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Mustang Heritage Foundation Open E-Show

Welcome to the Mustang Heritage Foundation Open E-Shows, hosted by the American Paint Horse Association! Just film your performance based on the outlined criteria, submit your video, and the judges will take it from there.

Classes

Entries will be open May 20 and close June 1 at 5 p.m. CDT

MHF Open E-Show Judge: Dennis Cappel

Dennis Cappel is an accomplished Trainer, Farrier, and Author with extensive experience in Mustang Makeovers. He was a 2017 EMM Top 10 Finisher in Fort Worth Texas, 2016 EMM Reserve Champion in Sedalia Missouri, and 2015 EMM Champion in St Louis. He also holds numerous titles in Colt Starting and Ranch Horse competition. Dennis’ specialty is helping students to achieve their desired results by creating a pure connection between rider and horse through the use of a Clear Mental Picture. Dennis offers a variety of training programs that allow riders to learn to use their thinking to benefit their riding and achieve their goals. For more information, reach out to Dennis at www.denniscappel.com He will be glad to hear from you.

 

 

When you enter the E-Show:

  1. Animal Eligibility: All BLM-branded mustangs & burros, including in-training, in-foster care, owned or adopted (any age) are eligible to compete.  Mustangs and Burros must have a BLM freeze mark.  Burros are only eligible for the In-Hand division.
  2. Competitor Eligibility: Anyone 8 years old or older at time of entry deadline is eligible to compete.  Adopters/owners do not have to exhibit their horse(s). Exhibitors must hold a current membership with the Mustang Heritage Foundation.  Membership applications can be found online at www.MustangHeritageFoundation.org.
  3. Once you have selected your division (In-Hand, WT, or WTL), you will be able to enter one horse or burro into each class for an entry fee of $15/ class.
  4. All classes will be held virtually – the entered trainer is responsible for filming each class in accordance with the pattern instructions provided on the website. All competitors will have between May 20 and June 1 to upload the recorded class run to the entry form.

To get started, take a look at our classes below. Decide which division you will enter, download the pattern or video specifications, practice and videotape your go, then return here to submit your entry form and videos. Judge(s) will review and score the submitted videos following the June 1 deadline. MHF will announce the class results and overall division winners, all results can be found on the Open Show website and below on this page.

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MHF Open E-Show Class Descriptions & Scoring

This class is designed to show an animal’s ability and willingness to perform several tasks that might be asked of him during the course of a normal trail ride or work day.  In-Hand exhibitors will be asked to lead their animal only, Walk Trot exhibitors will be asked to lead and ride at a walk and trot, and Walk, Trot, Lope/Canter exhibitors will be asked to lead and ride at a walk, trot, and lope/canter through a course of obstacles and maneuvers in the arena.

Leading elements obstacles/maneuvers may include but are not limited to:

  • Walk, trot, stop and back
  • Walk over logs/poles
  • Walk/trot between cones/obstacles
  • Maneuver forward and/or reverse through a simple chute
  • Pick up all four feet
  • Brush horse once on each side
  • Load and unload from stock trailer

Riding obstacles/maneuvers may include but are not limited to:

  • Walk, trot, canter/lope, stop and back
  • Turns and circles to the left and right
  • Walk over logs/poles
  • Lead change
  • Walk over bridge
  • Maneuver forward and/or reverse through a simple chute
  • Pick up and carry object
  • Dragging items specified length

*Additional elements may be added such as brush, artificial foliage, rain slickers, etc.

Exhibitors will be asked to complete a pattern of basic maneuvers that may include but are not limited to:

  • Jog
  • Extended Jog
  • Lope
  • Extended Lope
  • Lead Change (simple or flying)
  • Stop
  • 360 turns to right and left
  • Walk

*In-Hand and Walk Trot exhibitors will not be asked to lope or complete lead changes.

Finalists will be scored on the following:

Overall Horsemanship:

  • Communication/partnership between horse and rider and the horse’s overall willingness to perform and execute maneuvers correctly in a controlled, relaxed and confident manner.
  • Incorporation of maneuvers and their degree of difficult. These maneuvers would include but are not limited to:  sidepass, two tracking either direction, pulling or dragging, serpentines, rollbacks, lead changes, circles with variance in size and speed, stops, etc.

Entertainment Value:

  • Components of Choreography – the composition and arrangement of the exhibition in relation to the music and its rhythm.
  • Creativity – the use of themes, maneuvers, costumes, and/or props to enhance the performance and overall originality.

 

  1. Props of pyrotechnic nature including fireworks, flares, firecrackers, rings of fire, etc. are not allowed and will result in disqualification.
  2. All props must be freestanding. Nothing may be driven into the ground or secured to the wall, fence, or ceiling (i.e. rebar, stakes, etc.), and doing so will result in a no score for the freestyle.
  3. Exhibitors will have 3 minutes to complete their freestyle performance – music and time will need start when competitors or their horse/burro enters the arena (whichever comes first).
  4. Live “voice-overs” and/or commentary from the exhibitor and/or exhibitor representative are not allowed during the performance and will result in disqualification.
  5. Music is a required component of the freestyle class – it is the competitors responsibility to play their freestyle music during the performance.
  6. Other animals (dogs, additional horses, cattle, etc.) will NOT be allowed in the arena during the freestyle class for any reason and will result in disqualification.
  7. Other people (including children) will NOT be allowed in the arena during the freestyle class for any reason other than to drive a vehicle to be used during the performance. If someone other than the exhibitor is driving a vehicle in the performance none of the occupants of the vehicle will be allowed to exit the vehicle while in the arena and the windows must be rolled up at all times (the vehicle, if driven by someone other than the exhibitor, must be closed-cab; gators, golf carts, ATV’s, etc. will not be allowed and will result in disqualification). Other people are NOT allowed to act as props, ride or come in contact with the horse at any point during the performance and will result in disqualification.  Other people may hand props to the exhibitor from outside the arena.
  8. Mustangs or Burros are not allowed to trot or lope onto or into any moving or covered vehicles/trailers/props of any kind and will result in disqualification.
  9. Mustangs or Burros are not allowed to trot or lope through any moving vehicles/trailers/props of any kind and will result in disqualification.
  10. During the performance, once the horse’s feet leave the arena floor (i.e. if the horse gets on top of a trailer, vehicle or any other obstacle) the exhibitor must either dismount or remain seated on the horse. The exhibitor is NOT allowed to stand, kneel, etc. on top of a horse that does not have all four feet on the arena floor and doing so will result in disqualification.
  11. Exhibitors must wear appropriate footwear during the freestyle performance – bare feet are not allowed and will result in disqualification.
  12. Judges and/or MHF staff may stop any performance deemed unsafe, dangerous or otherwise inappropriate.
  13. All items/props are subject to final review and approval by MHF staff.

MHF Open E-Show Rules

  1. Mustangs or Burros may be exhibited in English, Western or other appropriate equine styles and equipment. Exhibitors are asked to wear appropriate attire and head gear, which reflects the style of their riding.  Silver on your saddles or sequins on your shirts will not earn you any extra points.
  2. ILLEGAL equipment that will result in automatic disqualification from the class in which equipment was used in (regardless of discipline) includes: bits with mouthpieces smaller than 5/16″ and/or consisting of non-smooth material (such as twisted material), and bosals made of anything but rawhide, leather or rope with a flexible core (no metal of any kind). Use of any bit or equipment determined severe by the judges will not be allowed and will result in disqualification from the class in which it was used.
    • The judge or steward may prohibit the use of any bit or equipment they consider inhumane or would tend to give a horse/rider an unfair advantage. National Snaffle Bit Association and American Quarter Horse Association rules are resources for preferred equipment including the diameter of mouthpieces, length of shanks and use of curb straps or chains.
  1. Mustangs may be shown with two hands in a snaffle bit or bosal.  Showing a Mustang with two hands when using a curb or shank-type bit is strongly discouraged during any point of the competition (including the finals) and will result in an automatic 10 point deduction from each judge off the overall class score.
  2. Training aides (whips, sticks, treats, the tail end of lead rope, etc.) will not be restricted, although trainers should realize that horses shown with the use of training aides will be judged accordingly. Any excessive use of a training aid (including striking the horse) will result in an automatic 10 point deduction from each judge off the overall class score.
  3. Excessive spurring or jerking on the reins or lead line during the competition will result in an automatic 10 point deduction from each judge off the overall class score.
  1. No person shall alter, change or attempt to hide the natural marking and/or rubbed or raw skin of a horse by surgery, dye, powder or in any other manner. Exhibitors may clip/trim horses, or leave mane, tail, ears, muzzle and fetlocks natural. Use of false tails or extensions on the mane or tail are prohibited during the preliminary competition and will result in an automatic 10 point deduction from each judge off the overall class score.  Costume-related tail/mane decorations will be allowed during the finals freestyle performance.  Alteration of tail function (tail blocking, dead tails, etc.) is prohibited at any and all points during the competition and will result in disqualification.
  2. Drugs: No person shall administer drugs internally or externally to a Mustang or Burro, either before or during the Mustang Open competition.  Any medication, drug, mechanical device or artificial appliance, which is of such character as, could affect or enhance the Mustang or Burro’s performance or appearance at the event is prohibited.  If a Mustang or Burro is receiving medication for therapeutic purposes, the exhibitor must submit a letter from their veterinarian to The Mustang Open event manager as to the reason for the medication and the prescribed amount.  In regard to herbal/natural supplements, trainers are cautioned against the use of medicinal preparations, tonics, pastes and products of any kind, the ingredients and quantitative analysis of which are not specifically known, as many of them may contain a forbidden substance.
  3. In case of ties, a tiebreaker judge will be used. The tiebreaker judge will be appointed prior to the start of the event.

Regulations

Participation in this event is by invitation only; therefore the Mustang Heritage Foundation Board of Trustees has the unqualified right to determine eligibility and can, at any time, remove an applicant or contestant from a Mustang Heritage Foundation program and/or competition for any reason or for no reason.

 

  1. All exhibitors must complete the entry form online and submit it with entry fees by May 20th. Entry forms can be found online at mustangheritagefoundation.org/openshow/.  MHF is not responsible for any lost/misdirected entries.  Entry fees are non-refundable.
  2. Exhibitors must be 8 years of age or older at time of competition.
  3. Exhibitors must hold a current membership with the Mustang Heritage Foundation. Membership applications can be found online at www.MustangHeritageFoundation.org.  The membership fee is $35 annually and supports Mustang adoption and awareness and provides a membership card, a member’s only bumper sticker and event ticket and merchandise discounts.
  4. Exhibitor substitutions will be allowed up to the late entry deadline. Animal may be shown by one exhibitor per division.
  5. Paid entries are given priority and entries are accepted on a first come first serve basis.
  6. BLM and MHF employees (full or part-time) and their immediate family are not eligible to compete.
  7. Any exhibitor may be removed from the competition at any time if found to have any alleged history of cruelty to animals or humans. Removal of any exhibitor from the competition is at the discretion of the Mustang Heritage Foundation’s Board of Trustees.
  8. The Mustang Heritage Foundation Board of Trustees may at any time conduct a criminal background check on exhibitors or remove any exhibitor from the process for any reason or for no reason.
  9. Mustang and Burro training must be humane and compassionate. “Least resistance” techniques are encouraged.  At all times, the humane care and best interest of the horse are paramount.  For The Mustang Open competitions, the adopter/owner is responsible for the well-being and humane treatment of any Mustang or Burro entrusted to their care.  Any suspected inhumane treatment of animals should be reported to management immediately with potential consequences as outlined in our Humane Treatment Policy.
  10. Winners will be announced via email and social media on Tuesday, June 2nd.
  11. Conduct: Conduct shall be orderly, responsible, sportsmanlike and humane in the treatment of Mustangs and Burros, such as to promote the implementation of the event and fair competition. This includes, but is not limited to: conduct while trainers have Mustangs and Burros in their possession; conduct on the video; conduct while exhibitors are wearing Extreme Mustang Makeover logo wear off the show grounds; and includes the conduct of individuals traveling with exhibitors, spectators or event managers and all other persons being present on show grounds. Any alleged unsportsmanlike or irresponsible conduct or any form of misconduct, such as illegal, indecent or profane, and inhumane treatment of horses are prohibited and shall be grounds for the disciplinary action against offending individuals. Further, event management may immediately expel offenders from the competition in order to preserve the decorum of the show.
  12. Mustang Heritage Foundation Humane Treatment Policy

Every Mustang and all animals shall, at all times, be treated humanely and with dignity, respect and compassion. Any participant using abusive or excessive training techniques or being inhumane to a Mustang or Burro in his/her care (determined excessive or abusive by a panel assigned by the Mustang Heritage Foundation and consisting of a panel of licensed equine veterinarian(s) and/or respected horse industry professionals) may be removed from the contest and/or all future contests and training programs. If a participant’s horse enters the contest or if the trainer/participant at any time presents a horse with questionable training/care related injuries (determined excessive or abusive by a panel assigned by the Mustang Heritage Foundation and consisting of a panel of licensed equine veterinarian(s) and/or respected horse industry professionals) the participant may be removed from the contest and/or all future contests and training programs. This policy is in addition to our event rules which are stated above.  All exhibitors must agree to, sign and return the Humane Treatment Policy included in the entry form. The following list, while in no way exhaustive, includes examples of unacceptable behavior and training techniques:

  • No horse which appears to be emaciated, drawn or injured may be exhibited.
  • Use of inhumane training techniques or methods such as striking horse with objects, excessive spurring and/or excessive jerking of reins.
  •  Any inhumane treatment which results in wounds.

Awards

  1. Each class (trail, pattern, and freestyle) will award vouchers to the highest scoring competitors for 1st-3rd
  2. All around buckles will be presented in each division (In-Hand, Walk-Trot, Walk-Trot-Lope).
  3. The highest placing Burro exhibitor will receive a buckle.
  4. Points are accumulated by each exhibitor/animal combo.
  5. Each placing will accumulate points toward the overall awards.

 

Results

Click on each results entry to view their video.

All Around In-Hand Exhibitor: 

In-Hand Trail Class

1st

2nd

3rd

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In-Hand Pattern Class

1st

2nd

3rd

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In-Hand Freestyle Class

1st

2nd

3rd

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All Around Walk/Trot Exhibitor: 

Walk/Trot Trail Class

1st

2nd

3rd

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Walk/Trot Pattern Class

1st

2nd

3rd

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Walk/Trot Freestyle Class

1st

2nd

3rd

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All Around Walk, Trot, Lope/Canter Exhibitor: 

Walk, Trot, Lope/Canter Trail Class

1st

2nd

3rd

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Walk, Trot, Lope/Canter Pattern Class

1st

2nd

3rd

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Walk, Trot, Lope/Canter Freestyle Class

1st

2nd

3rd

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Contact Us

For questions or to learn more about Mustang Heritage Foundation events, visit mustangheritagefoundation.org or call 512-869-3225