Evaluates conformation of the horse as a breed. Halter classes are divided by age and sex. Horses are
shown with a leather halter and are traveled before the judges so that lameness and quality of movement
can be evaluated. Horses are judged on balance, structural correctness, breed and sex characteristics and
degree of muscling. Of these, balance is the most important.
Jumping is a true test of a horse's athletic ability to perform over fences. Jumping consists of at least four
obstacles and a minimum of eight jumps. Scores are based on penalty faults. Faults are assessed when a
horse refuses to jump, knocks down an obstacle, or causes an obstacle to be knocked down.
A preliminary class for English riding disciplines in which judges evaluate a hunter-type horse on the flat at a
walk, trot and canter. Emphasis is placed on smoothness of gait, free-flowing stride and willingness to
perform. Exhibitors must wear traditional English attire.
With new classes are offered for Gaited Breeds, all classes are open to gaited horses. Mark the registration
sheet with "Gaited Horse" and substitute breed specific gaits as appropriate to approximate the gaits
specified in the class.
Contestants compete simultaneously, traveling the perimeter of the arena, and at the discretion of the Judge,
are asked to walk, jog, lope and reverse the direction of the horse. Horses are evaluated on quality of
movement while staying quiet and calm, traveling on a loose rein.
Timed Events: A class judged solely by a timer.
Pole Bending: A timed event in which the speed and agility of the horse are tested as horse and rider weave
through a course of six poles spaced 21 feet apart, twice circling end poles before turning and racing to the
finish line. A five-second penalty is added for each pole knocked down.
Barrel Racing: A race in which exhibitors follow a course consisting of three barrels in triangular "cloverleaf"
pattern. Riders choose to circle either the right or left barrel first, race to the opposite barrel and complete the
course after circling the third barrel and racing down the center of the three barrels to stop the timer. Knocking
over a barrel carries a five second penalty.
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You Must Be a Member to show
at our shows
SHA Annual Membership Fee:
$10.00 per Household
(Note: All members must live at
All exhibitors must be a member
SHA Hand Books are available at
the registration booth during shows
for all members. Rules and
regulations for SHA members are
South Carolina State Law requires
that an original copy of negative
Coggin's Test, performed within the
last 12 month period, be shown for
each horse attending the show.
These will be checked.
Pee Wee Exhibitor: 12 years and
Youth Exhibitor: 13 to 18 years of
Adult Exhibitor: 19 years and over
Park Pass: $50.00
SC State Parks now require
admission fees. SHA no longer
offers a discounted park pass.They
must be purchased from the State
Park Office. Passes are good for
one year. Park passes are good for
all passengers in the pass vehicle.
You may purchase a daily pass at
the gate when you come in the park
at $2.00 per person.
In this class each horse shall be asked to negotiate through obstacles. Obstacles are to be negotiated by
exhibitors individually with only one horse in the arena at a time. This class shall be judged 100% on the
obstacle course; there is no rail work. This includes the distance from the beginning of an obstacle to the
beginning of the next obstacle. Any horse not performing the gait required properly should be penalized in the
same manner as not completing the obstacle. Failure to follow the prescribed obstacles, or course of travel
through obstacles, will result in automatic elimination. A drawn course will be provided by show management,
reviewed for compliance with required procedures and approved by the judge and steward. The course will
show the line of travel through obstacles and the gait required to perform obstacles. Changes or revisions will
not be permitted after posting. The course will specify how a horse is to negotiate or travel between obstacles
that seem appropriate. Tack and attire will be appropriate for the breed. Bits are not required. For additional
rules refer to the AQHA rulebook.
Open Gaited Class (All Breed)
The exhibitors will enter the ring to the right of the rail at a walk and circle the arena in a counterclockwise
manner. The sequence of gaits will be; walk, show gait, reverse and repeat and then line up. The judge may
ask for a back from the line up. Tack and attire will be appropriate for the breed. Bits are not required.
Tots Lead Line
This class is for rider’s 7yrs old and younger. Each rider must be accompanied by at least one handler who
will lead the horse/pony into the ring to be judged. The exhibitors will walk into the ring one by one and walk
past the judge and line up. The judge will inspect the exhibitors and then tie the class. Appropriate show attire
SHA reserves the right to refuse entry into a class or to ask an
individual to be excused from a class, in the event of possible safety
risk to the rider or other participants or to the animal. If the individual does not
comply with SHA's request their membership can be suspended or revoked
depending on the board's decision. Safety to all our members is our main goal
and our responsibility as a group.