This competition will be held on Friday the 30th of September starting at 11am! In order to purchase a ticket to this competition you must also have an entry ticket to the event (you can also buy this ticket and your entry ticket at the same time).
There are three divisions for this one competition:
- Junior – Age 17 and under at the time of the event (must have parental permission to participate)
- Novice – Any participant other than equine professionals
- Open– Anyone can enter that is 18 years of age or over *
* Anyone who takes any form of remuneration for working with horses must enter the Open division!
Who will be judge be for the competition? 🤩 JOSH KNIGHT
What are rules for the competition?
Junior – Age 17 and under and over 8 at the time of the event. All juniors must have parental permission and supervision to participate. In the junior division there will be no set required manoeuvres.
Max no. Of competitors 8
Novice – Any participant other than equine professionals. In the three years preceding the date of application has not received remuneration for the following:
- Training or showing astride in any equine discipline; or
- Giving instruction on the showing or training of a performance horse.
“Remuneration” is defined as the receipt of:
- Money, pay, or financial gain for work completed; or
- Goods, services, or discounts in return for work completed.
Compulsory manoeuvres for this division are as follows:
- Walk/ trot circles in each direction
- Side pass
- Back Up
The remainder of the time is freestyle and open to your imagination.
Max no of competitors 12
Open– this is an Open class that anyone can enter that is 18 years of age or over. Anyone who takes any form of remuneration for working with horses must enter this division:
- Accepts remuneration AND rides, exercises, drives, shows, trains, assists in training, schools or conducts clinics or seminars.
- Accepts remuneration AND gives riding lessons, driving lessons, training lessons, showmanship lessons, equitation lessons, trains horses, or provides consultation services in riding, driving, showmanship, equitation, or training of horses.
- Accepts remuneration AND acts as an employee in a position such as a groom, farrier, bookkeeper, veterinarian or barn manager AND instructs, rides, drives, shows, trains or schools horses that are owned, boarded or trained by their employer, any member of their employer’s family, or a business in which their employer has an ownership interest.
- Accepts remuneration AND uses their name, photograph or other form of personal association as a horseperson in connection with any advertisement or product/service for sale, including but not limited to apparel, equipment or property.
- Rides, drives or shows any horse that a cohabitant or family member or a cohabitant or family member’s business receives remuneration for boarding, training, riding, driving or showing. A cohabitant or family member of a trainer may not absolve themselves of this rule by entering into a lease or any other agreement for a horse owned by a client of the trainer.
- Gives instruction to any person or rides, drives, or shows any horse, for which activity their cohabitant or another person in their family or business in which their cohabitant or family member controls will receive remuneration for the activity. A cohabitant or family member of a trainer may not absolve themselves of this rule by entering into a lease or any other agreement for a horse owned by a client of the trainer.
- Accepts remuneration AND acts as an agent in the sale of a horse or pony or accepts a horse or pony on consignment for the purpose of sale or training that is not owned by them, their cohabitant, or a member of their family, farm/ranch/syndicate/partnership/corporation/business in which they, their cohabitant or a member of their family controls.
- Advertises one’s equestrian services such as training or instruction.
- Accepts remuneration AND acts as an intern, apprentice, or working student whose responsibilities include, but are not limited to, riding, driving, showmanship, handling, showing, training or assisting in training, giving lessons/coaching and/or schooling horses other than horses actually owned by them.
- Accepts remuneration in excess of rental fee for use of a facility, ring or school horses.
- Accepts remuneration for such use AND uses commercial logoed items while on competition grounds unless expressly permitted by applicable division rules.
PROFESSIONAL status based on one’s own activity along with another’s. A person is also deemed a professional after their 18th birthday, if they accept remuneration for their spouse, family member, or cohabitant engaging in any activity listed above.
The compulsory manoeuvres for this division are as follows:
- Walk/ Trot/ Canter Liberty Circles
- Stop cue
- Side pass towards and away
- Back up.
Max no of competitors 12
COWGIRLS GATHERING LIBERTY COMPETITION RULES & AGREEMENT
Each competitor has 5 minutes maximum to complete their Liberty routine. You will have 3 minutes maximum on top of that for set up and pack down of any props and/ or equipment
The use of carrot sticks, liberty sticks, and whips of any length is permitted. Whips and other equipment used may never to be used in an inhumane manner or abusive way. This will be governed by Judges and/or officials of the event. Violation of this will result in a score of 0 for the pattern and a disqualification of the trainer from the remainder of the show.
Clickers are allowed in the competition arena and may be used in any pattern.
Callers Competitors have the option of having a caller during a pattern to help them remember the pattern. Callers are to call the pattern but are not allowed to coach the competitor in any way.
(Optional use of flaggers) Each competitor will have the option of using flaggers. The flaggers will be provided by the event and the same flaggers will be used for the duration of each class.
No more or less than 4 flaggers will be seated or standing just outside each of the 4 corners of the arena and are able to help upon request by the competitor or if horse crosses, leaves or runs off during the pattern. Flaggers can only assist if the competitor waves them in. Flaggers can only flag within a 15ft radius of their arena corner. Once the horse joins back up flaggers must exit the arena.
Flaggers can ONLY enter the arena when flagging. They may not stand on the arena floor unless they have been called in by the competitor to actively flag the horse and must leave immediately after the horse has joined up. The use of flaggers is entirely optional and every competitor can make the decision to use flaggers at any point of their pattern.
Additional Expenses to Consider
The costs of acquiring a horse, training and care, transport to your place of business and to and from Cowgirls Gathering and participating in a major national competition are considerable. There is no guarantee that the investment will be repaid from the potential sale of the horse, sponsorship revenue, or from prize money. Trainers who are not prepared to assume full financial responsibility regardless of outcome should not apply.
What are the age restrictions?
Minimum age is 8 years old at the time of the event. You can make an application to [email protected] if you feel someone under this age could attend the Junior event. Everyone under the age of 18 at the event must wear a helmet when handling any horse.
When will be the presentation be?
The presentation will be held on Friday night on the main stage at 6pm, you are responsibility for collecting any prizes at the event should you not be able to make the presentation.
What if you can no longer make it?
Please notify us via email at [email protected] as soon as possible. If there is a waitlist your place will offered to the next person on the waiting list, once paid then your refund will be given. If there is no waitlist and you are able to find someone to take your ticket, we will do a name change for free but only upto 7 days ahead of the event. If this occurs in the week leading up or during the event please report to the headquarters and notify them of your withdrawal.
When do entries close?
Entries will closed when the allocation has been completed, once your order has been processed you will get a ticket number to the competition and this confirms your allocation to the event.