Show Policies

(Rates and policies outlined below do not apply to in-house fun shows. Spring and Fall in-house shows are open to all students and are designed as a fun way to try competing and to show off the skills you've learned in lessons.)
Competing at shows is a privilege, with a lot of time and effort invested, so please familiarize yourselves with the rules and requirements; they have been established to make showing a fun, safe, and rewarding experience for everyone.



1. Rider’s eligibility to compete is determined by the Instructor/4-H Leader. Considerations are skill controlling the horse, safety, and riding ability. Note: For 4-H competitions, riders must also be able to prepare their horses independently with no adult assistance.

2. Minimum of 2 weeks advance notice is required to participate in shows. Greater than 2 weeks notice may be necessary for shows that require mail-in entries. For 4-H competitions, members showing their own horses MUST attend a riding meeting to qualify with the horse(s) they plan to participate with for the 4-H year before leader will sign 4-H show papers.

3. Students/members agree to assist with events. Including, but not limited to: Prepping and cleaning equipment, grooming and bathing the horses for shows, packing equipment in the trailer, and clean up after event concludes. Plan on being at the barn AT LEAST 2-3 hours the day before a show to prep your horse and equipment. (Parents are welcome to drop students off to be picked up later with trainer’s permission.) 4-H members not competing at a show will be expected to volunteer to help at it.

4. Students agree to display good sportsmanship at all times. Students are EXPECTED to be respectful and courteous to all horses, parents, coaches, teammates and show staff at any and all competitions. This means; no yelling, crying, or taking out your frustrations on your horse. Any student acting disrespectful or abusive to horses/people at shows will be withdrawn from the remainder of the competition and all show fees will be forfeit. (Horse shows can be stressful situations and I guarantee your horse will not perform perfectly at every one of them. If you’re having a bad show, please consider it a learning opportunity and DO NOT take it out on your horse. We have a ZERO tolerance policy for being unkind to the horses at ANY time.) Also, please remember that you are not only representing yourself, but also your Instructor, Barn, 4-H club and Sport. There will be younger kids watching you and you are always setting an example for them, whether you know it or not. Please make it a good one. 

5. Student is responsible for event fees. Competition fees will vary depending on the show. There is usually a $5-$10 office fee and a class fee of $5-$10 per class entered for local shows and 4-H. Riders are responsible for signing up for their classes and checking in at shows.

6. If show leasing a horse from IACH, all fees must be paid in full prior to the day of the show. Invoices for show fees will be sent via PayPal invoice.

Show Leases and Hauling Fees:
Coaching fee is $35.00/student per day.
(Horse and tack usage are included in coaching fee.)

Hauling Fees are as follows:
-Pima County Fairgrounds is a $20.00 hauling fee.
-Brandi Fenton Arena is a $30.00 hauling fee.
-Wentz Point Arena is a $40.00 hauling fee.

If using an IACH Horse and Equipment for Team Grooming Competitions, there will be a $10 fee per member to cover gas and expenses.
If you have any questions, please call Kimberly @ (520) 425-6362


Grooming Items Needed For Shows:

Curry Comb
Hard Brush
Soft Brush
Soft Cloth (at least 2)
Hoof Pick
Hoof Polish (Black for dark feet and legs, Clear for light feet and legs)
Rubber Bands (to match horse's mane color)
Mane Comb
Mane & Tail Brush
Fly Spray (please ask which kind before you buy, some horses are sensitive to certain ingredients)
Baby Wipes
Cardboard to place horse's hoof on to polish
Safety Pins
Shampoo
Conditioner/Detangler
Bucket and Sponge for baths
Gel/Mouse for banding and/or braiding



Western Show Attire:

Junior (13 & Under)
Western Shirt or Horsemanship Top
Long Pants
Boots
Belt
Helmet
Helmet Cover (optional)
Gloves (optional)
Chaps (optional for Walk/Trot & Beginner levels)
Hairnet or Showbow

Senior (14 & up)
Western Shirt or Horsemanship Top
Long Pants
Boots
Belt
Helmet
Helmet Cover (optional)
Gloves (optional)
Chaps (optional for Walk/Trot & Beginner levels)

Hairnet or Showbow




Senior riders and Junior advanced level riders; show clothes should coordinate and help you to look your part as a polished professional. Clothes need not be expensive, but should be neat and tidy and fit you well.






English Show Attire:

Junior (13 & Under)
English Show Shirt (white or light color)
Hunt Coat (optional for walk/trot and beginner levels)
Stock Pin
Breeches or Jodpurs
Knee Straps (optional)
Paddock Boots (no tall boots)
Helmet
Black Helmet Cover
Belt
Gloves
Hairnet or Showbow

Senior (14 & up)
English Show Shirt (white or light color)
Hunt Coat
Stock Pin
Breeches (Tan, beige or khaki only)

Tall boots (Field boots with laces)
Show Helmet or Helmet with Black Cover
Belt
Gloves
Hairnet or Showbow


Don't forget the safety pins to pin your number on with!