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MISSOURI FOX TROTTING SUPER HORSE COMPETITION OFFICIAL HANDBOOK & SHOW RULES

Missouri Fox Trotting Super Horse Competition

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ISSION/PURPOSE: To showcase the Missouri State Horse, The Missouri Fox Trotter, as a versatile breed of equine in all arenas as the all purpose, show, pleasure and working horse that he is. Our goal is to further promote the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse and Pony worldwide with emphasis on youth events.

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General Show Rules: 1) By appearance on the show grounds and/or submission of an entry form, the owner, exhibitor and trainer agree to abide by rules of the MFTSHC and accept all decisions rendered by the Judge(s) and the MFTSHC show management. 2) The MFTSHC is committed to the humane and proper treatment of all horses. All MFTSHC events will adhere to the requirements of the Horse Protection Act (http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/hp). The welfare of the horse is the primary consideration in all activities. Horses will be treated with kindness, respect and compassion at all times. Handlers and riders are expected to use training techniques and equipment that conform to the highest humane standards as recognized by the general equestrian community. Those observed violating these standards will be asked to leave the show grounds. There will be no refund of fees. 3) Individuals and horses appearing on USDA or HIO suspension lists for violation of the Horse Protection Act are automatically ineligible for competition at an MFTSHC event. 4) Horses will be inspected upon arrival at the show grounds and randomly throughout the event by a DVM or show management personnel.  If the DVM or show management personnel deems a horse to be sored he will relay this info immediately to the Show Manager and the exhibitor/ handler will be asked to remove the horse from the show grounds.  

5) Drugs/Medications & Prohibited Substances: The use of any stimulants or depressants is prohibited. Any surgical procedure or drug that could affect a horse’s performance or alter its natural conformation is prohibited. Horses may be tested for drugs at random anytime during show at the discretion of Show Management. If prohibited drugs are found, the owner of the entry will have to pay for the test. Titles and moneys will be stripped and entry fees will not be refunded. The use of plastic wrap on the legs is prohibited on the show grounds. If an injury at the show requires a limb to be wrapped in plastic, approval by show management will be required for the horse to remain on the show grounds. Once a limb has been so wrapped, the horse is ineligible for any further competition at the show. Tails may not be “gingered” or the rectum otherwise interfered with in order to increase the appearance of a high tail set. Violation of these rules will result in the disqualification of the entry, the owner and trainer from further participation in the show. Any moneys or awards received shall be returned. There will be no refund of fees. 6) Only Horses, Ponies and Mules three years old and older will be permitted

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to show in under-saddle classes. 7) No artificial appliances are allowed in the show ring, including but not limited to: Hoof bands, leg chains, shoes exceeding the weight of keg shoes (sliders are allowed, but are discouraged in Ranch Horses classes) tie downs and martingales (except in speed events), inhumane bits or other equipment deemed to be abusive. Protective leg gear is permitted in Ranch Horse classes and Speed Events classes. 8) For Points to count towards a high point award or Super Horse/Pony award, the same horse and rider team must compete in the designated classes for that division. A horse is not eligible to win more than one exhibitor division championship (Open/Semi-Pro/Amateur/Youth). 9) To be eligible for the Super Horse and Super Pony awards, exhibitors must pay entry fees and enter all of the prescribed classes for each event. The required Super Horse/Pony classes will be identified on the show bill as SH or SP. 10) It is the responsibility of exhibitors to be ready to enter the arena without delay

when the class is announced. A period of three (3) minutes shall be allowed during which horses shall be permitted to enter the ring. If the horse has not entered the ring after the three (3) minutes, a one (1) minute warning announcement shall be made, during which time a late arrival may enter the arena. At the expiration of that time (4 minutes total), the gate will be closed, the class called, and no other horse shall be permitted to enter. In the event of a failure of an announcing system, it is still the exhibitor’s responsibility to be ready to enter the arena within the specified time. Failure of the exhibitor to present himself/herself in sufficient time to enter the arena during this four minute period, for whatever reason, shall be deemed a disqualification from the class.

11) Show management and/or the judge(s) at their discretion may disqualify and dismiss any horse, at any time, from the arena or show for cause; i.e. bleeding, lameness/unsoundness, suspected soring, use of nail/pin on withers, bad image, rider conduct, severe disobedience, poor sportsmanship, etc.

12) Should an exhibitor desire to be excused from the arena, permission shall be requested from the Ring Master or Judge, and the exhibitor must remain in center ring until excused.

13) All Judges’ decisions are final. When you enter your horse in the show, you are agreeing to accept the judge’s decisions and your award as placed by the Judge. If the Judge does not observe or recognize a violation of the class rules, it will be deemed to not have happened. Clerical errors in adding scores will result in the re-assessment of the placement of the class and changes will be made as appropriate. Un-sportsmanship like conduct will 4

not be tolerated. EXHIBITOR DIVISONS: Open: Any exhibitor whose primary income is derived from compensation for professionally training and or handling of horses. Semi-Pro: Open to any exhibitor whose income from professional training is incidental to their normal livelihood or who has trained professionally in the past (minimum of 13 mos. prior to January 1 of the current year).  This division also includes exhibitors who receive or have received indirect compensation for the training or exhibiting of a horse.  Semi-Pro exhibitors may compete in the Open Division if desired but are prohibited from entering the Amateur Division.  Amateur: Only riders and/or handlers who have never received compensation for the training or handling of horses as described in the Open Division are eligible for this Division. Amateurs may compete in Open classes and Semi-Pro if desired. Youth: Rider/Handler must be 18 years or younger at the time of the show to qualify for the Youth Division. *Exhibitors will be required to purchase an “Exhibitors Card” and sign a declaration of eligibility for their specific Division. HORSE DIVISIONS: MFT: All horses entered in MFT classes must be registered with the MFTHBA. Jr. Horse: Horses 3 - 5 years of age are eligible for this division. Only horses 4 & 5 years of age may compete in the Ranch Horse classes. The horse’s age will be determined by their age as of Jan. 1 of the current year. Pony: Only Youth exhibitors, ages 7 through 14 years, are eligible to show in the Pony Division. Ponies and Miniatures will be measured to ensure that the maximum height requirement (14 hands) is adhered to. Open Gaited: Any gaited horse/mule/pony (no registration required) may be entered in the Open Gaited classes, except MFTHBA registered MFT horses or MFT ponies. All Gaited: Any gaited horse/pony/mule (no registration required) may be entered in the All Gaited classes. All-Breed: Any breed of horse/pony/mule may be entered in the All-breed classes.

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HIGH POINT AWARDS: Awarded to the entry with the most points accrued to the horse and rider team of each division in the specified classes as follows: MFT Open/Semi-Pro/Am/Youth/Pony: MFT Halter – MFT 3 Gait – MFT Ranch Cutting - MFT Ranch Roping – MFT Working Cow Horse - MFT Western Pleasure - MFT Western Horsemanship – MFT Trail MFT Jr. Horse (3 yrs): MFT Jr. Horse Halter – MFT Jr. Horse 2-gait – MFT Jr. Horse Western Pleasure – MFT Jr. Horse Western Horsemanship – MFT Jr. Horse Trail MFT Jr. Horse (4 & 5 yrs): MFT Jr. Horse Halter – MFT Jr. Horse 2-gait – MFT Jr. Horse Ranch Cutting – MFT Jr. Horse Ranch Roping – MFT Jr. Horse Ranch Working Cow Horse - MFT Jr. Horse Western Pleasure – MFT Jr. Horse Western Horsemanship – MFT Jr. Horse Trail Open Gaited: Open Gaited Halter – Open Gaited Pleasure – Open Gaited Ranch Cutting – Open Gaited Ranch Roping – Open Gaited Ranch Working Cow Horse – Open Gaited Western Pleasure – Open Gaited Western/English Horsemanship – Open Gaited Trail Special Needs: Either Special Needs assisted or unassisted Showmanship – Special Needs assisted or unassisted Pleasure – Special Needs Assisted Flag Race – Special Needs Assisted Barrel Race Speed Events: All classes listed as Speed Events, including Ranch Sorting. Fun Classes: Mars & Venus - Water Glass – Newspaper - Egg & Spoon – Ride-a-Buck MFT SUPER HORSE: (Must compete in all classes) MFT SH Halter, MFT SH 3 gait, MFT SH Ranch Cutting & MFT SH Trail MFT SUPER PONY: (Must compete in all classes) MFT SP Halter, MFT SP 2 Gait, MFT SP Ranch Cutting & MFT SP Trail Class and High Point Awards Presentation: An awards presentation will be conducted one hour after the last class. If an exhibitor is not able to stay until the awards presentation, their class ribbons/awards may be retrieved from the show office after the score sheets are posted. MFTSHC TACK AND ATTIRE: Traditional MFT tack and equipment shall be used, with the exception that in Ranch Horse and Versatility (Western Pleasure, Horsemanship & Trail) classes, any age horse/pony/mule shown in a snaffle bit or hackamore (bosal) may be ridden using two hands on the reins. Split reins or standard mecate reins which include a tie rope may be used with a snaffle or bosal. When horses, ponies, or mules are shown in a curb/leverage bit, halfbreed or spade bit, only one hand is allowed on the reins. Split reins or a 6

romal is acceptable with a curb bit. Closed reins other than the mecate and romal are not permitted in Versatility classes. Closed reins are permitted in Performance, Ranch Horse and Speed Event classes. Traditional rules regarding split reins and use of romal apply. In all other classes, two hands are permitted on the reins when using a curb bit. Bit requirements for Performance/Rail classes: Bits should be of the grazing, snaffle, curb, half-breed or bitless type. No cruel or inhumane bits or similar devices will be permitted. Bit cheeks (includes both purchase and shank), shall be no more than 8 1/2” in length. Curb chains/straps are required with a shanked/leverage type bit and must be at least one-half inch in width (1/2”) and lie flat against the horse’s chin. No wire or solid curb is allowed, regardless of how padded or covered. Traditional mane and forelock ribbons are optional in the Performance Rail and Halter classes. Attire: Traditional MFT attire is appropriate in Rail Performance MFT classes. Long sleeved jacket, shirt or blouse with collar is required. Dress slacks, a suit or pantsuit is appropriate. Casual blue denim jeans are not considered appropriate and the entry may be penalized at the discretion of the judge. Appropriate footwear with heels is required. Tennis shoes, sandals, boots without heels or other footwear deemed unsafe are prohibited. Exhibitors choosing to wear protective headgear in any class may do so without penalty from Judges. ASTM/SEI Certified Helmets are strongly recommended for all competitors participating in speed events. Entry numbers refer to the horse and shall be prominently displayed on each side of the saddle pad in riding classes and worn by the rider/handler when showing at halter, bareback or in English tack. Open Gaited Division: Tack and attire may be traditional for the specific breed or Western, at the discretion of the exhibitor, unless specified in the class description. Mixing of Western and English tack and attire will be penalized. MFTSHC Scoring System: A) The MFTSHC Scoring System is designed to be positive and straight forward – always encouraging growth and improvement. B) No horse shall be disqualified except for the use of illegal equipment, obvious lameness, inhumane treatment, fall of horse and/or rider or misconduct of the rider. C) Penalty for failure to wear correct entry number will be at the discretion 7


of the Judge. D) Scoring and penalties, for which deductions may be made, are listed on each class score sheet.

E) Awards for each class and high point awards will be presented at the end of the show. Class awards (ribbons) may be picked up in the show office after the score sheets are posted if desired.

HALTER (CONFORMATION) CLASS SCORING: E) Traditional “Light Horse” standards of Conformation will be followed when judging the Halter classes. Horses will be judged and scored as follows:

Scoring of Rail Classes: 3 Gait MFT: Flat Foot Walk 20%, Fox Trot 40%, Canter 20%, Equitation 20% 2 Gait MFT: Flat Foot Walk 25%, Fox Trot 50%, Equitation 25%

1. Gait 15% 5% Stride 5% Rhythm 5% Track

2. Balance 40% 15% Vertical 15% Horizontal 10% Head and neck

3. Structure 20% 5% Shoulder Slope 5% Croup Slope 5% Chest/Hip width 5% Muscle development

4. Feet and Legs 15% 5% Set of rear legs 5% Front legs 5% Rear view

5. Conditioning 10% 5% Fit and Fleshing 5% Coat condition RAIL CLASS SCORING PROCEDURES: In rail classes (Performance & Western Pleasure) no more than 10 horses will be judged at one time. If more than 10 horses are entered in the class, the class will be split as necessary. The exhibitors will be given a score from 1 – 10 on each element (gait/maneuver/equitation, etc.) of the class according to the MFTSHC rule book. B) Judges shall sign the score sheets and score sheets will be turned in to the show secretary. Show secretaries shall total individual scores, using tie breakers according to the MFTSHC rules, to place the class on points earned. They will check with the Judge if there are any questions or if a workout will be required for the final placing of the class. C) All exhibitors will be ranked according to scores, placed from highest to lowest scores, and given class points for High Point awards according to their placing. D) Class score sheets shall be posted as soon as possible after each class to allow exhibitors to evaluate their performance and see their placing and accrued points. 8

Open Gaited Pleasure: Breed Specific Walk 25%, Intermediate Gait 50%, Equitation 15%, Rein-back 10% Scoring of Ranch Horse Classes: See each individual class below. SCORING OF VERSATILITY CLASSES: Western Pleasure – 3 Gait:

Trail Walk 10%, Flat Foot Walk 20%, Fox Trot 20%, Lope 20%, Maneuver 10%, Equitation 10%, Pleasure Quality 10%

Open Gaited Western Pleasure – 3 Gait

Working/Trail Walk 10%, Breed Specific Walk 20%, Intermediate Gait 20%, Lope 20%, Maneuver 10%, Equitation 10%, Pleasure Quality 10%

Western Pleasure – 2 Gait:

Trail Walk 20%, Flat Foot Walk 20%, Fox Trot 20%, Maneuver 20%, Equitation 10%, Pleasure Quality 10%

Horsemanship/Trail:

Each maneuver/element/obstacle will receive a score from 1 – 10 (10 being the best score)

Severe Penalties: The following will not result in disqualification, but an entry that commits any action listed below shall be subject to a severe penalty and shall not place above an entry that does not receive a severe penalty. • More than one finger between reins or improper use of Romal (curb bit). • Two hands on reins (curb bit) or changing hands except to work an obstacle in the Trail Class. • Failure to exhibit the proper gait or lead (at the lope/canter) or perform maneuvers/obstacles in the prescribed order. • Excessive use of spurs or use of hand or reins to instill fear. • Severe disobedience including but not limited to, rearing or pawing; 9


horse kicking at other horses, exhibitors or judge. Judges may dismiss any entry deemed to be a danger to other horses and riders. Tie Breakers: Conformation Halter classes: The first tie breaker will be the entry who receives the highest score for the Gait. The second will be the entry who receives the highest score for Balance. The third will be the entry who receives the highest score for Structure. If all are equal, a work-out will be called and the entries will be required to repeat the gait segment of the class. Performance Rail classes: The first tie breaker will be the entry who receives the highest score for the Foxtrot or intermediate gait. The second will be the entry who receives the highest score for the Flat Foot Walk or breed specific walk. In a 3-gait (canter) class, the third will be the entry who receives the highest score for the canter. In a 2-gait class, the third will be the entry who receives the highest score for Equitation. If all these are equal a work-out will be called between the tied entries. Ranch Horse Classes: The tie breakers will be left to the discretion of the Judge(s). Western Pleasure: The first tie breaker will be the entry who receives the highest score for the Foxtrot or intermediate gait. The second will be the entry who receives the highest score for the maneuver. In a 3-gait (canter) class, the third will be the entry who receives the highest score for the canter. In a 2-gait class, the third will be the entry who receives the highest score for Pleasure Quality. Horsemanship/Trail: The first tie breaker will be the entry who receives the highest score for the Foxtrot or intermediate gait maneuver/obstacle. The second will be the entry who receives the highest score for the maneuver/ obstacle deemed to be most difficult by the Judge. In a 3-gait (canter) class, the third will be the entry who receives the highest score for the canter maneuver(s)/obstacle(s). In a 2-gait class, the third will be the entry who receives the highest score for the maneuver/obstacle deemed to be 2nd most difficult by the Judge. CLASS DESCRIPTIONS AND PROCEDURES: Halter (conformation) Classes: Horses will be shown in hand in either a traditional “show” halter or a Western style halter. The halter should be well fitted, with an appropriate lead line, with or without an attached chain. Silver trim shall not count over good working equipment. Ribbons in the 10

forelock and mane are optional. Entries will enter the arena one at a time to the right at a Flat Foot or breed specific walk as directed by ring master. Entry will then proceed down the long side of the arena continuing at the Flat Foot/breed specific walk. The Judge will place himself in the middle of the long side so he can observe the movement of the horses from the front and back as well as the side. Upon reaching a designated marker the entry will reverse and proceed at a Foxtrot or intermediate gait down the long side of the arena. Upon reaching the next marker the entry will halt and reverse, then proceed down the long side again at the Foxtrot or intermediate gait. When reaching the marker, the entry will slow to the Flat Foot/breed specific walk and proceed around the arena to the other long side; entries will line up nose to tail and present their horse with all four feet positioned squarely under the body. Horses presented in a “stretched” position will be penalized. Special Needs Showmanship: These classes will be conducted according to traditional Showmanship rules. Entries will be required to follow a prescribed pattern that will be posted at least one-hour prior to the starting of the class. All-breed Lead Line: This class is for youth 8 years of age and under. Safety is of prime importance. Handlers must be adults (18 years or older). Horse/Pony/Mule must be a minimum of 3 years of age. Stallions are not permitted. Tack and attire for this class may be traditional, Western or English. Handler and rider’s attire should be clean, neat and uniform. A saddle is mandatory as is appropriate footwear with heels. An ASTMcertified protective helmet for the rider is strongly advised. A lead shank attached safely to the horse’s bridle or a halter with an attached lead shank under the bridle is mandatory. A blue ribbon will be awarded to each entry. Performance/Rail Classes: Entries will enter the arena and proceed to the right at a Foxtrot or intermediate gait. When the gate is closed and the class is called the gaits will be called as follows: (All Breed Special Needs Assisted) Enter at the slow walk/trail walk, Flat Foot walk or extended walk, slow walk/trail walk, reverse, repeat, slow/trail walk to line-up. (All Breed Special Needs Unassisted) Enter at the slow walk/trail walk, Flat Foot walk or extended walk, intermediate gait, slow walk/trail walk, reverse, repeat, slow/trail walk to line-up. (3 gait) Flat Foot or breed specific walk, Foxtrot or intermediate gait, Flat Foot/breed specific walk, canter, Flat Foot/breed specific walk, reverse. 11


After the reverse, the gaits will be called in the same order. The Judge may call for a repeat of any gait (at any time) at his discretion. (2 gait) Flat Foot or breed specific walk, Foxtrot or intermediate gait, Flat Foot/breed specific walk, reverse. After the reverse, the gaits will be called in the same order. The Judge may call for a repeat of any gait (at any time) at his discretion. The intermediate gait may not be the canter, lope or hand gallop

and there must be a noticeable change in speed between the breed specific walk and the intermediate gait.

(Open Gaited Pleasure) In addition to the gaits above, the judge will call for Working/Trail Walk each way, prior to the reverse and line-up. A reinback will be required in the line-up.

Fun Classes: All Fun Classes may be ridden in traditional, Western or English tack and attire (except Ride-a-buck). Rules and procedures for each specific Fun Class are as follows: Mars & Venus: Class procedures are the same as for a rail class. Ladies will ride the first direction of the arena. On the reverse, the ladies will proceed to the center of the arena and dismount. The gentlemen will then ride the second direction of the arena. This class may be designated 2 or 3 gait at the discretion of show management. Style of tack and attire is optional, although appropriate footwear with heels is required. Class will be judged as a rail Gaited Pleasure class. Water Glass: Each exhibitor enters the ring and proceeds to the center to receive a glass filled with water. One hand only is to be used to hold the glass. The hand may not cover the top of the glass and the glass should be held as if the rider were drinking out of it. The glass should be held out and away from the body of the horse and rider. Once the glasses are filled, the exhibitors are put on the rail and will be asked to perform the Flat Foot/breed specific walk, and Foxtrot/Intermediate gait both ways of the ring. A halt may be called at any time. A noticeable change in speed between the walk and the intermediate gait is mandatory. The entry will be excused if a distinct change in speed is not performed. Upon completion of the gaits, exhibitors will be asked to proceed to center ring. The class will be placed according to the amount of water remaining in each respective glass. The entry with the most water remaining in their glass wins the class. In the case of a tie, a canter may be called. Newspaper: Entries will compete in pairs. Each pair will enter the arena and receive a sheet of newspaper to be held between them. Gaits each way of the arena will be called as in the Water Glass class. If the newspaper tears and separates, the pair must proceed to the center. In addition to the 12

gaits, the Judge may call for maneuvers, including but not limited to circles, backing, pivots, etc. (limited only to the imagination of the Judge). Placing will be according to the order in which entries return to center ring after tearing their newspaper. Egg and Spoon: Each exhibitor enters the ring and proceeds to the center to receive an egg on a spoon. One hand only is to be used to hold the spoon. The hand may not touch the egg, and egg and spoon should be held out away from the body of the horse and rider. Once all entries have their egg and spoon, the exhibitors are put on the rail and will be asked to perform the Flat Foot/breed specific walk, and Fox Trot/Intermediate gait both ways of the ring. A halt may be called at any time. A noticeable change in speed between the walk and the intermediate gait is mandatory. The entry will be excused if a distinct change in speed is not performed. When an entry drops the egg he/she must proceed to center ring. In addition to the gaits, the Judge may call for maneuvers, including but not limited to circles, backing, pivots, etc. (limited only to the imagination of the Judge). Placing will be according to the order in which entries return to center ring after dropping their egg. Ride-a-buck: Riders will enter the arena bareback and proceed to center ring to receive their buck (dollar bill). The buck must be placed at the center of the horse’s back and under the seat of the rider. Once all entries have their dollar bill in place, the exhibitors are put on the rail and will be asked to perform the Flat Foot/breed specific walk, and Fox Trot/Intermediate gait both ways of the ring. A halt may be called at any time. A noticeable change in speed between the walk and the intermediate gait is mandatory. The entry will be excused if a distinct change in speed is not performed. If the entry drops the buck they must proceed to center ring. In addition to the gaits, the Judge may call for maneuvers, including but not limited to circles, backing, pivots, etc. (limited only to the imagination of the Judge). The entry who keeps the buck under his/her seat for the longest time, will be deemed the winner and will receive the bucks (dollar bills) from the other entries. Ranch Horse Classes Equipment: Horses shall be shown in a Western style stock saddle. Silver equipment will not count over good clean, working equipment. Any age horse/pony/mule shown in a snaffle bit or hackamore (bosal) may be ridden using two hands on the reins. Split reins or standard mecate reins which include a tie rope may be used with a snaffle or bosal. When horses, ponies, or mules are shown in a curb bit, half-breed or spade bit, only one hand is 13


allowed on the reins. When a bit is used, the mouthpiece must be at least 5/16” and not more than ¾” in diameter, measured one inch from cheek and must be smooth. Nothing may protrude below the mouthpiece such as extensions or prongs. A standard western curb bit must not be longer than 8 ½” measured on the outside length from the top bridle attachment to the rein attachment. The port must not be higher than 3 ½” with rollers and covers acceptable. Curb straps are required for curb bits and the curb chains or straps must be at least ½” in width and must lie flat against the horses chin. Prohibited Equipment includes tie downs, cavessons, rope gag bits, mechanical hackamores and running martingales. The judge may prohibit the use of any equipment deemed to be inhumane. Attire in the Ranch Horse classes should appear workman-like, be neat, clean and devoid of the ornamentation and high-fashion styling that requires more than a basic investment on the part of the exhibitor. Riders shall wear protective headgear or western hats, long sleeved shirts, with collar and western boots. Western boots shall include typical cowboy boots and laceup ropers. All other footwear is prohibited. The use of spurs and chaps is optional. Rules and procedures for specific Ranch Horse Class are as follows: Ranch Cutting: The contestant will enter the arena and proceed to the start line which will be approximately 2/3 of the distance to the end of the arena. A cow number will be given by the announcer as the contestant approaches the start line. The given numbered cow must be cut from the herd and the rider must demonstrate the horse’s ability to work the cow. When satisfied that the horse has proven its cutting ability, the horse and rider must then pen the cow at the far end of the arena. Time Limit will be 2 minutes 30 seconds. The contestant will be notified when 90 seconds has elapsed. Time will start when the contestant crosses the starting line and is given a cow number. Two herd holders and two turn back riders are allowed to assist the contestant during the cutting portion of the class. The run is completed when the cow is penned or the 2 minutes 30 seconds time limit is up. Arena Set up. Cattle will be at one end of the arena and a pen with a wing that stretches to the inside of the arena will be placed on the side fence at the opposite end of the arena (see diagram). A marker/cone will be placed in the arena a variable distance of 20 to 40 feet from the side of the arena and the corner of the pen. 14

Scoring Ranch Cutting: Scoring will be based on the horse’s performance and ability. Consideration and credit will be given to those horses that demonstrate excellence in their herd work, setting up the cow to be cut and working in the center of the arena. Consideration and credit is also given for the degree of difficulty of the cow drawn and for the ability to drive and pen the cow within the time allotted. Contestants will not be penalized for reining the horse during the cutting portion, but horse should display natural cutting ability. Contestants will be allowed to grasp the saddle horn. Scoring will be on the basis of 0 – 100 with 70 denoting an average performance. Run content scoring shall include: 1) Herd work: Herd entry; driving cow from herd; setting up for cutting 2) Cutting: Working cow in center of arena; degree of difficulty; courage and cow sense; eye appeal 3) Penning: Setting up for driving; driving to pen; penning the cow Penalties: 1 point: Losing working advantage; toe, foot or stirrup on the horse’s shoulder; working out of position 3 point: Cattle picked up or scattered; spurring on shoulder; pawing or biting cattle; cow reaches back fence 5 point: Quitting cow; losing cow; not penning before time expires; penning more than one cow; not driving cow between marker and corner of pen prior to penning Severe Penalty: (may not place above another who does not receive a severe penalty): Turning tail to cow; Excessive disturbance of herd; two hands on reins (except snaffle or bosal) 15


Ranch Roping: This is a judged event with a 2 minute time limit. The honda of the rope used must be of a breakaway design. A rope must be thrown and the contestant may throw only two loops (a second rope may be used). A legal catch is any loop that comes tight to hold around any part of the cow causing the break- away honda to release when the rider dallys-up. Youth exhibitors may have their rope tied on to the saddle horn instead of dallying, at their discretion. Horse and rider will start from behind a start line which is located 1/3 of the arena length from the cattle. Time will begin when the contestant crosses the start line and a cow number is given by the announcer. The run ends when the rider dallys-up and the breakaway honda releases the cow or time expires. A herd holder is allowed to assist the contestant in holding the cattle at the working end of the arena. The herd holder is prohibited from assisting in sorting and doing so will result in a Severe Penalty during the cutting portion of the class. The horse should enter the herd as in a ranch roping situation; keeping a quiet environment, isolating and roping the cow without running or disturbing the herd. Scoring Ranch Roping: The horse should be judged as in a ranch roping situation with emphasis on herd work including entering and keeping a quiet environment, isolating the cow, setting up the cow for roping and roping the cow without running or disturbing the herd. Maximum credit should be given for rider’s ability to “read” the cattle and secure a “legal catch” (any loop that comes tight to hold around any part of the cow). Run content scoring shall include: 1) Herd Work: Natural cow sense; approach interested and without hesitation; enters herd quietly; cutting the cow; maintaining a working advantage 2) Rating & Tracking cow: Responsive and in control of the cow; maintaining position 3) Rope Handling: Position of the horse; securing a legal catch Penalties: 2 Point: Running past cow; coming in contact with cow 5 Point: Losing cow; overworking the cow; failure to separate the cow; disturbing the herd; unnecessary roughness; turning tail to the cow 15 Point: Failure to secure a legal catch (an entry that fails to secure a legal catch shall not place above an entry that does.) Severe Penalty (SP): If no rope is thrown; If herd holder crosses start line before entry; If herd holder assists in sorting cows 16

Ranch Working Cow Horse: Open, Semi-Pro and Amateur Divisions: There will be a two minute time limit per horse to perform the entire work beginning when the cow is turned into the arena. When there is one minute left on the time, the announcer will announce, “one minute”. At 2 minutes, the announcer will call time. The work in this class will consist of the following three parts: Part One – Boxing the Cow: The rider shall ride into the arena and face the cattle entry gate. The rider shall signal for the cow to be turned into the arena. Upon entry into the arena, the cow shall be controlled on the entry end of the arena for a sufficient amount of time to demonstrate their horse’s ability to “hold” the cow. If the cow does not immediately challenge the horse, the rider shall aggressively move in on the cow to demonstrate her/ his horse’s ability to drive and block the cow on the entry fence. Part Two – Release and Drive: After the cow has been controlled on the entrance end of the arena, the rider shall deliberately release the cow and set up for driving down the long side of the arena. When coming out of the corner, the horse shall be close enough to the cow to demonstrate control with cow against the fence. This distance and control should be maintained for approximately three-fourths length of arena. Rider will then back horse off of cow and move horse toward center of arena to set cow up for boxing. Part Three – Boxing the Cow at opposite end of arena: The exhibitor will again control or “hold” the cow at this end of the arena to demonstrate the horse’s ability to “hold” the cow. Continue boxing until time expires. Scoring Open, Semi-Pro and Amateur Working Cow Horse class: Scoring for the working cow horse class will be 1 to 50 points based on 20 points for each “boxing the cow “work and 10 points for the drive down the side of the arena. Each of the three parts of the class is broken into two scores. In selecting tie breakers, a judge may use 1 through 6 of the scoring columns in any order. Scoring for Part One – Boxing (Maximum of 20 points a.. The horse will be scored 10 points for control, position and correctness. b. The horse will be scored 10 points for degree of difficulty, amount of work done, eye appeal and cow sense. Credits: +Expression by the horse and making moves with little rider 17


assistance +Holding and controlling the cow +Amount of work actually done and the degree of difficulty of the work Deductions: -Missing cow badly on turns -Horse having to be handled excessively -Letting cow escape to start rundown instead of being held, released, and driven down the fence of arena - Using side fences to turn cow Scoring for Part Two – Driving down arena fence (Maximum of 10 points) To receive full credit for the drive down the cow must be controlled on the fence for at least 3/4 the length of the arena. a. The horse will be scored 5 points for control, position and initiative. b. The horse will be scored 5 points for degree of difficulty, amount of work done, eye-appeal and cow sense. Credits: +Rating the cow +Blocking the cow with pressure towards the end of the arena. +Driving the cow with control down the side of the arena Deductions: -Unable to direct cow to opposite end of arena -Failure to rate the cow and drive against the fence -Letting cow return to entry gate 3. Scoring for Part Three – Boxing (Maximum of 20 points) a. The horse will be scored 10 points for control, position and correctness. b. The horse will be scored 10 points for degree of difficulty, amount of work done, eye appeal and cow sense. Credits: +Expression by the horse and making moves with little rider assistance +Holding and controlling the cow +Amount of work actually done and the degree of difficulty of the work Deductions: -Missing cow badly on turns -Horse having to be handled excessively -Letting cow escape Ranch Working Cow Horse Class Youth, Jr. Horse & Open Gaited Divisions This class has been developed for novice and youth riders as an entry level Working Cow Horse class. The rider will enter the arena and perform the cow horse pattern. After completing the cow horse pattern, the rider will face the cow end of the arena and call for a cow. The rider will have 1 minute 18

to work the cow. Timing will be done by the announcer starting when the cow is turned into the arena. At 1 minute, the announcer will call time. The work in the cow horse class will consist of the following two parts. Part One – Cow Horse Pattern – The rider shall walk into the arena, walk to first cone and start pattern. Markers: Marker placement shall be a minimum of 20 feet from the wall. Enter arena at a walk and walk to first cone 1. Lope to second cone; Stop; Back two steps; Rollback to right 2. Lope to first cone; Stop; Back two steps; Rollback to left 3. Lope to second cone; Stop; Rollback to right 4. Lope to first cone; Stop; Rollback to left 5. Lope to center; Stop, Back; Pivot 90 degrees toward cattle and call for cow to be worked. Part Two – Boxing the Cow – The rider shall signal for the cow to be turned into the arena. Upon entry into the arena, the cow shall be controlled on the entry end of the arena for one minute to demonstrate the horse’s ability to “hold” the cow. If the cow does not immediately challenge the horse, the rider shall aggressively move in on the cow to demonstrate his horse’s ability to drive and block the cow on the entry fence. Scoring for Youth, Jr. Horse & Open Gaited Divisions: Scoring for the Working Cow Horse class shall be 20 points for the Cow Horse Pattern and 40 points for the Cow Work for a total of 60 points for the entire class. The Cow Horse Pattern is divided into five maneuvers with a maximum score of 4 points each. The Cow Work is divided into two scores of 20 points each. In selecting tie breakers, a judge may use 1 through 7 maneuvers in any order. Scoring for Part One – Cow Horse Pattern (Maximum of twenty points) 1. The horse will be scored 1-4 points for entering at a walk to 1st cone, lope to 2nd cone, stop, back two steps and rollback to right. 2. The horse will be scored 1-4 points for lope to 1st cone, stop, back two steps and rollback to left. 3. The horse will be scored 1-4 points for lope, stop and rollback to right. 4. The horse will be scored 1-4 points for lope, stop and rollback to left. 5. The horse will be scored 1-4 points for lope to center, stop, back, pivot, call for cow. Credits: + Good Straight Stops

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+ Correct Rollbacks - Poor turns + Correct Gaits - Poor backing - Failure to complete pattern as described Scoring for Part Two – Boxing (Maximum of forty points) 6. The horse will be scored 1-20 points for control, position, correctness and initiative. 7. The horse will be scored 1-20 points for degree of difficulty, eye appeal and cow sense. Credit: + Expression by the horse and making moves with little rider assistance + Holding and controlling the cow + Amount of work actually done and the degree of difficulty of the work Deductions: - Missing cow badly on turns - Horse having to be handled excessively - Letting cow escape Versatility Classes Equipment: Horses shall be shown in a Western style stock saddle. Silver equipment will not count over good clean, working equipment. Any age horse/pony/mule shown in a snaffle bit or hackamore (bosal) may be ridden using two hands on the reins. Split reins or standard mecate reins which include a tie rope may be used with a snaffle or bosal. When horses, ponies, or mules are shown in a curb bit, half-breed or spade bit, only one hand is allowed on the reins. When a bit is used, the mouthpiece must be at least 5/16” and not more than ¾” in diameter, measured one inch from cheek and must be smooth. Nothing may protrude below the mouthpiece such as extensions or prongs. A standard western curb bit must not be longer than 8 ½” measured on the outside length from the top bridle attachment to the rein attachment. The port must not be higher than 3 ½” with rollers and covers acceptable. Curb straps are required for curb bits and the curb chains or straps must be at least ½” in width and must lie flat against the horses chin. Prohibited Equipment includes tie downs, cavessons, rope gag bits, mechanical hackamores and running martingales. The judge may prohibit the use of any equipment deemed to be inhumane. Attire: Riders shall wear protective headgear or western hats, long sleeved shirts with collar and western boots. Western boots shall include typical cowboy boots and lace-up ropers. All other footwear is prohibited. The use of spurs and chaps is optional. Western Pleasure:

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according to the “Rail Class” rules above. See Western Pleasure score sheet for judging considerations, scoring and penalties. Horsemanship: Riders will be required to perform a specific pattern provided by show management. Pattern will be posted at least one-hour before the class begins. Judge may require entries to perform all gaits, one way of the arena. See Horsemanship score sheet for judging considerations, scoring and penalties. Trail: Riders will be required to negotiate obstacles and maneuvers prescribed in a pattern provided by show management. Pattern will be posted at least one-hour before the class begins. See Trail score sheet for judging considerations, scoring and penalties. Speed Event Classes: ASTM/SEI Certified Helmets are strongly recommended for all competitors participating in speed events. Ranch Sorting: This is strictly a timed event; there is no judging, except for infractions of the rules and time faults. Cattle will be at one end of the arena and a start line will be marked about 2/3 of the way down the long side of the arena fence. The contestant will be given a cow number as he approaches the start line. Time will begin when the contestant crosses the starting line. Starting with the given number, the contestant will individually sort and push three cattle across the start line in numerical order. EXAMPLE: If number 3 is called, cow number 3 must be sorted followed by cow number 4 then cow number 5. If the number 9 is called and only 10 cows exist, then the sort will be 9, 0, and then 1. Time will end when the third cow crosses the start line. The contestant is allowed three assistants. These riders must stay on the opposite side of the start line from the cows and keep any sorted cattle from returning back across the start line. Time Faults and Disqualifications: 1. If a sorted cow comes back across the start line, a time fault of 10 seconds will be added to the final time. 2. If an assistant crosses the start line, a time fault of 10 seconds will be added to the final time. 3. Maximum time allowed will be three minutes. If sorting is not completed by that time, the contestant shall receive a “No time”. 4. If cows are not brought across the line in numerical order it will result 21


in a “No time”. 5. Any non-designated cow brought past the start line will result in a “No time”. 6. Excessive disruption of the herd will result in a “No time”. 7. If an assistant attempts to assist with the sorting it will result in a “No time”. PIVOT 90 DEGREES TOWARD COW |_._._. ___________________ ←← →→__________________________________________| |______________________________________________ ←← →→____________________________________________. _.| | ._. _________________________________________ ←← X START X

8. No roping or rough handling will be tolerated in this event. Flag Race: Two barrels will be placed in the center of the arena. Cones will mark the start/finish line. Time will start when the horse’s nose crosses the start line and will end when the horse’s nose crosses the finish line. The rider will ride to the first barrel; pick up a flag from the bucket on the barrel; run down the arena and around the second barrel; returning the flag to the first barrel. Riders may work the course from either side of the barrels and may ride the course at any gait. If the flag is dropped, it will result in a “no time”. The fastest time wins the class. Catalog Race: A catalog or phone book will be placed on a table at the end of the arena. As the rider approaches the start/finish line (marked by cones) he/she will be given a page number. They must proceed to the table (at any gait), dismount, tear that page number from the book, remount, and proceed back across the start/finish line. Time starts when the horse’s nose crosses the start line and stops when the horse’s nose crosses the finish line. A mounting block will be provided to assist the riders in mounting. The fastest time wins the class. Barrel Race/Pole Bending/Stake Race: Versatility and Ranch Horse equipment and attire will be required. Traditional patterns and rules will apply to these events. See Speed Events score sheet for time faults penalties. 22

JUDGING RULES AND PROCEDURES

JUDGES: Judges should have equine expertise and personal character to merit the honor of being asked to judge. Judges must be knowledgeable horsemen/ horsewomen. Judges must read all MFTSHC rules as well as the procedures for judging the events and agree to abide by those procedures and score exhibitors according to the class standards and rules. MFTSHC Scoring System: A) The MFTSHC Scoring System is designed to be positive and straight forward – always encouraging growth and improvement. B) No horse shall be disqualified except for illegal equipment, obvious lameness, fall of horse and/or rider, inhumane treatment or misconduct of the rider. C) Penalty for failure to wear correct entry number will be at the discretion of the Judge. D) Specific scores and deductions are listed on the each class score sheet. MFTSHC Judging Procedures: A) MFTSHC Score sheets shall be used to judge all classes (with the exception of Special Needs classes, Fun classes and Speed classes). During the class, a scribe shall assist each judge by recording the scores on the official score sheet for the class. B) In rail classes (Performance & Western Pleasure) no more than 10 horses will be judged at one time. If more than 10 horses are entered in the class, the class will be split as necessary. The exhibitors will be given a score from 1 – 10 on each element of the class according to the MFTSHC rule book. B) Judges shall sign the score sheets and score sheets will be turned in to the show secretary. Show secretaries shall total individual scores, using tie breakers according to the MFTSHC rules, to place the class on points earned. They will check with the Judge if there are any questions or if a workout will be required for the final placing of the class. C) All exhibitors will be ranked according to scores, placed from highest to lowest scores, and given class points according to their placing. D) Class score sheets shall be posted as soon as possible after each class to allow exhibitors to evaluate their performance and see their placing. E) Awards for each class and high point awards will be presented at the end of the show. Class awards (ribbons) may be picked up in the show office after the score sheets are posted if desired. 23


SCRIBES: Scribes are provided to assist the Judge with the record keeping aspect of judging. Scribes should not double as a ring master/steward and must be available at all times to record scores given by the Judge. A scribe’s integrity must be above reproach and they must be willing to be attentive and accurate at all times. They should not attempt, in any way, to influence or change a Judge’s score. DISCLAIMER: Information in this Official Book maybe changed at the discretion of MFTSHC management.

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DISCLAIMER: Information in this Official Book maybe changed at the discretion of MFTSHC management. Š 2013 - Missouri Fox Trotting Super Horse Competition

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