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Do you like fast paced challenges with your friends and horses? Do you want to join in a competition where all your friends and family can come to cheer you on? If the answer is YES, you will want to grab a partner and get your spot for this fun & exciting competition at Midwest Horse Fair!
What is the Midwest Horse Fair Youth Team Challenge?
This fast-paced competition is open to youth of all disciplines. A limited number of spots will be available. Twenty teams, consisting of two people, will compete in timed skills challenges in the Preliminary Round on Saturday. Ten lucky teams will advance to the Final Round on Sunday.
Objectives and Judging
• A team will consist of two youth riders (17 or under as of January 1, 2018) and their mounts.
• Each team will compete in three different events during the Preliminary Round:
-MHF Application Race
-Honor Cord Race
• Preliminary round events will run with two teams competing against each other simultaneously on identical courses.
• A random draw will determine which two teams will compete against each other.
• One person from each team will compete in the MHF Application Race. The Honor Cord Race and the Campus Shortcut will require both team members’ participation.
• The total time for each team will determine which teams advance to the Final Round.
• A judge for each side of the arena will decide if any infractions have taken place during each team’s run. Penalties for infraction will be added to the team’s time at the rate of five-seconds per infraction. The judges’ decisions are final.
• The top 10 fastest times will move to the Final Round. The qualifying teams with the slowest times from the Preliminary Round will compete first in the Final Round. competing first in the Final Round.
• The Final Round will also consist of three events:
-Pop Quiz Obstacle Course
-Campus Un-tack & Trot Race
-Two Person Graduation Relay
• Valedictorian will be determined by the fastest time for the combined events being first place and the slowest time for the combined events being tenth place.
Courses & Curriculum Descriptions
Campus Shortcut: Both team members will compete in this event. At the start/finish line, one team member will ride his/her horse to the opposite end of the arena where the “Campus Shortcut” will be a tunnel on the ground. The second team member will be mounted and waiting by a designated cone near the tunnel. The first team member must dismount, hand his/her reins to an official and crawl through the tunnel. Upon exiting the tunnel, the official will raise a flag signaling the second rider to race back to cross the start/finish line. (First rider leads horse back). A five second penalty will be added each time a team member breaches the center line which divides their lane from their opponent’s. If the second rider leaves the cone before the official raises the flag, the team will be disqualified from this event. The time will end when the horse and rider cross the finish line.
University of MHF Application Race: It’s time to get college applications mailed! One team member will compete in this event. At the start/finish line, a horse and rider (holding his/her application) will race to the opposite end of the arena where there will be a 2018 Midwest Horse Fair Mailbox. The rider must dismount to mail the application and then lead their horse back across the start/finish line. A five second penalty will be added each time a team member breaches the center line which divides their lane from their opponent’s, and each time an obstacle is knocked over.
Honors Cord Rope Race: Both team members will compete in this event. Team members will hold opposite ends of a U Of MHF Honors Cord. Together, from the start/finish line, they will race to the far end of the arena and maneuver both horses between two barrels. Once through the barrels they will race back to the start/finish line, holding the cord for the entire race. Time will not stop until both team members have crossed the finish/start line. A five second penalty will be added for each occurrence of dropping the cord. Knocking over a barrel will also result in a five second penalty. A five second penalty will be added each time a team member breaches the center line which divides their lane from their opponent’s.
Pop Quiz Obstacle Course: At the start/finish line, one rider from each team will race to the first obstacle, a rope gate. The rider will open the gate, pass through the gate and then close the gate. Next the rider will proceed to obstacle two, a jump. The rider will move their horse over the jump and then advance to the last obstacle, which will be a mystery! Once the mystery obstacle is complete, the rider will race back to the start/finish line. A five second penalty will be added for each occurrence of the following: knocking over a gate standard, dropping the rope to the gate, failure to close the gate and knocking over a jump standard or pole. Mystery obstacle penalties will be explained when the obstacle is revealed. A five second penalty will be added each time a team member breaches the center line which divides their lane from their opponent’s.
Campus Un-tack and Trot Race: Both team members will compete in this event. One team member will be at the far end of the arena without their mount. At the start/finish line, the other team member will race their horse to the far end of the arena to join their teammate. One team member will remove the saddle and saddle pad from the horse (both tack items must be on the horse at the start of the race, no exceptions) while the second team member holds the horse’s reins. Once tack is removed, the opposite rider will mount the horse and race back to the start/finish line. (A mounting block will be available if needed) However, there is a twist! The second rider will only be allowed to walk or trot the horse to the start/finish line. Breaking stride into the canter when returning to the start/finish line will result in a 30 second penalty. A five second penalty will be added each time a team member breaches the center line which divides their lane from their opponent’s.
Two-Person Graduation Relay: Both team members compete in this event. Rider one begins at the start/finish line and runs to the opposite end of the arena with a Graduation Stole in hand. Rider two will wait in a square box created with lime. Rider one must pass the stole to rider two while both are in the box. Rider two will then proceed to place the stole around their shoulders and race back across the start/finish line. Rider one must stay in the box until rider two crosses the finish line. If rider one steps on a line of the box or steps outside the box, the team will receive a five-second penalty. Participants are advised to hold onto the graduation stole tight and pass with precision! In a dramatic twist, teams who drop the graduation stole will be disqualified from this event and automatically bumped to 10th place. In the event that multiple teams are disqualified, that team’s total Preliminary Round time will be used as a tiebreaker.
Graduation Diplomas & Awards
Each team member will receive the prizes below along with a ribbon:
- 1st: $150 Blain’s Farm & Fleet Gift Card & 2018 MHF Official Team Jacket
- 2nd: $100 Blain’s Farm & Fleet Gift Card
- 3rd: $75 Blain’s Farm & Fleet Gift Card
- 4th: $50 Blain’s Farm & Fleet Gift Card
- 5th: $50 Blain’s Farm & Fleet Gift Card
- 6th: $50 Blain’s Farm & Fleet Gift Card
- 7th: $25 Blain’s Farm & Fleet Gift Card
- 8th: $25 Blain’s Farm & Fleet Gift Card
- 9th: $25 Blain’s Farm & Fleet Gift Card
- 10th: $25 Blain’s Farm & Fleet Gift Card
How to Apply
- Entry fee is $75 per person and includes (1) weekend stall and (1) 3-day horse-exhibitor weekend wristband. Participants who are already participating in another area of the Fair with the same horse will not receive the weekend stall or 3-day wristband.
- First come first serve with non-refundable payment
- Deadline is February 15 or when the 20 team spots are full
- Open to any horse and youth rider combination.
- Horses must arrive on Thursday of Fair week between 8:00 am and 9:00 p.m.
- Horses must stay on the grounds until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.
- Mandatory meeting on Friday at 4:00 p.m. for all and Saturday at 4:00 p.m. for finalists.
- Long sleeve shirt, boots and helmet are required. No logo attire is permitted.
- Halter and lead are required on the competing horse in the Campus Shortcut race.
- The competition will be held in a crowded public setting and opportunities to warm up in the actual arena may not be available. Please do not sign up if you and/or your horse cannot safely function in such a setting. Midwest Horse Fair reserves the right, at any time, to remove any horse deemed unsafe by event staff.
- All participants must adhere to the Midwest Horse Fair Code of Conduct.
- Clinics & competitions are subject to change at the discretion of event management.
- It is the policy of the Midwest Horse Fair that if a scheduling conflict arises due to participation in multiple events, you or your group member must choose which event to attend. Special accommodations and refunds cannot not be granted. Those who cancel last minute (within two weeks of the fair) and/or due to scheduling conflicts are less likely to be selected as participants in future Midwest Horse Fair events. Participants should apply for no more than two.
- HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
- Original and a copy of the laboratory report of a negative equine infectious anemia (EIA) test conducted within the 12 months prior to import (after April 22, 2017) which clearly identifies the equine animal by registration number, lip tattoo, or a complete description of the equine animal.
- Original and a copy of the certificate of veterinary inspection issued within 30 days (after March 22, 2018) of Midwest Horse Fair if you are coming from a state other than Wisconsin or Minnesota.