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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.

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.

NOVICE LEVEL 1 -  We have taken everyones scores from the previous shows.  If your average score was 65.1 and above you will continue to show as a Novice.  If you have an average score of 65 or below you will be classified to show as a Novice 1 Rider.

1st time showing with ETXSH then we will have you show in the Novice and look at your average at the end of the show and place you in either the Novice or Novice L1.  2nd show if your average is the same division you will remian there for the remainder of the year.  If by chance you are higher or lower we will look at the third show and decide which level you are for the remainder of the show year.

 

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.  

JR Youth (8 to 12 Yrs) - Box Only

Ltd Youth (13 - 18 yrs) - Box/Drive/Box/Drive

SR Youth (13 to 18) THSRA - Fence/Circle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classes

 1.  Ranch Riding - Pattern

2.  Ranch Reining - Pattern

3.  Ranch Trail

4.  Ranch Pleasure - Signs

5.  Cowhorse

Open/Open L1/Non-Pro - Turn on fence/circle or rope

Ltd Non-Pro/Green Horse/Junior Horse- Box-Drive-Box-Drive

Novice/Novice L1/ JR Youth - Box Only

6.  Ranch Cutting - AQHA VRH Ranch Cutting Rules

2 Cows and 2 minutes

To be eligible for All-Around Awards at the show

 Show in a Minimum of 4 classes

one class must be a cow class

Ranch Riding or Ranch Reining

Ranch Trail -Required

Ranch Pleasure - Required

Cowhorse or Cutting

If you show in all 6 classes we will use the highest points earned in either Ranch Riding or Ranch Reining and the highest points earned in either Cowhorse or Cutting but only 4 classes count towards the All-Around at the shows.

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