FAQ’s and other Information:
For the AAYBR, All contestants must be 19 years of age and younger as of Jan. 1 of the year of the race. If you turn 20 on Jan. 2, you are eligible for that years run. For the MEGA, All ages can run. NO membership required to enter either race. ALL RIDERS MUST CHECK IN BEFORE THEIR FIRST RUN!!!
PONY Race at the AAYBR
The rider age for the pony race is 12 and under with the same guidelines as above. Pony ht. is 52” and under and we will measure the ponies on Wednesday at 12:00 pm outside the alleyway and at 4:00 pm on Thursday. All ponies must be measured. If your pony is “close” to the 52″ height restriction and you are concerned they may not be cleared to run in the pony race, make sure to attend the 12 NOON measuring. If they don’t pass and you’d like to enter the main race, they have to enter before the late entry books close at 1pm on Wednesday. (These times are subject to change so check with us AT THE SHOW, Please. )
RV SPOTS: RV Hookups are first come, first served and they are handled by the Fair Association. We have no control over them at all. Their protocol is to simply find a hook up and connect. The Fair Association will come by to put a sticker on your trailer and collect directly from you. The hookups around the barns are electric & water only, and the hookups behind Barn 9 & 10 on the Midway are full hookups. The ONLY reserved hook ups are for STAFF and SPONSORS!!
EARLY ARRIVALS:-Should you come in before Tuesday at 8 am for the AAYBR and Wednesday at 8 am for the MEGA there are two important things to note. You will be charged by the Fair Association for the hookups beginning the day you arrive and for each stall used, you will be charged $20.00 per night per stall. They are asking that you not come in early but if you do, just know you will be charged. AND, most importantly,***** DO NOT ARRIVE BEFORE WE GET THERE. If that continues we are going to be forced to go to a locked gate until 8 am on check in day.*******
DRESS CODE: We allow any short sleeve collared golf shirts and/or our show t-shirts in each go round, or full dress code if you’d prefer. In the Finals, you must be in full dress code, long sleeve button down shirts. Hat or helmets are required in ALL rounds.
HAT FINES– Hat fines are $5.00 and are paid directly to the staff member that picked up your hat…. Ex: first barrel setter, gate workers…. You MAY NOT send someone in the arena or alleyway to pick up your hat. Should you neglect to pick up your hat before the show is over, we are not responsible for getting it shipped back to you….we will donate it to a charity.
HORSE CHANGES– Horse changes can be done in show office upon check in or anytime PRIOR to your first fun. You must run the same horse in 2nd go and Finals that you ran in the 1st go.
ABSOLUTELY NO RIDER SUBSTITUTIONS!!! Absolutely NO VET OUTS and/or REFUNDS of any kind after the draw is posted. NO EXCEPTIONS!! Please understand this rule and don’t ask us for your reason to be an exception. It really makes it hard on us to tell you that it’s too late, and we must be fair and consistent. Because stalls sell out almost every year, no stall refunds even with a vet out on a horse UNLESS we have requested stalls to be turned back in. You may “sell” your stall on social media or at the event.
STALLS– All overnight horses MUST BE STALLED!! There are NO tie outs! This is a facility rule. Stall assignments will ONLY be posted on the bulletin board on the SE corner of the Equine Facility on Monday afternoon for the AAYBR and Tuesday for the MEGA.. We will NOT post stall assignments online. All stalls will come with 2 bags of shavings and they will all be locked. Should you get into the wrong stall AND bed it down….it is not our responsibility to pay for or move your shavings. PLEASE pay careful attention to your stall number and make sure you write down the correct stall assignment!! Any typos on our end we will be responsible for correcting. Also, a new rule per the facility: NO OUTSIDE SHAVINGS PERMITTED!!
TIE RULES: In the event of a tie in the FINALS for Division Champions ONLY, the money for 1st/2nd place will be combined then divided equally. There will then be a RUN OFF for the title “Champion” or “Reserve Champion” and the winner of the runoff will claim the awards for Champion. The other will claim the Reserve Champion prizes. Should you choose to NOT participate in the run off, you will forfeit the title of Champion and will be awarded “Reserve Champion”. If both contestants choose NOT to participate in the run off, the money will still be divided by both, but the title of Champion or Reserve Champion along with the prizes will be determined by the flip of a coin.
TABS– There are NO TABS. All fees must be paid in full before your run in order for you to have a qualified time!!
TIMER MALFUNCTION RULE: If the timer malfunctions during your run, the announcer will NOT notify mid-run and if you hit a barrel or go off pattern then you carry the hit barrel penalty into your re-run, thus no re-runs will be awarded. If you run clean & the timer misses you, then in your re-run you get a free roll, meaning any knocked over barrels will not be penalized.
DISQUALIFICATION & POOR BEHAVIOR: Poor behavior may result in the disqualification of the contestant with all fees forfeited. We reserve the right to refuse any entry from a contestant who has shown poor sportsmanship at a previous show of ours, or other barrel racing events. These acts may include but are not limited to the following:
1. Foul language either in the arena or on the grounds.
2. Abusive language that harasses any other contestant, parent, staff member or show personnel.
3. Abuse of any animals, either horse or dog.
4. Misidentifying either a horse or a rider.
5. WATER BALLOONS/WATER FIGHTS: If you choose to participate in the water balloon fights, YOU MUST follow these rules:
a. You are only allowed to throw balloons at other willing participants who are also partaking in the water balloon fights.
b. Absolutely NO water guns & NO Orbeez guns of any kind are allowed.
c. ABSOLUTELY NO foreign substances or objects inside water balloons.
When booking your rooms at the Host Hotels, it is imperative that you call the facility DIRECTLY. If you don’t you probably won’t get the best rate and they won’t know that you are with our race and we won’t get credit for your room stay. This credit is important for them allowing us to block rooms etc. so, PLEASE mention the race when reserving!!
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