IMTCA Class Descriptions

In Hand

Lead you horse through the course, no rider or saddle. This class is offered in the Novice, Youth 1, 2, 3, Adult 1, 2, 3, Open 1, 2, 3, Senior Horse 1, 2, 3, Junior Horse 1, 2, 3, Mini 1, 2, 3

Lead Line

This is defined as anybody requiring a lead line from an adult by their side (e.g., a child or equestrian with disabilities). The rider shall be a minimum of 6-years old. A Lead Line Rider may not compete in classes without a Leader. The Leader shall be a minimum of 18-years old. Helmets are required for riders competing in Lead Line.

Mini's 

This is defined as a horse 13-hands and under. A mini/pony must follow the mini/pony pattern InHand. This is an Open Class. It is offered in Level 1, 2, 3

Youth - Ages 6-17

This is defined as participants under 18 years old based on age as of January 1st; minimum age to compete will be 6 years old. Youth classes may be separated into multiple age groups. Example: 6 – 13 and 14 – 17. Helmets are required, all youth must wear helmets at IMTCA sanctioned events. A youth cannot exhibit a stallion. There will be classes offered in the Level 1, 2 and 3 In-Hand and Riding.

Adult - Ages 18 and up

This is defined as participants 18 and older based on age as of January 1st. There will be classes offered in the Levels of 1, 2 and 3 In-Hand and Riding.

Junior Horse

This is defined as a horse 5 years and under as determined using the standard January 1st age progression. (A horse born April is considered 1-year old on January first). This is an Open Class. There will be classes offered in Levels 1 & 2 In-Hand and Riding.

Senior Horse

This is defined as a horse 6 years and older as determined using the standard January 1st age progression. (A horse born April is considered 1-year old on January first). This is an Open Class. There will be classes offered in Levels 1 & 2 In-Hand and Riding.

Novice Division

This is defined as the first year the handler/rider is competing trail obstacles in any organized trail or cowboy race competitions

Open Division

This is defined as all handler/riders. Novice may not show in Open Division.

Gamblers Choice

This class any one can enter. The rules are different. You have 2 minutes to show your skills. Safely navigating the obstacles is all that counts. However, if a horse steps out with just one foot the obstacle does not count for a score. Each obstacle has a value which is given when show starts. You must be across the finish line before the 2 minutes are up or the last obstacle score does not count. Show your skills with picking AS MANY obstacles in any order and wow the judge and the crowd with what you and your horse can do.

LONG LINE CLASS

Up to 7 obstacles keeping safety in mind of your lines. You will not be asked to do teeter totters, swing bridges, rolling bridges or cross bucks. Long Line Class is executed at a walk.

Long-Line/Ground Driving is completed with two lines with the handler on the ground.

It is an open to all Divisions. It is a Level 1 class.

Lines should be 15’-22’ long (suggested) and can be connected to halter (leather or rope), a side pull (that will need to be inspected and passed at Tack Check) or bridle with a snaffle bit only. A surcingle can be used but is not compulsory. The horse/handler team should show a willing, bold and confident partnership and moving forward in a safe manner.


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