New For 2014!

BRHF Equitation Medal

To be judged 60% over fences, 40% on the flat.

Fences 2 ft. 6 inches. Course of fences to consist of at least 8 jumps with at least 2 changes of direction. The class (and Finals) will be divided into Youth and Adult. Show managers holding qualifying classes may offer the classes separately, or may combine the youth and adult.

Riders to jump course first, and at least the top 6 riders will be called back for the flat phase. Riders may be tested on the flat using USEF Equitation Tests 1-9. (See USEF website for tests https://www.usef.org/documents/ruleBook/2011/12-EQ.pdf) Scroll down to EQ113 to see tests.

If further testing is needed, riders may be asked to jump a shortened course, which may have other testing elements within the course.

Points for the BRHF Equitation Medal will NOT go toward regular year end awards, but riders with 5 or more accumulated points will be invited to show in the BRHF Equitation Medal Finals at the Horseplay 4H Benefit Horse Show in the Fall. A Medal Finals Champion and Final awards will be dependent upon the outcome of that class.

Rider points posted prior to the MORNING OF the Horseplay Benefit show will count toward qualification. If previous show management does not turn in points by this time, the points will not count toward qualification. There will be a "last chance" qualifying class prior to the medal finals at the Horseplay Benefit Show.

Points accumulated at any show after the Horseplay Show will roll over to the next show year.

Reminder: BRHF members are responsible for reading and abiding by the rules of the classes that they enter.

Please Note: memberships are processed exactly once per week on Wednesday evenings.
Memberships must be received by a given Wednesday if you need a number for that weekend.

Our Mission:

The mission of the Blue Ridge Horse Force is to promote grassroots showmanship and sportsmanship by uniting local open horse shows.

Show Sanctioning:

To increase opportunities for those in Southwest Virginia to show their horses in the sport they love, our organization sanctions approximately 25 shows per year. Members work toward year end awards using a point system.

Who Benefits:

BRHF shows are held by organizations ranging from 4-H groups to civic leagues to training stables to charitable organizations. All are able to raise more funds for their group through increased BRHF member participation. Exhibitors can compete at any of these shows knowing that there will be uniformity in class descriptions and offerings.

Point System:

Points are awarded according to placings at sanctioned shows as follows:

1st ~ 6 points

2nd ~ 5 points

3rd ~ 4 points

4th ~ 3 points

5th ~ 2 points

6th~1 point

Year-End Awards are given in 42 different divisions!