Horse Shows must add a minimum of $1,000; these funds are to be committed no less than $250 to Open Hackamore and $250 to Open Bridle, the balance divided among Circuit classes at the show's discretion.
Derbies must add a minimum of $1,500, with no less than $500 to the open, the balance divided among Circuit Derby classes at the show's discretion.
Futurities must add a minimum of $1,500, with no less than $500 to the open, the balance divided among Circuit Futurity classes at the show's discretion.
All shows must be NRCHA approved, use NRCHA judges and rules. All approved shows must offer the Horse Show classes.
For the show to be Circuit approved, all of the Intermountain Circuit classes must be offered, as described here for Horse Shows. Any show may choose to add additional classes.
For a Futurity, all the Circuit Horse Show classes must be offered, plus the Futurity classes. Any show may choose to add additional classes.
For a Derby, the horse show classes must be offered, plus the Circuit Derby classes. Any show may choose to add additional classes.
Horse Shows shall conduct two separate draws with the Open draw separate from the other classes. Those showing in Open and other classes will go twice.
Shows seeking Intermountain Circuit approval must make their request at the annual meeting, and are encouraging to have a representative present.
A $10 Circuit Fee is to be collected and submitted to the secretary for every entry in every Circuit class. These funds support the Circuit awards. At the 2020 Annual Meeting it was voted that an additional $10 IMC fee will be levied to only the Open Derby and those dollars will be applied to an Open Derby Saddle.
Show secretaries must submit a copy of the official NRCHA class reports, not just a results report, with the Circuit fees within ten days of the show, to allow prompt and accurate tracking of horses, riders, owners, and money won.
The Annual Meeting of the Intermountain Circuit is held in January or February of each year, prior to the Awards Banquet. Representatives from approved shows, interested riders, owners and trainers are welcome to attend. For the purpose of vote and conducting business, each Circuit host association has one vote. Designated Show Representatives of the year's approved shows form the Board of Directors for the year.
The $10 Intermountain Circuit fees collected by approved shows support Circuit Awards, which are presented to the top horses in each Circuit class, and in special categories.
Non Pro Class Champions, Reserve Champions, third and fourth place in each class receive multiple customized awards, based on Circuit points earned at Circuit approved horse shows, derbies and futurities. Open Class Champions, Reserve Champions and third place in each class receive multiple customized awards,based on Circuit points earned at Circuit approved horse shows, derbies and futurities. In addition, every horse meeting the minimum number of shows to be eligible for awards is recognized as a Finalist.
To be eligible for circuit awards, a horse must be shown in a minimum of 50% of the shows, with points being accumulated from all shows. If a show is cancelled for any reason the number of shows required may change. Notification will be made on the IMC Facebook page:
Although, as competitors, you are only required to show in the number of shows listed above, we would like to encourage you all to show at as many shows as you can. We really need to show our support to each individual affiliate. Don't forget that each of you, as you show and place, earn points in the Northwest region of the NRCHA.
A horse shown in its class at every show is recognized as a Bonus Horse with a special award.
Ties in points are broken first on number of shows, then on money won.
Any rider or owner owing money to an Intermountain Circuit approved show as of one week (7 days) after the final Circuit approved show for the year is ineligible for Circuit awards for the year and any/all horses owned/shown by these individuals is ineligible for Circuit awards for the year. Awards will be presented to the next highest eligible horse(s) in each class.
Please contact the secretary with any questions.
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