Shows


Junior In-Hand Class
Show Dates:

The Westfield Riding Club will host two 4-H and Open Horse Shows  in 2019. Both shows are approved by the Open Horse Show Association and the New England 4-H Horse Program.

Spring Show:   Sunday, June 9, 2019
Main Ring Judge :                  
Ian Beck, Windham, CT
Halter/Trail Judge:                 Rebecca Castine, Colrain, MA

Fall Show:   Sunday, September 8, 2019
Main Ring Judge:                 
Julia Adams, Shrewsbury, VT
Halter/Trail Judge:              Laura Maki, Brimfield, MA

Sponsorship:

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.

Show Registration:

Use the links below to register online for the WRC 2019 Spring Horse Show or to download a printable registration form.

Divisions:

The divisions that will be offered at WRC Horse Shows in 2019 will be:

  • Junior Horse
    Open to any equine 5 years old and under as of January 1, 2019. (NOTE: Junior Horses are also eligible for all In Hand classes, and they are welcome to be shown in under saddle if 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. 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. 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.
  • Novice Walk/Trot
    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.
  • Advanced Walk/Trot
    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.
  • Pony
    Open to all riders whose horses are 14.3 hands and under. Ponies are subject to measurement at show committee’s discretion.
  • 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 division is Walk/Trot. The final Pleasure class is try the canter. For the Day-End Championship, Halter placing will break a tie.
  • 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 or 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. Drivers age 13 & under as of 1/1/19 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.
  • Open Walk/Trot
    Open to riders of all ages, all disciplines  who do not canter or lope for any reason at this show.

Classes:

Western Pleasure horse and riderEach 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.

Click here to download a PDF that lists all classes (without descriptions).

Non-Division Classes:

Class 17: WRC Anniversary Model Horse ($10)  Open to all. This class is judged on the horse’s conformation in the “model” form. The judge will allow the handlers time to set up for inspection and then horses will be judged on the spot.

Class 18: 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 36: 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 43: WRC Anniversary Jackpot (WTC) ($15)  Open to all WTC entries. This class will be judged 50% equitation, 50% pleasure. It will have an 85% cash payout, with 50% to first place, 25% to second place, 10% to third place.

Class 50: WRC Anniversary Jackpot (Walk/Trot) ($15)  Open to all Walk/Trot entries. This class will be judged 50% equitation, 50% pleasure. It will have an 85% cash payout, with 50% to first place, 25% to second place, 10% to third place.

Class 61: Open Walk/Trot Equitation 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. No entries in Green Horse can cross enter this division.

Class 65: Open Walk/Trot Pleasure Championship
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. Championship and Reserve Championship to be awarded. No entries in Green Horse can cross enter this division.

Class 68: Open Walk/Trot Equitation Championship
Open to riders of all ages, all disciplines, who do not canter or lope for any reason at this show. Riders will be judged on the ability to perform a series of commands accurately, promptly, and smoothly. No entries in Green Horse can cross enter this division.

Class 71: Green Horse Mounted Trail (Walk Only)
Open to horses in their first or second year of showing at WRC under saddle, any age. Not part of the Green Horse Division.

Show Rules:

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Unless otherwise stated in this document or the show program, this show will follow the USEF Rulebook. 4-H classes will follow the New England 4-H Rule Book.

  1. 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.
  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 a.m. 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 paid in full, 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 $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.
  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 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, Halter 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, 2019.
  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. Point standings will be announced when they are ready. No inquiries please.
  21. Division championships will be determined on this scale: 7-5-4-3-2-1.
  22. Jackpot Payouts:  1st=50%    2nd=25%     3rd=10%
  23. 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
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 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.

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