Divisions

Open

 The Open Division is open to any professional or nonprofessional member in good standing with any horse regardless of past winnings.  In addition to the normal entry fee, this division may collect and offer jackpot fees, which will be paid back to winners according to the ETXSHA payout schedule below.

Open Level 1 - Looking into adding in the future.

 

The Open Level 1 division is a subdivision of the Open for individuals with moderate to no showing experience who have taken money for starting colts, been paid to ride outside horses, given basic riding lessons for pay, or by other means that make them ineligible to participate in the Amateur or Non-Pro divisions.  But these individuals are not experienced professional trainers in western performance disciplines.  Any age horse may be ridden.  In addition to the normal entry fee, this division may collect and offer jackpot fees, which will be paid back to winners according to the ETXSHA payout schedule.

Earning Restrictions for Open Level 1

Riders that have combined earnings of $5,000 in any of the following or similar organizations: (NCHA, NRCHA, NRHA, RHAA, AQHA, APHA, SHTX, ASHA, ETXSHA, etc.) In any western performance discipline (western pleasure, working cow horse, reining, cutting trail, etc.) are not eligible for the Open Level 1 division.  Please see the ETXSHA Rules which we currently follow the SHTX Rule Book for additional information on Open LevelNon-Pro - Jackpots in Every Class plus All-Around Jackpot payouts with added money

Non-Pro

 

The description of Non-Pro eligibility is as follows

1. The rider has not received payment directly or indirectly for riding, training, assisting in training or showing horses at any time during the past five years.

2. The rider has not received payment directly or indirectly for instructing another person or conducting a seminar in riding, training, driving or showing a horse any time during the past five years.

3.  The rider has not had any expenses (including lodging, transportation, mileage, etc.) paid by someone other than family members.

EXCEPTIONS for 2 and 3 above:

A Non-Pro who otherwise qualifies under these rules may conduct clinics provided the only remuneration they receive is for reasonable expenses.  If questions are raised about Non-Pro eligibility, the contestant must be able to document any remuneration.

Collegiate members who are enrolled in an equine program or as part of an educational curriculum are exempt from items 2 and 3 above.

4. Premium money won is not considered remuneration.

5.  A Non-Pro rider may show in the Open Division without losing Non-Pro eligibility as long as requirements for a Non-Pro are still met.

The Non-Pro Division is open to any nonprofessional member in good standing with any horse regardless of past winnings.  In addition to the normal entry fee, this division may collect and offer jackpot fees, which will be paid back to winners according to the ETXSHA payout schedule.

LIMITED NON-PRO

Exhibitors who qualify as Non-Pro riders may choose to show in this division because of class routine or other personal choices.  Exhibitors may also show in the Open or Non-Pro divisions without losing their eligibility in the Limited Non-Pro division.  Riders in this division will work a modified version of the working cow horse class known as Box-Drive-Box- Drive.  (See LTD Non-Pro and Junior Horse Working Cow Horse class rules for specifics on rules for this division).  In addition to the normal entry fee, this division may collect and offer jackpot fees, which will be paid back to winners according to the ETXSHA payout schedule.

INTERMEDIATE

Exhibitors who qualify as Non-Pro riders may choose to show in this division because of class routine or other personal choices.  Exhibitors may also show in the Open or Non-Pro divisions without losing their eligibility in the Limited Non-Pro division.  Riders in this division will work a modified version of the working cow horse class known as a BOX ONLY class for 50 seconds.

 

NOVICE

 

The Novice Division is reserved for individuals with limited riding and showing experience who wish to learn more about showing in ETXSH at a beginner's pace.  New members in ETXSHA do not necessarily need to ride in the Novice division.  Advanced skills may be better suited for one of the other divisions.  There will be no jackpots in this division but Top 5 awards in the All-Around. 

Eligibility for the Novice division is as follows:

1. The rider must meet all Non-Pro eligibility requirements listed above.

2.  The rider has not won any champion titles or reserve champion titles at any show or cumulative year-end award in ETXSH, SHTX, ASHA, or Texas State 4-H finals;  more than 5 points in any breed association (AQHA, APHA, etc.) or $250 in a national organization (NCHA, NRCHA, NRHA, RHAA, etc.) in any western performance discipline (western pleasure, working cow horse, reining, cutting, trail, etc.)

3.  If a member loses novice eligibility through competition, he or she may finish that year as a novice rider.  Thereafter, the member is eligible only for Junior Horse, Youth, Limited Non-Pro, Non-Pro or Open divisions.

4.  Riders in this division will work a modified version of working cow horse as a boxing-only class.  Boxing a cow on one end of the arena for 50 seconds.

 

JUNIOR HORSES 

Horses in this division will show in the same patterns as the Open and Non-Pro with the exception of the working cow horse class which uses the Modified Working Cow Horse pattern of Box-Drive-Box-Drive.  In addition to the normal entry fee, this division may collect and offer jackpot fees, which will be paid back to winners according to the ETXSHA payout schedule below.

A horse is eligible to be shown in this division if the following criteria are met:

1. The horse is five years of age or younger as of January 1st of the current year.

2. A junior horse may be shown by a rider from any division

3. A junior horse must have registration papers or a signed age verification form from a licensed veterinarian on file with ETXSHA

Youth

Exhibitors in the youth division must be 8 through 18 as of January 1st of the current year.  The Youth Division is for individuals with more riding and showing experience who wish to learn more about showing in the ETXSHA at a more advanced pace.  The modified working cow horse pattern will be a box-drive-box-drive pattern.  The cow horse pattern will not involve turning down the fence, circling, or roping.  There will be in addition to the normal entry fee, this division may collect and offer jackpot fees, which will be paid back to winners according to the ETXSH payout schedule. 

NOVICE YOUTH - Once we get enough Youth we can split them into groups if needed.

 

Exhibitors in the Novice Youth division must be age 8 through 18 as of January 1st of the current year.  The Novice Youth division is reserved for individuals with limited or no riding and showing experience who wish to learn more about showing in ETXSHA at qa beginner's pace.

 

Eligibility for the Novice Youth division is as follows:

1. The rider must meet all Non-Pro eligibility requirements listed above.

2. The rider has not won any combination of champion or reserve champion titles at any show or cumulative year-end award in ETXSHA, SHTX, ASHA, or Texas State 4-H finals; more than 10 points in any breed association (AQHA, APHA, AQHA VRH All Around, etc.) or $500 in a national organization (NCHA, NRCHA, NRHA, RHAA, etc.) in any western performance discipline (western pleasure, working cow horse, reining, cutting, trail, etc.)

3. If a member loses Novice Yout eligibility through competition, he or she may finish that year as a Novice Youth rider.  Thereafter, the member is eligible only for Youth Junior Horse, Limited Non-Pro, Non-Pro or Open Divisions.

4. Riders in this division will work the Novice Working Cow Horse Pattern of Boxing Only.

5. A youth may not show in both the Youth and Novice Divisions at the same show.

6. Stallions are prohibited in any youth division. No JACKPOTS Top 5 Awards in All-Around