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)
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)
- 1. Leadline Walk on lead 2. Leadline Walk over poles 3. Leadline – Weave cones 4. Leadline-W/T on 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)
- 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
- 21. English Pleasure Horse W/T or Gaited 22. English Pleasure Horse W/T/C or Gaited
- 23. English Pleasure Pony W/T or Gaited 24. English Pleasure Pony W/T/C or Gaited
- Beginner English Equitation ( hunt seat and saddleseat)
- 25. Beginner English Equitation – Walk 26. Beginner Eng Equitation W/T 27. Beginner Eng Equitation W/T over poles
- Intermediate English Equitation (hunt seat and saddleseat)
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)
- 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
- 43. Western Pleasure Horse W/J or gaited 44. Western Pleasure Horse W/J/L or gaited
- 45. Western Pleasure Pony W/J 46. Western Pleasure Pony W/J/L
- Beginner Western Horsemanship
47. Beginner Western Horsemanship Walk 48. Beginner Horsemanship W/J 49. Beginner Horsemanship W/J over poles
Advanced Western Horsemanship
- 50. Advanced Western Horsemanship W/J 51. Adv. Horsemanship W/J/L 52. Adv. Horsemanship Freestyle (see rules)
- Gaited Pleasure Classes (English or Western)
- 53. Gaited Horse Pleasure walk/gait 54. Gaited Horse Go As You Please 55. Gaited Horse Pleasure walk/gait/canter
- Old Farts and Tarts Pleasure (You know if you qualify for this one! Can be senior horse and/or rider.)
56. OFT Pleasure Walk 57. OFT Pleasure Walk/Trot,Jog 58. OFT Pleasure Walk/Trot, Jog/Lope
Over Fences Classes will run from 2:00 to 4:00, Separate ring/judge dependent upon footing (Outdoor Ring 2)
- 59. Beginner Equitation Over Fences (all ages) over 4 cross rails 62. Beginner Hunter over fences (4 Cross rails)
- 60. Intermediate Equitation Over Fences (all ages) over 8 fences 18” 63. Intermediate Hunter Horse Over Fences (8 fences at 18”)
- 61. Advanced Equitation Over Fences (8 fences at 2’) 64. Advanced Hunter Horse over Fences (8 fences at 2’)
- 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
- All trail classes are open to all breeds, English or Western or Gaited.
- GAMES: 71. Egg and Spoon or water glass 73. $5 Bareback (you supply your own $5 and winner keeps the money!)
- 72. Boot Race
- 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 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.
- 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, year end award will also be split.
- 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, year end award will also be split.
- 9. Patterns will be posted day of show. Copies will be at the entry booth also. This is for showmanship, over fences and trail. Additional Equitation and Horsemanship patterns are at the Judge’s discretion.
- 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 are encouraged to participate in the showmanship.
- 13. A Beginner is a person in their first or second year of showing (any age). Intermediate is a person in their second or third year of showing. Advanced is a person who has been showing for more than three years.
- 14. . Western Green horse is a horse in its first year of showing Western. English Green horse is a horse in its first year of showing English. Can cross enter if eligible for both classes.
- 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).
- 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. firstname.lastname@example.org