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Horse Show Rules
The Village Farm Showing Rules

Classes: Classes entered and shows attended are to the discretion of The Village Farm, you are not permitted to enter a class without permission. Students will show in their proper division. All riders under the TVF umbrella showing must take weekly lessons with Rebecca and/or Bevin. If you do not lesson on a regular basis, you do not show with us.

Attitude: Keep the trailer area neat. A horse show is not a place to train horses, a violent altercation between you and your horse is not acceptable at any level. If there is a problem ask for help. Be friendly to show staff, teammates, competitors and spectators regardless of their knowledge or lack there of. When you have a spare moment or two - clean up. This is a team effort, clean up for everyone.

Schooling: Schooling areas can be congested. Maintain your gait when passing. Stopping to let someone go can lead to a pile up. Pass to the right or left shoulder to left shoulder. Have common sense, if someone is circling inside then this rules does not apply. Always call the jump that your are heading to.

Horse Turnout: Horses must be clipped (fetlocks, outside of ears, face and 1” bridle path). Mane must be braided on the right side if in a Classic. Jumper classes do not require braiding. Pulled manes for jumper classes are to be no longer than 5-6”. Tail is to be “banged” off at pasterns. During winter months body clipping may be required.

Rider Turnout: You must dress properly with polished boots (tall boots if over 13 years old as of Dec. 1), Tailor Sportsman type breeches, acceptable color riding shirt or solid color polo, hunt coat for rated classes, choker, black gloves and an APPROVED black helmet without any cover or adornments and hair neatly tucked up in hair net without wispy hairs. No dangle jewelry.

Returning Home: Your horses work hard for you at shows. Make them comfortable after the show.1) Remove braids and wet mane until straight; 2) set up legs if in multiple over fences classes.

Each show year starts on December 1. To compete at the rated shows you must be a member of USEF and USHJA. Please join as soon as possible. To join visit www.usef.org . If you have any questions with the form please let me know and I will assist you in filling it out. As soon as you receive the membership cards turn one of the key fobs into Rebecca. Obtain a horse ID number from the same organization.

Become familiar with USEF rules for your division. Show respect for the judge and all the show officials. No cell phones while mounted.

Team members are encouraged to aid teammates in preparing to enter the show ring and to cheer them on. To promote team unity and spirit: Team members are not permitted to sleep or do homework while at the show; The team leaves The Village Farm together in the early hours of the morning and leaves the shows together in the afternoon. These rules were set down so that all riders on the team could receive equal encouragement from their teammates.

Show Grooms: If you were asked to attend a show as a groom become familiar with the Show Groom Guidelines.


The following are Village Farm fees associated with showing. All levels of riders wishing to compete can be accommodated. Ask Rebecca Belmont which shows are appropriate for you prior to signing up.

Trailering Roundtrip Fees: (Per Horse)

  • Hunter Farms $35
  • Palermo $70
  • Saugerties $260
  • Swan Lake $265
  • WEF $1920 (includes layover expenses)

Day Fees : $65 per day

Show Fees: These fees are paid direct from the client to the show.

  • Stalls $200 - $350 per week
  • Tack Stall $50 - $125 per week
  • Shavings/Hay $50 - $80 per week
  • Drug Fee $12
  • Night Watch $25 - $30 per week
  • Entries: $50 per class
  • Ticketed Schooling $25

Other Fees : These fees are paid direct from the client to the vendor.

  • Braiding $50 - $75 per competition day
  • Hotels Normally clients book their own lodging for shows


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