Finally Covid seems to be lifting, things are opening, Spring has sprung, and shows are really happening!
In this issue find out why the April 4/16-4-18 GSVRHA show is now the Running T Ranch Roundup and meet the new “Boss Mare.” Read about the recent Youth Schooling Show and enjoy pictures of the competitors. Also, learn about the new WSVRHA rules and the new look for the Intermediate Division. Read about changes on the GS board; two members are retiring, two new joining. GS members have well represented our club in several AQHA VRH events, including the recent QHEAC show, and there are pictures to prove it.
Discover what you can do to change the current Class A licensing requirements. And what would the newsletter be without a “Quote of the Month.”
This newsletter is for you; please send your comments, ideas, pictures, etc. to JumperDawn@aol.com
Let’s go show our horses!
Dawn Poston, Editor
New WSVRHA Rules
The 2021 Rule Book is Published!
The 2021 WSVRHA Rule Book and Score Sheets are updated and published! Go to WSVRHA.com and click on “Resources.” Anything underlined is a new rule. Here is a summary:
- New eligibility statements for Novice and Intermediate
- New “disturbing the herd” penalty for cutting
- New description and the formal beginning of Limited Open (see article later in newsletter for full description)
- New equipment rules for Novice (older horses may be ridden two handed with a snaffle or hackamore)
Running T Round Up
Welcome Stephanie Lewis
Same time, same venue, same wonderful show-now under new management. What was the Sparrowk Livestock Show is now the Running T Round Up. Meet Jennifer Lewis the new producer of that popular show, and her horse Missin My Cowboy (aka Kali). Besides being a show manager, Stephanie and her husband Tim run cattle, have a cattle livestock transportation business and are the parents of James, Jack and Victoria.
Entries are open (gsvrha.org under “Calendar and Show Info”) and will likely fill quickly. Don’t miss out on the fun, enter now!
Stephanie and her horse Missin My Cowboy (aka Kali) at the recent QHEAC Show in Corning
Understanding Division Eligibility Rules
Not Experienced in Western Performance, But Technically an Open Rider?
Good news for those who make money with horses but aren’t experienced western performance riders. Read on.
Limited Open Subdivision Eligibility: This division will be offered in 2021 as a subdivision of the Open for individuals with moderate to no showing experience who have taken money for starting colts; been paid to ride the ranch horses not owned by them; given basic riding lessons or local clinics for pay; or by other circumstances that make them ineligible for Amateur or Non Pro status, but are not experienced professional trainers in western performance disciplines. Any age horse may be ridden, and there are no horse ownership restrictions.
Samantha Scanlan, a professional hunter/jumper trainer, new to western performance, riding Suzanne Dorrance's lovely Witch Is It Chic, winner of the Limited Open in Las Vegas.
Restrictions for Limited Open: To be eligible for this division, upon entering the first competition, the exhibitor must not have earned any total all-around points in any ranch horse versatility competitions involving cattle. Riders that have combined earnings of $5,000 in any of the following or similar organizations: WSVRHA, NCHA, NRCHA, NRHA, RHAA, AQHA, APHA, SHTX, ASHA, etc. in any western performance discipline (western pleasure, working cow horse, reining, cutting, barrel racing, trail, etc.), are not eligible for this division. Upon entering the first Limited Open competition, a member may only compete in this subdivision for one calendar year. If a member loses Limited Open eligibility through competition, he or she may finish that year as a Limited Open rider. Thereafter, the member is eligible for the Open Division only.
Class Format: The Limited Open division will be run concurrently with the Open division, but a high point within the subdivision can be offered at competition’s end, at the show manager’s discretion. The Limited Open is offered only for all-around competitors entering all classes. Limited Open competitors have the same competitive requirements as Open competitors.
Provisional Class Status: The Limited Open will be offered on a provisional basis as a subdivision of the Open to provide a place for these competitors to compete against their peers. As such, there will be no expectation of added money to the jackpot, awards at the shows or year-end awards in the Limited Open. However, by entering both Limited Open and Open, competitors would be eligible for Open awards.
Quote of the Month
Mary Anne Radmacher: Consultant, Author, Artist and Professional Speaker
“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says: I’ll try again tomorrow.”