Rules & Information
The Thoroughbred Classic Horse Shows (TCHS) are open only to Thoroughbred horses both raced and non-raced. It is our goal to be as inclusive as possible. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP) Number
To compete in the Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP) classes, a TIP number must be obtained for each horse/rider combination, and the horse must have one of the following criteria met:
- The Jockey Club Certificate of Foal Registration (or similar document from a foreign stud book) or a copy thereof; OR
- The horse’s lip tattoo, the horse’s 5-cross pedigree and the successful tattoo lookup result from The Jockey Club’s Tattoo Identification Services. Visit http://www.registry.jockeyclub.com OR
- A letter from The Jockey Club verifying the horse’s identity. For a small fee the Jockey Club can DNA type any horse born after 2001.
A TIP number may be obtained at www.tjctip.com.
To compete in non-TIP classes/awards, the horse must meet one of the above criteria. If it is not possible to provide a tattoo number or Jockey Club certification, you must submit the following information to email@example.com:
- The Jockey Club Registered Sire’s Name of your Thoroughbred, and/or;
- Name of private breeder or farm where the horse was obtained, and/or;
- The name of the Aftercare Organization from where the horse was adopted
Once complete information is submitted, the horse’s identity will be confirmed and the TCHS committee will provide you with eligibility status.
At the discretion of TCHS management, a horse’s identification will be verified by reading lip tattoos and/or reviewing identifying paperwork. Any horse that is identified as not said horse will immediately be disqualified; prior prizes revoked, and will forfeit any refund of all fees. In case of an error in identification, final decision is up to TCHS management.
The Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show (TCHS) Management reserves the right to interpret all questions and conditions in regard to, arising from, or incident to the show without claims for damage or recourse of any kind. All questions or issues not covered in these rules and regulations shall be decided by TCHS Management and their decision shall be final. TCHS Management reserves the right to refuse, accept conditionally, or to cancel any entries, disqualify riders or exhibitors, prohibit exhibition of entries and cancel and award prizes without claim for damages; to change any posted course, to cancel or combine any unfilled classes or divisions, or to reschedule classes after due notice to exhibitors, to change or rotate judges, and/or to change specifications in classes to facilitate the time schedule or safety of rider and horse. Shall a protest be raised; TCHS Management shall at the conclusion of the class, hear the protest.
Riders and horses with conflicts (classes, rings, trainers, etc.) are responsible for and must arrange their order-of-go with the gate official so they do not hold up the class. If this has not been done at the start of any class, the rider may be considered a scratch. Starters may scratch riders without consultation with TCHS management.
All dogs must either be crated or on a leash. No loose dogs/pets allowed anywhere on the premises. Owners of loose dogs will incur a $100 fine. You must clean-up after your pet.
The Dressage Challenge class must be registered for, prior to the horse’s first test.
Dressage Entries and Ride Times
Entries will be accepted on a first-come basis and must include all fees, membership and horse registration proofs, signatures and payment. Exhibitor numbers will not be released until this process is complete; entries without payment in full may be returned. Withdrawing at any time will not excuse the responsible party from paying all of the applicable fees. Those who do not comply with this will be turned in to the recognizing authorities and no future entries will be accepted until the matter has been resolved. USEF & USDF cards may be printed on one sheet of paper using the website www.eqverification.org. All incomplete entries may be charged a $10 internet fee to cover time and supplies to verify memberships.
Classes will be scheduled to accommodate the judges, riders and management. Rider scheduling preferences, if noted on the entry form will be indulged when possible. Every effort will be made to follow the “50 minutes between rides” rule. This rule will be observed for riders of multiple horses. Requests for specific break parameters and/ or ride times will be considered, but not guaranteed. Classes will not necessarily be scheduled in order of difficulty.
All Thoroughbred Classic Horse Shows (TCHS) follow the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Helmet and Body Protector Rules. Riders must wear properly fastened protective headgear which meets or exceeds ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials)/ SEI (Safety Equipment Institute) standards for equestrian use and carries the SEI tag. It is compulsory for all persons when mounted anywhere on the competition grounds, to be wearing a helmet properly fitted, with harness secured.
It is the responsibility of the rider, or the parent or guardian or trainer of the junior exhibitor to see to it that the headgear worn complies with appropriate safety standards for protective headgear intended for equestrian use, and is properly fitted and in good condition. The Federation, Show Committee, Show Management and Licensed Officials are not responsible for checking headgear worn for such compliance.
Horse’s Show Name
A horse may show under either its registered Jockey Club or horse show name. If known, we ask that you provide us with the registered Jockey Club name for your horse. If a horse’s show name is changed, TCHS must be notified within 10 days in order to keep a proper record of points.
It is the tradition of the competition ring that riders be correctly attired for the class in question, that attendants be neatly dressed, and horses be properly presented.
During hot weather, hunt coats will be deemed optional at the discretion of the judges and TCHS management. During extreme heat conditions, the removal of hunt coats may be mandatory at the discretion of TCHS Management.
Every horse and rider attending the show must have a signed liability release on file in the horse show office prior to riding his or her horse. This includes schooling only.
Longeing is not allowed in show rings and only allowed in designated areas.
All horses will be assessed a $25 warm-up fee. Schooling in the show rings will be available the day before the first day of the horse show. No horse may school without an exhibitor number clearly displayed at all times. To ensure the safety of riders and horses, the number of horses in any schooling area at any given time, will be at the discretion of TCHS management. On schooling day, the schooling of horses will be allowed from 9AM – 5PM. All rings will close at 5PM on schooling day.
During the horse show, schooling in a ring at the conclusion of the last class will depend on the time of day, and is not guaranteed.
Entries may be completed online at www.horseshowtime.com, or can be mailed to:
Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show
285 W. Huntington Drive
Arcadia, CA 91007
Please make checks payable to TCHS
Horses are allowed to arrive one day prior to schooling day, no earlier than 48 hours before the first day of the horse show, after 12 PM. There is an early arrival fee of $25 per stall needed. Please note arenas will NOT be available for use until schooling day.
There will be a $30 per day fee grounds fee for horses trailering in and not renting a stall.
Horse Biography Forms
Please complete a biography form for your horse prior to the start of the show. Horse biography forms may be found in the show office, and should be turned in to the horse show office. Completion of a biography form will help TCHS share your horse’s story with spectators and help illustrate a Thoroughbred’s history and versatility during special classes.
There will be a penalty of $25 plus all bank fees for entries paid by a check that is returned by the bank for any reason. New payment must be made, including penalties, by money order, cashier’s check or cash within 14 days of notification or the matter will be turned over to the District Attorney.
Ribbons will be awarded from 1st – 6th place. 1st place shall receive a prize. Champion and Reserve Champion ribbons shall be awarded for each division with a minimum of three entries. Exhibitors will be asked to ride for ribbons for award presentations in sponsored and special classes. In the event of a schedule conflict that holds up a class in another ring, an exhibitor may be excused from riding for ribbons at TCHS management discretion.
Stalls and Shavings
Stalls and shavings may be reserved by calling Michael Roy Curtis (818) 669-1652. Please call as early as possible to let us know how many stalls and tack rooms you will need. Stall reservations are non-refundable. Shavings orders are non-refundable. At Los Angeles Equestrian Center, call US Horse Feed & Shavings at 818-550-9699 or order online at firstname.lastname@example.org at Galway Downs: call 951-303-0405 or email@example.com.
Manure must be placed in designated areas. Trash must be separated from manure. Each violation will result in a $100 fine.
Sharps needles must be placed in the proper receptacles. Anyone found in violation shall be subject to a fine.
All vehicles must be parked in designated areas. Access roads adjacent to the barns are for loading and unloading only. Unauthorized vehicles in non-designated parking areas or permit only parking areas are subject to tow at the owner’s expense.
There is a RV fee of $50 per day. This fee does not include pump-outs. Pump-outs are available for an additional fee. RVs must be parked in their assigned space.
Show Office Hours
Schooling day – 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Horse show days, 7:00AM – end of last class of the day
Adds for the next day must be done in the office by 5:00 PM, the day prior.