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ALL Rules Currently Still Being Updated for 2019!!

General schedule for classes:

  • 4 classes on Friday starting at 2 PM with a mandatory meeting to finalize ALL teams;
  • 6 classes on Saturday starting at 9 AM;
  • 2 classes on Sunday starting at 9 AM.

 

2019 Schedule of Classes & Events (TBA)

If You have ANY Questions about ANY of the Rules,

take them ONLY to the Head Judge!


General Class Rules

1.  Start times are ~ 2 pm Friday mandatory meeting; 9 am Sharp Saturday; 9 am Sharp Sunday.  3 point bonus awarded to teams in place by 1:55 PM (attendance taken so that bonus points can be awarded) for Friday's 2 PM mandatory meeting.

2.  Teams up first to start a class will be in random order.  Teams will be called THREE times and if not ready to enter the arena after last call will receive NO SCORE.   No waiting for a team to get ready.

3.  Two class divisions: Novice and Advanced.   Novice pony teams will compete in all Novice Division Classes and all Advanced pony teams will compete in all Advanced Division Classes.  There will be Grand Champion, Reserve Champion, as well as Ribbons for 1st - 5th Place awarded in both the Novice and the Advanced Division Classes as well as a Best Of The Best Trophy available for those competing in the Advanced Division.  

4.  Any team that INTENTIONALLY crashes or disrupts an obstacle will receive 5 point deduction PER obstacle from final score.  Judges Decision is Final.

5.  No making up classes, the only teams allowed to make up a class would be a team doing a POTD chore, I.E. helping set up a meal or aren't back from an airport run.

6. In ALL classes the Pony MUST be fully Tacked to receive score. 

2019 Class Rules

Currently Still Being Updated for 2019!

1.  Barrel Race ― A typical cloverleaf pattern, start either left or right barrel. Barrels 1 and 2 set 60 feet apart, 75 feet from second barrel to third barrel.  Then 105 feet to the finish line.   Start/finish line set 105 feet from last barrel. Time will start crossing and stop recrossing the start/finish  line.  3 point bonus if the handler guides the pony in the pattern, keeping hold of the reins at all times. 5 second penalty for knocking over a barrel. Failure to complete the course is a disqualification (DQ) & no points will be awarded for this class/event (this includes the 1 point entry level point as well).

2.  Pole Bending ― A typical weaving pattern. Start either right or left side. Poles will be set 10 feet apart with the last pole set 60 feet from the start/ finish line. Time will start when crossing and stop when recrossing the line.  3 point bonus if the handler guides the pony in the pattern, keeping hold of the reins at all times.  5 second penalty for knocking over a pole.   Failure to complete the course is a disqualification (DQ) & no points will be awarded for this class/event (this includes the 1 point entry level point as well).

3.  Hunter/Jumping Course ― Pattern will include 8 to 10 jumps.  Ponies must stay on course and attempt all the jumps. Each jump knocked down will result in 1 fault. Each time 4 or more ponies jump equal on faults, those ponies will advance to the next round and the bars will be raised increasing the height. This will continue for three times. After the third time raising the bar, if 4 or more ponies are equal on faults, score will be determined by faults first then speed of completing the last round of jumps.  Time will start crossing and stop recrossing the start/finish  line.  3 point bonus if the handler guides the pony on the course, keeping hold of the reins at all times.   Failure to complete the course is a disqualification (DQ) & no points will be awarded for this class/event (this includes the 1 point entry level point as well).

4.  Blindfold Cart Challenge ― Ponies will show "in Harness" with a cart and the handler driving the cart. Any type harness is allowed.  Teams MUST provide their own Blindfold.  Judged on faults and time.  A fault consists of either the ponies foot or the cart's wheels crossing or touching  the course boundary line.  Both feet or both wheels will count as two faults.  No fault is counted when returning to the course inside the boundary lines. Lowest number of faults wins. A tie with faults will be broken by the fastest time to complete the course.  Failure to complete the course is a disqualification (DQ) & no points will be awarded for this class/event (this includes the 1 point entry level point as well).

5.  Cart Endurance Race ― Ponies will be in harness with a cart and a handler in the cart.  Any type harness is allowed.  Teams will start at 30 second intervals and complete the course in the fastest time possible.  Judges will be posted along the course to note faults in the ponies track.  Each fault is a 30 second deduction.  Cart Endurance course will be 3/4 of a mile long with sharp curves and turns.

6.  Choice Class One ― Teams must pick one of the two classes to compete for points. If the team desires, the non-chosen class may be entered for EXHIBITION only with No points awarded. 

  • a)  Sled Pull ― Ponies will pull "In Hand" with the trainer and in any type of harness. 25 Foot Pull for the sled.  The front of the Sled starts behind the start line and the rear of the sled must cross the finish line for pull to count as a "FULL PULL".  Heats will be drawn and ponies will compete head to head. Ponies making a full pull will advance and weight added to the sled for the next heat. Heats and added weight will continue until there is a clear winner pulling the most weight. No time kept, strictly a start to finish competition.  

~ Once the entire sled enters the pulling alley,  the pull MUST be made in a continuous manner.  The pull is over when the sled stops or one or more of the pulling lines goes slack.  2 attempts to restart the pull with taut pulling lines will be allowed.  No jerking, snatching, or fishtailing is allowed anytime the sled is in the pulling alley.  Decision when the pull is over is at the Judges discretion and is final.   Only the handler and pony is allowed in the pulling alley any time a pull is underway.  Violation of this provision is a Disqualification.

  • b)  Conformation/Halter class ― Ponies will show "In Hand" with the trainer. Only the pony is judged. Handler is there to show the pony, in the best way possible. Scored on a scale of one through ten.  Ponies will be judged on Movement, Tack, Ground Manners, Whinney, Pony Spirit, Response to cues from Handler, Pony's match to pony breed type, and any other aspect of pony play the judges deem necessary.  Ponies will circle the ring and be called to the center for individual inspection by the judges.  Judged by all 5 Judges w/Olympic Scoring used.

7.  Blindfold Obstacle Course (not the same as #4) Ponies will show in harness  with cart and the driver in the cart.   Any type harness is allowed. Teams MUST supply their own blindfold.  The time starts when the trainer rings the bell, then trainer MUST hitch the pony to the cart and complete the obstacle course.  Pulling the cart with hands only and using a harness is NOT allowed.  After the pony is unhitched and the trainer again rings the bell ~ time stops.  Some obstacles will require the trainer to get in and out of the cart. Lowest number of faults wins.  A tie with faults will be broken by the fastest time to complete the course.  30 second penalty for failed obstacles or faults. The course will consist of 6 to 10 obstacles along with a required pattern.

8.  Reining Class ― Done "In Hand."  Judged on the trainer's ability to put the pony into a gait and then change the gait.  Handlers only are judged.  In the case of a single pony using a house handler the pony's ability to respond to the cues and gaits will be judged.  Ponies will not be present, but within eatshot of the dressage ring, after the team # is called.  The handler will be given a routine, drawn randomly, that will include at least two gaits.  The handler, w/o any verbal communication prior to starting, is to take the pony through the routine. This will be done for three rounds.  The Following Criteria will be Scored on a scale of one through ten & Judged by all 5 Judges w/Olympic Scoring used:

1.  Execution of the pattern;

2.  Ability to communicate the cues to the pony;

3.  Application of the cues to the pony;

4.  Confidence of the handler performing the pattern;

5.  Handler Interaction with the pony;

6.  Overall performance.

9.  Trainers Class ― Trainers will be asked to draw five random questions. The questions can range from any aspect of ponyplay, or pony training to general BDSM topics. A call to demo with a prop or instruct a training method might also be included in the questions. The drawn questions will be handed to the head judge who shall read them to the trainer. In the case of a single pony using a house handler the pony will take the place of the trainer for that team. Trainers/Single ponies will be judged on their knowledge or their abilities of ponyplay and their  general knowledge of BDSM. Judged with one trainer at a time behind closed doors & Judged by all 5 Judges and Olympic Scoring used.

10.  Choice Class Two ― Teams must pick one of the two classes to compete for points. If the team desires, the non-chosen class may be entered for EXHIBITION only with No points awarded.

  • a)  Cart Sprint Race  Head to Head 75 yard sprint race. All ponies will be in harness with a cart and handler in the cart. Heats will be drawn and  each heat will advance the fastest pony to race in the final heat of four ponies. Number of heats and ponies in each heat will depend on entries. No time kept.  Strictly a start to finish race.
  • b) Dressage Pattern ― Ponies will be shown "In Hand".  Typical formal dressage pattern however the Trainer will receive the pattern 20 mins before the course  is run.  Trainer is allowed to have the pattern in hand to complete the course.  Judged on the trainer's and pony's ability to complete the course with the gait changes done in the most smooth and fluid manner possible.  All teams will receive the same pattern with a set time limit to complete the course.  Judged by all 5 Judges w/Olympic Scoring used.  Failure to complete the course is a disqualification (DQ) & no points will be awarded for this class/event (this includes the 1 point entry level point as well).


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Last Updated:  April 16, 2018.

 

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