Showmanship Stables Cup

Three-gaited saddle seat equitation showcase.  The athletes compete on horses that are supplied by the stables competition.  Which is a true test of their riding skills. The competition consists of two segments, to be completed in one phases held on different days: rail work, where the athletes compete as a group, and then in individual workouts.

Neva will oversee the selection process, which process shall be reviewed and approved by the stables.
1. Must be at least 11 years of age on December 1, 2017 to Adults
2. Code of Conduct
3. Waiver, Assumption of Risk, Waiver and indemnication
4. Fee of $80.--
5. The Saddle Seat Team and Supporter Policies and that they understand those documents, and agree to be bound by them. Additionally, by signing the application the athlete acknowledges receipt of the Safe Sport Policy Handbook which can be found at 
6. Athletes may only represent and try out for one section of the team; either 3 gaited
7. Athletes may have served on a team in the past without any restriction.
8. The athlete must attend for the entire duration of the Showmanship Cup.
9. The athlete must be available for promotional events when called upon in accordance. 
10. The athlete must participate in at least one pattern practice before the Stable Cup.
11. Athletes will be responsible to pay for travel and lodging for the practice(s) unless sponsorship is obtained to cover these expenses.
12. Athletes who make the Team will be provided some team apparel, Logo of the stables shirt.
13. Athletes will be required to participate in fundraising activities for Stable Cup support throughout the year, if such activities are planned.
14. The Stables is responsible for supplying horses for use during the Cup competition.

Provided below is the comprehensive, step-by-step description of the method that explains how athletes will go through the selection process to become team members:
TEAM SELECTION: All athletes will be selected for each section. All of these athletes will compete at the Event. Riders will be substituted out for rail or pattern work at the discretion of the Coaches. The line up of riders will be determined by the Coaches at the Event and may change during the Event.

INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION: One athlete may be chosen from the pool of applicants for each section (3-gaited) to compete in Individual Competition if such competition is offered. The Individual must participate in all required events with the exception of competing in the team competition.

TRIALS:
The trials will be held TBA.  The trials will be on lesson horses. 
THREE-GAITED SECTION TRYOUTS
Athletes sign up in the stable store.  Submissions must include: an application of the athlete performing rail and pattern work. 

CLASS CONDUCT
a. Athletes will compete preferably, on two horses; one for rail and the other for pattern and the horse will be different for each. During the rail work phase athletes will work at the walk, trot, and canter both directions of the ring. The competition coordinator 
b. Patterns will be executed individually by each athlete preferably, on two different horses (depending on horse availability). The patterns to be performed will be divided into segments, each of which will have an assigned score. Copies of the patterns will be in the stable store 1 week pryer of the Showmanship Stable Cup.  The athletes at the drawing of the horses. The order of go for the patterns shall be determined by a draw, to be conducted in conjunction with the athletes’ draw of horses.
c. There will be absolutely NO coaching while athletes are in the main arena and/or are being evaluated by the judging panel. This rule includes both instructors and members of the audience. This rule will be STRICTLY ENFORCED. Violations of this rule could result in the elimination of an athlete and/or the expulsion of the person doing the coaching from the arena. The decision of the head instructor will make final.
d. The competition coordinator and staff shall determine the number of rail and pattern rides based on horse availability. This will be announced no later than the athletes’ draw of horse/order of go assignments, which is typically conducted the day off the trials.
e. Breaks will be scheduled during the day’s events. Should time restraints require any adjustments to the set schedule, such changes will be announced by the official Event Announcer as far in advance as possible.
f. Competitors will be allowed two five-minute time outs for breakage of equipment or a cast shoe during the competition. If in the second time out a replacement cannot be satisfactorily achieved, an emergency alternate horse may be substituted by the host. At the conclusion of the allotted time, the athlete must proceed on either the same horse, the emergency alternate, or withdraw from that phase of the competition. An athlete who withdraws will not receive a score for that phase of the competition but may continue in the next phase they are entered.

SCORING
a. RAIL: Rail work will be evaluated using a numerical system based on a perfect score total of 100 from each judge.
b. PATTERN: Each pattern will be divided into segments, which will carry possible score values as determined by the panel of judges and/or  Cup Committee  prior to the competition. Each pattern will have a total possible score of 100 points from each judge, resulting from the combined total of the segment scores. 
c. ORDINAL CONVERSION: The numerical scores given by each judge at the conclusion of each phase (with phase defined as a railwork, or pattern segment) will be converted to an ordinal; with each judge’s highest numerical score converting to a ‘1’, the next highest a ‘2’, etc.
d. Numerical scores for each ride of every contestant will be announced at the conclusion of the ride with the exception of the final rail ride scores. These scores will only be made public following the announcement of the Team at the Awards Ceremony.
e. The grand total score for each athlete shall be a combination of the ordinals awarded by all judges from all railwork and patterns. Those athletes who hold the six lowest cumulative ordinal scores will be named as members of the Team, and will represent the United States at the International Saddle Seat World Cup Event in 2018.
f. In the event of a tie, preference will be given to the athlete with the lower combined rail ordinal scores from all judges. If the above method is not sufficient to break the tie, the lower combined total ordinal scores for the railwork and pattern segments of the competition as issued by ONE judge determined by the Committee to serve as the Referee shall have precedence. The referee shall be announced prior to the start of the competition, generally at the event where athletes draw for horses, order of go, etc.
g. The scoring system to be used will be explained in depth to each judge before the start of the competition.

JUDGING.
a. The athletes are to be judged 50% on rail work and 50% on patterns.
b. Athletes will be scored by a panel of 1 person. 

AWARDS.
Champion and Reserve Champion for this event.  Certificates of Participation will be presented to each trials finalist. 2018 Competition


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