- 301 Parade Team
- 302 Quadrille Team
- 303 Drill Team
Please Note: Since the Drill/Parade/Quadrille Division allows riders from Hunt Seat, Dressage and Western Divisions, you need to know the personal appointments and attire for the seat you are riding. If there is a conflict in the listings, the Drill/Parade/Quadrille Division takes priority.
- Approved protective helmet
- Riding boots with distinguishable heel
- Long or short sleeved shirt
- Long pants
- Riding jackets
- Blunt rowelled or unrowelled spurs – must have strap
- Rowelled spurs
- Clip-on spurs
Please Note: Since the Drill/Parade/Quadrille Division allows riders from Hunt Seat, Dressage and Western Divisions, you need to know the personal appointments and attire for the seat you are riding. If there is a conflict in the listings, the Drill/ Parade/Quadrille Division takes priority.
- Saddle appropriate to the seat you are riding
- Bridle appropriate to the seat you are riding
- Bit appropriate to the seat you are riding
- Other equipment appropriate to the seat you are riding
- Hunt and Dressage riders must use appropriate bits
- Saddle pads
- Leg wraps
- Any item that is inappropriate to the seat you are riding (Refer to the prohibited list in the appropriate division.)
- Twisted Wire Bits
- In practice and warm-up rings.
- Same as show ring.
These rules and procedures have been developed by the Drill Team Subcommittee of the N.Y. 4-H HEAC specifically for the contest held as a part of the New York State Fair 4-H Equine Show. Rules for county and regional competition may vary, but all teams selected for participation at the State Fair must be aware of these rules, meet all requirements and abide by the rules as herein stated.
- If a county has a full team in a given division, they may not register additional youth in that division to compete on an individual basis. But they will be allowed to register a maximum of two individuals as part of another county’s drill team, one as a part of another county’s parade team and one for another county’s Quadrille team. Remember that this team will compete under the name of the county needing to field a full team and not as a combined county name. It is up to the counties to find members, the State 4-H office will not do this for you. All deadlines for entry forms apply for combined teams.
- Participants riding on a Drill, Parade or Quadrille Team may participate in 2 out of the 3 disciplines. For example, a participant may choose to ride on the county’s Drill Team and Quadrille Team, or Parade Team and Drill Team etc.
- One English and one Western Quadrille may be entered from each county or region.
- All members of the team must ride in the same style (western, hunt, dressage or saddle seat).
- All members of the team must be actively involved in the entire drill.
- Each Drill Team, Parade Group and Quadrille Team is encouraged to enter alternate equine and rider pairs to be used only to replace regular team members and their mounts who cannot perform because of injury or illness to the riders or to the mounts (maximum of two for Drill and one for Parade and one for Quadrille).
- Each Drill Team, Parade Group and Quadrille Team must submit 3 copies of their routine. These submissions will include a diagram or drawing of each maneuver in the sequence in which they will be performing and is to be given to the judges at the coaches/judges meeting prior to the start of competition.
- The order in which teams are to perform shall be determined by a drawing at the coaches/judges meeting or as special circumstances dictate and as approved by the Subcommittee Chair. All Parade Groups will perform prior to the Drill Team competition.
- Each drill team shall consist of:
- a minimum of six equines and riders.
- less than six equines and riders may compete if - an injury to a equine or rider has taken place after the State Fair entries have been submitted for six or more equines and riders or
- a problem has arisen after the State Fair entries have been submitted for six or more equines and riders, but prior to the contest and permission to participate in granted by the Chair for Drill/Parade, the HEAC Executive Committee, or the State Fair 4-H Show Committee.
- a maximum of twelve equines and riders.
- a larger group may be considered if special permission to participate is requested of and granted by the Chairperson of the Drill Team Subcommittee at least 2 weeks prior to the contest.
- a minimum of six equines and riders.
- Each Parade Group shall consist of:
- five mounted riders.
- less than five riders may compete if an injury to a equine or rider has taken place after the State Fair entries have been submitted for five equines and riders or
- a problem has arisen prior to the contest and permission to participate is granted by the Chairperson of the Parade Group Subcommittee.
- five mounted riders.
- Each Quadrille Team shall consist of:
- four mounted riders.
- All team members must be enrolled in a 4-H equine project in the county they represent and meet all age and participation requirements of that county and of the State 4-H Equine Show.
- All teams must be entered in accordance with all rules and regulations of the State 4-H Equine Show.
- An official 4-H Equine Show Entry Form is to be submitted for each team member and alternate through your county Cooperative Extension office on an official NYS Fair entry form.
- A separate entry shall be made using the attached form, directly to the NYS 4-H Horse Show Superintendent.
- The space in which all drill team maneuvers are to be executed shall be no more than 240' by 120' (the size of the NYS Fair arena) and no smaller than 200' by 100'. The perimeter may be marked by cones or other suitable markers immediately prior to the performance and removed immediately afterwards.
- Each county is to develop their own drill. No obstacle shall be permitted within the drill team pattern area, interactive with the drill team. Time frame:
- minimum time of 5 minutes
- maximum time of 10 minutes
- Signals are to be given by the team captain if no music is used. These signals may be:
- voice commands
- whistle commands
- When music is used, optional signals may be used which must consist of subtle head or arm movement by the line leaders - whistle or voice commands are not allowed.
- All music, reproduction equipment (stand-alone or through the existing P.A. system) must be supplied by the team.
- Each drill must include, but is not limited to the following four maneuvers:
- A 360 degree wheel with the pivot from the center or end, with all riders involved.
- Thread the needle (pattern X).
- Oblique in line (kitty corner).
- Mesh/interlocking fingers (pass through opposing lines all riders abreast).
- No flags or pennants may be used by members of the team in the drill nor may stationary riders hold flags or pennants in the ring during the drill. County and club banners may be brought into the ring during award ceremonies only.
- A very brief listing and description of the maneuvers in the sequence in which they are to be performed is to be given to the judge at the coaches/judges meeting prior to the start of competition.
- The order in which teams are to perform shall be determined by a drawing at the coaches/judges meeting or as special circumstances dictate and as approved by the Subcommittee Chair.
Drill Team Performance Diagrams (Coming Soon)
- Interlocking Fingers
- Pinwheel or 360 Degree Wheel
- Thread the Needle