Horse show set for July 21 in Challis

CHALLIS — The Round Valley open horse show is scheduled at the Challis rodeo grounds July 21.

There’s no admission for spectators to attend the day-long event.

Halter classes kick off the event at 9 a.m.

The show is not a rodeo, organizer Sharon Bradley said, but is an opportunity for riders and their horses to display their equestrian skills in a variety of classes.

Any breed of equine is eligible to be entered and competitors of all skill levels are invited to participate. People of any age may participate. A competitor’s age as of Jan. 1, 2018, determines their age division. A $6 per class entry fee is charged for competitors who enter before Tuesday. Entries postmarked after Tuesday cost $10 per class. People can register up to 9 a.m. the day of the show. Ribbons and prizes are awarded. People can obtain entry forms by calling Bradley at 208-879-4756 or Caroline Cordova at 208-879-2739.

Classes include halter, in which horses are judged on their conformation for their breed. Halter classes are competitive events designed to evaluate an animal’s external appearance and structure as it compares to a breed standard.

Performance classes include a trail class where the horse and rider maneuver through obstacles that could be encountered on a trail ride or a pleasure ride. Horses cross a bridge and move a bucket, among other tests to determine how well the horse and rider communicate.

Another performance class is bareback equitation. The rider doesn’t use a saddle as the horse goes through its paces at a walk, trot and lope.

Western riding includes maneuvering through a pattern around cones where the horse is required to consistently change leads on the pattern.

A pleasure riding class is planned. Judges are looking for a horse’s ability to provide a smooth and calm ride while demonstrating abilities to maintain the proper lead and body position.

Western reining classes include the ability of the rider to communicate various moves to the horse in negotiating a pattern. A freestyle reining class lets riders perform a pattern to music while dressed in a costume representing that musical choice.

A lead line class geared to younger children is planned. The youths are accompanied by an adult.

The show includes gaming events such as barrel racing and pole bending.

Concessions by Real Deal Smokehouse of Challis will be sold.

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