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    (Effective 08-15-2023) Prohibited Items In the Warmup and Inspection Areas - Policy Bulletine $47 (doc) (pdf)

    (3-15-2023) SHOW Makes Updates to Rulebook (doc) (pdf)

    The SHOW HIO has made several updates to its 2023 rulebook. A change previously announced was the change with how horses will be required to enter the show ring. That rule is found in both the general rulebook as well as in the judges’ section of the rulebook. The new rule reads:

    (8) When horses enter the gate they must continue going the first way of the ring (counter clockwise) past the line of sight of the judge(s) proceeding towards the second turn of the ring. Horses must not pass in front of the gate in either direction until the class has been called. A horse is not to double back behind the gate or continue around the ring the first way and pass the gate area. An intentional violation of this rule by the exhibitor will result in the entry being excused from the class.

    The new rulebook also broke out the All Day Pleasure division from the Gaited Pleasure division. The All Day Pleasure division requires all entries to be registered Tennessee Walking Horses and it explicitly states that it is necessary for entries to walk and shake. You can review the requirements of the entire All Day and Gaited Pleasure divisions here (

    There is a new rule outlining the requirement for the Amateur/Amateur division and classes:

    (3b) Amateur/Amateur Class

    “Amateur/Amateur” is a performance or pleasure class with any age horse or amateur rider (if amateur is a juvenile, juvenile rider must be 12 years of age or older). One amateur will ride first way of the ring. The second amateur must ride second way of the ring (the same rider may not ride both ways of the ring on the same entry). When the line up is called, the amateur rider that rode first way of the ring will join their entry by standing beside the horse for the duration of the line up. This is a specialty class.

    There was also a slight change to who qualifies to show an Amateur Owned & Trained entry:

    Additionally, AOT horses must be owned, trained and shown by the owner of the horse or immediate family member of the horse’s owner. All persons involved must meet the requirements of amateur status. A leasee of a horse may not exhibit the horse being leased in an AOT class.
    Exception: If an owner of a horse co-lease’s said horse between his/herself and another individual(s), the owner can still exhibit said horse in AOT if he/she meets all other requirements of AOT.

    The final two rule changes focused on the definition of Classic Horse and the Farrier/Groom classes:

    (7) Classic Horse

    “Classic Horse” class is a performance or pleasure class in which all horses must be 15 years of age and older to qualify. Each horse must be a minimum of 15 years of age based on the age of horse definition (Section 2, A).

    (8) Farrier/Groom Class

    Farrier/Groom class is a performance class for any farrier or persons qualifying as a groom. A person exhibiting in this class cannot hold a professional license.

    The SHOW HIO is currently reviewing the substantial comments received on the Amateur and Professional status rule. Currently, there has been no change from the 2022 rule.

    New SHOW Rule Addresses Horses Entering Ring (posted 3-2-2023) (.doc) (.pdf)

    SHOW Seeks Comment on Proposed Rule (posted 2-22-2023) (.doc) (.pdf)

    SHOW Prepares for Season (.doc) (.pdf)

    Pleasure Horse Tail Ties - Faux Tails -- For Immediate Release (effective 3-10-2022) (.doc) (.pdf)

    (7-12-2021) Bobo and Sisk step down from Judges’ Committee (.doc) (.pdf)

    (6-18-2021) Be Mindful of Leadline Participants (.doc) (.pdf)

    SHOW Clarifies Amateur Owned & Trained (.doc) (.pdf)

    (4-20-2021) The SHOW Board of Directors would like to put out for sixty (60) day public comment the attached recommendations from the SHOW Pleasure Committee. (.doc) (.pdf)

    Division Quick Reference Chart_04-20-21 (.doc) (.pdf)

    Flat Shod Standards Chart - Updated DRAFT_04-20-21 (.xls) (.pdf)

    SHOW Pleasure Committee - Recommended Changes_04-20-21 (.doc) (.pdf)

    SHOW Makes Adjustments to Classifications of Judges_03-10-21 (.doc) (.pdf)

    SHOW Implements Penalty for Prohibited Substance Violations_03-10-21 (.doc) (.pdf)

    Industry Letter on USDA HP COVID-19 Guidelines_06-26-20 (.doc) (.pdf)

    Divisions Rule Change - 60 Day Comment (.doc) (.pdf)

    SHOW to maintain safety procedures in inspection (.doc) (.pdf)

    SHOW tabs Hatfield as Lead DQP (2020) (.doc) (.pdf)

    SHOW Judges’ Committee set for 2020 (Effective 12/5/2019) (.doc) (.pdf)

    SHOW Appeal Process (Effective 11/8/2019) -- For Immediate Release

    SHOW Changes Park Performance Shoeing Standards (9/17/2019) -- For Immediate Release

    Impression Materials (6/20/2019) -- For Immediate Release

    Board Actions (2/28/2019)

    Judges’ Advisory Group (JAG)

    Understanding The Committees

    SHOW Rules Committee Recommended Rulebook Changes

    USDA and SHOW To Host Shoeing Clinic

    USDA Visit Highlights Trainer's Meeting

    Responsibilities Of Horse Show Management

    Riner Promoted To Head DQP (2018)

    Show Management - DQP or no DQP

    Show To Measure Ponies And Horses

    Objective Post Show Violations To Carry Increased Penalty

    SHOW To Adopt TWHBEA Age Of Horse Requirements

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