We’ve had many inquiries about the length of our shows this year. While we are currently planning to keep our three club shows as single day events, we’re aware that adding the Bridle Spectacular series may make the days a little long.
As a board, we couldn’t justify the significant entry fee increase that adding a second day would necessitate as this is the first year with these new classes. After much discussion and careful consideration of each and every question from our membership about the length of the days, we’ve come up with a plan to help our shows run as efficiently as possible.
1: Show Manager. Heather Linder has stepped in as show manager. Heather has been active on the board as well as showing with Gem State for the last several years. Her career as a nurse makes her well-suited for running an efficient, fast-paced horse show. She’ll be available to field questions, solve problems, and keep an eye on everything at all of our shows. Please make sure to thank her for her hard work!
2: Earlier (and on time!) Start. All our shows will start at 7 AM this year. To facilitate this, we’ll be having cattle delivered the night before. This will make sure we can start promptly without having to wait on cattle delivery.
3: No more Rider’s Meeting. Rider’s meetings are generally under-attended. Please familiarize yourself with the NRCHA and Gem State rulebook and listen to the announcer for any show-specific changes. Heather and the rest of the board are available to answer any questions.
4: Getting really strict. We’re going to be strictly enforcing a two call and you’re out rule. If the announcer has to call for you more than twice at the gate, we’ll move on to the next draw. You’ll lose your turn and will be marked a zero. Your entry fee will not be refunded. Please understand that this means you must be riding in the arena. If you’re standing at the gate adjusting tack or otherwise not ready to show, we will not wait.
We understand this sounds unnecessarily hard line, but please understand that if 100 runs each take an extra 30 seconds, that adds 50 minutes to the whole show! Also, please remember that NRCHA rule 188.8.131.52 says “Failure to work in the proper order or proper adjusted order will result in a score of 0.”
Our announcer is aware of this and we’ve given her the power to make sure that the show keeps running! Thanks for understanding.
5: Short Patterns. We’ve chosen to use two circle patterns for all classes, including horse shows.