2021 Rules

It is our mission to provide all competitors with the best experience possible. Prior to attending an event, please review the event rules. Rules specific to PEWC Finals can be found at the bottom of this page.

* Includes all 2021 events except PEWC finals. 

MPBA Productions Rules

RELEASE OF LIABILITY, INDEMNIFICATION AND RELEASE PERSONAL INJURY; This event is conducted by Midwest Pole Bending Association, a Minnesota LLC (“Company”).  By making entry as a participant, I hereby understand that no matter how careful the sponsors, officers, directors, or participants may be, my injury or death, as well as that of my horse, or my child is a possibility.  Furthermore, I, as a participant (or parent/guardian of a participant) agree to hold harmless the Company, its agents, management, contractors and employees from any expense, cause of action, damage, or claim of damage (including any legal fees) of any kind whatsoever, which I might assert as a result of my  (or my child’s) injury, death or claim

Midwest Pole Bending Association and its representatives have the final say on all rulings.
• Midwest Pole Bending Association can refuse any entry for any reason.
• No outside shavings. Horses kept overnight must have a stall. Changes may be made if stalls are sold out.
• ALL RUNS COUNT weekend sidepot will be available at Race for the Roses, MN Challenge, Sharp Truck Challenge and the Prospector Challenge Gold Rush Series. Pay one $40 fee per horse. The OPEN run from Friday-Saturday-Sunday will be used to calculate a single payout. $1000 added for each show.
• Carryovers can be ADDED prior to the run from which the time is carried from. CARRYOVERS CANNOT be canceled once requested. Carryovers from Youth and slot races (SD) are allowed into the Open 4D/5D races.
• Heeled boots required at all races. Full dress code required for slot races.
• Refunds for vet-outs must be received by noon Friday. Vet outs receive 100% refund less office fee.
• Horse/rider substitutions will be allowed at no charge up to 8 AM Saturday. $10 fee for horse/rider changes received after 8 AM Saturday. No changes after 8 PM Saturday for Sunday runs.
• Barrels will be in the arena but not on the competition stakes during the Open Riding sessions.
• Exhibition time limited to one minute. Exceeding the one minute will forfeit any additional exhibitions.
• Late entries will be run at the end of each class. Late entries accepted until last rider.
• Riders will receive 3 calls at the gate. After 3 calls, the ride will be considered a scratch.
• Controlled access will be maintained for warm up areas. The number will be announced at the show.
• No schooling is allowed in the arena during the jackpot classes. Riders will be fined $25 for circling a barrel an extra time. We want to ensure the ground is as fair as possible for every rider.
• You may circle once in the arena prior to the start of your run. You will be fined $10 for additional circling.
• Rider must maintain forward motion after they cross the timeline.
• 4D/5D Open Classes will be on the 4D half second split (winner, ½, ½, ½, 1/2).
• The Youth class and/or sidepots will be paid on the 3D/4D full second split (winner, 1,1,1). Adult sidepots
will be paid on 3D full second split.
• Pole Bending will be paid on a 3D/4D full second split (winner, full, full, full)
• Tipped barrels result in a no-time for barrel classes. Tipped poles are a 5 second penalty per pole.
• Contestants must have a current negative coggins test on-site and available upon request. State Vet Board rules apply for horses traveling from out of state.
• All reruns will be the decision of the Arena Director. Rerun will be on fresh drag. Arena Director’s decisions are FINAL. In the case of a timer malfunction rider will be offered a re-run. No re-rides will be given for individual equipment or tack malfunction.
• Riders must compete in the order of the draw. It is the rider’s responsibility to know when they are up. Riders running out of turn will be disqualified.
• Competitors or their representatives must be present at awards ceremony or awards are subject to forfeit.
• We will drag every 5 riders, with big drags every 50 riders. There will be a drag between all classes. Poles will be dragged every 7 riders. Changes to this plan may be made at producers discretion at the show.
• A W-9 must be on file to pick up any check. All weekend fees must be paid before picking up checks. ALL PAYOUT CHECKS WILL BE VOID AND FORFETIED AFTER 60 DAYS FROM RACE DATE.
• Unsportsmanlike conduct to horses, other competitors, workers, vendors, sponsors or to production staff may result in an immediate dismissal and forfeit of entry fees and any money earned.
• Returned check fee $40. MPBA may formally “blacklist” riders with repetitive bounced checks or require cash only payment for future shows.
• Vendors welcome. Vendors must submit a vendor application and pay appropriate fees prior to setting up product or service areas. Unauthorized vendors will be asked to leave the show. Any entry fees and money earned will be forfeited and rider considered scratched.

PEWC Finals Rules

• Midwest Pole Bending Association LLC and Pro Elite World Challenge Inc. and its representatives have the final say on all rulings. (MPBA and PEWC)
• MPBA and PEWC can refuse any entry for any reason. Payment options include cash, credit/debit card (5% fee or http://www.fastenter.com fee applies) or personal check. Personal check minimum $50. $40 fee for returned checks.
• PEWC Finals is open to anyone. No qualification runs required, no nonmember fees are collected.
• Pre Entry deadline is postmark October 1. A $35 late fee per rider applies after October 1. Once entered, a rider may add classes/horses without any additional office or late fees. The first draw with pre entries will take place Oct 11. Draw #2 will be Monday October 18 at noon for all entries received at that time (late fees apply). Entries received after noon Monday will be added to the late entries at the show.
• The Pole Bending and Barrel Racing slot races will be held at rider number 200 on the Open on Saturday, October 23. Times from the Pole Bending Slot Race may be carried back to the Open Pole Bending Class. The Barrel Racing Slot Race is a clean run event. Times will NOT be carried back to the Open Class. Tipped barrels/poles is a 5 second penalty.
• No outside shavings. Horses kept overnight must have a stall. If stalls sell out, overnight tie outs will be allowed in designated lots (perimeter fence for safety). Daily jump out rigs will be parked together. If you want to be stalled together, entries must be mailed together.
• The Target Time/Average sidepot will use the Friday and Saturday times. A Target Time award will be handed out Sunday morning. The Average sidepot will pay out on a 5D format.
• Future Fortunes paperwork must be submitted at the show to be eligible for the $10,000 FF Saturday Open Bonus. This includes the FF official entry form, copy of horse registration and W9. Deadline to enter is one hour prior to the start of the Saturday open.
• PEWC Members are eligible for $10,000 Bonus Sidepot on Saturday and Sunday. Memberships must be purchased one hour prior to the start of the Saturday $10,000 added Open 5D. Times pull from the Open 5D classes.
• ALL RUNS COUNT weekend sidepot. Pay one $40 fee per horse. The OPEN run from Friday-Saturday-Sunday will be used to calculate a single payout. $1000 added.
• Sidepot entries will be posted. Any corrections to the side pot entries must be made before the end of that race. Once results are posted they are considered final. If you are missed in a sidepot you paid for, your money will be refunded. Please make sure you are listed in the sidepots you are entered: Average/Target Time (Friday/Saturday), Youth/Senior/Adult (Friday/Saturday/Sunday), PEWC Futurity/Maturity (Sat/Sun), All Runs Count (weekend), PEWC Members only (Saturday/Sunday) and Future Fortunes (Saturday). The maturity is open to any horses that ran in the PEWC futurity 2015-2020.
• Pee Wee riders may not compete in the Open barrel classes. They may compete in open pole bending.
• No horses may be tied to trailers in the electrical camping lanes. Violation is $25 fine.
• Refunds for vet-outs received by noon Monday, October 18. Vet outs receive 100% refund less office fee.
• Draw out deadline noon Monday October 18th. 70% refund of entry fees. *Does not include slot races.
• Selling spots/Horse/rider substitutions will be allowed at no charge up to noon Monday October 18. $20 fee for horse/rider changes received after noon Monday. Horse/Rider changes allowed 1 hour prior to the start of the Friday and Saturday Open Race. No changes after 8 PM Saturday for Sunday runs. ALL CHANGES must be paid for in the show office prior to the run. The NEW RIDER will pay the office fee to the show office (if not already entered on another horse) and the change fee. There will be a change form in the show office. *exception may be made for Sunday substitutions in the event of horse/rider injury.
• Barrels will be in the arena but not on the competition stakes during the Open Riding sessions.
• Exhibition time limited to one minute. Exceeding the one minute will forfeit any additional exhibitions. Forward motion with one circle at each barrel must be maintained or the rider will be asked to exit the arena immediately and forfeit any additional exhibitions for the day.
• Late entries will be run at the end of each class. Late entries accepted through Rider #150.
• Riders will receive 3 calls at the gate. After 3 calls, the ride will be considered a scratch. Time Limit 2 minutes from first call to enter the arena.
• Controlled access will be maintained for warm up areas. The number will be announced at the show.
• No schooling is allowed in the arena during the jackpot classes. Riders will be fined $25 for circling a barrel an extra time. We want to ensure the ground is as fair as possible for every rider.
• You may circle once in the arena prior to the start of your run. You will be fined $10 for additional circling.
• Rider must maintain forward motion after they cross the timeline.
• Western dress code required for slot races. Heeled boots and long pants required for all other classes. Hats/helmets recommended. No ball caps or non-western hats. $10 fine for lost hats in the arena.
• 5D Open Classes will be on the half second split (winner, ½, ½, ½, 1/2)
• The Youth sidepot will be paid on the 4D split (winner, half, half, full).
• Pee Wee class will be 3D, three second split
• Pole Bending will be paid on a 4D full second split (winner, full, full, full).
• Tipped barrels result in a no-time for barrel classes. Tipped poles are a 5 second penalty per pole.
• Contestants must have a current negative coggins test on-site and available upon request.
• All reruns will be the decision of the Arena Director. Rerun will be on fresh drag. Arena Director’s decisions a FINAL. In the case of a timer malfunction rider will be offered a re-run. No re-rides will be given for individual equipment or tack malfunction.
• Riders must compete in the order of the draw. Riders running out of turn will be disqualified.
• Horses may be ridden by more than one competitor.
• We will drag every 5 riders with big drags every 50 riders for barrels. There will be a drag between all classes. Poles will be dragged every 7 riders. Pee Wee drags will be determined at the show based on the number of riders. Changes to this plan may be made at producer’s discretion at the show.
• Vendor booths are available for rent through PEWC/MPBA. All vendors including farriers, chiropractors, massage therapist, etc must pay a vendor fee prior to offering any services on the premises. Anyone caught offering services who has not paid a sponsor/vendor fee will be fined $100 in addition to the booth fee. Vendors must complete a vendor/sponsor form for approval. All efforts will be made to avoid duplicate services and products and/or conflict with PEWC/MPBA sponsors. PEWC and MPBA are not responsible for vendor products and display materials. Sponsors and vendors are eligible to compete in the “early run” each day.
• Early runs are available for sponsors (minimum $100), vendors and workers. *Workers will be required to enter the early run with their entry. Sign up sheets will be available prior to the start of the show. Two hours work will allow a rider to compete in the Sunday “early run”.
• A W-9 must be on file to pick up any check. All weekend fees must be paid before picking up checks. Weekend checks will be mailed within five days of the show after audits and W9 verifications are complete. AOIF Stallion incentive and Future Fortunes checks will be mailed by the associations.
• Unsportsmanlike conduct to horses, other competitors, workers, vendors, sponsors or to production staff may result in an immediate dismissal and forfeit of entry fees and any money earned.
• Everyone will be photographed and videoed throughout the weekend. Photos may be purchased at http://www.albraunworth.com. Videos may be purchased at XXX (pending). Any other photographers or videographers taking pictures with the intent to sell will be asked to discontinue.