All Women’s Bridle Horse Challenge
After visiting the Gallatin County Fairgrounds and looking at the ground in the main arena, we decided that although we will be able to make it good, it is not going to be suitable to sufficiently showcase a true reined cowhorse bridle class.
Please know that the ground is GOOD at the fairgrounds, but we want to showcase these great bridle horses at a high level. This is great rodeo ground and the fair board wants to improve the grounds to facilitate more disciplines, we just can’t ensure that will happen by June. We WILL be working the ground in enough time prior to the event to ensure we can safely go down the fence. We will replace the reining portion with the event described below. The combining scores from both events will determine who makes the finals in the open
Below is the class descriptions for the All Women’s Bridle Horse Challenge, held Thursday, June 24th, 2021:
OPEN LIMITED TO 25 ENTRIES, TOP 5 TO THE FINALS
NON PRO LIMITED TO 25 ENTRIES, NO FINALS
(We will take more entries in the open if non pro is not filled)
ENTRIES OPEN APRIL 10th AT 9 AM CENTRAL
ENTRIES CLOSE MAY 10th AT 7 PM CENTRAL (OR WHEN CLASSES ARE FULL)
Cowhorse trail class: Open and close the gate to enter the arena. Judging starts as the horse approaches the gate. Competitor will complete a trail course which includes obstacles that would be seen outside of the arena in a real world situation. During the course the horse will also be required to perform reining pattern elements such as lead departures, simple stop, turn arounds and two lead changes. Horses will not be required to execute a sliding stop as we will have the ground deeper than would be sufficient to properly stop.
Fence work: Competitor enters arena and calls for a cow then will box the cow for a sufficient amount of time before going down the fence. One fence turn past the center marker is required and the cow must be circled both ways to receive a score.
Finals (for Open only): Finals will be a fence work only, rope instead of circle. Run stops when rope comes right and cow faces. Dragging the cow is not required.
Course, pattern and rules will be available online and by e-mail prior to the show.
To ensure everyone has time to adjust to this new format, entries will open April 10th at 9 AM Central, and close May 10th at 7 PM Central OR when classes are full.