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2016 DVHA Show Schedule

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All Junior Western riders MUST wear

an ASTM approved helmet in all riding classes


All Gymkhana Riders - both Junior and Adult must wear an ASTM approved Helmet

in all Gymkhana classes.


 2017 Show Schedule

April 23, 2017– Draft/VSE Show 

April 23, 2017- Western Show

April 30, 2017-Hunters

May 7, 2017- Driving

May 11, 2017 - Thursday Night Dressage

May 14, 2017- Jumpers

May 21, 2017- Draft/VSE Show 

May 21, 2017- Western Show

May 28, 2017 - Hunters 

June 4, 2017- Driving

June 8, 2017 - Thursday Night Dressage

June11, 2017- Jumpers

June 18, 2017 – Draft /VSE Show 

June 18, 2017- Western Show

June 25, 2017 - Hunters

July 2, 2017- Driving

July 9, 2017- Jumpers

July13, 2017- Thursday Night Dressage

July 16, 2017- Draft/VSE Show

July 16, 2017- Western Show

July 23, 2017 - Hunters

August 6, 2017 – Driving

August 10, 2017 - Thursday Night Dressage

August 13, 2017 – Jumpers

August 20, 2017 – Draft/VSE Show 

August 20, 2017- Western Show

August 27, 2017- Hunters

September 3, 2017 - Driving

September 10, 2017- Hunters

September 14, 2017- Thursday Night Dressage

September 17, 2017 - Draft /VSE Show

September 17, 2017 Western Show

September 24, 2017-- Jumpers

October 1, 2017- Driving

October 8, 2017- Hunters 

 Save the date the 2017 Awards Banquet date is January 27, 2018


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DVHA Grounds and Show Rules


1. The association shall hold clinics or horse shows requested by each discipline’s Horse Show Advisory Committee and approved by the general membership.

2. To assure quality shows, organizers are required to attend the Horse Show Advisory Committee meeting which is held prior to the start of the show season. The members of each discipline’s Horse Show Advisory Committee and the Executive Committee will assist each show organizer as necessary.

3. Chairperson shall be responsible for their shows. It shall be their duty to enforce all rules of the association; deliver all funds from the show to the treasurer; turn over all judges’ cards, entry forms, etc. to the Points Committee; and certify all who worked at their show to the person recording members’ work hours.

4. At the August general membership meeting, the Horse Show Advisory Committees shall meet and vote on the schedule of horse show dates for the coming year and will discuss the list of pointed classes for the coming year.  At the September general membership meeting, each Horse Show Advisory Committee shall present the recommended divisions/classes pointed for year-end awards for the upcoming show season for final approval.

5. All pointed classes included in the prize list are to be held and specifications given for each class are to be available for all exhibitors.


1. Learner judges are allowed by DVHA, but should be cleared through the judge for that month’s show.

2. A judge may judge each division of a show once a year only unless specified by a particular division. DVHA members are not to judge DVHA pointed shows.


1. All DVHA show jump standards, rails, dressage rings and other locked equipment will not be used for schooling purposes by members on non-show days.

2. Exhibitors are notified that any act of discourtesy or disobedience to the judge or the committee members on the part of the rider, owner, trainer or groom shall disqualify all horses owned by said person
or persons, and the owner/rider shall forfeit all entry fees and awards for the day.

3. No profane language or abusive treatment of animals will be allowed on the show grounds. Anyone responsible for such acts will be immediately barred from competition and the show grounds for that day.

4. All children under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian sign the show application (entry blank) and assume responsibility for the child. This clause will be written on all show prize lists and entry forms.

5. Ringmasters may not show in a division after they have been working in that division as ringmaster for that day.

6. If the rider only is being judged, they may not appear more than once in the same class. If the horse only is being judged, it may not appear more than once in the same class.

7. The level of rider and/or horse competing at DVHA shows will be determined at the beginning of the show day. Competitors should consult individual prize list rules for further clarification.

8. Current negative Coggins test within One Year must be performed on all horses competing at show grounds.

9. Membership and/or horse registration will be accepted at any horse show before competing in any class (see Section H. “Year-End Award Eligibility Requirements, paragraph 2.).

10. Each horse/rider combination must pay a separate entry fee. The amount of entry fee for each class is determined at the time of registration.

11. A senior is any rider over 18 years of age as of December 1. A junior is any rider under 18 years of age as of December 1. Persons born on December 1 must assume the greater age of that date.

12. Ponies (14.2 hands and under) – Small ponies may be ridden by juniors. Large ponies may be ridden by adults under horse classification.

13. Members must show membership cards.

14. Refunds of entry fees are to be made at the discretion of the show chairman; i.e., such reasons as cancellation of classes, official veterinarian’s certification or a sick or injured horse, or illness of the exhibitor. Competitors should consult individual prize list rules for further clarification.

15. No one shall approach the judge unless first obtaining permission from the show chairman. No exhibitor has the right to inspect the judges’ cards without permission from the judge, obtained through the show chairman.

16. In any show, horses or riders may not show under a judge from whom they have received training or instruction within 30 days. Should a rider choose to show, they will then be riding “Hors Concours” (HC). The points/score will not count towards any awards.

17. All protests will be made to and settled by the show chairman and the show chairman’s decision, made known in the presence of the persons involved, will be final.

18. All dogs on the show grounds must be leashed at all times or will be confined by the show committee.

19. Rain gear may be used in bad weather. At the discretion of the show judge, coats and ties may be omitted in hot weather. Competitors should consult individual prize list rules for further clarification.

20. No horses are to be lunged in a schooling ring if other riders are present. If a horse is required to be lunged during a show, DVHA has designated certain rings for use. All exhibitors should check with the show chairman for clarification on where lunging is permitted.

21. If DVHA does not have a rule governing a situation, the appropriate national governing body rules shall apply. All questions not covered by these rules shall be decided by the show chairman whose decision shall be final.


1. Dressage riders may have a reader. However, it is the exhibitor’s responsibility to know the test. Movements may be read only once.

2. Talking or clucking to your horse is not permitted in the dressage ring.

3. Committing three course errors, leaving the arena during the test or marked lameness result in elimination from dressage classes.

4. In dressage competitions, horses may not be entered in classes differing by more than one level at any show. Riders must enter the arena within 45 seconds of the judge’s signal (usually a whistle or bell).

5. Dressage attire at all DVHA dressage schooling shows:  Jackets are optional; smooth leather half-chaps may be worn if combined with matching paddock boots; protective headgear is encouraged at all levels, including FEI.  If riding jackets are removed, a conservative top with sleeves and collar must be worn.

   Dressage attire at all national governing body recognized shows:  In accordance with the rules of each organization.

6. Dressage tack:  A simple snaffle, regular cavesson, flash, figure eight, or drop noseband are permitted. Twisted wire bits, bits of two or more different metals and bit guards are not permitted. Bandages, boots, blinders, martingales, draw reins and side reins, running reins or artificial devices are not permitted. Seat covers, nose covers and ear covers are allowed. Only in the warm-up area, lunging with side reins and riding or lunging with boots, bandages, or a running martingale is permitted. Whips may be carried during a test but may not exceed 48” in length. Spurs capable of injuring a horse are forbidden.

7. Additional rules and regulations are printed in the Dressage section of the DVHA prize list. Knowledge of rules for the appropriate national governing body rated shows are the responsibility of the exhibitor.


1. Hunter Attire:  Boots, breeches, riding coat, hard hat and tie (formal or informal). Spurs or crops are optional. Hard hats must be worn at all times when riding anywhere on the show grounds. It is recommended that ASTM approved hard hats be worn. Boots can be in any color in accordance with attire.

2. Jumper Attire:  Same as above except riding jackets are optional (collared shirt required).

3. Hunter Tack:  Regulation snaffles, pelhams and full bridles, all with cavesson nose bands are recommended. In hack or under saddle classes, martingales of any type are prohibited unless class specifications state otherwise. Any unconventional equipment will be left to the judge’s discretion.

4. Jumper Tack:  All tack should be in accordance with the rules of the national governing body.


1. Western Attire:  Boots, hat, long-sleeved shirt and long pants. Chaps are optional in all classes. Crops, bats or quirts are allowed in speed events provided that they are not used forward of the front cinch. Spurs are optional in all classes. Western jackets are allowed, weather demanding.

2. Western Tack:  No tiedowns except in speed events. Hackamores are only allowed in timed events. Bosals are allowed in any class when not used in conjunction with a bit, provided that the horse is 5 years of age and under (age requirement does not apply to Green Broke Division), unless class specifications state otherwise. Curb straps or chains must be used in conjunction with standard western bits.

3. There will be no discrimination as to the type of bridle used in speed events.


1. All bills relating to horse show expenses will be paid by check or cash.

2. No paid exhibitions at shows. Concessions will be allowed on the grounds at the discretion and approval of the general membership.


Schooling on DVHA show grounds during non-show days is a privilege granted by DVHA to its full members under the following conditions.
1.  Riding is open to all full DVHA members who have indicated they will volunteer at least 8 hours or pay an annual fee of $250.00.

2.  Nonmembers are not permitted to ride or teach on DVHA show grounds on non-show days.  All Nonmembers who teach a current memberon non-show days must provide an annual certificate of insurance to DVHA before using the show grounds.

3.  Members are required to use the necessary safety measures while riding. Hard hats must be worn at all times when riding anywhere on the show grounds.

4.  Junior members must have an adult present at all times.

5.  Trailers are to be parked in the trailer parking area of the show grounds.

6.  All members must have their membership card prominently displayed. This will enable other members who are riding with you know you are a validated member.

7.  Once a ring has been prepared for a show, or if a ring is locked, schooling will not be permitted in that ring. Set-up dates are listed in each issue of CROSSTIES.

8. No free-longeing of a horse is allowed in any DVHA ring


1. All exhibitors are allowed to school during a show if they have gone to the office and paid the EMT fee and obtained a Back Number.

2.  Any person (member or nonmember) not registered to compete, who wishes to school on the show grounds while a show is in progress, must report to the secretary’s stand before entering any ring to receive a number, sign a release , pay the EMT fee and receive instructions on where to ride.

3.  If another organization is renting the show grounds, any person not registered to compete, who wishes to school on the show grounds while a show is in progress, must report to the secretary’s stand and receive an exhibitor number. The renting organization may require a fee for schooling purposes.



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