Whether you’re a seasoned competitor or new to showing, whether you’re bringing a horse or just coming to watch and enjoy, the SAFE Benefit Horse Show has something for everyone! Here are some of the events and activities you can take part in at the SAFE Benefit Horse Show:
Dressage is a French term meaning “training” and its purpose is to develop the horse’s natural athletic ability and willingness to work making him calm, supple and attentive to his rider. Competitive dressage involves nine progressive levels incorporating multiple tests within each level. We’ll also be offering Western Dressage and Eventing Dressage!
English and Western performance classes will take place in the Main Arena. We offer Halter and Showmanship classes where horses and handlers are judged as they work in hand. Following the In Hand classes, we start with Walk Only Classes for our Novice Riders and Green Horses, followed by the Walk Trot classes and the Walk Trot Canter classes.
Whether Riding, In-Hand, or Leadline, our trails course is fun and challenging. It provides horse and human the opportunity to work through obstacles and situations as a team, developing trust and confidence. It’s not only fun for the rider, but for most horses as well. The challenges of each obstacle call for mutual trust between the horse and rider, and can help develop confidence in both. The SAFE trails competition is open to riders from each rider division, as well as in-hand trails and leadline trails.
Show hunters are judged on their movement, manners, and way of going while jumping fences and on the flat. The rider is expected to ride with proper riding position and guide the horse over the course in a rhythmic and elegant manner. The horse is expected to be well balanced and execute proper form over fences.
Ranch Riding classes are designed to showcase the movement and versatility of ranch style horses. Riders and their horses work individually in the ring to complete a pre-determined pattern which is scored by a judge. The pattern may consist of specified gaits: walk, trot, extended trot, lope, and extended lope; along with some optional maneuvers and a change of direction somewhere in the pattern.
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 careers. T.I.P. sponsors Thoroughbred-only classes and and high point awards for Thoroughbreds awards at open horse shows and competitions nationwide. Horses that are enrolled in the T.I.P. program can also earn points to win year-end Performance Awards, including a Thoroughbred of the Year Award, and a Young Rider of the Year Award.