Getting Started with TnSHA

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Join us in our mission to ride a better horse!

Below you’ll find a information on how to navigate our website.  You’ll find a description of a weekend with the TnSHA, including a short description of the competition levels and the four classes with links to the American Stock Horse Association (ASHA) handbook.  You’ll also find the forms you need to fill out before competing and information on our clinics.

Last but not least…  You’ll find information about the organization itself with bios and contact information for all our board members.  We pride ourselves on creating a supportive learning environment for all our members to build better relationships with their horses, so if there’s something you want to know that you haven’t found here…  Use our contact page to give us a call, send us an email, or PM us on Twitter.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Joining the TnSHA

  1. Check out our calendar for our next event & join the fun!
  2. Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or subscribe to email updates to can get event updates.
  3. Join ASHA (membership form)
  4. Get your horse competition license.
  5. Join TnSHA (membership form).

While you aren’t required to complete any of these forms to come out and visit us or to attend one of our clinics, you will have to have both a current ASHA membership and horse competition license to compete in our of our ASHA-approved shows.  Please join the TnSHA (2015 TnSHA Membership App and Release) to support future local shows and qualify for year end awards.  We would love to have you!

Navigating TnSHA.org
The TnSHA.org website is designed with new members in mind.  While we always want to keep our current members informed, we all remember how much courage it took to take a new path in our horsemanship, and we want to help and support our new members.   Everything you need to get started is either on this page or linked from this page, which is why it’s the first link in our navigational menu!  Each link moving to the right assumes you have more experience with the TnSHA.

Our calendar list all of the events we currently have planned.  It may also list tentative events.  Our forms page contains links to the forms you will need as you continue participating in the TnSHA and need to renew your memberships or add/renew competition licenses for your horse(s).

A Weekend with the TnSHA
Our weekend events typically include a clinic on Saturday and a show on Sunday.  There are additional clinics throughout the year, but every show is proceeded by a  clinic.   

A TnSHA Show
Our shows are ASHA-approved events and include 4 classes, in which each rider performs individually:

  1. Western Pleasure: This class serves to measure the ability of the horse to be functional and a pleasure to ride while being used as a means of conveyance from one task to another. The horse should be well-broke, relaxed, quiet, soft and cadenced at all gaits and should be ridden on a relatively loose rein with light contact and without requiring undue restraint. The horse should be responsive to the rider and make all required transitions smoothly, timely
    and correctly. The horse should be soft in the bridle and yield to contact. Horses are shown individually at the walk, trot and lope in both directions.
  2. Reining: This class measures the ability of the western stock horse to perform many basic handling maneuvers. The American Stock Horse Association has five recognized regular patterns plus two Novice & Youth Patterns. The patterns are broken down into either 7 or 8 maneuvers to be scored a
    maximum of 10 points each. Maneuvers include stops, spins, rollbacks, circles, backups, hesitates, and lead changes.
  3. Trail: A horse is ridden through a pattern of obstacles which should nearly approximate those found during the course of everyday work. The horse is judged on the cleanliness, neatness and promptness with which the obstacles are negotiated, ability to negotiate obstacles correctly and attitude and mannerisms exhibited by the horse while negotiating the course. Emphasis on judging should be on identifying the well-broke, responsive, well-mannered
    horse which can correctly negotiate the course. All courses and obstacles are to be constructed with safety in mind so as to eliminate any accidents
  4. Working Cow: A versatile western stock horse must also be a cow horse and this class has been designed to demonstrate and measure the horse’s ability to do cow work. Novice and Youth riders must complete a pattern and box a cow for 1 minute. Green Horse and Limited Non-Pro riders have two minutes to box a cow, release the cow, and drive the cow down the side of the arena to the opposite end of the arena. Pro and Non-Pro riders have 3 minutes to box a cow and to complete fence work with an option to rope or to circle the cow.

See the forms page for links to complete descriptions of each class.

There are 6 divisions to allow each horse/rider combination to compete at an appropriate skill level:

  1. Open: The Open Division is open to any professional or non-professional member, in good standing, with any horse regardless ofpast winnings. In addition to the normal entry fee, this division may collect and offer jackpot fees which will be paid back to winners according to the payout schedule in the ASHA Rule Book. These jackpot fees may range from a minimum of $10 to a maximum of $20 per class except for special events or championships.
  2. Non-Pro: The Non-Pro Division is open to rides who (1) have not received payment, directly or indirectly for riding, training, assisting in training, showing horse(s) at any time during the past 5 years; (2) have not received payment directly or indirectly for instructing another person or conducting a seminar in riding, training, driving or showing a horse any time during the past five years; and (3) have not had any expenses (including lodging, transportation, mileage, etc.) paid bysomeone else other than family members
  3. Limited No-Pro: Exhibitors who qualify as a Non Pro Rider may choose to show in this division because of class routine or other personal choice. Exhibitors may also show in the Open or Non-Pro divisions without losing their eligibility in the Limited Non Pro division. There will be no jackpot in this division. Riders in this division will work a modified version of the working cow horse class which will not involve turns down the fence, circling or roping (see ASHA LTD Non Pro and Green Horse Working Cow Horse rules for specifics on rules for this division.)
  4. Novice: The Novice Division is reserved for individuals with limited riding and showing experience who wish to learn more about showing in ASHA at a beginners pace. Novice riders must (1) adhere to all non pro eligibility requirements, (2) have never won a High-Point or Reserve High-Point Championship in any division at any ASHA show or similar association (see 2013 ASHA Handbook Page 23 of 49), (3) have never won an End-of –Year All Around High Point Champion or Reserve All around High Point Champion in any division in ASHA or similar association, and (4) have had limited (less than one year) showing experience in cow horse, cutting or any other cattle-working events, have not earned money, points or awards in cattle working events and has had less than four years showing experience in other classes prior to participating in ASHA. If a member loses their novice eligibility through competition, they may finish that year as
    a novice. In the future, the member is eligible only for Limited Non-Pro, Non-Pro, Open or Green Horse Divisions. Novice riders will work Novice and Youth Reining Patterns and a Novice and Youth Working Cow Horse Pattern. The cow horse pattern is a shortened version of cow work which will not involve turns down the fence, circling or roping. (See ASHA Novice and Youth Reining and ASHA Novice and Youth Working Cow Horse rules for specifics on rules for this division.) Stallions are prohibited in this division.
  5. Youth: Exhibitors in the youth division must aged 8 through 18 as of January 1 of the current year. Riders in this division will work a Novice and Youth Reining Pattern and a Novice and Youth Working Cow Horse Pattern. The cow horse pattern is a shortened version of cow work which will not involve turns down the fence, circling or roping. A youth may not show in both the Youth and Novice Divisions at the same show. Stallions are prohibited in this division.
  6. Green Horse: Horses in this division will show in the same patterns as the Open and Non-Pro with the exception of the working cow horse class which will be the Modified Working Cow Horse pattern. A horse is eligible to be shown in this division if the horse (1) is five years of age and younger as of January 1 of current year and (2) has never won a Champion or Reserve Champion All-Around in any ASHA approved division. If a horse loses their green horse eligibility through competition, they may finish that year as a green horse. In the future, that horse is eligible only for other divisions. A green horse may be shown by a rider from any division

See the forms page for links to complete descriptions of each division.

Read more about the Tennessee Stock Horse Association.