Note, the official conditions are those in the published conditions book (which you may download or receive in the mail). If there is a discrepancy between the published book and the conditions shown below, the published conditions book conditions are the official conditions.
1ST RACE- JUNIOR PONY LEADLINE TROT RACE- 12:00 PM
For ponies. To be ridden by Juniors who have not reached their 7th birthday as of the first of the year. All ponies must have a leadline attached to their bridle and must be accompanied by an adult. Entries breaking out of the trot must go behind the last entry in the field before continuing or may be disqualified. Riders must wear ASTM approved helmets. Overgirths and protective vests are highly encouraged. Racing silks encouraged, proper riding attire accepted.
About 1/16 mile
DIV I (conditions above) - Small, Medium, Large Awards
DIV II - No age limit, not eligible for Div I. For riders needing 2-3 assistants. Indicate entry size.
2ND RACE- SHETLAND PONY FLAT RACES
Restricted to Shetland Ponies. 1/4 mile on the flat. Pony races open to juniors who have not reached their 16th birthday as of the first of the year and must be size appropriate.
3RD-5TH RACES- JUNIOR PONY FLAT RACES
Pony races open to juniors who have not reached their 16th birthday as of the first of the year. Divisions may be split or combined.
DIVISION I- SMALL PONIES (1/4 MILE)
DIVISION II- MEDIUM PONIES (1/4 MILE)
DIVISION III- LARGE PONIES (1/2 MILE)
6TH RACE—MARYLAND YOUNG RIDER HUNT CUP
Young Rider Timber Race/Field Master's Chase
Open to amateur riders between 16-21 y.o., on horses & large ponies who are a min. of 5 years old. Entries must have completed several Field Master’s Chase races (Jr. or Sr.), a timber race, or be approved by the race committee. No rider allowances. All owners, riders, and horses must be acceptable to the committee. All rider’s MUST attend a mandatory course walk, time TBD. First TB, Non-TB, & pony trophies awarded. Entries must provide their own lead. Race is carded as timber race, but may change to Field Master’s Chase pending entries, indicate your preference upon entry. About 3 miles over fences not to exceed 3 1/2’. Weight 150 lbs.
7TH RACE—MARYLAND JUNIOR HUNT CUP
Field Master’s Chase
Open to amateur riders, who have not reached their 16th birthday as of the first of the year, on horses who are a minimum of 5 years old and are not to have won a sanctioned timber race in the last 3 years. Catch weights. Riders are to follow the Field Master over a flagged course over approximately 2 miles of fair hunting country. After the last fence, the Field Master will release the field to race for the finish. Racing silks preferred. All entries will run together, but a trophy will go to the first TB and first non-TB to finish.
About 2 miles
DIVISION I- THOROUGHBRED
DIVISION II- NON-THOROUGHBRED
8TH RACE—STICK PONY RACE
Open to amateur “jockeys” 7 years of age and under. Entry fee $5. All jockeys must supply their own “mount” and are encouraged to wear racing silks. Prizes to all starters. About 20 feet on the flat.
9TH-11TH RACES—THE MARYLAND PONY HUNT CUP
Junior Pony Field Master’s Chase
Open to amateur riders on ponies. Riders are not to have reached their 16th birthday as of the first of the year. All ponies must be a minimum of 5 years old. Catch weights. Riders are to follow the Field Master over a flagged course over approximately 2 miles of fair hunting country. After the last fence, the Field Master will release the field to race for the finish. Racing silks preferred. All riders must meet the qualifications of 11a of the Maryland Steeplechasing Association's general conditions. All divisions will run together, but trophies will be awarded to the first small, medium, and large ponies to finish.
About 2 miles
DIVISION I- SMALL PONIES
DIVISION II- MEDIUM PONIES
DIVISION III- LARGE PONIES
MAKE ENTRIES WITH:
Central Entry - 540-439-3820
Entries Close at Noon Monday, April 21, 2014
NO POST ENTRIES
Entries may be measured the day of the race to ensure proper division placement. All ponies/horses may only compete in the relay division or in one race on the day. However, ponies maybe used once in the Leadline Trot race and then again in a non Leadline race/relay.
Entry Fees ($25.00) to be paid on race day prior to acceptance of entry- cash or check payable to Land Preservation Trust. Proof of rider health insurance and neg. coggins required. Release forms must be signed. Races may be combined, canceled, or split. ALL ENTRIES must be approved by the committee or must have successfully raced in a Field Master’s Chase prior to race day and/or attended the schooling session.
MANDATORY SCHOOLING SESSION
All jump race entrants MUST school before the committee before they will be allowed to compete. Please call US Pony Racing as soon as possible to join one of the schooling sessions. Entrants who have competed in the Jr MHC on the same mount before successfully are excused. Horses and ponies who have started under rules in the last 6 months are ineligible. To discuss rider and pony eligibity, or if you have questions about riding in a race, please contact 410-329-3749 or USPonyRacing@gmail.com
FOR TICKETS & INFORMATION
NOTE: The use of a whip is strictly prohibited in all races this day (excluding the Young Rider Timber Race). All riders must wear current ASTM/SEI or NSA approved helmets and safety vests. All horses and ponies must wear overgirths and must have a proper bridle with a bit (or a hackamore)
Note for entrants:
1) Course will be flagged for walking by Wednesday, April 23rd.
2) All riders (except Lead Line Trot) MUST have a Yoke which is not attached to the saddle NOT a hunting breastplate.
3) Reminder: At time of registration ALL entrants for races 6 & 8, must show credentials as required by rule 11a of the Maryland Steeplechase Association's General Conditions
4) Sunday, April 27th at 10:30 am MANDATORY course walk for ALL entrants in a jumping races.
5) In interest of running the races in a timely fashion, the Shawan Downs Race Committee along with the Stewards will make their greatest effort to start all races at the appointed post time; and any pony or horses not in the paddock at the appropriate time will be scratched by the Stewards. ALL Ponies & Horses are expected to arrive at the saddling area adjacent to the paddock at the same time. There will be no exceptions to this policy. Stable departure times will be posted w/ the stable manager, on the steward stand, and on the presentation stand as well as at the gate to the course.