2012 Show Catalog and Rulebook

(most current copy available, note updates below)


(click to download pdf file)


Rulebook Updates

2016 Rulebook Changes.

  1. For show purposes only, a horse is deemed to be born as of January 1 of the actual calendar year of its birth, except, in the case of horses born between October 1 and December 31, then as of January 1 of the year following its birth.

  2. CLIP RULE/BAD IMAGE - Under Saddle Classes: While standing in a lineup and after backing up, Judge(s) may disqualify any rider & horse that represents what they consider a bad image, either from bleeding from the mouth, show excessive stress or fatigue or by being clipped on both front feet, whereby an appearance of blood is distinctly showing so that either the horse and or rider may be in physical jeopardy. Judge(s) may only inspect horses standing from the front or rear sides. Judges(s) may not inspect any horse or position themselves in-between riders in the lineup for safety purposes. EXCEPTION to this would be in a situation whereby the horse would show the appearance of being clipped only on one front foot. This foot may show a questionable amount of blood, whereby the Judge(s) are obliged to consult another qualified opinion for final determination on whether the horse should be tied with the class or excused from the ring. In this case, the DQP would be summoned to the NEUTRAL ZONE for inspection as well as the horse & rider so that a final determination can be made. NEUTRAL ZONE The exit gate would be opened and act as the centerline (10 sq. foot on either side of the ring; being 10 ft. on the outside as well as 10 ft. on the inside of the ring) for both the horse & rider and the DQP for a final determination. The DQP should avoid going beyond the centerline and entering the ring, as well as the horse and rider avoid exiting the ring. The DQP’s determination is final as to whether the horse is to be tied with the class or exit the ring. The DQP’s decision shall be respected by all parties involved.

  3. After all under saddle classes are tied, the Ring Stewart will signal for all riders & horses to retire at the far end of the ring before the final announcement as to each placement in that class.

    2015 Changes for Youth Conformation and Under Saddle Classes.

    Youth 15 Years & older may show mares & geldings in hand. Youth 16 years and older may show stallions in hand. Open classes listed in red are special classes for riders 17 years and older competing as a Youth or Adult and may show stallions under saddle.


    2015 Changes for Show Rules and KBIF Program.

    1. For KBIF Eligibility, “2016 Nominated Horses”–all show and breeding horses must be “Nominated for KBIF Awards” by June 30, 2016, Foals and Yearlings by Aug. 1, 2016 for the KBIF Futurity , any competitors who desire to show in the “INTERNATIONAL GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSES” Sept. 15,16,17, 2016 at the KY Horse Park must also have their horses Nominated.

    2. KBIF AWARDS- in order to be compete for 2016 funds, Horses and exhibitors must attend  a total of at least 4 Regular Season KMSHA AA shows for 2016.

    3. How KBIF “Versatility” points are awarded for 2016:

    You may accumulate points by competing in any of the following sanctioned events: Versatility Show Program at AA National Shows each season. Classes eligible- trail obstacle, western pleasure, driving and one selected class of your choice. Once you have competed in 3 of the offered classes the accumulated points in all of your Versatility classes will count towards the Most Versatile High Point Horses awards.   “You must compete in 3 different categories above for your points to count for the year”. Same horse, same rider in each show competition. No Exceptions.


















    Click for complete 2016 KBIF Information


    2014 - Changes to Show Rule Book; Please Make Note.

    Cross Entry Rule change:
    ANY Youth class may be cross entered by the same rider or riders and horse at the same show. Any Youth Rider or Riders can ride the same horse in multiple classes, one class up or one class down.

    2014-KBIF Rule Change
    Must compete in a minimum of "5" AA Shows to be eligible to earn KBIF Incentive Funds Money.  Must be a "member in good standing."  Membership renewed by May 1, 2014.

    2013 - Changes to Show Rule Book; Please Make Note.

    1. On page 71 number 2 on the first line change rain to rein.

    2. On page 77 second to last line "being shown on the rail" should be change to "being shown in the trail walk. Also on the third to last line change "stop" to "halt".

    3. On page 124 number 3 should be changed from "Halt from show gait or trail walk while doing rail work" to "Halt from trail walk while doing rail work".

    4. On page 94 line nine the word "twenty" needs to be changed to "eighteen".

    5. On page 122 number 1 should be changed to read "A halt may be called for during the trail walk.

    6. KMSHA/SMHA Examiners & Rulebook Note: It is required that Stallions must have two descending testicles when checked for "Certification" approval in either breed registry KMSHA or SMHA. Absolute requirement for inspection at Shows for any Stallion conformation or under saddle class.

    7. During 2017 Show Season any horse who is found to have not been transferred and ownership is incorrect or not current on the KMSHA/SMHA Registration, the horse/owner will forfeit any and all winnings or KBIF points for the season, without contest.

    These Show Rules and Regulations will become effective summer 2008, and remain in force as amended from time to time by the KMSHA Show Advisory Committee (SAC).

    These Rules shall also apply to all Spotted Mountain Horse Association (SMHA) sanctioned events. The Rules as printed in the most recent KMSHA/SMHA Rulebook shall be used at all KMSHA/SMHA sanctioned shows for KMSHA/SMHA classes, and at the KMSHA/SMHA International Grand Championship Show, unless otherwise amended by KMSHA/SMHA.