- No Horse and Rider can win more
than one saddle, per show, per division.
- Horses can only be shown with one rider
- Everyone showing in a class must wear
the official AOHA number. Numbers shall be worn on saddle pad for Western
pleasure, Huntseat & English pleasure. Number shall be worn on back
of all gaited and halter classes & timed events. In Costume Leadline
numbers shall be displayed at most visible position on child, horse
or handler. No clipping, changing or alterations (except laminations).
Such alterations are grounds for disqualification. Anyone showing with
wrong number, no number or missing their cut is disqualified.
- All halter horses designated
for drug testing must report at the end of the assigned class and within
five minutes of leaving the show ring, unless arrangements are made
with the AOHA Chairman or Vice-Chairman. Failure to do so will result
in forfeiture of awards, placing and points. Performance and timed event
horses to be drug tested shall report within five minutes of notification
and failure to do so will result in forfeiture of awards, placings and
- Riding helmet is optional for riders
17 years and under.
- No one is allowed to talk to the judge(s)
during the Show unless spoken to first by the judge(s). AOHA Officers
and/or Directors and ring master are exempt from this rule. If a meeting
with the judge(s) is necessary, a ring steward or AOHA officer/director
must be present with the person and it must be scheduled to take place
after that person has completed all their classes for the Show.
- A judge cannot pull horses one at a
time off the rail to the center of the ring. All horses must be pulled
to the center at the same time.
- After judges cards are turned
into Ring Steward, results are final and cannot be changed (judges
included), except in the case of duplication or omission pending any disqualification issues.
- No rerun except for fault of AOHA, (1
rerun only is allowed). No rider, horse or tack fault will be accepted
- Proof of negative Coggins will be required.
- All youth rider classes will read "17
years & under." A juvenile's age for showing is their age on
- No stallions will be handled or shown
by anyone 17 years and under.
- Riders who dismount without the
spoken permission of the ringmaster or AOHA Officer are to be disqualified.
- No dogs allowed inside
W.O. Crawford Arena or Garrett Arena except for camper hook up area.
- No small motorized vehicles except
golf carts and "gators" allowed on State Show grounds. No
4 or 3 wheelers (ATV's), mopeds, motorcycles, bicycles, scooters (gas,
manual or electric) are allowed on State Show grounds. All approved
vehicles must be operated by a licensed driver and must have a permit
- GROUND FEES & ENTRY FEES ARE
- Each association can schedule three (3) double judge shows per shwo season. To have a double judged show the association
director must receive prior permission from AOHA Chairman. The associations have the option of participants running twice or use two (2) timers for one (1) run. Associations must choose one (1) of the options for the season. The point sheets and show program for the double judge show must be sent to the Chairman.
- If blood is seen on a horse in the arena
by the judge or ringmaster, the class is to be stopped and judgment
will be made if the horse may continue or will have to be excused. The
judge and ring master's decision is final.
- Pre-registration is mandatory. All class
registration, stall registration, gate fees and grounds fees are to
be turned in to the AOHA treasurer by August 10, 2013.
(No late turn-ins accepted.) Please waiver acceptance signature to expedite
- Horses are not permitted on
the grounds before NOON of Thursday, August 29th, without the permission
of the AOHA Chairman.
- Anyone caught with horses in
the camping areas, at any time or day, shall be removed from the show
grounds and disqualified from showing for that year. No refunds.
- Motor homes/living quarter trailers:
AOHA does not take reservations for motor homes/living quarter trailers
hook ups. For information on hookups contact Garrett Coliseum office
at 334-356-6866. (No horses allowed in these areas at any time!)
- Chairman/Directors and appointed
State Show Committee:
~ Will coordinate and assign work schedules and job duties/assignments
to assure that a professional smoothly run show is presented.
~ Have State Show grounds opened and operational 24 hours before the
start of State Show. AOHA directors are the State Show Management.
~ It is the responsibility of AOHA to have a ring steward who knows and
understand the rules of the Association. Ring steward will not talk to
a judge during a class unless spoken to by the judge and will confirm
all back numbers.
~ Protest (Code Green) are due to Chairman/Director/Officer.
If protest occurs during show time you have until the end of the show,
after that, it is VOID. If found in violation, awards are to be returned
immediately or the cost of replacement will be the responsibility of
- Tie Breaker System -
Ties in divisional awards shall be broken by that exhibitor who has
accumulated the most points in the fewer classes and, following, by
whomever has the greater number of higher placings in his or her classes.
- All pony measurements at halter posture should be turned in at the
beginning of show season to the AOHA Secretary.
- In Pony Halter, no adults will be allowed with child. Gaited and Western
ponies will be shown together.
- Under no circumstances shall the height of the pony be over
54" or the age of the child be over 12 years. No stallions in pony
- Ponies must work both ways of the ring at three gaits to show their
ability with different leads. Excessive speed to be penalized.
- Conformation and grooming is to be judged in their class.
- Equipment may be English or Western. Western ponies will be required
- No pony 54" or under will be allowed in any horse class
except open timed events and leadline.
- It is recommended that each Association have a representative present
during pony measuring.
- Ponies may not be ridden by competitors 13 years or older.
- All ponies except those entered in costume leadline
must be measured at the show.
- Ponies may be ridden two-handed regardless of bit or age of pony.
- The rider is to be eight years old or
younger. The rider and horse/pony is to be lead by a person 15 years
and older or parent/guardian, also can have different leader but must
be same horse/pony/rider. Entry participants shall be limited to one
child and one leader and one helper. Only props attached to the horse are allowed.
- No stallions allowed.
- In halter and western classes it is mandatory
to wear appropriate western attire, including western hat and cowboy
boots. The hat must be on the rider's head when exhibitor enters the
- Two Year Old Snaffle Bit Western Pleasure
- Bits will be checked before each cut & at finals.
(2 year old horses shown with a hackamore
- Entries in the Two Year Old Snaffle
Bit class must be shown with both hands on the reins. Reins may
not be tied. The rider's hands should be carried near the pommel
and not more than 4 inches out on either side of saddle horn. Rider's
hands must be steady with very limited movement.
- Faults to be scored accordingly, but
not necessarily cause for disqualification:
The class will be judged on the performance
and conformation of the horse at the discretion of the judge.
- Changing hands on reins
- Two hands on reins, except when showing
with hackamore or snaffle bit
- More than one finger between reins
- Being on wrong lead
- Excessive speed (any gait)
- Excessive slowness (any gait)
- Breaking gait.
- Failure to take the called for gait
- Touching the horse or saddle with free
- Head carried too low or too high
- Nosing out or flexing behind the vertical
- Opening mouth excessively
- Stumbling or falling
- Use of spurs or romal forward of the
Horses are to be shown at a walk, trot,
extended trot (at judge's discretion) and lope at a slightly increased
A good pleasure horse has a stride of
reasonable length in keeping with his conformation. He has enough cushion
to pastern to give the rider a pleasant, smooth ride. He carries his
head in a natural position, not high and over-flexed at the poll or
low with the nose out. The horse should be relaxed but alert and ready
to respond to the rider's commands without excessive cueing. When asked
to extend the jog, he moves out with the same smooth way of going.
- Horses must work both ways of the
ring at all three gaits to demonstrate their ability with different
leads. Horses shall not be asked to extend the lope, but at the
discretion of the judge they may be asked to extend the jog. Horses
are required to back easily and stand quietly.
- Horses are asked to be reversed to
the inside (away from the rail). They may be required to reverse
at the walk or jog at the discretion of the judge, but they shall
not be asked to reverse at the lope.
- Judge may ask for additional work
of the same nature from any horse. He is not to ask for work other
than listed above.
Except for Two Year Old Snaffle Bit,
Western Pleasure, or Junior Horses shown with a hackamore or snaffle
bit, for which reins shall be held as stated by AQHA rules, only one
hand may be used on the reins. Hand is to be around reins, index finger
only between reins is permitted. When a romal is used it shall be carried.
Color Horse: All horses entered in the
Color Horse class must meet the color qualifications of a color horse
AQHA Rule Prevails if AOHA
rule does not apply. Committee has final authority.
Prohibited equipment for Western Pleasure:
No wire curbs, regardless of how padded
or covered, nor any chin strap narrower than one half inch will be permitted.
A martingale, nose-band, or tie down is prohibited. If found illegal,
exhibitor will have until class entry to get replaced or will be dismissed.
1. Lip chains may be used on any
horse provided the chain is used with unsecured keepers and at least
two links of chain remain outside the halter before attachment of
the keeper or leather part of the lead shank.
2. Stallions one year of age and
older may not be shown with any chain through the mouth with the sole
exception that they may be shown with lip chain with unsecured keepers
as long as at least two links of the chain remain outside of halter
before attachment of keeper or leather part of lead shank.
3. Grooms will wear same back number as the exhibitor and will leave the staging area when exhibitor enters the show pen. Exhibitor will be disqualified if groom refuses to leave the pen. Exception to this rule is Youth Halter.
Walk-Trot and/or Rack:
Walk-Trot Pony - 12 years & under -
Western Pleasure or Gaited
- English Pleasure - English Huntseat - Junior English Pleasure - All
must comply with AQHA rules.
Person on Federal disqualifications cannot
transport horses to this show and can participate only as a spectator.
Horses to be shown at a show walk,
slow rack and fast rack. Racking horses are allowed to use bands in flat
- Gaited Halter:
Entries shall be led wearing an English
show halter of all leather construction with a chain lead.
Exhibitors wearing attire and shoeing same as Open Racking Classes.
- Western Gaited Flat Shod:
- To be shown with western attire and
- To be shown in show walk, and favorite
- All horses must back.
- Horses to be shown with no boots,
whip, or cross chain cavessons and bits with no longer than 9.5"
Bits are measured from top of
metal to the bottom including the ring.
- Shoeing must be according to U.S.D.A.
standards. (single cork only)
- Riders may ride one or two handed,
but may not alternate hands during the class.
- Open Racking Class:
Shoeing: According to U.S.D.A.
(Ladies, Men & Children) Show walk,
slow rack and fast rack. Horses
shall wear English Tack. The exhibitor will wear an English riding
habit (no denim/western material), with the exception of designated
western or trail pleasure racking classes. All riding attire shall
be neat and properly fitted. A proper hat is required for a gentleman,
a lady's hat is optional.
- Style Racking:
To be shown at a show walk, and
style rack. To be judged on style only.
- Speed Racking Protective boots may be
- Trail Pleasure Racking-Keg-Shod:
- To be shown with either English
or Western attire and tack--but not a combination.
- To be shown at a Trail Pleasure
Walk (flat walk) and a Trail Pleasure Rack.
- All horses must back.
- Shoeing: keg shoe
only. NO BANDS.
- Horse to be shown with no boots,
whip or cross chain cavessons.
- Riders may ride with one or two
hands, but may not alternate hands during the class.
- Bits no longer than 9.5" shanks.
Bits are measured from top of metal to the bottom including the
- Number worn on back.
- All exhibitors must wear neat attire - boots, long or short sleeve
shirts with a collar and long pants. (Tee shirts are not acceptable.)
- Gate will stay open. Any horse that enters the timed event arena through any gate but the designated entrance gate will be disqualified.
- Drag after every ten (10) entries.
- Barrel Race:
- A minimum of 15' must be cut for pattern or timed event classes
and grass mowed short. All clocks and timers must be a minimum of
21' from the entrance gate or fence. All entrance gates will remain
open. It is recommended that clubs have a member at the gate to
keep spectators away. Barrels may be any bright color.
- The contestant is allowed a running start. Timing shall begin
as soon as the horse's nose reaches the starting line and will be
stopped when the horse's nose passes over the finish line.
- At a signal from the starter, the contestant will run to barrel
number 1, pass to the left of it and complete an approximately 360
degree turn around the barrel; proceed to barrel number 2, pass
to the right of it and complete turn around that barrel slightly
more than 360 degrees; proceed to barrel number 3, pass to the right
of it and make an approximate 360 degree turn around it; and then
sprint to the finish line, passing between barrels number 1 and
- This barrel course may also be run to the left. For example, the
contestants will start to barrel number 2, turning to the left around
this barrel, then to barrel number 1, turning to the right, then
to barrel number 3, turning again to the right, followed by the
final sprint to the finish line.
- Knocking over a barrel shall carry a five second penalty. Failure
to follow the course shall cause disqualification. A contestant
may touch the barrel with his or her hands.
- The ring steward, at his discretion, may disqualify a contestant
for excessive use of bat, crop, whip or rope in front of the cinch.
In the event of ties the first horse to run receives awards on site
and second horse to run receives awards to be ordered. Both
receive matching points for class.
- A barrel that is knocked over, touches the ground and rights itself
is a five second penalty
- Pole Bending:
- Pole Bending is a timed event. Each contestant will begin from
a running start, and time shall begin and end as the horse's nose
crosses the line - a clearly visible starting shall be provided.
An electric timer or at least two watches shall be used, with the
time indicated by the electric timer or the average time of two
watches used by the official timers will be the official time.
- The pole bending pattern is to be run around six poles. Each
pole is to be 21 feet apart, and the first pole is to be 21 feet
from the starting line. Poles shall be set on top of the ground,
6 feet in height, with no base more than 14 inches in diameter.
- A horse may start either to the right or left of the first pole
and then run the remainder of the pattern accordingly.
- Knocking over a pole shall carry a five (5) second penalty. Failure
to follow the course shall cause disqualification.
- A contestant may touch a pole with his or her hand in pole bending.
The ring steward, at his discretion, may disqualify a contestant
for excessive use of a bat, crop, whip or rope in front of the cinch.
- A pole that is knocked over, touches the ground and rights itself
is a five second penalty.
- Arena Race:
- Knocking over a barrel (1) shall carry a five second penalty.
- The barrel shall be placed in the location and position of the
third barrel of our standard barrel race pattern.
- A barrel that is knocked over, touches the ground and rights itself
is a five second penalty.
- Stake Race:
- Rider shall make one right hand turn and one left hand turn. Rider
can start from either side or either end. Pattern starts and finishes
in the middle. Penalty of five seconds for knocking down a prop.
Pattern must be in between cones.
AOHA reserves the right to deny participation
in any AOHA sponsored event to any party or individual for violation of
the rules of AOHA or for behavior such as but not limited to, abusive
or obscene language, alcohol and/or drug possession or consumption, intoxication,
fighting, violent, tumultuous or threatening behavior or behavior otherwise
deemed by the Directors as detrimental or dangerous to the general welfare
of the members, Director or Officers of AOHA or general operation of the
AOHA State Championship Horse Show.