Thursday Morning Horse Show
The Thursday Morning Horse Show Series is a long established tradition at the Bucks County Horse Park. Continuously running for over 30 years, our philosophy is to provide exhibitors a fun schooling atmosphere while introducing the rules and procedures of more formal shows. This show series culminates at the Annual Banquet held in November, where Year End Award recipients are honored.
Many volunteers are always needed; this is a great way to learn more about hunters and jumpers. All ages, no experience necessary and great perks! Call the office for more information.
Last updated: 5/8/2021 **Parent Leadline and Hunt Teams dates have changed**
|Date||Hunter Judge||Jumper Judge||Children's Judge|
|May 30 (PreVu)||Abbe Wolfe||Susan van Blarcom|
|June 17||Meg Black|
|June 24||Susan van Blarcom|
|July 1||Shane Ledyard|
|July 8||Meg Black|
|July 15||Abbe Wolfe|
|July 22||Creigh Duncan||Shane Ledyard|
|July 29||Susan van Blarcom|
|August 19||Abbe Wolfe|
|August 26||Creigh Duncan|
|September 19 (Fete)|
Our Hunter Ring will start at 8 am with the three cross rail divisions. The Pleasure Division will follow no earlier than 9 am. The ring will be watered and dragged each week at the division break closest to 11:30 am.
Certain divisions qualify for the Colonial Classic Horse Show. Riders may qualify for this show by participating in the designated TMHS classes. Look for the Colonial Classic logo in the TMHS prizelist to see which divisions qualify!
Marshall and Sterling League classes are also offered. TMHS offers the Bit'O'Straw Hunter Classic, the M&S Adult and Children's Medals, the Dover Saddlery Adult Medal, the Sore No-More Children's Medal and Pony Medals. Additional classes may be offered as requested. Three riders must compete to fill a class; non-members may compete. Only those riders currently members of M&S will have points count. Classes may be combined.
The Jumper Ring will start at noon with the Itty Bitty Division. TMHS offers six jumper divisions. To encourage safe and effective riding, touches to count in classes 71 to 77. Itty Bitty riders must memorize only two courses – A and B. Course A will be run over cross rails, then Course B over cross rails, then Course A again over 2' verticals, then Course B again over 2' verticals. All other divisions will run over two tracks, A and B. The third class of the division will again run over Track A but with a 3” increase in fence height. Electronic timers will be used when possible. All courses become slightly more challenging as the season progresses.
The Children's Ring will host five divisions this year and will begin at 1 pm. Again this year, there will be shade tents for guests, a Competitor Tent with water, and a beautiful Awards Arch where photos may be taken by proud parents and grandparents. A revised prize list offers more options to those just beginning their riding career. This ring is available for warm up prior to 12:30 am.
The top 12 riders in each of 10 specified divisions (see list below) will be invited to compete for double points on September 22. This Invitational Show will be held alongside the yearly Hunter Derby and Jumper Classic. Special Champion prizes and ribbons through eighth place will be awarded in each division.
This is a stand alone championship day that will be double pointed towards the year end Thursday Morning Horse Show series. The special format will include two USEF licensed judges working on a panel to score each round.
INVITATIONAL DIVISIONS: LEADLINE, MINI-STIRRUP, SHORT STIRRUP, LONG STIRRUP, BEGINNER HUNTER, PLEASURE, GREEN HUNTER, MODIFIED HUNTER, LOW CHILD/ADULT EQUITATION (2’), AND LOW HUNTER
The Year-End Awards Program is available for members and registered competitors who have competed at 4 Thursday Morning Horse Shows in the SAME division. Bucks County Horse Park members pay no fee but must register for the program; non-members register and pay a $25 fee.YEA Rules and Regulations
TMHS Points Information
- Competitors must attend 4 shows IN THE SAME DIVISION to qualify for Year-End Awards in that division.
- Members must enroll but pay no fee; non-BCHP members must enroll and pay $25 fee.
- Year-End Points for Hunter/Pleasure Divisions are accumulated by the horse.
- Year-End Points for Equitation Divisions are accumulated by the rider.
- Year-End Points for the Children's Ring Classes are accumulated by the RIDER.
- Year-End Points for the Jumper Divisions are accumulated by the horse.
- Exceptions to the above are at the sole discretion of management.
- It is expected that good sportsmanship will prevail in the "chasing" of year end points. Riders and/or Trainers are responsible for appropriately entering their horses.
As these shows have become more competitive, we want to ensure our Year End Awards recognize the best horse and rider at the end of the season for each division. Through their attendance, these riders also demonstrate continued interest in Bucks County Horse Park. As in the past, a horse or rider is required to compete at a minimum of four (4) shows to qualify for the Year End Awards given at our yearly banquet. This year, thirteen (13) qualifying shows are scheduled where riders can earn points towards the coveted year end awards.
A horse or rider's points toward Year End Awards will be totalled from their best eight (8) shows during the qualifying show year. We worked hard to develop this method and have found that it is a fair way to find the best horse and rider in each division.