Read the Handbook, Know the Horse Show Rules

If you are going to be showing horses this year, I’d like to ask that  you read the current handbook for the association that you will be showing.  Rules vary from organization to organization. It’s important to know how the scoring system works so that when you are competing in a class, you can be the best, most prepared, and informed rider that you can be.  You can actually learn a lot from the handbook and just may find it an interesting read.


Did you ever wonder how they score a trail class? Look no further than your breed association handbook.   Don’t rely on other people to tell you when you can check it out yourself!  The rules can vary from year to year so be sure that you obtain the most current handbook.


Good Luck!


AQHA – Handbook of Rules and Regulations


About Deanna Castro

Deanna Castro has been training horses and riders professionally for over 18 years. She trains riders in Horsemanship, Western Pleasure, Showmanship and Trail Riding. Deanna is married to Native American Horse Trainer Fredi Castro and she is the author of "Six Weeks to a Better Horse".
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2 Responses to Read the Handbook, Know the Horse Show Rules

  1. Sabrina says:

    GREAT advice! I love reading handbooks and learning the why’s and how’s of the scoring system.

  2. dcastro says:

    Thanks Sabrina! I do too, plus if I know the rules no one can tell me anything that is incorrect without me knowing it is incorrect.

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