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Horse Shows

Horse Shows at Sutton Fair

Class 1: Open Gaited Horse Show

Saturday, August 12th, 2023

Shows begin at 10:00AM

General rules of the Sutton Agricultural Society shall apply.

Send Entries to: Attn: Open gaited Show

Sutton Agricultural Society

P.O. Box 460

Sutton West, Ontario L0E 1R0

Chairpersons: Mary-Anne Cryderman and Shelby Avery

Committee: Teresa McGruthers, Amy Scott, Niki Griffiths

Contact: 289-338-9302

*NEW* Pre-registration by July 21st is strongly encouraged, in order to not pay late fee. See Rule #7 on page 2 for admission requirements.

Entry Fee: $5.00 per entry, $2.00 per class (section), plus 10% deduction of winnings

Championship Classes: $10.00 per class

Late Entry: $5.00 once per horse

Prize Money:

In Hand: $16.00, $14.00, $12.00, $10.00, $8.00

Performance: $30.00, $25.00, $20.00, $15.00, $10.00

Championship: $45.00, $40.00, $35.00, $30.00, $25.00

Class 1: Open Gaited Horse Show

Trail Walk: Flat, calm, relaxed, observable slack in the reins.

Show Gait: Collected, evenly-timed four beat gait at moderate speed.

Pleasure Gait: Evenly timed four beat gait with greater speed. There must be a distinct difference in speed between the Show Gait and the Pleasure Gait.

Section: Mountain Horse

In Hand Classes:

  1. Mountain Horse In-Hand – Open to Stallions, Mares & Geldings of any age. Horses are shown at the walk only.

English Pleasure Classes:

  1. English Pleasure – Open to Stallions, Mares & Geldings of any age
  2. Novice English Pleasure
    • Any rider can enter this class as long as they are riding a Novice Horse.
    • Any horse can enter this class as long as they have a Novice Rider.
  3. English Pleasure Championship
    • To be eligible, horses must have entered, shown and judged in classes MH2 & MH3
      Entry Fee: $10.00

Western Pleasure Classes:

  1. Western Pleasure – Open to Stallions, Mares & Geldings of any age
  2. Novice Western Pleasure
    • Any rider can enter this class as long as they are riding a Novice Horse.
    • Any horse can enter this class as long as they have a Novice Rider.
  3. Western Pleasure Championship
    • To be eligible, horses must have entered, shown and judged in classes MH5 & MH6.
      Entry Fee: $10.00

Section: Paso Fino

In Hand Classes:

  1. Bella Forma – Open to all ages.

Performance Classes:

  1. Paso Pleasure Horse – Open to all ages
  2. Paso Pleasure Horse – Novice horse, any age – horse has not won more than 3 First Place Ribbons.
  3. Paso Novice Pleasure Rider – Novice performance rider who has not won more than 3 First Place Ribbons.
  4. Paso Performance Horse – Open to all ages.
  5. Paso Country Pleasure – Open to all ages.
  6. Paso Pleasure Championship – Open to all ages.
    Entry Fee: $10.00

Section: Open Gaited Classes

All classes generally proceed as follows:
Enter at the SLOW GAIT – Down to the TRAIL WALK – SLOW GAIT – Up to the PLEASURE or FASTER GAIT, WALK – Reverse at the WALK – TRAIL WALK – SLOW GAIT – PLEASURE or FASTER GAIT – TRAIL WALK and LINE UP

  1. Open Equitation – No Pattern, Open to any Gaited Horse,Tack Optional.
  2. Bareback Class – Open to any Gaited Horse (no dress code)
  3. Trail Class – Tack Optional
  4. Command Class
  5. Open Showmanship
  6. Gaited Working Horse Class – the following gaits will be called – Walk, Slow Gait, Pleasure Gait, and Canter
    • Open to any Gaited horse – Tack optional.
  7. Challenge of the Breeds – Open to any Gaited Horse. Tack Optional. Entry Fee: $10.00

Class 2: Morgan & All Breed Horse Show & Fun Day

Sunday, August 13th, 2023

Shows begin at 9:00AM

General rules of the Sutton Agricultural Society shall apply.

Send Entries to: Sutton Agricultural Society

P.O. Box 460

Sutton West, Ontario L0E 1R0

Chairperson: Shelia McNaughton

Contact: (905) 505-2537

*NEW* Pre-registration by July 21st is strongly encouraged, in order to not pay late fee. See Rule #7 on page 2 for admission requirements.

Entry Fee: $5.00 per entry, $2.00 per class (section), plus 10% deduction of winnings

Prize Money:

1st – $16.00, 2nd – $14.00, 3rd – $12.00, 4th – $10.00

Section:

  1. Morgan Mares any age
  2. Open Mares on the line
  3. Morgan Gelding/Stallion any age
  4. Open Gelding/Stallion on the line
  5. Open Leadline
  6. Open Walk/Trot
  7. Morgan Hunter Pleasure
  8. Open Hunter Pleasure
  9. Morgan Classic/English Pleasure/Park
  10. Morgan Hunter Pleasure Stake
  11. Open Saddleseat
  12. Open Hunter Pleasure Stake
  13. Morgan Classic/English Pleasure/Park Stake
  14. Open Road Hack
  15. Morgan Road Hack
  16. Open Saddleseat Stake
  17. Classic/English Pleasure Driving
  18. Open Western Pleasure
  19. Morgan Western Pleasure
  20. Morgan Classic/English Pleasure Driving Stake
  21. Open Western Pleasure Stake
  22. Morgan Western Pleasure Stake
  23. Open Command
  24. Open Costume Class
  25. Open Walk/Trot Pairs (English or Western)
  26. Open Egg & Spoon
  27. Open Bite the Doughnut
  28. Open Walking Race

Classes 4, 7, & 10: Light Horse Driving Classes

Light Horse Driving Classes

Saturday, August 12th, 2023

Shows begin at 9:00AM

General rules of the Sutton Agricultural Society shall apply.

Send Entries to: Sutton Agricultural Society

P.O. Box 460

Sutton West, Ontario L0E 1R0

Chairperson: Matt Woodrow

Committee: Dennis Cryderman, Lois Cryderman, Fraser Woodrow, Jim Page, Russell Morton

Advisory: Darlene Morton

Contact: (905) 722-6545

*NEW* Pre-registration by July 21st is strongly encouraged, in order to not pay late fee. See Rule #7 on page 2 for admission requirements.

All exhibitors must wear identification cards in the ring.

Classes will be called three times and three times only, in advance of judging. Be advised not to cross enter classes if you cannot be sure of making the class. Tack changes will be granted, if asked for in advance.

Bridles – under no circumstances or condition should a bridle be removed from a horse/pony while it is still put to a vehicle.

Entry Fee: $5.00 per entry, $2.00 per class (section), plus 10% deduction of winnings

Stake Classes: No stake classes in class 4, 7 or 10.

Late Entry: $5.00

Class 4: Roadsters

Prize Money for Class 4, Section 1:

$55.00, $50.00; $45.00; $40.00; $35.00

Section:

  1. Team Roadsters. Shows at slow and fast trot.

Prize Money for Class 4, Sections 2 to 6:

$50.00; $45.00; $40.00; $35.00; $30.00

Section:

  1. Gentleman’s Turnout Single, Accompanied by Lady. Horse 50%; Harness and Rig 20%; Equipment 15%; Driving 15%.
  2. Single Roadster, over 15.2 hands, shown at slow and fast trot.
  3. Single Roadster, 15.2 hands and under, shown at slow and fast trot.
  4. Lady Driver Competition, Roadsters only.
  5. Single Horse hitched to sulky or jogger

Class 7: Open Pleasure Driving, Horse or Pony

The pleasure driving horse may be of any breed, colour or size. An animal measuring over 14.2 hands will be classified as a horse. An animal measuring 14.2 hands and under will be classified as a pony. The Judge and/or Show Committee reserves the right to split any class, in the interest of safety, should the number of entries warrant.

Prize Money:

$50.00; $45.00; $40.00; $35.00; $30.00

Pleasure Driving Harness and Vehicle

All entries must be shown in a pleasure vehicle. A pleasure driving vehicle is defined as:

  1. An original or restored antique horse-drawn vehicle used primarily for personal transportation.
  2. A reproduction of an original antique horse-drawn vehicle used primarily for personal transportation.
  3. A new vehicle whose construction is based on a design of an antique horse-drawn vehicle used primarily for personal transportation.
  4. Wire-wheeled vehicles are prohibited. The only exception allowable, at the discretion of the show committee, are for miniature horses using small carts with wire spoke wheels and those antique vehicle types equipped with wheels having long wire spokes and hard rubber tires.

Clarification of Gaits:

The following descriptions constitute standards for performance of each of the required gaits in the various divisions of pleasure driving competition.

Walk

A free, regular and unconstrained walk of moderate extension is required. The horses should walk energetically but calmly, with even, determined steps.

Slow Trot

This is a slow, balanced trot on a light rein in which horses’ steps are shorter and lighter than in the faster gaits.

Working Trot

This trot is between the slow trot and the strong trot. Horses go forward on a taut, but light rein, freely and straight, while remaining balanced and unconstrained. The steps should be as even as possible with hind feet touching the ground on the prints of the forefeet.

Strong Trot

This trot shows a clear but not excessive increase in speed and lengthening of stride, while remaining well balanced. Excessive speed will be penalized. The term used for calling this gait is “Trot On”.

Halt

Horses and vehicles should be brought to a complete square stop, without abruptness or veering. At the halt, horses should stand attentive, motionless and straight, the weight evenly distributed over all four legs, and be ready to move off at the slightest indication from the driver.

Rein Back

This is a backwards movement in which the front legs are raised and set down simultaneously in diagonal pairs with the hind legs remaining well in line. To be performed in two parts:

  • Rein back at least four steps, unhurried, with head flexed and straight, pushing back evenly in a straight line using light contact and quiet aids.
  • Move forward willingly to former position using the same quiet aids.

Sections:

  1. Pleasure Driving Turnout – A pleasure driving class in which entries are judged primarily on the performance and quality of each turnout. Entrants are to be shown both ways of the ring at a walk, slow trot, working trot and strong trot (trot on); to stand quietly and to rein back. All entries chosen for a workout are to be worked both ways of the ring at any gait requested by the Judge and may be asked to execute a figure-of-eight. To be judged: 40% on performance, manners and way of going; 30% on the condition, fit and appropriateness of the harness and vehicle; 15% on the neatness and appropriateness of attire; 15% on overall impression.
    Working – A pleasure driving class in which entries are judged primarily on the horse or pony to provide a pleasant drive. Entrants are to be shown both ways of the ring at a walk, slow trot, working trot and strong trot (trot on); to stand quietly, both on the rail and while lined up, and to rein back. All drivers chosen for a workout may be worked both ways of the ring at a gait requested by the Judge and may be asked to execute a figure-of-eight. To be judged: 70% on the performance, manners and way of going of the horse(s) or pony(ies); 20% of the condition of the harness and vehicle; 10% on the neatness of the attire
  2. Gentlemen to Drive, working.
  3. Lady to Drive, working.
  4. Junior to Drive, working. Note: This class only, Open to all vehicles. To be shown hitched to a suitable vehicle. To be shown by a boy or girl who has not reached his/her 18th birthday as of January 1st of the current year.
  5. Pleasure Driving Reinsmanship – A pleasure driving class in which entries are judged primarily on the ability and skill of the driver. Entrants are to be shown at a walk, slow trot and strong trot (trot on). Drivers shall be required to rein back. All drivers chosen for a workout may be worked at a gait requested by the judge, and may be asked to execute a figure-of-eight and perform other appropriate tests. The driver should be seated comfortably on the box so as to be relaxed and effective. Either the one or two-handed method of driving is acceptable. Common to both methods, the elbows and arms should be close to the body with an allowing but steady hand enabling a consistent “feel” with the horse’s mouth. Drivers should not be penalized or regarded for using one general style over another. In order to evaluate a driver’s versatility, the judge may request a test involving driving with one hand. To be judged: 75% on the handling of the reins and whip, control, posture and overall appearance of driver; 25% on the condition of the harness and vehicle and neatness of the attire.
  6. Timed Obstacle – Entrants to be driven and timed over a course of numbered obstacles consisting of cones and balls, or the equivalent. After passing the starting line, the competitor shall proceed through each obstacle, in order, to the designated Finish Line. Course faults will be assessed as penalty [five (5) seconds] and added to the driver’s elapsed time. Placing will be determined on a low total basis. Ties for first will be decided by a drive-off.
  7. Scurry Obstacle – Entrants to be driven over a course of unnumbered obstacles consisting of cones and balls, or the equivalent. After passing the start from any direction, competitors shall proceed at a trot through each obstacle from any direction, in any order. Each obstacle must be driven once. Upon the completion of the course, the competitor must pass through the finish from any direction, where time will be taken. A five (5) second penalty will be assessed for the disturbance (i.e., dislodging the ball), of any part of any obstacle at any time while on course. Placing will be determined on a low total basis (time plus penalty seconds). In case of a tie for first place, a drive-off will determine the winner.

Class 10: Sport Pony

2023 Sportpony Starsearch Championship Qualifications

In order to qualify to compete at the 2023 Royal Sportpony Starsearch a pony must compete and qualify at an approved 2023 qualifier show.

  • The first place in each of the 7 in hand classes are eligible to enter to qualify for the Sportpony Starsearch Challenge Cup, held at the Royal Winter Fair in November 20223
  • Both under saddle classes also qualify for respective class. Ponies MUST measure 14.2 hands or under. Passport and registration are NOT necessary to participate, nor must the pony be a registered sportpony. All sportpony type ponies are eligible to enter qualifying shows if they meet the shows’ rules.
  • Adults CAN ride a pony. Stallions may NOT be handled or ridden by children at the Royal Winter Fair, but may be at the qualifying show’s discretion.
  • If the first place pony has already qualified at a previous show in 2023, then the second place pony becomes the qualifier. Once qualified a pony may still show at any of the qualifying shows but may only qualify once in 2023.
  • To compete in the 2023 Sportpony Finals at the Royal an entry MUST be made prior to the closing date and be accepted by the Royal entry department. See www.royalfair.org for entry forms, closing dates rules & regulations.
  • Ponies qualifying after the Royal closing dates MUST submit a completed Royal entry form before the Royal entry closing date. If these entries are not qualified at the late shows the entry will be returned and no entry money will be charged. Due to late entries being sent this rule will be strictly enforced by The Royal.
  • All ponies must be entered by The Royal Sportpony closing date regardless of qualified status at that time. No exceptions.

The Sportpony Starsearch Championship

The winner will be awarded the perpetual MORTON SPORTPONY CHALLENGE CUP and a silver keeper plate sponsored by Morton Stables.

For further sportpony info please contact Darlene Morton at info@mortonstables.com

In Hand Classes:

Prize Money for Class 10, Section 1 to 7:

$16.00; $14.00; $12.00; $10.00; $8.00

Section:

  1. Foal of current year.
  2. Yearling. Colt, filly or gelding.
  3. Two year old colt, filly or gelding.
  4. Two year old colt.

Junior Championship and Reserve (eligible are 1st and 2nd places from classes 1, 2, 3, and 4)

  1. Mare, 3 years or over.
  2. Gelding, 3 years or over.
  3. Stallion, 3 years or over.

Senior Champion and Reserve (eligible are the 1st and 2nd place from classes 5, 6, and 7)

Grand Champion (eligible are Junior and Reserve champions, & Senior and Reserve champions)

Champion ribbon sponsored by Morton Stables.

Reserve Grand Champion (eligible are Junior and Reserve champions, & Senior and Reserve champions)

Saddle Classes: Juniors may not show stallions.

Prize Money for Class 10, Section 8-14:

$30.00; $25.00; $20.00; $15.00; $10.00

Section:

  1. Hunter suitability under saddle. 3 yrs & over mare, stallion or gelding.
  2. Dressage suitability, under saddle. 3 yrs & over mare, stallion or gelding.
  3. Equitation under saddle, Hunter/jumper type.
  4. Equitation under saddle. Dressage type.

Sportpony Driving: Sportpony in harness, shown to a pleasure or marathon vehicle. Judged 50% sport-pony type and 50% performance.

  1. Open Pleasure sportpony driving.
  2. Open working sportpony driving.
  3. Open sportpony reinsmanship driving.

Class 9: Welsh Ponies

Sunday, August 13th, 2023

Show begins at 9:30AM

General rules of the Sutton Agricultural Society shall apply.

Send Entries to: Sutton Agricultural Society

P.O. Box 460

Sutton West, Ontario L0E 1R0

Chairperson: Matt Woodrow

Committee: Dennis Cryderman, Lois Cryderman, Fraser Woodrow, Jim Page, Russell Morton

Advisory: Darlene Morton

Contact: (905) 722-6545

*NEW* Pre-registration by July 21st is strongly encouraged, in order to not pay late fee. See Rule #7 on page 2 for admission requirements.

All exhibitors must wear identification cards in the ring.

Classes will be called three times and three times only, in advance of judging. Requirements for eligibility in class are that the entries must be registered in the Welsh Pony Stud Book, Sections A and B. Proof of registration at time of making entry (or upon request).

Entry Fee: $5.00 per entry, $2.00 per class (Section), plus 10% deduction of winnings

Stake Classes: $10.00 per class (Class 9, Section 24, 31)

Late Entry: $5.00

Breeding Division

Prize Money for Class 9, Sections 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 33, 34:

$16.00, $14.00, $12.00, $10.00, $8.00

Section A: Registered in Section A of the Stud Book

  1. 2 Years Old and Under, Colt, Filly or Gelding
  2. 3 Years Old and Over, Mare
  3. 3 Years Old and Over, Stallion or Gelding
  4. Champion and Reserve Champion, Section A

Section B: Registered in Section B of the Stud Book

  1. 2 Years Old and Under, Colt, Filly or Gelding
  2. 3 Years Old and Over, Mare
  3. 3 Years Old and Over, Stallion or Gelding
  4. Champion and Reserve Champion, Section B

Sections C and D: Welsh Ponies of Cob Type

Registered in Sections C and D of the Welsh Stud Book

  1. 2 Years Old and Under, Colt, Filly or Gelding
  2. 3 Years Old and Over, Mare
  3. 3 Years Old and Over, Stallion or Gelding
  4. Champion and Reserve Champion, Section C or D
  5. Senior Showmanship, 18 Years and Over as of January 1st, 2023. Open to Sections A,B,C,D and Half Welsh

Welsh Champion of Champions Qualifier

Sponsored by: Diane Jackson of Arnaby Farm

All qualifying ponies will compete at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair for the Welsh Champions of Champions.

All ponies and cobs must be registered. Foals of the current year must be eligible for registration. The owners or leasers of the said animals must be a current member in good standing of The Welsh Pony and Cob Association of Ontario if they wish to compete in the qualifier or go on to the Welsh Champions of Champions.

Three (3) Champions per show will qualify for the Champion of Champions class at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

These Champions will be chosen from the following categories:

  1. 2-Year-Old and Under – Colt, Filly or Gelding: Section A, B, C, and D – 1st place ponies from the Section A Youngstock, Section B Youngstock, and Section C/D Youngstock classes are eligible for this class.
  2. Yeld Mare/Brood Mare: Section A, B, C, and D – 1st place ponies from the Section A Mare, Section B Mare, and Section C/D Mare classes are eligible for this class.
  3. Stallion/Gelding: Section A, B, C, and D – 1st place ponies from the Section A Stallion/Gelding, Section B Stallion/Gelding, and Section C/D Stallion/Gelding classes are eligible for this class.

If the first placed animal has already qualified, the second placed animal is eligible. If both the first and second place animals have qualifies at a previous show then no other animals from the regular line class will go forward into the qualifier.

Junior Division Welsh

Ribbons Only:

All exhibitors ages are based as of January 1, 2023

  1. Junior Showmanship, 10 Years and Under, Sect. A, B, C, D & Half Welsh – Mares and Geldings
  2. Junior Showmanship, 11 to 17 Years, Section A, B, C, D and Half Welsh – Mares and Geldings
  3. Lead Line – Equitation – Riders- 7 years and under as of Jan 1st of the current year. TO WALK ONLY, open to Section A, B, C, D and Half Welsh – Mares and Geldings. Riders in this class are not eligible for any other class other than those ridden on a Lead Line at a walk.
  4. Equitation Child’s Lead Line Pony – Walk /Trot – for Children 10 Years and Under, Section A, B, C, D and Half Welsh – Mares and Geldings
  5. Equitation Child’s Pony – Walk /Trot – for Children 12 Years and Under, Section A, B, C, D and Half Welsh – Mares and Geldings
  6. Child’s Pleasure Pony – 12 years of age & under, Walk/Trot – performance and suitability to count.

Note: Riders in Sections 16, 17, and 18 are not eligible to ride in the Performance Division.

Performance Division

Prize Money for Sections 20 to 30 and Section 36:

$30.00; $25.00; $20.00; $15.00; $10.00

Prize money for Section 24:

$40.00;$35.00, $30.00, $25.00, $20.00

  1. Equitation Under Saddle – Walk/Trot/Canter – Junior to Ride, Section A,B,C,D and Half Welsh – Mares and Geldings
  2. Pleasure Pony Under Saddle – Walk/Trot/Canter – Junior to Ride. Section A & B – Mares or Geldings
  3. Pleasure Pony Under Saddle – Walk/Trot/Canter – Adult to Ride. Section A & B – Mares, Stallions or Geldings.
  4. Pleasure Pony Under Saddle – Walk/Trot/Canter – Junior or Adult to Ride. Section C & D -Mares, Stallions or Geldings. No more than eight to canter at one time.
  5. Pleasure Pony Under Saddle STAKE – Walk/Trot/Canter – Junior or Adult to Ride. Section A,B,C,D. Mares Stallions or Geldings. No more than eight to canter (Entry Fee $10.00)
  6. Welsh Open Command under Saddle. Junior or Adult to Ride. Section A,B,C,D and Half Welsh. Mares, Stallions or Geldings.

Performance Harness

  1. Pleasure Driving Pony – Novice – Section A,B,C,D and Half Welsh. Mares, Stallions or Geldings. Not to have won more than 3 firsts in Welsh Pleasure Driving Classes.
  2. Pleasure Driving Pony – Section A/B – Mares, Stallions or Geldings
  3. Pleasure Driving Pony – Section C/D. – Mares, Stallions or Geldings
  4. Pleasure Driving Pony – Half Welsh – Mares, Stallions or Geldings
  5. Pleasure Driving Pony – Junior to Drive – Section A, B, C, D and Half Welsh – Mares, Stallions or Geldings

Prize Money for Section 31:

$45.00; $40.00; $35.00; $30.00; $25.00

Entry Fee: $10.00

  1. Pleasure Driving Pony Stake – Section A, B, C, D – Mares, Stallions or Geldings. (Entry Fee $10.00)
  2. Working Single Driving Open – Section A,B,C,D and Half Welsh. Mares, Stallions or Geldings.

Half Welsh – Half Welsh Registered in “Half Welsh” of the Welsh Stud Book

  1. Half Welsh 2 Year Old and Under – Colt, Filly or Gelding.
  2. Half Welsh 3 Year Old and Over- Stallion, Mare or Gelding.
  3. Champion and Reserve Champion Half Welsh
  4. Half Welsh Under Saddle – Walk/Trot/Canter – Junior or Adult to Ride – Mare, Gelding, Stallion

 

Class 16: Horse Pulls

Friday, August 11th, 2023

Show begins at 7:00PM

General rules of the Sutton Agricultural Society shall apply.

Chairperson: Ryan Woodrow

Contact: (705) 879-2809

Light and Heavy Classes

Event is held on race track (east side).

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