What’s New This Year:
Don’t miss the 2018 event – it gets better every year! The Knights of Valour Full Contact Jousting returns this year on Saturday at 8pm and three full days of horse competition starts Friday at 9am. New to this year is Cowboy Mounted Shooting – this is an event you won’t want to miss. This fastest-growing equine sport in North America is a thrilling ride! Competitors shoot 10 balloons as quickly as possible while riding a horse…come and see it for yourself! Get your tickets today!
Halter Classes – A class where the horse is judged based upon its confirmation. Horses are to be shown in hand with a serviceable halter or bridle, silver equipment will not count over a practical halter or bridle, at walk and trot. Horse should stand square on all four feet. Handled and shown throughout an entire class by only one and the same person. Emphasis shall be placed upon type, conformation, substance and quality. Transmissible weaknesses to be counted strongly breeding stock and horses must be serviceably sound.
Small Fry Classes – Open to children 13 and under as of January 1 of the current year. Ponies and Horses are permitted in the small fry division. Riders must have a handler in the arena at all times for safety. You may lead the rider for the entire class but will be placed accordingly. Horses must be 3 years or older to be ridden in this division. No stallions to be ridden. Riders must use stirrups and be able to reach them.
Open Pole Bending Driving – This is a timed event. Entries will be asked to drive through a pole pattern around pylons. Gait required: TROT. Penalty of 1 sec each time the entrant breaks and 5 seconds for each ball knocked off the pylon.
Open Barrel Racing Driving – This is a timed event. Entries will be asked to drive through a barrel pattern around pylons. Gait required: TROT. Penalty of 1 sec each time the entrant breaks and 5 seconds for each ball knocked off the pylon.
Pleasure Driving Open Classes – A Pleasure driving class in which entries are judged primarily on the suitability of the horse to provide a pleasant drive. To be shown both ways of the arena at a walk, collected trot, and working trot. To stand quietly both on the rail and while lined up and to rein back. To be judged 70% on performance, manners and way of going of the horse, 20% on fit and condition of harness and vehicle and 10% on neatness of attire. Miniature Horses, and Roadsters allowed but the class will be divided and placed separately.
Novice Division – For Open riders to show Novice Horses or Novice Riders to show Open Horses. Horses or Riders cannot have more than three wins in the designated class entered at any prior event. Two hands and any bit are permitted; walk, jog, lope.
Performance Horse Team Challenge – Open to all performance horses, and riders who wish to participate. Classes included Reining, Ranch Horse Pleasure, Western Pleasure, English Pleasure, Equitation, Horsemanship and Pole & Barrel Racing, either in youth or open. Teams to be drawn at random from a hat at the riders meeting on Thursday evening for those that requested to participate on their entry forms based on discipline.
ACE – ATLANTIC CANADA EQUESTRIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
The ACE Championships is a multi-discipline competition whereby Atlantic provincial equestrian organizations field teams representing their respective province. This event is a key event in the development of Equestrian’s next generation of national champions. This event affords an opportunity for athletes to test their skills with their competitive peers from all over the Atlantic region, while at the same time providing an avenue for talent identification.
Each discipline will have the opportunity to have two teams compete at the Championships held in the fall. Dressage (Training and First Level – tests 2 & 3) Eventing (Entry and Pre-Training), Jumper, (1m and 1.10m) and Reining (One Handed and Two Handed – i.e. Rookie or Green As Grass, NRHA patterns 1-11). In addition to overall Team Awards, ACE Championships honors the top 3 individual athletes at the Championship.
“We are pleased to offer Atlantic Canada Equestrian Championships (ACE) Qualifying Classes at our competition. All athletes declaring for ACE must do so prior to entering the qualifying class. Athlete Declaration Forms are available in the show office.”
Meet the Expo Pegasus Contest – Details to come; keep checking Facebook.
Photographer Option: Michele MacNeil Photography is the official Sydney Horse Expo Photographer, and we have added an option to the entry form for her services. One digital photo per rider, at the cost of $20 each. This entitles each registered entry priority over unpaid clients. Additional digital images can be purchased for an additional $20.00 each, upon viewing her online gallery, arranged with Michele after the Expo.
Knights of Valour Full Contact Jousting begins on Saturday July 21st at 8pm. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets will go on sale on Friday June 22nd at 10am. Go back in time to the Medieval Period as stars from the History Channel hit series bring their show to Cape Breton.