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Are You Ready to Show?
It’s almost time to start off the 2018 Show Season. Get your memberships in, polish up the pony, and come out to have some fun with us! The show program and entry forms are now up on the “Shows” tab.
2018 Show Dates:
- % Day May 6
- English/Western Show May 13
- Hunter Show May 27
- English/Western Show June 10
- % Day June 17
- Hunter Show June 24
- Summer Classic Hunter Aug 25
- Summer Classic English/Western/Driving Aug 26
- Hunter Show September 9
- English/Western/Driving Show September 16
- % Day (Dressage, Western Dressage, and Driven Dressage) September 23
- Competitors wishing to enter driven dressage tests must pre-register at least one week prior. We ask that you please wait until the last ridden test has been completed before approaching the arenas.
- Year End Awards- November 10
This is a quick overview. More detailed information, rules, entry forms, and show programs can be found on the “Shows” tab.
We love to see new faces! If you’re new to showing and not sure about the entry and show process, feel free to send us an email, give us a call, or pop in at a show; we would be more than happy to help you out!
% Days are our dressage shows. Western Dressage riders are welcome! Format is test-of-choice from HCBC, EC, or Eventing tests for traditional dressage, and HCBC and WDAC for Western Dressage. Tidy schooling attire and boots/bandages are permitted. Entries must be received no later than 7 days prior to the show using our online form or hand-delivered. For more details please see the “shows” page. High Point Awards are given for both traditional and Western divisions.
NEW! We’d like to extend the invitation for those of you wanting to do driven dressage to come join us at the DRC! Driving entries will go at the end of the day on % Days. Competitors wishing to enter driven dressage tests must pre-register at least one week prior. We ask that you please wait until the last ridden test has been completed before approaching the arenas.
Our Hunter Shows offer classes ranging from trot poles up to 2’9″. Each height division offers four classes: A Hunter Under Saddle class (no jumps) held in the main ring, then a warm up round over the jump course which is not judged followed by a Hunter round (judged on the horse’s way of going) and an Equitation round (judged on the rider). The general rule at Hunter shows is that the same horse/rider combination may ride at any two consecutive heights. Those wishing to enter lower classes for schooling opportunities or try a few higher classes after competing in two divisions may do so hors concours, that is, un-judged. High Point Awards are given for each division.
Our English/Western Shows offer a wide selection of English and Western Classes. Classes are divided into the following divisions, each of which is awarded a High Point Award at the end of their division: Junior (13 years and Under), Intermediate (14-18 years), Senior (19+), Open (open to all ages, excluding Walk-Trot), and Walk-Trot (open to all ages, to be shown at a walk and trot only and not eligible to show in any age division or open classes.) Western Walk-Jog (same rules as English) and Western Open. We do offer “Novice” classes which are open to ALL riders (including walk-trot and walk-jog entries) for those riders who are new to showing, riding an inexperienced horse, or walk-trot riders who (with their coach’s blessing…) would like to give the canter classes a try.
NEW! Driving classes will be offered at the September English/Western show after the western division has finished.
DEFINITIONS FOR DRIVING CLASSES:
TURNOUT 1. A pleasure driving class in which entries are judged primarily on the performance and quality of each turnout. 2. To be shown both ways of the arena at a walk, slow trot, working trot, and strong trot. To stand quietly and to rein back. 3. To be judged: •70% on the condition, fit and appropriateness of harness and vehicle, spares and appointments, neatness and appropriateness of attire and overall impression. •30% on performance, manners and way of going.
PLEASURE DRIVING 1. A Pleasure Driving class in which entries are judged primarily on the suitability of the horse to provide a pleasant drive. 2. To be shown both ways of the arena at a walk, slow trot, working trot and strong trot. To stand quietly, both on the rail and while lined up, and to reinback. 3. All entries chosen for a workout may be worked both ways of the arena at any gait requested by the judge and/or may be asked to perform appropriate tests. 4. To be judged: • 70% on performance, manners and way of going of the horse(s). •20% on the condition and fit of harness and vehicle. •10% on neatness of attire
REINSMANSHIP 1. A Pleasure Driving class in which entries are judged primarily on the ability and skill of the driver. 2. To be shown both ways of the ring at a walk, slow trot, working trot and strong trot. Drivers shall be required to rein back. 3. All drivers chosen for a workout may be worked at any gait requested by the judge and may be asked to perform appropriate tests. 4. The driver should be seated comfortably on the box so as to be relaxed and effective. 5. Either the one or two-handed method of driving is acceptable. Common to both methods: the elbows and arm should be close to the body with an allowing but steady hand enabling a consistent “feel” with the horse’s mouth. Drivers should not be penalized or rewarded for using one general style over another. 6. TO BE JUDGED: • 75% on handling of reins and whip, control, posture, and overall impression of driver. • 25% on the condition of harness and vehicle and neatness of attire
Our Summer Classic Show offers a full Hunter program and English/Western/Driving program (without the Novice classes). The Summer Classic offers fantastic high point awards and a $10 Bucks Back card goes to each 1st place winner all day long!
Year End Awards
Year End Awards are presented to Members who have qualified by placing in the eligible class 2 or more times during the season. With the exception of Novice Classes, a Year End Award is available for every class on the show program! We also have Aggregate awards for: Hunter, Dressage, Western Dressage, Junior, Intermediate, Senior, Over-All English, Over-All Western, Trail, Equitation, Showmanship, Buster Bojo Brown Versatility Award, and Over-All Aggregate. Details on these awards and how to qualify can be found on our “Year End Awards” page.
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Every year, DRC recognizes members who have made significant contributions to the club or in the show ring with our Members Choice awards. 2017 winners are:
- Most Enthusiastic – Eva Snidanko
- Most Improved – Jenna Tedford
- Special Appreciation – Greg Dowler
- Sportsmanship – Coleen Murray
- Wayne Schiewe Memorial – Julia Clarke
- Horse on Course Horsemanship – Shelby Brubacher
Do you know a deserving someone for any of these? We need your nominations- see the Year End Awards page for details.
The Delta Riding Club will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2018 and we are having a party! Details will be available soon, watch Facebook for the most up to date updates. Still operating under its original Constitution, signed on April 21, 1948, its charter members represented families of the local farming community including Albert Huff, Hugh Reynolds, Ken Davie and RB Coleman. Today, the club still has strong ties to agriculture and with support from the Delta Agricultural Society, continues to foster family participation at all its events. Our shows provide a competitive atmosphere for novice and seasoned exhibitors alike; new members are welcome. Everyone is welcome to show at Delta Riding Club, DRC Members receive discounted show rates and are eligible to win Year And Awards.