NEWS UPDATE-May 8, 2020—As a result of COVID-19 and the municipal, state, and federal restrictions imposed to address the pandemic, the Westfield Riding Club has decided to cancel its Spring 4-H and Open Horse Show. At this time, we still plan to hold our Games Day and our Fall Show in August. Plans for those two events will be subject to change pending decisions about government regulations.
We plan to monitor the ongoing situation and make a firm decision/announcement about Games Day and our Fall Show in early July.
CANCELED: Spring Show: Sunday, June 7, 2020
Main Ring Judge : Deb Danforth, Castleton, VT
Halter/Trail Judge: Rose Blomgren, Brimfield, MA
Fall Show: Sunday, August 30, 2020
Main Ring Judge: Paige Benson, Saugus, MA
Halter/Trail Judge: Denise Kareta, Ludlow, MA
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2020 Registration Forms will be available soon.
Below are the divisions that were offered in our 2019 horse shows. Information about the Divisions in our 2020 shows will be posted soon.
Open to any equine 5 years old and under. (NOTE: As of January 1, horses are considered the age they will turn that year. Junior Horses are also eligible for all In Hand classes, and they are welcome to be shown in under saddle if training warrants.)
Open Horse In Hand
Open to all horses, all breeds.
Open to any rider who is not competing at the canter or lope for this show season. Rider may be moved out of division if this rule is not followed. No Green Horse entries can cross enter this division.
Open to riders of all ages, all disciplines who have never competed at the canter or lope. No Green Horse entries can cross enter this division.
11 & Under Walk/Trot
Open to riders 11 years old & under who do not canter or lope for any reason at this show.
Open to all riders whose horses are 14.3 hands and under. Ponies are subject to measurement at show committee’s discretion.
Rider Beginning Canter
Open to all riders, all ages, who are in their first or second year of showing at the canter/lope.
Open to any horse that is registered with a breed association. Current registration papers must be presented to the show secretary.
Open to horses in their first or second year of showing at WRC under saddle, any age. The division is Walk/Trot. The final Pleasure class is try the canter. For the Day-End Championship, Halter placing will break a tie.
Open to all saddle seat riders and horses.
Open to all hunt-seat riders of any age.
Open to Western riders of any age.
Open to riders under the age of 8 years old or any special needs person (any age), all seats. Handlers must be 13 years old or older. For safety reasons, horses must have a halter under the bridle and the rider must have reins
Open to all youth currently enrolled in a 4-H program. Must present proof of membership. 4-H classes are governed by the New England 4-H Rulebook.
Open to all youth currently enrolled in a 4-H program who do not canter or lope for any reason at this show. Must present proof of membership. 4-H classes are governed by the New England 4-H Rulebook.
Each division consists of three to five classes. Most divisions include Halter or Showmanship, Equitation, Pleasure, and Command classes. To be eligible for the the Championship/Reserve Championship, exhibitors must compete in all classes within a division. However, you are not required to do so and may select only some of the classes within a division. Please check the show rules for division eligibility.
Some riders and horses are eligible to compete in more than one division (see the show rules for details).
Several non-division classes are also offered. They include specialty classes, challenges classes and a fundraising class. See below for details.
Below is a list of the non-division classes that will be offered at our 2020 horse shows.
Class 12: Ultimate Jackpot In Hand ($15) Open to all ages, any discipline. Judged 60% showmanship, 40% halter. This class will have a 85% cash payout, with 50% to first place, 25% to second place, 10% to third place.
Class 34: Open Carrot Race ($15)
Open to all riders of all ages, all horses, all disciplines. In hand.
Class 40: WRC Equitation Classic (WTC) ($15) Open to all riders, all disciplines competing at the Walk/Trot/Canter. The judge may call for no stirrups, sitting trot, and/or a short pattern if necessary to test riders. The Westfield Riding Club Equitation Perpetual Trophy will be awarded.
Class 48: Jackpot Pleasure Walk/Trot ($15)
Open to riders of all ages, all disciplines, who do not canter or lope for any reason at this show. Horses will be evaluated at the walk, trot/jog, and back, with additional testing at the judge’s discretion. This class will have a 85% cash payout, with 50% to first place, 25% to second place, 10% to third place.
Class 60: Open Walk/Trot Combined Championship
Open to riders of all ages, all disciplines, who do not canter or lope for any reason at this show. Riders will be evaluated at the walk, trot/jog, and back, with additional testing at the judge’s discretion. Championship and Reserve Championship to be awarded.
Below are the rules for our 2020 horse shows.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Unless otherwise stated in this document or the show program, this show will follow the AQHA Rule Book. 4-H classes will follow the New England 4-H Rule Book.
- Entry Forms must be postmarked or submitted electronically by
Tuesday before the show to avoid paying late fees. Entries received after that date will be subject to a $15 post-entry fee.
- All riders must complete and submit an Entry Form before entering the show ring for any class.
- The grounds open at 6:00 a.m. and the show starts at 8:00 a.m. Entry Forms must be turned in at the Secretary’s Booth by 7:30 a.m. to ensure entry into desired classes.
- After the show begins, the fee for all scratched classes must be paid in full, except in the case of injury to horse or rider.
- Show fees must be paid at the Secretary’s Booth on the day of the show. Classes may be paid by check or in cash. Checks are preferred. Please provide a separate check/payment for each horse/rider pair.
- 4-H participants must present their membership card at the Secretary’s booth. Registered 4-H members may pay per class or may pay the 4-H Day Fee of $75. The day fee does not cover Jackpot, Challenge or Championship classes. Once a payment choice is made for the show, it cannot be changed. The 4-H Day Fee is NON REFUNDABLE.
- Massachusetts State Law requires a Negative Coggins dated within the past 12 months for each participating equine.
- Registration papers must be presented at sign-in to enter Registered Breed classes.
- Riders in Walk/Trot divisions may not enter canter classes and may not canter or lope on the show grounds for the entire day. Doing so will result in elimination without refund.
- The Show Committee reserves the right to add, split, combine or cancel classes.
- Judge’s decisions are FINAL. Discrepancies or questions must be directed to the Show Steward, not the Judge.
- All horses must be healthy and serviceably sound. Horses that are visibly lame, ill, or in physical distress will be excused.
- Unruly horses will be excused. Horses that kick must have a red ribbon on their tail. Stallions must wear a yellow ribbon on their tail. No Junior exhibitors or Beginners may show a stallion.
- Equitation placing will break ties for championships. In the Green Horse division, Halter placing will break a tie. In 4-H divisions, Fitting and Showmanship will break a tie.
- Appropriate tack and attire is required. Exhibitors will NOT be penalized for wearing protective headgear in lieu of traditional headgear. Helmets MUST be worn by ALL exhibitors who are 18 years old and under as of January 1, 2020.
- Western riders may wear chaps in all classes.
- Classes may be held for up to 2 minutes. Holds must be requested 2 classes in advance.
- No dogs or other non-equine animals are allowed on the grounds during the show.
- Patterns for any classes requiring them will be available at the Show Secretary’s booth.
- Point standings will be announced when they are ready. No inquiries please.
- Division championships will be determined on this scale: 7-5-4-3-2-1.
- Jackpot Payouts: 1st=50% 2nd=25% 3rd=10%
- Year-End Points will be on the Open Horse Show Association points guidelines. Points will be based on the number of horses within the class and the placing of the horse within that class. Points per class will be determined on a sliding scale as outlined below:
|Number of Horses in Class||1st Place||2nd Place||3rd Place||4th Place||5th Place||6th Place|
Senior High Point
Awarded to the rider over 18 years of age who scores the highest cumulative point total in the WRC shows for the season. This prize is awarded at the club’s Year-End Banquet in January.
Junior High Point
Awarded to the rider aged 12-18 years of age who scores the highest cumulative point total in the WRC shows for the season. This prize is awarded at the club’s Year-End Banquet in January.
Youth High Point
Awarded to the rider 11 years of age or younger who scores the highest cumulative point total in the WRC shows for the season. This prize is awarded at the club’s Year-End Banquet in January.
Overall High Point
The Westfield Riding Club will recognize the top eight riders who score the highest cumulative points overall in WRC shows for the season. Points will follow the rider, and riders are not required to compete in both shows. Prizes will be awarded at the club’s Year-End Banquet. Riders need do not be Westfield Riding Club members to qualify for high point awards.