a. Rules are the same for Open, Sport and Novice
b. All skiers must wear approved snow sport helmets. Eye protection is recommended. Helmets and protective vests are recommended for riders.
c. A Horse or mule can compete in only one Division. A horse or mule may not run more than two times in a day.
d. A Rider may compete in more than one Division, but must compete on a different horse or mule in each Division entered. A rider may compete up to four times in a day. A skier may run behind the same horse in the same class only if there is a different rider.
e. A Skier can compete in only one Division excepting any entry in the mule (if applicable) OR costume division. A skier may compete up to four times in a day in addition to any entry in the mule or costume division.
f. Substitutions: NO substitutions are allowed for any team member (horse, skier or rider). If any team member cannot compete for any reason, the team will be disqualified. No refunds will be given.
g. 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 at the declaration of a clear track. The four-minute rule will be adhered to during competition.
h. 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’s boots must cross the finish line.
i. Gates -Both ski tips and both boots must go around a gate, or the gate is considered missed.
j. The rider must be in contact with the horse when crossing the finish line.
k. If the Skier drops the rope BEFORE crossing the start line, he/she will be allowed a restart. A maximum of 3 restarts will be allowed
l. Batons are not allowed on the spearing of rings.
m. Competitors will have the opportunity to walk the course prior to the start of their class both Saturday and Sunday. Teams choosing not to participate in the competition after course review on Saturday MUST advise the Start Master and/or the event secretary in writing, of their decision prior to the start of the first competition of their class and; will be given a full refund of fees. Once the first competitor in any class starts a run, no further refunds will be given in that class. No refunds will be given on Sunday.
n. The run order for all classes will be posted prior to the start of the event in multiple locations. It is the responsibility of each rider/horse/skier team to be at the starting gate and ready to compete at the starting gate official’s direction in the posted order. Any rider/horse/skier combination running out of sequence will be disqualified for that class for that day. The only exception will be at the Start Masters discretion if it is determined that the team is making a good faith effort to get into position but is having difficulty getting positioned. At the Start Masters discretion, the team may be rolled to the end of the class.
Following this evaluation period, the race will resume and any team choosing to withdraw from the competition will not receive a refund of the entry fees.