2022 Charity Virtual Horse Show

Hosted by Show Master

Videos due by December 4, 2022

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Show Your Horse Virtually

Support A Great Cause

Proceeds from this show will go directly to support Nipper Knolls Equine Center. Nipper Knolls Equine Center, a 501c3 non-profit corporation was founded to provide equine assisted activities to children who otherwise would never know the enjoyment and benefits of riding and working with horses. Many of the children served by Nipper Knolls have special considerations associated with: Autism Spectrum Disorder, C.P., Down Syndrome, Delayed Development and Sensory Processing Disorder that prevent them from participating in group activities or sports.

Nipper Knolls is also home to the Alfred Z. Solomon Veterans Program – a free 8-week program for veterans in a one-to-one setting. Veterans learn basic horsemanship, horse training, and wagon driving.

How IT WORKS

Quick & Easy Entry

Sign UP & Enter

Create a Show Master account to reserve your entry and pay your entry fees for the Nipper Knolls Virtual Charity Horse Show.

Record & Upload Your Video

Record your video according to the instructions for your class. Then log in to your Show Master account to upload the video to your class.

Get The Results

Log in to see the results and review your private feedback from the Judge once the class has been placed.

REceive your Prizes

Check the mail! Ribbons and prizes will be shipped to you at no additional cost! 

EnTrY Fees

$25 Per Class

Shipping and feedback from the Judges included

$20 Specialty Classes

Holiday Costume, Bloopers, Best In Mud

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Official Rules & Video Requirements

Official Rules

Click below for the Official Rules, Participants Code of Conduct, and Terms and Conditions the will govern the Nipper Knolls 2021 Virtual Charity Horse Show.

OFFICIAL RULES

1. ELIGIBILITY: Open to all breeds and experience levels. Age group eligibility is based on the rider’s age as of January 1st.

2. HELMTS: Exhibitors in all classes are strongly encouraged to wear ASTM/SEI approved helmets. The use of protective headgear will not impact the Judge’s decision. Helmets are required for all participants in Over Fences/Jumping classes.

3. GROOMING/TURNOUT: No bath required!

4. ATTIRE: Schooling and show attire welcome, however all attire should be neat, clean and appropriate for your class, as described below. Fancy, elaborate show attire will not be given preference over proper schooling attire.

Hunter Attire

Required

  • Tidy shirt or winter coat
  • Breeches
  • Hard sole boot with heel (short or tall)

Optional

  • Half chaps

Western Attire

Required

  • Tidy shirt or winter coat
  • Long pants/jeans
  • Hard sole boot with heel

Optional

  • Hat
  • Chaps (Not allowed for In-Hand classes)

5. TACK & EQUIPMENT:

All tack and equipment should be clean, in good working order, and appropriate for your class, as described below. Tack should be properly fitted to horse and rider. Fancy, elaborate tack and equipment will not be given preference over simple, functional tack. 

In-Hand

Required

  • Leather or nylon halter and lead shank

Optional

  • Lead shank with chain

Not Allowed

  • Whip or crop of any kind
  • Spurs
  • Leg wraps or boots (Optional for In-Hand Trail)

Hunter/English

Required

  • English-type forward seat, jumping, or close contact saddle
  • English bridle with cavesson
  • Snaffle, pelham, kimberwick, full double bridle, or another appropriate English bit

Optional

  • Crops
  • Breast plate or breast collar
  • Spurs – must be blunt, rounded, and less than one inch

Not Allowed

  • Dropped, flash, and figure 8 nosebands
  • Hackamore or side pull bridles
  • Gag and double twisted wire bits
  • Martingale of any type (Allowed in Equitation Over Fences)
  • Drawn reins
  • Leg wraps or boots

Western

Required

  • Western-type saddle with horn
  • Western-type bridle
  • Bosal with mecate reins
  • Western bits with shanks less than 8 ½ inches and snaffles
  • Split or romal reins
  • Leather or chain curb at least ½ inch wide, must lie flat against the jaw.

Optional

  • Breast collar
  • Back Cinch
  • Spurs

Not Allowed

  • Whip or crop of any kind
  • Side pull or other untraditional bitless bridle
  • Nosebands
  • Draw Reins
  • Martingales or tie downs
  • Leg Wraps or boots (Optional in Western Horsemanship)

PARTICIPATING RIDER CODE OF CONDUCT

All exhibitors must practice sportsmanlike conduct and treat horses in a manner that is kind, respectful, and compassionate. Any conduct  officials deem unsportsmanlike or abusive to people or animals may result in disqualification from current and future events. This rule applies to interactions on social media platforms.

All decisions by show officials are finial.

PARTICIPATE AT YOUR OWN RISK

Exhibitors participate at their own risk, understanding the potential risks associated with equine activities. By entering, each participant who engages in an equine activity expressly assumes the risks of engaging in and legal responsibility for injury, loss, or damage to person(s) or property resulting from the risk of equine activities. By entering exhibitors agree to release and hold harmless Show Master LLC and Nipper Knolls Equine Center their employees, contractors, and affiliates from any and all liability(ies).

 

VIDEO REQUIREMENTS

General video requirements for all classes. Please see specific video instructions for your class under Class Requirements & Patterns below. 

GENERAL VIDEO REQUIREMENTS
  1. A friend or family member will be needed to serve as your videographer
  2. Your name and class name should be stated at the beginning of your video. For example, “Cindy Smith, English Pleasure Walk/Trot.” Adding an intro with this information as text is permitted.
  3. Videos may be recorded in any open space with flat ground
  4. Keep lighting in mind when choosing a place to record, choose an outdoor area when possible
  5. Zooming in should be done when possible, keeping entire horse and rider/handler in frame
  6. A new and unique video should be recorded for each class
  7. Videos should be recorded with sound ON and submitted with their original audio, coaching is NOT permitted
  8. Videos should NOT be edited in any way, edited videos will be disqualified. An intro may be added to include the rider and class name.
  9. Record videos in landscape orientation (hold phones horizontal or longways)
  10. Videos should never exceed 6 minutes
Class Listing

Show Bill

Lead Line

4001. Lead Line

Showmanship

4002. Showmanship 18 & Over

4003. Showmanship 17 & Under

Halter

4004. Halter Stock Type

4005. Halter Hunter/Pleasure Type

4006. Halter Pony/Mini

4007. Halter Senior Horses

4008. Halter Weanling/Yearling

Hunter Under Saddle

4009. Hunter Under Saddle W,T,C 18 & Over

4010. Hunter Under Saddle W,T,C 17 & Under

4011. Hunter Under Saddle W,T 18 & Over

4012. Hunter Under Saddle W,T 17 & Under

Hunt Seat Equitation

4013. Hunt Seat Equitation W,T,C 18 & Over

4014. Hunt Seat Equitation W,T,C 17 & Under

4015. Hunt Seat Equitation W,T 18 & Over

4016. Hunt Seat Equitation W,T 17 & Under

English Pleasure

4017. English Pleasure W,T,C 18 & Over

4018. English Pleasure W,T,C 17 & Under

4019. English Pleasure W,T 18 & Over

4020. English Pleasure W,T 17 & Under

Hunter Over Fences

4021. Hunter Over Cross Rails 18 & Over

4022. Hunter Over Cross Rails 17 & Under

4023. Hunter Over Fences 2’ 18 & Over

4024. Hunter Over Fences 2’ 17 & Under

Equitation Over Fences

4025. Equitation Over Cross Rails 18 & Over

4026. Equitation Over Cross Rails 17 & Under

4027. Equitation Over Fences 2’ 18 & Over

4028. Equitation Over Fences 2’ 17 & Under

Pleasure Driving

4029. Pleasure Driving 18 & Over

4030. Pleasure Driving 17 & Under

 

Western Pleasure

4031. Western Pleasure W,J,L 18 & Over

4032. Western Pleasure W,J,L 17 & Under

4033. Western Pleasure W,J 18 & Over

4034. Western Pleasure W,J 17 & Under

Western Horsemanship

4035. Western Horsemanship W,J,L 18 & Over

4036. Western Horsemanship W,J,L 17 & Under

4037. Western Horsemanship W,J 18 & Over

4038. Western Horsemanship W,J 17 & Under

Ranch Pleasure

4039. Ranch Pleasure W,J,L 18 & Over

4040. Ranch Pleasure W,J,L 17 & Under

4041. Ranch Pleasure W,J 18 & Over

4042. Ranch Pleasure W,J 17 & Under

Trail

4043. Trail W,J,L 18 & Over

4044. Trail W,J,L 17 & Under

4045. Trail W,J 18 & Over

4046. Trail W,J 17 & Under

In-Hand Trail

4047. In-Hand Trail 18 & Over

4048. In-Hand Trail 17 & Under

Specialty Classes

4049. Best Turned Out

4050. Bloopers

4051. Best of Mud – Muddiest Horse

 

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Class Requirements & Patterns

Lead Line

Judges will evaluate a young rider’s confidence while being led at the walk.

RAIL PATTERN

Walk on the rail, with or without assistance, in each direction.

VIDEO REQUIREMENTS

  • Video should be recorded from the center of the arena or riding area.
  • Video should be 30 seconds to two (2) minute long

 

Showmanship

Judges evaluate the grooming and fitting of the horse, and expertise of the exhibitor in presenting the horse. Each exhibitor is required to perform a posted pattern of maneuvers. Exhibitor’s expertise in presenting the horse is determined by the preciseness of the pattern, degree of confidence exhibited, and fundamentally correct body position.

VIDEO REQUIREMENTS­

  • Video should be recorded from the location indicated on the posted pattern.
  • Cones, or another safe visible marker, will need to be set up according to the posted pattern
  • Having a person walk around the horse for inspection is not necessary, but the exhibitor must change quarters as if the judge were circling the horse.

PATTERNS

Halter

Judges evaluate the horses conformation, type, soundness, way of moving, and general balance and appearance. Each exhibitor is required to perform a posted pattern of maneuvers.

VIDEO REQUIREMENTS­

  • Video should be recorded from the location indicated on the posted pattern.

PATTERNS

Hunter Under Saddle

Judges evaluate the performance of the hunter-type horse at the listed gaits. Hunter horses will be evaluated on their “way of going” and should display impulsion from behind, long ground covering strides, and level top line. Horse’s balance, willingness, and correctness (i.e. picks up the correct leads, does not break gaits) will also be evaluated.

VIDEO REQUIREMENTS­

  • Video should be recorded from the center of the arena or riding area.
  • Your Videographer should act as the announcer, asking the exhibitor for transitions according to the time frames specified by the pattern

PATTERNS

 

Hunt Seat Equitation

Judges evaluate the form and function of rider and their ability to execute the posted pattern. Riders should display confidence and fundamentally correct body position, using cues and aids subtly.

VIDEO REQUIREMENTS

  • Video should be recorded from the location indicated on the posted pattern.
  • Cones, or another safe visible marker, will need to be set up according to the posted pattern

PATTERNS

English Pleasure

Judges evaluate the performance of the horse at the listed gaits on the rail. Horses should be well-mannered, quiet, and obedient, displaying their suitability as a pleasure mount.

VIDEO REQUIREMENTS

  • Video should be recorded from the center of the arena or riding area.
  • Your Videographer should act as the announcer, asking the exhibitor for transitions according to the time frames specified by the pattern

PATTERNS

Hunter Over Fences

Judges evaluate the horse’s manners, quality of movement, and style approaching and jumping fences. Horses should be well mannered, displaying balance and consistency.

 

VIDEO REQUIREMENTS­

  • Video should be recorded from the location indicated on the posted course.
  • Required obstacles will need to be set up as closely as possible to the posted course

COURSES

Equitation Over Fences

Judges evaluate the rider’s correctness, ability, and their effect on the horse over a posted course of fences. How a rider elects to ride the course, the pace and approach to the fences are used to evaluate the rider’s judgment and ability.

VIDEO REQUIREMENTS­

  • Video should be recorded from the location indicated on the posted course.
  • Required obstacles will need to be set up as closely as possible to the posted course

COURSES

Pleasure Driving

Judges evaluate the horse’s way of going along the rail. Horses should be well-mannered, quiet, and obedient. Horses may be hitched to a two or four-wheeled show cart.

VIDEO REQUIREMENTS

  • Video should be recorded from the center of the arena or riding area.
  • Your Videographer should act as the announcer, asking the exhibitor for transitions according to the time frames specified by the pattern

PATTERNS

Western Pleasure

 

Judges evaluate the performance of the horse at the listed gaits. The pleasure horse should have a free-flowing stride that is appropriate for their conformation. Horses should be shown on a loose rein with light contact, carrying their head and neck in a relaxed, natural position. Horses should be balanced, quiet, and correct (i.e. picks up correct leads, does not break gaits).

VIDEO REQUIREMENTS­

  • Video should be recorded from the location indicated on the posted pattern.
  • Cones, or another safe visible marker, will need to be set up according to the posted pattern

PATTERNS

Western Horsemanship

 

Judges evaluate rider’s ability to execute, together with their horse, the posted pattern. Riders should complete the pattern with precision and smoothness while exhibiting poise and confidence. Riders should also display fundamentally correct body position, using cues and aids subtly.

VIDEO REQUIREMENTS­

  • Video should be recorded from the location indicated on the posted pattern.
  • Cones, or another safe visible marker, will need to be set up according to the posted pattern

PATTERNS

Ranch Pleasure

Judges evaluate the performance of the horse at the listed gaits on the rail. The horse should be a pleasure to ride while displaying the versatility, attitude, responsiveness and the movement required of a working ranch horse.

VIDEO REQUIREMENTS­

  • Video should be recorded from the center of the arena or riding area.
  • Your Videographer should act as the announcer, asking the exhibitor for transitions according to the time frames specified by the pattern

PATTERNS

Trail

Judged on the performance of the horse through obstacles, with emphasis on manners, response to the rider and quality of movement. English or Western tack permitted. Pattern is Rider’s Choice.

VIDEO REQUIREMENTS­

  • Video should be recorded from a position along the rail that allows the best view of all obstacles

PATTERN

Riders Choice: Pick 5 obstacles to work your horse through, that you easily have access to on your farm.

Suggested Obstacles: 

  • Water crossing
  • Dragging or pulling tarps or logs
  • Opening/closing a gate while mounted
  • “Tasks” such as checking the mail, carrying a flag or bucket, etc.
  • Dismount, mount, ground tie
  • Backing, sidepassing, tight turns
  • “Encounters” such as tents, fake animals, balloons, etc. 

 

In-Hand Trail

Judged on the performance of the horse through obstacles, with emphasis on manners, response to the rider and quality of movement. English or Western tack permitted. Pattern is Rider’s Choice.

VIDEO REQUIREMENTS­

  • Video should be recorded from a position along the rail that allows the best view of all obstacles

PATTERN

Riders Choice: Pick 5 obstacles to work your horse through, that you easily have access to on your farm.

Suggested Obstacles: 

  • Water crossing
  • Dragging or pulling tarps or logs
  • Opening/closing a gate while mounted
  • “Tasks” such as checking the mail, carrying a flag or bucket, etc.
  • Dismount, mount, ground tie
  • Backing, sidepassing, tight turns
  • “Encounters” such as tents, fake animals, balloons, etc.  

 

Holiday Costume

Create a holiday themed costume for your horse (and you if you choose). Open to all ages. Judged on creativity and execution. 

VIDEO REQUIREMENTS­

  • Video should be one minute, or less, and showcase your horse from all sides. 

 

Blooper

Enter videos of any funny fails with your horse that you were lucky enough to catch on video! Entry media must be a video.

VIDEO REQUIREMENTS­ 

  • Videos may not exceed 1 minute

 

Best In Mud

We are giving awards to the horses who can get the muddiest! Submit a video that shows your mud monster during or after a romp in the mud!

VIDEO REQUIREMENTS­ 

  • Videos may not exceed 1 minute

 

Awards &

Ribbons

No show is complete without awards! Premium ribbons will be awarded to 1st-3rd place finishers in every class. Ribbons are shipped (at no additional fee) to the address provided on the entry form. Start checking the mail 7-10 days after the results are posted! 

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