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Shows & Classes

Show Approvals & Guidelines

Horse Shows must add a minimum of $1,000, these funds are to be committed no less than $250 to Open Hackamore and $250 to Open Bridle, the balance divided among Circuit classes at the show’s discretion.

Derbies must add a minimum of $1,500, with no less than $500 to the open the balance divided among Circuit Derby classes at the show’s discretion.

Futurities must add a minimum of $1,500, with no less than $500 to the open the balance divided among Circuit Futurity classes at the show’s discretion.

All shows must be NRCHA approved, use NRCHA judges and rules. All approved shows must offer the Horse Show classes.

For the show to be Circuit approved, all of the Intermountain Circuit classes must be offered, as described here for Horse Shows. Any show may choose to add additional classes.

For a Futurity, all the Circuit Horse Show classes must be offered, plus the Futurity classes. Any show may choose to add additional classes.

For a Derby, the horse show classes must be offered, plus the Circuit Derby classes. Any show may choose to add additional classes.

Horse Shows shall conduct two separate draws with the Open draw separate from the other classes. Those showing in Open and other classes will go twice.

Shows seeking Intermountain Circuit approval must make their request at the annual meeting, and are encouraging to have a representative present.

A $10 Circuit Fee is to be collected and submitted to the secretary for every entry in every Circuit class. These funds support the Circuit awards. Show secretaries should submit a copy of the NRCHA class reports with the Circuit fees within ten days of the show, to allow tracking of horses, riders, owners, and money won.

The Annual Meeting of the Intermountain Circuit is held in January or February of each year, prior to the Awards Banquet. Representatives from approved shows, interested riders, owners and trainers are welcome to attend. For the purpose of vote and conducting business, each Circuit host association has one vote. Designated Show Representatives of the year's approved shows form the Board of Directors for the year.

The $10 Intermountain Circuit fees collected by approved shows support Circuit Awards, which are presented to the top horses in each Circuit class, and in special categories.

Class Champions, Reserve Champions, third and fourth place in each class receive multiple customized awards, based on Circuit points earned at Circuit approved horse shows, derbies and futurities. In addition, every horse meeting the minimum number of shows to be eligible for awards is recognized as a Finalist.

To be eligible for Circuit awards the horse must be shown in the class a minimum number of times, with points counting from all approved shows:

  • The minimum number of Futurities: required TBD
  • The minimum number of Horse Shows: 4 shows required
  • The minimum number of Dis erbies: 4 shows required

Although, as competitors, you are only required to show in the amount of shows listed above, we would like to encourage you all to show at as many shows as you can. We really need to show our support to each individual affiliate. Don't forget that each of you, as you show and place, earn points in the Northwest region of the NRCHA.

A horse shown in its class at every show is recognized as a Bonus Horse with a special award.

Ties in points are broken first on number of shows, then on money won.

FISCAL POLICY: Any rider or owner owing money to an Intermountain Circuit approved show as of one week (7 days) after the final Circuit approved show for the year is ineligible for Circuit awards for the year and any/all horses owned/shown by these individuals is ineligible for Circuit awards for the year. Awards will be presented to the next highest eligible horse(s) in each class.

Please contact the secretary with any questions -
208-289-2432.

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Futurity classes

Open Snaffle Bit Open to any rider who possesses a current NRCHA membership card.

Intermediate Open (LAE) (Eligibility the same as for the NRCHA Major Events: the top 30 Open/Top 12 Non Pro Limited Age riders will be excluded.) Per NRCHA, all horses entered in the Intermediate Open must enter the Open division. Each club may charge or split fees for the open/intermediate at their discretion.

Limited Open Snaffle Bit (LAE) Open to any rider who has not earned over $15,000 in Open and Non Pro money at the NRCHA Futurity, Derby, Hackamore Classic, Stakes or Maturity through 2001; or after 2001 at any NRCHA sanctioned Limited Age Events.

Level 1 Limited Open (LAE) Open to any rider who has not earned over $7,500 at LAE in Open and Non Pro money.

Non Pro Snaffle Bit (LAE) Open to any rider who possesses a current NRCHA Non Pro card.

Amateur Snaffle Bit (LAE) Open to any rider who possesses a current NRCHA Non Pro card and has not won more than $7,500 in Open and Non Pro money at the NRCHA Futurity, Derby, Hackamore Classic, Stakes or Maturity through 2001, or after 2001 at any NRCHA sanctioned Limited Age Events.

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Derby classes

Open Derby Open to any rider who possesses a current NRCHA membership card

Intermediate Open (LAE) (Eligibility the same as for the NRCHA Major Events: the top 30 Open/Top 12 Non Pro Limited Age riders will be excluded.) Per NRCHA, all horses entered in the Intermediate Open must enter the Open division. Each club may charge or split fees for the open/intermediate at their discretion.

Limited Open Derby (LAE) Open to any rider who has not earned over $15,000 in Open and Non Pro money at the NRCHA Futurity, Derby, Hackamore Classic, Stakes or Maturity through 2001; or after 2001 at any NRCHA sanctioned Limited Age Events.

Level 1 Limited Open (LAE) Open to any rider who has not earned over $7,500 at LAE in Open and Non Pro money.

Amateur Derby (LAE) Open to any rider who possesses a current NRCHA Non Pro card and has not won more than $7,500 in Open and Non Pro money at the NRCHA Futurity, Derby, Hackamore Classic, Stakes or Maturity through 2001, or after 2001 at any NRCHA sanctioned Limited Age Events.

Non Pro Open to any rider who possesses a current NRCHA Non Pro card.

Non Pro Limited Derby Open to approved Non Pro riders who have not earned more than $5,000 in classes with down the fence cow work, but may have won more than $5,000 in Non Pro Limited earnings and who comply with all Non Pro eligibility rules. Non Pro riders in this class must meet the requirements of the 2.1.10 ownership rule.

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Horse Show Classes

Open Hackamore Open to any rider who possesses a current NRCHA membership card.

Limited Open Hackamore Open to any rider that has not won more than $15,000 in reined cow horse shows and limited age events based on lifetime earnings in reined cow horse events. To be eligible to compete in this division, contestants must have a valid Limited Open designation on their membership card.

Non Pro Hackamore Open to any rider who possesses a current NRCHA Non Pro card.

Open Two Rein Open to any rider, and to horses not shown in the bridle down the fence at any judged reined cow horse event held anytime any place, prior to January 1st of the given year. This class is open to horses of any age. These horses can be shown only one year in this class. The rider must use one hand on the reins. Any number of fingers between reins will be permitted.

Non Pro Two Rein Open to any Non Pro rider and to horses not shown in the bridle down the fence at any judged reined cow horse event held anytime any place, prior to January 1st of the given year. This class is open to horses of any age. These horses can be shown only one year in this class. The rider must use one hand on the reins. Any number of fingers between reins will be permitted.

Open Bridle Open to any rider who possesses a current NRCHA membership card.

Limited Open Bridle Open to any rider that has not won more than $15,000 LTE in reined cow horse shows and limited age events.

Non Pro Bridle Open to any rider who possesses a current NRCHA Non Pro card.

Intermediate Non Pro Bridle Open to approved Non Pro riders who have not earned more than $25,000 in this or any other approved NRCHA class in lifetime earnings, except Youth Bridle, all Non Pro Limited and Youth Limited classes as of November 16th of the current show year.

Novice Non Pro Bridle (LTE) Open to approved Non Pro riders who have not earned more than $7,500 in this or any other approved NRCHA class in lifetime earnings (except Youth Bridle, Non Pro Limited and Youth Limited classes) as of Jan. 1 of the current year.

Non Pro Limited This class is open to approved Non Pro riders who have not earned more than $5,000 in classes with down the fence cow work, but may have won more than $5,000 in Non Pro Limited earnings and who comply with all Non Pro eligibility rules. Non Pro riders in this class must meet the requirements of the 2.1.10 ownership rule. (See pages 14-17 NRCHA Rule Book for Non Pro eligibility rules.)

5K Non Pro Limited Open to approved Non Pro riders who have not earned more than $5,000 in lifetime earnings and who comply with all Non Pro eligibility rules, with the exception of the 2.1.10 ownership rule.

1K Non Pro Limited Open to approved Non Pro riders who have not earned more than $1,000 in lifetime earnings and who comply with all Non Pro eligibility rules, with the exception of the 2.1.10 ownership rule.

Youth Limited Open to rider 18 years and under as of Jan. 1 of the current show year. Youth may not show stallions in youth classes. Riders cannot have shown down the fence three times in any judged reined cow horse event held any time any place.

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Youth Bridle Open to riders 18 years of age and under as of January 1 of the current show year. Youth may not show stallions in Youth classes.


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