Rules that govern classes, Sunshine State Horse Shows will be adhering to USEF Rules. This Rule Book can be found at: 

Exhibitors recognize that  FLORIDA STATUTE CHAPTER 773.01-773.05 Under Florida law, an equine activity sponsor or equine professional is not liable for an injury to, or the death of a participant in equine activities resulting from the inherent risks of equine activities. 

Other Rules & Definitions:


·   Negative Coggins Required * No alcohol beverages * All Dogs must be on a leash.

·   All U.S.E.F Rules apply. Exception: Stallions must be shown & handled by an adult (over 18 yrs. of age).

·   No whips, schooling devices, “bagging”, shakers, noisemakers or aids of any kind are permitted in halter classes. Food is o.k.

·   All persons entered must wear a number and have a signed an entry form on file with show committee.

•   Attire: Boots, Breeches, Pants, English Attire, Western Attire. USEF/ASTM approved head-gear required for all participants in over fences classes & Junior aged participants in any class.

·   JUNIOR RIDER: 18 Years of Age and Under. Age remains same through series. 4-H Riders must be declared.

·   SENIOR RIDER: 19 Years and Older

·   W/T/C: Walk Trot Canter W/J/L: Walk Jog Lope. Jr.: Junior; Sr.: Senior.

·   Color Breed must have visible pattern/color: i.e. Palomino, Paint, Appaloosa, Dun, Buckskin. No registration papers required.

·  English Pleasure & Equitation Classes are open to Saddle Seat and Dressage riders. 

·   HIGH POINT: Divisions must be declared prior to show.  Exhibitors may enter English & Western classes, but the declared division will be tabulated for High Point. Exhibitors may enter W/T & W/T/C classes, but one must be a ‘schooling’ class & not judged.  Number must be turned over.  High Points are based upon horse/rider combination.  

·   Ribbons will be awarded from 1st to 6th place.

Points Tabulation:     

1st = 7 points; 2nd =5 points; 3rd =4 points; 4th = 3 points; 5th = 2 points; 6th = 1 point    Ties will be broken with the rider earning the highest points in an equitation class.


Jackpot classes: 

70% payback on total pool, must have 5 Riders, Payback breakdown: 1st-45%, 2nd- 30%, 3rd  place-25%  No ribbons





18” Hunter: 4H, Jr.: 10/11,31,33,36,37,40 & Sr.: 10/11/12,32,34,38,39,41 

2 ft. Hunter: 4H, Jr.: 10/11,31,33,42,43, 46 & Sr.: 10/11/12, 32,34,44,45,47

Ranch: 4H, Junior 1,4,7/8,52,64,66 & Senior1,5,7/8/9,53,65,67

W/T English: 4H, Jr.: 1,2,10/11,16,21,48 & Sr.: 1,3,10/11/12,17,22,49

W/T/C English: 4H, Jr.: 1,2,10/11,19,23,50 & Sr.:1,3,10/11/12,20,24,51

W/J Western: 4H, Jr.: 1,2,7/8,48,56,60 & Sr.: 1,3,7/8/9,49,57,61

W/J/L Western: 4H, Jr.: 1,2,7/8,50,58,62 & Sr.: 1,3,7/8/9,51,59,63


SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP: Points tabulated on total earned at the 4 show series on the declared riders division. Horse/Rider combination must compete at 3 of the 4 shows in the series.