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Championship Drill Team Competition

Date: June 20 - June 21, 2019
2019 RENO RODEO CHAMPIONSHIP DRILL TEAM COMPETITION
Reno Rodeo is proud to invite 12 teams to compete in this year’s drill team competition to be held Friday, June 21, 2019 at 8:00am in the Reno Livestock Events Center Indoor Arena. To maintain the high standard and quality of the competition, Reno Rodeo will only allow 12 teams the opportunity to compete in this year’s competition. The first 12 teams that have their completed application and monies returned on or before Friday, May 10, 2019 at 5 PM will be allowed to compete. Competition will begin at 8:00 a.m. in the order of draw.

The Judges Meeting will be held Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 5:30pm in the DOC Bar which is located inside the indoor arena building at the West End upstairs. The review of drill criteria with the judges and drill masters will be done. The draw for positions will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. The Draw results will then be e-mailed and / or posted no later than Friday, May 17, 2019.

Drill Divisions:
Junior: All riders under 18 years of age as of January 1, 2019.
Senior: All riders must be over 18 years of age as of January 1, 2019.
Mixed: Riders of all ages (or teams of 8 - 10 all junior or all senior riders). Eight (8) rider minimum. The Mixed Division is meant for smaller teams. Larger teams must enter in their proper division.
Clarification: In ANY division in this competition, matched horses (colors) and saddles are NOT required. The divisions reflect age groups only.


Drill Team Competition Awards:

First Place, all divisions: $1,500.00
Second Place, all divisions: $ 750.00
Third Place, all divisions: $ 500.00
Grand Champion: $ 500.00

The winner shall be determined by adding together the scores of the three judges and dividing by three. The team with the highest average is to be declared the winner, next highest average, second, and the next highest average, third.

All places first, second and third are final at the time of the awards. Due to the pressing time schedule, any contested scores and/or complaints will be assessed and will be used to improve next year’s competition. However, the results of this competition are FINAL!

Entry Fees:
Drill Competition: $200 per Team
Parade (Mandatory): $20 per Senior Team (Parade Group # 1)
$15 per Junior or Mixed Teams (Parade Group # 2)
Stalls: All stall money must be in to the Reno Rodeo office no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, May 10, 2019.
NO REFUNDS AFTER FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019.
Stall prices will be $10 per stall for Wednesday, June 19, 2019 and $20 per stall, per day Thursday, June 20, 2019 through Sunday, June 23, 2019.

Entry Deadline: May 10, 2019. Please enter as early as possible. The Reno Rodeo Association also requires that all teams be entered in the Parade Saturday, June 22, 2019. Teams should enter only parade safe horses.

For further information, contact:

Reno Rodeo Association
Attention: Bill Summy Drill Team Competition
P. O. Box 12335
Reno NV 89510
(775) 329-3877


RENO RODEO 2019 CHAMPIONSHIP DRILL TEAM COMPETITION

Drill Team Divisions:

Senior: Open to any team with riders 18 years of age or older as of January 1, 2019.

Junior: Open to any team composed entirely of riders who have not reached their 18th birthday as of January 1, 2019.

Mixed: Open to any team with riders of both ages, both junior and senior. (This division is meant for smaller teams.)

A rider may compete in only one division, except when in an emergency substitution of riders. A horse may be used by more than one team.

Emergency Substitution of Riders: The Drill Team Chairman, in an emergency such as illness of horse or rider, loss or breakage of equipment, shall allow more juniors to ride with an adult team or more adults to ride with a junior team. Such emergency shall be defined as having occurred on the way to the Reno Rodeo Championship Drill Team Competition, at the competition, or in the vicinity thereof. The decision shall be left solely to the discretion of the Drill Team Committee.

Horse / Rider Minimum: In the Senior and Junior Divisions, it is open to the number of horses and riders that constitute a team. For the Mixed Division, this is intended for the smaller teams.

Matching of Horses and Equipment: In any division in this competition, matched horses (same color) and tack (saddles) are NOT required. It is to be noted that all matching horses and identical saddles present a very pleasing appearance, but do nothing to improve a team’s drill execution and performance, and today, can be very expensive to achieve. With the exception of saddles and bits, teams are encouraged to have matching tack and attire.

Time Limit: A maximum of 12 minutes for the Free Style Program and 4 to 6 minutes for the Short Program will be allowed. Time will be taken from the first rider in to the last rider out. Time out may be allowed by the judges in case of an accident. An official timer(s) will be selected to time all the drill teams. Penalty for over time shall be 10 points for each minute or fraction thereof.

Markers: No markers will be allowed in or around the arena for use by the drill teams during the competition.

Falls: If a rider(s) falls as the result of a collision with another rider(s), 100 points shall be deducted for the fall. If a fall occurs not resulting from a collision, only 25 points will be deducted for that fall.

Costume / Equipment Changes: Since an inspection is no longer a factor in the judging, teams which have more than one set of costumes may use different costumes for each drill. No extra points will be awarded, nor will teams which do not change costumes by penalized.

Disqualification: A team will be disqualified if, after starting their drill, any horse and rider leave the arena and later return to the arena. If a rider is injured, he / she may receive permission to leave the arena without penalty.

Drill Captain: No Drill Captain, Drill Master, Coach or any other person will be allowed to stand in the arena while the teams are competing. No active coaching will be allowed outside the arena. Whistles are optional to any team and must be blown by an active participant in the drill. External whistles are prohibited with the following exceptions;

  1. In case of an emergency.
  2. To start or stop the drill.
During any drill, only those horses in the active drill will be allowed in the arena.

American Flags: Each team must carry a minimum of one American flag and observe correct flag protocol at all times. The American flag may be posted in the arena if desired. American Flag protocol will be enforced!

Judges Meeting: The Drill Team Chairman will hold a meeting with the Drill Judges and the Drill Masters to review the various categories on which scoring is based.
  1. All Drill Teams must supply three (3) Judges Explanation Sheets for the Short Program.
  2. All Drill Teams must supply three (3) flash drives for the Judges’ if they wish to have comments on their performance.
  3. All Drill Teams must supply a short biography of their team that will be collected at this meeting.
  4. Music for both the free style and short programs must be turned in at this time also.
Teams not turning in all of the items at the Thursday evening meeting will be allowed to compete on Friday but may receive a zero score at the discretion of the judges.

Judges: There will be three (3) Drill Team Judges to judge the competition. The judges will not converse with anyone. A drill team runner will deliver the score cards to be recorded. The winner will be determined by adding together all the scores and dividing by three. The team with the highest average will be declared the winner, next highest average, second, and the next highest average, third, etc. All places first, second and third are final at the time of the awards. Due to the pressing time schedule, any contested scores and/or complaints will be assessed and will be used to improve next year’s competition. However, the results of this competition are FINAL!

Parade Entry Form
An entry form is attached for your convenience. Please fill it out as soon as possible. Entry deadline will be May 10, 2019, but early entry will help expedite a successful competition. Also, the Reno Rodeo Association requires that all teams be entered in our parade on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at 10 am in downtown Reno. You must complete and return the parade application, along with the appropriate fee. IF YOU DO NOT RETURN A COMPLETED PARADE APPLICATION, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DRILL TEAM COMPETITION AND PARADE. Teams should enter only parade safe horses.

SPECIAL ATTENTION!
A CONDENSED SCORE SHEET OF ALL TEAM SCORES IN ALL DIVISION WILL BE GIVEN OUT BUT THE ORIGINALS WILL NOT BE PHOTOCOPIED AND PASSED OUT AT THE END OF THE PERFORMANCE. COPIES MAY BE REQUESTED FOR MAILING AFTER THE 2017 RODEO IS OVER.

This year we are asking that you request your preferred practice time on the Drill Team application. Every effort will be made to assign the time that a team has requested. The times will be assigned on a first come first serve basis. Those applications received the earliest will be assigned the requested practice time.

DEFINITIONS FOR JUDGES - SENIOR, JUNIOR AND MIXED DIVISIONS

1. ALIGNMENT shall mean both vertical and horizontal. Vertical and horizontal alignment in the maneuvers of a team, as well as quality, shall be used as a basis in determining the number of points awarded in this category.

2. SPACING shall mean the maintaining of a uniform distance between all horses throughout an entire maneuver. This distance may be varied in succeeding maneuvers in line with the requirements of the particular maneuver being performed.

3. VARIETY points shall be awarded on the basis of drill variety, i.e., single file, pairs, fours, obliques, eights, etc. In other words, the variety of ways in which the drill is performed.

4. COORDINATION AND TIMING shall mean the manner in which the members of the team work together in the performance of their maneuvers.

5. HORSEMANSHIP equitation shall be stressed, adapted for drill purposes, i.e., basic equitation position, leads, hands and the use or misuse of aids shall be especially noted.

6. PERFORMANCE OF HORSE shall mean manners, way of going and suitability as a drill horse.

7. BRISKNESS in executing maneuvers means preciseness, alertness and overall attitude of the team.

8. ATTRACTIVENESS OF PATTERN shall mean the symmetry and definition of maneuvers, also the attractiveness of method used for continuity in which one maneuver leads to another.

9. DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY AND SPECTACLE shall mean spectacle and difficulty of performing a maneuver, not necessarily intricacy. Speed shall be noted because it is more difficult to do a maneuver well when it is done at a faster tempo. It is also more difficult to do some diagrammatically simple maneuvers well. Larger teams may be considered to have a greater degree of difficulty.
(Note: Precision shall not be sacrificed for speed. Speed is to be used only as an added point of spectacle.)

10. FLAG AND PENNANT CARRIAGE. The judging shall also include the manner in which the flags are carried, i.e., shafts must be perpendicular, forearm parallel to the ground, elbows should be flexed at a right angle, the emblem should be pointed forward; flags should be kept free and not allowed to wind around the pole. The American Flag(s) shall lead and/or be kept to the right always when in rows, columns or single file. Colors may be posted during maneuvers, but when a team is in formation, the American Flag(s) shall be duly honored by being kept to the right or in the lead. Each team must carry at least one (1) American Flag.

11. PENALTY POINTS:
(a) Penalty for allowing the American Flag to be out of position while in formation shall be 25 points. The American Flag(s) shall lead and/or be kept to the right always when in rows, columns or single file. Colors may be posted during maneuvers, but when a team is in formation the American Flag(s) shall be duly honored by being kept to the right.
(b) Any change of horses, riders or equipment between the inspection and the drill shall be reported, prior to the performance, to the Drill Team Committee.
(c) If a horse and/or rider falls, resulting from a collision during the free drill, 100 points awarded for that division in which the fall occurred shall be deducted. Fall not resulting from a collision will have a 25 point deduction.

DRILL TEAM COMPETITION AWARDS
SENIOR JUNIOR MIXED

1st $1,500.00 $1,500.00 $1,500.00
2nd $750.00 $750.00 $750.00
3rd $500.00 $500.00 $500.00
Grand Champion $500.00



SENIOR, JUNIOR AND MIXED DRILL COMPETITION
The drill competition will be performed by eight (8) or more horses and riders to the music of their choice. Emphasis will be placed primarily on drill, not on uniform, tack, matching of horses, equitation or leads.

1. GENERAL IMPRESSION: Horses clean and in healthy working condition; no penalty for team of mixed colors; equipment clean, neat, in good repair, safe and properly fitting, uniform; uniforms clean, neat, in good repair and uniform. Saddles, bits and boots excluded as to type and style, but will be judged for cleanliness.

2. EXECUTION OF DRILL: Spacing, alignment, timing and coordination. Was the spacing consistent? Were the lines straight and circles evenly round? Was the timing good with no rider racing or stopping to make her position? Were the connections between maneuvers good? Were there any collisions?

3. PERFORMANCE AND MANNERS OF HORSES: Were the horses well mannered? No bucking or kicking? Horses will not be penalized for having their ears back. Was the performance of the drill brisk with general continuing forward motion? As long as at least one horse continues to move, it will be considered continuing forward motion. Did the horses break gait?

4. ORIGINALITY, VARIETY AND ATTRACTIVENESS OF PATTERNS: Were original and varied patterns used throughout the drill, or was the same pattern repeated several times? Were the patterns presented to the best advantage of the viewing audience?

5. SPECTACLE AND CROWD APPEAL: Was the drill organized in a manner to please an audience? Did the drill flow from one maneuver to another without a lot of positioning maneuvers? Were most of the maneuvers centered in front of the viewing audience? Crowd appeal can include the manner in which the flags, if any, are presented, and also the suitability of drill music to maneuvers.

6. DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY: A team that performs a more difficult drill should get more credit than a team that performs relatively easy maneuvers. Ratin degree of difficulty from 1 to 75 with 75 being most difficult. Larger teams may be considered to have a greater degree of difficulty.

NEUTRAL DEDUCTIONS:
1. Broken tack and/or dropped flag, when flags are carried. Tack shall include hats, leg bands, pennants, etc., anything that has fallen to the ground or broken in such manner as to necessitate stopping to fix it. All tack and equipment should be checked before entry into the arena. Deduct 5 points /for each occurrence.

2. Fall of horse and/or rider. If a flag rider falls, only the points for the greater fault will be deducted, i.e., 25 points for the fall of the rider, not to include 25 points for the fall of the flag. A team will be able to stop, regroup, and restart as soon as the horse and rider are in position. In the case of a horse or rider not being able to continue, a substitute horse or rider will be allowed to fill that position. In any case, points already deducted would remain. Deduct 25 points for each occurrence.

3. Over allotted time limit. No less then 4 minutes and no more then 6 minutes from the first rider in to the exit of the last rider shall be the allotted time for short program. 12 minutes from the first rider in to the exit of the last rider shall be the allotted time for long program. Deduct 10 points for every minute or fraction thereof over the allotted time. An official timer will enforce this rule.

4. Regrouping. Teams will be assessed a one-time penalty of 50 points if they have to regroup. Regrouping will be done only under extenuating circumstances such as fall of horse or rider, severe tack breakage or medical emergency. Teams must ask the timekeeper for permission to regroup. They may leave the arena with permission.
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Dates & Times

Drill Team Practice
June 20, 2019 | 6:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Drill Team Competition
June 21, 2019 | 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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