Athol Saddle Club Association
No Need to Nominate if you do not want to qualify for series awards, you may still ride for day awards.
Nomination Fee is a one-time annual fee, that nominates you and/or your horse(s) for awards at the end of the series (buckle, summer), Idaho State O-Mok-see and National O-Mok-see.
*if riding 2 age groups on one horse 2 fees need paid, Nominating rider not horse.
You have until the November show to nominate for the buckle series. That will run you through until the next October.
You will have until the May show to nominate for the summer series. That will run you through until October that year.
Fiscal year runs October 1 thru September 31.
When a disqualification occurs, the Lane Judge raises the Red Disqualification flag, until the announcer acknowledges the disqualification, then the Judge lowers the flag.
The Lane Judges will be responsible for disqualifications from the start/finish line back to the fence, including all four feet of the horse crossing the lane divider at the same time. Unless in the indoor arena, then only one foot out of the lane divider will be a disqualification.
The Lane Judge’s decision is final, unless the contestant submits a complaint in writing to the 3 Man Rule Committee. The 3 Man Rule Committee then has the final decision. The contestant must submit the complaint before the end of the event in which the disqualification occurred. The only exception is if the contestant is in the last heat of the last group to run that event. The contestant will then have until the next event starts.
No one under the age of 16 may Lane Judge. Lane Judges must also have correct knowledge of the events they are judging. (See the List of Events for the correct pattern and rules for each event).
Lane Judges have the power to disqualify a contestant for the following:
General disqualification for not following the rules or pattern of an event.
Disqualification for completely (completely meaning all four feet of the horse at the same time) crossing over the lane divider line. With the exception of the indoor or smaller arena. Then the rule will be one foot out or judge’s discretion. If the contestant goes out of the lane far enough to interfere with another contestant, the one interfered with shall be awarded to re-ride. (See Re-rides and Ties).
Disqualification for knocking over any equipment (equipment being anything used in an event that is moveable). Any equipment that touches the ground with its top portion and returns to upright position shall be deemed equipment knocked over
Disqualification for contestant intentionally touching equipment to right or steady it to keep it from being knocked down.
Disqualification for contestant intentionally hitting or striking the horse with equipment.
Disqualification for the rider touching the ground before the horse crosses the finish line. With the exception of events that require dismounting.
Disqualification for poor sportsmanship, abusing a horse, or unruly conduct.
Removal from the grounds for gross intoxication.
1. Series Points will only be awarded to participants that have been nominated and are competing in Playday events in each age group as described in Nomination Information. Non-nominated riders shall receive day awards only as earned.
2. Playday series points for placing in each event will not be changed. They are as follows:
1st Place 10 points
2nd Place 9 points
3rd Place 8 points
4th Place 7 points
5th Place 6 points
6th Place 5 Points
7th Place 4 Points
8th Place 3 Points
9th Place 2 Points
10th Place 1 Point
3. The Peewee (6 & Under) age group will receive participation prizes, as well as series points.
In the event that a royalty representative must forfeit their title, the respective alternate will fill the position. Royalty titles may be taken away if the following occurs:
Royalty fails to follow “Royalty Responsibilities”.
Royalty becomes married, pregnant or cohabits.
Royalty is caught using alcohol or illegal drugs.
Royalty uses profane language or displays in appropriate conduct.
Forfeiting includes giving up the title, crown and any item that PDIA has given to the person. Only during extreme conditions or emergencies may a royalty ambassador be dismissed from attending events listed under “Royalty Responsibilities.” In such an event the royalty advisor needs to be notified ahead of time.
For all the royalty rules please see royalty packet.
Events Listed in alphabetical order:
Rider mounted at starting line, races to pole bending pole centered on the turning line, makes a left or right turn around the pole and race back to the finish line. Disqualification for steadying pole or knocking pole over.
Rider races to barrel centered in the lane 30 feet from start/finish line which contains three stakes. Rider picks up one stake and races to second barrel centered on turning line and deposits the stake in the second barrel. The rider races back to the first barrel, picks up the next stake and continues until all stakes are in the second barrel, the rider then races across the finish line. Rider must keep the barrels to the right or left at all times. The rider may not cross between the barrels. Intentionally hitting the horse with the stake disqualifies the rider. The wooden stakes to be used are 5 feet long, 1 to 1 ¼ inches in diameter, full round and of a light weight. Disqualification for dropping a stake outside a barrel.
Rider may go to either the right or left barrel first, but must make one left turn and two right turns or one right turn and two left turns. Barrels should be at least 20 feet from the fence. The start/finish line should be at least 45 feet from the fence. Regulation distance of 165 feet from the start/finish line to the turning line; 40 feet from the start/finish line to barrels #1 and #2; 75 feet between barrel #1 and #2. All distances measured to the center of the barrels. For safety reasons, distances may be governed by the amount of arena space available. Start/finish line will be 30 feet wide and marked at each end by a pole bending pole. The rider must cross the start/finish line between the poles. AT least 30 gallon barrels, closed end up, will be used. No
horses will be allowed to run in or out any gate, they must start and finish in the room allowed for in the arena.
The first rider is mounted at the start line, races to a partner who is standing behind the turning line, the rider crosses the turning line and picks up the partner, behind the saddle and races across the finish line. Disqualification if the partner touches the ground before the rider crosses the finish line.
A pole bending pole is centered on the turning line with a second stake set 60 feet toward the start/finish line and centered in the lane. The rider races to the pole on the turning line, making a left for right turn, races to the second pole, crosses over and repeats the first turn, then races back across the finish line.
A flag is placed in a gallon can of sand and centered on at least a 30 gallon barrel which is centered on the turning line. The rider races to the barrel, making a left or right turn, picks up the flag and returns across the finish line with the flag in hand. The flag is to be white, 9 inches square and attached to a stick 18 inches 18 inches long. The flag is to be set straight up in the can. Disqualification for knocking over the can or the barrel or dropping the flag before crossing the finish line.
The first pole is centered on the turning line, a second pole is set back 6 feet toward the start/finish line. The rider races down, making a left or right turn, crosses between the poles before crossing the turning line, then makes an opposite turn around the first pole and races back across the finish line. Disqualification for not going between the poles before crossing the turning line or knocking over the poles.
Two barrels (at least 30 gallons), one is centered on the turning line, open end up. The second barrel is set 30 feet from the start/finish line, centered in the lane, also open end up. Two stakes, 5 feet long, 1 to 1 ¼ inch in diameter, painted on one end with red at least 12 inches down the stake. The stakes are placed in the barrels, one stake with the red end up, the other with the red end down. The rider will raise their right or left arm when coming into the arena indicating what side of the barrel they will pick up the stake. The rider races to the first barrel, picks up the stake, races to the second barrel, deposits the first stake into the second barrel, picks up the second stake and races back to the first barrel and deposits the second stake, then races back to the finish line. The rider must keep the barrels on the right or left at all times. Disqualification for not keeping the barrels on the same side at all times and for stakes falling out of the barrels before the rider crosses the finish line.
A course of six kegs or traffic cones, set 25 feet apart, centered in the lane. The last keg is set on the turning line. The rider passes the first keg to the right or left and weaves the kegs, turns the last keg and returns, weaving back and across the finish line. Disqualification for jumping the kegs or knocking them over. The kegs are to be uniform in size.
Two pole bending poles covered with a 4 inch by 5 foot red sock are places on the turning line 5 feet apart, 10 feet from each pole to the lane divider line. Two more poles are placed 10 feet back toward the start/finish line, also 5 feet apart. These poles are to be in line with the poles on the turning line. The rider races between the poles across the turning line, turns and reverses course back through the poles to the finish line. All of the poles to be covered in red.
A barrel is centered on the turning line with a second barrel set 75 feet toward starting line and centered in the lane. Contestant races between the barrels before making a right or left turn around barrel on the turning line, then races to "second barrel" making an opposite turn and returns to the turning line barrel and makes a turn in the same direction as the second turn, then races back across the finish line. Disqualifications for breaking the pattern and/or knocking over barrel.
Partners are mounted at the starting line holding a 4 inch by 5 foot red sock between them. At the signal, they race around a barrel (at least 30 gallons) centered on the turning line, make a left turn and race back to the finish line. Disqualification for not making a left turn or letting loose of the sock before both horses cross the finish line.
Each rider shall have a line of six poles. The riders race to the last pole on the turning line first, make a left or right turn and weave through the poles and back again, then race back to the finish line. The poles are to be 5 feet high, 1 to 1 ¼ inches in diameter. Bases to be a maximum of 15 inches in diameter. Total weight of the pole and base not to exceed 12 pounds. All poles and bases to be uniform. Poles to be set 21 feet apart, centered in the lane, with a distance of 60 feet from the start/finish line to the first pole. The last pole is to be centered on the turning line. Disqualification for steadying or knocking over poles.
Three barrels (at least 30 gallons) are centered in the lane, 50 feet between the barrels, the last barrel is to be centered on the turning line. The rider weaves the barrels through and back. The rider may start to weave on either the left or right side of the first barrel.
A pole bending pole is centered on the turning line with another pole set 42 feet toward the start/finish line and centered in the lane. The rider passes the first pole on either the right or left, crosses to the second pole, makes an opposite turn and weaves back, then races to the finish line. Disqualification for steadying or knocking over poles.
Three barrels ( at least 30 gallons) are centered in the lane, 55 feet between the barrels, the last barrel is to be centered on the turning line. The rider races to the first barrel and proceeds to circle the barrels to the left or right, heading towards the turning line, turns the last barrel and reverses the course, circling barrels to opposite direction on the return trip. Disqualification for turning the barrels in the wrong direction.
Rider #1 carrying a 12 inch baton races to a pole bending pole centered on the turning line, making a left turn, races back to rider #2 who has moved toward the start/finish line. Rider #1 passes the baton to rider #2. The baton must be passed in the lane before rider #2 crosses the start/finish line. Repeat for riders #3 and #4. The race finishes when rider #4 crosses the finish line. Riders must remain mounted to pass or receive the baton. If the baton is dropped, the rider passing the baton must pick it up and remount their horse before passing the baton to the receiving rider. The last rider to tie a red sock around the left arm. Disqualification for not making a left turn around the pole, intentionally hitting the horse with the baton, crossing over the lane divider or not passing the baton before crossing the start line.
A plastic pole 15 feet in length and 1 ½ inches in diameter set on standards a minimum of 12 inches and a maximum of 18 inches above the ground is placed 60 feet from the start/finish line. Standards to be placed at the end of each pole. Three poles centered in the lane. The last pole is placed on the turning line with the remaining poles set 21 feet apart toward the start/finish line. The rider races to and crosses the jump, weaves the poles through and back, crosses the jump and races to the finish line. For the 8 and under age group the pole will remain on the ground. Disqualification for knocking over equipment.
Barrels to be placed on four corners of the arena. Barrel #1 placed on the inside corner of the start/finish line of lane #1. Barrel #2 is placed on the inside corner of the start/finish line of lane #3. Barrel #3 is placed on the inside corner of lane #3 at the turning line. Barrel #4 is placed on the inside corner of lane #1 at the turning line. All riders to enter the center of the box created by the four barrels. The start/finish line is to be between Barrels #1 and #2 (lane #2). The first rider starts between barrels #1 and #2, turns left, races around the arena, outside of the barrels, passing the baton to the second rider between barrels #4 and #1, continuing until all rider have completed the course. The last rider crosses back over the finish line between barrels #1 and #2. The last rider to wear a red arm band. A 12 inch long garden hose may be used for the baton. Disqualification for dropping the baton, knocking over the barrels, failure to pass the baton between #4 and #1 and failure of the passing rider to get back into the box before the receiving rider turns barrel #4.