Showmanship is a division of competition where the handler presents the horse while leading it through a pattern of various tests. Good showmanship is demonstrated through the handler’s ability to present the horse at its best, in-hand. Showmanship teaches the handler poise and alertness. The basics of showmanship are taught to all RTEC students as it encompasses the basics of leading a horse safely and handling it correctly.
Side Saddle – is a division for the ladies. In this class, the ladies demonstrate riding aside in the proper attire for the type of tack used on the horse. Horses may be shown Western, Hunter, Country, English, Show Hack or even in Period style. Overall horses must be suitable as a side-saddle mount. Here at RTEC, we have several horses suited to this discipline and many of our students try out riding the way it used to be for ladies!
Native Costume – is a division of the competition that takes the Arabian horseback to its roots. This class is very spectator friendly and is often a thrill for the rider. The outfit consists of a native type of costume including a cape, pantaloons, and headdress! Many of the costumes incorporate glitzy fabrics and jewels and many are traditional representing what the Bedouins would have utilized.
English Show Hack is a class for the very well trained horse. The Show Hacks perform at the walk, trot, and canter and demonstrate the normal, collected and extended gaits of each. They also hand gallop and are asked to stand and back readily. Manners and performance are the top two criteria for success in this division.
A show trail horse is one that navigates its way through a variety of obstacles in the show arena with skill and expression. These horses may be good “out on the trail”, but “out on the trail” horses, may not make a show trail horse. Trail horses are judged on a numerical scoring system with each obstacle receiving a particular score based on the judge's opinion. Each judge is also responsible for noting any penalties that occur during the horses go and deducting them from the overall score. This is a very technical division and one in which RTEC enjoys developing our riders.
The purpose of the ranch riding class is to measure the ability of the horse to be a pleasure to ride while being used as a means of conveyance from performing one ranch task to another. The horse should reflect the versatility, attitude, and movement of a working ranch horse riding outside the confines of an arena. Horses work individually with specific patterns demonstrating, walk, trot, extended trot, lope, extended lope, stops, turns and back maneuvers.