Adult Program

Trainers Ages 19+ years old, 2-3 year old mustangs

The Competition

Adults & their mustangs will be competing in 4 categories; Body Conditioning, Showmanship, in-hand trail and riding.

Body Conditioning

Body ConditioningBody Conditioning is judged on the overall condition of the Mustang.  Horses are not faulted for conformation flaws, etc.  Your mustang can be shown either with natural characteristics (feathers, long mane, etc) or clipped.  Horses should be clean and well groomed.  We use the Henneke Horse Body Conditioning score chart; ideal weight occurs between a 4 and 6 on the scale of 1-10.  Trainers will be given a score card on pick up day to give them an idea of where they need to get their Mustang.


ShowmanshipShowmanship classes are not conformation, model, or grooming classes, although grooming is certainly part of the judging criteria. This is a performance class with emphasis to be placed on the exhibitor’s ability to showcase their progress with their yearling.  The class was designed to permit competitive evaluation of an exhibitor’s ability to train, groom and present their mustang for inspection by a judge. This will require a combination of safety, close adherence to a few basic rules (4-H Rules apply) and a quiet, effective manner.

In-Hand Trail

In Hand TrailThis class is an in-hand test of horse control and of the handler’s ability to guide the horse safely through a series of obstacles. Emphasis is placed on safety, the horse’s manners and response to the handler, and the quality of the movement. The trainer should be poised, confident, and courteous and should display safe and quiet techniques in handling the horse. Trainers may be asked to move on at the judge’s discretion or after three refusals. At the completion of the last obstacle the trainer will then be granted a 2-minute freestyle time to showcase additional training maneuvers of the trainers choice.

Adult Riding Division

Riding Pattern – In this class, trainers will ride their mustangs through a set of pattern of maneuver. Trainer are allowed to ride in the discipline of choosing (Western, English or other). This will be a test of trainer’s ability to control the horse on a loose rein while skillfully completing each move smoothly. This will also highlight the horse’s ability to respond to the trainer and complete each move quietly without faults.