Karen's Shows

Karen’s Shows is a casual show series in honor of Karen Kershaw, who held shows for those learning about shows and those who wanted to just show their horse.  Karen retired last year but will be judging two of our shows this year!

What is a casual show?  A show where all breeds are appreciated and welcomed.  A show for the beginner to learn from the more experienced.  A show for the more experienced to show with less stress.  A show where you don’t have to worry about wearing last year’s outfit or if you forgot your gloves or pin.  A show where the more experienced are not too good to help the beginner.  A show where a beginner can ask a question and learn more.

More fun, less stress!

(April), Jennifer Cording, Atlantic, VA (May); Susan Todd, Berlin, MD (September); Karen Kershaw, Milton, DE (October and November)  October and November: Trail Judge is Renee Rischitelli.  Halter and Showmanship Judge is Jennifer Dill.

Our judges have experience with more than one breed, have no breed prejudice, and are professional instructors and trainers.

The show is usually over between 2 and 4 so we have added some games classes at the end.  


  • Karen’s Shows Class List                               2014                                     4/12, 5/10, 9/13, 10/11, 11/8
  • Cost:   $8 per class or  $40 all day, unlimited classes for one horse/rider combo ($20 for second horse/rider combo)   Food will be available at show
  • Classes will run in numeric order except trail and over fences.  Classes will be split if entries warrant. 
  • All breeds can enter any class and any age rider may enter the class for their experience (unless otherwise noted). 
  • Rain date will be the following Saturday.  If in doubt, please call 302-422-7571 or 302-382-3621
  • 9:00  (Leadline)
  • Leadline On Lead
  • 1.   Leadline      Walk on lead    2.  Leadline    Walk over poles    3.   Leadline – Weave cones    4.   Leadline-W/T on Lead
  • Leadline Off Lead
  • 5.   Leadline Walk   Off Lead     6.  Leadline  Walk  over poles     7. Leadline Weave cones       8.   Leadline Walk/Trot  Off Lead
  • Ten Minute Break
  • 9. Adult Leadline  (children lead the adult)
  • Halter and Showmanship
  • 10. Stock Horse Halter  (QH, Paint, etc.)       11. Pleasure Horse Halter (Arabian, Morgan, etc.)       12. Pony Halter
  •         13. Beginner Showmanship             14. Open Showmanship
  •   Green Horse English (first year of showing under saddle)
  • 15.   Green Horse/Pony  Walk         16.   Green Horse/Pony  Walk/Trot      17.   Green Horse/Pony   W/T/C 
  • Green Horse Western (first year of showing under saddle)

         18. Green Horse/Pony Walk      19.  Green Horse/Pony Walk/Jog           20.  Green Horse/Pony  W/T/C

 English Pleasure

  • 21.   English Pleasure Horse  W/T  or Gaited    22. English Pleasure Horse W/T/C  or Gaited 
  • English Pleasure Pony
  • 23. English Pleasure Pony  W/T or  Gaited     24.  English Pleasure Pony  W/T/C  or Gaited
  • Beginner   English Equitation  ( hunt seat and saddleseat)  See Rule 13.
  • 25.Beginner Engli sh Equitation – Walk  26.  Beginner Eng Equitation  W/T       27. Beginner Eng Equitation  W/T  over poles
  • Intermediate English Equitation (hunt seat and saddleseat)  See Rule 13.

        28. Intermediate English Equitation – Walk    29.  Int. English Equitation W/T    30. Int. English Equitation W/T/C

Advanced English Equitation  (Hunt seat and Saddleseat)   See Rule 13. 

  • 31. Advanced English Equitation Walk/Trot/     32.  Adv. English Equitation W/T/C  
  •   33.  Adv. English Equitation Hack (W/T/C one way of ring – individually jump two fences at 18” – Saddleseat  does Figure 8)
  • Hunter Under Saddle (open to all hunter type horses)

       34. Hunter Pleasure W/T    35. Hunter Pleasure W/T/C   36.  Hunter Pleasure Hack (W/T/C and two 18” fences)

4-H Beginner   (English and Western, must be a current 4-H member)

     37.  4-H Walk          38. 4-H Walk/Trot   39. 4-H Walk/Trot over poles

4-H  Advanced   (English and Western, must be a current 4-H member)

    40.   4-H  Walk/Trot 41. 4-H Walk/Trot/Canter         42.   4-H Walk/Trot/Canter one way of ring   w/individual figure 8

Over Fences Classes

  • 43. Beginner Equitation Over Fences (all ages)  over 4 cross rails  46. Beginner Hunter over fences (4 Cross rails)
  • 44. Intermediate Equitation Over Fences (all ages) over 8 fences 18”           47. Intermediate Hunter Horse Over Fences (8 fences at 18”)
  • 45. Advanced Equitation Over Fences  (8 fences at 2’)   48.  Advanced Hunter Horse over Fences (8 fences at 2’)
  • Western Classes will not begin before 1:00

  Western Pleasure

  • 49. Western Pleasure Horse  W/J or gaited        50. Western Pleasure Horse W/J/L   or gaited
  • Western Pleasure Pony
  • 51. Western Pleasure Pony  W/J        52.  Western Pleasure Pony W/J/L
  •   Beginner Western Horsemanship 

        53. Beginner Western Horsemanship Walk    54. Beginner Horsemanship  W/J    55. Beginner Horsemanship  W/J over poles  

 Advanced Western Horsemanship

  • 56. Advanced Western Horsemanship W/J    57.  Adv. Horsemanship W/J/L    58.  Adv. Horsemanship  Freestyle (see rules)
  • Old Farts and Tarts Pleasure  (You know if you qualify for this one!  Can be senior horse and/or rider.) 

        59.  OFT Pleasure Walk 60.  OFT Pleasure Walk/Trot,Jog         61. OFT Pleasure Walk/Trot, Jog/Lope

Ranch Horse Pleasure

        62. Ranch Pleasure AQHA Pattern 5  63.  Ranch Pleasure  AQHA Pattern 2  64.  Ranch Pleasure AQHA Pattern 3

  •   Trail to be held from 12:00 to 2:00, Separate ring/judge (Indoor Arena)
  • 65. Beginner Trail (7 and under)  Walk only and Leadline                          68. Advanced Trail
  • 66. Beginner Trail  Walk/Trot   (1st or 2nd year of showing, any age)       69. In Hand Trail – Beginner
  • 67. Green Horse Trail  (1st year of showing Trail)                                       70. In Hand Trail – Advanced
  • GAMES:  71.  Barrel Racing  72.  Egg and Spoon ( or water glass)     73. Boot Race   74.  $5 Bareback (you supply your own $5 and winner keeps the money!) 
  • The Rules
  • 1.  It is mandatory that boots and helmets are worn while mounted on any horse in any class (including Western) or while mounted on the grounds.  This is an insurance requirement, any violation by any child or adult will result in a request to leave the show grounds and any entries will be forfeited.   Yes, it applies to adults too!
  • 2.  All horses/ponies must have a coggins within one year of show date. 
  • 3.  Horses shown in any  shanked bit (curb, reining, Pelham, Kimberwicke, etc.) must have a curb strap or chain.  No gag bits or mechanical hackamores in any class.  Bosals and English hackamores  are permitted. Snaffles or bosals are acceptable for all ages of horse in all classes.  No tie downs in any class.  Martigales are permitted in Equitation classes but not pleasure or hunter flat classes.
  • 4.  Showmanship must have a halter and lead. Bridle is correct for English attire showmanship.  Silver is optional and will not be considered in any aspect of the judging.  Correct attire and cleanliness (clipped and brushed unless breed does not require clipping such as Welsh pony, draft horse, Fresian, etc.) of horse and exhibitor will be considered  in showmanship.  Nylon halters are not considered proper show tack for halter or showmanship.   A plain leather halter is not expensive and can be bought at Chick’s, Rainbows End, or online.
  • 5.  Mane banding and braiding is optional and will not be considered in the judging of any classes. 
  • 6.  Because of the time of year of these shows, bathing your horse is not expected or required.  A good brushing will be fine.
  • 7.  Classes will be split if there are more than six entries dependent upon the entries.  For Example:  4 junior riders enter with 3 adult riders, class would be split into junior and adult.  Split of classes will be determined by show management . Division will be designated with class number and the letter A.  If this happens at three or more shows,  a year end award will be awarded to both divisions.
  • 8. English classes will be split into hunt seat and saddleseat if entries warrant a split. Division will be designated with class number and the letter A.  If this happens at three or more shows, a year end award will be awarded to both  divisions.
  • 9.  Patterns will be posted day of show.  This is for showmanship, over fences and trail.  Additional Equitation and Horsemanship patterns are at the Judge’s discretion.  Ranch Horse Pleasure patterns are available online at www.aqha.com or in the current AQHA rule book. 
  • 10. NO DOGS, please.  While your dog may not bother your horse, it may bother someone else’s horse.  Please remember that some horses and people are afraid of dogs. 
  • 11. Please do not crowd other horses and riders especially at the entry gate.  This is counter- productive to a safe environment and a good performance.   This is an issue at many shows so please learn to deal with it appropriately.
  • 12. All 4-H members should participate in the  showmanship since it is a requirement at the State 4-H show.  
  • 13. Equitation Divisions:  Beginner cannot enter Advanced and vice versa.  If you show in Beginner, you cannot show in Advanced.  If you show in Advanced, you cannot show in Beginner. 
  • 14.  Western Green horse and English Green Horse is a horse in its first year of showing.  Can cross enter if eligible.
  • 15.  Western Freestyle – horses work one direction of the ring at W/J/L, then you have one minute (individually) to show off something extra about your horse (your choice, short reining pattern, figure 8, tricks, anything unusual that your horse may do that is entertaining or impressive).
  • 16.  Abuse of horses during show will not be tolerated and you will be asked to leave show grounds.  Abuse is excessive, repeated yanking of the bit; hitting the horse in the head area with anything; gouging with spurs; excessive whipping especially in anger; etc..
  • Horse Trailer Parking:  Entrance to trailer parking is off of Sun Street.  If coming off of Route 36 (Shawnee Road), Sun Street starts in front of the farm.  If coming from Killens Pond or Harrington direction, Sun Street is between Staytonsville Road and Shawnee Road. 
  • RAIN or BAD Weather Information:   Our pasture (parking area) is on low ground so please call if we have had excessive rain the week before the show or if the weather is bad the day of the show.   If you want to be called for a cancellation, please email me your phone number and I will call you.  eannett@annettfarms.com