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2019 DATES:    May 18, Sept 14


May 19 Results (click here)  

June 30 Results (click here)

Sept. 8 / Year End Results (click here)



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. Each obstacle has a time limit, but is not judged on speed. The only division where time will be part of your score will be the Jackpot division (In the event where we need to break a tie, the person with the least time spent on course will be the winner.)

New for 2018:

Lower Entry Fees and free classes!! Instead of $30/per class, we will be charging only $20 for your first class, and discounts for additional classes.  And, for every competitor you refer that has never been to a CMR, YOU get a free class.  Make sure to note on your entry form who you referred, and ask them to note it on their entry form as well, so you are sure to get your class credits.

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 are very impressed with the diverse level of horse people that are attracted to our series. In an effort to serve the more advanced horse people we are offering Liberty, Bridleless, and Jackpot divisions for 2018. 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 and Young/Green Horse will take place in the Western Events area,  Rusty Spur and Adult Amateur will be 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. Final determination of qualification will be decided by course judges.

Courses will be open the Friday before each competition for schooling from 4-8pm. Schooling will be $15 per horse/rider combination.

Judges Clinic: Foundation Horsemanship will once again be offering Judges Clinics from 9-12, and from 1-4 the day before the events. These clinics are very popular every year and every one sold out fast! 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 Ethan Zimmerman at (406) 381-0987 or Lori Roy at (406) 381-0988. You may also email them at: or go to their website:



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 and control

Partnership and Rapport

Presentation – Clean and Tidy

Confidence – Of both Horse and Rider

Impulsion or Whoa equal to Go


Gait options within a course:

Some of the courses include an option to compete an obstacle at a trot or a canter. A well-executed obstacle at a slower gait will always score higher than a poorly executed obstacle at a faster gait.

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, however, leadline division is not eligible for a year end award.

For year end awards, points are calculated as follows:

1st place -10 points
2nd place – 6 points
3rd place – 4 points
4th place – 2 points
5th place – 1 points
6th place – .5 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 banquet date and 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.

Entry Fees:

1st Division is $20. Enter any two division for $35. Three divisions is $50 and four divisions is $75.

Leadline: $5 per rider

Team division: $40 total, regardless of how many other divisions you are riding in

Jackpot Division: is $50, and payouts are as follows: the show will add $100 to the pot, and payouts will go to the top three riders. 60% to first, 30% to 2nd and 10% to third.  Checks will be mailed the week after the event, there are no other awards in this division. 

Division Descriptions:

In Hand:

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.


*New for 2018*  You will have a total of 10 minutes to complete the course. Time will begin when you acknowledge the judge.  Complete as many obstacles as you can, you will be scored only on completed obstacles. Judge will let you know when you have one minute remaining.

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 lead rope safely around the horse’s neck, or use a neck rope. Once you have started the course, any touch to the horse or the equipment will be penalized. This is a non-mounted class, there are to be no riders in this division. The course will consist of 10 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 navigate 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 16 & Under:

This division will consist of 10 obstacles to be completed at a walk, trot or canter. (If the youth is not comfortable executing a maneuver at a canter they may trot.) A well performed trot will score better than a poorly executed canter.


This division is for true “Rookie” horses and riders of any age. A horse/rider pair is one which has NO prior experience with obstacles. Please do NOT enter this division if you are experienced with obstacles, even if you haven’t competed before. It will consist of 10 obstacles to be completed at a walk and trot.


This course is to be done without any control from a bridle or other headgear. For the sake of safety we ask that riders compete with a halter and lead rope on their horse. Any use of the rope will be penalized at the judge’s discretion. Riders may use a neck rope and/or sticks. The course will consist of 10 obstacles at a walk /trot/canter.

Open: (Buckle Class)

This division is open to any age horse or rider. It will consist of 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 13 challenging obstacles that must be completed at specific gates. 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: The show will add $100 to the pot, and payouts will go to the top three riders. 60% to first, 30% to 2nd and 10% to third.  Checks will be mailed the week after the event, there are no other awards in this division.

Team: (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 12 obstacles and challenges. When riding between obstacles and completing team tasks, you will be judged on how well you work together as a team.

Young/Green Horse:

This division is for horses that are 5 & under. (If a horse has been started late and is over 5, but truly green, an exception to the 5 & under rule may be made) Rider can be of any age or riding ability. It will be a walk trot course only, with 10 obstacles.

Adult Amateur: (Buckle Class)

This division will consist of 10 obstacles to be ridden at a walk and trot. There may be a canter “option”, but you don’t have to canter if you don’t want to, and you will not be penalized for taking the trot option. Anyone who has earned money as an equine professional, either training horses, or teaching lessons, is not eligible for this division.

Rusty Spur:

This division is open to riders age 55 and up. It will consist of 10 obstacles to be ridden at a walk and trot. This year there will be cantering in this division. If you choose not to complete the obstacle at a canter, a minor deduction will occur.

Novice: (Buckle Class)

This division is for riders and horses that are beyond the rookie designation. Obstacles will be slightly more challenging and there may be a canter option. Similar to the Adult Amateur class, but on a different course. 10 obstacles.


Main Arena – Start time 8:00 am

  1. In Hand
  2. Liberty
  3. Lead line
  4. Youth 16 & Under
  5. Rookie
  6. Bridleless

Warm up Area – Start time 9:00 am

  1. Open
  2. Jackpot
  3. Team
  4. Green Horse
  5. Adult Amateur

Western Events Arena – Start time-Upon completion of class #9, Team.

  1. Rusty Spur
  2. Novice