Extra Credit Should Be Given If...

Entry Number is shown on saddle blanket or on rider's back.

A comment line that says where the horse is in the pattern

Model cuts in extremely close to barrel

Model exhibits flexion, tork or supple body bends around barrels.

Points Should be Deducted If...

Rider uses nub spurs forward of the cinch.

Loss of hat

Set-Up Options

Arena Fencing Required:
Indoor or Outdoor Arena
Types of Fencing Allowed
Painted or Natural

Post and Rail

Post and Plank

Chain Link

Solid Plyboard

Plyboard with Top Rail

Post with Drape Rope

Stock Tube Pipe Rail

Interior Arena Wall

Footing Required:


No grass base

No rock base

Backboard or Natural Setting:


English Games Non Speed - Non Timed Game

IMEHA Definition of a Non Timed Event is as follows:
Some Non-speed games are won by having the most items in a bucket, or by scoring the most goals, or (if egg and spoon or dollar) by being the last to have an egg in their spoon or dollar under their thigh, etc. There are many NON-SPEED/NON-TIMED type games that do not involve crossing a finish line Speed is not involved. Most of these games are about finesse.

Tricky part about these games are that English horses are ridden with both hands. So if you use a doll rider you must set up your entry to use them performing the task part of the game with enough realism as to being able to get that second hand back on the rein after the task is completed.

These are a few examples of Engliah Other Gymkhana Non Speed - Non Timed Games. This games are not timed. There are many others that you may use. Just be sure to add a comment line with description of the activity and any reference links if you have one.

Bareback Dollar Bill or Sit A Buck:
Riders ride without a saddle and sitting on a dollar bill throughout a rail class called by a judge. Usual gaits are the same as English Bareback Equitation classes. Riders with a dollar bill under them when the line up is called in are the ones placed. Judged on equitation and rather or not they kept their seats long enough to hold the dollar bill in place. Rider normally get to keep the dollar as an award along with ribbon of placement based on equitation.

Champagne Glass:
Riders are given a champagne glass filled with fluid. After all the gaits have been performed, the entrant with the most fluid in their glass wins. A different version is when all entrants line up and cross the arena at one specified gait, and the entrant with the most fluid in their glass wins. Uusally seen on saddle seat or country pleasure entries

Cowboy or Push Polo: In Cowboy Polo riders use a mallet like in polo. In Push Polo riders try to get their horses to push the ball through the cone goals. Team that scores the most goals within set time win.

Egg & Spoon:
Riders are given an egg and large soup spoon. The entrants would be asked to move around the arena at various gaits, such as walk, jog, lope, back, until only one entrant is left with the egg in their spoon.

Ribbon Pairs:
Two riders walk, trot, and canter holding a ribbon between them. The last pair holding the ribbon wins. "Simon" gives equitation commands and the riders must do it immediately. A top judge asks for the hard ones like, 'perform a 180 degree turn away from rail on the forequarter.' Or, 'Turn horse in toward center of arena go 6 strides and then back 6 strides and turn reverse direction on rail.' Announcer or judge who is calling commands must speak clearly and quickly. Riders are asked to come to enter of ring when they have not performed the last command correctly. The last rider on rail remaining wins.

Soda Pop Challenge:
Riders carry a glass of soda pop on their horse. As the competition moves on, you walk, trot, and even canter. When the time is up, the riders with the most soda in their cups win. winners usually win a six pack of soda as a prize.

Examples of English Games Non Speed - Non Timed Game :
Photo Credit:

Datelis Amadeus owned as a Grey Arabian Stallion and is a King's Ransom. Shown by Betty Hook with the comment: Dollar Bill Race.

Photo Credit:

Bobby Breakaway shown as a Bay Hanoverian Gelding and is a CM Breyer Show Jumper. Shown by Andrea Robbins with the comment: Entrant is participating in an Egg and Spoon Challenge. This version of the game is not a race. Riders are given an egg to balance on a spoon. The participants are asked to walk, trot and canter around the ring. If the egg is dropped, the rider goes to the center of ring. The last rider with the egg in spoon without thumb or body part touching the egg, wins! Entrant is proceeding at a canter as instructed by the ringmaster. Her egg is still balanced on her spoon. But many other eggs have fallen and broken beneath her !

Required Tack:
English Gymkhana Tack

Hunt Seat Tack:
Bridles – English snaffle (no shank), Pelham (with two or four reins), Kimberwicke and/or full bridle with plain brow bands are required.
Saddles – English or forward seat skirted hunting saddles must be used. They may have suede and/or suede insert on skirt and either cloth or leather lining. Girth may be leather, web, cord or linen. Hunting Breastplate is optional.

Saddle Seat:
Bridles – Full bridles preferred. Weymouth, Kimberwicke or Pelham bits are acceptable when used with double reins.
Saddles – English flat saddles are required. Saddles may be of show, cut back, or Park type. Forward seat, flat saddles with knee rolls, and western saddles are prohibited.

Leg protection commonly seen.

English Attire
Hunt Seat Attire:
A. Riders must wear boots, breeches, coat, and hunt cap
B. A hunt hardhat cap or a hardhat derby is acceptable. All colors are acceptable with preference for traditional conservative colors. Hunt caps or helmets for children.
C. Coats acceptable but Gymkhana is less strict and shortsleeve or cross country style clothing is allowed.
D. High English boots or jodhpurs and jodhpur or paddock boots
E. Long or short sleeve shirts with ties or chokers are preferred. Choker pins are acceptable.
F. Gloves are optional.

Saddle Seat Attire:
Formal or informal saddle suits are acceptable but rider may ride without the coat. Ties and gloves are optional.
A. Informal—Conservative solid colors are acceptable. Solid colors include: black, blue, gray, green, beige or brown with matching jodhpurs (white jacket in season) and derby or soft hat.
B. Formal—Solid colors are: dark gray, dark brown, dark blue, or black tuxedo-type jacket with collar and lapels of the same color, top hat, jodhpurs to match and gloves or dark colored riding habit and accessories. All colors acceptable, but preference is for traditional, conservative colors.

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