Updated: June 5/2018

Date: Thursday, July 5 (English) & Friday, July 6 (Western), 2018
Location:  Taber Exhibition Association (Taber AgriPlex) - 6602 53 St, Taber, AB
Time:  Check in: 7:30 am (Both Days)   Start:  8:30 am (Both Days)

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Age Groups and Events: All ages as of January 1st, of current year.       

A - PEEWEE                               11 years and under

B - JUNIOR                                14 years and under

C - INTERMEDIATE                15 - 17 years

D - SENIOR                                18 years and over

E - BEGINNER RIDER             17 and under (Walk/Trot only)

F - BEGINNER RIDER             18 and over (Walk/Trot only)


Note: BEGINNER RIDER classes are open to all competitors in their first or second year of riding. Entrants in these classes cannot cross-enter with any other classes except showmanship. E and F classes may be combined depending on number of entries.

Age divisions may be split, combined, or altered to accommodate equality in class sizes.

Amateur status is required. Under Equestrian Canada regulations, an Amateur is an individual over the age of 18 that does not get paid for riding and only coaches at the Instructor of Beginner (IOB) equivalent or lower.


Regional Representation:

Open registration - no limit on the number of athletes from each region.

Participants are eligible to participate in as many Equestrian events as they choose.



The main arena will be available for warm-up 30 minutes prior to the show each day. The Taber Agriplex grounds also has an outdoor arena available for warm-up.


Thursday, July 5 - ENGLISH


1. Pleasure - A,B,C,D,E,F

2. Equitation - A,B,C,D,E,F

3. Command Class - A,B,C,D

4. Cross Rails to 18” - A,B,C,D,E,F (entrants in this class may not enter any other over fences classes). To be judged on riders position and horses way of going.

5. Equitation over Fences - 17 and under (A,B,C combined). Maximum 2’

6. Equitation over Fences - 18 and over (D). Maximum 2’6”

7. Jumper - 17 and under (A,B,C combined). Maximum 2’6”

8. Jumper - 18 and over (D). Maximum 3’    Note: In case of a tie in the 1st jumper round, the second round will be timed.


Handi-Horse Classes - to be held in the outdoor trail arena between 1:00 pm and 4:00 p.m. Please complete at your earliest convenience. Judged as a trail class but using English attire and tack. Beginner riders (E,F) pattern will require walk/trot only.

9. Handi Horse - A,B,C,D,E,F


English Dressage Classes - To be held in the outdoor arena between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Please complete at your earliest convenience. Dressage tests come from Cadora and patterns can be found on the Western Style Dressage Association of Canada website. 

10. Walk Trot - Test “A”

11. Training Level - Test “A”

12. First Level - Test “A”


Friday, July 6 - WESTERN


13. Showmanship - A,B,C,D

14. Pleasure - A,B,C,D,E,F

15. Equitation - A,B,C,D,E,F

16. Command Class - A,B,C,D

17. Reining - 17 and under (A,B,C combined)

18. Reining - 18 and over (D)

19. Barrels - A,B,C,D

20. Poles - A,B,C,D

21. Keyhole - A,B,C,D


Trail Classes - To be held in the outdoor trail arena between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Please compete at your earliest convenience. The Beginner Rider (E,F) pattern will require walk/trot only.

22. Trail Horse - A,B,C,D,E,F


Western Dressage - To be held in the outdoor arena between 1:30 pm and 5:00 pm. Please complete at your earliest convenience. Dressage tests come from Cadora and patterns can be found on the Western Style Dressage Association of Canada website.

23. Introductory - Test “A”

24. Basic Level - Test “A”


Rules and Regulations:

1. Every athlete must be able to produce appropriate identification at all times.

2. Competition to be governed by the Alberta Equestrian Federation Wild Rose Rulebook, 2017 edition. This rule book can be found at www.albertaequestrian.com.

3. ALL RIDERS OF ANY AGE MUST WEAR ASTM/SEI APPROVED PROTECTIVE HEAD GEAR AT ALL TIMES WHEN MOUNTED. An exception to this rule (AEF 1.13) is made for Western Riders who are over the age of 18 (on the date of the show). Although it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that a helmet be worn, these riders may use an appropriate Western hat.

4. The Host Community along with the Equestrian Chair reserve the right to decide any point not covered by the rules, and to correct any error or make any necessary alterations in the rules.

5. The Host Community along with the Equestrian Chair reserve the right to reject any entry at any time for disrespect of the rules, intoxication, rough treatment of animals, or for any other reason.

6. No person other than the officials, steward, attendants on duty, and the judges of the class may enter the show ring without permission.

7. Gate announcements are a courtesy call only. It is up to the competitor to be ready for their class. Gates will not be held and late arrivals are not permitted. If a tack change is necessary, please make arrangements with gate official.

8. Every horse/rider will be assigned a number which must be visible and worn in each class. 

9. Horses may be shared by more than one rider within these limits: the number of times a hose can be ridden in each category is 2. Example: Horse can be ridden twice in Pleasure or twice in Equitation (different age divisions). May also be ridden twice in each game and/or over fences category (i.e. 2 “B” age competitors may use the same horse in Barrels, but then that horse cannot be used for any other age division in the Barrel competition). Horses used in the Showmanship class may only be used in one age division.

10. In the Western Division, Junior Horses (5 years old and under as of January 1, 2018) may be ridden with two hands on the reins, if using a snaffle bit or bosal. Senior Hoses (6 years and older) must be shown with one hand on the reins, except when using romal reins where standard AEF rules apply. Riders can use bitless bridles but may not use mechanical hackamores or horse hair bosals.

11. Proper attire and equipment must be used at all times in the ring. Please review the AEF rulebook for clarification regarding bits, chin straps, nose bands, martingales, tie-downs, etc. Horses may wear leg protection for reining, Western speed events, and Jumper classes.

12. An unruly horse may be excused from the ring at the discretion of the judge. Stallions are not permitted at this show.

13. The Arena equipment required for a class may not be used for practicing before the event begins, under penalty of disqualification from that event.


15. In the spirit of good sportsmanship, it is hoped that there will be no cause for dispute. However, in the unlikely event it is deemed necessary to have a complaint, the S.A.R.A. protest policy will apply: Objections must be made to the Show Chair of the competition in writing and accompanied by a deposit of $100.00 no later than one hour after the occurrence which gave rise to the objection. The deposit is forfeited unless the objection is upheld. The decision of the S.A.R.A. board is final.


Additional Fees:

Thursday/Friday night riding (6:00 - 8:00 p.m.) is available for a drop-in fee of $10.00 per rider.


Stalls are available at $30.00/night

Camping with power at $20.00/night

Please call Arena Manager directly to book 403-223-9539.


Registration Deadline:

Registration Deadline as designated by your Regional Director

All registrations are done through your Regional Director, who will determine the Regional Deadline. The registration fee must also be submitted to your Regional Director. Signed consent forms must accompany the waivers.

No late registrations will be accepted.

Events will be cancelled if there are one or less individuals or teams registered. Should any event be cancelled due to lack of registrations, the athletes being affected by the cancellation will be given opportunity to re-register in another suitable category provided that the event is scheduled to run.