

For Juniors and Amateurs. To be shown at 2’6″ in height. Rider’s may cross-enter any two adjoining divisions.

Junior/Amateur 3′ Equitation

To be shown at 3′ in height. Rider’s may cross-enter any two adjoining divisions.

Professional/Amateur Equitation Challenge

Open to all riders. To be shown over a medal type course at 2’6″ in height. Everyone is encouraged to come watch the trainers try to sit up straight like they tell us to do!

Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show Medal Classes

TCHS 2′ Junior/Amateur Medal

Open to Junior and Amateur riders over a course requiring at least 2 changes of direction. A work off of the top riders is at the judge’s discretion. No cross entry between height sections.

TCHS 2’6″ Junior/Amateur Medal

Open to Junior and Amateur riders over a course requiring at least 2 changes of direction. A work off of the top riders is at the judge’s discretion. No cross entry between height sections.

TCHS 3′ Junior/Amateur Medal

Open to Junior and Amateur riders over a course requiring at least 2 changes of direction. A work off of the top riders is at the judge’s discretion. No cross entry between height sections.

TCHS Junior/Amateur Flat Medal

Open to Junior and Amateur riders working collectively as a group. Riders may be asked to demonstrate extended and collected gaits, turns on the forehand and/or haunches and to work without irons, and other tests at the judge’s discretion. Riders will not be required to dismount or mount or to change horses.

Jumper Division

In all jumper classes, ties involving first place will be jumped off. In ties other than first place, competitors will be classified by penalties and time in the initial course. If entries warrant, a Junior division will be opened.

Jumper Tables

Refer to time schedule. Management reserves the right to change tables in all jumper classes with adequate notice to exhibitors.

Orders of Go

If entries warrant orders of go will be drawn and posted one hour before the class.

Speed

For all jumper classes the time allowed will be measured at 383 yards/minute (350 meters/minute)

Jumper Heights

For purposes of clarification, each jumper division has been assigned a specific height

Meters Feet

0.60M 2′
0.70M 2’3″
0.80M 2′
0.95M 3’1″
1.00M 3’3″
1.10M 3’7″

Jumper Warm-Up

Open to all exhibitors. The warm-up class will be open card, unlimited number of rounds, and will run for the duration of the day.

0.60M ( 2′) Junior/Amateur “Puddle” Jumpers

For Juniors and Amateurs. To be shown at 2′ in height. Horse/Rider combination may not enter or show in any other class at this show with fences over 2’7″. Optimum time/Table III

0.60M ( 2′) Open “Puddle” Jumpers

To be shown at 2′ in height. Horse/Rider combination may not enter or show in any other class at this show with fences over 2’7″. Optimum time/Table III

0.70M ( 2’3″) Junior/Amateur Jumpers

For Juniors and Amateurs. To be shown at 2’3″ in height. Horse/Rider combination may not enter or show in any other class at this show with fences over 2’7″. Optimum time/Table III

0.70M ( 2′) Open Jumpers

To be shown at 2’3″ in height. Optimum time/Table III

0.80M (2′) Junior/Amateur Jumpers
For Juniors and Amateurs. To be shown at 2’7″ in height. Table II, Section 2(b)/ Table II, Section 2(c).

0.80M ( 2′) Open Jumpers

To be shown at 2’7″ in height. Table II, Section 2(b)/ Table II, Section 2(c).

0.95M (3’1″) Junior/Amateur Jumpers

For Juniors and Amateurs. To be shown at 3’1″ in height. Table II, Section 2(b)/ Table II, Section 2(c).

0.95M ( 3’1″) Open Jumpers

To be shown at 3’1″ in height. Table IIb/IIc.

1.00M (3’3″) Junior/Amateur Jumpers

For Juniors and Amateurs. To be shown at 3’3″ in height. Table II, Section 2(b)/ Table II, Section 2(b).

1.00M (3’3″) Open Jumpers

To be shown at 3’3″ in height. Table II, Section 2(b)/ Table II, Section 2(c).

1.10M (3’7″) Junior/Amateur Jumpers

For Juniors and Amateurs. To be shown at 3’7″ in height. Table II, Section 2(b)/ Table II, Section 2(b).

1.10M (3’7″) Open Jumpers

To be shown at 3’7″ in height. Table II, Section 2(b)/ Table II, Section 2(c).

$1,500 Jumper Stakes

Open to all riders. To be shown at either 1.05M (3’3″) or 1.10M (3’7″). Height must be indicated on the horse show entry form. Table II, Section 2(a).

  • Ribbons will be awarded for 1st-6thplace.
  • Prize money will be distributed as follows: 1st-30%, 2nd– 25%, 3rd– 20%, 4th– 15%, 5th– 5%, 6th: 5%
  • If fewer than 10 riders, the purse becomes an 100% Add Back.

Jumper Stakes Warm-Up

Open to all riders. To be shown at either 0.95M (3’1″) or 1.10M (3’7″). Height must be indicated on the horse show entry form.

Showmanship

Open to all riders. Horses will be asked to lead at the walk and trot in a straight line. Competitors will be judged on how well they exhibit the horse to the best of its advantage, with additional scoring for grooming and presentation of both horse and handler. The horse’s soundness, muscling, and balance are noted as well as the ability of the handler to control the horse’s body and mind.

Thoroughbred Showmanship

Horses will be judged on 60% conformation and 40% performance presentation. Handlers and horses may be asked to complete a pattern. If entries warrant, the class will be divided into a 3 year old and under division and a 4 year old and over division.

War Horse Showmanship

Limited to horses with over 25 starts or greater than $100,000 in earnings. Horses will be judged on 60% conformation and 40% performance presentation. Handlers and horses may be asked to complete a pattern.

Thoroughbred Ambassador

Spirit of a Champion

Horses and handlers will be honored and celebrated for their spirit, love, and bond for each other. Not all horses can transition into a second careers after their days at the track are over. Horses eligible for this class are horses that are either limited to the walk/trot classes or are not able to compete due to physical limitations. We ask that each handler complete the Biography Form so we can share this information with spectators during your class. Please email us at info@thoroughbredclassic.org to share your horse’s story. There will be no fee for this class.

Dressage

Both Junior/Amateur and Professional divisions will be offered for Training Level, First Level, and Second Level. Introductory Level is open only to Junior/Amateurs. Depending on entries, court sizes may be changes within the parameters of USDF/USEF regulations.

  • USDF Introductory Test A(Small Arena, 20M x40M)
  • USDF Introductory Test B(Small Arena, 20M x40M)
  • USDF Introductory Test C(Small Arena, 20M x40M)
  • USEF Training Level Test 1(Large Arena, 20M x 60M)
  • USEF Training Level Test 2(Large Arena, 20M x 60M)
  • USEF Training Level Test 3(Large Arena, 20M x 60M)
  • USEF First Level Test 1(Large Arena, 20M x 60M)
  • USEF First Level Test 2(Large Arena, 20M x 60M)
  • USEF First Level Test 3(Large Arena, 20M x 60M)
  • USEF Second Level Test 1(Large Arena, 20M x 60M)
  • USEF Second Level Test 2(Large Arena, 20M x 60M)
  • USEF Third Level Test 1(Large Arena, 20M x 60M)
  • USEF Third Level Test 2(Large Arena, 20M x 60M)
  • USEF Third Level Test 3(Large Arena, 20M x 60M)

$1,000 Dressage Challenge
Open to horse and rider who have completed two out of three tests of a specific level. The highest combined score of the best two tests will determine this class. A horse must compete at their current level of training. Ex: A horse schooling Second Level may not enter the Training Level Division.

  • Ribbons will be awarded for 1st-6th place.
  • Prize money will be distributed as follows: 1st-30%, 2nd- 25%, 3rd- 20%, 4th- 15%,5th- 5%, 6th: 5%

Prize money will be split. Training and First Level compete against each other and Second through Fourth Level compete against each other. If there are less than six competitors in either section, all prize money will be distributed.

Combined Tests

Both Junior/Amateur and Open divisions will be offered for all levels.

Elementary
Dressage Test: USDF 2011 Introductory Test A (Small Arena, 20M x40M)
Jumping: Fences will be 18″-2′ in height. Optimum Time.

Starter
Dressage Test: USEA Beginner Novice Test A (Small Arena, 20M x40M)
Jumping: Fences will be 2′-2’3″ in height. Optimum Time.

Beginning Novice
Dressage Test: Beginner Novice Test B (Small Arena, 20M x40M)
Jumping: Fences will be 2’3″-2’6″ in height. Optimum Time.

Novice
Dressage Test: USEA Novice Test A (Small Arena, 20M x40M)
Jumping: Fences will be 2’6″-2’11” in height. Optimum Time.

Training
Dressage Test: USEA Training Test A (Small Arena, 20M x40M)
Jumping: Fences will be 2’11”-3’3″ in height. Optimum Time.

$1,500 Event Challenge (Stadium, Dressage & Cross Country)

Open to horse and rider competing in all three disciplines of Eventing Classes and must be at the same level: Dressage, Stadium & Cross Country, at Beginner Novice, Novice, and Training levels only.

The lowest overall score will determine the placings. Ties will be broken by the closest optimum time in Cross Country. If those two times are equal, then we will go to the closest optimum time in Stadium Jumping and if those two are equal, a tie will be the result. You must compete in all three disciplines of the same level. Ribbons will be awarded for 1st-5th place. If fewer than 10 riders, the purse becomes a 100% Add Back.

Prize money will be distributed as follows: 1st-50%, 2nd- 20%, 3rd- 15%, 4th- 10%, 5th– 5%.

Western

Both Junior/Amateur and Professional divisions will be offered for Basic Level and Level 1. Introductory Level is open only to Junior/Amateurs. Western Dressage Depending on entries, court sizes may be changes within the parameters of WDAA regulations. Tests can be found at: http://www.westerndressageassociation.org/western-dressage-rules-tests/

  • Western Dressage Introductory Level Test 1, (Small Arena, 20M x40M)
  • Western Dressage Introductory Level Test 2, (Small Arena, 20M x40M)
  • Western Dressage Introductory Level Test 3, (Small Arena, 20M x40M)
  • Western Dressage Basic Level Test 1, (Small Arena, 20M x40M)
  • Western Dressage Basic Level Test 2, (Small Arena, 20M x40M)
  • Western Dressage Basic Level Test 3, (Small Arena, 20M x40M)
  • Western Dressage Level 1 Test 1, (Large Arena, 20M x 60M)
  • Western Dressage Level 1 Test 2, (Large Arena, 20M x 60M)
  • Western Dressage Level 1 Test 3, (Large Arena, 20M x 60M)

$1,000 Dressage Challenge

Open to horse and rider who have completed all three tests of a specific level. The highest combined score of all three tests will determine this class. Open to both English Dressage and Western Dressage.

  • Ribbons will be awarded for 1st-6th place.
  • Prize money will be distributed as follows: 1st-30%, 2nd– 25%, 3rd– 20%, 4th– 15%, 5th– 5%, 6th: 5%
  • If fewer than 10 riders, the purse becomes an 100% Add Back

Western Pleasure Walk/Jog

For Juniors and Amateurs. Horses to be shown at the Walk and Trot. Horses to be judged at the walk and trot in both directions. Horses will be judged on manners and way of going.

TIP Western Pleasure Walk/Jog

Open only to horses with a TIP number. For Juniors and Amateurs. Horses to be shown at the Walk and Trot. Horses to be judged at the walk and trot in both directions. Horses will be judged on manners and way of going. A horse/rider combination may show in either TIP Western Pleasure Walk/Jog or TIP Western Pleasure Walk/Jog/Lope, but not both. One flat class and the Trail Class will determine

Western Pleasure Walk/Jog/Lope

For Juniors and Amateurs. Horses to be shown at the Walk and Trot. Horses to be judged at the walk and trot in both directions. Horses will be judged on manners and way of going. A horse/rider combination may show in either Western Pleasure Walk/Jog or Western Pleasure Walk/Jog/Lope, but not both. One flat class and the Trail Class will determine Western Pleasure/Trail champion.

TIP Western Pleasure Walk/Jog/Lope

Open only to horses with a TIP number. For Juniors and Amateurs. Horses to be shown at the Walk and Trot. Horses to be judged at the walk and trot in both directions. Horses will be judged on manners and way of going. A horse/rider combination may show in either TIP Western Pleasure Walk/Jog or TIP Western Pleasure Walk/Jog/Lope, but not both. One flat class and the Trail Class will determine

 

Fun Classes

Leadline Class

Horses must be led by a suitable handler. There will be no fee charged for children to participate in this class

Barrel Race

Open to all riders. To be shown with English or Western tack.

Course:Three barrels shall be placed in a triangle formation spaced as closely as possible to the suggested course shown below.

Event: Ride to barrel #1, circle it to the right, ride to barrel #2, circle it to the left, ride to barrel #3, circle it to the left and ride across the finish line. Or, cross start line and ride to barrel #2, circle it to the left, ride to barrel #1, circle it to the right, ride to barrel #3, circle it to the right, and ride across the finish line.

Rules: Penalties – a. Five-second penalty for each barrel knocked over. b. five-second penalty for using hand, arm, or leg to steady or right a fallen barrel.

Pole Bending

Open to all riders. To be shown with English or Western tack.

Course: Six poles shall be placed in a straight line, spaced 21′ apart with the first pole being 21′ from the start/finish line.

Available Horse Showcase

Open to all Thoroughbreds available for sale or adoption.  There will be no fee charged for horses being presented by CARMA Aftercare Partners. For those which this does not apply, there will be a $25 participation charge.

This is a non-judged, free formatted demonstration tailor-made to present the horse in their best light. There will be options for each discipline: i.e. a couple of jumps, dressage, barrels/poles, and trail obstacles. For green horses or those with physical limitations, handlers will be able to lunge or present the horse in-hand.

A sales description form, completed by the agent selling the horse, will be read by ring announcers. All sales transactions and trial rides liabilities are the responsibility of the agent and potential buyer.