2017 Western Semi Finals

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

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Date March 25 & 26, 2017
Hosts North Carolina
Hosted by St. Andrews University
Judges:  Tyler Crouse & Rhonda Replogle
Semifinals-2017-Welcome-Packet NC

New York
Hosted by State University of NY at Oswego
Judges:  Carolyn Johnson Russell & Pete McAlister
SEMIFINALS 2017 Welcome Packet New York
Saturday Night Event Invitation NY

Hosted by West Texas A&M University
Judges: Joe Carter & Rebecca Halvorson
Semi Finals 2017 Welcome Packet TX

 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. Alumni will show in each Semi in 2017.  If entries are small the Western Committee reserves the right to revert to only two venues for Alumni classes.

N. Carolina

New York


Zone 1 Z1

Zone 2 Z2R5 Z2R2, Z2R3 Z2R1
Zone 3 Z3R1+2+4           
Zone 4 Z4(1)

Zone 5 Z5R1, Z5R3            Z5R2(1)            Z5R5
Zone 6 Z6R3(6)            Z6R1(3)           Z6R2(2), Z6R4          
Zone 7 Z7R1          Z7R3 Z7R2(5), Z7R4, Z7R5(3)           
Zone 8 Z8R5(2),Z8R3             Z8R1, Z8R4(4)          Z8R2         

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.

Approved Western Patterns

Patterns used at IHSA Western Semi Finals and Nationals will come from this list. 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