Gymkhana

LCHA GYMKHANA DIVISION

2021

We are excited to again enjoy our members at up coming events. We will be following all COVID guidelines for our events. It may mean that we ask you for specific actions. Please do not take any of these negatively.  We want everyone to have an amazing year.

This year we are trying a new class. It is called Novice. This class is for any age rider who is just starting out and may not want to complete in their age group. This class will be in place all year. Qualifying novice riders (Those who have completed at least 7 gymkhanas.) will be receiving a year-end award.

We are also adding a payback fun event.

We have planned 10 gymkhanas this year. A rider must enter at least 7 of the gymkhanas to qualify for year-end awards. The best 7 daily totals will be used to calculate year-end points.

Each rider must have 8 work hours assigned to their name. Hours can be completed by any representative. All 8 hours must be complete by the last gymkhana or the $100 work fee must be paid that day. If either of these options are not fulfilled by the end of the last gymkhana the rider will not qualify for year-end awards.

In each age group there must be three qualified riders before a saddle can be awarded. A runner up saddle may be awarded if there are 6 or more qualified riders. No saddles are guaranteed.

Every age group will be competing in 5 events for year-end awards.

Las Cruces Horseman’s Association Gymkhana Events

Barrels- Contestant may run to either the right or left barrel first.  A contestant may not turn any barrel more than once.  This will result in disqualification.  If the forward motion is lost this will result in disqualification.  Contestant and horse are permitted to touch the barrel. There will be a five-second penalty for each barrel that is knocked over.

Poles Contestant will weave thru six poles. Contestant or horse will be permitted to touch the poles.  Knocking a pole over will result in a five-second penalty. Also, if a pole is knocked down and the contestant does not follow the weave pattern around the original base position of the fallen pole, it is considered a broken pattern. A broken pattern shall be defined as breaking their forward motion to retrace their tracks to finish the pattern and /or passing the plane of the pole on the offside.

Flags- Contestant may turn the barrel on either the right or left side.  Contestant my circle the barrel if they do not lose forward momentum.  Not following the pattern will result in disqualification.  Knocking the bucket over is a five-second penalty.  Knocking the bucket and barrel over is a ten-second penalty.  


Goat Tying- Contestants 6 and under must use a soft string for tying around the goat’s neck.  Time will stop when their hands are up.  The contestant may be helped off their horse for this age group. For age groups 7 and up contestants may use a pigging string or rope of their choice.  Someone may hold the horse once the contestant is off the horse.  If the goat is down when the contestant reaches it, the goat must be daylighted.  The contestant must cross and tie any three legs together with pigging string or rope.  Time will stop when the contestant puts their hands up away from the goat.  Legs must remain crossed and secure for six-seconds after completion of the tie.  Time starts when hands are up.  Contestant will receive a disqualification for touching the goat or tie-string after signaling that they are finished.  The horse may not run over the rope or goat this will be a 10-second penalty.  Goats will be rotated every five contestants.  A goat may be rotated three times for a total of 15 ties.

**Fun Event – This event will change at each gymkhana and be decided by the draw of the event from a bucket. The possible events can be found on the LCHA website under the gymkhana tab. There will be a printable document with rules and information.

**Payback Event – This event will offer a payback based on each event. All ages will compete together.

Dates for 2021:

March 20th & 21st

April 17th & 18th

May 22st & 23rd

September 18th & 19th

October 16th & 17th

New Dates October 9th &10th

The gymkhanas will be held at Landmark Mercantile in Mesquite, NM.

The entries open at 8 am and gymkhana will start at 9 am with an grand entry. This year we will run the oldest age group first and end with the 6 and under. The exhibitions will only be for barrels and poles and will run at the beginning of each event. Exhibition riders must be pre-entered will be limited to current members only.

Leadline will start from 9:00 am.

Remember that all riders must wear shirts with sleeves, no tank tops or sleeveless shirts.

We look forward to seeing everyone this year.

For more information contact: Stephanie Tellez at 575-921-2564 or Amy Munn at 575-494-2757

See below to download an entry form.

Entries must be emailed or texted 7 days prior to event to avoid late fees.

A $5 late fee will apply to late entries.

Enter by e-mail to amydonaker@hotmail.com or Message AMY MUNN on Facebook.

We will use the 2020 New Mexico 4-H Rodeo Rules for a guideline. (posted below).

Additional rules specific to LCHA are posted in documents.

We have a 8 hour work rule for each person qualifying for year-end awards. If you do not complete your work hours for each rider you will be required to pay a $100 fee for each qualifying contestant before the end of the final gymkhana.

RIDERS MUST PARTICIPATE IN AT LEAST 7 GYMKHANAS TO QUALIFY FOR YEAR-END AWARDS.

Riders must be members of the Las Cruces Horseman’s Association for points to count toward year end awards. (See attachment below.)

WE WILL TAKE THE BEST 7 OUT OF 10 GYMKHANAS FOR YEAR END POINTS.

Age Groups:
Lead-line – children age 6 and under who do not ride alone
6 years & under
7-9 years
10-12 years
13-17 years
18-39 years
40 years & over
 January 1 determines your age group for the 2020 season.

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