2018 Western Semi Finals

Added 1/22/2015: Understanding the IHSA Western Semi Finals 

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Date March 17 & 18, 2018
Hosts Illinois
Hosted by Black Hawk College, Galva, IL
Judges:  Pete McAlister
                Dawn Clason

Show Information: Semi-finals Prize list 2018 @BHC
Hotel Information: IHSA Semi-finals hotels- March 2018 @ BHC

New York
Hosted by Alfred University, Hamburg, NY
Judges:  Joe Carter
                Gretchen Mathes
Show Information:     NY Semifinals 2018 Welcome Packet

 West Virginia

Hosted by West Virginia University, Reedsville, WV
Judges: Tyler Crouse
               Lori Gordon

Show Information:  Semi Finals Show Packet WVU 2018
Regions are expected to NOT HIRE judges that will officiate their respective Semi-finals show for any regular or Regional Championship show in this academic season.

 Semi-finals entry form to be submitted by Region Presidents ONLY to the appropriate show secretary, as listed on the entry form

Regions will send their Regional Champion Western Team, plus the top two individuals in each division, to one of three National Semi-Final sites, as distributed below.

It is the preference of the Western Committee that Alumni classes with balanced entries be offered at each of the three Semi-finals. To that end, the Western Committee has determined that Alumni classes will be held at the IL and WV Semi-Finals shows in 2018.  Alumni from regions destributed to NY will show in IL this year.  Alumni from Z2R3 and Z5R2 will show in IL

 Host regions are shown in Yellow
Additional horse providers are shown in Green
Seeds from 2017 Nationals are shown in parentheses (1-8 as there was a tie for 3rd)
BOLD type means region does have Alumni, may be either or both Rail or Reining


New York

West Virginia

Zone 1 Z1

Zone 2 Z2R2 (8)            Z2R1,
Zone 3    Z3R1+2+4       
Zone 4

Zone 5 Z5R1          Z5R2(5)            Z5R3+5           
Zone 6 Z6R4       Z6R3           Z6R1 (3) Z6R2(6)        
Zone 7 Z7R5, Z7R4 (2), Z7R2 (7)         Z7R3 Z7R1           
Zone 8 Z8R5 (4)            Z8R1, Z8R4
Z8R3 (3)      

1. Qualifying for Semi Finals

a. Regional High Point Riders go straight to Nationals, and do not compete at Semis
b. Each Region will send top 2 Individuals from each class, including Alumni, and the Regional Champion Team
c. 16 or 18 riders per Individual class, 8 or 9 riders per Team class at Semis

2. Qualifying for Nationals

a. Regional High Point Riders go straight to Nationals, do not compete at Semis.
b. From each Semi Finals, Top 4 Individuals and Top 3 Teams will advance to Nationals
c. Maximum of 12 riders per Individual class, and 9 per Team class at Nationals, High Point Rider class excepted.
d. Western Committee reserves the right to adjust Alumni qualifiers to Nationals based on availability.

3. Consistency

All possible care will be taken to maintain equal quality of show and awards for all three Semi Finals. All semis will be held over two days, with two qualified judges judging both days.

All riders in each class will ride a pattern on their rail horse after the rail portion of the class is completed. Judges may ask riders for additional testing, including changing horses, after the patterns are run.

4. Questions

Please contact your Regional President or email subject line: Semi-finals

Approved Western Patterns

Patterns used at IHSA Western Semi Finals and Nationals will come from this list which is updated prior to Semi-Finals. Click the link to view each pattern. 

Please report any problems with pattern instruction or graphics to the IHSA Western Committee.

2015 Beginner Pattern A
2015 Beginner Pattern B
2015 Beginner Pattern C
2015 Beginner Pattern D
2015 Beginner Pattern E
2016 Beginner Pattern F
2017 Beginner Pattern G
2017 Beginner Pattern H
2017 Beginner Pattern I

2015 Intermediate Pattern A
2015 Intermediate Pattern B
2015 Intermediate Pattern C
2017 Intermediate Pattern D
2017 Intermediate Pattern E
2017 Intermediate Pattern G
2017 Intermediate Pattern H
2017 Intermediate Pattern I
2016 Intermediate Pattern J
2016 Intermediate Pattern K
2016 Intermediate Pattern L
2017 Intermediate Pattern M

2015 Novice/Alumni Pattern A
2017 Novice/Alumni Pattern B
2015 Novice/Alumni Pattern C
2017 Novice/Alumni Pattern D
2017 Novice/Alumni Pattern E
2016 Novice/Alumni Pattern F
2016 Novice/Alumni Pattern G
2017 Novice/Alumni Pattern H
2016 Novice/Alumni Pattern I
2016 Novice/Alumni Pattern J
2016 Novice/Alumni Pattern K
2017 Novice/Alumni Pattern L
2017 Novice/Alumni Pattern M

2015 Advanced/Open Pattern A
2015 Advanced/Open Pattern B
2015 Advanced/Open Pattern C
2017 Advanced/Open Pattern D
2017 Advanced/Open Pattern E
2015 Advanced/Open Pattern F
2015 Advanced/Open Pattern G
2017 Advanced/Open Pattern H
2015 Advanced/Open Pattern I
2015 Advanced/Open Pattern J
2015 Advanced/Open Pattern K
2017 Advanced/Open Pattern L
2015 Advanced/Open Pattern M
2016 Advanced/Open Pattern Q
2017 Advanced/Open Pattern S
2016 Advanced/Open Pattern T
2017 Advanced/Open Pattern U