Light Horse Show and Rodeo

Light Horse Show and Rodeo

Light Horse Show/Rodeo Rules

Note: Please refer to the General “Rules and Regulations” as well as those listed below.

  • No horses on grounds prior to 4:00pm, Thursday, August 27th. This is to allow preparation by the volunteer committee members.
  • Liability Insurance is mandatory to compete or handle horses or ponies in any light horse class. IHC Insurance will NOT be sold at the Fair office. It can be purchased through the Island Horse Council by downloading the form at:
  • Light Horse and Rodeo Entries: Please refer to the entry form for entry fees, deadlines, and contact information.
  • Light Horses staying Friday and/or Saturday night need to reserve their stall(s) with Aimee.
    • PEEWEE: Riders 10 and under
    • YOUTH: Riders from 11-17 years of age
    • SENIOR/ADULT: Riders 18 years and older
  • Horses and ponies are to be in the holding area and ready to enter the ring when their class is called. After gate is closed no further entries will be allowed in.
  • All entries must conduct themselves properly and be in control of their animals at all times or they will be asked to leave. The show committee will not tolerate any inhumane treatment of horses or ponies. Animals must be sound (not lame) and in good health. Any exhibitor can be disqualified at the judge’s discretion if safety is compromised.
  • There will be a designated “Warm up Area “. No running of horses/ponies on grounds permitted.
  • The judge reserves the right to combine classes with less than three (3) entries.
  • Mandatory Helmet Regulation: ALL riders under the age of 18 years must wear a helmet in all riding events.
  • ALL riders must wear appropriate footwear with a heel.
  • Individual numbers are required for each light horse entry and must be worn at all times.
  • Stall reservations- a first come basis. Exhibitors must clean their stall(s) before leaving.  Prize money will be withheld from exhibitors who do not clean their stalls.


Light Horse Show Rules, Friday, August 28, 2020


  • Competitors can enter EITHER Class #2 or Class #3 BUT NOT BOTH.


  • Pet Pony to be shown in saddle only – no carts allowed.
  • An adult handler may be in the ring for safety reasons, but cannot be leading the pony.
  • All ponies, including those entered in the Pet Pony class, must be 14.2 hands and under.


The Walk – Jog/Trot class is to be judged on the rider’s ability.  Exhibitors in this class are also eligible to enter the Pet Pony, Costume & Games, but no other riding classes.


This Class is for children ten years and under. Children are to have reins from the bridle; leader must have a lead line attached to a halter that is over the bridle. Children’s feet must be in the stirrups. Exhibitors in Lead Line Class are also eligible to compete in the Costume Class and Games, but not in any other riding class.


The Green Horse Classes are designed for horses and/or ponies in their first two years of showing, and are designed to give exposure and experience in the show ring.  They may enter both classes, but are not eligible for other flat classes. Line classes and games permitted.


Hunter Hack is a class shown at a walk, trot and canter. Exhibitors will also be asked to jump a couple of fences.


Light Horse Show August 28, 9am

Lunch break to be determined day of show.

 Prizes: 1st $15.00 2nd $10.00 3rd  $5.00 4th $4.00 5th $3.00

High Point Prizes: English Adult, English Youth, Western Adult, Western Youth, Committee Select will be awarded at the end of the day.


 Main Ring – Halter Classes Friday, August 23, 9am

  1. Pony (14.2 hh and under), Champion & Reserve Pony
  2. Western type Horse
  3. English type Horse
  4. Champion & Reserve Halter Horse
  5. Peewee Showmanship
  6. Youth Showmanship
  7. Adult Showmanship

 Performance Classes

  1. Lead Line class
  2. Walk/Jog class – not to be lead but handlers can be nearby for safety and confidence. \Pet Pony Class (jellybean Memorial Trophy)
  3. Green Horse / Pony class – walk & jog/trot only
  4. Green Horse/Pony Patterned class – small pattern at walk/jog/trot only 

 Lunch Break

  1. Costume Class
  2. Western Command Horse/Pony
  3. Western Pleasure – AdultDarla Cooper Mem. 
  4. Western Pleasure – Youth (Under 18)
  5. Western Horsemanship – Adult
  6. Western Horsemanship – Youth (Under 18)
  7. English Equitation – Adult
  8. English Equitation – Youth (Under 18)
  9. English Pleasure – Adult
  10. English Pleasure – Youth (18 and under)
  11. English Command Horse/Pony
  12. Youth Hunter Hack Cross Pole 18″ max. (Under 18)
  13. Adult Hunter Hack 18″ to 24″

Lower Ring

  1. Youth Reining
  2. Novice Reining
  3. Open Reining


Sponsor of reining classes: Island Reining Horse Assn.


Dundas Rodeo Rules, Saturday, August 29, 2020


DIVISIONS: In Hand, Lead Line, Youth, Adult. Competitors can enter both In Hand and one under-saddle division.


  • No horse can be entered twice in the same class.
  • For 2019 only, all competitors will be asked to compete at a Level 1 in their division. If there are more than 6 entries in a class, 50% of the top placings will be asked to return to compete in Level 2. No additional entry fee will be charged for the additional class. Horse & Rider combinations who achieved Level 2 in 2019 will be asked to return at this Level in 2020.


Trail Classes: Will be judged on the rider’s horsemanship skills and the horse’s willingness.

 Gambler’s Choice: Competitors must complete as many obstacle as possible within 2 minutes or no score is given. Competitors are judged on horsemanship skills. This class may be divided into Level 1 & Level 2 depending on entries but will only require one entry fee (for 2019 only).


  • PeeWee Classes– Leaders are optional as long as safety is not compromised (Adult Handler must be in ring at this time even if not leading). All riders being led must have a separate halter and leadline. The rider must have the reins from the bridle. Children’s feet must be in the stirrups. It will be a timed competition.
  • Dummy Breakaway Roping Classes: $5 entry fee for this class. This is a timed event and the prize money will be divided among the participants. There will be some helpful tips and instructions available ringside.


Dundas Rodeo August 29, 1pm (Lower Ring)

 Peewee, Youth, and Adult Games. Level 1 & 2 Trail Champions.


  1. Lead Line
  2. Level One – In Hand
  3. Level One – Youth
  4. Level One – Adult
  5. Level Two Classes to be determined (no entry fee)
  6. Gambler’s Choice – Level 1 – In Hand
  7. Gambler’s Choice – Level 1 – Youth
  8. Gambler’s Choice – Level 1 – Adult
  9. Gambler’s Choice – Level 2 Classes to be determined (no entry fee)


  1. Peewee Barrels
  2. Youth Barrels
  3. Peewee Poles
  4. Youth Poles
  5. Peewee Down & Back
  6. Youth Down & Back
  7. Peewee Toonie Race
  8. Youth Toonie Race
  9. Youth Breakaway Dummy Roping ($5 Entry Fee)
  10. Adult Barrels
  11. Adult Poles
  12. Adult Down & Back
  13. Adult Toonie Race
  14. Adult Breakaway Dummy Roping ($5 Entry Fee)