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 six 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
- Derby at the age of 7 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, 2024 and 2025.
The nominator(s)must be an ORHA member in the year the foal/horse is in enrollment.
2. Two-Year-Old Reining Prospect Class on the Rail
Owners and riders 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.
3. Three-Year-Old Futurity
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 to the ORHA Futurity Three-Year-Old Reining Futurity class.
4. Derby Class
Owners 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 to 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 the ORHA due by January 15th following the weaning year.
If the horse is not enrolled in the year of its birth, payment will be as follows:
Weanling: $285.00 (by January 15th following the weanling year)
Yearling: $570.00 (after January 15th of the yearling year)
2 years: $775.00 (after January 15th of the two-year-old year)
3 years: $1,500.00 (after January 15th of the three-year-old year)
4 years: $400.00 (after January 15th of the four-year-old year)
5 years: $200.00 (after January 15th of the five-year-old year)
6 years: $100.00 (after January 15th of the six-year-old year)
7 years: $50.00 (after January 15th of the seven-year-old year)
All payments will be considered received based on the date of the postmark; payments may be remitted by cheque to the address on the enrollment form, or an E-Transfer payment to firstname.lastname@example.org
To submit copies of your paperwork (Enrollment Forms, Horses Registration Paper, NRHA Competition License, ORHA & NRHA Memberships, Entry Forms etc.) or if you have any other inquiries email us at email@example.com
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 4-5-6-7 Year-Old Derby classes.
ORHA 2-Year-Old Reining Prospect class on the Rail
All entries and payments will be done at the show office.
The ORHA 2-Year-Old class will retain 0% of all the entry fees.
ORHA 3-Year-Old Futurity & ORHA 4-5-6-7 Year-Old Derby
Entry, judges and show fees for all ORHA Futurity & Derby classes are due in full and payable by August 15th each show year. Show fees to be determined by the Futurity Committee set at the beginning of the show year. A separate entry fee is payable for each division entered along with the highest judges fee applicable.
If you missed the August 15th deadline there will be a $200.00 late fee in addition to your entry, judges & show fees. Horses entered after the draw will go first in the reverse order they are received. The draw will be done the evening before. Time to be determined by the board at the show.
The ORHA Futurity 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 a deduction of $15 for administrative costs, the enrollment fee will be applied as follows:
2 year-old-year Reining Pleasure: $0
Futurity Open Level-4 Division: $75
Futurity Open Level-1 Division: $20
Futurity Non-Pro Level-4 Division: $60
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 Non-Pro Level-4: $10
Derby Fourth Year Open Level-4: $15
Derby Fourth Year Non-Pro Level-4: $10
At the beginning of each year, the ORHA Board will decide on additional amounts, if any, to be added to each division of the ORHA program, on top of the total money collected, as broken down above.
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″ in 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 the 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 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.
The judge will announce each horse and rider.
All horses will be judged as a future reining prospect, with forward motion at the walk, jog, and lope in both directions, plus a backup. Horses should exhibit good cadence and demonstrate control and willingness.
Jog – when asked to jog, horses must jog around the arena 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 the 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. Horses are to be shown one or two-handed in any legal bridle and may not change hands or switch from one to two hands. As Per NRHA rules.
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 the 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 February 5th,2023)