The rider will be judged on basic equitation skills and his or her ability to control the horse.
Academy Riders may only show in Academy Classes. They may NOT* return to the Academy Division after having shown in regular performance or equitation classes at any of these shows.
*Exceptions can be made for adult riders that have had at least a ten-year break between showing in performance or equitation before returning to Academy.
Walk-trot Riders are to be judged both ways of the ring at a walk and trot only. RIDERS WHO HAVE CANTERED AT A RECOGNIZED OR UNRECOGNIZED SHOW ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THIS DIVISION. (This follows AHSA ruling p. 236 Art. 2218 sec. 8, under Equitation division.)
Students may not cross enter between walk/trot & walk/trot/canter divisions at the same show. Once they have shown in WTC, they may not returned to any WT division.
Walk/trot/canter riders are to be judged both ways of the ring at these gaits.
The horse must have earned/ be earning his living as a school horse for a MINIMUM of 6 months.
The horse must be a mare or gelding and must have a full mane and tail.
Open-type horses that are not regularly used as a school horse may NOT be used as Academy Mounts.
Horse is to be tacked as if giving a lesson. Snaffle and Martingale is encouraged on young riders, full bridles are acceptable. ANY LEVARAGE BIT REIN IS PROHIBITED THROUGH THE MARTINGALE. The saddle must be consistent with the style of riding.
Prohibited tack includes: Overchecks, blinkers, or curb-bit reins through martingales on under-saddle classes.
NO show packages! Shoe not to exceed 18 oz. with one pad and/or wedge for comfort of the horse. Show Farrier will make final decision.
Shirts: Long sleeved, button down shirts with vest and a tie.
Pants: To consist of jodhpurs. Blue jeans are acceptable only in Western classes.
Footwear: To consist of paddock, jodhpur, hunt or cowboy boots, as class-appropriate.
Headgear: ASTM/SEI certified safety helmets are the ONLY acceptable headgear. Riders under 12 are required to wear helmets. Older age riders are strongly encouraged to wear helmets, but this will be left up to the discretion of their trainers.
Every rider must qualify in a preliminary class in order to compete for a Championship class. The top 10 ribbon winners from each age group will move on to the Championship rounds. If a class has to be split, only the top 8 from each split will qualify for the Championships.
Junior and Senior Finals will consist of the top 8 ribbon winners from each age group in their respective category. Ten ribbons will be awarded in the Grand Championship finals.