Lucy Heimerdinger, Superintendent 475-1758
Entry forms are available at McCalla Feeds, Farmer Supply, Chelsea Animal Hospital, Lane Animal Hospital, Vogel’s Party Store and Dexter Mill, or contact Lucy at the number above. You can also download the form by clicking here.
You can also download the class list here.
1. Please read general rules and regulations on page 12 of the Chelsea Fair premium book.
2. Exhibitor Fee is $15 per exhibitor. This fee must be sent with the entry form, #9 below.
3. Each exhibitor can purchase an “exhibitor pass” from the fair office for $25.00. This permits a vehicle and a driver onto the fairgrounds through the exhibitor/handicap gate. All other persons in the vehicle will be required to pay the daily fee or the season pass fee.
4. Age of exhibitor is determined as of January 1, 2012. Anyone 19 years old and younger as of January 1, 2012 is eligible to enter.
5. 4-H Rules will apply. Reference:4-H Horse & Pony Project Show Rules & Regulations (revised 2003). Jumping, Reining, and English/Western Riding Patterns from MIHA 2007 Rules & Regulations.
6. Stall space will be given first to horse/pony exhibitors of previous year (only if entries are received by the deadline). Residents of the Chelsea & Dexter School Districts will be given second priority. If the barn does not fill with previous year exhibitors and Chelsea/Dexter exhibitors,
entries from other local areas will be accepted. All entries received after August 1 will be placed “first come, first served” Please mail entries early as stalls are filled first come, first served.
Entry fee will be returned if a stall is not available.
7. Two horses per exhibitor allowed. A horse can be used by more than one rider. Additional riders must fill out an entry form, send negative coggins, and fee. They must be received by August 1, 2010, see #9 below.
8. A copy of the current year NEGATIVE COGGINS TEST must accompany entry form.
9. Please return all entries, exhibitor fees, and copy of negative coggins test by August 1 to Lucy Heimerdinger , 10600 Boyce Road, Chelsea MI 48118. Any entry missing a coggins test and/or
Payment will not be considered as first come, first served and will be put at the bottom of
10. The classes listed will be split between Tuesday (Showmanship) Wednesday (English), Thursday (Western), and Friday (Contesting Patterns). Class order is subjec to change. Show bills will be available on Monday of the fair. Classes will not begin before 9 a.m.
11. Saturday will be a day with fun classes, no pre-entry necessary. No premiums will be given but special prizes will be awarded. Classes will be posted in the barn. There will be a break for the parade.
12. There will be horse/pony costume class after the parade. Ribbons will be awarded, judged by the audience.
13. Horses are to arrive between 4 pm and 9 pm on Monday August 23. The barn will be open all day Monday for decorating and bringing in tack boxes, etc…
14. All horses must remain on the fairgrounds until Sunday August 29. All stalls must be cleaned and decorations removed before 10 am Sunday August 29. Exhibitors are expected to help clean the barn on Sunday morning August 29. Anyone that does not help clean the barn may be subject to premium forfeit. Anyone leaving stalls not cleaned and/or decorations not removed may be subject to premium forfeit.
15. Stalls are to be cleaned every morning and through-out the day. If stalls are not properly taken care of the exhibitor/owner may be subject to premium forfeit.
16. Each exhibitor will receive a packet with show bills, authorization forms, back number, etc… A parent or guardian’s signature will be necessary to receive this packet of information.
17. Barn awards will be given. They will be judged for cleanliness of stalls and isle, along with politeness and attitude of exhibitors. Decision of the Barn Award Committee will be final.
18. Premiums:1st place $8,2nd place $7,3rd place $6,4th place $5. 5th to 10th place $2 and ribbon awarded. A premium of $2 per class will be given to each exhibitor 8 years old & under.
19. Exhibitors 8 yrs & under are eligible for only classes in the beginner and lead line divisions. Exhibitors 8 yrs old & under will not be placed, they will receive a participation ribbon and $2.
Exhibitors 8 yrs old & under are NOT ELIGIBLE for Championship classes or High Point Awards.
20. Exhibitors 4 years old & under are eligible for ONLY Leadline classes.
21. Walk/Trot exhibitors are not eligible for walk/trot/canter classes. You will remain a walk/trot exhibitor through-out the fair.
22. CHAMPIONSHIP classes: All 1st and 2nd place winners of each halter class & each showmanship class are to show in the appropriate championship class (8 yrs and under not eligible).
23. GRAND & RESERVE CHAMPION SHOWMANSHIP:This is only for showmanship exhibitors. The exhibitors in this class will be designated by the showmanship judge. They can be of any discipline and age division (except beginner and lead line).
24. CONTESTING PLEASURE: These classes are meant for exhibitors with horses that they feel are not suitable for the regular pleasure classes.
Contesting pleasure classes are #4029 to #4035 and #4103 to #4114.
Contesting pattern classes are #4127 to #4186.
You must enter 1 or more contesting pattern classes to participate in the contesting pleasure classes.
You can enter just the contesting pattern classes and not a contesting pleasure class.
You can enter both Western and Contesting Pleasure classes.
If you enter contesting pattern classes under an English discipline you can participate
in the contesting pleasure classes but must wear the English discipline attire.
Attire for all contesting pleasure classes will be your contesting attire, NOT your western/english pleasure attire.
In contesting pleasure classes helmets are optional except for Hunt Seat exhibitors.
In the contesting pleasure riding classes your contesting tack is required. Martingales and
tie downs are acceptable but NO bell boots, splint boots, (nothing on the horse’s legs)
These contesting pleasure classes are not mandatory but used for the contesting high point awards.
25. HIGH POINT AWARDS: Each age division (except beginner and lead line) will receive High Point and Reserve High Point awards for Hunt Seat, Saddle Seat, Western, and Contesting. Points will be given for all classes except championships and halter. The seat ridden in the pattern classes will determine which high point award. All contesting classes (pleasure & pattern) are combined for the contesting high point award. The attire worn in the pleasure driving classes will determine high point award.
26. SEI/ASTM approved helmet must be worn by all exhibitors riding hunt seat and contesting classes.
A helmet must be worn anytime an exhibitor is riding hunt seat. SEI/ASTM approved helmet must be worn by all riders 8 yrs & under, including leadline entries.
27. Exhibitors 5 to 8 years old MUST have a handler (16 yrs & older) in the ring while showing. Exhibitors 4 yrs & under MUST be led in their class(es) by a handler 16 yrs & older.
28. An exhibitor/horse combination can participate only once per event. No re-rides will be granted because of broken equipment.
29. Appropriate dress for each event must be worn. Attire for all contesting pleasure classes will be your contesting attire, NOT your western/english pleasure attire. In the contesting pleasure classes helmets are optional except for hunt seat riders (see #24).
30. Ponies are considered to be 56 inches & under. No stallions (horse or pony) allowed.
31. Horses demonstrating signs of illness are subject to be sent home. If a veterinarian is needed, the owner/exhibitor will be responsible for all expenses. The Fair Management, Superintendents, Judges, and its helpers will not be responsible.
32. Horses are allowed in specified areas only: arena, specified wash rack, barn, and any other areas approved by the fair management. Horses should be in their stall when not in these areas.
33. No trailering in horses on show days. All horses showing during the fair are to remain on the fairgrounds through-out the fair.
34. There will be ABSOLUTELY NO OVER-NIGHT CAMPING on the FAIRGROUNDS. A few exhibitors and their parents /guardians will be allowed to stay the night in the horse barn. No other persons will be allowed to stay overnight.
35. During the fair, horse trailers may be parked against the fence, south of the barn, for the week for feed storage.
36. Unsportsmanlike conduct or inhumane treatment of animals will not be tolerated and may result in appropriate disciplinary action by the Superintendent and the Fair Management.
37. Gate warning for each class will be a strict 1 minute unless a tack change has been requested. Please notify the entry booth if a tack change is necessary.
38. Tack stalls will be provided. Absolutely no tack boxes will be allowed in the isles. Do not block off any isle for any reason. Horses are to be groomed and tacked in their stall. Chairs and tables are to be kept out of the isle ways. These rules are for safety reasons.
39. Age Divisions:
1. Senior Horse Walk/Trot/Canter 14 to 19 years old
2. Junior Horse Walk/Trot/Canter 9 to 13 years old
3. Pony Pony Walk/Trot/Canter 9 to 19 years old
4. W/T Senior Horse/Pony Walk/Trot 14 to 19 years old
5. W/T Junior Horse/Pony Walk/Trot 9 to 13 years old
6. Beginner Horse/Pony Walk/Trot 5 to 8 years old
7. Lead Line Horse/Pony Walk 4 years old & under
40. The Judge, Superintendent, and/or the Fair Management reserves the right to eliminate or combine any and all classes. The decision of the judge is final.
41. Chelsea Community Fair Management, Superintendents, Judges, and its helpers will not be responsible (individually or collectively) for loss, damage, or injury to persons, horses, or property incurred in connection with this fair.