64th Annual Highland County Fair Horse Show
Saturday, August 27, 2016
10 a.m.
(Weekend Prior to the Fair)

Judge ............................. John Kessinger
Ring Steward ................ Lola Sestrap
Day of Show ‘Ring Conditions’:
Gary Crigler ................. 540-468-2543
Show Information -
Debbie Trible .............. 540-292-0195
Classes Begin At 10:00AM
1. Novice Hunter – Cross Rails Pattern to be posted.
2. Hunter over Fences: 2’3” Pattern to be posted.
3. Hunter over Fences: 2’6” Pattern to be posted.
4. Working Hunter: 2’9” Pattern to be posted
5. Working Hunter: 3” Pattern to be posted
6. Hunter Hack – Jump two fences set at 18”, then work on the rail (walk, trot, and canter) at
the judge’s discretion. Pattern to be posted.
7. Knock Down And Out – Single fence judged. Knock down or single refusal results in
elimination (non-judged warm up fence available in ring). After each round, the fence will be
raised. Equines &/or riders may only enter once. The last remaining horse & rider to
successfully clear the jump is the winner. Final tie broken via jump-off. Fence height begins at
2’6.
Prize: $100 winner takes all! Sponsored by Melissa Ann Dowd Attorney at Law
LUNCH BREAK (1 hour)
After jumps are removed, the ring to be open for ½ hour for schooling
Highland County Humane Society Cake Walk at the end of Break
8. Youth Showmanship (English or Western) – Ages 18 & under. Pattern to be posted.
Prizes sponsored by Highland County Humane Society
9. Tot Leadline – Children 6 & under, riding an appropriate mount, led by an adult. May cross
enter in classes 10 & 29. No entry fee. Ribbons to all. No payback.
10. Beginner Youth (English or Western) – Ages 12 and under. To be shown at a walk only. No
cross entry to any lope/canter classes. Prizes sponsored by Highland County SPCA.
11. Open Stock Horse – Pattern to be posted.
12. Junior Rider (English, Gaited, or Western) – Ages 12 & under. To be shown at a walk and
pleasure gait (easy gait, jog, or trot). No lope.
13. Gaited All Day: English – To be shown at a walk and pleasure gait.
14. Speed Barrel – Horses must enter and exit ring at a flat walk.
15. Junior Speed Barrel – Ages 14 & under. May cross enter in Speed Barrel. Horses must
enter and exit ring at a flat walk.
16. Gaited All Day: Western – To be shown at a walk and pleasure gait.
17. All Day: English – To be shown at a walk and trot.
18. Cloverleaf Barrels – All ages. Horses to enter and exit ring at a flat walk.
19. All Day: Western – To be shown at a walk and jog.
20. Plantation Type (English) – Head nodding Plantation type horse. To be shown flat shod, at
the walk and plantation gait. No cross entry in Trail Racking Class.
21. Open Western Pleasure – To be shown at the walk, jog, and lope.
22. 4-H &/or Pony Club All Day (English or Western) – To be shown at a walk and all day gait
(easy gait, jog, or trot). Proof of membership & approved ASTM/SEI certified helmet required.
Prizes sponsored by Sullystone Stables
23. Highland County All Day (English, Gaited, & Western) – To be shown at a walk and pleasure
gait. Owner or rider must be a current or former resident of Highland County.
24. Open Non-Gaited Go-As-You Please (English or Western) – To be shown at a walk and jog
or trot.
25. Open Gaited Go-As-You Please (English or Western) – To be shown at a walk and pleasure
gait.
26. Hunt Seat Pleasure – To be shown at a walk, trot, and canter.
27. Ribbon Race – Horses must walk in/out out of ring. Timed event. Two ribbons, one money.
28. Beginner Under 18 (English or Western) – To be shown at a walk & pleasure gait. No cross
entry to any lope/canter classes.
29. Young People’s Horsemanship (English) – Ages 18 & under. To be shown at a walk, trot,
and canter. Pebbles Trophy sponsored by Bobbie Hefner
30. Trail Racking Type (English) – Racking type horse (no head nod). To be shown flat shod, at
the walk and trail rack. No cross entry in Plantation Type class.
31. Pole Bending – Horses must enter and exit ring at a flat walk
32. Junior Pole Bending – Ages 14 & under. May cross enter in Pole Bending. Horses to enter
and exit ring at a flat walk.
33. Family Class – Open to two or more members of one family. To be shown at a walk and
pleasure gait (easy gait, trot, or jog). Judge to give special consideration to manners &
suitability of mounts. Riders to perform side by side. One entry: one ribbon: one money.
34. Young People’s Horsemanship (Western) – Ages 18 & under. To be shown at a walk, jog,
and lope. Rebel Trophy sponsored by Dorothy Stephenson and Crysta Stephenson
35. Ranch Horse Under Saddle – To be shown at a walk, jog, extended jog, lope, halt, & back.
Horses must move freely forward with a natural head position and natural gaits. Working tack
in good condition – no excessive silver. Tie in tails and/or extensions are not allowed.
36. Keyhole – Horses to enter and exit ring at a flat walk
37. Open Pair – To be shown at a walk and pleasure gait (easy gait, trot, or jog). Matching attire
preferable. Two ribbons, one money.
38. Costume Class – Horses may be ridden or led, with or without a rider. Judged on originality
and best depiction of theme or character. Sponsored by Lexi Small in memory of her pony
Bailey.
39. Junior Trail Class (English or Western) – Ages 14 & under. Pattern to be posted. Maximum
of 3 attempts per obstacle.
40. Open Trail Class (English or Western) – Pattern to be posted. Maximum of 3 attempts per
obstacle.
** ENTRY RULES **
Entry fee: $10 per class unless otherwise noted. All entry fees must be paid at the time of entry.
Gate will be closed one minute after the class is announced. Missed gate call forfeits entry fee.
Scratches must occur 2 classes prior for refund.
All refund requests must be handled at the show. No refunds will be mailed.
Paybacks: 1st – $40, 2nd – $20, 3rd – $10, 4th – $5, unless otherwise noted. When there is only
one entry in a class, 2nd place money will be awarded. Family/Pairs/Team classes one payback.
Ribbons: 1st – 5th, except where noted.
Age: Based upon participant’s age on the day of the show.
Dogs: Must be on leash and remain in the parking area. No dogs permitted on the fairgrounds.
Coggins: Current (12 months) negative coggins to be presented at gate and entry booth.
Equine Activity Liability Waver must be signed by all participants and/or guardian.
Games Classes: Horses must enter & exit the ring at the walk. The gate shall be closed after
each exhibitor.
Helmets are encouraged for all mounted individuals and mandatory over fences and 4-H
classes.
Gaited horses are welcome in over fences classes.
If we have more than 15 riders in a canter class only ½ will canter at a time.
Equines, exhibitors, &/or visitors engaged in inappropriate behavior will be excused from the
ring and fair grounds.
Exhibitors are responsible for only entering classes suited to themselves and their mounts.
The Horse Show Committee reserves the right to combine or cancel any/all classes.
Judge’s decision is final.
All jump courses, distances, and placement of fences are set by the Jump Course Manager.
Horses are not permitted above the horse show ring on the carnival grounds.
No alcohol is permitted on the fairground property.
Please enter the fairgrounds from US 220 - Jackson River Road.
Conditions permitting, schooling in ring Friday 8/28 from 3 – 6 PM and Saturday from 8 - 9:40AM.
All entries shall conform to the Federal Horse Protection Act.
Food will be available for purchase on the fair grounds.
All participants and spectators assume the risk of injury associated with equine activities
while on the fair

Fair Horse Show Past Chairmen

1952 - 1954        Terry Hicks
1955        Leonard Bratton
1956        Wayne Schooler
1957 - 1958        Leonard Bratton
1959        Terry Hicks
1960 - 1961        Leonard Bratton
1962 - 1967        J.F. Varner
1968 - 1971        Mack Ratcliffe
1972 - 1976        Gene Hammer
1977 - 1978        Karen Lohr
1979 - 1982        Elizabeth “Bobbie” Swecker
1983 - 1987        Richard Waybright
1988 - 1990        Gary Crigler
1991 - 1992        Georgeanne Armstrong
1993 - 2002        Richard Waybright
2003 - 2015        Holmes Stephenson
Photo Credit: Kathy Cobb Photography
Entry cards and other forms are available at the show
or may be printed ahead from our web site:
www.HighlandCountyFairVA.com
You may preregister by E-mailing entries to: rocking@mgwnet.com or calling
Georgeanne (540) 396-6144 before August 25.
DISCLAIMER:
Neither the Highland County Fair Association, Inc. or the Horse Show Committee
is responsible for any injury to any animal or person at the show.