Junior In-Hand ClassShow Dates:

The Westfield Riding Club will host two 4-H and Open Horse Shows in 2017. Both shows are approved by the Open Horse Show Association, the American Paint Horse Association, and the Pinto Horse Association of America.  Our fall show date is:

Spring Show:   Sunday, June 11, 2017
Main Ring Judge :                    
Karyn Tracy Banas
Halter/Trail Judge:                 
Jordan Celino

Fall Show:   Sunday, September 10, 2017
Main Ring Judge:                  
Missy Tansey
Halter/Trail Judge:              
Brie-Anna Massoni


Sponsors are the life blood of the Westfield Riding Club’s Horse shows and other activities. Your sponsorship will help cover the cost of awards & prizes, judges, trail ride fees, clinicians, and other expenses related to our activities. We could not do it without you! Sponsorship forms will be available soon.


The divisions that will be offered at WRC Horse Shows in 2016 will be:

  • Junior Horse
    Open to any equine 4 years old and under. (NOTE: Junior Horses are also eligible for in hand classes and they are welcome to be shown in other classes as training warrants.) 
  • 4-H Walk/Trot
    Open to all youth currently enrolled in a 4-H program who do not canter or lope for any reason at this show. Rider must present proof of membership. 4-H classes are governed by the New England 4-H Rulebook.
  • 4-H Walk/Trot/Canter
    Open to all youth currently enrolled in a 4-H program. Rider must present proof of membership. 4-H classes are governed by the New England 4-H Rulebook.
  • Rider Beginning Canter
    Open to all riders, all ages, who are in their first or second year of showing at the canter/lope.
  • 11 & Under Walk/Trot
    Open to riders 11 years old & under who do not canter or lope for any reason at this show.
  • Saddle Seat
    Open to all saddle seat riders and horses.
  • Open Hunter
    Open to all hunt-seat riders of any age.
  • 12-18 Walk/Trot
    Open to riders 12 to 18 years who do not canter or lope for any reason at this show.
  • Adult Walk/Trot
    Open to all riders over 18 years old who do not canter or lope for any reason at this show.
  • Pony
    Open to all riders whose horses are 14.3 hands and under.
  • Registered Breed
    Open to any breed shown at the walk, trot/jog, canter/lope and back. Current registration papers must be presented.
  • Green Horse
    Open to horses in their first or second year of showing at WRC under saddle, any age. The AM Pleasure class (36) is Walk/Trot. The PM Pleasure class (50) is Walk/Trot/ Canter. Gaits for the Command Class are at the judge’s discretion. The judge may call for canter to break a tie. For the Day-End Championship, Showman­ship placing will break a tie. Classes: 7, 41, 64, 65
  • Open Western
    Open to Western riders of any age. Riders will be required to walk, jog, lope and back.
  • Leadline 
    Open to riders under the age of 8 years old and any special needs per­son (any age), all seats. Handlers must be 13 years old or older.
  • Open Horse In Hand
    Open to all horses, all breeds.
  • Open Driving
    Open to all drivers of a single-horse hitch. (NOTE: Drivers age 13 & under as of 1/1/16 must be accompanied by a knowledgeable adult horseman capable of rendering assistance at all times. The only exception is for single very small equines (VSE). Wire-wheeled and pneumatic-tired vehicles may be permitted. Driving classes will be governed by the ADS Rulebook.


Western Pleasure horse and riderEach division consists of three to five classes. Most divisions include Halter, 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.

Non-Division Classes:

Ultimate Jackpot In Hand ($15)
This class is open to all ages, any discipline. It is judged 60% showmanship, 40% halter. It will have a 100% cash payout, with 40% to first place, 30% to second place, 20% to third place and 10% to fourth place. Minimum of 4 entries to run this class.

Open Ground Driving ($10)
This unmounted class is open to all ages, all breeds, all disciplines. No cart.

Dressage Suitability ($10)
Open to all seats and breeds, this class tests the horse’s ability to perform in the dressage arena at Walk/Trot/Canter on the rail.  The judge may call for lengthening of stride and other movements found at training level.

Open Walk/Trot Equitation Championship ($15)
Description TBA.

Open Walk/Trot Pleasure Championship ($15)
Description TBA.

Founders’ Day Pleasure Classic ($15)
Open to all riders, all disciplines exhibiting at the walk, trot/jog,  and back. The winner will be awarded the Westfield Riding Club Founders’ Day Perpetual Trophy.

Open Walk/Trot Disciplined Rail ($10)
Description TBA.

Groom’s Class (free)
This class is open to any groom assisting any competitor in today’s show. Show attire is not required for this class. Riders in this class may not compete in any other class.

Show Rules:

Unless otherwise specified, Westfield Riding Club shows follow the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Rule Book. Click here to download the 2016 USEF Rule Book. Driving classes follow the America Driving Society (ADS)  Rule Book. Click here to view or download the 2016 ADS Rule Book. 4-H classes follow the Massachusetts 4-H Horse Show Rules and Policies. Click here for more information about 4-H rules & Policies.

  1. Entry forms must be postmarked or submitted electronically by Tuesday, June 6, 2017 to avoid paying late fees. Entries received after that date will be subject to a $15 post-entry fee.
  2. All riders must complete and submit an Entry Form before entering the show ring for any class.
  3. The show starts at 8:30 am. Entry Forms must be turned in at the Secretary’s Booth by 8:00 am to ensure entry into desired classes.
  4. After the show begins, the fee for all scratched classes will be HALF of the class fee, except in the case of injury to horse or rider.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 $50. The Day Fee does not cover Jackpot or Challenge classes. Once a payment choice is made for the show, it cannot be changed. The 4-H Day Fee is NON REFUNDABLE.
  7. Massachusetts State Law requires a Negative Coggins dated within the past 12 months for each participating equine.
  8. Registration papers must be presented at sign in to enter Registered Breed classes.
  9. Riders in Walk/Trot/Jog 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.
  10. The Show Committee reserves the right to add, split, combine or cancel classes.
  11. Judge’s decisions are FINAL. Discrepancies or questions must be directed to the Show Steward, not the Judge.
  12. All horses must be healthy and serviceably sound. Horses that are visibly lame, ill, or in physical distress will be excused.
  13. 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.
  14. Equitation placing will break ties for championships. In the Green Horse division, Showmanship placing will break a tie. In 4-H divisions, Fitting and Showmanship will break a tie.
  15. 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, 2017.
  16. Western riders may wear chaps in all classes.
  17. Classes may be held for up to 2 minutes. Holds must be requested 2 classes in advance.
  18. No dogs or other non-equine animals are allowed on the grounds during the show.
  19. Patterns for any classes requiring them will be available at the Show Secretary’s booth.
  20. Stakes:  1= 40%   2= 30%   3= 20%   4= 10%
  21. Point standings will be announced when they are ready. No inquiries please.
  22. 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
1 1
2 2 1
3 3 2 1
4 4 3 2 1
5 5 4 3 2 1
6-9 6 5 4 3 2 1
10-14 7 6 5 4 3 2
15-19 8 7 6 5 4 3
20-24 9 8 7 6 5 4
25+ 10 9 8 7 6 5

Year-End Prizes:

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/Holiday Party.

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/Holiday Party.

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/Holiday Party.

High Point Awards
Beginning in 2016, 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.

Adam & Alice Liptak Sr. Scholarship Award
Presented by the Westfield Riding Club Board of Directors

This award was created in memory of Mr. & Mrs. Adam Liptak Sr., who donated the Fowler Road property to the Westfield Riding Club in 1949.  This award recognizes the horse and rider/handler pair that consistently demonstrates versatility, sportsmanship, and excellence in horsemanship.  Candidates must be members of the Westfield Riding Club by September 11, 2016, and they must be  nominated by someone who is not a family member (self-nominations will be accepted).  Nomination papers are available via the WRC website.  All nominations and criteria must be submitted no later than October 1, 2017.  The WRC Board of Directors will select the winner.   A minimum of three applicants is required to present this award annually.

Criteria for the scholarship prize:

  1. Must be a member of WRC by 9/10/17
  2. All ages, breeds and disciplines welcome
  3. Must set an example for others, demonstrating good horsemanship, sportsmanship and safety.
  4. Must volunteer or participate in at least one WRC event in 2017. (e.g., show, clinic, trail ride)
  5. Must receive a written recommendation from an equine professional or mentor (e.g., instructor, trainer, judge, 4-H/Youth Leader), who is not a family member.


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