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Horse Agility Course is now available!

agilityHere is the course description for the Horse Agility Classes! Horse Agility takes place on Saturday, July 30 in the Rusty Bar Ranch Trails Arena. There will be a demonstration at 9:00am by judge Kathy Richardson, followed by competition from 9:15am until 3pm.

Click here to download the Horse Agility course.

If you’ve already entered the show but would like to add Horse Agility, or any other classes at the SAFE Show, just go to our Add Classes online form to do so!

Ranch Riding Patterns

ranchridingHere are the patterns for the Ranch Riding Classes, taking place Saturday at the SAFE show:

Class 102. Ranch Riding, 17 & Under

Class 103. Ranch Riding 18 & Over

Class 104. Ranch Riding, Open

Class 106. Ranch Riding, Open JACKPOT

Ranch Riding Patterns for All Classes

Please note that horses will NOT be marked down for hoof polish, braids, etc. at the SAFE Show. Get fancy or come as you are, both are welcome!!

Already registered and want to add Ranch Riding Classes? Click here to add!

In Hand Dressage at the SAFE Show

Screen Shot 2015-07-17 at 2.50.49 PMThere’s a lot of horseback riding going on at the SAFE Benefit Horse Show, but what about those of us with horses that choose not to be ridden? The noble companion horse, devoted to a life of peace and tranquility. The very young horse who hasn’t started a riding career yet, or the venerable senior equine whose riding career is over. The mini horse, too small to carry a rider, but big enough to shine in the show ring? For those horses who prefer you don’t sit on them, we have some special competitions planned for this year’s SAFE Show. We’ve got a great lineup of Halter and Showmanship classes for both Western and English horses. We’ve just added Horse Agility to the schedule, which is done in hand. And hopefully you’re also aware that our Trails Course can be completed in hand. But last year SAFE developed its very own competition for In Hand Dressage!

If you’re not already intimately familiar with showing Dressage, it’s a competition in which riders guide their horse through a series of movements designed to demonstrate the skills that a dressage horse should display at each level of training. Each horse and rider pair enters the arena and follows the prescribed sequence of movements outlined in the test they are riding. The judge gives each movement a separate score, and the pair with the highest total score wins the class. The different tests are readily available through the USDF and USEF so riders can familiarize themselves with the test movements and practice them prior to the competition. Some riders will memorize the test movements, but at the lower levels of dressage, it’s permitted to have a reader next to the arena who can call out the movements as the test is ridden.

In order to offer In Hand Dressage at the SAFE Show, we had to create an In Hand Dressage Test. Last year, Jet Parrett designed the patterns and tested the movements to determine if they could be done on foot while leading a horse, within a reasonable time period of three minutes or less. The resulting In Hand Dressage test will allow handlers and their horses to demonstrate straightness, balance, willingness, and accuracy.

Click here to download the SAFE In Hand Dressage Test

In Hand Dressage is open to all competitors at the SAFE Show, even those who will be riding their horse in other areas of the show. It will take place on Saturday just before dinner, in the Pacific Moon Dressage arena. Ride times will be assigned and posted online by Thursday 7/28.

If you’ve already registered for the SAFE Show and want to add In Hand Dressage, use this handy link to Add Classes.

Click here to download the SAFE In Hand Dressage Test

Horse Agility Classes Added on Saturday!

We are very excited to announce that that HORSE AGILITY is being added to the SAFE Show on Saturday, July 30. Horse Agility is an internationally competitive sport in which horse and handler, both on foot, navigate a course of obstacles while focusing on clear communication and positive horsemanship. Horse Agility can help build a… Continue Reading

What is the Gambler’s Choice Trails Challenge?

So glad you asked! The Gambler’s Choice Trails Challenge is an event that debuted at the 2014 SAFE Benefit Horse Show. It’s held during dinner on Saturday night and it’s a lot of fun for spectators and competitors alike. Here’s how it works: We’re inviting 8-10 trainers who’ll be attending the SAFE Show to compete.… Continue Reading

New this year: Ranch Riding!

By popular demand, we have added Ranch Riding classes to the line up for the SAFE Show this year. These classes will be held on Saturday and will run concurrently with English classes and Western Dressage. What is Ranch Riding? Ranch Riding classes are designed to showcase the movement and versatility of ranch style horses.… Continue Reading

Calling all OTTBs!

New at the SAFE Show this year: T.I.P. classes for Off the Track Thoroughbreds! The Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) was created by the Jockey Club to encourage the retraining of Thoroughbreds into other disciplines upon completion of careers in racing or breeding. This is a fantastic program that promotes Thoroughbreds as sport horses in second… Continue Reading