2020 Handbook

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 Sunshine State Mounted Drill Team Association, LLC

Statement of Purpose

Sunshine State Mounted Drill Team Association, LLC was founded on the principles of fair play, fellowship, sportsmanship and competition. The Association is dedicated to promoting the sport of drill team riding for entertainment and competition. We encourage teams to use all the equine skills they possess whether riding for entertainment or competition. Remember above all else ….

DRILL TEAM RIDING IS FOR FUN !!!!

It is the intention of the Sunshine State Mounted Drill Team Association to develop and bring together as many drill teams as is possible throughout the state of Florida, and to hold competitions and events throughout the year, one of which will be the State Competition for the purpose of naming an Annual State Champion.

The Sunshine State Mounted Drill Team Association, LLC rules and by-laws handbook is protected by US Copyright Laws and no part may be copied or duplicated without the express permission of the Managing Members. Possession of the handbook does not constitute permission or grant the right to duplicate or otherwise copy the material for personal or professional gain.

The copyright covers all printed text within the handbook and any graphic illustrations contained within.

By-Laws and Rules

Be it here known this body shall be recognized and known as the Sunshine State Mounted Drill Team Association, LLC. The State of Florida under the Charter Number L13000084404 charters this Association. Being organized as Non-Profit organization for the purposes of promoting fellowship, good sportsmanship and fairness in competition in drill team riding. The following by-laws shall govern all those present and future members of the Sunshine State Mounted Drill Team Association, LLC.

Managing Members

The Association is managed by up to three (3) managing members. The duties of these members will include, but are not limited to:

      • Presiding over meetings, ensuring the by-laws, rules and regulations of the Association are enforced.
      • Record and maintain minutes of all meetings.
      • Collect dues, competition entry fees, donations and monies collected from any fund raiser and keep records of.
      • Pay bills in a timely manner.
      • Set up 3 qualifiers and State Championships for each year.

Membership and Annual Dues

Any drill team may join SSMDTA. Membership year runs from January 1 – December 31 each year. Annual dues are $100 and are due to SSMDTA by January 15th each year and are non-refundable. Dues paid after January 15th, regardless of the reason, will incur a $50 penalty. Non-member teams shall be allowed to participate in the qualifying competitions for an additional entry fee per rider. Non-members are not allowed to compete in the State Championships.

Each team wishing to join MUST fill out the Membership Application. A Team is defined as a group with a SINGLE point of contact. This person will receive all updates from SSMDTA. While we strive to answer all questions in a timely manner, the main contacts for each team will get faster responses.

Association Meetings 

A mandatory annual meeting will be held during the annual State Championship show. Generally, on the Friday evening before the competition. At this meeting we will announce the dates and sites for the years competitions and other pertinent events. Two (2) members from each team are allowed to represent their team. The floor will be open for discussion, but must have been placed on the agenda ahead of time. This will allow us to keep the meeting to a short length. At the Annual Meeting the finalized schedule and the next year’s handbook will be handed out. Other meetings may be called throughout the year at the Managing Members discretion.

Insurance

Association insurance is due yearly. If the treasury funds permit, the Association shall pay all of the insurance fee. In the case of insufficient Association funds, the cost of the insurance will be divided among the current member teams.

Sportsmanship

Un-sportsmanship-like conduct will NOT be tolerated. Any member or person associated with a member team who shall conduct themselves in a manner as to disrupt or do anything calculated to disturb the harmony of the Association, shall warrant a team being reprimanded and possibly disqualified. If conduct is observed it shall be brought to the attention of the Managing Members for review. Loss of temper resulting in abuse of persons or animals will result in expulsion of team/persons involved. If more than 3 offenses are reported during a show, the team will be disqualified. 

Each team needs to contribute to the other team’s encouragement and moral support with a positive attitude. Moments of frustration are common to all members, but a positive mental attitude should be maintained even when the going gets tough.

Termination

The Sunshine State Mounted Drill Team Association, LLC reserves the right to terminate its association with any team after a full refund of one year’s dues are made to that team. Provided the teams termination is during the active year and not during annual renewal and said team has not ridden in more than two qualifiers.

Dissolution

Upon the dissolution of SSMDTA by the Managing Members, any remaining funds in the treasury shall be divided and distributed equally among the current paid member teams. Funds may be donated to a charitable organization in place of distribution.

Managing Members

Nichole Sandeen

Outsiders Drill Team

16931 W. Prestwich Drive

Loxahatchee, FL 33470

(561) 310-1041

outsidersdrillteam@gmail.com

Valerie Stalvey

Renegades Drill Team

1290 NE 120th Street

Ocala, FL 34479

(352) 875-3334

vstalvey@hotmail.com

Contact Us

Follow us on FaceBook at www.facebook.com/SSSMDTA

SSMDTA@hotmail.com

www.SSMDTA.wordpress.com

Competition Rules

Entry Fees

Entry fees need to be submitted to the Association at least 30 days but no later than 15 days prior to the scheduled competition. Entries not received by the due date listed on the forms shall incur a $50 late fee. Should a team need to withdraw after they have sent in their entry fee, it should be sent in writing to the Association 10 days ahead of said competition in order to receive a refund, otherwise the fee is forfeited.

The entry fee for qualifying competition shall be $10 per rider for members and $15 per rider for non-members for each such event per each division team is requesting to ride in. 

The entry fee for the State Championship Competition shall be $20 per rider for each such event per each division team is requesting to ride in.

Order of Go

Each competing team shall be assigned an order of go prior to the Grand Entry Parade (if Grand Entry Parade is done). The Managing Members of the Association shall assign order of go. If any special needs are required in line up, the team manager needs to notify the association prior to competition. A Captain’s Meeting will be held prior to the start of the show and details will be given regarding Inspection for that day. 

Disputes

Disputes must be put in writing and submitted to the Show Secretary who will handle the dispute per the rules or forward the dispute to a Managing Member. It shall be the duty of the Show Secretary to validate or invalidate the complaint. A $30 fee must accompany all complaints or disputes. The fee will be forfeited and monies placed into the Association’s treasury if the dispute goes against the issuer. The fee shall be refunded if the issuer’s complaint is upheld. The dispute/complaint must be presented prior to the days competition results. If the fee and dispute are not issued to the Show Secretary in a timely fashion, the dispute will not be considered and the fee not accepted.

Timing 

Each competing team will be allotted 10-15 minutes of arena time. Teams will be allowed to set up their arena markers and/or walk their horses around the arena during this time. Each team will perform a courtesy lap around the arena prior to starting their drill. During this time the Announcer will read information provided by the team. Minimum and maximum times are listed under each division. If you are under or over time, you will be assessed a 5 point penalty plus and additional penalty point for every 5 additional seconds (time will be rounded to the nearest 5). Time starts when the first horse’s nose enters the designated arena and ends when the last horse’s tail exits the designated arena.

Show Secretary shall time each drill and will place the drill time and access any penalties on the score sheets. Any team may set up props, special effects, lighting, etc., as long as it is on the outside edge of the arena in its entirety, and will not interfere with any other team’s performance, prior to the start of the event. This will NOT be included in a team’s 5-minute set up and take down time.

External Signaling

During actual drill competition, external signaling from the sidelines will not be allowed and could result in disqualification of a team, signaling includes but is not limited to: talking to the team members, hand signals, whistles, head nods, etc. If excessive coaching from inside the arena is noticed as well, penalties can be applied. If internal or external coaching is noticed by the judges, SSMDTA show staff or representatives, a 50 point penalty will be accessed – along with a notation of the nature of the violation.

Gate Keeper

Each team is responsible for providing their own gatekeeper. None will be provided for by SSMDTA. Gates MUST be closed for safety reasons.

Teams MUST leave the arena at a walk. Racing out of the arena can incur a 20-point penalty.

Score Sheets

Score sheets shall be handed out to team manager or designated team representative at the end of the competition. Each team will receive the original of the score sheet. The carbon copy becomes the property of SSMDTA to remain on file for a period of one year. 

If carbon copy score sheets are not used, scoresheets will be handed out at the end of the competition for each team to review, but they MUST be given back to the Show Secretary that day. Failure to do so will result in the scores not being eligible for High Point. Score sheets will be scanned and emailed to team contacts within a week of the competition.

Copies of all team’s scores from each qualifying competition will be posted on the Association’s Facebook page after the competition for all to view.

In case of a tie for any placing, the team with the higher Equitation section score will take the higher placing. In the Compulsory division, Musical Theme will be used to break ties.

The judges will be responsible for scoring all sections of the Official Scoring Sheet. They agree to do so according to the format provided for in the Judges booklet. After each performance the judges will turn their score sheets into the Show Secretary who will access any time penalties and will total each section. Once turned in, the judge cannot have the score sheet back, although the Show Secretary may bring the score sheet back to a judge if he/she has questions on what a number says or if a number is missing off the score sheet. The judge may only have 1 teams score sheet at a time. Each team is to be judged individually and not compared against each other.

Any changes made on a score sheet by a judge must be initialed by that judge in ink. It is the judge’s responsibility to do a final check and make sure that all changes are indeed initialed in ink.

Announcement of Winners

After the competition, the Show Secretary will finalize the Grand Total Forms and determine the winners. All teams will gather, without horses, for the announcements. If there are any special awards (i.e., high point or judge’s choice) they will be announced last. Placings for the classes will be done in the order they performed that competition and will be announced in reverse order (sixth through first). The announcer will state the placing, number of points and team name.

Judges

Starting in 2018, judges will be hired directly by SSMDTA off of a list of qualified judges. These judges are professionals and will be paid for by the Association. The judges decisions will be final and will not be reversed. If two judges are used then both judges will judge all sections of the score sheet. Both scores will be added together for the grand total.

The scoring is the Judge’s opinion of the drill (their interpretation) to the rules and the team’s drill.

The judges may also be asked to assist with handing out the awards to the teams.

Show Secretary Duties

  • Make sure all teams have Coggins sheet turned in PRIOR TO COMPETITION (cannot compete if outstanding)
  • Time each drill – time starts when first horse’s nose enters the arena and end when the last horse’s tail exits the arena.
  • Track drill times and put it on the score sheets. Calculate time penalties, if any, and input on score sheet.
  • Collect score sheets from all judges.
  • Total all sections of the score sheets and calculate the placings for each division.
  • Fill in the placing sheet for announcer to read at awards.
  • Pull all white copies of score sheets for each team to be picked up at end of competition.
  • Save all yellow copies of score sheets for the association – place in the binder in appropriate tabs.
  • Get lunch/drink orders for all judges, announcer and show secretary, order, pay and bring to them.
  • Pay the judges at the end of the competition. (checks in the binder)
  • Assist in handing out awards, score sheets and music at awards ceremony.  

Divisions

Youth

This division is for riders under the age of 18, with 4 or more riders. Exception to this is that ONE adult rider (over the age of 18) may ride with the youth riders. This division is Walk/Trot/Canter. Rider’s age will be determined on January 1st of each year and they will remain that age for the competition year. All Youth riders under the age of 16 are required to wear a helmet while riding at any time during the event.

Novice 

This division is open to all teams, with any number of horses. This division is Walk/Trot only. This is the perfect opportunity to aide in working in new horses, maneuvers, costumes, etc. It allows for feedback from the judges without the pressure of the other divisions. The purpose of the Novice Division is mainly for new riders and/or new horses, but can be used for teams that prefer to ride at the Walk/Trot only. Riders that participate in the Novice Division will not be allowed to compete in the Open or Youth divisions at the same competition.

Seasoned teams may ride in Novice for the purpose of adding props, such as flags for new riders or horses without penalty, but must contact the Show Secretary to explain reasoning for being in class.

Open

This division allows all teams to compete against each other. There are no restrictions on age or number of horses. This division is Walk/Trot/Canter.

Classes

Compulsory

This class is open to all teams with any number of riders. A pre-written drill will be provided to all the teams and will be used for an entire show year. There will NOT be inspection for this division. Teams will be judged on the execution of each move and this division will have a separate score sheet. There are no time restrictions for this class. This is a stand-alone class and will not be separated into Novice/Youth/Open divisions.

Short Program

The purpose of the Short Program is for teams to put together a short drill that incorporates 6 pre-determined moves. These can be done in any order and any additional moves can be added to facilitate setup of any moves. Maneuvers may be performed in a variety of ways to allow for originality.

Each team participating is required to submit, in triplicate, a list of their maneuvers in the order they will appear in the drill. Each judge will be given a copy. Maneuver copy can be a written list or an arrow diagram, whichever is easier for your team. 

Teams will be judged on: How many maneuvers are incorporated into a smooth working drill; Lines and circles; Suitability of music to maneuvers performed; Spacing, Timing, Alignment, Pace; Uniqueness and originality in presentation of the drill; Showmanship; Performance of all Maneuvers; and Equitation and Horsemanship. Props and Flags are allowed at all competitions.

There will NOT be inspection for this division. This is a stand-alone class and will not be separated into Novice/Youth/Open divisions.

Minimum of four (4) riders. Short Program teams have a minimum time of three (3) minutes and a maximum time limit of four (4) minutes of actual drill time.

Required maneuvers:

  • Charro Ladder
  • Flying Box
  • Chevron
  • Halt
  • Line Abreast
  • Circle

Freestyle

This class allows you to showcase your team and its style. You will be judged on Execution of Drill, Performance and Manner of Horses, Originality and Uniqueness of Presentation, Degree of Difficulty, Showmanship, Rider Equitation and General Impression. Props and Flags are allowed at all competitions.

Inspection will NOT be held for this division at the Qualifiers, but there will be Inspection at the State Championships.

Minimum of six (6) riders. Freestyle teams have a minimum time of six (6) minutes and a maximum time limit of eight (8) minutes of actual drill time.

Quad

This class allows you to showcase your team and its style. You will be judged on Execution of Drill, Performance and Manner of Horses, Originality and Uniqueness of Presentation, Degree of Difficulty, Showmanship, Rider Equitation and General Impression. Props and Flags are allowed at all competitions.

Inspection will NOT be held for this division at the Qualifiers, but there will be Inspection at the State Championships.

Maximum of four (4) riders. Quad teams have a minimum time of five (5) minutes and a maximum time limit of seven (7) minutes of actual drill time.

Rodeo

This class is all about “flash and dash” and “pizzazz”. You will be judged on Execution of Drill, Performance and Manner of Horses, Originality and Uniqueness of Presentation, Degree of Difficulty, Showmanship, Rider Equitation and General Impression. Emphasis will be on Showmanship and Entertainment. Props and Flags are allowed at all competitions.

Inspection will NOT be held for this division at the Qualifiers, but there will be Inspection at the State Championships.

Minimum of four (4) riders. Rodeo teams have a minimum time of three (3) minutes and a maximum time limit of four (4) minutes of actual drill time.

Theme

This class allows you to showcase a specific theme. Your costumes, tack and music should blend to create a theme or story that is carried throughout your drill. You will be judged on Execution of Drill, Performance and Manner of Horses, Originality and Uniqueness of Presentation, Degree of Difficulty, Showmanship, Rider Equitation and General Impression. Props and Flags are allowed at all competitions. This class will utilize full costumes at all competitions and will be subject to Inspection.

Minimum of four (4) riders. Theme teams have a minimum time of six (6) minutes and a maximum time limit of eight (8) minutes of actual drill time.

Qualifiers

Coggins Paperwork

Each team must maintain a current negative coggins on all horses brought into SSMDTA competition or event. Proper documentation must accompany each horse i.e., current state coggins papers. 

IT WILL BE EACH TEAM MANAGER’S RESPONSIBILITY TO:

  • Make sure all riders on their team maintain current negative coggins on all horses accompanying their team to any SSMDTA sponsored competition or event.
  • To provide SSMDTA with proper documentation of same prior to each event, i.e., SSMDTA Coggins/Release Chart. This documentation should be on file with the Association prior to the start of the scheduled event. Any team not providing SSMDTA with a properly completed Coggins/Release chart prior to the event will not be allowed to compete at that event. Random Coggins checks may occur at any given competition or event.

Abuse

Excessive abuse of animals may be grounds for dismissal from the event. A repeat offense by the same individual will result in expulsion. Anyone witnessing an act of abuse should report it to a Managing Member or the Show Secretary. The team and individual will be spoken to. If 3 offenses are noted at a show, that team or individual will be disqualified from the show. 

Helmets

Safety helmets are not required and may be used at the discretion of the teams. Teams will NOT be penalized if they choose to wear safety helmets. This will not count as a non-conformity in costuming. Safety is a main concern and helmets are encouraged. Per Florida law, any rider under the age of 16 must wear a helmet while riding at any time.

Courtesy Lap

Before each team starts a drill, you will make a courtesy lap around the arena. During that time the Announcer will read a short introduction about your team or a description of your theme. Please submit these introductions when you send in your entries. They can also be emailed to SSMDTA@hotmail.com.

Courtesy Laps are allowed prior to every drill. At the 3 qualifiers, only the Theme classes will have an introduction read. At the State Championships, an Introduction is required for ALL classes.

Inspection

In the Theme classes, you will enter the arena and line up single file in front of the bleachers (or other point in the arena noted at the Captain’s Meeting). Once stopped, you will stand for 90 seconds to allow the judges to review your costuming. The judges will be looking at your Overall Appearance, Costuming matching your Theme, Matching Tack (bridles, reins, breast collars, pads and leg wraps). This does NOT include tie-downs, spurs, saddles or rear cinches. Horses are expected to stand quietly. At the end of the 90 seconds, you will be released by the announcer and your Courtesy Lap will begin with your introduction.

Safety Concerns

If there is a costume malfunction (for safety) in that a team is losing a leg wrap or other safety issue, the Managing Members or Show Secretary may stop the drill with NO penalties to the team. The team manager can also have the drill stopped by notifying the Managing Members or Show Secretary and NO penalties will be deducted. If a team’s music stops or glitches due to an issue with the sound system ONLY, the team may restart with NO penalties. With the exception of a rider fall, the drill can only be stopped by the Team’s Coach. Otherwise, music should continue playing throughout.

Music

Music should be submitted ahead of the show in order to be placed on the computer. Music will be kept from one show to the next, so if the same music is being used again, the team just needs to indicate that on their entry form.

If incorrect music is played, teams should not start their drill, but notify the Show Secretary or Announcer to have the correct music played.

Please provide a typed copy of the Introduction for each drill to be read during the Courtesy Lap. This needs to be sent in with entries or emailed to SSMDTA@hotmail.com at least a week prior to the competition.

One member is responsible for giving a thumbs up or cue of some kind when the music is to be started for their drill. Announcer needs some sort of a cue so that he knows when to start the music or if the music is too loud or not loud enough.

General Rules

A drill may be anything your team is capable of doing. You are only limited by the imagination of your team.

In the interest of safety and fair play, the use of firearms or any explosive device is NOT allowed to be utilized in anyone’s drill.

Please use tack stalls and do not block aisle ways at events.

SSMDTA will provide a Show Secretary for each competition.

Stallions

A team may ride with a stallion but for the safety of other riders, teams and equines, the stallion is to be ridden and handled only by an adult, over the age of 21, who is experienced and knowledgeable in handling of a stallion.

Costuming

Qualifying competitions are matching Team Shirts. Baseball caps and visors are allowed. Flags and Props are allowed. The Theme Classes will perform in Costume at ALL events.

Awards

Ribbons for First through Third Place.

State Championships

Qualification

In order for a team to qualify for the State Championship, they need to compete in at least two out of the three qualifying competitions. The teams must also compete in the same class at 2 qualifiers in order to compete in that class at the State Championships. Teams are encouraged to attend all 3 qualifiers and will be ranked by a cumulative point system throughout the show year, culminating in a High Point Award per division at the State Championships. 

A first year team accepted into the Association after the qualifying competitions will not be able to compete for the title of State Champions. Teams will be allowed to come and be judged in their divisions but will be placed below qualified teams. Thereafter, the team will be obligated to meet the same qualifications as another association member.

High Point

Points will be tallied for each team in each class they compete in at qualifiers and State Championships. These tallies will be published on the Association’s Facebook page and website after each qualifier. The highest scoring team will be awarded the High Point award for that class.

Teams are encouraged to attend all 3 qualifiers in order to secure that top spot in the rankings.

Score Sheets

At the end of the first day of the Championships, the Show Secretary will seal the score sheets in the envelopes provided by SSMDTA and hand them over to a Managing Member, without a team in the competition, who will keep them overnight and bring them to the following day’s competition. If both Managing Members are competing, the Show Secretary will keep the score sheets overnight.

Awards

At the State Championships, a trophy, plaque or similar award will be presented to the first place team in each class. Physical items such as buckets, grooming supplies, etc., will be awarded to each team member in lieu of ribbons.

The High Point Team in each class will receive a certificate and an award for each rider in that class.

Additional awards may be given out at the discretion of show management.

Flag Protocol

Flag Order – (Right to Left or Front to Back)

1. American Flag

2. State flag

3. Armed Forces flags (in order below)

a. Army

b. Marines

c. Navy

d. Air Force

e. Coast Guard

4.  City flag (only if State flag is used) 

5.  Team flag

6. Sponsor flag

Flag Staffs – Heights

Normally flags should fly above a rider’s head about 6” to not block their view. Therefore, as a guide, if you want to carry a 4’ x 6’ flag, you will need a 10’ pole (4+6=10). A 3’ x 5’ flag needs an 8’ pole,etc. This calculation may not always work for taller riders. For a uniform look, flag poles may be cut (adjusted), or flag boots may be positioned in a manner so all flags on a team appear to be the same height.

Flags – General Information

No flags on the team should be higher or larger than the American Flag. A small sticker on a flag pole can mark where riders need to hold the pole to keep flags facing forward. The lighter a flag is, the easier it is to handle. No flag should leave the arena before the American Flag.

General Flag Carriage – Riders

Riders carry flags on their right in a steady manner with shafts and/or poles perpendicular to the ground (regardless of the drill speed…no leaning forward, backward or outward). Elbows should be bent in a right angle and held close to the body. Flags need to be kept free-flying and not allowed to wrap around poles. All flags (except the American Flag) should be dipped in honor of the American Flag, the National Anthem, or the Pledge of Allegiance of the American Flag. Flags are dipped by fully extending the right arm forward, not to the side.

      

American Flag Carriage – Riders

Riders must always carry the American Flag on their right, straight upright, perpendicular to the ground. Elbows should be bent in a right angle and held close to the body. The American Flag is NEVER dipped. Regardless of the drill speed the American Flag NEVER leans forward, backward or outward. It should always be free-flying and not allowed to wrap around the shaft. The American Flag should not be allowed to touch the ground. American Flag horse/rider should have skills capable of carrying the National Flag. If an American Flag is dropped during drill, it should be rescued immediately, and placed back in its position.

The American Flag – Position in Maneuvers:

The position of the American Flag during drill shall always be to the front or to the right of all other flags and all other riders. In a single file the American Flag shall lead all other flags and riders. In pairs, fours, eights, obliques or full team abreast, the American Flag shall be to the right and/or in front of all other flags and riders. When performing a Crack The Whip, the American Flag should be on the outside and the team should be traveling counter-clockwise. In a Chevron the American Flag should always be at the front point leading other riders. When in a Circle, the American Flag must leave the formation first and be in a leading position. In a counter-clockwise Pinwheel, American Flag(s) should be in the far outside positions. When performing a clockwise Pinwheel, American Flag(s) should be the center pivots. When performing other maneuvers remember to always place the American Flag in the front position and/or to the right of all other flags and riders. At NO time may the American Flag back up (signifies retreat) in a maneuver. On exiting an arena, no other flag may leave the arena before the American Flag; the American Flag leads the exit.

Penalties

Exceeding Time Limit

The time starts when the first horse breaks the plane of the performing team’s “designated” arena. (This will be determined by each team’ s use of some form of markers. If a team doesn’t mark their field, it may be assumed by a judge that they are using the entire arena.) The time will end when the last horse’s tail leaves the team’s “designated” arena. 

If a team goes under or over the allotted time, it shall incur a 5 point penalty for the first 5 seconds over or under plus an additional 1 point penalty for every additional 5 seconds (rounded up) that they are over or under time. 

Show Secretary shall time each drill and will place the drill time and access any penalties on the score sheets.

Fall of Horse/Rider

A fall of horse or rider due to arena conditions, horse behavior, faulty equipment, etc. shall incur a twenty (20) point deduction from team’s total sore. If the fall of horse/rider is due to a collision between two or more horses, collision of horse or rider with gate or wall, a one hundred (100) point deduction will be incurred. This penalty will be accessed per incident. The Fall of Horse/Rider penalty includes Re-Grouping, so a Re-Grouping penalty shall not be added on top of a Fall of Horse/Rider penalty. Penalty shall be deducted from specified area on official score sheet.

In the event of a fallen rider, please do not rush the arena. Please allow the coach, show staff and parent (if applicable) to access the situation. If additional assistance is needed, the coach/show staff/parent will request it.

Re-Grouping

Shall incur a five (5) point deduction, per incident, to be taken from the team’s total score sheet. Re-grouping penalty shall be accessed when an obvious loss of direction occurs. Penalty shall be deducted from specified area on official score sheet.

Quick Reference

Fees / Costs

  • Annual Dues – $100 (due January 15th)
  • Late Fee for Dues received after January 15th – $50
  • Qualifier Entry Fee – $10/rider/class for member teams
  • Qualifier Entry Fee – $15/rider/class for non-member teams
  • State Championship Entry Fee – $20/rider/class
  • Late Fee for Entry Fees – $50
  • Returned Check Fee – $25
  • Official Complaint/Dispute – $30

Penalties

The following are deductions that a team may incur during a competition:

Exceeding allotted drill time limit -5 points, -1 for each additional 5 seconds

Fall of rider and/or horse -20 points – per incident

Re-grouping -5 points – per incident

Fielding Less Riders -25 points – per rider/judge

If internal or external coaching is noticed by the judges or SSMDTA Staff, a 50 point penalty will be accessed – along with a notation of the nature of the violation.

Music not brought up on time will result in a 10 point penalty for each class music is missing for.

Racing out of at the arena will result in a 20 point penalty.

Classes

Class Min Riders Max Riders Required Gaits Min Time Max Time
Compulsory 4 N/A N/A N/A
Short Program 4 N/A 3 minutes 4 minutes
Novice Freestyle 6 N/A W / T 6 minutes 8 minutes
Novice Quad 4 4 W / T 5 minutes 7 minutes
Novice Theme 4 N/A W / T 6 minutes 8 minutes
Youth Freestyle 6 N/A W / T / C 6 minutes 8 minutes
Youth Quad 4 4 W / T / C 5 minutes 7 minutes
Youth Rodeo 4 N/A C 3 minutes 4 minutes
Youth Theme 4 N/A W / T / C 6 minutes 8 minutes
Open Freestyle 6 N/A W / T / C 6 minutes 8 minutes
Open Quad 4 4 W / T / C 5 minutes 7 minutes
Open Rodeo 4 N/A C 3 minutes 4 minutes
Open Theme 4 N/A W / T / C 6 minutes 8 minutes

 

Application for Membership

Team Name _________________________________________ Date ___________

Contact Person _________________________________________________________

Mailing Address ________________________________________________________

City ______________________________ State ________ Zip ___________

Daytime Telephone Number _______________________________________________

Evening Telephone Number _______________________________________________

E-mail Address _________________________________________________________

Type of Team: Adult _____ Youth _____ Mixed _____ Other _____

Does your team have a theme & colors? If so, please describe: ___________________

______________________________________________________________________

FOR SSMDTA USE

Application: Approved ________ Denied ________ Date ____________

If Denied, reason: _____________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________

Was check enclosed for yearly dues: Yes ______ No ______ Check #_________