Regulations & Rules


Regulations

There will be a veterinarian on site with the authority to disqualify an animal for medical reasons. Any member of the organizing committee can require a horse to be examined by the veterinarian prior to racing.

Sportsmanship is important to the success of the event and is a value of the Gallatin Valley community. With your entry, you are agreeing to the humane treatment of your horse and respectful conduct to all fellow competitors, volunteers, and spectators involved in this competition. Failure to comply with this sportsmanship statute at any of the scheduled events may result in the disqualification of your team without reimbursement and/or a ban from future GVSJA competitions.

Dogs MUST be leashed at all times while on the event premises. We expect both spectators and competitors to be realistic about how their dogs will handle a fast paced event with horses. If you have questions regarding how your dog will react, be a responsible owner and please leave them at home for the day. 

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and drones are prohibited from flying at any GVSJA competiton. 


Skijoring America/GVSJA RULES

  1. Divisions & Criteria
    1. Pro/Open teams are considered to be the highest skilled competitors with the fastest horses. A team consists of horse, rider and skier. Horses and skiers in the Pro/Open Division may not cross-enter into any other division. Added money and unlimited team entries. 
    2. Sport (Amateur) teams are considered to be intermediate level skill participants riding horses that may not be fast enough to be in the open class.  A team consists of horse, rider and skier. Any horse winning 1st place in this class twice and less than five tenths of a second off of the third place time in the Pro/Open Division must move up to the open class for the following years event.  Any skier winning 1st place in this class twice must move up to the open class level for the following years event. Horses and skiers in the Sport Division may not cross-enter into any other division. Limited to 40 teams. 
    3. Novice teams are considered to be beginning level competitors riding horses that may not have speed enough to be competitive in the open or the sport class.  Any horse that wins 1st place in this class twice must move to a higher level of competition for the following years event.  Any skier that wins 1st place in this class twice must move to a higher level of competition for the following years event. Horse and skier may not cross enter into the Sport or Open class, but can cross enter into the junior or century class. Limited to 30 teams. 
    4. Junior teams are novice teams and considered to be beginning level competitors riding horses that may not have speed enough to be competitive in the open or the sport class. Both the rider and skier must be age 16 or under as of January 1st, 2017. Horse and skier may not cross enter into the Sport or Open class, but can cross enter into the novice or century class. Limited to 20 teams.
    5. Century teams are in the golden age of their skijoring career. The age of the skier and the rider must add up to 100 and both must be over the age of 45 to be eligible for the century divisionHorse and skier may not cross enter into the Sport or Open class, but can cross enter into the novice or junior class. Limited to 20 teams.
    6. All entries are subject to approval and competitors will be urged to compete in the appropriate division. (GVSJA rule)
  2. Competition Rules
    1. Rules are the same for Open, Sport, Novice, Junior, and Century divisions.
    2. All skiers must wear approved snow sport helmets.  Eye protection is recommended. If skier is under 18, parent/ guardian must sign parental consent forms. Proof of insurance is mandatory.
    3. Helmets and protective vests are recommended for riders. If rider is under 18, parental consent form must be signed and rider must wear helmet and protective vest is recommended. Proof of insurance is mandatory.
    4. A horse may not run more than two times in a day.
    5. A skier may compete up to four times in a day. A skier can run only once behind the same horse in any division in a day.
    6. A rider may ride up to two horses in each division in a single day.  
    7. It is permissible on the 2nd run of any horse in any division, for the rider to become the skier and the skier to become the rider.  Keep in mind a horse can only run twice in a day and must stay in the same division.
    8. Substitutions: Substitutions in any class are allowed for any team member (horse, skier or rider), ONLY under the following circumstances:
      1. That substitute team member (horse, skier or rider) is eligible to compete in that class.
      2. That the team member being substituted is unable to compete due to injury, family emergency, or other reason acceptable to the Producer and Arena Director.  
    9. Staging between runs: (The Sparby Rule) each team is allowed four minutes to complete staging and begin the race.  After this allotted time has expired, the competitors will be asked to leave the staging area. The team will be allowed one more attempt to race at the end of the division.  If the staging time is again exceeded, that team will be disqualified from that day’s competition.  The allotted four-minute time period will begin the declaration of a clear track.
    10. Finishing the Race: the skier must finish in an upright position and on at least one ski, with rope in hand when crossing the finish line.  Both skier boots must cross the finish line.  
    11. Gates: both ski tips and both boots must go around a gate, or the gate is considered missed. Both ski tips and both boots must go around a gate, or the gate is considered missed. Ski tips and ski boots must cross the horizontal plane of the gate also the vertical plane. Both skis do not need to be on the surface when passing the gate but must not cross the vertical plane. Ie. Consider the gate is extended straight up to the sky; both skis must go around the imaginary gate extended to the sky
    12. If the skier drops the rope before crossing the start line, he/she will be allowed a restart, immediately.
    13. Technical delegates may advise event organizers to pull competitors from a race if they see the team is not fit to compete. Event organizers have the final decision.
    14. Event organizers have the right to put age limits on divisions.
    15. All performance-enhancing drugs are prohibited and will not be tolerated. Skijoring America and event organizers have the final say in related matters.
  3. Penalties
    1. A five (5) second penalty is assessed for each missed jump or gate.
    2. A five (5) second penalty is assessed for any horse breaking the plane of any jump, hitting a gate, or hitting a timing device (i.e. clapper boards). 
    3. There is a two (2) second penalty for each ring that is missed or dropped. (GVSJA rule)
      1. If ring falls off of standard prior to the approach, no penalty for missed ring or if ring comes apart or is broken, no penalty for missed ring.
  4. Safety
    1. Horses: the on-site veterinarian will have the authority to scratch a horse for health reasons or concerns pertaining to the safety of the horse and the image of the sport. Any member of the organizing committee can require a horse to be examined by the veterinarian prior to racing.
    2. Protective legwear: It is highly recommended that horses be outfitted with bell and splint boots on each foot (4).
    3. An ambulance crew will be on site. Service, if needed, will be charged to the benefactor. 
    4. A veterinarian will be on site. Service, if needed, will be charged to the benefactor.
  5. Disputes
    1. If a team member has a concern regarding his run, that concern must be brought to the attention of the Arena Judge as soon as possible after the run but not later than the start of the next class.  A Protest Committee consisting of 3 non-competing members, experienced in the event, schooled in the rules and selected to have no conflict of interest, will consider the concern presented and make a decision not later than the start of the next class. Technical delegates can be advisors in the protest but cannot be a judge.  The decision of that committee is final and all involved are ask to accept that decision in the spirit of friendly competition.
    2. Dispute/Protest Fee is $40 nonrefundable. (GVSJA rule)
      1. efore a decision is made with a protest, the competitors may state their case before the deliberation of ruling. 
  6. Course
    1. Length: approximately 600 to 900 feet from start to finish gates.
    2. Run Out: a horse run out shall be at least, if not more than, 1/3rd of the course length from finish.
    3. Gates: breakaway style where skier goes right of red gates and left of blue gates.
    4. Jumps: typically three jumps, approximately five feet in height with flatten tops.
    5. Rings: typically used on straight tracks, two sets of three to four rings.
    6. Fencing: safety and spectator fencing must be put up at the discretion of organizers and course setters.
  7. Equipment
    1. Ropes are to be 33ft in length for straight courses, 3/8” or larger in diameter is recommended. Handles ropes are not permitted. Knots and loops are permitted but not recommended. 
    2. Attachment is to the saddle horn or behind the saddle. If the attachment is behind the saddle it must be secured to the primary rigging rings of the saddle via a narrow diameter, non-elastic rope, so that pulling rope is within an approximate six inches of the cantle, carabineer included.  Prior to the race the Start Master or his designee must approve the length of the rope and any attachment to the saddle.
  8. Sportsmanship
    1. Good sportsmanship is important to the success of our event and the image of the community.  Your registration signature pledges your word to the humane treatment of your horse and respectful relationships to all fellow competitors and volunteers hosting this exciting competition.  Failure to comply with the spirit of friendly competition at any of the scheduled events may result in the disqualification of your team or your banishment from future competitions.
  9. Race Results
    1. Race results will be announced and posted, and prize money and awards will be distributed at a designated location.  

Calcutta Rules

  1. No refunds will be given in the Calcutta. If for some reason your team does not race on Sunday there will be no refund. All teams must be purchased.
  2. Minimum bids will be $20 for a team.
  3. Teams that do not receive a bid will be sold in a lot at the end of the Calcutta.
  4. Teams from the Open, Sport, Novice, Junior, and Century divisions will be sold in the Calcutta. The Calcutta will be held at Mixers Saloon at 7pm Saturday night.
  5. The Calcutta will pay the top three places in each division, and the winners will be determined based off of the run times from Sunday only. The Calcutta will not pay on the average.
  6. While not a requirement, it is common for the purchasers of a team in the Calcutta to allow the team to buy in for 25% of the Calcutta purchase amount. It encourages ownership in the outcome of the event.
  7. Calcutta 75% of the purse. All payouts are based on the Sunday Division times. For all divisions three places paid: 50%-30%-20%
  8. There will be three separate Calcutta options, one for each division. Meaning, that we will auction off the open division and pay out 75% of the total pot from the open division to the top three places, we will then auction off the sport division and pay out 75% of the sport division to the top three places, and again with the novice division.