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Boots or shoes with a clearly defined heel and long pants must be worn while in the arena.

A western saddle or a speed saddle must be used while in the arena.

Alcoholic beverages usage and or consumption must be in accordance of the rules regulations of the area grounds, local, state & federal government.

Use of any illegal substance of any kind is strictly prohibited by riders on the grounds.  One warning will be given; any repeat offense will result in automatic dismissal of the rider and/or guest(s).  No points will be given to the rider for that day.

The use of profanity or abusive language by any contestant will result in disqualification from that event and could result in disqualification from the entire gymkhana.

It is the responsibility of the rider to understand the pattern of each event ridden.

There will be no running of a horse outside the arena, with the exception of inside the warm up arena and then only for the purpose of warming up the horse (no racing or reckless running).  There will be no running into the arena.  This is for the safety of all riders and animals.

There will be no refunds after entries are paid.

If a timer failure occurs, the rider has the option of up to two re-rides. If the second re-ride is taken, it voids the first re-ride and the rider must take the time given during the second re-ride.

Once a rider breaks a timer, the pattern is considered a no time. The rider may correct their horse to finish the pattern, but may not run it again after the timer is broken.

If a rider falls off their horse it is considered a no time and they must vacate the arena.

No cameras, especially flash photography, are permitted inside the arena while a horse is present. 

Handlers must wait at the entry gate as soon as the rider begins to run.

Any act of discourtesy or disobedience toward any arena Official, in and out of the arena, will result in disqualification for the duration of the show,

Any discrepancies in times or patterns must be brought to the attention of the arena judges immediately, prior to the next rider entering the arena.

After crossing the timer, a rider has a maximum of two minutes to complete the pattern and exit the arena.

The rider may ride more than one horse in the same division, but points will only count for one of the horses.  Selection of the "point" must be decided at the time of entry.

The age of the rider as of September 1 of the first half of the season will determine the age group the rider will be placed in for that year.

The contestant or the contestant's legal guardian must sign all entries and release forms before entering the arena.

A five-second penalty will be taken for each prop that is knocked down in all events except the flag race.  Props knocked down in the flag race will result in a no time.

Line judges will be used for any event requiring small barrels.  A CVSC official will appoint the line judges. The line judge(s) decision is considered final.

In the event of a tie, if the contestants agree, the monies will be divided equally.  If not, an event will be run as a tie breaker for monies. The points will remain the same.  The Event selected will be at the discretion of the judge. The selected event will be run after all age groups have been completed.

Voting is restricted to annual members.

Excessive punishment or inhumane treatment of any horse at any time shall result in disqualification for the duration of the show CVSC Officers will determine what constitutes excessive punishment or inhumane treatment - No Exceptions.

•​The CVSC President is the final authority on any discrepancies that may arise.

•Any discrepancies must be discussed with the arena director or the CVSC President. Discrepancies are not to be discussed at the announcer's stand.

•There will be no riding double in the arena unless a signed release for both riders is on file.

•Horses may not be tied to fences anywhere on the premises, including the arena fence.

•Any dogs brought onto the premises must be kept on a leash.

•Anyone on a lead-line will have 10 seconds added to their time in their designated age group.

•To qualify for year-end awards in each class, contestants must complete at least eight shows in each class. 

•There will not be any re-rides given in the event of tack failure or dismounting of a rider.

•All riders must enter the arena through the approved entrance gate and exit through the approved exit gate only.

•If a rider chooses to participate in the time-onlys, then a signed release form must be completed and any membership and arena fees must be paid in addition to the time only fee. 

•Horses known for kicking should have RED safety marking/ribbon located in the horse's tail

•The CVSC President, or other appointed CVSC Officer may determine that a horse presents a safety or health risk to others and disqualify the horse from the show. They may further request that the horse be removed from the arena grounds. Failure to comply with this request will result in disqualification from the event and forfeiture of accumulated points for the year.

Any contestant who has a helper or who has assistance inside the arena beyond the timer line will have 10 seconds added on to their time.

Obtaining Sponsors is highly encouraged but NOT mandatory to receive year-end awards.  However, the minimum show participation and required volunteering time is still required to receive year-end awards.

•There will be an arena rake after every 7 riders or at the discretion of the arena director based on arena conditions.



RULES   FOR    GOAT  TYING

  • Applicable age groups 18 and under
  • There is a 60 second time limit per rider.
  • Tying strings can be pigging strings, braided goat string, or rope.
  • Timer will be 100 feet from stake; goat will be tied to stake with a 10 foot in length rope.
  • Stake will be completely underground so no part of stake is showing above ground.
  • Contestant rides horse across timer to goat, them dismounts her/his horse. Runs over to goat (goat must be standing on four feet) must throw goat to ground and tie three legs. The tie can be one or more wraps, and a half hitch, hooey, or knot. 
  • The smallest age group will only pull ribbon off goat's tail. 
  • After tie is made contestant will raise hands for time to stop. 
  • Contestant must stand clear of the goat and make no gestures, movements or noise for a period of 6 seconds. 
  • Contestant must be at least three feet from goat after tie is made. 
  • For time to be good, goat must remain tied for the 6 second period. 
  • Goat Director will advise if run is good.
  • If the goat does not stay tied, or contestant comes in contact of the goat he/she will receive a no time.
  •  If contestant's horse crosses over 10 foot goat rope or goat at any time while timer is running there will be a 10 second penalty added to contestant's time.
  • Small goats will be used in the younger two age groups, medium goats will be used in next age group, and large goats will be used in the oldest age group.
  • Any horns will be taped, wrapped or tipped. 
  • No goat will be used more than 5 consecutive times, unless it is in the goat tail pull for the 3-8 age group.
  • Goat holders will be designated by Goat Director or Arena Director. 
  • Contestants are not allowed to be goat holders.
  • Any contestant who has a helper or who has assistance inside the arena beyond the timer line will have 10 seconds added on to their time.
  • If the goat becomes unsuitable for use, it will be replaced by another goat decided by Goat and Arena Director.

C.V.S.C. RULES