1. Exhibitors are encouraged to join the Facebook group at No profanity, hate speech, offensive comments or bullying will be tolerated. Violations will be reported to Facebook and you will be removed from the group and competition with no refund! The Facebook group is a great place to ask questions, talk to fellow competitors, and learn about special events like drawings.
2. REGISTRATION: Exhibitors must complete an electronic entry form by that ride's deadline. Each ride needs a new form. Deadlines are at the top of every page on this website.
3. VIDEOS: Each ride will have a published video deadline. Videos must be uploaded to YouTube, and a link to each video must be submitted via this website. Each obstacle needs its own video.
4. PAYMENT: Fees must be paid at the time of entry. Payment is to be made via the online entry’s PayPal button, by credit card or electronic check. You do not need a PayPal account to pay.
5. No refunds of entry fees for any reason. We are providing an extended time period for this virtual competition to allow for complications due to weather and work/school schedules. Plan ahead, and don’t wait until the last minute to make your videos!
6. One division per horse/rider team. The same horse may be ridden by different people, and a rider may enter more than one horse. A separate entry form is required for each horse/rider team.
7. No ponied horses in videos. We can’t stop you from ponying a horse on your ride; however, if you choose to pony, please safely tie up the ponied horse while making your videos.
8. Any violation of any of these rules may be cause for disqualification. “I didn’t know” isn’t an excuse!
TACK, ATTIRE, and GROOMING
1. Required tack: a saddle with stirrups and a girth (any discipline/type: western, English, Australian stock, dressage, endurance, treeless, trail, side saddle) and headgear (bridle, bit-less bridle, bosal, hackamore, side-pull, riding halter, etc.). The headgear must have reins attached, one on each side of the neck. Bareback pads are not considered saddles.
2. A rider may ride two handed only with a bosal, bitless bridle, halter, sidepull, or ring snaffle. Riders may switch to one-handed reining only if required to complete an obstacle (i.e. a gate). Note: A snaffle bit does NOT have shanks of any length! ANY shanked bit-regardless of mouthpiece-or shanked hackamore MUST be used one-handed. The exception is for riders in a full bridle (bradoon + curb); this may be ridden two-handed.
3. While your videos may be made over the course of several days/rides, your tack must stay consistent during that month's ride. No changes of bridles, saddles, or bits from video-to-video. You may, however, change tack from month to month.
4. No training equipment such as draw reins or training forks are allowed; no martingales, tie-downs, or any other head restraining equipment.
5. Hoof boots ARE allowed. Leg protection is also allowed as long as it does not present a safety issue (for example, polo wraps are not safe on trail because they can come unwrapped).
6. Fly bonnets/nets that cover the horse’s ears are allowed. Nets that cover more than the ears are also allowed as long as the horse's vision is not obstructed.
7. Attire: dress as you would on the trail, as appropriate for your discipline, keeping in mind that you are being judged; showing respect for the judge by dressing appropriately is appreciated.
a. Long Pants in a style appropriate for your discipline. This could be jeans, breeches, riding tights, or other appropriate riding pants. No shorts.
b. Boots or other riding shoes with a heel. No bare feet, no sandals, no shoes without heels (i.e. sneakers).
c. A long-sleeved, short-sleeved shirt or sleeveless shirt. Please no spaghetti straps, bikini tops, halter tops, etc.
8. Grooming: While we don’t expect horses to be groomed for a show, we do expect a healthy hair coat, mane and tail free of tangles, good body condition, and maintained hooves that show your horse is properly cared for.
9. Any violation of any of these rules may be cause for receiving a "zero" score on an obstacle(s) or total disqualification. “I didn’t know” isn’t an excuse!
GENERAL VIDEO REQUIREMENTS
1. Each obstacle must be videoed continuously with no editing. Exception: videos may be edited at beginning and end to edit out non-competitive actions (turning on the camera, getting into position, turning off camera, etc.). Each obstacle must have its own video.
2. Videos must be filmed on a trail, bridle path, or other non-arena setting. A large pasture or field is also acceptable.
3. Videos must be filmed in horizontal (hold phone sideways) mode with SOUND ON. No music, please.
4. Obstacles may not be combined. For example, if you cross a log while walking up a steep hill, you can only submit this video for ONE of those two obstacle types.
5. Place your camera according to the instructions for each obstacle, to the best of your ability. Remember, the judge can’t score what they can’t see! You will receive the instructions upon registration.
6. Each month's videos must be dated on YouTube during the month of the ride. For example, November's videos must have an upload date between November 1 and 30.
By entering this online show, you agree to abide by the rules and understand that any violation of any of these rules may be cause for disqualification or lost points with no refund of entry fees. You acknowledge that an equine activity sponsor or judge is not liable for injury to or the death of a participant in equine activities, resulting from the inherent risk of equine activities. Your entry and payment (or payment by your parent, guardian or other third party) constitutes your acknowledgement and agreement of the rules and liability regulations for your state. You acknowledge that your videos may be shared with members of the Virtual Competitive Trail Ride Facebook group and on this website.