Updated July 11, 2018
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Thank you Kino McFarlane for putting together this video from last year’s Hobby Horse Challenge! If you weren’t in the audience that day, this will give you the opportunity to see how much fun we had!
Sign up for the 2018 Hobby Horse Challenge, presented by The Grange, today! Click here for entry form and information!
Unfortunately, we will not be able to hold the Gamblers Choice Trails Challenge at this year’s show, because our Master of Ceremonies, the incredible Dan McAllister, is not available. We hope to be back up and running with this fun event in 2019!
We’re working on a lineup a great entertainment during the dinner hour including:
the 2nd Annual SAFE Hobby Horse Challenge
the Costume Class
a demo by Broken Arrow Mounted Archers
High Points to be awarded at the SAFE Show
These high points come with ribbons and prizes supplied by the Jockey Club’s TIP program and prize money donated by The Prodigious Fund! If you ride a mighty OTTB, come to the SAFE show and let us see what you and your horse can do! This show is sanctioned by the Thoroughbred Exhibitors Association and points earned at the SAFE Show count toward TBEA year end awards, as well as national TIP awards.
High Point Thoroughbred
Points earned in any class count toward this award, with points earned in classes 7, 27, 42, 56, 76, and 91 counting double.
Thoroughbred In Hand High Point
Points earned in the following classes count toward this award:
7. Western Halter, Thoroughbred
56. English Halter, Thoroughbred
96. Trails, In Hand
200–203 NAWD Six Feet on the Ground
Junior Thoroughbred Rider High Point
Rider 17 or younger. Points earned in any class count toward this award, with points earned in classes 7, 27, 42, 56, 76, and 91 counting double.
High Point Green Thoroughbred
Horse must have been raced within the past two years. Points earned in any class count toward this award, with points earned in classes 7, 27, 42, 56, 76, and 91 counting double.
English Pleasure Thoroughbred and Junior English Pleasure Thoroughbred High Points
Points earned in any English rail class count toward this award, with points earned in classes 56, 76, and 91 counting double. Junior riders are 17 or younger.
Western Pleasure Thoroughbred and Junior Western Pleasure Thoroughbred High Point
Points earned in any Western rail or ranch riding class count toward this award, with points earned in classes 7, 27, and 42 counting double. Junior riders are 17 or younger.
Thoroughbred Low Hunter High Point
Thoroughbred with the highest point total in a single Hunter division 2′ or under. Handy Hunter round will break ties.
Thoroughbred High Hunter High Point
Thoroughbred with the highest point total in the 2’3″-2’6″ Hunter division. Handy Hunter round will break ties.
Young Horse Hunter High Point
Dressage Overall High Score, Thoroughbred
Intro Level Dressage High Score, Thoroughbred
Training Level Dressage High Score, Thoroughbred
First Level Dressage High Score, Thoroughbred
Second Level & Up Dressage High Score, TB
Western Dressage High Score, Thoroughbred
Freestyle High Score, Thoroughbred
Young Horse Dressage High Score
We’re glad you asked! There are a few new additions to the SAFE Benefit Horse Show that you need to know about!
A new Hunter division!
In addition to our regular Hunter divisions (Trot Poles, Cross Rails, and 2 ft), we’re going to add a fourth division with fences set between 2’3″ and 2’6″ So if you’re ready to jump a little higher, we’ve got you covered! Each division consists of three classes: a hunter class, and equitation class, and a handy hunter round. Enter a division for $55 or pay $20 for individual classes. Riders may only enter into two consecutive divisions (i.e., trot poles and cross rails, cross rails and 2′ or 2′ and 2’3″-2’6″. If you have any questions about cross entry rules, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
new for 2018!
NAWD Six Feet on the Ground
Six Feet on the Ground was developed by North American Western Dressage, to promote in-hand groundwork using a progressive system of tests for practice, training, and competition. Six Feet on the Ground emphasizes the principles of the training scale, which are applicable to every discipline, and provides a working model for success prior to getting in the saddle. Working with your horse on the ground is the first step in developing a strong partnership. Not all horses can be ridden, and not all horse owners want to ride. Programs like Six Feet on the Ground encourage horse owners to explore different ways to interact with their horses besides just riding.
There are many different ways that people train their horses on the ground, and this program allows you freedom and flexibility to work with your horse in the way that is most effective for you. Six Feet on the Ground is NOT a showmanship class. Scores are not based on where you stand, how you hold the lead, or how much bling is on your halter or clothing.
There are ten tests, each with a series of movements that are appropriate for the level. Much like a dressage test, each movement is given a score of 0 to 10, based on how well the movement was performed. There are also a set of collective marks awarded at the end of the test for both the horse (gaits, suppleness, relaxation, etc.) and the handler (connection, timing, lightness, accuracy, etc.) The final score is reported as a percentage of available points earned. Download the tests at https://www.northamericanwesterndressage.org/wp-content/uploads/2017-Master-NAWD-Ground-1.pdf and start practicing at home, then decide which test(s) you’d like to perform at the show.
Six Feet on the Grounds classes will be held on Saturday 8/4 starting at 9am. If you’re already entering the show with your riding horse, we hope you’ll give this a try! And if you have a companion horse at home that dreams of the show ring, this might be the perfect way to start or get back to competition. We also offer in hand classes in Halter and Showmanship, and our trails course can be competed on in hand as well!
The 2018 SAFE Benefit Horse Show will be here before you know it! We have another fabulous show planned for you that you do not want to miss! There are MANY ways to get involved:
Horse show competitors have all the fun!! The SAFE Show offers English, Western, Dressage, Hunters, Ranch Riding, and more! Compete for ribbons, prizes, and high point championships, or just enjoy a fun filled day with your best friend! Entries are open NOW so it’s time to register! This horse show will sell out, so don’t wait until the last minute to sign up!!
The SAFE Benefit Horse Show is made possible by the support of local businesses and people like you! A sponsorship is a great way to promote your company or products to a large group of like-minded individuals. There is an enormous range of sponsorship types to choose from!
Volunteers are at the heart of everything SAFE does, and the Benefit Horse Show is no exception! If you’re not coming to the show as a competitor, why not volunteer? It’s a lot of fun, and it’s a great way to get involved with SAFE and with the horse show community!
The 2nd Annual SAFE Hobby Horse Challenge, presented by The Grange
It’s back again!!!
Polish up your boots, practice your gaits and get ready to compete in the world’s newest equestrian sport: Hobby Horsing! Don’t have a horse of your own? Hobby Horses are affordable and require much less care than a “real” horse. Plus, no manure!!
Join us for the most fun you’ll have on two legs. This year’s Hobby Horse Challenge participants will compete on Saturday starting at 4pm. There are three components to this year’s Challenge:
- Halter (best looking Hobby Horse wins!)
Awards will be given to the outstanding participants in each events. Sign up for this historic (and slightly hysterical) event. All you need is the moves and the attitude! If you don’t already own a Hobby Horse, here are a few links to help you buy or make one so you can get your horse outfitted and ready for the show:
$20 (you provide your own Hobby Horse)
$25 (we provide the Hobby Horse)
Takes place Saturday 8/4 at 4pm in the Main Arena
This year marks the twelfth year that SAFE has been putting on its Benefit Horse Show. Take a look back at some of our Past Champions!