Western Show Class Categories

Classes in WES shows are categorised into the following groups

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Little Britches Aged under 10 year old. May use English or Western tack. No points.
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Youth All Ages Western tack only. Horses ridden two handed in a snaffle bit or hackamore or one handed in a curb bit. Points awarded in corresponding to aged categories.
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Open All competitors. Horses ridden in a curb bit. Junior horses (aged 3 to 5 years inclusive) may be ridden two handed in a snaffle bit or hackamore.
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Novice Horse A horse that has not gained 48 novice horse points or more or 36 intermediate horse points on the 1st January of the current year. Horses any age ridden two handed in a snaffle bit or hackamore or one handed in a curb bit.
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Youth 13 and Under Youth 13 & under – Western tack, but may use English Saddle (i.e. Western Bridle and English saddle) Horses ridden two handed in a snaffle bit or hackamore or one handed in a curb bit. Points awarded.
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Novice Rider A member who has not gained 48 novice rider points or more on January 1st of the current year. Must hold a valid WES amateur card. Horses any age ridden two handed in a snaffle bit or hackamore or one handed in a curb bit.
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Intermediate Horse A horse that has not gained 48 intermediate horse points or more on the 1st January of the current year. Horses any age ridden two handed in a snaffle bit or hackamore or one handed in a curb bit.
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Youth 14 - 18 Western tack only. Horses ridden two handed in a snaffle bit or hackamore or one handed in a curb bit. Points awarded.
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Amateur All Competitors must hold a valid WES amateur card. Horses ridden in a curb bit. Junior horses (aged 3 to 5 years inclusive) may be ridden Two handed in a snaffle bit or hackamore.
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Walk / Jog Open to Novice (horse or rider) and all Youth categories. Horses any age ridden two handed in a snaffle bit or hackamore or one handed in a curb bit. No points will be awarded.

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