ISHA FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT ARE THE DRESS & TACK REQUIREMENTS TO SHOW WITH THE INDIANA SADDLE HORSE ASSOCIATION (ISHA)?
Helmets are required for anyone under 19 years of age. Shirts, long pants and boots appropriate for class division.
Tack must be appropriate for class division.
Please contact the ISHA Mentor for your breed for specific tack & attire questions
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO SHOW WITH THE ISHA?
ISHA keeps show costs reasonable and affordable. Classes are $7/ea except the added money classes which are $10/ea. Stalls and tack stalls are $25/ea per day or $40/weekend. Tie Outs are $15/per day. An office fee is $5 per horse/exhibitor per day.
WHAT ARE THE CLASS PAYBACK RULES?
There must be 3 or more exhibitors in a class for paybacks in $7 classes. There must be at least 5 exhibitors in the Added Money Classes for paybacks. Payouts: three places - 40%, 20%,10%. There are no paybacks for Showmanship, Equitation, Beginner, Roselyn A Faut Memorial, All Breed Supreme Halter Championship, Stick Horse, Lead Line & Fun classes.
CAN I PRE REGISTER FOR SHOWS WITH ISHA?
Yes, a registration form can be downloaded and submitted to the show secretary with payment via check. You can prepay for stalls and office fees and pay later for classes entered if you desire. Prepayment is not mandatory but preferred, you can pay for additional classes at the show. There is no refund for scratched classes.
DO I NEED TO BE A CURRENT CLUB MEMBER TO SHOW WITH ISHA?
You do not need to be an ISHA member to exhibit at ISHA shows. However, membership is required to participate in the 4-H High Point and All Member High Point Competition programs. You also must be an ISHA member to compete in the Roselyn A. Faut Memorial classes. You do not need to be an ISHA member to be eligible to earn points from Other Breed Open High Point Competition programs.
CAN I PURCHASE PHOTOS FROM THE SHOW OF MY HORSE & I?
If a professional photographer is on site, a notification will be displayed at the show office. Look for Horse Show Special Prices.
HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE WITH ISHA EVEN IF I'M NOT SHOWING?
ISHA welcomes participation from family members and others who are not actively exhibiting horses at ISHA shows. You can volunteer (earn TYB) to work at the shows as a ringmaster, gatekeepers handing out ribbons and awards, setting up and taking down show equipment.
You can be active in the planning and implementation of ISHA events such as the Hoosier Horse Fair booth and the Fresh Start Benefit Bash. As a committee chair or committee member, you help shape the future of ISHA. All ideas are welcome.
You can share your expertise and experience by volunteering to be a "Mentor". The Mentoring Program consists of individuals who can assist new exhibitors or those who are switching disciplines or changing breeds with useful advice. You can help these individuals be confident and comfortable in new experiences.
CAN I EARN SHOW CREDITS BY VOLUNTEERING?
ISHA offers a "Thank You Bucks" (TYB) program for members who volunteer at shows or at the ISHA Hoosier Horse Fair booth. You receive a $5 credit for every hour volunteered which can be redeemed by submitting a TYB form to Mona Ragan. TYB requests must be submitted at least one week before a show. TYB credits can be used to pay for $7 classes, stalls, tie outs, office fees, membership dues, and High Point Competition entries. TYB credits are valid for the current and following year only.
CAN MORE THAN ONE PERSON EXHIBIT THE SAME HORSE?
Yes. If a horse is shown by more than one exhibitor, an entry form must be filled out for each horse/exhibitor combination. A new back number will be issued and a $5 office fee charged. Beginner Class horses can be shown in non Beginner Classes.
CAN A STALLION BE SHOWN IN NON-STALLION CLASSES?
Yes, a stallion can be shown in any class that is not gender-specific.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I SCRATCH A CLASS?
You do not receive a refund for a scratched class. Please notify the office of a scratch as soon as possible. IF you want to re-enter the scratched class, it must be done at least 4 classes prior to the class. There is no additional charge to re-enter the class.
CAN I CROSS ENTER WALK/TROT CLASSES AND WALK/TROT/CANTER CLASSES?
YES, you can enter walk/trot classes and walk/trot/canter classes unless you enter a "restricted" walk/trot class.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE SUPREME ALL BREED HALTER CHAMPIONSHIP CLASS AND HOW DO I ENTER?
All first place horses in halter classes are eligible for the Supreme All Breed Halter Championship class. You do not need to enter or pay a class fee for the Supreme All Breed Halter Championship class. It is your responsibility to be at the gate when the class is called.
CAN YOUTH CROSS ENTER YOUTH AND OPEN CLASSES?
Yes, youth exhibitors are allowed to enter both youth and open classes
WHO CAN ENTER THE ADDED MONEY CLASSES ($50 & $100) CLASSES?
All exhibitors are eligible to enter these classes, no qualifications. Class fee is $10. There must be 5 or more exhibitors for payback.
WILL CLASS PATTERNS BE AVAILABLE FOR SHOWMANSHIP, EQUITATION, VERSATILITY & TRAIL?
Yes, patterns will be posted on the bulletin board next to Baker Arena by Saturday morning. Patterns are provided by the individual show judge.
HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE TO ENTER CLASSES?
You need to enter a class at least 4 classes prior to the class. You can save time by downloading the entry form and submitting by mail. For your convenience, the show secretary will be available at the show grounds on Friday evening. Pre-entries are appreciated.
CAN I ENTER A RESTRICTED CLASS AND A NON-RESTRICTED CLASS WITHIN THE SAME DIVISION?
No, anyone entering a restricted class CAN NOT enter a class with a canter or lope in the same division. Those entering a class with a canter or lope CAN NOT enter a restricted class in the same division.
WHO IS ALLOWED TO ENTER BEGINNER CLASSES AND WHAT ARE THE RESTRICTIONS?
"Beginner" classes are for riders who have been riding less than 2 years, OR ride exclusively in a lesson program and do not own their own horse. Beginner classes allow, but do not require martingales, snaffles, and single reins. Riders in Beginner classes may cross enter other classes for which they are eligible, but all riders in Beginner classes must meet the criteria set forth in sentence one. Riders in W/T classes cannot cross enter any W/T/C classes and riders in W/T/C classes cannot cross enter any W/T classes.
WHAT QUALIFIES A HORSE/PONY FOR THE RESCUE CLASS?
Defined as any horse/pony that was slaughter-bound, saved from a kill pen, adopted from a Horse Rescue or saved from severe neglect. OTTB’s are not considered rescues unless they meet the aforementioned criteria.