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Scoring of Demonstrations

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This scoring system has been put in place to ensure that the groups performing are the best representation of their breed group or association and will perform at the highest level during the Midwest Horse Fair. 

If selected to participate, the previous year's demonstration scores along with the stall scores will be used to determine priority for stall assignments, demonstration times, and practice times for current year. Top scores receive first consideration when placing time and location requests. Please note that scoring is based on both of the demonstrations at the Midwest Horse Fair and is determined by a committee. Feedback received at the fair and compliance to deadlines and guidelines is also taken into consideration.

Scoring for the Midwest Horse Fair Breed & Discipline Demonstrations is based on the following criteria:

Script (0-5 points):

  • Educational information about breed/discipline should be the primary focus
  • Provide a history, description, characteristics and standards for the breed/discipline
  • Script is original and not copied word for word from an encyclopedia-type source.
  • Focus on the breed/discipline versus individuals. All points will be deducted if demo promotes individual farms, trainers, or horses/services for sale, which is a violation of the MHF Code of Conduct.
  • Submit script on time and follow script requirements for content & formatting

Time (0-5 points):

  • Stays within the 10 minute time frame including set up and removal of props
  • Time begins when music or script begins or when the first horse, person or prop enters the arena, whichever occurs first.
  • Time stops when all horses, people and props have exited the arena
  • 1-30 seconds over = 1 point deduction, 31-45 seconds over = 2 point deduction, 46 – 60 seconds over = 3 point deduction, 61- 75 seconds over = 4 point deduction and 75+ seconds over = 5 point deduction
  • Points will be deducted for each demonstration time overage

Show Attire, Costumes & Tack (0-5 points):

  • Attire is clean and cohesive throughout the entire group
  • Traditional outfits that fit the breed/discipline, show attire, or costumes are acceptable (Costumes to fit the theme are optional)
  • Tack is clean and in good condition. Points will be deducted for signs promoting farms, stallions, sales, products, services, etc.

Music & Props (0-5 points):

  • Music is fitting to the performance and appropriate for all ages
  • Music is submitted digitally, on time, and follows music guidelines
  • If used, props should be set up & removed in an efficient & organized fashion
  • If used, props should be safe, professional in appearance and have a clear purpose during the demonstration
  • Permission is granted for use of certain props (i.e. American Flag) as required in prop guidelines

Professionalism & Safety (0-5 points):

  • Participants follow instructions of gate coordinators
  • Participants represent their group and the Midwest Horse Fair in a professional manner
  • Horse & handlers are controlled and experienced enough to perform in a public, crowded setting without the risk of endangering themselves, other participants, or attendees
  • Points will be deducted for recklessness such as uncontrolled riding/handling, excessive speed, collisions, etc.
  • Points will be deducted for participants video taping or taking pictures within the arena confines

Entertainment Value (0-5 points):

  • Creative performance that involves more elements than riding the rails
  • Shows a variety of gaits, skills and abilities of horses and riders
  • Demonstration should be organized and have a clear plan of progression
  • If used, advanced patterns and choreographed maneuvers are executed with precision and uniformity
  • Engaging for the audience
  • Cohesive, interesting, and enjoyable

Total (30 points possible) 

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