Silver buckles are awarded to top point winners in each category at the annual St. Vrain Roundup Club awards ceremony.

About the Club

Come Ride with Us!

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The St. Vrain Roundup Club (SVRC) is a non-profit, “for fun” organization of horse lovers and families. The club provides an opportunity for people of all skill levels to participate in low-stress and low-cost horse shows and gymkhanas as well as have social opportunities with people who have similar interests.

The club typically has regular shows at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont during the months of April through September. The 2024 Schedule of Events is previewed on the home page along with the club membership forms and fairground waivers you’ll need to complete. 

Social events include monthly club meetings during the winter months with some featuring equine-related guest speakers, a Thanksgiving dinner, a holiday party with year-end awards, and ride-outs such as clinics and trail rides.


The club depends heavily on its members to put on shows and events.  Club members provide the support for club shows (flagging, announcing, ribbons, etc.). Members are required to volunteer at one show each season in order to qualify for year-end rewards. Use this link to sign up for your favorite roles!

All Shows are OPEN SHOWS! Shows provide an opportunity for families to show and compete together, and they help get 4-H and horse show parents off the bleachers and into the saddle. Classes are divided by age levels and there is a novice class for new adult riders. Club members participating in shows can earn points for their division as well as Buckle Series championships.

Horse shows normally include traditional western horsemanship, pleasure, reining or western riding, and showmanship classes. In addition, we top off the show with barrel racing, pole bending, and a fun event such as flag racing. Walk/Trot and Lead Line classes are available for the youngsters. Points are accumulated and year-end awards are given each year to winners by division. Awards include items such as silver belt buckles, breast collars, tack bags, etc.

Age Divisions

Age divisions for riders are determined from the first of the year and shall hold for the full year. 
The age divisions are:
Lead line: Class is for juvenile, beginning riders not confident enough to ride by themselves. The rider will need a handler to lead the horse. Riders will be shown both directions at a walk and trot.Riders in this class cannot enter Walk/Trot or Pee Wee pleasure.
Walk/Trot: Class is for juvenile, beginning riders to gain experience showing and who may not have mastered cantering/loping. They can enter speed events and complete the pattern at the speed of their choice.
Pee Wee: A rider 10 years and younger who is proficient at all three gates.
Intermediate: A rider 11 through 13 years of age.
Junior: A rider 14 through 19 years of age.
SeniorA rider 20 through 49 years of age.
Master: A rider 50 years and older.
Novice: An adult rider just learning to ride, who has had a limited amount of riding and/or show experience. The class is designed to give beginning riders a chance to begin show careers. Novice riders are welcome to enter respective age group classes not available in Novice division and will carry points earned for the novice rider year-end totals. This class is walk-trot only.

SVRC started in approximately 1956 in Longmont. Some of the original members still participate and have grandchildren in the club. The club originally met at a small arena just west of 9th and Hover. In the early 1960s an arena was built on the Selby’s property, which can still be seen (a little worn, but still there) just south of the Diagonal on 95th Street. The club currently uses membership dues and profits from shows to rent the facilities at the Boulder County Fairgrounds.

How to Behave and Why (Show Etiquette)

Warmup arena:

  • Ride the same direction as others, not in opposite directions. It is acceptable to politely ask others to reverse every five minutes or so.
  • If a walk-trot or novice class is warming up, please be courteous and only walk and trot, or leave the arena for them to warm up, for their safety.
  • Don’t practice patterns or run-downs if the warmup arena has more than a few riders in it. Please allow others who have upcoming classes to use the arena for their warmups.
  • Before lunging your horse, ask show management for permission. If others are waiting to ride for warmup, please stop lunging and allow them to have the warmup arena.

Show Arena:

  • Keep the paddock and entry area of the show arena clear. Wait until the previous class has completely left the arena before entering.
  • For showmanship and pattern classes, be ready at the first pattern cone by the time the judge has finished watching the previous competitor. This helps the class move along and go as quickly as possible.
  • If your horse will not stand still at a cone, do not keep trying to make the horse stand still. Look at the judge and the judge will signal you to start your pattern.
  • If you are too close to the horse in front of you, it is acceptable to pass on the inside, to ride across the arena to another position on the rail, or to ride a large circle then go back to the rail. Riding across the arena is preferred over circling.
  • If your horse is faster than other horses, please ride around other horses on the inside. Do not pass other horses on the outside (rail side).
  • Focus on your presentation and start showing as soon as you enter the arena. Continue showing until the results have been announced or the class has been dismissed from the arena.
  • When leaving a class, don’t stop in the gate area to talk to people or take pictures. Keep moving through the gate to allow others to exit the class.

Rules for Tack

We take our cues on tack and garb from Boulder County 4-H. The following excerpts which apply to our shows comes from  4-H Horse Project Rule Book,  2024 edition. You can find the whole thing here:  HorseShowRuleBook.pdf (


  1. Personal Attire: Western Dress Code
  2. Western clothing that reflects neat, clean, well-fitted worklike appearance. Expensive clothing will not count over neat, clean clothing.
  3. Western hat, Western or cowboy boots, belt and longsleeved, full-length shirt (chest and midriff covered) required. Any exhibitor may wear certified equestrian protective headgear in any division or class without penalty. A certified equestrian helmet with safety harness fastened in place is required in gymkhana events, activities and practice sessions.
  4. Optional: gloves, ties, chaps, vests, jackets, raincoat and spurs. See classes for exceptions.
  5. Certified helmets are allowed and encouraged in all western classes and shall not be discriminated against in the adjudication of the class.
  6. Any exceptions will be listed under specific classes.
  7. Equipment
  8. Horses shall be shown with a stock saddle with horn; silver equipment will not count over a good working outfit. Western bridles with a standard western curb bit that has a solid or broken smooth mouthpiece, is a minimum of 5/16″ and maximum of 3/4″ diameter, has shanks and acts with curb action; romal or split reins.
  9. Bosals and snaffle bits are allowed on horses 5 years old and under. When ridden in a bosal or a snaffle bit, two hands must be used on reins or mecate.
  10. Horses 6 years old and older must be shown in a standard western bit with shanks and ridden with one hand.
  11. Optional Equipment: 1. Rope or riata. If used, the rope or riata must be coiled and attached to the saddle. Ranch Horse Classes Only. 2. Hobbles – attached to saddle. 3. Breast collar, rear cinch, crupper, tapaderos.
  12. Prohibited Equipment: 1. Wire curb straps regardless of how padded or covered. 2. Any curb strap narrower than 1 /2 inch. 3. Martingales, nosebands, tie-downs, whips, bats or quirts, roping or closed rein. 4. Curb bit with shanks over 8 1 /2 inches maximum, measured from the top ring (under the circle) where the cheek piece attaches to the bit; down to the lower ring where the reins attach to the shank of the bit.

St. Vrain Roundup Club Bylaws