Divisions

Open

The Open Division is open to any professional or nonprofessional member in good standing with any horse regardless of past winnings. In addition to the normal entry fee, this division may collect and offer jackpot fees,which will be paid back to winners according to the SHTX payout schedule.

Non Pro

The description of Non Pro Eligibility is as follows:

  1. The rider has not  received  payment directly or  indirectly for  riding,  training,  assisting  in  training,  or showing horse(s) at any time during the past five years.
  2. The rider has not received payment directly or indirectly for instructing another person or conducting a seminar in riding, training, driving or showing a horse any time during the past five years.
  3. The rider has not had any expenses (including lodging, transportation, mileage, etc.) paid by someone other than family members.

EXCEPTIONS for 2 and 3 above:

A Non Pro who otherwise qualifies under these rules may conduct clinics provided the only remuneration they receive is for reasonable expenses. If questions are raised about Non Pro eligibility, the contestant must be able to document any remuneration.

Collegiate members who are enrolled in an equine program or as part of an educational curriculum are exempt from items 2 and 3 above.

  1. Premium money won is not considered remuneration.
  2. A Non Pro rider may show in the Open Division without losing Non Pro eligibility as long as requirements for a Non Pro are still met.

The Non Pro Division is open to any nonprofessional member in good standing with any horse regardless of past winnings. In addition to the normal entry fee, this division may collect and offer jackpot fees, which will be paid back to winners according to the SHTX payout schedule.

Limited Non Pro

Exhibitors who qualify as Non Pro riders may choose to show in this division because of class routine or other personal choice. Exhibitors may also show in the Open or Non Pro divisions without losing their eligibility in the Limited Non Pro division. There will be no jackpot in this division. Riders in this division will work a modified version of the working cow horse class that will not involve turns down the fence, or circling or roping. (See LTD Non Pro and Junior Horse Working Cow Horse class rules for specifics on rules for this division.)

Intermediate Non Pro

The Intermediate Division is reserved for individuals with moderate riding and showing experience who wish to learn more about showing in SHTX at a more advanced pace. There will be no jackpot in this division.

Eligibility for the Intermediate division is as follows:

1. The rider must meet all Non Pro eligibility requirements listed above.
2. The rider has not won any combination of 2 champion or reserve champion titles in Intermediate, Limited Non Pro, Non Pro, Open, Junior Horse at any show or cumulative year-end award in SHTX, ASHA, or Texas State 4-H finals; more than 10 points in any breed association (AQHA, APHA, etc.); or $500 in a national organization (NCHA, NRCHA, NRHA, RHAA, etc.) in any western performance discipline (western pleasure, working cow horse, reining, cutting, trail, etc.)
3. If a member loses Intermediate eligibility through competition, he or she may finish that year as an Intermediate rider. Thereafter, the member is eligible only for Junior Horse, Youth, Limited Non Pro, Non Pro or Open Divisions.
4. Riders in this division will work Limited Non Pro reining patterns and cow horse patterns.

(See Limited Non Pro Reining and Working Cow Horse class rules for specifics on rules for this division.)

Stallions are prohibited in this division.

Novice

The Novice Division is reserved for individuals with limited riding and showing experience who wish to learn more about showing in SHTX at a beg inner’s pace.  New     members in SHTX do not necessarily need to ride in the Novice division.  Advanced skills may be better suited for one of the other divisions. There will be no jackpot in this division.

Eligibility for the Novice division is as follows:

    1. The rider must meet all Non Pro eligibility requirements listed above.
    2. The rider has not won any champion titles or reserve champion titles at any show or cumulative year-end award in SHTX, ASHA, or Texas State 4-H finals; more than 5 points in any breed association (AQHA, APHA, etc.); or $100 in a national organization (NCHA, NRCHA, NRHA, RHAA, etc.) in any western performance discipline (western pleasure, working cow horse, reining, cutting, trail, etc.)
    3. If a member loses novice eligibility through competition, he or she may finish that year as a novice rider. Thereafter, the member is eligible only for Junior Horse, Youth, Limited Non Pro, Intermediate, Non Pro or Open Divisions.
    4. Riders in this division will work Novice and Youth Reining Patterns and a Novice and Youth Working Cow Horse Pattern. The cow horse pattern is a shortened version of cow work that will not involve turns down the fence, circling or roping. (See Novice/Youth Reining and Novice/Youth Working Cow Horse class rules for specifics on rules for this division.)

Stallions are prohibited in this division.

Youth

Exhibitors in the youth division must be aged 8 through 18 as of January 1 of the current year. Riders in this division will work a Novice and Youth Reining Pattern and a Novice and Youth Working Cow Horse Pattern. The cow horse pattern is a shortened version of cow work that will not involve turns down the fence, circling or roping. There will be no jackpot in this division.

(See Novice/Youth Reining and Novice/Youth Working Cow Horse class rules for specifics on rules for this division.)

A youth may not show in both the Youth and Novice Divisions at the same show.

Stallions are prohibited in this division.

Junior Horse

Horses in this division will show in the same patterns as the Open and Non Pro with the exception of the working cow horse class which uses the Modified Working Cow Horse pattern. There will be no jackpot in this division. (See LTD Non Pro and Junior Horse Working Cow Horse class rules for specifics on rules for this division.)

A horse is eligible to be shown in this division if the following criteria are met:

  1. The horse is five years of age or younger as of January 1 of current year.
  2. A junior horse may be shown by a rider from any division.

For additional information and rules about divisions, visit the SHTX Handbook

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