Chin straps must be leather and at least 1/2″ in diameter. Remember that no metal can be touching your horse. This includes keepers and rivets!
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You must show in reins with a romal. You can hold them in either hand, but keep your hand in a fist. Splitting your reins will result in a zero score! Your other hand holds the romal.
Two exceptions to this: you can hold your reins and romals in one hand during the herd work and you can use a roping rein in the steer stopping if you’d prefer.
The Open division is open to any rider.
Non Pro riders must meet Non Pro eligibility. According to the GSSHA rulebook, a Non Pro shall also be defined as any person, regardless of age, who is not currently receiving remuneration directly, or indirectly for showing, training, giving lessons, clinics, assisting in the training of a horse for remuneration. This does not include prize money. Payment of entry fees and/or expenses by anyone other than the Non Pro, his/her immediate family, or his/her corporation is considered remuneration. Gem State uses NRCHA eligibility requirements, so please see section 2.1 of the NRCHA Rulebook for full requirements.
Non Pro Limited riders must meet Non Pro eligibility and ownership requirements. You also can’t have shown down the fence more than three times, unless you’re over the age of 50.