Rules and Information
The Ontario Reining Horse Association (ORHA) has created a new program of excellence and promotion of young horses in reining competition, now called the ORHA Futurity.
The ORHA is fully responsible for all added monies and show expenses incurred for the program and its classes.
This program covers a period of reining activity covering five years, as follows:
- Reining Prospect class at the age of 2 years
- Futurity at the age of 3 years
- Derby at the age of 4 years
- Derby at the age of 5 years
- Derby at the age of 6 years
Each year of the program is identified by the year of birth of the enrolled horse. For example, the 2018 program affects horses foaled in 2018, with those foals eligible to show in 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024.
- The nominator(s)must be an ORHA member at the time of foal/horse enrollment.
- When nominating foals to the ORHA Futurity Program after November 1st the membership fee will apply to the following year.
Two-Year-Old Reining Prospect Class on the Rail
Owner(s) and rider must be ORHA members for the year of showing in the ORHA Futurity Two-Year-Old Reining Prospect class.
ORHA Futurity Reining Prospect rules apply to the Two-Year-Old class.
Owners and riders must be both NRHA and ORHA members for the year of showing in the ORHA Futurity Three-Year-Old Futurity class. Horses are also required to have an NRHA competition license to compete in this class.
NRHA rules apply for the ORHA Futurity Three-Year-Old Reining Futurity class.
Owner(s) and rider must be both NRHA and ORHA members for the year of showing in the ORHA Derby class. Horses are also required to have an NRHA Competition License to compete in this class.
NRHA rules apply for the ORHA Derby class.
Any owner or rider who fails to hold the appropriate NRHA and ORHA memberships before entering and/or exhibiting will forfeit all entry fees and prize monies and awards received.
To enroll a horse in the ORHA Futurity program, a one-time fee of $285.00 is payable to ORHA before December 31 of the foaling year.
If the horse is not enrolled in the year of its birth, payment will be as follows:
Yearling: $570 (before December 31 of the yearling year)
2 years: $775 (before December 31 of the two-year-old year)
3 years: $1,500 (before July 15 of the three-year-old year)
4 years: $1,000 (before December 31 of the four-year-old year)
5 years: $500 (before December 31 of the five-year-old year)
6 years: $500
All payments will be considered received based on the date of the postmark; payments may be remitted by cheque, or an E-Transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org
Payments are strictly non-refundable, except in the case of overpayment.
NSF cheques will be charged $50 and entries will be invalid until payment and
penalties have been paid in full.
All cheques are payable to ORHA.
No substitution of horse will be permitted under any circumstances.
Must be an ORHA member at the time of entering into the ORHA 2-Year-Old Reining Prospect class on the Rail, ORHA 3-Year-Old Futurity, ORHA 4-5-6-Year-Old Derby classes.
ORHA 2-Year-Old Reining Prospect class on the Rail
50% of entry fees for all ORHA 2-Year-old class are due and payable by July 15th in the year of showing.
The other 50% of your entry is due for ORHA 2-Year-old class at the show along with other show fees.
If you missed the July 15th dead line there will be a $50.00 late fee in addition to entry fees
The ORHA 2-Year-Old class will retain 0% of all the entry fees.
ORHA 3-Year-Old Futurity
50% of entry fees for all ORHA Futurity classes are due and payable by July 15th in the year of showing.
The other 50% of your entry is due for ORHA Futurity classes at the show along with other show fees.
If you missed the July 15th dead line there will be a $50.00 late fee in addition to entry fees.
The ORHA Futurity will retain 25% of all the entry fees.
ORHA 4-5-6-Year-Old Derby
50% of entry is due for ORHA Derby classes are due and payable 30days posted Derby date advertised by the show.
The other 50% of your entry is due for ORHA Derby classes at the show along with other show fees.
If you missed the set date dead line there will be a $50.00 late fee in addition to entry fees.
The ORHA Derby will retain 25% of all the entry fees.
Any horse is eligible to be enrolled in the ORHA Futurity, regardless of residence of the horse, owner or rider.
PAYBACK and AWARDS
After deduction of $20 for administrative costs, the enrollment fee will be applied as follows:
2 year-old-year Reining Pleasure: $10
Futurity Open Level-4 Division: $80
Futurity Open Level-1 Division: $20
Futurity Non-Pro Level-4 Division: $65
Futurity Non-Pro Level-1 Division: $15
Derby First Year Open Level-4: $15
Derby First Year Non-Pro Level-4: $10
Derby Second Year Open Level-4: $15
Derby Second Year Non-Pro Level-4: $10
Derby Third Year Open Level-4: $15
Derby Third Year Open Level-4: $15
Derby Third Year Non-Pro Level-4: $10
ORHA TWO-YEAR-OLD REINING PROSPECT ON THE RAIL CLASS
The goal is to exhibit two-year-old horses, paid up in the ORHA Futurity program, in a fashion that promotes soundness, both physical and emotional potential, and athletic ability. Sample; as if you were going to look for a reining prospect horse.
NO youth 18 and under will be permitted to warm up or show a stallion, monorchid or cryptorchid horse, regardless of age, in the Two-year-Old Reining Prospect class.
The rider does not need to own the horse he or she is riding.
Horses are to be shown in standard, plain or silver headstalls with browband, shaped ear or split ear.
Smooth snaffle bit with broken mouthpiece (conventional O-ring, egg butt, or D-ring) with ring no larger than 4″ and no smaller than 2″. The bit must be a minimum of 3/8″ in diameter at one inch in from the cheek with a gradual decrease to the center of the bit. A loose leather curb strap is optional.
Reins must be attached above the curb strap. Refer to NRHA rule book (Diagrams pages).
A braided rawhide or leather bosal may be used in lieu of the snaffle bit but must be no larger than 3/4″ diameter at the cheek. There must be a minimum of two finger spaces (approximately 1 1/2″) between the bosal and the nose. No rigid material is permitted under the jaw or on the noseband — but may have a flexible cable core. Refer to NRHA rule book for more clarity.
Any other equipment is prohibited (i.e. martingales, nosebands and tie-downs).
Refer to the NRHA rule book for more clarity.
Size of Class
The class size will depend on how many show entries are received. If there are more than 12 horses entered, the class will be divided.
If the class is divided, all horses will be judged and will be placed in the separate divisions. The top horses in each division (number will depend on entries) will return for the final round of judging. Judge’s decision is final.
Horses and equipment will be inspected prior to the class and before entering the arena by the assigned Judge.
Horses may be shown one or two handed in any legal snaffle bit or bosal, and may not change hands or switch from one to two hands
All horses will be judged immediately upon entering the arena at a walk or jog.
All horses will be judged as a future reining prospect, with forward motion at the walk, jog, and lope in both directions, plus a back-up. Horses should exhibit good cadence and demonstrate control and willingness.
Jog – when asked to jog, horses must jog around the as if they are jogging
to center as per a reining pattern, with forward motion
Lope – when asked to lope, horses must take the lead and lope around the
arena with forward motion as if doing a small circle during a reining pattern
NOTE: EXCESSIVE SPEED OR TOO SLOW WILL BE PENALIZED.
Change direction – when asked to change direction; horses must turn 180 degrees on the haunches toward the inside of the arena.
Backup – when asked to backup, horses are required to move in a reverse motion in a straight line without resistance and for the required distance.
The judge is compelled to disqualify any horse that he/she feels is being
exhibited in a manner that is cruel, abusive and/or inhumane. Refer to the
NRHA rule book for further clarification.
The exhibition of a horse that has a cut or abrasion showing clear evidence of fresh blood in the mouth, nose, chin, shoulder, barrel, flank or hip will result in disqualification. Refer to NRHA rule book.
For up-to-date rules for the ORHA Futurity program, please go to the website at www.orha.on.ca
ORHA THREE-YEAR-OLD FUTURITY
All divisions participate in the Futurity (one round only), with Open and Non-Pro divisions held at the same time, and a separate entry fee is payable for each division entered. Use of hands – Horses are to be shown As Per NRHA rules category 2 & 6 Ages Events rules. ORHA Futurity Show Committee will also announce this information the year the horses are showing.
All divisions participate in the Derby (one round only), with Open and Non-Pro divisions held at the same time, and a separate entry fee is payable for each division entered. Horses are to be shown one handed. As Per NRHA rules.
This version of the Futurity program is effective January 1, 2018 and applies to horses born in 2018.
There is no restriction on the number of horses that an owner may enroll in the ORHA Futurity program, but a rider may show a maximum of three horses in each class or as per NRHA rules.
Competition rules in force at the time of the event, unless otherwise directed by the ORHA Board of Directors, are those of the National Reining Horse Association.
This program and its rules and requirements may be amended by the Board of Directors of the ORHA at any time.
(ORHA Futurity Rules and Policy’s – Updated January 6, 2020)