Don’t Miss the Action at the 2021 Versatile Horse & Rider Competition!

Watch the results of the 2021 Virtual Versatile Horse & Rider Competition

Equine Affaire’s hugely popular Versatile Horse & Rider Competition will return this spring to Equine Affaire in a new format — The Versatile Horse & RIder Competition “Home Edition,” sponsored by Nutrena! This year’s competition will take place as a virtual event with horse and rider combinations tackling a judged race through an obstacle course created to test communication between horse and rider as well as each competitor’s horsemanship skills and athletic prowess. As the horse and rider teams navigate the course and work through each obstacle they will be judged on several horsemanship criteria as well as overall performance. Contestants will compete for $2,500 in cash as well as other prizes.

Join Us VIrtually and Find Out!
The Versatile Horse & Rider Competition “Home Edition: will take place virtually, with the top 10 contestants’ videos featured during Equine Affaire’s virtual event in the digital event program. Winners will be announced via social media on Friday, April 9, 2021.

The course for the VHRC will be constructed within a 60 x 120 arena and will feature numerous trail obstacles and riding challenges such as: jumping over obstacles, backing up through a pattern, pole bending or roll backs, various gymkhana games, working gates, riding over or through “spooky objects”, gait/lead changes, flexing, working on the diagonal, etc. Preview an animated version of the 2021 course.

Cash and other prizes will be awarded to the top four riders.

FIRST PLACE: $1,200.00 cash prize, Champion rosette, Nutrena gift certificate, and title of “Equine Affaire Versatile Horse & Rider Home Edition Champion”
SECOND PLACE: $700.00 cash prize, Nutrena gift certificate, reserve champion rosette
THIRD PLACE: $400.00 cash prize, Nutrena gift certificate, rosette
FOURTH PLACE: $200.00 cash prize, Nutrena gift certificate, rosette
FIFTH THROUGH TENTH PLACES: Nutrena gift certificate, Rosette

The Versatile Horse & Rider Competition is a timed race during which the performance of each horse and rider team is judged on each obstacle for quality of horsemanship. This spring’s virtual VHRC will be judged by Scott Purdum. For each obstacle, the judge awards performance points on a scale of 0-5 based on the horse’s attitude, the rider’s horsemanship, efficiency, and the team’s overall performance. Horses and riders are required to complete the course within a given time. Overall horsemanship points are awarded with the weight of two obstacles. Horsemanship points and points from each obstacle are totaled. The horse and rider team with the highest overall point score wins!

Application materials are available below. Please complete an entry packet containing the following by March 12, 2021:

Entry deadline March 12, 2021.