General Rules

  • Section I - Judges Decisions are Final
    At all approved Western Horsemen of Oregon shows the decision of the judge is final. Each show shall retain two judges and two timers. They will each receive a portion of the two dollar ($2) per rider fee.

  • Section II - Show Office & Equipment
    Western Horsemen of Oregon is to retain a Show Secretary, Judges and timers at its own shows.

  • Section III - Tack
    Western equipment is to be used. Saddles must have a horn; bridle type is optional (no halters). All tack must be in good working condition.

  • Section IV - Dress Code
    Western boots or equine lacer with sewn-on sole and drop-down heel (minimum of 1/2'”) are required in all events using a saddle except for riders being rescued. While competing, riders must wear neat, clean attire suitable for a family orientated equestrian event. No ripped jeans or shirts, no shorts or cut off pants or tank tops permitted. Long pants are required. Sleeve length is rider’s option. Sweatshirts or jackets are permitted over approved shirts. Western hats are preferred, but baseball caps and visors are permitted as long as they do not contain alcoholic beverage, cigarette, tobacco, or narcotic advertisements or logos, or crude or offensive language or innuendos. All clothing, hats, and equipment are subject to Judges Approval. Judges have the right to inspect clothing or equipment at any time. Judges must give a mandatory warning prior to disqualifying any rider for improper attire or equipment. The Judges call is then not contestable. This rule on attire applies to all shows except Interstate. Interstate requires clearly identifiable western wear and baseball caps, visors, and similar are prohibited. The Beat Washington Meet shall require western wear or polo shirts. Western wear or polo shirts may be designated by show secretary, must be clearly identified on entry form and posted at show office.

  • Section V - Whips
    Bats, spurs, and over-and-unders shall be open to inspection by Judges. Should these properties be found to be abusive by nature (such as pronged, weighted or cutting), they shall be banned from use. No warnings shall be required. Decision of the Judge is final.

  • Section VI - State of Animal
    Horses entered in a questionable state may be subject to inspection by a team of two or more judges. If the judges deem the horse unfit for use, the horse may be barred from competition at said show.

  • Section VII - Classes
    Horse may be entered only once in each class; Jr., Sr., A, B, C, and D considered separate classes. Rider may ride more than once in individual events only. Rider may not enter an event after it has started (A, B, C, & D being one event). Rider may not add a class after event has started, rider first entering for the day may do so, i.e., person arriving to run C and D barrels after event has started, can do so. A rider or horse may only appear once in two- & four-man events. All entries shall be paid before rider enters arena for first class. Times will not count until entries are paid.

  • Section VIII - Entry Fees
    Pre-entries will be a maximum of $2.70 per event and late entries will be maximum of $3.00 per event, with the extra monies going to show office. This is not a mandatory charge and must be posted prior on the show sheet.

  • Section IX - Judges and Timers
    Two timers must be at the finish line and not less than one qualified judge (two recommended) shall be provided for each group or rider to be judged. The time of the first timer (electric timer recommended) shall be official unless he/she fails in getting the exact start or in the event of a watch failure; in which case, the second timers’ reading shall be official. Back-up timers to an electric timer must be a card-carrying timer. Judge is to watch for infractions of the rules. When judge is in doubt, the benefit goes to the rider. At an approved show, only judges and timers carrying current cards may officiate. When times are recorded they shall be recorded using the third digit to be read in the thousands. If the electric timer fails and the backup time is used the last digit will be a zero.

  • Section X - Time
    Time shall be taken when the horse crosses the line both at the start and finish. In pair events, time shall be taken on the first horse to cross the line.

  • Section XI - Bareback Relay/Rescue
    There will be a white line at the start of Bareback Relay and mounting line for Rescue Race. All other starting lines will be assumed.

  • Section XII - Tied Together
    In no event will horses be allowed to be tied together.

  • Section XIII - Starting Poles
    In all events (except barrels) two poles spaced thirty (30) feet apart shall designate the length of the start and finish line, and a horse must pass between these poles at the start and finish or be considered off course. Starting poles for Barrels is to be sixty (60) feet apart.

  • Section XIV - Measuring the Course
    When the course is measured, the measurement shall be taken from the center of the barrels, poles, containers or other properties. Properties location will be marked with a lime dot. Barrels may be marked with a stake and rope at center of barrel. A course may be moved for safety reasons and riders shall choose to either rerun or keep their original run. If a course is more than 8 inches short or long, it shall be reset and all riders must rerun.

  • Section XV - Ties
    If jackpot, money will be split. If trophies, ribbons or other awards, riders must flip for placing. Points will be split. When tied for High Point, go to the most 1st places; if still tied, most 2nd places, etc.

  • Section XVI - Mounted
    Riders shall be considered mounted with the knee over the centerline on the horse’s back. In events where mounting is required, rider must be mounted when crossing the finish line.

  • Section XVII - Running Two Lines
    When two lines are run, riders must take the first available line.

  • Section XVIII - Re-rides
    In the event of interference, a re-ride shall be at the discretion of the official judge or judges, with all re-rides to be run after the last rider in that event has completed the course. No re-rides will be permitted for the following: falling horse, broken equipment or improperly re-set equipment. On any re-rides granted for failure of all timing devices, five second penalties received on the first run, if completed, shall carry over on the second run and no additional five second penalties may be incurred. A re-ride has to be a qualified run in order to count. Rider must run on same side as original run to be a qualified re-ride.

  • Section XIX - Ground Rules
    Must be printed on the program and called to the attention of all contestants by the announcer and posted in a conspicuous place. Show committees must not amend or substitute established general rules, penalties or disqualifications.

  • Section XX - Equipment
    Refer to Equipment specifications for rules concerning equipment.

  • Section XXI - Pee Wees
    Pee Wee riders must be 10 years and under, as of August 1, and may ride any horse. It will be up to each show chairman to offer Pee Wee classes at a show. Pee Wees can be accompanied by an adult without penalty as long as qualified run is completed. Flag events and two- or four-man team events are not allowed in Pee Wee classes. Pee Wee riders must have ridden in at least three (3) WHO approved shows, of that year, in order to qualify to ride at the Beat Washington Meet. Pee Wee times shall count towards classification. No Pee Wee under the age of 3 will be allowed in the Pee Wee Classes.

  • Section XXII - Advertising
    Newsletter - Advertising space in the newsletter can be bought for the following prices: full page $25, half page $15, quarter page $5, and under 25 words $2.
    Website – For an annual fee of $50, a member may have a link on the WHO website which will link to the advertiser’s web page. (Services must pertain to WHO)

  • Section XXIII - Team Captain
    A “Team Captain” will designate four-man teams. Four-man teams will be entered and times/points tracked based upon the Team Captains. Riders/horses substitutions for four-man team events will no longer be recorded/tracked by point secretaries. At the conclusion of the point year, the Team Captain will notify the point secretaries of the four-riders/horses, which will comprise the team for the purpose of Interstate and annual awards.

  • Section XXIV - Dogs
    All dogs must be kept contained for safety and insurance reasons.

  • Section XXV - Accompanied Riders
    No rider can be accompanied by another person in a classified event without receiving a No Time. (2014)

  • Section XXVI - PSHA
    Patterned Speed Horse Association (PSHA) approved games shows to be included in averages for WHO Times must be submitted by the rider on the approved form to the WHO timeskeeper. Times must be postmarked within 72 hours except for the last weekend, when times must be postmarked within 24 hours. To be accepted, 85 cents per ride must be included and either the show steward or the show chairman must initial the form. Forms will be available on the website. Fees will be paid on every event entered at a rate of 85 cents per ride. Times will not count for WHO records. Any rider competing at the PSHA State Championship show must compete for WA at the OR/WA Interstate show.

  • Section XXVII - WHO Shows
    No WHO show can be changed to a new location after the show has been approved and posted. This must have the majority of the board to move the show. This is the WHO Junior show, the Summer show, and any Princess show that WHO puts on.

  • Section XXVIII - Unattended children
    Children under eight years old are not allowed in the arena without a parent or supervising adult.

Time Breaks

Texas Barrels

A Under 15.000
B 15.000 - 15.759
C 15.760 - 16.509
C Over 16.509


A Under 21.500
B 21.500 - 22.509
C 22.510 - 24.509
C Over 24.509

Flag Race

A Under 8.250
B 8.250 - 9.009
C 9.010 - 9.759
C Over 9.759

Figure Eight

A Under 10.700
B 10.700 - 11.009
C 11.010 - 12.009
C Over 12.009


A Under 7.250
B 7.250 - 7.759
C 7.760 - 8.509
C Over 8.509


A Under 8.750
B 8.750 - 9.509
C 9.510 - 10.259
C Over 10.259

NSCA Flag Race

A Under 8.000
B 8.000 - 8.509
C 8.510 - 9.509
C Over 9.509


A Under 9.400
B 9.400 - 10.009
C 10.010 - 11.009
C Over 11.009


  • Horses shall be classified on the basis of three (3) fastest times since October 1962 in approved shows. All time breaks for each class in each event are on a supplement page to these rules.

  • Horses may be reclassified to a lower classification upon request of the owner to the classification committee in writing, after five (5) consecutive times in a lower class in approved events, exclusive of penalties, upon approval of a majority of the committee.

  • A lower classified horse may compete in a higher class. All times run shall be considered for reclassification. If a contestant wishes to run for “time only”, they must indicate so on their entry form. The times will be recorded, but not used for Annual Award, Interstate or placings. At which time a contestant wishes to compete for awards, jackpots and points, they must notify the point secretary at least one month in advance of the show they wish to compete in. They will be issued a classification card stating the ratings the horse received while riding for “time only”, and will be required to be riding in classes accordingly.

  • Annual date for figuring Annual Awards and Interstate qualification will be August 1st of each year. In the case of a two day show by one sponsor falling on July 31& August 1st which would be the end of one point year and the beginning of another point year, times and points from both days would count for the current year, and not the next year.

  • After notification of class rating, the illegal entry of a horse shall nullify all accumulated points and times from the Annual Awards cut-off date up to and including the date of violation in the said class.

  • Whenever an unknown horse enters a show, it should be considered as a class D horse unless the owner or rider designates it as a higher class. After three (3) times above D class the horse shall be classified. Non-Member times are to be recorded. A classified horse will not be allowed to make any exhibition runs in a lower class.

  • The committee shall rule on all classification problems, shall keep accurate and up-to-date records of all times from approved shows in duplicate, and figure all averages of times for Interstate and Annual Awards. The Board of Directors must approve any changes made by the committee.

  • The classification rating may be changed after the completion of a performance if one set of classification books is available and up-to-date at that time.

  • It will be up to each show chairman to offer Pee Wee classes at a show. Flag events and two or four man team events are not allowed in Pee Wee classes. Times to count for Classification only.

  • The deadline for confirming a rider going to Interstate will be August 15th, at 12 midnight. Secretaries must receive word by mail, e-mail, phone, or in person. If no confirmation is received, the rider will not be called by phone to ask if he/she plans on going. Instead, the point secretaries will notify the next in line rider by phone and give them the chance to ride. If they cannot go, the next rider in line will be called until the position is filled. Point secretaries will accept no collect phone calls, and no exceptions to this rule will be allowed.

Event Descriptions

Keyhole Race

  • Section I - A keyhole will be marked with lime according to the diagram included with this event.

  • Section II - At the starting signal, rider crosses the starting line, races into the circle of the keyhole, turns his horse and returns across the starting line. All four (4) feet must go into the circle.

  • Section III - Stepping on, or outside any lines of the keyhole will disqualify the horse and rider. A judge must be at the keyhole to decide upon these disqualifications, and his/her decision shall be final.

  • Section IV - It will be considered off course when horse goes by entrance lines.


  • Poles: (Optional) - To be white with a 3 inch red or blue stripe 1 foot from top and another down 1 foot from that.

  • Pole Bases - Black rubber base, 14lbs., 6 inches tall, 14 inches across. Total weight, with pole and converter, approximately 16lbs.

  • Section I - Six poles shall be set in a straight line, spaced 21 feet apart with the start/finish line 21 feet in front of the first pole.

  • Section II - The rider crosses the start line, races to No. 6 pole, pivots and bends back through poles, pivoting No. 1 pole, bends back through poles, turns and races across finish line.

  • Section III - Standard 1” pole schedule 40 or 80 white plastic pipe, 80 to 81inches long.

  • Section IV - Pole to have a plastic converter to secure pole in base either by a cotter-key or gluing together.

  • Section V - In individual polebending, poles may be reset when knocked down. In team polebending, poles shall be reset, if possible, when knocked down.

California Stake

  • Section I - One pole is set 120 feet from the start/finish line. Rider crosses the start line and races down and around the pole, turning left or right, and back across the finish line.

  • Section II - Western Horsemen of Oregon penalties and disqualification apply.

Figure 8

  • Section I - Four poles are to be used: Two set 120 feet apart at opposite ends of the course with two center poles set 30 feet apart at a point half-way between the two end poles. These two center poles will mark the starting and finish line.

  • Section II - Rider starts between two center poles and runs to first pole turning right or left (optional), races to second pole turning in opposite direction of first pole and races to finish line. Riders are not allowed to circle/turn either pole before starting their run.

Texas Barrels

  • Section I - Three barrels shall be placed in a triangular formation. No. 1 and No. 2 barrels are set 33 feet from the start/finish line and 60 feet apart. No. 3 barrel is 80 feet from No. 1 and No. 2 barrels. To square barrels with arena measure as follows: 30 feet from middle of starting line (in line with starting line) then 33 feet to barrel and 107 feet 7 inches back to middle of starting line, making a triangle.

  • Section II - Rider crosses starting line, circles No. 1 barrel to right, crosses to No. 2 barrel, circles it to left, rides to No. 3 barrel, circles it left and races across the finish line; OR crosses starting line to No. 2 barrel, circle it to left, crosses to No. 1 barrel, circles it to right, runs to No. 3 barrel, circles it to right and races across finish line.

  • Section III - Barrel Weights: Metal Barrel 50 to 55lbs. Rounded Plastic Barrel 45 to 50lbs. lastic Barrel with rimmed bottom 30 to 35lbs. Barrels can use Barrel Covers at approved shows over approved barrels.


  • Section I - Jumps to be overall two feet high and painted white. Scurry poles to be 14 feet in length, with a minimum of 3 inches to maximum 4 inches in diameter made of wood.

  • Section II - There shall be three jumps parallel to each other and spaced 30 feet apart with the starting line 30 feet in front of the first jump, and a “turn-around” barrel 30 feet beyond the third jump.

  • Section III - Rider will cross the starting line, then over all three jumps, around barrel, back over all three jumps, and cross the finish (and starting) line.

  • Section IV - For safety reasons a mandatory 30-foot starting mark is required. Rider must have a horse under restraint at this mark.

Flag Race

  • Section I - Two containers are placed 100 feet apart. The first container shall be 20 feet from the starting line. Sticking in the soil of each container will be a staff to be a minimum of 1 inch and a maximum of 1-1/8 inch fir or hemlock doweling, 5 feet long, painted white, bottom inch tapered to a dull point. Flag to be a sturdy cotton (double thickness, hemmed, 8 inches by 12 inches) one white and one dark, wrapped completely around the top of the staff and tacked securely, leaving an 8 inch by 8 inch portion free from staff.

  • Section II - Rider crosses starting line, goes to first container taking that flag from container and going around second container, exchanges flag in container, goes back to first container and places flag from the second container into the first container, then crosses the finish line.

NSCA Flag Race

  • Section I - There shall be a 55 gallon barrel set 120 feet from the starting line with a three pound coffee can filled 3/4 full of sand or soil and centered on top of the barrel. A wooden stake, 14 inches long, and a minimum of 7/8 inches in diameter shall be placed in the can with a flag wrapped and tacked with a 4-inch square remaining

  • Section II - At starting signal, rider crosses starting line, goes down and around barrel and carries flag back across starting line.

  • Section III - Knocking over can and/or barrel is a five second penalty. Dropping the flag before crossing finish line is a disqualification.


  • Section I - Distance of 120 feet. Four poles are placed 5 feet apart at marks 110 and 120 feet from the start/finish line.

  • Section II - A Rider races between the poles, across the turning plane, turns and reverses course through the poles and finishes. Rider is disqualified for knocking down any of the poles.

  • Section III - It will be considered off course when horse goes by 1st poles on outside.

Two Man Rescue Race

  • Section I - Rider to be rescued shall stand at a line 120 feet from the starting line.

  • Section II - Mounted rider crosses starting line at signal, races to man to be rescued, picks him up and races back across the starting line (See General Rules for definition of “mounted”). The rescued man must be mounted behind rider.

  • Section III - Rider to be rescued must not run out across 120-foot line to meet rider, but must remain behind the line.

  • Section IV - Rider failing to complete his mount and landing over the line may go back and try again. If, however his knee crosses over the centerline of the horse’s back (mounted) he shall be disqualified for touching the ground.

  • Section V - When marking the course, the mount line should be on course side of 120 feet and it should be measured like a big rectangle to make sure line is square, and that one end is not farther from starting line than other end.

Two Man Birangle

  • Section I - Two poles 30 feet apart shall be placed 120 feet down the course from the start/finish line.

  • Section II - First rider turns either pole from the inside out, then turns the opposite pole from the outside in (either two left or two right turns). Then rider races across finish line. The second rider is to run the same course, having the option of which direction to turn first.

Two Man Three Barrel

  • Section I - Three quarter barrels and two standard flag race flags shall be used. At start, a flag is placed in No. 1 and No. 3 containers.

  • Section II - First rider takes flag from No. 1 container and places it in No. 2 container, races around No. 3 container, removes flag and brings is back, also placing it in No. 2 container and crosses the finish line. Second rider races to No. 2 container, takes either flag, races down around No. 3 container while placing flag in it, runs back taking other flag from No. 2 container and places it in No. 1 container, then races across the finish line.

  • Section III - If a flag is dropped or misses container, the rider dropping the flag or missing container must retrieve same and place flag in proper container, and be mounted when crossing the finish line. First rider may designate position of flag for start.

  • Section IV - If barrel is tipped over and flag remains in barrel or an empty barrel is tipped over, next rider may reset barrel, but if flag drops out of barrel, rider must reset his own barrel.

Team Baton

  • Section I - Distance to be 120 feet from starting line to barrel.

  • Section II - Rider will start at starting end of course. At signal from Judge, first rider will race to other end, pivot around barrel and race back across starting line and give baton to next man until all riders have completed the course.

  • Section III - A standard baton to be approximately 18 inches long, made of rope, rubber, plastic or their combination.

  • Section IV - The passer or receiver must retrieve a dropped baton at the time of passing. Riders must be mounted at all times when crossing the starting or finish line. With the exception of the last rider, a rider missing the baton may run the barrel, return for the baton and then correctly run the course.

Team Polebending

  • Section I - The poles and their spacing shall be the same as in Polebending Individual.

  • Section II - First rider will ride the course as in Polebending Individual. Second rider enters course when first rider has completely crossed finish line. Number 3 and 4 riders repeat same course.

Team Flags

  • Section I - Two containers are placed 100 feet apart. The first container shall be 20 feet from the starting line. Sticking in the soil of each container will be a 5 foot white staff with flag.

  • Section II - Contestant crosses starting line, goes to first container taking that flag from container and going around second container, exchanges flag in container, goes back to first container and places flag from the second container into first container, then crosses the finish line. Number 2, 3, and 4 contestants repeat same course.

  • Section III - If a flag is dropped or misses container, the rider dropping the flag or missing the container must retrieve it and place flag in proper container, and be mounted when crossing the finish line. First rider may designate position of flag for start (refer to Section 2 of Penalties).

  • Section IV - If barrel is tipped over and flag remains in barrel or an empty barrel is tipped over, next rider may reset barrel, but if flag drops out of barrel, rider must reset his own barrel.

Bareback Relay

  • Section I - Teams shall consist of four riders and one horse with the first rider mounted at the starting line (see General Rules for definition of “mounted”). Use of neck rope is optional.

  • Section II - Distance from starting line to barrel shall be 100 feet.

  • Section III - At starting signal, first rider rides down, turns barrel, returns to starting line, dismounts, second rider mounts, rides the course and so on until all four riders have completed the course.

  • Section IV - Any rider falling off while on course disqualifies the team. If a rider falls off in mounting he may lead the horse back over the start line and proceed to mount.

  • Section V - Riders are allowed to wear Tennis Shoes during competition.

Canadian Flag Race

  • Section I - Four flags 42 inches in length shall be spaced at 2 foot intervals, one end in the ground no more than 6 inches, with the first flag 100 feet from the starting line, which is also the finish line, and the fourth flag 106 feet from the starting line.

  • Section II - First rider races down around all flags, picks up flag farthest from the starting line and brings it back across the finish line. Remaining riders follow the same action each taking the farthest flag in line until all have completed the course.

  • Section III - Any flag knocked down must be picked up by the next rider in his own turn.

Miscellaneous Events

Bareback Rescue

  • Section I - There shall be four riders and one horse with 100 feet between starting line and rescue line.

  • Section II - One rider is to be mounted at the starting line and the remaining three riders opposite at the 100-foot line. At starting signal, first rider races down and another mounts behind him with no assistance either in mounting or holding of the horse by other than the mounted rider. The two riders race to the starting line where the front man must dismount behind the starting line before remaining rider returns for a teammate, and so on until the last rider deposits his man behind the starting line. He then runs down to the 100-foot line and back, making a round trip, solo.

  • Section III - No neck rope allowed. If one or both riders fall off before crossing the starting line, they must remount and continue on course from point of spill.

  • Section IV - Hitting, slapping, or throwing material at the horse by unmounted teammates is a disqualification.

Cowhide Race

  • Section I - There will be two contestants to each team. A hide of at least 6 sq. feet is used. Hide is attached to a rope not to exceed 30 feet in length, which shall be dallied (no hard, fast tie permitted) to the horn of the saddle.

  • Section II - Horse and rider must drag hide the length of the course and over the hide line at the far end of the 120 foot course. Horse must have all four feet over the line. Teammate rides hide back over finish line, which is also starting line.

  • Section III - Teammate riding must be stationed behind the hide and must be prone, sitting or kneeling on the ground as he crosses the hide line. He is not required to maintain continuous contact, with hide throughout the entire race nor be on top of the hide, but must be pulled completely across the finish line. Hide rider may wear coveralls, headgear, and footwear other than western.

  • Section IV - Contestants must be 16 years of age or older.

Cloverleaf Barrels

  • Section I - Four barrels are set in a square, 50 feet apart. Starting line is 20 feet back from a line running between barrels No. 2 and 4.

  • Section II - Contestant crosses starting line, rides across 8 foot limed center circle in center of cloverleaf, turns right around No. 1 barrel, across circle to No. 2 barrel, turns No. 2 barrel to left, back across center circle to No. 3 barrel, turns No. 3 barrel to the left, rides back across center circle to No. 4, turns it to the right, rides back across center circle to a line 20ft from No. 1 and No. 3 barrels, then backs horse across line 10 fee out from No.1 and No.3 barrels. Horse much touch second line with front feet then back until all feet are on cloverleaf side of first line. Time stops when all four feet are back of first line.

  • Section III - Not crossing center circle will be considered off course and thus a disqualification.

Flag Race - 4 Barrel

  • Section I - There will be four weighted containers in a square pattern with 60 feet between containers. The starting line shall be 20 feet from the first container. Each container will contain a flag of different color of 5-foot standards.

  • Section II - At starting signal, rider goes to the first container, takes that flag and deposits it in the 2nd container, taking that flag on to the 3rd container, where he picks up the other flag, taking it to the 4th container, taking the flag from the No. 4 container to the empty No. 1 container, then on to cross the finish (and starting) line.

  • Section III - Rider must ride on the outside of the containers but may circle a container if he misses the flag at the first attempt. A left-handed rider may have the privilege of taking the course in reverse.

  • Section IV - Flag must be in the same position in the containers for all riders.

Potato Race

  • Section I - Two containers, containing 8 to 10 inches of sand or dirt, will be placed 100 feet apart. Starting line will be 20 feet in front of the first container. Four potatoes of uniform size will be placed in the second container. Each team will be given 4 sticks with angles at the end of each stick.

  • Section II - No. 1 rider will cross the starting line, race to No. 2 container, spear a potato, race to No. 1 container, placing potato in that container, and then race to the finish. Rider No. 2 will duplicate the course, as will riders No. 3 and No. 4. Time is stopped as No. 4 rider crosses the start/finish line.

Ribbon Race

  • Section I - A barrel is set 120 feet from the starting line. A breakable ribbon, approximately 6 feet long is used, one rider holding each end. A two-inch strip cut across a bolt of crepe paper is most desirable. Riders may not hold hands.

  • Section II - Riders cross starting line and race down and around the barrel, both riders going around the same direction, and run back across the finish line. Barrel may be turned either to the left of the right.

  • Section III - Loss of ribbon by either rider or breaking ribbon is a disqualification.

Stake Race

  • Section I - Three round wooden stakes, 42 inches long, shall be used. They may be placed in a container or stuck in the ground at a distance of 120 feet from the starting line. One container for each set of stakes must be provided at the starting line.

  • Section II - Riders, at starting signal, shall race from the starting line to the stakes, pick up one stake, and return it to the starting line, placing the stake in the container and returning for another, and so on, until all stakes are ferried to the starting line. After the rider deposits all three stakes in his container, and container is upright, he must ride across the finish line, which is 30 feet beyond the containers. Whenever used as a time event, refer to Section 3 under Penalties.


The following equipment shall be used whenever any of these terms are used. All equipment is to be standard according to specification.

  • Show committees are to furnish equipment for all events (baton and cowhide excluded) and equipment is to be uniform for all lines of competition. An event will not be allowed as approved if run with substandard equipment.

  • It is mandatory to secure poles to base. Optional - Barrels: predominately white, option of red or blue stripe marked in middle of barrel. Poles: 1 foot down a 3-inch stripe, another foot down another 3-inch stripe. Plastic barrels may be used and should contain 12 pounds of water or other substance (4 to 5 inches in bottom). Sandpaper must be used on a barrel that does not have a lip for NSCA. If metal barrels are used they should have both ends intact and have a bicycle tire safely attached around the rim. Containers: Quarter barrels, painted white and containing 8 to 10 inches of sand or soil.

  • Other equipment is described under the events where used.

  • Private clubs wanting to use equipment must make arrangements with committee.

  • Western Horsemen of Oregon charges twenty dollars ($20) per day for other clubs to rent its equipment.


There shall be a 5 second penalty for each of the following:

  • Section I - For each knockdown of a stake, pole or barrel other than those used as containers; each time a stake, pole or barrel is knocked down and rights itself.

  • Section II - In the flag race, potato race or stake race if the 1st rider fails to put flag in the last container and/or upsets the last container, and crosses the finish line. When the ring crew mistakenly resets either a knocked down container, misplaced flag or the combination.

  • Section III - In the flag race, potato race, and stake race, riders must re-set the containers: in scurry events, poles shall remain down until the rider clears the course; in individual polebending events, poles shall not be re-set when knocked down while rider is on course; in team polebending event, poles shall be reset whenever possible when knocked down; in all other events, ring crew will re-set equipment.

Disqualifications / No Times

  • Section I - Runouts, refusals, leaving the course, upsetting starting poles (crossing the starting plane outside of the starting poles, and circling any obstacle while on course except Flag Races and other container events). In the Scurry, all four feet must pass over the jumps. A balk is not considered a refusal if the horse finally finishes the course correctly. Any horse, which completely passes an obstacle on the wrong side, will be considered off course.

  • Section II - Failure to keep at least one hand on the reins while mounted, except when momentarily dropping the reins.

  • Section III - When two lines are run and rider does not take the side that is open.

  • Section IV - Whipping a horse with property of the event, including behind the starting line, after first horse enters the course, with the exception of track events and arena relay.

  • Section V - Unsportsmanlike Conduct Judges may disqualify riders for use of profane language, unnecessary roughness, abusing the horse, or disorderly conduct of any kind and may disqualify an unmanageable horse for reasons of safety. Decisions of the judge shall be final.

  • Section VI - Loose Horse Defined as separated from and out of control of contestant. A ground tied horse shall be considered in control. Ground tied is any horse within a horse length of the rider.

  • Section VII - Failure to start within 30 seconds of starting signal.

  • Section VIII - Teams will be disqualified if horse waiting his turn crosses the starting line before the horse completing the course crosses the finish line completely.

  • Section IX - Unsportsmanlike Conduct In all events which require mounting or dismounting in the course of the event, any rider mounting from the wrong side of the line, or dismounting to the wrong side of the line. Riders must remain on designated side of the line at all times until mounting and after dismounting. Horse must have all four (4) feet over the line.

  • Section X - Infractions of Section 5 General Rules, results in disqualification of both riders and /or horses.

  • Section XI - In the Flag Race, Potato Race or Stake Race, if the rider going on course knocks over the first container and fails to reset it.

  • Section XII - In Flag Race, failure to complete course with flag portion of broken staff.

  • Section XIII - Circling around any marker considered part of the course before crossing the starting line when mounted. Circling any object more than once, with the exception of those considered containers.