News and Announcements – Sunnyside Open Horse Show 2021

Please check this page for official Sunnyside Open Horse Show updates and announcements.    

Show Photographer

Please welcome back Kristi Totten and Horse Play Photography as our 2021 show photographer

Reminder for Late Entries and Showing Out of Trailers

As always, entries will be accepted right up until showtime and during the show.

Trailer-ins are always welcome. If you trailer in or arrive last-minute on Saturday or Sunday, please check-in at the show office upon arrival.

Pre-entry deadline is August 23, 2021.  A late entry fee of $10.00 per horse will be charged for all entries post-marked or dated  after August 23, 2021.

Show Farrior

Emily Fuller – Fuller Farrior Service

Farrior will be available on Friday afternoon (after 2:00 PM) and on Sunday throughout the day. (Location will be announced at the show)

Holiday Inn Express Williamston is our host hotel for 2021

Right Across From the Ag Center – Take Exit 512 off US HWY 64

Contact information for the Holiday Inn Express Williamston:

  • Telephone: (252) 799-0100 — 1071 Cantle Court, Williamston, North Carolina 27892

Be sure to let them know you’re showing with the Sunnyside Open Horse Show and ask for their “horse show rates.

For additional lodging information: visit Places to Stay

Show Program Mailing List

Need a hard copy of the Show Program, Rule Book, entry form, sponsorship form, or vendor contract? CLICK HERE to get it by U.S.  Mail.

Please fill out Your Entry Forms as completely as possible before mailing

One entry form per horse. Be sure to include:

  • Horse Name
  • Exhibitor Name
  • Responsible Party
  • Owner Name
  • Stall With/Trainer (if applicable)
  • Stalls (how many?)
  • Classes (at least the one(s) you know of)
  • Exhibitor Signature

Also, we do not reserve camper spots/RV electric hookups – they are first come/first serve as you arrive at the check-in board.

Thanks for your help!

Show High Point Divisions

Show High Point Awards for the following divisions will be presented after the completion of each division. Points are tabulated on the horse only (not a horse/rider combination). Points follow the horse by the horse’s assigned back number, and different exhibitors may show a horse.

*Each Division will award a High Point Horse and Reserve High Point Horse*


  • Halter 2 Yrs & Under – Stock Hunter Type
  • Halter 3 Yrs & Over – Stock Hunter Type
  • Halter 2 Yrs & Under – Saddle Pleasure Type
  • Halter 3 Yrs & Over – Saddle Pleasure Type
  • Western Pleasure
  • Huntseat
  • Saddleseat
  • Field Hunter
  • Working Western
  • Dressage Suitability
  • Off The Rail
  • Pleasure Driving: Horse
  • Pleasure Driving: Pony
  • Miniature Equine
  • Non-Trotting
  • Stock/Hunter Type Horse
  • Saddle Pleasure Type Horse

The following Overall Show High Point winners will be awarded:

  • Overall High Point Horse
  • Reserve Overall High Point Horse

Please see the Rule Book for complete Class and Division description, cross entry rule and regs.

  Have you measured your Mini or Pony lately?

A friendly reminder, we use the honor system for entering classes designated for miniature horses (38 inches and under) and ponies (14.2 hands or under.) Always a good idea to measure our smaller equines periodically as they mature. Thanks!

Non-Trotting Shoeing Requirements:

Our Non-Trotting Division is open to all gaited breeds. Come on out with your gaited horse that’s barefoot or flat shod with keg shoes. Help us continue our Non-Trotting Division in a positive way, and let’s have some fun!

Our shoeing and device regulations for Non-Trotting exhibitors are simple: Keg shoes or barefoot. No pads or hoof bands. No devices allowed on the show grounds: no boots, collars, chains, rollers, hoof extensions, caustic substances, etc. No weights or pads stacked and inserted and then tightened with metal bands. We do not allow techniques used to accentuate the non-trotting horses’ natural, inherited gaits. Entries will not be rewarded for exaggerated gaits and may be excused from the ring. Show management retains the right to refuse any entry. Please see our Rulebook for complete Non-Trotting shoeing restrictions, regulations and credo.

Non-Trotting Division Rules Reminder:

We’d like to remind our non-trotting exhibitors, Sunnyside Show rules for riding in Western tack within the Non-Trotting Division allows for the use of either one hand or two hands on the reins with a curb or snaffle bit.  Otherwise we invite you to show in the manner to which you’re accustomed and according to your breed standards. 

(All other classes follow USEF Rules, therefore for non-trotting exhibitors entering Western Pleasure Division GAYP classes and Working Western Division GAYP classes are asked to use one hand only with a curb bit. )

Approved Open Show Host

Sunnyside Open Horse Show is an approved Open Show Host for the following organizations:

  • Paint Alternative Competition Program (PAC)
  • American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) High Score Morgan:  Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 issues the AMHA did not offer High Score Morgan awards for 2020. We hope to be able to offer this award in 2021!
  • Appaloosa All-Breed Activities Program (ACAAP)
  • Arabian Horse Association Open Event Incentive Program (OEIP)
  • Pinto Horse Association SOAR Program and PtHAC Open Show Points

*See Sunnyside Rule Book for important details!

2020 Sunnyside Show High Point Awards

2020 Sunnyside Show Photo Gallery and Slideshow

2019 Sunnyside Show High Point Awards

2019 Sunnyside Horse Show Photos

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