May 13, 2017 (Results, click here)
July 15, 2017
Sept 16, 2017
The Color My Ride Obstacle Challenge series is designed for fun! We want horses of every breed and horse people of any discipline and level to have the opportunity to further their horsemanship skills, while having a great time with other horse people. The emphasis will be on safety and good horsemanship, not speed. The only division where time will be part of your score will be the Jackpot division (except in the event where we need to break a tie).
New for 2017:
We had a great first year, and we learned a lot! Thanks to all the competitors who graciously put up with our growing pains, and offered suggestions for improvements. We got a little over excited and offered buckles in every division. That took away a lot of our profit that could have been used for building permanent obstacles. This year buckles will be offered in four divisions: Adult Amateur, Open, Team and Novice. There will be a “buckle fee” if you want to compete for the buckle, to help offset costs. If you are not interested in competing for the buckle, but still want to enter those classes, you don’t have to pay the additional fee. The other divisions will still have a year end award, just not a buckle. There will be a nomination fee, but it will be less than the buckle fee. In an effort to encourage our younger riders we are lowering the entry fee for the youth division. We are also only offering one youth division. If a youth wants to compete in more divisions they are more than welcome to try their hand at Rookie, or even Novice if they want to try to win a buckle. We were very impressed with the diverse level of horse people that were attracted to our series. In an effort to serve the more advanced horse people we are offering Liberty, Bridleless, and Jackpot divisions for 2017. Courses may or may not be posted prior to the day of the show.
About the courses:
There will be several different courses. One in the main arena, which will be an enclosed course that will feature the In Hand, Liberty, Lead Line, Youth 16 & Under, Rookie and Bridleless. Novice & Rusty Spur will take place in the Western Events area, Green Horse and Adult Amateur will run in the warm up area. Team, Jackpot and Advanced Divisions with utilize the obstacles in the warm up area, as well as part of the cross country course. Each course will consist of 10-14 obstacles and challenges, to be ridden at various gaits, and at different levels of difficulty, depending on the division.
Riders are welcome to compete on any of the courses, as long as they qualify for the division.
Courses will be open the Friday before each competition for schooling from 2-7pm. Schooling will be $15 per horse/rider combination.
Judges Clinic: We will once again be offering judges clinics from 11am-2pm, the day before the events. These clinics were very popular last year and every one sold out. If you participate in the clinic, we waive the Friday schooling fee, so you can continue to school after the clinic if you still need some practice. If you would like to sign up for one or all of the clinics, contact Foundation Horsemanship: Ethan Zimmerman at (406) 381-0987 or Lorri Roy at (406) 381-0988 or email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Each obstacle will be worth a total of 10 points for each horse/rider team. Judges are educated as to what to deduct for, and will remain consistent for all riders. Riders will be judged on the entry to the obstacle, the execution of the obstacle, and the exit. Horses should remain calm and alert throughout. Time limit for the obstacles is 60 seconds. If the rider goes over the time limit, a score of 0 will be given to the team, and the rider must move on. The judge will let the competitor know when they have 15 seconds remaining to complete the obstacle. Scoring is as follows: 10=excellent, 9=very good, 8=good, 7=fairly good, 6=satisfactory, 5=sufficient, 4=insufficient, 3=fairly poor, 2= poor, 1=very poor, 0=not executed.
These scores reflect how the horse/rider team did throughout the entire course in these areas. Each horse rider team will receive a score from 1-10 in each area.
Equitation-position & control
Presentation-Clean & Tidy
Confidence- Of both Horse and Rider
Gait options within a course:
Last year, some of the courses included an option to complete an obstacle at a trot or a canter. This year we are removing the option. In the division description it will state if there is going to be cantering in the class. If you are not comfortable at the canter, please don’t enter that division.
Judges will be looking for a calm, willing, well controlled horse, obedient and brave. Regarding the rider, the judges will be looking for balance and non-interference. English or western riding is welcomed as well as all breeds. Gaited horses will execute the gait that is equivalent to the requested gait. All judges are educated in gaited horses and they will not penalize for not doing the traditional walk/trot/canter.
There will be an award each show for the horse/rider combination that is most colorful, or has the best costume/decoration. You do NOT have to bling out yourself or your horse to compete, it just adds to the fun!
1st-6th place will be awarded in each division, except for leadline. All leadline riders will receive an award (leadline division is not eligible for a year end award). For the year end awards, points will be calculated as follows:
1st place -10 points
2nd place – 8 points
3rd place – 6points
4th place -4 points
5th place – 2 points
6th place – 1 point
You must compete in 2 out of 3 of the shows to be eligible for year end awards. You must pay the nomination fee at your first show. You may nominate in as many divisions as you are eligible to compete in, but you may only win the year end award in one division. The awards banquet for the year end awards will be held on Friday Oct. 20th, 2017, location to be determined.
You will be able to pick up your score sheet at the end of the day to see how you scored on each obstacle. Since time does not always permit our judges to hand write comments on each rider, we use a numerical scoring system. If you score 8 or above, you did very well. A 5-7 is average and 1-4 is below average.
1st Division is $30. Enter any two division for $55. Three divisions is $75 and four divisions is $90.
Leadline is $5 per rider.
Youth Divison is $20.
Team division is $40 total, regardless of how many other divisions you are riding. One rider can pay the full fee, or it can be split between the partners.
Jackpot Division is $50, and payouts are as follows: 1st-60% 2nd-30% & 3rd is 10%.
Year end nomination fee is $25, Buckle fee is $40.
The In Hand division will be held first in the main arena. This is a great opportunity to let your horse see the obstacles before their under saddle class, or for young horses that aren’t able to be ridden yet. This is a non-mounted class, there are to be no riders in this division. The course will consist of 10-12 obstacles done at a walk and a trot.
This division is to be completed without having any physical contact with the horse. You may have a halter on without a lead rope, or loop the leadrope safely around the horses neck, or use a neckrope. Once you have started the course, any touch to the horse or the equipment will be penelized. This is a non-mounted class, there are to be no riders in this division. The course will consist of 10-12 obstacles done at a walk and a trot.
Leadline: $5 entry fee, all competitors receive a prize.
The leadline division is designed for riders that are not confident enough to naviagate the course by themselves. It will consist of 6-8 obstacles. Riders are encouraged to guide the horse by themselves as much as they are able to. The obstacles will be basic and will all be done at the walk.
Youth 17 & Under:
This division will consist of 10-12 obstacles to be completed at a walk, trot or canter
This division is for true “Rookie” horses and riders of any age. Please do NOT enter this division if you are experienced with obstacles, even if you haven’t competed before. It will consist of 8-10 obstalces to be completed at a walk and trot.
This course is to be done without any control from a bridle or other headgear. You may use a neck rope or a stick, but not both. The course will consist of 12-14 obstacles and will be walk/trot/canter.
Open: (Buckle Class)
This division is open to any age horse or rider. It will consist of 12-14 obstacles to be completed at a walk, trot or canter. These obstacles will be more challenging than the obstacles found in the arena divisions.
This division is open to anyone. It will consist of 12-14 challenging obstacles that must be completed at specific gaits. You may be asked to demonstrate correct leads at the canter. This division will be timed and time will be factored into your final score. Payouts are as follows:
1st-35%, 2nd-25%, 3rd-15%, 4th-12%, 5th-10%, 6th-8%. This division will not receive ribbons or be eligible for year end awards.
Team/Pairs: (Buckle Class)
This division is for teams of 2 riders, and will start in the warm up area and move on to the outside course. It will consist of 14-16 obstacles and challenges. When riding between obstacles and completing team tasks, you will be judged on how well you work together as a team. There will be cantering in this course.
This division is for horses that are 5 & under, and being developed in training on obstacles. Open to all riders. It will be a walk trot course only, with 10-12 obstacles. *If you enter this class you may not cross enter your green horse in an buckle offereing class (Team, Adult Amateur, Rookie or Open.)
Adult Amatuer: (Buckle Class)
This division will consist of 10-12 obstacles to be ridden at a walk, trot and canter. Anyone who has earned money as an equine professional, either training horses, or teaching lessons, is not elegible for this division. Competitors must have ownership of the horse they compete on.
This division is open to riders age 55 and up. It will consist of 10-12 obstacles to be ridden at a walk, trot and canter.
Novice: (Buckle Class)
This division is for riders and horses that are beyond the rookie designation. Obstacles will be slightly more challenging and you will be asked to canter. Similar to the Adult Amatuer class, but on a different course. 10-12 obstacles.
Main Arena –Start time 8:00 am
- In Hand
- Lead line
- Youth 16 & Under
Warm up Area –Start time-9:00 am
- Adult Amatuer
- Rusty Spur
Western Events Arena – Start time-Upon completion of class #9, Team.
- Green Horse