2024 Columbia Riding Club Show Rules

1. The Show Committee makes the final decision on any changes or disputes that occur during the shows.

2. Liability waivers and membership applications and fees must be paid in advance to receive discount fees at CRC shows.

3. If a dispute occurs over a class or placing, the protest must be brought to the attention of a member of the show committee, show secretary or show steward.

4. Under no circumstances is an exhibitor or spectator allowed to approach a judge for any reason without a Show Committee member or show steward present.

5. The judge and show committee have the right to excuse all horses or riders which present a threat or danger to other horses, riders and spectators from the class or show grounds and all entry fees will be forfeited.

6. Good sportsmanship is expected.

7. There shall be no abusive language or actions to any horse or people at any time, inside or outside of the show rings.

8. Riders must wear proper riding attire. No tank tops, halter tops or swimsuits. Boots or riding shoes with heels are required.

9. It is highly recommended that all riders wear safety helmets.

10. It is mandatory that all junior riders wear protective headgear for gaming and jumping.

11. Wearing helmets will not be penalized in English or Western pleasure and equitation classes.

12. All Showmanship Classes may be shown in either English or Western Attire.

13. All tack changes should be announced to the show committee at least two classes prior to the start of the class. Three minutes will be allowed for changes.

14. All classes have a one-minute gate call. After your number or class has been announced, you have one minute to enter the show ring.

15. No cantering or loping is allowed along outside rails of show rings. All schooling of horses is to be done at a reasonable distance from the show rings.

16. Please leave the gate areas clear for exhibitors to enter and exit the show rings.

17. No lunging in the grass ring.

18. All entries are assigned one number to each horse. If signed up for Year-End Awards, that number shall be used for the entire year at all CRC series shows to receive points.

19. Youth under the age of 18 as of the current year may not handle/exhibit a stallion.

20. There is a $35.00 returned check fee. Anyone previously giving a bad check for entries will be on a cash only policy for the rest of the show season.

21. Anyone paying by check and not paying in full at the time of sign up must leave a signed open check at the secretary stand.

22. All accounts must be paid in full by the end of each show.

23. In case of injury, CRC has the right to call for medical assistance.

24. All dogs must be on a leash, tied to an object or person with a leash no longer than 6 feet and kept away from show rings. Please leave aggressive dogs at home.

25. All children under the age 17 must be accompanied by an adult.

26. Please keep manure on CRC property.

27. The Columbia Riding Club, its officers and members will not be responsible for accident, injury or loss of person, livestock or property.

28. By entering a class, you confirm that you agree/understand these rules.

Rules for In-Hand Trail Class:

1. Exhibitors may show in either English or Western attire and tack.

2. The horse may be fully tacked, or perform in a halter or bridle only. If showing in a halter, it must fit the animal properly and may or may not include a chain on the lead.

3. An exhibitor may show any number of animals in the In-Hand Trail class.

4. Leading and working obstacles should be performed from the left side of the horse at all times. Backing obstacles may be performed by standing left or right side of horse.

5. The exhibitor may use one hand to cue the horse in a side pass maneuver; otherwise, the lead should remain in the right hand, and the coil/reins in the left hand.

6. Exhibitor is not allowed to touch the horse, except when side passing.

7. Exhibitor must perform the pattern with the horse, keeping their feet inside any boxes, jogging over rails, and backing through obstacles. Exception is the exhibitor does NOT have to walk on the bridge, but horse must, if applicable.

8. Appearance of exhibitor and horse will be considered, including the following items:

a.) Correctness of the horse while being led;

b.) Drifting side to side, stopping crooked, sluggish behavior;

c.) Excessive verbal cues and unnatural movement;

d.) Dragging lead shank or reins, and holding the chain


1. Lead Line = 9 & under who can safety sit on a horse/pony, may not show in any other division

2. WTJ = 12 & under as of January 1 of the current year. No cross entries into loping or cantering classes.

3. TH = Therapeutic Classes: Riders must be in a therapeutic riding program.

4. OPEN = Any age rider.

5. Youth = 18 & under as of January 1 of the current year

6. Novice Youth = 18 and under as of January 1 of the current year, non-professional who does not take money for training or showing horses and is in their first 3 years of showing.

7. Novice Adult = 19 and over as of January 1 of the current year, non-professional who does not take money for training or showing horses and is in their first 3 years of showing.

8. Junior Horse = Horses ages 5 and under. Any age rider.

9. Senior Horse = Horses 6 and over. Any age rider.

10. Scratches = must be made at least two classes in advance

11. Adds = added classes may be made at any time before the class starts.

12. All Day = any class with "All Day" will be a walk/trot/jog/halt/back only.

13. CRC All Day Stakes class = Open to any CRC member except lead liners. Percentage paid based upon # of entries. Classes at the Sunday Pleasure Shows.

14. GAMING SHOWS - LL Barrels = 9 and under as of January 1 of the current year

15. GAMING SHOWS - WT Barrels = All age - cantering is DQ

16. GAMING SHOWS - Open Rider = All age

17. GAMING SHOWS - Youth Rider = 18 and under as of January 1 current year.

18. GAMING SHOWS - Novice Rider = Non-professionals who are in their first 3 years of showing any discipline.