🏆 Liberty

Now Closed 

– Entries are now closed (5pm August 20th 2021)

– 8 shortlisted competitors 

– 30m x 70m sized arena

– 4 compulsory moves

– October 2nd 2021

– 5 minutes 

The Liberty Competition will be hosted by Knights Equestrian. Competitors will need to apply with a short video audition using the application process below.  Cowgirls Gathering will showcase trainers and their horses presenting a Liberty ‘freestyle’ Competition.

The competition highlights the connection between horse(s) and trainer. Each competitor will have 5 minutes to demonstrate 4 compulsory movements and then the rest is up to their imagination. Competitors will be judged on various aspects with the horses safety being priority at all times.

There are 4 compulsory moves for each contestant to demonstrate:

  1. 3-5 circles in each direction
  2. Back up
  3. Side pass
  4. Stop cue

Competitors will perform in any manner that demonstrates the trainability and talent of the horse.

  1. The freestyle competition will take place in a 30 x 70m arena,
  2. Each horse will be given a maximum of 5 minutes to perform,
  3. Music will be played if provided ahead of time to [email protected],
  4. An additional 3 minutes will be provided for set-up and take-down of props if requested in advance of the scheduling of ride times (one week before competition),
  5. In cases where props take more than 3 minutes to set up and remove performances must be shortened to ensure that the next horse can start on time,
  6. No contestant will be allowed more than a total of 8 minutes for performance plus set-up and take-down,
  7. Contestants will describe in advance any props that will be used and provide their own crew for setup and removal,
  8. Use of props that might be disruptive to horses must be pre-approved by judges,
  9. Judges may end the performance at any time and disqualify the entry if they determine that the horse or rider are at risk, or the horse is suffering from abuse.

Anyone over the age of 12 years old (at the date of the event being 1st of October 2021) can make an application for this competition.

If you have been successful in the short list for the event, then you will need to complete a Cowgirls Gathering waiver form.  You will also need to have purchased a ticket for the event to be able to take part in the event.  There will be no other costs if you are successful outside of your personal costs to get you to the event and home again.

Entries will close 5pm August 20th 2021 and those shortlisted for the event will be notified by e-mail 5pm on the August 30th 2021.

If you have been successful in the shortlist then you need to be at the main arena a minimum of 15 minutes prior to your performance time with any support crew and props ready to be set up.

People can be used in the freestyle as long as they don’t interfere with the horse. Nothing can be used that puts the horse or human in an unsafe or stressful situation.  For example, Blind Folds on horse or use of ropes to lay down horse.

The judges have the right to stop performance at any point.

There will be eight (8) competitors selected to participate in the competition on Saturday the 2nd of October 2021.  In order to compete, you must have at least a day ticket to the event for this day.  

Unlike our other competitions, this liberty competition will not be first in, best dressed.  All applications will be reviewed and the top eight applications will be selected with an additional two selected for the wait list in case one of the eight is no longer able to make it.

The presentation will be held on the main entertainment stage at 7:30pm on Saturday the 2nd of October 2021.

There will be no fee outside of your entry ticket to the event.

You will need to bring everything you need to be able to participate in the event.  This includes providing your own music ahead of time as well bringing all your own props to the event.

Not at all, you can apply regardless of your gender.

If you have been successful in the shortlist and are no longer able to make, please e-mail [email protected], your spot will go to the next person on the waitlist.

Entries closed 5pm August 20th 2021 and those shortlisted for the event will be notified by e-mail 5pm August 30th 2021.  If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]


6 thoughts on “🏆 Liberty”

  1. Margie Elliott

    Hi There
    I have just submitted my liberty application. I was just wondering if I could get a confirmation that you received it and 2 YouTube links.

  2. Marina Haycroft

    Hi team, I have just applied for the liberty comp and just wondering if it went through ok? You received it? Thank you!

  3. Hi team,

    I have just submitted my Liberty Submission video, could I get a confirmation that you have received it?

    Thank you,
    Shae Reynolds

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