FAQ Master

If you have any questions about the SAFE show that are not addressed here, please contact Bonnie Hammond by email at bonnie@safehorses.org. I am always happy to help!

Registration Questions

Stabling and Check-In Questions

Donida Farm Questions

Class Descriptions & Questions

Schedule of Events


Is pre-registration required for the SAFE show?

STALLS – We highly recommend that you reserve your stall(s) for the show in advance. The first people who register will be assigned the stalls closest to the show arenas. If you wait until the day of the show to enter, you’re likely to end up in a stall that’s a bit farther from the action.

CLASSES – You may pre-register for Main Arena, Trails, or Hunter classes, but it is not required. However if you want to save some money, pre-entry fees are lower than day of show fees.

DRESSAGE – You must pre-register for Dressage classes by July 26.

What’s the Token System?

Day of show registrants will purchase tokens for entry into classes at $15 per token. Tokens will be used for entry into any of the Main Arena or Trails classes. Tokens will not be used for Dressage or Hunter classes.

When you check into a class, hand a token to the gatekeeper and give him your number before entering the ring. You can use your tokens for any class you wish to enter, as long as you are eligible for it. Additional tokens can be purchased at the show office throughout the day. NOTE: It is your responsibility to be on time for the classes you wish to enter and to ensure that you do not enter any classes that you are not eligible for.

Which entry form should I use?

Use the online entry form or download the entry form and mail it in.

What if I pre-enter into a class and then decide I want to be in a different class on the day of the show?

You can change classes on the day of the show and you will not be charged an Add/Scratch fee. You can also enter additional classes by purchasing tokens for $15 each in the show office at any time during the show.

What if I pre-enter and then decide I want to add more classes?

We have a special online entry form you can use to add classes if you’ve already registered for the show. Click here to add classes to an existing registration. And remember, you can add as many Main Arena and Trails classes as you like on the day of the show by purchasing more tokens in the show office for $15 each. Dressage classes require pre-entry by July 26.

Do you offer refunds on cancelled entries?

Exhibitors canceling entries after 5pm on Thursday July 30 shall forfeit their paid entry fees, unless you can produce a certificate from your vet or physician prior to the start of your first class. Paid entry fees that are not used or refunded are considered tax deductible donations to SAFE and tax receipts will be issued on request.
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How early can we haul in horses to the show grounds on Friday July 31?

If you have reserved a stall for Friday night, you may arrive at Donida Farm after 3pm and your stall will be ready. Please plan to arrive before 8pm unless other arrangements have been made.

Will the show office be open for pre-registration on Friday July 31?

Yes, the show office will be open for pre-registration from 3-8pm on Friday. Classes in the Main Arena and Trails Arenas are $10 each pre-registration and $15 each on the day of the show.

How early can we haul in on Saturday or Sunday morning?

If you have pre-reserved stalls for Saturday or Sunday, you may arrive at Donida Farm as early as 6am and your stall will be ready. Stall assignments will be posted at the “Welcome Barn” as you drive in.

What time does the show office open on Saturday or Sunday morning?

The show office will be open at 7am both days.

Can I purchase additional shavings for my stall(s)?

Each stall comes with the initial bedding already in place. If you need additional shavings, they are available for purchase from Donida Farm at $9.00 bag. Pre-order shavings online the online entry form. Do not bring your own shavings to Donida Farm please.


Where is Donida Farm?

Donida Farm
16600 SE 376th St
Auburn, WA 98092-9431

1.   From I-5 or Hwy 167, go EAST on Highway 18 towards Auburn.
2.   Take the WA-164 EAST Exit toward Enumclaw/Muckleshoot Casino.
3.   At the end of the off ramp, turn LEFT onto Auburn Way S (WA-164). Continue to follow Auburn Way S for 5.7 miles.
4.   Turn LEFT onto SE 380th Pl.  (Cooper’s Corner)
5.   Turn LEFT onto 160th Pl SE.
6.   Turn SHARP RIGHT onto SE 376th St.
7.   DONIDA FARM is on the LEFT.

Does Donida Farm allow dogs on the show grounds?

SAFE does NOT recommend that you bring your dogs to the show. Donida Farm charges a mandatory Doggie Fee of $30.00 per dog. All dogs must be signed in at the show office and once the fee is paid, your dog will be given a neck kerchief to wear at all times. Anyone with unregistered dogs on the Donida property will be charged a $50.00 fine and removed from show grounds with no refunds. Registered dogs are still not allowed in the stable or show arena area, only at camp sites. Please don’t bring your dogs unless you are willing to comply with these rules set forth by Donida Farm.

Is overnight camping available at Donida Farm?

Yes. Donida Farm allows overnight camping in specified areas for $20 per night. Camping fees must be paid in advance at the show office and you must display a pass on your camper, trailer or tent. There are no electrical or sewer hook ups; however, there are restrooms and showers available.
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Main Arena Classes

HALTER: An in-hand class in which the horse is judged.
Horses in halter classes are judged on their conformation. Horses should be groomed and otherwise prepared to be presented in the ring and exhibited to its best advantage. Horses will NOT be faulted for having natural muzzle whiskers.

Color Horse = pintos, paints, palominos, appaloosas, buckskins, gruellas, cremellos
Non-Color Horse = bays, greys, sorrels/chestnuts, blacks
***No cross entry between Color and Non-Color Halter
Senior Horse = 18 years old or older (the horse, not the handler!)
Stock Type = Quarter Horses, Appaloosas, Paints
Pleasure Type = Arabians, Morgans
Hunter Type = Thoroughbreds, Warmbloods
Saddle Type = Saddlebreds and other gaited breeds
***No cross entry between Stock, Pleasure, or Saddle Type; or Hunter, Pleasure, Saddle Type

SHOWMANSHIP:An in-hand class in which the handler is judged.
Showmanship classes allow the handler to demonstrate his/her ability to groom and otherwise prepare the horse and then present it in the ring, follow the pattern correctly and exhibit the animal to its best advantage without ever physically touching the horse. Horses will NOT be faulted for having natural muzzle whiskers.

EQUITATION: The rider is judged.
A good equitation rider is always in balance with the horse, maintains a correct position in every gait or movement and possesses a commanding, but relaxed, presence. They are effective riders, able to direct the horse with nearly invisible aids.

PLEASURE: The horse is judged.
The horse is judged on quality of movement, proper behavior, form in motion, and calm manner. Faults are assessed on infractions such as excessive speed or slowness, breaking of the gait, poor transitions, being on the wrong lead or having incorrect head position.

NOTE ABOUT BITS IN WESTERN CLASSES: Any horse, regardless of age, may be ridden with two hands and a ring snaffle or bosal, in any of the Western classes.

Trails Classes

Horse & Rider/Handler Judged.
The trails arena will be set up as an obstacle course with a series of obstacles that the horse & rider have to navigate. The horse and rider will be Judged as a team on their ability to navigate the course, and the subtle use of cues and aids, sensitivity of horse to obstacles and willingness to comply.
The trails course will be open on Sunday from 7am – 9am for Schooling Sessions, then from 9am to 4pm for competition. You may check in at the Trails Arena at any point during the day to do your ride(s).

Dressage Classes

Dressage riders must pre-enter by July 26 to get an assigned ride time.

Fun Classes

LEADLINE (for little kids:
Future equestrian superstars (ages 10 and under) compete for the Blue Ribbon.

OTHER HALF LEADLINE (for the big kids!):
Spouse or child leads Spouse or parent in a Leadline Class.

A costume contest for Horses and their Riders or Handlers!  Show us your creativity!

Horse and Rider Definitions:

Rescue Horse: Any Breed/Any Color
A rescue horse is one adopted from a rescue or humane society, or saved from previous neglect or abuse. Please provide proof of adoption from a Horse Rescue if possible. A good story about how you acquired the horse will also typically be taken as Proof of Rescue.

Senior Horse: Any Breed/Any Color
A horse who is 18 years old or older.

Novice Division: These classes are intended for those who are new to showing. A Novice Rider is a rider of any age who has never won a total of 3 blue ribbons at any combination of shows/levels in a given discipline. A rider with show experience in Western who has never shown English would be allowed to enter the Novice Division in English.

Green Horse: Any Breed/Any Color
Any horse in his first or second year of showing.


Cross Entry Rules

• Cross-entry will be allowed between Green Horse and Rescue Horse classes and other classes.

SAFE Show Rules

• All riders under 18 years of age must wear a helmet at all times when mounted on a horse at Donida Farm.
• All riders participating in Hunter classes must wear a helmet while jumping regardless of age.
• All riders must wear suitable footwear for riding, including boots with at least a 1′ heel. No sneakers!
• Show attire is not required — although it is welcome — but appropriate attire is mandatory. If in doubt, think “family friendly”. No shorts.
• Stallions are not permitted at the SAFE show, (exception: Donida Farm boarders may be permitted to show in Dressage only with adult riders)
• The judges’ decisions are final. If a judge or staff member decides that an animal is not fit to show, that decision will be final as well.
• The following will be grounds for disqualification and expulsion without a refund:
a. Unsportsmanlike conduct toward horses or humans,
b. Use of severe bits or training devices,
c. Unruly or out-of-control horses,
d. Mistreatment of any horse, as determined by show staff or judges,
e. Exhibiting a horse that is exhausted, injured, or lame.

• Any disputes or problems during the show should be brought to the attention of the show manager or the Technical Delegate.
• All horses that kick are required to have a RED ribbon attached to the tail that is clearly visible at ALL times. You will not be marked down in any class for this. Red ribbons will be available in the show office.
• Horses should not be tied to any arena fences or any place that would constitute a hazard.
• No exhibitor should be tied, buckled or fastened in the saddle in any manner. (Especially in Leadline Classes.)
• Snaffle bits are allowed in both English and Western classes. Any horse, regardless of age, may be ridden with two hands and a ring snaffle or bosal in any of the Western classes. Tack should be discipline-appropriate.
• No horses allowed onto facility without being stalled.
• Campers, RVs, living quarter trailers, and tents must obtain a Camping Pass from the Show Office and clearly display it where it can be seen when the campground attendant comes through to check. $20 per night for camping.
SAFE does not recommend that you bring your dogs to the show. Dogs allowed at Donida Farm only after they are signed in at the show office and a Doggie fee of $30.00 is paid (% of proceeds go to Animal care groups). Dogs are not allowed in the stable or show arena area. Dogs are allowed in camp sites. No off leash! Violators will be fined $50.00 and removed from show grounds with no refunds.
• No horses allowed in campgrounds.
• Please lunge in designated areas only.
• Use manure wagons to dispose of stall manure only.
• In-barn wash-racks are reserved for the use of Donida boarders only. You may use any of the public wash racks, which are located outside “C” barn, “D” barn, and “E” barn
• Pick up garbage and place in or next to dumpster.
• Horses may move in after 3:00 pm on Friday July 31
• No stall construction changes allowed. Any damage to stalls will incur a fee. No nails in stall. Tack stalls will be charged $20.00 for nails.
• No riding on racetrack.
• Bagged shavings available at $9 bag. Order at show office. 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM drop offs.
• Donida Farm boarders have the right to use the warm-up areas.

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2015 SAFE Benefit Horse Show Schedule:

Saturday August 1st

8:00am — Dressage (USDF and USEF “English Dressage” classes)
9:00am — Hunters (Trot Poles, Cross Rails, and 2ft classes offered)
5:00pm — Our Saturday Night Party gets underway!!

5:00pm — Dinner starts
5:30pm — Fun Classes (Leadline, Other Half Leadline, and Costume Contest)
6:00pm — the 2nd annual Gambler’s Choice Trails Challenge
7:00pm — Drill Team Performances

Sunday August 2nd

8:00am — Western Dressage (USEF tests)
8:00am — English rail classes begin in the Main Arena– approximate end time 11:15am
11:15am — Halter and Showmanship classes begin in the In Hand Arena

11:15am — Western Halter and Showmanship classes begin
12:45pm — English Halter and Showmanship classes begin

1:00pm  — Western rail classes begin in the Main Arena — approximate end time 4:00pm

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