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HORS CONCOURS 17 HORSE & PONY DEFINITION 22 JUDGES 17 & 20 LIFE MEMBERSHIP 7 MEASUREMENT 22 MEMBERSHIP 7 & 20 MEMBERSHIP LIST RULING 20 MORGAN HORSE DIVISION 60 MOUNTAIN HORSE DIVISION……………………………………………………………………………. ….62 NATIONAL SHOW HORSE DIVISION 65 NON CANTER AWARDS………………………………………………………………………………………….22 OBJECT AND PURPOSE OF COSCA 4 OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, & COMMITTEES 9 OPEN DIVISION 68 OWNERSHIP 19 PAINT/PINTO DIVISION 75 PAYBACK 17 PASO FINO DIVISION 77 PENALTIES AND SUSPENSIONS 18 POINT CLASSES, LIST OF 27 POINT SYSTEM RULES 19 PRESIDENT’S SERVICE AWARD……………………………………………………………………………..97 PRIZE LIST AND PROGRAM 17 PROGRAM APPROVAL 16 PROTESTS 18 QUARTER HORSE DIVISION 83 — Any animal that declares or shows as a pony must stay in pony classes for that competition year.

If shown in a breed (horse) or Half/Anglo-Arabian class, he is eliminated from further pony classes that COSCA competition year. All ponies exhibiting must have a current COSCA measurement card. (At USEF competitions, a USEF measurement card is required.) Ponies six (6) years of age and older are eligible for a permanent card.

Show management shall not permit a pony to be shown in a class at a show unless the owner is in possession of a current measurement card. ANNUAL COSCA CHAMPIONSHIP HORSE SHOW The Annual Fall COSCA Championship Horse Show is governed by the general rules and point system rules.

In addition, the following apply: To qualify for a year-end high point award, a horse/pony/rider/driver/handler must have shown the class at three (3) shows during the season and paid a point fee. (Double judged shows are considered two (2) shows.) NOTE: The class must be offered three (3) times during the course of the year in order to make that class eligible for high point awards for that year. Awards will be awarded to High Point Championship and Reserve High Point Championship horses, ponies, and equitation riders, and ribbons for third, fourth, and fifth place, in the various classes listed as COSCA Approved Point Classes.

Such awards are made at the Annual Fall Championship Show or at a banquet.

However, High Point Awards will be given to the winners.

Horses and equitation riders eligible to receive such awards must be present.

If an exhibitor does not wish to exhibit in the show but intends to receive his/her award, the horse or the equitation rider shall appear in the ring for the presentation. (If the horse is eligible for the award, the horse must be presented in the ring to accept the award.

If the rider or showman is eligible for the award, the rider or showman must be present in the ring to accept the award.) Owner (or authorized representative previously designated to the Point Secretary) must be present to receive the award.

If a horse or equitation rider is unable to attend the Championship Show, the exhibitor must present verification of reasons in writing as far in advance as circumstances permit to the Point Secretary.

The Board of Directors of COSCA will decide the eligibility of said exhibitor to receive the award in absentia. If a class is not offered at the Championship Show, horses or equitation riders winning high point awards need not be present to receive such awards. NON CANTER All-Around Awards: The Non Canter All Around Awards are open to exhibitors who do not compete in canter classes.

Awards will be given to the top five(5) exhibitors earning the most points in the following classes.

These awards will be presented at the COSCA Championship Show or at a banquet. Classes to be included for Non-Canter All-Around Award totals: Walk-Trot Showmanship – all ages Lead-In Equitation/Horsemanship – 6 yrs. & under YA Walk-Trot Equitation/Horsemanship – 10 yrs. & under YA Walk-Trot Pleasure – 10 yrs. & under YA Walk-Trot Equitation/Horsemanship – 11-18 yrs. YA Walk-Trot Pleasure – 11-18 yrs. Adult Walk-Trot Equitation/Horsemanship – 19 yrs. & over Adult Walk-Trot Pleasure – 19 yrs. & over Open Easy Gaited Equitation/Horsemanship (No Canter ) – 17 yrs. & under Open Easy Gaited Pleasure (No Canter) – 17 yrs. & under ELECTION RULES The annual election of Officers and Directors of the Central Ohio Saddle Club Association Inc.

Shall be held in November of each year.

In order to run for an office in this Association, it is necessary that a person be a current paid-up member of COSCA.

In order to run for president of the Association, it is necessary that a person be currently or previously an Officer or served on the Board of Directors. The nominating committee will present their selection to the membership.

Nominations will be accepted from the floor upon recognition.

A family membership is entitled to two (2) votes only, and two (2) members of the family must be present at the election meeting to get the two (2) votes. A Member Club is entitled to one (1) vote each at the election.

The COSCA Membership Secretary will send each Member Club a letter asking who the club’s official delegate will be for voting purposes and further ask that they return the information to the Membership Secretary.

Each Member Club is required to file a letter with the COSCA Membership Secretary before each election stating whom that club’s official delegate will be.

This will be done in advance of each election for each year (April 1, 1983).

There will be no proxy voting permitted. Amendments, Article V, Resolution 1 – No membership for the current year will be accepted after the Fall Championship Show (Round-Up), and only members of a current year are eligible to vote at the November election of Officers and Directors. (February 23, 1958) For the purposes of the Nominating Committee, the definition of family shall mean Immediate Family (husband, wife, son, daughter, step-son, step-daughter, mother, father, brother, sister, step-mother, step-father, step-brother, step-sister). Commitees, and committee co-chairs will remain intact until after the General Rules meeting. (January, 2007) COSCA QUEEN/HORSEMAN CONTEST The Queen/Horseman contest was discontinued in 2013.

Here is a list of past winners: COSCA QUEENS — (3) & (4) May be split by sexes. (5) & (6) May be combined. (7) & (8) May be split – Reg.

Arabian . . .

Reg.

Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian. (9) May be divided Stock/Hunter Type or Saddle/Pleasure Type *When combined class title should read: Reg.

Arabian Breeding and Geldings In-Hand – S/M/G. **When combined class title should read: Reg.

Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian Breeding Mares and Geldings In-Hand. ***Hunt Type equipment can only be used in specified Hunter classes. **** Reg.

Arabian Breeding and Geldings In-hand and Reg.

Half-Arabian/Anglo Arabian Breeding and Geldings in Hand may be combined into one halter class. _____________________________________________________________ EASY GAITED HORSE DIVISION 1.

Open Easy Gaited Equitation/Horsemanship (No Canter) – 2 Gait – S/M/G 2.

Open Easy Gaited Pleasure (No Canter) – 2 Gait – S/M/G 3.

Open Easy Gaited Pleasure (Canter) – S/M/G 4.

Easy Gaited Equitation/Horsemanship (No Canter) – 2 Gait – 17 Yrs. & Under – M/G 5.

Easy Gaited Pleasure (No Canter) – 2 Gait – 17 Yrs. & Under – M/G 6.

Open Easy Gaited Egg & Spoon- English and Western –S/M/G 7.

Open Easy Gaited Model (Conformation) S/M/G ____________________________________________ MORGAN HORSE DIVISION 1.

Reg.

Morgan “In-Hand” – S/M/G (1) 2.

Reg.

Morgan English Pleasure Horses (Saddle Seat) – Open 3.

Reg.

Morgan Western Pleasure Horses – Open 4.

Reg.

Morgan Amateur English Pleasure Horses (Saddle Seat) – Adult and/or Jr. Exhibitor 5.

Reg.

Morgan Amateur Western Pleasure Horses – Adult and/or Jr.

Exhibitor 6.

Reg.

Morgan Hunter Pleasure Horses – Open 7.

Reg.

Morgan Horse Classic Saddle Pleasure (Saddle Seat) – Open May be divided as to age or sex. _____________________________________________________________ MOUNTAIN HORSE DIVISION — (2) May be divided into two divisions to read: Reg.

Quarter Horse Hunter Under Saddle, Jr.

Horse – 5 Yrs. & Under – S/M/G. Reg.

Quarter Horse Hunter Under Saddle, Sr.

Horse – 6 Yrs. & Over – S/M/G. (3) May be divided: Reg.

Jr.

Quarter Horse Western Pleasure – 5 Yrs. & Under – S/M/G. Reg.

Sr.

Quarter Horse Western Pleasure – 6 Yrs. & Over – S/M/G. _______________________________________________________________________ REGISTERED TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE DIVISION 1.

Reg.

TWH Model Class – 2 Yrs.

Old & Over – S/M/G 2.

Reg.

TWH English Lite Shod Specialty – S/M/G 3.

Reg.

TWH English Lite Shod (Canter) – S/M/G 4.

Reg.

TWH Western Lite Shod Specialty – S/M/G 5.

Reg.

TWH Lite Shod Lite Shod (Canter) – S/M/G ____________________________________________ WELSH PONY DIVISION 1.

Welsh Halter – Breeding – Jr.

Exhibitor – 17 Yrs.

Of Age & Under – S/M/G (1) 2.

Welsh Halter – Breeding – S/M/G (2) 3.

Welsh Pleasure Driving Ponies – Open 4.

Welsh Gentlemen’s Single Pleasure Harness 5.

Welsh Ladies’ Single Pleasure Harness 6.

Welsh Pleasure Driving Ponies – Jr.

Exhibitor – 17 Yrs.

Of Age & Under 7.

Welsh Pleasure Driving Ponies – Pairs 8.

Single Welsh Draft Harness Ponies – Open 9.

Single Welsh Draft Harness Ponies – Jr.

Exhibitor – 17 Yrs.

Of Age & Under 10.

Welsh Pony Tandem Hitch – Draft or Pleasure 11.

Team Welsh Draft Harness Ponies – Open (1) and (2) May be divided as to section, sex, age, etc. — Appearance and grooming of showman. Exhibitors must be appropriately attired for this class. A showmanship pattern must be used.

COSCA Rule ADULT OPEN WESTERN PLEASURE HORSE – 19 & Over – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings Open to any breed or combination of breeds over 14.2 hands.

Breed horses exempt on height ruling. To be shown at a walk, jog-trot, and lope both ways of the ring, on a reasonably loose rein without undue restraint.

To be judged on performance 60%; conformation 30%; and appointments 10%.

COSCA Rule ADULT ENGLISH PLEASURE HORSE – HUNT SEAT – 19 & Over – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings Open to any breed or combination of breeds over 14.2 hands.

Breed horses exempt on height ruling. Use of full bridle, pelham, kimberwick, or snaffle bit is optional.

To be ridden on a reasonably loose rein without loss of contact and to be shown at a flat-footed walk, collected or medium trot, and easy canter.

Must stand quietly and back readily.

To be judged on manners, performance, quality, and suitability to rider.

Martingales prohibited.

Appointments of horse and attire of rider should be correct Hunt Seat Style.

To be judged on performance 60%; conformation 30%; and appointments 10%. COSCA Rule ADULT ENGLISH PLEASURE HORSE – SADDLE SEAT- 19 & Over – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings Open to any breed or combination of breeds over 14.2 hands.

Breed horses exempt on height ruling. Entries shall be shown in full or pelham bridle (with two reins).

Junior horses may compete with a snaffle.

To be ridden on a reasonably loose rein without loss of contact and to be shown at a walk, collected trot, and canter.

Must stand quietly and back readily.

To be judged on manners, performance, quality, and suitability to rider.

Martingales prohibited.

Appointments should be correct Saddle Seat Style.

To be judged on performance 60%; conformation 30%; and appointments 10%.

COSCA Rule Suggestions to show committees: Show committees are urged to hold both Hunt Seat and Saddle Seat classes in their show.

However, if they are not able to have both, these must be combined into one class which shall be titled as below. ADULT OPEN ENGLISH PLEASURE HORSE – Hunt Seat or Saddle Seat -19 & Over– Stallions, Mares, & Geldings Open to any breed or combination of breeds over 14.2 hands.

Breed horses exempt on height ruling. Use of full bridles, pelham, kimberwick, or snaffle bit is optional.

To be ridden on a reasonably loose rein without loss of contact and to be shown at a walk, collected trot (medium for hunters), and canter.

Must stand quietly and back readily.

To be judged on manners, performance, quality, and suitability to rider.

Martingales prohibited.

Appointments of horse and attire of rider may be Correct Saddle Seat or Hunt Seat Style.

To be judged on performance 60%; conformation 30%; and appointments 10%.

COSCA Rule Note to Exhibitors: All points will revert to Adult 19 & Over Open English Pleasure Horse.

COSCA will award High Point Awards for Adult 19 & Over Open English Pleasure Horse after tabulating the points from open and split classes.

The first split class entered for the year will be the basis for entering a horse in the point standings.

Points will not count if the horse shows in both sections.

One horse may not show in both sections at a show where both sections are offered. ADULT WESTERN HORSEMANSHIP -19 & Over – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings Open to any breed or combination of breeds over 14.2 hands.

Breed horses exempt on height ruling. Rider only to be judged.

Good hands are paramount.

Entries to be judged on walk, jog-trot, and lope both ways of the ring.

After completion of rail work, the judge MAY only choose to use the top seven (7) riders for pattern work, if the judge feels the pattern work is necessary.

Sidesaddle riders must wear an apron of either the closed or button type, or with waistband cut the same as a pair of chaps and double thickness. COSCA Rule NOTE: Patterns are preferred for horsemanship classes.

If pattern work is used, once completed, the whole class, or just the finalists must work at all three gaits at least one direction of the ring. ADULT ENGLISH EQUITATION – 19 & Over – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings Open to any breed or combination of breeds over 14.2 hands.

Breed horses exempt on height ruling. Rider only to be judged.

Horse may be ridden either Saddle Seat or Hunter Seat Style, but attire and appointments must be correct for that style and must be uniform.

To be shown at a walk, trot, and canter both ways of the ring.

Light contact with horse’s mouth is required.

After completion of rail work, the judge MAY only choose to use the top seven (7) riders for test work, if the judge feels test work is necessary.

When contestants consist of both styles of riding, judges are advised to exercise caution as to appropriate tests. COSCA Rule NOTE: Patterns are preferred for equitation classes.

If pattern work is used, once completed, the whole class, or just the finalists must work at all three gaits at least one direction of the ring. (Class may be divided, but points will revert to the above class.) (See below for proper Equitation appointments.) HUNT SEAT APPOINTMENTS: 1.

Personal: Riders should wear coats of any tweed or Melton for hunting (conservative wash jackets in season), breeches or jodhpurs and boots.

Conservative colored protective headgear is mandatory.

Spurs, crops, or bats are optional. 2.

Tack: Regulation snaffles, pelhams, kimberwick, and full bridles, all with cavesson nose bands are recommended.

A judge at his/her own discretion can penalize a horse with non-conventional types of bits or nosebands.

Martingales are prohibited. SADDLE SEAT APPOINTMENTS: 1.

Personal – Informal: Conservative colors are required (ie, herringbone, pin stripes, and other combinations of colors that appear to be solid).

Solid colors include black, blue, gray, dark burgundy, dark green, beige, or brown jacket with matching jodhpurs, derby or soft hat, and jodhpur boots.

Formal: Even more conservative attire is required for evening classes.

Solid colors include dark gray, dark brown, dark blue, or black tuxedo-type jacket with collars and lapels of the same color, top hat, jodhpurs to match, and gloves; or dark-colored riding habit, accessories, and jodhpur boots.

Spurs of the unrowelled type, whips, or crops are optional. 2.

Tack – Bridle: Entries shall be shown in full bridles (curb and snaffle).

Martingales or similar tie-downs are prohibited.

Saddle: Flat English-type.

Forward seat, Western, and Sidesaddles are prohibited. — unconstrained with good reach. C Trot. 1.

The trot is a natural, two beat diagonal gait in which the front foot and the opposite hind foot take off from the ground in unison and land simultaneously.

A balanced trot features coordinated motion with straight, true, shoulder motion of front legs, with flexing hocks carried close together.

It is executed in a highly collected manner and should display the horse’s athletic ability. 2.

PARK TROT: The park trot in Three-Gaited and Fine Harness classes is executed in a highly collected manner, speed to be penalized.

The horse’s energy should be directed toward animation rather than speed. 3.

WESTERN JOG-TROT: The jog is primarily a Western Pleasure gait used for long distance riding.

It should generate very little motion in the saddle with a minimum of control from the rider.

The rate of speed is just beyond that of a flat walk and the action is free, easy ground covering and uniform. 4.TROT (FOR HUNTERS): A two beat gait, straight and regular.

The trot should be mannerly, cadenced and balanced.

It is to be performed at a medium speed with a free-moving, ground-covering stride, with the rider posting. 5.

GAITED TROT: The trot of the Five-Gaited horse should show speed in form.

The desired speed is the maximum rate at which the horse can trot while still maintaining proper form, control and balance. 6.

EXTENDED TROT: The extended trot is faster, stronger and bolder; with a fuller extension of stride to obtain desired speed.

It is executed in a highly collected manner. 7.

EXTENDED TROT (FOR HUNTERS): A two beat gait that is bold, energetic, balanced and ground covering with definite lengthening of stride.

This should result in an increase in speed without a sense of racing or scurrying.

The mouth must remain light and the horse must demonstrate complete acceptance of control without resistance at all times. D Canter. 1.

Criteria. a.

Canter is relatively slow, lofty and fluid with a definite three beat cadence.

High action, a good way of going and proper collection are paramount.

It is a restrained gallop in which two diagonal legs are paired, the single beat falls between the successive beats of the other two unpaired legs.

The unpaired legs act independently—the foreleg with which the horse leads and its diagonal hind.

The propulsion is in the hindquarters with the leading foreleg sustaining the concussion of the final third beat.

There is a brief interval when all four feet are off the ground.

It is an ambidextrous gait, executed on the lead which is toward the center of the ring to relieve stress and aid in balance (A lead is determined by which foreleg—right or left—sustains the concussion of the final third beat, after its diagonal hind leg started the propulsion of the first beat). b.

It is acceptable, although not encouraged, for the horse to have a bolder, strong canter in those classes where manners are not paramount or where speed at a qualifying gait is desired.

Ease of control, rate of speed and collection may vary according to the class specifications. c.

Where manners are paramount, a slow, consistent rate of speed must be maintained with little obvious effort from the rider. d.

CANTER (FOR HUNTERS): A three beat gait, even, smooth, unhurried, correct and straight on both leads. e.

HAND GALLOP: The hand gallop is performed with a long, free, ground-covering stride.

The amount of ground covered may vary between and among horses due to difference in natural length of stride.

A decided lengthening of stride should be shown while the horse remains controlled, mannerly, correct and straight on both leads.

The hand gallop is not a fast collected canter. 2.

LOPE: The lope is the western version of the canter.

It should be easy riding with good motion that is consistent and steady; neither too slow nor too fast and performed equally well on either lead.

It should give the appearance of being a comfortable gait with a definite three beat cadence that avoids trotting behind. Slow Gait. 1.

The slow gait was developed from the pace to be a four beat gait with each of the four feet contacting the ground separately.

In the takeoff, the lateral front and hind feet start almost together but the hind foot contacts the ground slightly before its lateral forefoot. 2.

The slow gait is a highly collected gait with most of the propulsion coming from the hindquarters, while the forequarters assist in the pull of the final beats.

The slow gait is not a medium rack. 3.

The slow gait is a restrained four beat gait, executed slowly but with true and distinct precision.

Speed is to be penalized.

It is high, lofty, brilliant and restrained denoting the style, grace and polish of the horse. Rack. 1.

The rack is a four beat gait in which each foot meets the ground at equal, separate intervals.

It is smooth and highly animated, performed with great action and speed, in a slightly unrestrained manner.

Desired speed and collection are determined by the maximum rate at which a horse can rack in form.

Racking in form should include the horse remaining with a good set head.

It should be performed by the horse in an effortless manner from the slow gait, at which point all strides become equally rapid and regular. 2.

TO BE PENALIZED: Any tendency to become “trotty”, “pacey” or “hitchy gaited”. 3.

In Pleasure classes, there is more emphasis on the way of going as a pleasure gait with only moderate speed required.

Where manners are paramount, there is more emphasis on the ease by which it is performed by the rider. Part II Reg.

American Saddlebred IN-HAND — 2.

Horses shown in any class of this division are ineligible to compete in the Saddlebred Performance Division (ie, Three-Gaited, Five-Gaited and Fine Harness) or the Saddlebred Pleasure Division at the same competition except they may compete in In-Hand or Model classes. Sec. 2 Appointments. 1.

Under Saddle: A double bridle consisting of snaffle and curb is preferred and must suit the horse.

No horse shall be shown with a snaffle bit only, breast plate, tie-down or martingale (Exception: 2 Year Olds may be shown in a snaffle bridle with a running martingale when specified in the prize list and provided they compete separately against others using identical equipment).

The saddle should be flat, English-type with leather or web girth. 2.

Attire: Informal dress for riders is required in morning and afternoon classes.

Formal attire or dark colored habit (with collars and lapels of same color) and accessories are appropriate for evening.

Gaudy colors should be avoided.) Sec. 3 Judging Procedure. To be judged on performance, manners, presence, quality and conformation. Sec 4 Gait Requirements. To be shown at an animated walk or flat walk, trot and canter; plus slow gait and rack in Five-Gaited classes. Sec. 5 Classes Offered and Specifications. 1.

Classes may be offered for horses with a roached mane and tail or horses with a full mane and tail but classes cannot be combined. 3.

THREE-GAITED PARK (Park Trimmed and/or Park Full Mane and Tail): Shown at a walk, trot and canter. Sec. 6 COSCA Award There will be one (1) high point award for Park Full Mane & Tail Horses.

Points will be counted from Jr.

Exhibitor and Adult Amateur classes provided both are offered at the same show, or as a combined class. COSCA Rule Part IV GENERAL-Reg.

American Saddlebred Pleasure Horses. Sec. 1 Introduction. The Pleasure Horse should be a typical Saddlebred with quality, style, presence and suitable conformation; prompt, comfortable gaits; giving the distinct impression it is an agreeable mount to ride.

Easy, ground-covering action is desired.

Manners and suitability as a Pleasure mount are paramount.

Special emphasis is placed on a true, flat walk.

Transitions from one gait to another should be smooth and effortless.

TO BE PENALIZED: Laboring action; pulling, tossing head; going sideways and tail-switching. Sec 2 Ineligibility. 1.

Horses shown in any class in the Saddlebred Division other than In-Hand classes are ineligible to show in a Saddlebred Pleasure Horse class at the same competition. Saddlebred Pleasure Horses may, however, enter any class in other Divisions for which they are qualified (see chart) at the same competition.

Horses shown by a professional in any class in the Saddlebred Division are ineligible to compete in American Saddlebred Pleasure Horse classes at the same competition. (Exception: Horses showing in Saddlebred Pleasure In-Hand, Model Classes, American Saddlebred Country Western Pleasure Classes and Hunter Country Pleasure Classes may be shown by a professional in an open breed class and then shown by an amateur in American Saddlebred Pleasure Horse Classes at the same competition. 2.

Cross entering at the same competition is prohibited between Show Pleasure and Country Pleasure; Three-Gaited Pleasure and Five-Gaited Pleasure. — Sec. 1 General. 1.

The English Show Pleasure horse generally has less animation than the Three-Gaited, Five-Gaited and Fine Harness Performance horse but should be alert and responsive.

High, natural, free-moving action is desirable.

Laboring action due to excessive weight of shoes or length of foot is penalized. 2.

Entries must be shown with full mane and tail.

Horses showing in the English Show Pleasure division may wear tailsets or bustles, but may not show with the tail gingered, tied or braced, and unset tails will not be penalized.

Braids and inconspicuously applied hair in mane and tail are permitted.

Shoe bands and pads are permitted. Sec. 2 Appointments. Entries must be penalized for incomplete appointments but not necessarily disqualified. English Equipment: A full bridle, pelham or curb, any English-type saddle.

For rider, informal attire with coat and hat or protective headgear.

Gaudy colors should be avoided. Prohibited: A single snaffle, hackamore, martingale or tie-down. Sec. 3 Gait Requirements. To be shown at a flat walk, trot and canter plus slow gait and rack in Five-Gaited classes. Sec. 4 Judging. Manners and suitability as a Pleasure mount are paramount.

Transitions from one gait to another should be smooth and effortless.

Light contact with the horse’s mouth must be maintained.

Special emphasis is placed on a true flat walk.

Entries must stand quietly and back readily in the line-up.

TO BE PENALIZED: Pulling, head tossing, laboring action, going sideways and tail-switching. Sec. 5 COSCA Award There will be one (1) high point award for Show Pleasure horses.

Points will be counted from Jr.

Exhibitor and Adult Amateur classes provided both are offered at the same show, or as a combined class. COSCA Rule Part VI Reg.

American Saddlebred ENGLISH COUNTRY PLEASURE. Sec. 1 General. 1.

The English Country Pleasure horse may be less showy than the Show Pleasure horse but should still be typical of the breed.

Easy, ground covering action is desired.

As in all Saddlebred sections, the best quality specimens of the breed should prevail. 2.

English Country Pleasure horses must be plain shod.

Permissible as plain shod shall be a shoe (inclusive of caulks), which may be thicker at the heel and may include toe clips and side clips.

Also permissible is an eggbar shoe.

Not permissible as plain shod: bands, bars, pads of any kind, wedges, lead, springs, any attachment that extends below the bottom of the shoe, and any foreign substance not specified as permissible.

The sole and entire frog of the foot must be visible.

Any animal with prohibited shoeing must be disqualified from further competition at that competition and forfeit all entry fees and winnings. Quarter boots are permitted only in Five-Gaited classes. 3.

Entries must be shown with full mane and tail.

Tails must not be gingered or put in any device (ie, tailset, bustle or brace) which alters their carriage while on the grounds.

The fact that a horse’s tail has once been set does not exclude participation.

Braids and artificial manes are prohibited.

Inconspicuously applied hair in the tail is permitted. Sec. 2 Appointments. Entries must be penalized for incomplete appointments but not necessarily disqualified. English Equipment: A full bridle, pelham or curb, English-type saddle. (No forward seat saddles allowed.) For rider, informal saddle seat attire with coat and hat or protective headgear.

Gaudy colors should be avoided.

Prohibited: A single snaffle, hackamore, martingale, or tie-down. Sec. 3 Gait Requirements. To be shown at a flat walk, trot, extended trot and canter; plus slow gait and rack in Five-Gaited classes.

In Driving classes, the gaits are a flat walk, trot and extended trot. Sec. 4 Judging. Manners and suitability as a pleasure mount are paramount.

Transitions from one gait to another should be smooth and effortless.

Horses must be obedient with prompt transitions.

Special emphasis is placed on a true, flat walk.

Entries must be asked both ways of the ring to halt and stand quietly on the rail.

Horses must stand quietly and back readily in the lineup. TO BE PENALIZED: Pulling, head tossing, laboring action, going sideways and tailswitching. SEC. 5 COSCA Award There will be one (1) high point award for Country Pleasure horses.

Points will be counted from Jr.

Exhibitor and adult amatuer classes provided both are offered at the same show, or as a combined class. COSCA Rule Part VII Reg.

American Saddlebred WESTERN pleasure. Sec 1 General. 1.

In Western Equipment and Trail classes, a less elevated head carriage should not be penalized.

The Western Equipment horse should have more substance, especially in the quarters, be close-coupled and have well-defined withers.

As in all Saddlebred divisions, the best quality specimens of the breed should prevail. 2.

Western Country Pleasure horses must be plain shod.

Permissible as plain shod shall be a shoe (inclusive of caulks), which may be thicker at the heel and may include toe clips and side clips.

Also permissible is an eggbar shoe.

Not permissible as plain shod: bands, bars, pads of any kind, wedges, lead, springs, any attachment that extends below the bottom of the shoe, and any foreign substance not specified as permissible.

The sole and entire frog of the foot must be visible.

Any animal with prohibited shoeing must be disqualified from further competition at that competition and forfeit all entry fees and winnings. — 2.

Hunter Country Pleasure horses must be plain shod.

Permissible as plain shod shall be a shoe (inclusive of caulks), which may be thicker at the heel and may include toe clips and side clips.

Also permissible is an eggbar shoe.

Not permissible as plain shod: bands, bars, pads of any kind, wedges, lead, springs, any attachment that extends below the bottom of the shoe, and any foreign substance not specified as permissible.

The sole and entire frog of the foot must be visible.

Any animal with prohibited shoeing must be disqualified from further competition at that competition and forfeit all entry fees and winnings. 3.

Horses may show with a braided mane and tail.

Horses may not be penalized for showing with a full, unbraided mane and tail.

Tails must not be gingered or put in any device (ie, tailset, bustle or brace) which alters their carriage while on the grounds.

The fact that a horse’s tail has once been set does not exclude participation.

Artificial manes are prohibited.

Inconspicuously applied hair in the tail is permitted. 4.

Professionals may compete in a Hunter Country PleasureProspect Class.

In addition, professionals may compete in one designated Open Hunter Country Pleasure class provided two additional Hunter classes restricted to amateurs are offered at the same competition.

Any such designated class must be scheduled prior to classes restricted to amateurs. Sec. 2 Appointments. Entries must be penalized for incomplete appointments but not necessarily disqualified. Hunter Equipment and Attire: Hunter pleasure horses shall be shown with hunter-style equipment, including a forward or balance seat saddle and snaffle, pelham with two reins, kimberwicke bits or a full bridle (curb and snaffle).

If a full bridle is used, it must be of hunter style and excessive length of curb shank shall be penalized.

Breast plates are permissible, but martingales are prohibited.

Attire shall be traditional hunter-style jacket, breeches or hunter jodhpurs, dark hunting cap, derby or protective headgear and appropriate boots.

Tall dress or tall field boots are preferred as traditional.

Paddock or jodhpur boots with matching half chaps are permitted, although not considered as traditional.

A stock, choker or four in hand with any color shirt is correct.

Shadbellies are prohibited.

In all classes, gloves, hunter crop or bat, spurs and appointments are optional.

Junior riders shall wear headgear with protective harness attached when mounted. Sec. 3 Gait Requirements. To be shown at a walk, trot, extended trot, canter and hand gallop both ways of the ring.

For safety reasons the judge may limit the number of horses to hand gallop at one time.

Entries must be asked both ways of the ring to halt and stand quietly on the rail. Sec. 4 Judging. Manners and suitability as a pleasure mount are paramount.

Transitions from one gait to another should be smooth and effortless.

Horses must be obedient with prompt transitions.

Special emphasis is placed on a true, flat walk.

Entries must be asked both ways of the ring to halt and stand quietly on the rail.

Horses must stand quietly (Hunter horses are not to be stretched) and back readily in the line-up.

TO BE PENALIZED: Pulling, head tossing, laboring action, going sideways and tail-switching.

For Hunter Country Pleasure Horses, competitors enter the ring in a counterclockwise direction at the trot.

Light contact with the horse’s mouth must be maintained at all gaits.

Judges must consider the performance at each gait equally in adjudicating the class.

Horses may show with a braided mane and tail. Horses may not be penalized for showing with a full, unbraided mane and tail. SEC. 5 COSCA Award There will be one (1) high point award for Hunter Country Pleasure horses.

Points will be counted from Jr.

Exhibitor and adult Amateur classes provided both are offered at the same show, or as a combined class.

COSCA Rule Part IX Reg.

American Saddlebred Park Pleasure Sec. 1 Description and Eligibility. 1.

The Saddlebred Park Pleasure Horse should be stylish with finish and quality and well mannered.

The performance should be animated and graceful at all gaits. 2.

This section is open to professionals and amateurs.

Horses shown in any class of this division are ineligible to show in the Saddlebred Performance Division (ie Three-Gaited, Five-Gaited, Fine Harness, and Park Horse) or the Saddlebred Pleasure and Country Pleasure divisions at the same show except they may show in In-Hand or Model classes.

Classes in the Park Pleasure division are open to mares and geldings only. Sec 2 Appointments. A full bridle, pelham or curb, any English-type saddle.

For rider, informal attire with coat and hat or protective headgear.

Gaudy colors should be avoided.

Prohibited: A single snaffle, hackamore, martingale or tie-down. Sec. 3 Judging Procedure. To be judged on manners, performance, presence and quality and conformation. Sec. 4 Gait Requirements. Park Pleasure horses are to be shown at a flat walk, trot and canter. Sec. 5 Classes Offered and Specifications. In Park Pleasure classes entries must be shown with a full mane and tail.

Horses showing in the Park Pleasure division may wear tailsets or bustles, but may not show with the tail gingered, tied or braced and unset tails will not be penalized.

The use of artificial appliances or devices such as chains, shackles, rubber bands, blinkers (except when driving) or blindfolds are prohibited on the grounds before or during the show.

Any animal with prohibited equipment must be disqualified from further competition at that show and forfeit all entry fees and winnings. SEC. 5 COSCA Award There will be one (1) high point award for Park Pleasure horses.

Points will be counted from Jr.

Exhibitor and adult Amateur classes provided both are offered at the same show, or as a combined class. COSCA Rule Part X Reg.

American Saddlebred Five-Gaited Horse. Section 1 Judging The Five-Gaited Saddlebred should possess beauty, brilliance, elegance and refinement but its energy should be directed toward speed in an animated form.

Entries shall be shown with a full mane and tail.

Open Classes judged on performance, quality and manners.

Ladies, Amateur, and Jr.

Exhibitor classes judged on manners, performance, and quality. Section 2 Appointments. A double bridle consisting of snaffle and curb bits is preferred and must suit the horse.

No horse shall be shown with a snaffle bit only, breast plate, tie-down or martingale (Exception: 2 Year Olds may be shown in a snaffle bridle with a running martingale when specified in the prize list and provided they compete separately against others using identical equipment).

The saddle should be flat, English-type with leather or web girth.

Informal dress for riders is required in morning and afternoon classes.

Dark colored habit (with collars and lapels of same color) and accessories are appropriate for evening.

Gaudy colors should be avoided. Section 3 Gait Requirements. Qualifying gaits are animated walk, trot, slow gait, rack and canter. Section 4 COSCA Award There will be one (1) high point award for Five-Gaited Horses.

Points will be counted from Open, Ladies, Gentlemens, Amateur, and Jr Exhibitor classes. (Classes may be divided according to sex of horse.

Stallions are prohibited in Ladies, Amateur, and Jr.

Exhibitor.) Cosca Rule Part XI Reg.

American Saddlebred Pleasure Horse, Amateur-Owner-Trainer to Ride (AOTR)- English Equiptment Sec. 1 Judging. The AOTR Pleasure Horse should be a typical Saddlebred quality, style, presence, and suitable conformation; prompt, comfortable gaits: giving the distinct impression it is agreeable mount to ride.

Manners and Suitability as a pleasure mount are paramount.

Transitions from one gait to another should be smooth and effortless.

Light contact with the horse’s mouth must be maintained.

Special emphasis is place on a true, flat walk , TO BE PENALIZED: Laboring action; pulling, tossing head; going sideways, and tail-switching.

Judged 75% on manners and performance; 25% on conformation and neatness of attire. Sec. 2 Gait Requirements Shown at a flat walk, trot, and canter.

Entries must stand quietly and back readily in the line-up. Sec.3 Eligibility Open to horses that have NOT had any professional training since January 1st of the current show year, and must be ridden by the horse’s Amateur owner or an Amateur member of the owner’s family.

Open to Country Pleasure, and Show Pleasure Horses.

COSCA Amateur Cards will be accepted in lieu of USEF Amateur cards-for this class ONLY.

COSCA Rule Sec. 4 Appointments Open to Saddle seat.

Appropriate attire for seat.

COSCA Rule Sec. 5 COSCA AWARD There will be one (1) high point award for AOTR Pleasure Horses.

Separate classes for Country Pleasure, AOTR and Show Pleasure, AOTR may be offered and points will be counted from both, provided both are offered at the same show COSCA Rule Part II Reg.

American Saddlebred Pleasure Driving – Show Pleasure/Country Pleasure Sec1 Judging Manners and Suitability as a pleasure driving horse are paramount.

Transitions from one gait to another should be smooth and effortless.

Light contact with the horse’s mouth must be maintained.

Special emphasis is place on a true, flat walk.

Judged 75% on manners and performance; 25% on conformation and neatness of attire. Sec 2 Gait Requirements Shown at a flat walk, trot, and extended trot; speed to be penalized. Sec. 3 Appointments Driving: Entries to be shown to a two-wheeled jog cart with driver only.

Light show harness with martingale, blinkers, overcheck with separate overcheck bit or sidecheck (separate sidecheck bit is optional) and snaffle bit (straight or jointed).

Driver to dress conservatively (not period attire). — ELIGIBILITY TO SHOW: Horses, including current year foals, registered with the ApHC in the Foundation, Permanent, Tentative, CPO, or Performance Permit registry are eligible to participate in this Division.

Those receiving an N (non-characteristic) Certificate of Registration stamped, “Not eligible for show or exhibition in ApHC approved events” are not eligible to show at any approved show.

Horses registered in any other Appaloosa registry either in the United States or in any other country are not eligible to show in any approved show, unless also registered with the ApHC.

The exhibitor must be able to prove that the horse is properly registered with the ApHC.

No horse with a CPO certificate of Registration can be denied the right to participate in any approved show, if otherwise eligible. Junior horses are FIVE (5) years old and younger.

Senior horses are SIX (6) years old and older. Performance classes are open to stallions, mares, and geldings with the exception that youth may not ride a stallion in classes designated as youth or junior exhibitor 18 years of age and under.

Stallions may be shown by anyone in all classes in other divisions. GENERAL PERFORMANCE RULES: Horses entered in all events must be serviceably sound and in good condition.

Small blemishes on account of accident, for example, wire cuts and brands, are not to be counted against the horse. No horse is to be penalized for the manner in which he carries his tail or for normal response with his tail to cues from his exhibitor or when changing leads.

A judge may at his/her discretion, penalize a horse for excessive or exaggerated switching or wringing of the tail or for a seemingly dead tail that merely dangles between the legs and does not show normal response.

Tails may be lengthened by hair to hair attachment only, with no attachments of any kind to the tail bone. In all classes where backing is required, the judge may, at his/her discretion, require the backing of only the finalists in the class. No rail class shall have a mandatory starting direction.

The direction shall be at the discretion of the judge.

The direction of reversing shall be to the inside unless otherwise specified by the judge.

Horses may be required to reverse at a walk or trot at the discretion of the judge, but horses shall not be asked to reverse at the lope.

It is permissible for a judge to require an exhibitor to extend the walk, trot/jog, or canter/lope unless otherwise specified. The exhibitor shall be prepared to drop the bridle and bit for inspection if the judge so desires. “Exhibitors are not allowed to wear earpieces or to have wireless contact with anyone during the conduct of a class.

Exhibitors in violation of this rule shall be disqualified.” Exhibitors with special needs must obtain a letter of permission from the ApHC Executive Board and present this letter at time of entry. DISQUALIFICATIONS FOR PERFORMANCE & HALTER: Fall of horse and/or exhibitor shall result in disqualification, except as may be otherwise stated in individual class rules and except in halter classes.

A horse is considered to have fallen when the shoulder and flank or quarters on the same side have touched the ground or an obstacle and the ground.

An exhibitor is considered to have fallen when he/she is separated from his/her horse, that has not fallen, in such a way that he/she must remount or vault into the saddle. Any contestant who is assisted by another person inside the arena or show ring will be disqualified, excluding Leadline and excluding who needs assistance with a loose horse in halter. In all classes and all divisions of classes, if a horse’s mouth is found to be bloody, disqualification is at the judge’s discretion.

Judges may also, at their discretion, disqualify a horse any time it is exhibited with an open, raw or bleeding sore that repeatedly comes in contact with the hackamore. Any time a horse’s mouth is tied or fastened in a performance class, it shall be disqualified. Any exhibitor striking or hitting the horse forward of the cinch with any object (other than the hands) shall constitute immediate disqualification from any performance class.

Any exhibitor striking the horse in the head with anything, including the hands, will be subject to disqualification.

This rule will be strictly enforced by the judge.

These objects include romal, spurs, whip, bat, quirt, crop, switches, wire, reins, or any other object. The judge may disqualify any animal that is not sufficiently gentle to be shown without danger to the public, show officials, and/or exhibitors.

The judge shall have the authority to dismiss any entry from the arena if the entry is not under sufficient control. No exhibitor may be tied, buckled, or fastened in the saddle in any manner or by any means. Exhibitors may be disqualified for not following judge’s instructions. Lack of required appointments (personal attire or tack) will be cause for disqualification in any class specifying required appointments. Use of prohibited appointments is cause for disqualification. Coloring of the hooves that would cover and/or hide the natural characteristics of the hooves (clear hoof dressing will be allowed).

The use of cornstarch, shoe polish, dye, spray paint, and/or similar substance of any color on the body, head, legs, mane or tail of the horse shall be considered as artificial coloring “shall result in disqualification of the horse.” — Hunt Seat Attire: Exhibitors should wear coats of any tweed or melton for hunting (conservative wash jackets in season), breeches of traditional shades (or jodhpurs), high English boots or jodhpur shoes.

Shirts shall be conservative in color.

Dark or conservative hunting cap mandatory.

Stock tie or choker is required.

Hair must be neat and contained (as in a net or braid).

Judges must penalize exhibitors who do not conform. The ApHC strongly encourages all exhibitors to wear protective headgear passing or surpassing current applicable ASTM/SEI standards with harness secured while riding anywhere on the competition grounds.

It is the responsibility of the exhibitor, parent or guardian, or trainer of the junior exhibitor to see that the headgear worn by the junior exhibitor complies with appropriate safety standards for protective headgear intended for equestrian use, and is properly fitted and in good condition. The ApHC makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, about any protective headgear, and cautions exhibitors that death or serious injury may result despite wearing such headgear as all equestrian sports involve inherent dangerous risks and as no helmet can protect against all foreseeable injuries. English Gaits: 1.

WALK: Forward working walk, rhythmical and flat-footed; extremely slow, or “jiggy” walk to be penalized. 2.

TROT: Long, low, ground-covering, cadenced and balanced strides.

Smoothness more essential than speed.

Extreme speed to be penalized.

Excessive knee action to be penalized. 3.

CANTER: Smooth, free moving, relaxed and straight on both leads.

The stride should be suitable to cover ground following hounds.

Over-collected, four-beat canter to be penalized.

Excessive speed to be penalized. 4.

HAND GALLOP: Should be a definite lengthening of the stride with a noticeable difference in speed.

The horse should be under control at all times and be able to pull up (not a sliding stop). Traditionally braided manes are recommended in all English classes.

However, the absence of a braided mane shall not constitute disqualification. Hunter Under Saddle: Hunters Under Saddle should be suitable to purpose.

They should move in a long low frame and be able to lengthen their stride and cover ground, as in traversing hunt country following hounds.

They should be obedient, alert and responsive to their exhibitors.

Quick, short strides should be penalized.

Horses which move in an artificial frame and are over-flexed and behind the bit should also be penalized.

Judges should emphasize free movement and manners. Horses to be shown at a walk, trot, and canter both ways of the ring.

Horses should back easily and stand quietly.

May be asked to extend the trot. 1.

At the option of the judge, all or just the top eight (8) horses may be required to hand gallop, one (1) or both ways of the ring.

Never more than twelve (12) horses to hand gallop at one time.

At the hand gallop, the judge may ask group to halt and stand quietly on a free rein (loosened rein). 2.

Horses may be asked to canter from the flat-footed walk or the trot at the judge’s discretion. The horse is to be judged on performance, manners, conformation, quality, and substance. Exhibitor shall not be required to dismount except in the event judge wishes to check equipment. Light contact with the horse’s mouth is recommended. Entries will be penalized for excessive speed or being on wrong lead. Judge may ask for additional work of the same nature from any horse.

He/she is not to ask for work other than that listed above. Horses and equipment are subject to examination by the judge(s). Saddle Seat Pleasure: Personal Appointments (required): Saddle suits or Kentucky jodhpurs and saddle suit type jackets are required.

Ties are required.

Chokers are prohibited.

Gloves are preferred. 1.

Informal (prior to 6 p.m.): Conservative colors are preferred.

Solid colors include a black, blue, grey, green, beige, or brown jacket with matching jodhpurs.

Herringbone, pinstripes and other combinations of colors that appear to be solid are also acceptable.

Derby or soft hat is required. 2.

Formal (after 6:00 p.m.): Even more conservative attire is preferred for evening classes.

Conservative solid colors, including dark grey, dark brown, dark blue, or black tuxedo-type saddle suit with collars and lapels of the same color, top hat, Kentucky jodhpurs to match and gloves, or dark colored riding habit (saddle suit), and accessories are preferred.

It is preferred that formal attire be worn after 6:00 p.m.

If formal riding habits are worn before 6:00 p.m., exhibitor shall be disqualified. 3.

Protective headgear passing or surpassing current applicable ASTM/SEI standards with harness secured and properly fitted is acceptable. Tack Appointments (required): Bridle: Entries shall be shown in full bridles.

Either Weymouth or Pelham bits may be used in full bridle (double-reined bridle) with browband and cavesson – colored silver or plain leather.

Saddle: Show, Cutback or Park type English saddles are to be used.

Either web, cord, leather, or linen girths are permitted.

All tack to be neat and clean. The following motion is up for approval at the ApHC March 24-26, 2006 Board of Directors Meeting and has been approved by COSCA, subject to passage at the above named meeting: Senior entries shall be shown in full bridles.

Either Weymouth or Pelham bits may be used in full bridle (double-reined bridle) with browband and cavesson – colored, silver or plain leather.

Junior entries may be shown in a snaffle as defined in ApHC Rule 770.A.3. Optional Appointments: Spurs of the unrowelled English type and crops are optional. Prohibited Appointments: Any deviation from required bits, bit converter straps, boots of any description, running or standing martingales, tie-downs or draw reins, dropped nosebands are not allowed.

Artificial appliances, forward seat saddles with extreme knee rolls, western saddles, or side saddles are prohibited. Gaits: Horses to be shown at a walk, trot, and canter both ways of the ring.

To stand quietly and back readily.

It is the judge’s option to require an exhibitor to back his/her horse or to extend any gait.

Horses must be brought to a flat-footed walk before changing gaits.

The trot should be brisk, smart, cadenced, and balanced without loss of form.

Smoothness is more essential than extreme speed.

An extended trot may be called for at the judge’s option.

The canter should be smooth, collected, and straight on both leads with the ability to push on if so required.

Light contact with horse’s mouth must be maintained.

Horses to perform with natural animated, cadenced motion under moderate collection; extremely high artificial action will be severely penalized.

Horses not to be stretched (parked).

Horses should be obedient, alert, responsive, and move freely; they need not be eliminated for slight errors.

Horses to be judged on performance with emphasis on presence (style), quality (fineness), suitability of purpose, and brilliance. REGISTERED APPALOOSA ENGLISH PLEASURE HORSE – All Ages – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings Horses to be shown at a walk, trot, and canter both ways of the ring.

To stand quietly and back readily.

It is the judge’s option to require an exhibitor to back his/her horse or to extend any gait. To be judged on performance, manners, conformation, quality, and substance.

COSCA Rule YEAR-END HIGH POINT AWARDS: Shows may divide classes as follows: REGISTERED APPALOOSA HUNTER UNDER SADDLE – All Ages – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings and REGISTERED APPALOOSA SADDLE SEAT PLEASURE – All Ages – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings.

Points earned in a given class will revert to the Registered Appaloosa English Pleasure Horse – All Ages – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings Class for one (1) year-end high point award. WESTERN PERFORMANCE: Equipment: In all Western classes, horses will be shown in a western stock saddle.

Silver equipment will not count over a good working outfit.

Bridle may be either a standard plain or silver headstall with browband, shaped ear, or split ear.

Stirrups shall not be tied to one another or to the saddle in any manner. References to a bit in Western performance classes mean the use of a curb bit that has a solid or broken mouthpiece, has shanks and acts with leverage.

All curb bits must be free of mechanical device and should be considered a standard western bit.

A description of a legal, standard, western bit includes: 8 1/2” maximum length shank to be measured as indicated in the accompanying diagram.

Shanks may be fixed or loose. Concerning mouthpieces, bars must be round, smooth, and unwrapped metal of 5/16” to 3/4” in diameter, measured 1” from the cheek.

It may be inlaid, but must be smooth or latex wrapped.

Nothing may protrude below the mouthpiece (bar), such as extensions or prongs.

The mouthpiece may be two (2) or three (3) pieces.

A three (3) piece with a connecting ring of 1 1/4” or less in diameter, or a connecting flat bar of 3/8” to 3/4” (measured top to bottom with a maximum length of 2”), which lies flat in the horse’s mouth is acceptable. The port must be no higher than 3 1/2” maximum, with rollers and covers acceptable.

Broken mouthpieces, half-breeds, grazing, and spades are standard. When a curb bit is used, a curb strap or curb chain is required, but must meet the approval of the judge, be at least 1/2” in width and lie flat against the jaw of the horse.

Curb straps must be free of barbs, wire and/or twists.

A broken curb strap or chain is not necessarily cause for disqualification. Senior horses (six [6] years old and older) may only be shown in a curb bit, half-breed, or spade bit. Junior horses (five [5] years old and younger) may be shown in a snaffle bit, hackamore, curb bit, half-breed, or spade bit. Except for hackamore/snaffle bit classes or junior horses shown with a hackamore/snaffle bit, only one (1) hand may be used on the reins, and the hand must not be changed.

The hand is to be around the reins; index finger only between split reins is permitted.

Violation of this rule is an automatic disqualification from the class.

The free hand shall not be used to support the rider by being placed on any part of the saddle or horse. — 4.

Cross entries are prohibited between the Arabian Country English Pleasure section and the Arabian English Pleasure and Pleasure Driving sections and/or informal Combination classes at the same show. Appointments. 1.

Bridle shall be light, show type, either single snaffle, single curb, curb and snaffle, or Pelham bit.

No martingales or tie-downs. 2.

English-type saddle.

No forward seat saddles allowed.

Girth either leather, web, string or suitable material. 3.

Informal saddle seat attire is required; no hunt attire.

Suggested are conservative colors such as black, blue, grey, beige or brown jacket with matching jodhpurs.

Day coat with jodhpurs also permitted.

Boots and derby, soft hat or protective headgear required.

Protective headgear may be worn without penalty.

Contrasting hats, vests and/or ties are acceptable. 4.

Spurs, whip or crop optional, at the exhibitor’s discretion. Qualifying Gaits.

It is imperative that the horse gives the distinct appearance of being a pleasure to ride.

A quiet responsive mouth is paramount.

All gaits must be performed with willingness and obvious ease, cadence, balance and smoothness. 1.

Walk, a four-beat gait: To be true, flat-footed and ground covering. 2.

Normal Trot, a two-beat gait: To be an overall balanced, relaxed, easy-going trot with elasticity and freedom of movement.

High action MUST be penalized.

Posting is required. 3.

Strong Trot, a two-beat gait: To be faster with lengthened stride, maintaining balance, ease and freedom of movement.

High action MUST be penalized.

Posting is required. 4.

Canter, a three-beat gait: To be smooth, unhurried, straight and correct on both leads. 5.

Hand Gallop: To be a faster gait, lengthened stride and controlled, straight and correct on both leads.

Extreme speed MUST be penalized. 6.

It is mandatory that horses be asked to halt on the rail, stand quietly, back and walk off on a loose rein. REG.

ARABIAN & HALF-ARABIAN/ANGLO-ARABIAN COUNTRY ENGLISH PLEASURE (Saddle Seat) – Open – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings To be shown at a walk, normal trot, strong trot, canter, and hand gallop.

It is mandatory that horses be asked to halt on the rail, stand quietly, back, and walk off on a loose rein at least one direction of the ring.

To be judged on attitude, manners, performance, quality, and conformation, in that order.

It is imperative that the horse give the distinct appearance of being a pleasure to ride.

A quiet responsive mouth is paramount.

USEF Rule NOTE: The above class may be split or may be combined as above.

Points will revert back to the open class above. HUNTER PLEASURE CLASSES General. 1.competitors enter the ring in a counterclockwise direction at the trot. 2.

Light contact with horse’s mouth must be maintained at all gaits. 3.

Judge(s) are required to consider the performance at each gait equally in adjudicating this class. 4.

Horses may show with a braided mane and tail. Appointments. 1.

Bridle shall be light, show type; either snaffle, pelham, full bridle, or kimberwick bit acceptable.

Browband/cavessons other than hunter and dressage types are not permitted.

Metal ornamented bridles or browbands or cavessons are not permitted.

Saddle Seat Style colored brow-cavessons and/or figure-eight, drop, or flash nosebands are not permitted.

No martingales or tie-downs permitted. 2.

Breastplate or breast collar is optional. 3.

Type of English saddle is optional, but forward seat type saddle recommended.

No cutback saddles allowed.

Girth either leather, web, string or suitable material. 4.

Informal attire of suitable material for hunting is required.

It consists of conservatively colored coat of any tweed or Melton (conservative wash jackets in season), breeches (or jodhpurs) and boots.

A conservatively colored hunting cap or derby is mandatory.

Protective headgear may be worn without penalty. 5.

Spurs and crop or bat, no longer than 30” including lash (Exception: Sidesaddle), are optional, at the exhibitor’s discretion. Qualifying Gaits.

It is imperative that the horse give the distinct appearance of being a pleasure to ride and display a pleasurable and relaxed attitude.

The neck should be carried lower, and the head should be carried in a more relaxed manner with less bend at the poll, and the horse should be in a generally longer frame than that of the English Pleasure, Country English Pleasure, or Show Hack horse.

High headed horses and horses behind the vertical must be penalized. 1.

Walk, a four-beat gait: Straight, true and flat-footed.

Regular and unconstrained with good reach. 2.

Trot, a two-beat gait: Straight and regular.

The trot should be mannerly, cadenced and balanced.

To be performed at a medium speed with a free moving, ground covering stride, with rider posting. 3.

Canter, a three-beat gait: Even, smooth, unhurried, correct and straight on both leads. 4.

Hand gallop: The hand gallop is performed with a long, free ground covering stride.

The amount of ground covered may vary between horses due to difference in natural length of stride.

A decided lengthening of stride should be shown while the horse remains controlled, mannerly, correct and straight on both leads. REG.

ARABIAN HUNTER PLEASURE – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings To be shown at a walk, trot, canter, and hand gallop both directions of the ring.

To stand quietly and back readily.

To be judged on manners, performance, suitability as a Hunter, quality, and conformation.

USEF Rule NOTE: The above class may be split or combined as above.

Points will revert back to the above class. REG.

HALF-ARABIAN/ANGLO-ARABIAN HUNTER PLEASURE – Mares & Geldings To be shown at a walk, trot, canter, and hand gallop both directions of the ring.

To stand quietly and back readily.

To be judged on manners, performance, suitability as a Hunter, quality, and conformation.

USEF Rule NOTE: The above two classes may be combined or split but points will revert to the Reg.

Arabian & Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian Hunter Pleasure – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings class for one (1) year-end high point award. WESTERN PLEASURE CLASSES General. Competitors enter the ring in a counterclockwise direction at the jog-trot. Light contact with horse’s mouth must be maintained at all gaits. Judges must consider all gaits equally in adjudicating this class. 4.

If bridles are to be checked, it is the sole decision of the judge to do so.

The judge may designate the steward to check bridles at the out gate.

Riders must dismount. Appointments. Competitors must be penalized for incomplete appointments but not necessarily disqualified. Bridle.

Any Western type headstall without noseband in conjunction with any standard Western bit shall be allowed.

A standard western bit is defined as having a shank with a maximum length of 8 ½”.

The mouthpiece will consist of a metal bar 5/16” to ¾” in diameter as measured one inch in from the shank.

The bars may be inlaid but must be smooth or latex wrapped.

Nothing may protrude below the mouthpiece (bar) such as extensions, prongs, or rivets designed to intimidate the horse.

Rollers attached to the center of the bit are acceptable, and may extend below the bar.

Jointed mouthpieces are acceptable and may consist of two or three pieces and may have one or two joints.

A three piece mouthpiece may include a connecting ring of 1 ¼” or less in diameter or a connecting flat bar of 3/8” to ¾” (measured top to bottom with a maximum length of two (2”) inches, which lies flat in the mouth, or a roller or port as described herein.

The port must be no higher than 3 ½” with roller(s) and covers acceptable.

Jointed mouthpieces, half-breeds, and spade bits are standard.

Slip or gag bits, rigid donut mouthpieces and flat polo mouthpieces are prohibited.

Roping bits with both reins connected to a single ring at center of crossbar shall not be used.

Reins may be attached to each shank.

Curb chains, if used, and flat leather chin straps must be at least ½” in width and lie flat against the jaws of the horse.

No wire, rawhide, metal or other substance can be used in conjunction with or as part of the flat leather chin strap, or curb chain.

Round, rolled, braided or rawhide curb straps are prohibited, except when used on a ring snaffle when applied below the reins.

A light lip strap is permissible.

Any rein design or other device which increases the effective length and thereby the leverage of the shank of a standard western bit is prohibited. 3.

Hackamore. (Bosal) or standard snaffle are permitted in any class on horses five (5) years old and under, unless prohibited in the prize list.

A standard snaffle bit is defined as a center jointed single, rounded, unwrapped, smooth mouthpiece of 5/16” to ¾” diameter metal as measured from ring to 1” in from the ring with a gradual decrease to the center of the snaffle.

The rings may be from 2” to 4” outside diameter of either the loose type, eggbutt, dee, or center mounted without cheeks.

If a curb strap is used it must be attached below the reins.

A horse shown in either a hackamore or snaffle must never have been shown in any Western event in a bridle.

A hackamore includes a bosal rounded in shape and constructed of braided rawhide or leather and must have a flexible non-metallic core, attached to a suitable headstall.

No other material of any kind is to be used in conjunction with the bosal, ie, steel, metal or chains (Exception: smooth, plastic electrical tape is acceptable if applied in a smooth, untwisted manner).

Two hands may be used on hackamore (Bosal) and Western snaffle reins.

Attached reins may be of hair, rope, or leather.

Both hands must be visible to the judge. 4.

Split reins or closed reins are equally acceptable.

Only one hand may be used on reins and hands must not be changed.

Hand to be around reins.

When ends of split reins fall on side of reining hand, one finger between reins is permitted.

When using romal or when ends of split reins are held in hand not used for reining, no finger between reins is allowed.

Rider may hold romal or end of split reins to keep them from swinging and to adjust the position of the reins provided it is held at least 16” from the reining hand. — To be shown at a walk, jog-trot, lope, and hand gallop.

Extreme speed to be penalized.

To be judged on manners, performance, substance, quality, and conformation.

USEF Rule REG.

HALF-ARABIAN/ANGLO-ARABIAN WESTERN PLEASURE HORSES – Mares, & Geldings To be shown at a walk, jog-trot, lope, and hand gallop.

Extreme speed to be penalized.

To be judged on manners, performance, substance, quality, and conformation USEF Rule NOTE: The above two classes may be combined or split but points will revert to the Reg.

Arabian & Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian Western Pleasure Horses – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings class for one (1) year-end high point award. MOUNTED NATIVE COSTUME CLASSES General. Rider must have complete control of horse at all times. Competitors enter the ring in a counterclockwise direction at the canter. 3.

Judge(s) are required to consider all gaits equally in adjudicating this class. 4.

It is suggested that horses line up head-to-tail the length of ring. Appointments. 1.

Bridle may consist of bit, hackamore or other suitable headstall.

Safety is of the utmost importance in tack and attire.

Decorations in keeping with colorful desert regalia shall be added to equipment. 2.

No martingales or tie downs permitted. 3.

Attire shall consist of native (Bedouin) type costume including flowing cape or coat, pantaloons, head dress, scarf or sash.

No object may be carried in either or both hands other than reins, a portion of an aba, and/or a riding crop or whip.

Protective headgear may be worn without penalty. 4.

Spurs, whip or crop optional, at the exhibitor’s discretion. Qualifying Gaits. Extreme or reckless speed to be penalized.

It is imperative that the horse give the distinct appearance of being a pleasure to ride and display a pleasurable attitude.

To this end, all gaits must be performed with willingness and obvious ease, cadence, balance, and smoothness. 1.

Walk, a four-beat gait: Brisk, true, and flat-footed with good reach. 2.

Canter, a three-beat gait: Smooth, unhurried, with moderate collection, correct and straight on both leads. 3.

Hand Gallop: The hand gallop is performed with long, free, ground covering stride under control.

The amount of ground covered may vary between horses due to the difference in natural length of stride.

The hand gallop is not a fast collected canter but a true lengthening of stride, correct and straight on both leads.

Extreme speed to be penalized.

There shall be a distinct difference between the canter and the hand gallop. REG.

ARABIAN MOUNTED NATIVE COSTUME – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings To be shown at a walk, canter, and hand gallop.

Extreme speed or reckless speed to be penalized.

Horses shall stand quietly and back readily.

To be judged 75% on performance and manners; 25% on appointments.

USEF Rule REG.

HALF-ARABIAN/ANGLO-ARABIAN MOUNTED NATIVE COSTUME – Mares & Geldings To be shown at a walk, canter, and hand gallop.

Extreme speed or reckless speed to be penalized.

Horses shall stand quietly and back readily.

To be judged 75% on performance and manners; 25% on appointments.

USEF Rule NOTE: The above two classes may be combined or split but points will revert to the Reg.

Arabian & Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian Mounted Native Costume – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings class for one (1) year-end high point award REG.

ARABIAN BREEDING AND GELDING IN-HAND CLASSES Breeding classes are restricted to stallions and mares.

In-Hand classes are restricted to geldings.

When combined the above wording is appropriate. Classes may be split as to age or sex. 1.

Horses must be serviceably sound – ie, horse must not show evidence of lameness, broken wind or complete loss of sight in either eye.

Transmissible weaknesses shall be considered a serious fault in breeding stock.

Colts and stallions two (2) years old and over must have both testicles descended.

A wry tail or one carried in an unnatural fashion is a breeding fault, and judges must consider it as a fault in adjudicating breeding and in-hand classes. 2.

In-Hand classes for geldings may be offered.

To be shown and judged under the same provisions as the breeding horse. 3.

A suitable headstall equipped with throatlatch is mandatory.

Horses shown braided must be shown in Hunter, Show Hack, or Dressage appointments or in a leather stable halter.

A whip or crop is optional, at the discretion of the handler.

One (1) whip or crop per handler allowed, however, whips are not mandatory and handlers are allowed to use items such as grass, hat, or treats to maintain horse’s attention.

Whips are to be no longer than 6’ including snapper or lash.

Small appendages (no more than 12 inches in length) are permitted on the end of the whip (eg, plastic or paper bag, ribbons, etc.) Conduct and Specifications. The following procedures shall be followed in all breeding classes, including Gelding In-Hand classes: Horses shall enter the arena in-hand at a relaxed walk (a four-beat flat-footed gait), guiding in a counter-clockwise direction.

Each horse shall clear the gate at a walk before striking the trot.

Failure to completely clear the gate at a walk shall require the horse to re-enter at the proper walk.

The horse shall then strike a trot until reaching its designated position in line, as directed by the ringmaster, judge(s). Horse shall then be asked to walk counter-clockwise and/or clockwise at the discretion of the judge(s), in a relaxed manner on a loose lead with the handler at the side of their horse, whips down.

The leadline must maintain a clearly discernible drape, ie, the handler must not place their hand on the chain or close enough to in any way restrict natural head and neck motion.

Also, the handler may not unnecessarily impede the forward motion of the horse while at the walk. All horses to walk on the rail [or area designated by the judge(s)] at each direction past each (and all) judge(s). Handlers are expected to keep a reasonable clearance between horses and judges should modify the alignment of horses to achieve that clearance.

Further judging will not commence until the Call Judge approves the placement and spacing of all horses. Following the cessation of the walk, horses shall be presented to the judge(s) individually in accordance with the order of go.

Horses shall be led individually to the judge(s) at the walk and presented for judging.

In order to satisfy a proper presentation to the judge(s), horses should stand correctly, bearing weight on all four feet (not stretched), in a quiet and deliberate manner.

Following valuation by the judge(s), horses shall walk and trot away from the judge(s) at the judge(s) direction and resume their place in the line. The horses “on deck” and the two next horses shall be the only horses allowed to prepare of those horses in the line, this to include controlled shanking for the purpose only of positioning the horse for presentation to the judge(s).

Any further shanking shall be limited to that reactive to an unruly horse in order to regain control of that horse. — Tack should be specific to the breed’s showing standard.

All tack should be neat, clean, and fit the horse properly. Paso Fino, American Saddlebred, Mountain Horse and Tennessee Walking Horse COSCA Division equipment rules apply first for this division.

All other breeds are prohibited from using equipment that restricts or artificially enhances the natural movement of the horses.

Severe bits must be penalized.

Shanks over 9” are prohibited. Horses may be braided as indicated by its breed standards. All exhibitors will wear show attire appropriate to their breed and chosen style of tack.

All riding attire shall be neat and properly fitted. Exhibitors whose breed associations allow saddles other than cutback English or traditional Western for showing, may use their breed accepted tack and the coordinating rider attire.

Otherwise, English attire must accompany English tack and Western attire must accompany Western tack. Riders must wear boots, pants, long-sleeved shirt with or without vest, riding coat or jacket.

Hats are preferred, but not required.

Helmets may be worn and the exhibitor must not be penalized for so doing.

Hair must not obstruct back number. JUDGING PROCEDURE: The Pleasure classes in this division are judged on entries’ ability to perform and maintain a properly executed gait.

Entries should present an overall picture of an ideal pleasure gaited horse.

Horses with bad manners or showing signs of resistance may be eliminated from consideration for an award. Each entry will be judged on quality of gait as it conforms to the standard for its breed, and should represent an overall picture of an ideal pleasure gaited horse.

Natural animation, if included in the breed’s gait standard, is acceptable, but shall not be rewarded over correctness of gait. All horses shall enter the ring at the slow gait (as defined above) shall go to the right and shall continue at the slow gait until the class is closed.

As the horses enter the ring, the judge(s) must observe their way of going, and if he/she finds that an entry deviates from the standards, he/she must excuse the entry immediately.

The judge(s) shall then call for the performance gaits in the following order: slow gait, pleasure gait, slow gait, halt (must be called on the rail), reverse.

For canter classes, the order shall be: slow gait, pleasure gait, walk, halt (must be called on the rail), reverse.

There should be a distinct change in speed from the show gait to the pleasure gait.

For canter classes, the order shall be: slow gait, pleasure gait, walk, canter, walk, reverse.

Horses shall be worked both ways of the ring at all the required gaits sufficiently for all horses to have performed before each officiating judge(s).

Any class, pleasure or equitation, may require the horse to rein back on the rail or in the line up. The walk is a slow even four beat walk showing relaxation and acceptance of the bit.

The horse may walk on a loose rein or show more collection according to breed standard.

At the walk, the horse is calm and relaxed on a collected or loose rein according to breed standards. Workouts may be called for by judge(s) to resolve a tie for position and must only include the horses involved in the tie.

All workouts must be executed both ways of the ring. Model (Conformation) Class will be judged to the following general Light Horse Type and Conformation.

In general the ideal light horse should have a neat head, well shaped ears, large eyes, and a tapering muzzle.

There should be clear definition at the throatlatch and no indication of coarseness.

Nostrils should be wide and open.

The jaw should be well defined.

The neck should be of a length proportionate to the remainder of the body and should not be heavy/common.

Backs should tend towards the short with good coupling at the loins and should give the impression of strength in conformation.

The chest should be of adequate width to allow for ample lung capacity.

The body should be deep in the girth and well ribbed.

Croups should generally exhibit a gentle slope while the hips should be well muscled with the muscle extending down the leg towards the hocks.

Legs should be flat and cordy and should be well situated on the corners of the horse.

The horse’s feet should be of a size sufficient to support the bulk of the body. OPEN EASY GAITED MODEL (Conformation) – Stallions, Mares, Geldings Entries may be shown in a bridle or halter.

To be led into the ring, and parked (based on breed standard) for judging.

Conformation and conditioning are paramount.

Horses must stand quietly.

Unruly entries shall be dismissed from the ring.

Unsoundness and/or transmittable faults or weaknesses must be penalized strongly in final judging.

A whip not to exceed four (4) feet may be used when presenting in English tack and attire.

English or Western tack and attire are permitted in this class. The model horse is a “picture” of the breed.

Way of going is not considered.

Manners are perfect.

Model classes are evaluated on type, conformation, substance, quality and turnout OPEN EASY GAITED PLEASURE (NO CANTER) – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings All horses shall enter the ring at the slow gait, shall go to the right and shall continue at the slow gait until the class is closed.

As the horses enter the ring, the judge(s) must observe their way of going, and if he/she finds that an entry deviates from the standards, he/she must excuse the entry immediately.

The judge(s) shall then call for the performance gaits in the following order: slow gait, pleasure gait, walk, halt (must be called on the rail), reverse.

Horses shall be worked both ways of the ring at all the required gaits sufficiently for all horses to have performed before each officiating judge(s).

Any class, pleasure or equitation, may require the horse to rein back on the rail or in the line up. Workouts may be called for by judge(s) to resolve a tie for position and must only include the horses involved in the tie.

All workouts must be executed both ways of the ring. 1.

Horses will be shown at the slow gait, pleasure gait and walk.

All horses shall be lined up for inspection and must stand quietly and back readily. 2.

To be ridden by amateurs or professionals. 3.

All breed accepted tack and coordinating rider attire allowed.

Reins may be held in one hand or two for western tack and is dependent on breed standard.

For example, Tennessee Walking, Spotted Saddle, and Rocky Mountain exhibitors must hold reins in one hand, where Racking, Mountain Pleasure, and Missouri Fox Trotter exhibitors may hold western reins in two hands. 4.

The horse should display the manners, quality, and suitability of the true and easy riding pleasure of trail and road quality with a relaxed way of going.

The horse must display a willing and alert attitude. 5.

The Easy Gait Pleasure horse shall be judged accordingly; 25% on the four beat slow gait, 25% on the four beat pleasure gait, 20% on the walk, 15% on the halt and 15% on manners COSCA Rule OPEN EASY GAITED EQUITATION/HORSEMANSHIP (NO CANTER)– Stallions, Mares, & Geldings All horses shall enter the ring at the slow gait, shall go to the right and shall continue at the slow gait until the class is closed.

As the horses enter the ring, the judge(s) must observe their way of going, and if he/she finds that an entry deviates from the standards, he/she must excuse the entry immediately.

The judge(s) shall then call for the performance gaits in the following order: slow gait, pleasure gait, walk, halt (must be called on the rail), reverse.

Horses shall be worked both ways of the ring at all the required gaits sufficiently for all horses to have performed before each officiating judge(s).

Any class, pleasure or equitation, may require the horse to rein back on the rail or in the line up. Workouts may be called for by judge(s) to resolve a tie for position and must only include the horses involved in the tie.

All workouts must be executed both ways of the ring. 1.

In equitation/horsemanship classes only the rider is being judged, therefore any horse that is suitable for a particular style of riding and is capable of performing the required class routine is acceptable.

Horses will be shown at the slow gait, pleasure gait and walk.

Horses and riders shall be lined up for inspection and must stand quietly and back readily. 2.

All breed accepted tack and coordinating rider attire allowed.

Reins may be held in one hand or two for western tack and is dependent on breed standard.

For example, Tennessee Walking, Spotted Saddle, and Rocky Mountain exhibitors must hold reins in one hand, where Racking, Mountain Pleasure, and Missouri Fox Trotter exhibitors may hold western reins in two hands. 3.

Saddle must fit rider. 4.

All movements of the horse should be governed by the use of imperceptible aids.

Exaggerated shifting of the rider’s weight is not desirable. 5.

Results as shown by performance of the horse are not to be considered more important than the method used in obtaining them. 6.

Generally accepted standards for hand and body position while riding Saddle Seat or Western (split rein or romal) apply.

Refer to the USEF Equitation rules.

See below** 1.

General.

Judges should note that the required Equitation Seat should in no way be exaggerated but be thoroughly efficient and most comfortable for riding the type of horse called for at any gait and for any length of time.

In Saddle Seat Equitation classes, riders should convey impression of effective and easy control.

To show a horse well, he should show himself to the best advantage.

Ring generalship must be taken into consideration by the judges.

A complete picture of the whole is of major importance.

An exhibitor is entitled to request only one time-out per class. (See GR833).

A judge must order from the ring any unruly horse or one whose actions threaten to endanger the rider, other exhibitors, or their entries. 2.

Hands.

Hands should be held in an easy position, neither perpendicular nor horizontal to the saddle and should show sympathy, adaptability and control.

The height the hands are held above the horse’s withers is a matter of how and where the horse carries his head.

The method of holding the reins is optional however both hands must be used and all reins must be picked up at one time.

Bight of rein should be on the off side. 3.

Basic Position.

To obtain proper position, rider should place himself comfortably in the saddle and find his center of gravity by sitting with a slight bend at the knees but without use of irons.

While in this position adjust leathers to fit.

Irons should be placed under ball of foot (not toe nor “home”) with even pressure on entire width of sole and center of iron.

Foot position should be natural (neither extremely in nor out). 4.

Position in Motion. Walk: slight motion in saddle. Trot: slight elevation in saddle posting; hips under body not mechanical up-and-down norswinging forward and backward. Canter: close seat, going with horse. Slow Gait: steady in saddle, no slap nor twist; legs straight down, intermittent calf pressure permissible; hands slightly raised, flexible contact, no sawing. Rack: seat smooth in saddle; legs down and slightly back, not thrust forward; hands low in motion with gait, not sawing but placement optional to individual rider and horse. 7.

To be judged 25% seat, 25% hands, 25% feet, and 25% grooming of the horse and neatness of the rider.

COSCA Rule OPEN EASY GAITED PLEASURE (CANTER) – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings All horses shall enter the ring at the slow gait, shall go to the right and shall continue at the slow gait until the class is closed.

As the horses enter the ring, the judge(s) must observe their way of going, and if he/she finds that an entry deviates from the standards, he/she must excuse the entry immediately.

The judge(s) shall then call for the performance gaits in the following order: slow gait, pleasure gait, walk, canter, walk and reverse.

Horses shall be worked both ways of the ring at all the required gaits sufficiently for all horses to have performed before each officiating judge(s).

Any class, pleasure or equitation, may require the horse to rein back on the rail or in the line up. Workouts may be called for by judge(s) to resolve a tie for position and must only include the horses involved in the tie.

All workouts must be executed both ways of the ring. 1.

Horses will be shown at the slow gait, pleasure gait, walk and canter.

All horses shall be lined up for inspection and must stand quietly and back readily. 2.

To be ridden by amateurs or professionals. 3.

All breed accepted tack and coordinating rider attire allowed.

Reins may be held in one hand or two for western tack and is dependent on breed standard.

For example, Tennessee Walking, Spotted Saddle, and Rocky Mountain exhibitors must hold reins in one hand, where Racking, Mountain Pleasure, and Missouri Fox Trotter exhibitors may hold western reins in two hands. 4.

The horse should display the manners, quality, and suitability of the true and easy riding pleasure of trail and road quality with a relaxed way of going.

The horse must display a willing and alert attitude. 5.

The Easy Gait Pleasure horse shall be judged accordingly: 20% on the slow gait, 20% on the pleasure gait, 20% on the walk, 20% on the canter, 10% on manners, and 10% on conformation. COSCA Rule EASY GAITED PLEASURE (NO CANTER) – 17 Yrs. & Under – Mares & Geldings All horses shall enter the ring at the slow gait, shall go to the right and shall continue at the slow gait until the class is closed.

As the horses enter the ring, the judge(s) must observe their way of going, and if he/she finds that an entry deviates from the standards, he/she must excuse the entry immediately.

The judge(s) shall then call for the performance gaits in the following order: slow gait, pleasure gait, walk, halt (must be called on the rail), reverse .

Horses shall be worked both ways of the ring at all the required gaits sufficiently for all horses to have performed before each officiating judge(s).

Any class, pleasure or equitation, may require the horse to rein back on the rail or in the line up. Workouts may be called for by judge(s) to resolve a tie for position and must only include the horses involved in the tie.

All workouts must be executed both ways of the ring. 1.

Horses will be shown at the slow gait, pleasure gait, and walk.

All horses shall be lined up for inspection and must stand quietly and back readily. 2.

All breed accepted tack and coordinating rider attire allowed.

Reins may be held in one hand or two for western tack and is dependent on breed standard.

For example, Tennessee Walking, Spotted Saddle, and Rocky Mountain exhibitors must hold reins in one hand, where Racking, Mountain Pleasure, and Missouri Fox Trotter exhibitors may hold western reins in two hands. 3.

The horse should display the manners, quality, and suitability of the true and easy riding pleasure of trail and road quality with a relaxed way of going.

The horse must display a willing and alert attitude. 4.

The Easy Gait Pleasure horse shall be judged accordingly; 25% on the four beat slow gait, 25% on the four beat pleasure gait, 20% on the walk, 15% on the halt and 15% on manners COSCA Rule EASY GAITED EQUITATION/HORSEMANSHIP (NO CANTER)– 17 Yrs. & Under – Mares & Geldings All horses shall enter the ring at the slow gait, shall go to the right and shall continue at the slow gait until the class is closed.

As the horses enter the ring, the judge(s) must observe their way of going, and if he/she finds that an entry deviates from the standards, he/she must excuse the entry immediately.

The judge(s) shall then call for the performance gaits in the following order: slow gait, pleasure gait, walk, halt (must be called on the rail), reverse.

Horses shall be worked both ways of the ring at all the required gaits sufficiently for all horses to have performed before each officiating judge(s).

Any class, pleasure or equitation, may require the horse to rein back on the rail or in the line up. Workouts may be called for by judge(s) to resolve a tie for position and must only include the horses involved in the tie.

All workouts must be executed both ways of the ring. 1.

In equitation/horsemanship classes only the rider is being judged, therefore any horse that is suitable for a particular style of riding and is capable of performing the required class routine is acceptable.

Horses will be shown at the slow gait, pleasure gait and walk.

Horses and riders shall be lined up for inspection and must stand quietly and back readily. 2.

All breed accepted tack and coordinating rider attire allowed.

Reins may be held in one hand or two for western tack and is dependent on breed standard.

For example, Tennessee Walking, Spotted Saddle, and Rocky Mountain exhibitors must hold reins in one hand, where Racking, Mountain Pleasure, and Missouri Fox Trotter exhibitors may hold western reins in two hands. 3.

Saddle must fit rider. 4.

All movements of the horse should be governed by the use of imperceptible aids.

Exaggerated shifting of the rider’s weight is not desirable. 5.

Results as shown by performance of the horse are not to be considered more important than the method used in obtaining them. 6.

Generally accepted standards for hand and body position while riding Saddle Seat or Western (split rein or romal) apply.

See below 1.

General.

Judges should note that the required Equitation Seat should in no way be exaggerated but be thoroughly efficient and most comfortable for riding the type of horse called for at any gait and for any length of time.

In Saddle Seat Equitation classes, riders should convey impression of effective and easy control.

To show a horse well, he should show himself to the best advantage.

Ring generalship must be taken into consideration by the judges.

A complete picture of the whole is of major importance.

An exhibitor is entitled to request only one time-out per class. (See GR833).

A judge must order from the ring any unruly horse or one whose actions threaten to endanger the rider, other exhibitors, or their entries. 2.

Hands.

Hands should be held in an easy position, neither perpendicular nor horizontal to the saddle and should show sympathy, adaptability and control.

The height the hands are held above the horse’s withers is a matter of how and where the horse carries his head.

The method of holding the reins is optional however both hands must be used and all reins must be picked up at one time.

Bight of rein should be on the off side. 3.

Basic Position.

To obtain proper position, rider should place himself comfortably in the saddle and find his center of gravity by sitting with a slight bend at the knees but without use of irons.

While in this position adjust leathers to fit.

Irons should be placed under ball of foot (not toe nor “home”) with even pressure on entire width of sole and center of iron.

Foot position should be natural (neither extremely in nor out). 4.

Position in Motion. Walk: slight motion in saddle. Trot: slight elevation in saddle posting; hips under body not mechanical up-and-down norswinging forward and backward. Canter: close seat, going with horse. Slow Gait: steady in saddle, no slap nor twist; legs straight down, intermittent calf pressure permissible; hands slightly raised, flexible contact, no sawing. Rack: seat smooth in saddle; legs down and slightly back, not thrust forward; hands low in motion with gait, not sawing but placement optional to individual rider and horse. 7.

To be judged 25% seat, 25% hands, 25% feet, and 25% grooming of the horse and neatness of the rider.

COSCA Rule Open Easy Gaited Egg and Spoon- English and Western- Stallions, Mares & Geldings Attire need not be “fancy” riding clothes, but must be neat, clean and suitable.

Must wear shirt with sleeves and long trousers.

Boots must be worn.

Hats are optional.

Judge(s) may eliminate contestants whom they think are not suitably presented.

Saddles must be used and appropriate bridle.

For bridle specifications, refer to Easy Gaited Division Rules. No equipment or clothing shall be removed after entering the ring. The judge shall call performance gaits in the following order: slow gait, pleasure gait, and walk.

The canter is optional and may be called for to eliminate riders Spoons shall be standard metal tablespoons and eggs uncooked. The judge(s) and ONLY the judge(s) shall give commands to the class. Leads shall not be penalized except if announced by judge(s). There shall not be any trotting or cantering with rider backwards in the saddle. No spoons to be held in the mouth. No sitting behind saddle. The judge MUST excuse riders for not acting on command.

Riders unable to control the gait called for, or not acting on command, should be warned once, then, if they fail to heed the warning they are to be disqualified and no award given to them.

They are to be placed as they are pulled in. If winner cannot be determined, two or three horses may have a workout of some kind at the decision of the judge(s). COSCA Rule — Junior Exhibitors are eligible to show in Amateur classes unless prohibited in the prize list. In Classic Pleasure classes, cross entering is allowed in all other English Pleasure and Pleasure Driving sections provided the toe and shoeing requirements of the horse are met. (Not mandatory to state in prize list.) Cross entering in all other classes is permitted. REGISTERED MORGAN “IN-HAND” CLASSES – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings (May be divided by show committee as to age or sex, but only one (1) year-end high point award will be given.) Sec. 1 – It is recommended that halter horses enter the ring at a trot.

Entries are to be judged individually, standing, then at a walk and trot on the line and must be serviceably sound.

Horses must stand squarely on all four feet with front legs perpendicular to the ground.

Rear legs may be placed slightly back.

Judge may ask exhibitor to move hind legs under horse for inspection.

Emphasis shall be on type and conformation with consideration given to horse’s ability to move correctly on the lead. Sec. 2 – Not more than two handlers, each of whom may have one whip, shall be allowed in the ring to show each horse in “In-Hand” classes.

Whip to be no longer than 6’ including the snapper or lash, with no appendages of any kind.

No other item of any kind shall be used inside or outside the ring.

USEF Rule Sec. 3 – “In-Hand” classes may include Weanling colts, Yearling colts, Two-year-old colts, Three-year-old stallions, Four-year-old stallions, Five-year-old and over stallions; Weanling fillies, Yearling fillies; Two-year-old fillies, Three-year-old mares, Four-year-old mares, Five-year-old and over mares (may be divided into mares that have had foals and mares that have not produced foals), Two-year-old and under geldings, Three- and Four-year-old geldings, and Five-year-old and over geldings. REGISTERED MORGAN ENGLISH PLEASURE HORSES (Saddle Seat) – Open To be shown at a walk, pleasure trot, road trot, and canter, with light rein, but still maintaining contact with horse’s mouth.

To be judged on manners, performance with proper cadence and balance, quality, presence, and apparent ability to give a good pleasure ride 60%; type and conformation 40%.

May be asked to back. USEF Rule REGISTERED MORGAN AMATEUR ENGLISH PLEASURE HORSES (Saddle Seat) – Adult and/or Jr.

Exhibitor This class is limited to Amateur riders.

A current USAE or COSCA Amateur card is required for exhibitors 18 and over.

An Amateur’s Pleasure Horse must show all of the tractability and willingness of the fully trained Pleasure Horse.

He may be somewhat stronger than a ladies’ or junior exhibitors’ horse, but must be completely cooperative and absolutely agreeable at all times.

A light mouth and a willing nature are paramount to the Amateur Pleasure Horse.

To be shown at a walk, pleasure trot, road trot, and canter with light rein but still maintaining contact with horse’s mouth.

To be judged on manners, performance with proper cadence and balance, suitability, quality, presence and apparent ability to give a good pleasure ride 60%; type and conformation 40%.

May be asked to back. USEF Rule (Points from the above two classes will be combined for COSCA year-end awards.) REGISTERED MORGAN WESTERN PLEASURE HORSES – Open To be shown at a walk, jog-trot, and lope with light rein but still maintaining contact with horse’s mouth.

The judge may ask for an extension of any gait.

To be judged on manners, performance with proper cadence and balance, quality, presence, and apparent ability to give a good pleasure ride, with emphasis on manners and gait 60%; type and conformation 40%.

Required to back. USEF Rule REGISTERED MORGAN AMATEUR WESTERN PLEASURE HORSES – Adult and/or Jr.

Exhibitor This class is limited to Amateur riders.

A current USAE or COSCA Amateur card is required for exhibitors 18 and over.

To be shown at a walk, jog-trot, and lope, with light rein but still maintaining contact with horse’s mouth.

The judge may ask for an extension of any gait.

To be judged on manners, performance with proper cadence and balance, suitability, quality, presence, and apparent ability to give a good pleasure ride with emphasis on manners and gait 60%; type and conformation 40%.

Required to back. USEF Rule (Points from the above two classes will be combined for COSCA year-end awards.) REGISTERED MORGAN HUNTER PLEASURE HORSES – Open To be shown at a walk, trot, extended trot, canter, and extended canter; with light rein, but still maintaining contact with horse’s mouth.

To be judged on performance with proper cadence and balance, manners, and soundness 60%; type and conformation 40%.

Shall be shown with hunter-style equipment, including forward or balance seat saddle; snaffle, pelham, kimberwick bits, or full bridle (curb and snaffle).

Breast plates are permissible, but martingales are prohibited. USEF Rule REGISTERED MORGAN HORSE CLASSIC SECTION Shoes must not exceed 16 oz.

No pads, other than Rim pads are permitted. Headers in Classic Pleasure classes must be a minimum of sixteen years of age. Horses shown in the Morgan Horse Classic Pleasure Driving classes must be shown in a driving snaffle with a half cheek and over check or side check (one or two bits acceptable).

A running martingale must be used.

Equipment must be in sound condition. REGISTERED MORGAN HORSE CLASSIC SADDLE PLEASURE (Saddle Seat) – Open To be shown at a walk, pleasure trot, road trot, and canter.

To be judged on manners, performance with proper cadence and balance, and gait 60%; type and conformation 40%.

It is imperative that the horse give the distinct appearance of being a pleasure to ride with emphasis on the walk and smooth transitions.

Horses must stand quietly and back readily.

To be shown by an amateur in saddle seat attire only. USEF Rule REGISTERED MORGAN HORSE CLASSIC PLEASURE DRIVING – Open To be shown to an appropriate vehicle at a walk, pleasure trot, and road trot.

It is imperative that the horse give the distinct appearance of being a pleasure to drive with emphasis on the walk and smooth transitions.

Horses must stand quietly and back readily.

Headers must be amateurs or individuals eligible for amateur status.

To be judged on manners, performance with proper cadence and balance, and gait 60%; type and conformation 40%.

One attendant without whip must head each horse.

Headers must be a minimum of 16 years of age. USEF Rule — 1.

General.

Judges should note that the required Equitation Seat should in no way be exaggerated but be thoroughly efficient and most comfortable for riding the type of horse called for at any gait and for any length of time.

In Saddle Seat Equitation classes, riders should convey impression of effective and easy control.

To show a horse well, he should show himself to the best advantage.

Ring generalship must be taken into consideration by the judges.

A complete picture of the whole is of major importance.

An exhibitor is entitled to request only one time-out per class. (See GR833).

A judge must order from the ring any unruly horse or one whose actions threaten to endanger the rider, other exhibitors, or their entries. 2.

Hands.

Hands should be held in an easy position, neither perpendicular nor horizontal to the saddle and should show sympathy, adaptability and control.

The height the hands are held above the horse’s withers is a matter of how and where the horse carries his head.

The method of holding the reins is optional however both hands must be used and all reins must be picked up at one time.

Bight of rein should be on the off side. 3.

Basic Position.

To obtain proper position, rider should place himself comfortably in the saddle and find his center of gravity by sitting with a slight bend at the knees but without use of irons.

While in this position adjust leathers to fit.

Irons should be placed under ball of foot (not toe nor “home”) with even pressure on entire width of sole and center of iron.

Foot position should be natural (neither extremely in nor out). 4.

Position in Motion. Walk: slight motion in saddle. Trot: slight elevation in saddle posting; hips under body not mechanical up-and-down norswinging forward and backward. Canter: close seat, going with horse. Slow Gait: steady in saddle, no slap nor twist; legs straight down, intermittent calf pressure permissible; hands slightly raised, flexible contact, no sawing. Rack: seat smooth in saddle; legs down and slightly back, not thrust forward; hands low in motion with gait, not sawing but placement optional to individual rider and horse. OPEN GAITED MOUNTAIN HORSE CLASSIC ENGLISH PLEASURE – STALLIONS, MARES, & GELDINGS Horses shall enter the ring at the show gait and proceed to the right, in a counter-clockwise direction.

The sequence of gaits shall be: show gait, Mountain Horse pleasure gait, trail walk, reverse, and repeat.

The judge may ask for one or more gaits to be repeated prior to calling for a line-up. Must stand quietly and back readily in the line-up.

Judged on overall performance.

UMH Rule The classic Pleasure entry executes the Show and Pleasure gaits in a collected, up headed and stylish manner with a moderately stronger stride.

Horse is shown in a collected frame, with head carried proudly up in the bridle.

The classic Pleasure horse will exhibit somewhat more animation and speed, with a showier appearance.

Classic horses must present a picture of balance, elasticity, and controlled energy. — Horses to be shown standing, at a walk, and at the trot.

Halter horses are not to be stretched or “parked out.” A horse is considered not stretched if all four feet are flat on the ground and at least one front and one rear cannon bone is perpendicular to the ground.

Horse’s weight evenly distributed on all four legs.

Emphasis shall be placed upon quality, conformation, and adherence to breed standards with close attention placed upon animated motion, flexion of the joints, and correct movement of the horse.

Transmissible weaknesses to be counted strongly against breeding stock.

Horses must be serviceably sound.

USEF Rule COUNTRY PLEASURE Description. The Country Pleasure Horse has less animation than the English Pleasure Horse, but should be typical of the National Show Horse.

EXTREME KNEE MOTION AND SPEED ARE TO BE PENALIZED.

The Pleasure horse must have comfortable gaits giving the distinct impression it is a true pleasure to ride.

Manners and suitability as a pleasure mount are paramount.

Horses shown in Country Pleasure (as well as Western, Hunter or Show Hack) are ineligible to show in any other NSH class at the same show except for Halter, Ladies Side Saddle and/or Equitation.

Horses shown in Country Pleasure, Western, Hunter or Show Hack may cross-enter among these classes. Class Specifications and Gait Requirements. The standard of excellence of the National Show Horse, is beauty, symmetry, and balance.

Balance features coordinated motion, with straight true folding action of the front legs with flexing hocks carried close together, producing a clean, rhythmic and fluid way of going.

In addition, the National Show Horse possesses animation, brilliance and extreme grace of movement.

UNDESIRABLE: Winging, interfering, traveling wide behind, mixing of gaits, shackled look and loss of form. The WALK: Judging at the walk is based on manners, quality and natural action; it is not used as a rest period.

The walk should be an elastic, ground covering and collected four-beat gait maintaining proper form and consistency in stride.

It should be executed in a brisk manner that is compatible with the type of class.

It should display the horse’s good manners, type of stride, and attitude.

The walk is relaxed. The TROT: The trot is a natural, two-beat diagonal gait in which the front foot and the opposite hind foot take off from the ground in unison and land simultaneously.

A balanced trot features coordinated motion with straight, true, shoulder motion of front legs, with flexing hocks carried close together.

To be performed at a moderate speed and collection.

The trot must be mannerly, balanced, cadenced and free moving.

Posting is required. The CANTER: A three-beat gait.

Smooth, unhurried, with moderate collection, correct and straight on both leads.

The horse must appear bright but relaxed.

It is acceptable, although not encouraged, for the horse to have a bolder, stronger canter in those classes where manners are not paramount or where speed at a qualifying gait is desired.

Ease of control, rate of speed, and collection may vary according to the class specifications.

Where manners are paramount, a slow, consistent rate of speed must be maintained with little obvious effort from the rider. Judging Requirements. To be shown at a walk, trot (strong trot in open classes only), and canter.

To be judged on manners, performance and quality.

Suitability of horse and rider shall be given consideration. Transition from one gait to another shall be smooth and effortless.

Light contact with the horse’s mouth must be maintained.

Special emphasis is placed on a true, flat walk.

Halting is not mandatory, however, entries may be asked to halt and stand quietly on the rail either and/or both ways of the ring at the judge’s discretion.

Horses may be asked to back at the judge’s discretion. Appointments. 1.

Bridle shall be light, show type; full bridle.

No martingale or tie-down. 2.

English type saddle.

Girth either leather, web, or other suitable material.

Hunt attire or equipment is prohibited. 3.

Informal English riding suits are required for Pleasure classes.

It consists of conservative solid colors such as black, burgundy, blue, gray, beige or brown with matching jodhpurs (contrasting jackets are permitted), and derby or soft hat.

Top hats are prohibited.

Gloves are recommended. 4.

Extremes of temperature or climatic conditions may modify the above dress requirements at the judge’s discretion. 5.

Spurs or whips are optional in all English classes. NATIONAL SHOW HORSE COUNTRY PLEASURE – OPEN – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings To be shown at a walk, trot, and canter.

Horses may be asked to halt and stand quietly on the rail either and/or both ways of the ring at the judge’s discretion.

Horses may be asked to back at judge’s discretion.

To be judged on manners, performance, and quality.

Suitability of horse and rider shall be given consideration.

USEF Rule NATIONAL SHOW HORSE HUNTER PLEASURE – OPEN – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings To be shown at a walk, trot, canter, and hand gallop both directions of the ring.

To be judged on manners, performance, suitability as a Hunter, quality, and conformation.

USEF Rule General. It is imperative that the horse gives the distinct appearance of being a pleasure to ride and display a pleasurable and relaxed attitude.

The National Show Horse Hunter should carry his head in a relaxed natural manner.

Natural head carriage may vary with the horse’s conformation.

Horses behind the vertical must be penalized.

Horses should perform in a balanced manner.

As in all National Show Horse classes, the best quality specimens of the breed should prevail. a.competitors enter the ring in a counterclockwise direction at the trot. b.

Light contact with the horse’s mouth must be maintained at all gaits. c.

Judges are required to consider the performance at each gait equally in adjudicating this class. d.

Horses may show with a braided mane and tail. Appointments. 1.

Bridle shall be light, show type; either snaffle, pelham, full bridle or kimberwicke bit acceptable.

Browbands/cavessons other than hunter and dressage types are not permitted.

Saddle Seat style colored browbands/cavessons and/or figure eight, drop, or flash nosebands are not permitted.

No martingales or tie-downs are permitted. 2.

Breastplate or breast collar is optional. 3.

Type of English saddle is optional, but forward seat type is recommended.

No cutback saddles allowed.

Girth either leather, web, string, or suitable material. 4.

Informal attire of suitable material for hunting is required.

It consists of conservatively colored coat of any tweed or melton (conservative wash jackets in season), breeches (or jodhpurs), and boots.

A conservatively colored hunting cap or derby is mandatory.

Formal attire is not permitted.

Protective headgear may be worn without penalty. 5.

Spurs and crop or bat, no longer than 30” including lash, are optional, at the exhibitor’s discretion. Qualifying gaits. 1.

Walk, a four-beat gait: straight, true, and flat-footed.

Regular and unconstrained with good reach. 2.

Trot, a two-beat gait: straight and regular.

The trot should be mannerly, cadenced, and balanced.

To be performed at medium speed with a free-moving, ground-covering stride, with rider posting. 3.

Canter, a three-beat gait: even, smooth, unhurried, correct, and straight on both leads. 4.

Hand Gallop: The hand gallop is performed with a long, free, ground-covering stride.

The amount of ground covered may vary between horses due to the difference in natural length of stride.

A decided lengthening of stride should be shown while the horse remains controlled, mannerly, correct, and straight on both leads. NATIONAL SHOW HORSE WESTERN PLEASURE – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings To be shown at a walk, jog-trot, and lope.

To be judged 75% on performance, manners, presence and quality; 25% on conformation and neatness of attire.

USEF Rule General. 1.The National Show Horse Western Pleasure horse should be typical of the National Show Horse breed.

The Western Pleasure horse must have comfortable gaits giving the distinct impression it is a true pleasure to ride.

Horses shall perform in a balanced manner. 2.competitors enter the ring in a counter clockwise direction at the jog-trot. 3.

Light contact with the horse’s mouth must be maintained at all gaits. 4.

Judges must consider all gaits in adjudicating the class. 5.

If bridles are to be checked, it is the sole decision of the judge to do so.

The judge may designate the steward to check bridles at the out gate.

Riders must dismount. 6.

Only one hand may be used on reins and hands must not be changed.

Hand to be around reins.

When end of split reins falls on side of reining hand, one finger between reins is permitted.

When using romal or when ends of split reins are held in hand not used for reining, no finger between reins is allowed.

Rider may hold romal or end of split reins to keep them from swinging and adjust the position of the reins provided it is held at least 16” from the reining hand. 7.

Horses shall be asked to back at the judge’s discretion. Personal Appointments. 1.competitors must be penalized for incomplete appointments but not necessarily disqualified. 2.

Riders must wear Western hat; long-sleeved shirt any type of collar, (exhibitors in National Show Horse, and Saddlebred divisions must wear a necktie, kerchief, or bolo tie) trousers or pants, and boots; (a one-piece long-sleeved equitation suit is acceptable provided it includes any type of collar).

Chaps, shotgun chaps and spurs are optional (riders showing at an Arabian, Half-Arabian, Morgan, National Show Horse, or Saddlebred competition must wear chaps).

A vest, jacket, coat and/or sweater may also be worn.

Protective headgear may be worn without penalty; not required to be of Western style.

Refer to USEF GR318. — A.

To be judged on: (1) Presentation of horse and showmanship skills displayed in the ring.

When diagonal gait is called for in pattern, appropriate lateral gait will be accepted based on breed standards. (2) Grooming and fitting of horse. (3) Appearance and grooming of showman. B.

Exhibitors must be appropriately attired for this class. C.

A showmanship pattern must be used. COSCA Rule WALK-TROT SHOWMANSHIP- H/P M/G This class is for exhibitors that have not competed in canter classes. To be judged on (1) grooming and fitting of horse, (2) appearance and grooming of showman, (3) presentation of horse and showmanship skills displayed in the ring.

When diagonal gait is called for in pattern, appropriate lateral gait will be accepted based on breed standards. Please Note: It is strongly recommended that the pattern for this class be less difficult than the YA or Adult 19 & Over class pattern. OPEN PONY PLEASURE – All Ages – English or Western – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings Open to any breed or combination of breeds 14.2 and under.

Riders may be of any age. To be shown at a walk, trot or jog, canter or lope, both ways of the ring.

Suitable English and Western attire and appointments required (refer to Open Division rules, page 113*).

To stand quietly in the lineup.

May be asked to back.

To be judged on performance, manners, quality, and suitability to rider.

COSCA Rule OPEN PONY EQUITATION/HORSEMANSHIP – All Ages – English or Western – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings Open to any breed or combination of breeds 14.2 and under.

Riders may be of any age. To be shown at a walk, trot or jog, canter or lope, both ways of the ring.

Patterns may be used.

All ponies and riders shall be lined up for inspection and must stand quietly and back readily.

Suitable English and Western attire and appointments required (refer to Open Division rules, page 113*). In equitation/horsemanship classes only the rider is being judged, therefore any pony that is suitable for a particular style of riding and is capable of performing the required class routine is acceptable.

Saddle must fit rider.

Good hands are paramount.

All movements of the pony should be governed by the use of imperceptible aids.

Exaggerated shifting of the rider’s weight is not desirable.

Results as shown by performance of the pony are not to be considered more important than the method used in obtaining them.

COSCA Rule ENGLISH ROAD HACK HORSES – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings Open to any breed or combination of breeds over 14.2 hands.

Breed horses exempt on height ruling.

Must be shown with a loose rein at a flat-footed walk, trot, extended trot, easy canter, and hand gallop (both ways of the ring), with ability to move on if required.

Must stand quietly and back readily.

Entries must change from any gait to the flat-footed walk on command.

Extreme speed shall be penalized in the hand gallop.

Never more than 15 to gallop at one time.

To be judged on performance, substance, and manners.

Martingales prohibited.

Attire may be either correct Saddle Seat Style or Hunt Seat Style.

COSCA Rule ENGLISH BRIDLE PATH HORSES – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings Open to any breed or combination of breeds over 14.2 hands.

Breed horses exempt on height ruling.

Use of full bridle, pelham, kimberwick, or snaffle bit is optional.

Heavy shoes and long toes should be penalized.

To be ridden on a reasonably loose rein without loss of contact and to be shown at a flat-footed walk, collected trot (medium for hunters), and easy canter.

Must stand quietly and back readily.

To be judged on manners, performance, quality, and suitability to rider.

Martingales prohibited.

Attire may be either correct Saddle Seat style or Hunt Seat style. COSCA Rule ENGLISH PLEASURE HORSE – Open – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings Open to any breed or combination of breeds over 14.2 hands.

Breed horses exempt on height ruling.

Use of full bridle, pelham, kimberwick, or snaffle bit is optional.

To be ridden on a reasonably loose rein without loss of contact and to be shown at a flat-footed walk, collected trot (medium for hunters), and easy canter.

Must stand quietly and back readily.

To be judged on manners, performance, quality, and suitability to rider.

Martingales prohibited.

Attire may be either correct Saddle Seat Style or Hunt Seat Style.

COSCA Rule OPEN HUNTER PLEASURE HORSES – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings Open to any breed or combination of breeds over 14.2 hands.

Breed horses exempt on height ruling.

To be shown at a walk, trot, and canter both ways of the ring.

To be ridden on a reasonably loose rein without loss of contact.

To stand quietly.

May be asked to back.

To be judged on manners, performance, quality, and suitability as a pleasure horse.

Use of Hunt Seat attire and appointments is required.

Martingales prohibited.

COSCA Rule PLEASURE DRIVING – Open – Horse or Pony – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings Open to any breed or combination of breeds.

Easy gaited permitted.

To be shown to a suitable 2-wheeled vehicle.

Driver to be appropriately dressed for pleasure class. (No costumes.) Use of appropriate harness is required.

Boots of any type are prohibited.

To be shown at a flat walk, medium gait, and extended gait.

Extreme speed to be penalized.

To stand quietly and back readily.

Headers, if used, must be at least 4’ from the horse, except when needed; must be suitably attired for the show ring, and are not to carry or use whips in the ring.

To be judged on manners, quality, and performance. (Class must be split when there are over 12 entries; winners to be determined from workout of the finalists.) COSCA Rule JACK BENNY PLEASURE – 39 Yrs.

Or Older – Horse or Pony – English & Western – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings Open to horses or ponies of any breed or combination of breeds. To be shown at a walk, trot or jog, canter or lope, both ways of the ring.

Riders may sit or post the trot.

Suitable English and Western attire and appointments required (refer to Open Division rules, page 68).* To be judged on performance, manners, quality, and suitability to rider.

Class may be split into English and Western, but both classes must be held. COSCA Rule ADULT WALK-TROT EQUITATION/HORESMANSHIP – Adults 18 Yrs. & Over – Horse or Pony – English & Western – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings Open to horses or ponies of any breed or combination of breeds. Open to riders who have never competed in a walk, trot, and canter class at any COSCA approved show.

The Board of Directors may consider an exception to this rule upon receipt of a written request.

The request, if approved, will become effective one year from the date of approval by the board of Directors. In equitation/horsemanship classes only the rider is being judged, therefore any horse or pony that is suitable for a particular style of riding and is capable of performing the required class routine is acceptable.

Horses/ponies will be shown at the walk and trot (jog- trot).

All horses/ponies and riders shall be lined up for inspection and must stand quietly and back readily.

Saddle must fit rider.

Exhibitor must be appropriately attired for this class.

Good hands are paramount.

All movements of the horse/pony should be governed by the use of imperceptible aids.

Exaggerated shifting of the rider’s weight is not desirable.

Results as shown by performance of the horse/pony are not to be considered more important than the method used in obtaining them.

To be judged 25% seat, 25% hands, 25% feet, and 25% grooming of the horse/pony and neatness of the rider.

COSCA Rule ADULT WALK-TROT PLEASURE – Adults 18 Yrs. & Over – Horse or Pony – English & Western –Stallions, Mares, & Geldings Open to horses or ponies of any breed or combination of breeds. Open to riders who have never competed in a walk, trot, and canter class at any COSCA approved show.

The Board of Directors may consider an exception to this rule upon receipt of a written request.

The request, if approved, will become effective one year from the date of approval by the Board of Directors. To be shown at a walk and trot (jog-trot).

To stand quietly in the line up.

Must be asked to back.

To be judged on manners, performance, suitability, quality, and soundness.

COSCA Rule OPEN WALK-TROT PLEASURE – All Ages – Horse or Pony – English & Western – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings Open to horses or ponies of any breed or combination of breeds. To be shown at a walk and trot (jog-trot).

To stand quietly in the line up.

Must be asked to back.

To be judged on manners, performance, suitability, quality, and soundness.

COSCA Rule May be split: English and Western. NOTE: This class WILL NOT count towards any high point awards! – eg COM, Year-end High Point Awards, Horse of the Year, Youth Activity High Point Awards. WESTERN PLEASURE HORSE – Open – All Ages – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings Open to any breed or combination of breeds over 14.2 hands.

Breed horses exempt on height ruling. To be shown at a walk, jog-trot, and lope both ways of the ring on a reasonably loose rein without undue restraint.

To be judged on performance 60%; conformation 30%; and appointments 10%.

COSCA Rule NOTE: The above class may be divided into Junior Western Pleasure Horse – Open and Senior Western Pleasure Horse – Open.

Points will revert to the “all ages” class. — LADIES’ WESTERN PLEASURE HORSES – 18 Yrs. & Older – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings Open to any breed or combination of breeds over 14.2 hands.

Breed horses exempt on height ruling. To be shown at a walk, jog-trot, and lope both ways of the ring, on a reasonably loose rein without undue restraint.

To be judged on performance 60%; conformation 30%; and appointments 10%.

COSCA Rule MEN’S WESTERN PLEASURE HORSES – 18 Yrs. & Older – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings Open to any breed or combination of breeds over 14.2 hands.

Breed horses exempt on height ruling. To be shown at a walk, jog-trot, and lope both ways of the ring, on a reasonably loose rein without undue restraint.

To be judged on performance 60%; conformation 30%; and appointments 10%.

COSCA Rule WESTERN HACK HORSE – Open – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings Open to horses of any breed or combination of breeds over 14.2 hands, normally used as Western horses.

Breed horses exempt on height ruling. To be shown on a reasonably loose rein without loss of contact.

Reins shall be held in one hand and cannot be changed during performance.

The free hand shall not be used to support the rider by being placed on any part of the saddle.

To be shown both ways of the ring at a flat-footed walk, trot, extended trot, easy canter, and hand gallop with ability to move on if required, then stop and stand quietly.

Horses must stand quietly and back readily. (No more than 15 horses will be permitted to hand gallop at one time.) Special emphasis should be placed on the extended trot in form.

Rider to sit the trot.

The judge may split the class at his/her discretion.

All horses must work within a reasonable distance of the rail except when passing.

To be judged: performance and manners 60%; conformation 30%; and appointments 10%. COSCA Rule OPEN JR.

SNAFFLE BIT ENGLISH PLEASURE – Horses 5 Yrs. & Under – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings Open to any breed or combination of breeds over 14.2 hands.

Breed horses exempt on height ruling. The judge(s) is asked to pay particular attention to each entry in the style and way of going in accordance with its own breed.

Horses shall be serviceably sound and in good condition. If there are more than 20 horses, the class must be split and the top contestants from each group brought back for final adjudication.

Horses to be shown with a plain leather browband and cavesson noseband and reins Leather breast collars are optional.

Three year olds or older, an English snaffle (no shank), with cavesson nosebands and plain leather browbands must be used.

In refernce to mouthpieces, nothing may protrude below the mouthpiece (bar).

Solid and broken mouthpieces may have a port no higher than 1 ½”.

On broken mouthpieces only, connecting rings of 1 ¼” or less in diameter or connecting flat bar of 3/8” to ¾” (measured top to bottom with a maximum lenth of 2”) and which lie flat in the horse’s mouth are acceptable.

All mouthpieces must be a minimum of 5/16” in diameter to be measured 1: in from the cheek or ring.

Snaffle bit ring may be no larger than 4” in diameter.

Any bit having a fiexed rein requires use of a curb chain.

Smooth round, oval, or egg-shaped, slow twist, corkscrew, single twisted wire, double twisted wire mouthpieces and straight bar or solid mouthpieces with a maximum of 1 ½” high ports are allowed.

Bits of any style (Pelham, snaffle, kimberwick) featuring mouthpieces with cathedrals, donuts, prongs, edges, or rough, sharp material shall be cause for elimination. Optional Equipment: English spurs of the un rowelled type that are blunt, round and no longer than 1” Crops or bats Braiding of mane and/or tail Prohibited Equipment Martingale or tiedowns Splint boots or leg wrap Draw reins Rowelled spurs To be ridden on a reasonably loose rein without loss of contact and to be shown at a flat-footed walk, collected trot (medium for hunters), and easy canter.

Must stand quietly and back readily.

To be judged on manners, performance, quality, and suitability to rider.

Martingales prohibited.

Attire may be either correct Saddle Seat or Hunt Seat Style.

COSCA Rule All entries will be subject to a mandatory bit inspection by the judge(s) as well as all other equipment being used.

This may include, at the discretion of the judge(s), the use of a bit gauge.

Bits are to be dropped out of horse’s mouth for inspection.

Timing of such inspection is at the discretion of the judge(s).

Judge(s) may designate the Steward to do the bit inspection.

COSCA/NSBA Rule OPEN JR.

SNAFFLE BIT WESTERN PLEASURE – Horses 5 Yrs. & Under – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings Open to any breed or combination of breeds over 14.2 hands.

Breed horses exempt on height ruling.

The judge(s) is asked to pay particular attention to each entry in the style and way of going in accordance with its own breed.

Horses shall be serviceably sound and in good condition. If there are more than 20 horses, the class must be split and the top contestants from each group brought back for final adjudication. All horses will be judged as a pleasure horse at the walk, jog, lope and back as well as on all transitions.

Horses must work both ways of the ring at three gaits to demonstrate their ability with different leads.

Gaits should be asked for in the following manner: walk, jog, extended jog (at least one direction), lope with an increase in forward motion.

At the option of the judge, horses may be asked to extend the walk, one or both ways of the ring.

It is mandatory that a moderate extension of the jog be asked for in at least one direction.

An extension of the jog is a definite two beat lengthening of stride and covering more ground.

Cadenced and balanced with smoothness is more essential than speed.

Riders should sit at the moderate extension of the jog.

Lope with forward motion will become the only gait recognized as a lope.

Horses are required to back easily and stand quietly.

Horses must reverse to the inside (away from the rail).

They may be required to reverse at the walk or jog, at the discretion of the judge, but shall not be asked to reverse at the lope.

Passing is permissible as long as the horse maintains a proper and even cadence and rhythm. Horses are not to be called into the center of the arena from a jog or a lope. A tight rein or excessive slack is at no time acceptable.

Head carriage should be quiet and comfortable. A pleasure horse should be a happy horse and a natural horse.

Emphasis shall be placed on good movers, manners, and attitude, as reflected in the horse’s ears, mouth, tail and way of going.

Judges shall be instructed to pay particular attention to the above mentioned and any attempt to alter the above shall be severely penalized. Horse will be penalized for being on the wrong lead.

The walk should be comfortable, flat, and ground-covering, the jog-trot relaxed, quiet, and steady, the lope rolling and comfortable with strong emphasis on the natural way of going for the particular style of horse. All entries must be shown with both hands on the reins, maintaining light contact with horse’s mouth.

Reins may or may not be crossed.

The rider’s hands should be carried near the pommel and not further than 4” out on either side of the saddle horn.

Rider’s hand must be steady with very limited movement.

Rider’s hands should be visible to the judge(s) at all times. All entries will be subject to a mandatory bit inspection by the judge(s) as well as all other equipment being used.

This may include, at the discretion of the judge(s), the use of a bit gauge.

Bits are to be dropped out of horse’s mouth for inspection.

Timing of such inspection is at the discretion of the judge(s).

Judge(s) may designate the Steward to do the bit/bosal inspection.

If a horse’s mouth shows signs of broken skin, rawness, or bleeding, the horse will be eliminated from competition.

If a horse’s nose or any area touched by the bosal shows signs of broken skin, rawness, or bleeding, the horse will be eliminated from competition. Entries exhibiting lack of control or unruliness may be excused at the discretion of the judge(s).

COSCA & NSBA Rules Gaits — OPEN INDIAN PERFORMANCE – Horse/Large Pony 13 Hands & Over – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings Open to any breed or combination of breeds. GENERAL – To enter the ring at a gallop and show at a walk, jog-trot, canter, and hand gallop, both ways of the ring.

Reckless behavior, extreme speed, unruly animals, or animals out of control shall be penalized and/or disqualified at the judge’s discretion.

The judge(s) shall be advised of this ruling by the Steward prior to the class.

Rider must be attired in typical Indian Regalia. RIDER ATTIRE – Attire shall be (a) typical Indian head wear (example: headband, headdress, roach, war bonnet, etc.).

Wig is optional, but does complete the picture.

If no wig is worn, hair must be styled in typical Indian fashion. (b) moccasins or squaw boots. (c) leggings, breechcloth, squaw dress (typical Indian clothing and accessories).

No sequins, metallic braid, etc., permitted. HORSES/PONIES AND TRAPPINGS – Horses may be ridden bareback or with saddle and some type of bridle or headstall to enable rider to have full control of horse.

Use of bridle or saddle not to be discriminated against in judging.

Use of feathers on horse and equipment shall be limited to a maximum of 25 eagle-type feathers. JUDGING PERCENTAGES – Performance 80%; Appointments 20%. COSCA Rule EGG AND SPOON – English & Western – Horse or Pony – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings Open to any breed or combination of breeds over 14.2 hands.

Breed horses exempt on height ruling. Open to animals which walk, trot, and canter.

Attire need not be “fancy” riding clothes, but must be neat, clean, and suitable.

Must wear collared shirt with sleeves and long trousers.

Boots must be worn.

Hats optional.

Judge(s) may eliminate contestants whom they think are not suitably presented.

Saddles must be used and a bridle, bosal, or hackamore.

For bridle, bosal, or hackamore specifications, refer to Open Division rules, page 113.* No equipment or clothing shall be removed after entering the ring. Spoons shall be standard metal tablespoons and eggs uncooked. The judge(s) and ONLY the judge(s) shall give commands to the class. Leads shall not be penalized except if announced by judge(s). There shall not be any trotting or cantering with rider backwards in the saddle.

No spoons to be held in the mouth. No sitting behind saddle. The judge MUST excuse riders for not acting on command.

Riders not extending a gait as called for, or not acting on command, should be warned once, then, if they fail to heed the warning they are to be disqualified and no award given to them.

They will be placed as they are pulled in. If winner cannot be determined, two or three horses may have a race of some kind at the decision of the judge(s).

Race must be straightaway. COSCA Rule — Stock & Hunter – The use of shoes other than standard horse shoes is to be discouraged and may be penalized by the judge.

Use of wedge pad is permitted.

Toe length not to exceed 4 1/2” including shoe and pad; weight of shoe not to exceed 12 oz. Pleasure type horse may be shod with a 14 oz.

Shoe of any type or configuration, except a connecting bar extending below the shoe to both heels.

One single pad.

Maximum overall hoof length, including the shoe and pad, shall be 5”. Saddle type horse – There shall be no limitations on the length of the toe, weight of shoe, number of pads, or use of lead or weight.

Bands or other devices on the hoof are options. REG.

PAINT/PINTO HALTER HORSE – All Ages (No Solid Horses) – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings To be shown in hand at a walk and jog-trot.

To be judged on type, conformation, quality, substance, and soundness.

COSCA Rule YEAR-END HIGH POINT AWARDS: Classes at COSCA shows may be combined, split by sex or split by sex and age.

COSCA point classes shall be split such that horses may not cross enter.

Points from these classes will be combined for one (1) year-end high point award. REG.

PAINT/PINTO ENGLISH PLEASURE HORSE – All Types (No Solid Horses) – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings To be shown at a walk, trot, and canter both ways of the ring.

Judges may ask for an extended canter or hand gallop.

Never more than eight (8) horses to hand gallop at one time.

At the hand gallop, the judge may ask group to halt and stand quietly on a free rein (loosened rein).

May be asked to back.

Entries are required to walk prior to execution of gaits.

To enter the ring at a normal trot.

Horses are to be judged upon performance, manners, conformation, suitability, and appointments. COSCA Rule YEAR-END HIGH POINT AWARDS: Shows may divide classes as follows: Reg.

Paint/Pinto Hunter Under Saddle – All Types (No Breeding Stock) – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings Reg.

Paint/Pinto Saddle Seat Pleasure – All Types (No Breeding Stock) – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings Points earned in a given class will revert to the Reg.

Paint/Pinto English Pleasure Horse – All Types (No Breeding Stock) – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings Class for one (1) year-end high point award. REG.

PAINT/PINTO WESTERN PLEASURE HORSE – All Types (No Solid horses) – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings Horses are to be shown at a walk, trot, and lope both ways of the ring on a reasonably loose rein without undue restraint.

The judge shall have the right to ask for additional work from any horse.

All horses considered for final placing must be asked to back.

Horses are to be judged on performance, manners, conformation, suitability, and appointments.

COSCA Rule YEAR-END HIGH POINT AWARDS: Shows may divide as follows: Reg.

Paint/Pinto Jr.

Western Pleasure Horse – All Types (No Breeding Stock) – Jr.

Paints – 4 Yrs. & Under/Jr.

Pintos – 5 Yrs. & Under Reg.

Paint/Pinto Sr.

Western Pleasure Horse – All Types (No Breeding Stock) – Sr.

Paints – 5 Yrs. & Over/Sr.

Pintos – 6 Yrs. & Over. Points earned in a given class will revert to the Reg.

Paint/Pinto Western Pleasure Horse Class – All Types (No Breeding Stock) – Stallions, Mares, and Geldings Class for one (1) year-end high point award. — 10.

Disposition.

The Paso Fino is an extremely willing horse that truly seems to enjoy human companionship and strives to please.

It is spirited and responsive under tack while sensible and gentle at hand. GAITS: The gait of the Paso Fino horse is totally natural and normally exhibited from birth.

It is an evenly-spaced four-beat lateral gait with each foot contacting the ground independently in a regular sequence at precise intervals creating a rapid, unbroken rhythm.

Executed perfectly, the four hoof beats are absolutely even in both cadence and impact.

Footfall is the same sequence as the natural equine walk, ie, left rear, left fore, right rear, right fore.

Propulsion is primarily from the hind limbs and the horse’s motion is absorbed in its back and loins, resulting in unequaled smoothness and comfort for the rider.

The Paso Fino gait is performed at three forward speeds and with varying degrees of collection.

In all classes, special attention shall be afforded to the rhythmic consistency and smoothness of the Paso gait.

While style of execution may vary with horses, any style of execution that reduces smoothness and consistency shall be penalized.

In addition, a horse shall be excused for failure to perform any gait prescribed in a class.

Any tendency to mix gaits, the loss of even cadence or lack of smoothness, as evidenced by an up and down or side to side movement of the horse’s croup or of the rider, shall be penalized.

In all qualifying gaits, light contact on the reins is required.

Horses requiring undue restraint or “holding” in gait or collection shall be penalized.

While the degree of collection required varies from class to class, in no gait should the horse go “strung out” behind, squat down in the rear, jut out his nose, lug or work behind the headgear.

Exaggerated leg action (excessive fold, over-reaching, unnaturally high front leg action, etc.) is not desirable.

The ideal Paso Fino should track straight; however some slight winging or paddling is acceptable and should be penalized only if it is severe or a result of conformation faults.

In all classes and all gaits the Paso Fino should give the appearance of naturalness and ease combined with a degree of the pride and elegance that is characteristic of the Paso Fino breed. 1.

Classic Fino.

Forward speed is very slow, and the footfall is extremely rapid while the steps and extension are exceedingly short.

To be executed fully collected. 2.

Paso Corto.

Forward speed is moderate, ground-covering but unhurried, executed with medium extension and stride.

The degree of collection desired varies with class requirements. 3.

Paso Largo.

The fastest speed of the gaits.

The largo is executed with a longer extension and stride.

Forward speed varies with the individual horse, since each horse should attain its top speed in harmony with its own natural stride and cadence.

The degree of collection desired varies with class requirements. 4.

The Paso Fino can execute other gaits natural to horses in addition to the Paso Fino gaits. Walk.

Smooth, steady, evenly-spaced four-beat gait. Lope.

True, three-beat gait, slow, cadenced, smooth, straight on both leads.

With no tendency to mix gaits. Canter.

True, three-beat gait, straight on both leads, smooth and unhurried, with no tendency to mix gaits. ATTIRE AND APPOINTMENTS (refer to USEF PF130): 1.

Official Paso Fino Show Costume.

In classes requiring the official Paso Fino show costume, the attire shall be a long sleeved bolero type jacket and full length riding jumpsuit which cover the boots.

The bolero jacket and pants or jumpsuit must be conservative in color and trim.

The exhibitor must wear a shirt or blouse.

A matching or contrasting cummerbund is optional.

Sequins, glitter, or other similar reflective adornment is not allowed on any part of the Paso Fino show costume.

Male riders shall wear an unadorned tie.

The exhibitor must wear a Spanish type felt, leather or suede hat with a round, flat crown and with a flat or slightly rolled brim with a matching or contrasting hatband.

The whole effect of the exhibitor’s costume is to be one of good taste. 2.

Western Attire.

In classes requiring Western dress, the rider shall wear a Western type hat, long sleeved Western type shirt, full length trousers, Western boots together with chaps, shotgun chaps, or chinks.

A jacket or vest is optional. 3.

Safety Headgear.

Protective headgear may be worn without penalty in any class.

All riders twelve (12) years of age and under, including walk-corto leadline riders, are required to wear approved protective headgear at all times while on horseback at any competition. TACK: 1.

Metal on Nosepiece.

A curb chain or curb strap is permitted but shall not be cruelly tight.

Except for schooling classes, metal is not permitted in, under, over, or attached to the cavesson nosepiece except for necessary buckles. 2.

No Metal or Browbands.

No metal decoration is allowed on browbands. 3.

Schooling Headgear.

In Youth classes, except Equitation classes, headgear can be any training headgear not considered cruel or inhumane by the judge or show committee.

Bare metal, except for curb chains or parts of buckles, is not allowed. 4.

English Tack. a.

Saddle.

In all classes where English tack is designated, saddles may be of any English type except forward seat jumping saddles are prohibited unless a jump is required in the class.

If a saddlepad is used, it will be conservative in color and conform to the shape of the saddle.

Stirrups for classes requiring English tack must conform in overall shape to commonly regarded English tack. b.

Bridle.

Except as provided in the next sentence, bridles must be leather, but not rawhide except Schooling Classes where rawhide is permitted, Colombian or English type headstall, flat, rolled or braided.

Goatskin bridles with white or crème colored reins matching the bridles may be used.

Cheek pieces may be 3/8 to 5/8 inch with a matching, plain or stitched, cavesson and matching browband.

The browband and cavesson nose piece may not exceed one (1) inch in width.

Dropped nosebands, tie downs, and martingales are prohibited.

Headstalls may have a throatlatch with a pisador.

The pisador may be rawhide.

Throat latches may tie rather than buckle. c.

Reins.

Reins may be leather, flat rolled, or braided.

Nylon or other natural or man-made fiber reins may be used (hereafter referred to as “nylon”).

In all classes nylon reins may be used, but they must be the same color as the headstall.combination leather/nylon buckle-back reins may be used.

Snaps that attach the reins to the bit or bosal may be used in all classes.

The guide to Paso Fino Tack- The guide to Paso Fino Tack lists examples of acceptable tack where English and Western Tack is designated.

This guide is available in the PFHA rulebook. d.

Other.

An English breast strap or breast plate not exceeding 1” may be used.

No silver or vinyl or reflective vinyl is allowed on headgear, breast straps, or breast plates. — The walk is a natural, flat-footed, four-beat gait.

The horse must move straight and true at the walk.

The walk must be alert, with a stride of reasonable length in keeping with the size of the horse. The jog is a smooth, ground-covering two-beat diagonal gait.

The horse works from one pair of diagonals to the other pair.

The jog should be square, balanced and with straight, forward movement of the feet.

Horses walking with their back feet and trotting in the front are not considered performing the required gait.

When asked to extend the jog, it moves out with the same smooth way of going. The lope is an easy, rhythmical three-beat gait.

Horses moving to the left should lope on the left lead.

Horses moving to the right should lope on the right lead.

Horses traveling at a four-beat gait are not considered to be performing at a proper lope.

The horse should lope with a natural stride and appear relaxed and smooth.

It should be ridden at a speed which is a natural way of going.

The head should be carried at an angle which is natural and suitable to the horse. REG.

QUARTER HORSE HUNTER UNDER SADDLE – All Ages – Stallions, Mares, & Geldings NOTE: Show committees may split the Reg.

Quarter Horse Hunter Under Saddle into two divisions to read: Reg.

Quarter Horse Hunter Under Saddle, Jr.

Horse – 5 years and under; and Reg.

Quarter Horse Hunter Under Saddle, Sr.

Horse – 6 years and older.

Points will revert to the Reg.

Quarter Horse Hunter Under Saddle All Ages for year-end high point award purposes. Hunters under saddle should be suitable to purpose.

They should move with long, low strides reaching forward with ease and smoothness, be able to lengthen stride and cover ground with relaxed, free flowing movement.

Horses should be obedient, have a bright expression with alert ears, and should respond willingly to the rider with light leg and hand contract.

Horses should be responsive and smooth in transition.

When asked to extend the trot or hand gallop, they should move out with the same flowing motion.

The poll should be level with, or slightly above, the withers to allow proper impulsion behind.

The head position should be slightly in front of, or on the vertical. Class Requirements: The class will be judged on performance, condition, and conformation.

Maximum credit shall be given to the flowing, balanced, willing horse.

A minimum of 20 percent of judging shall be based on condition and conformation. Horses to be: Shown under saddle; not to jump. Shown at a walk, trot, and canter both ways of the ring.

Horses should back easily and stand quietly. Reversed to the inside away form the rail. Horses may be asked to change to canter from the flat-footed walk or trot, at the judge’s discretion.

At the option of the judge(s), all or just the top 12 horses may be required to hand gallop, one or both ways of the ring.

Never more than 12 horses to hand gallop at one time.

At the hand gallop, the judge(s) may ask the group to halt and stand quietly on a free rein (loosened rein).

AQHA Rule Faults to be scored according to severity: Quick, short, or vertical strides Being on the wrong lead and or wrong diagonal at the trot Breaking gait Excessive speed at any gait Excessive slowness in any gait, loss of forward momentum Failure to take the appropriate gait when called for Head carried too high Head carried too low (such that poll is below the withers for 5 or less strides) Over-flexing or straining neck in head carriage so the nose is carried behind the vertical for 5 or less strides. Excessive nosing out Failure to maintain light contact with horse’s mouth Stumbling If horse appears sullen, dull, lethargic, emaciated, drawn or overly tired Faults which will be cause for disqualification: Head carried too low (such that poll is below the withers consistently for more than 5 strides) Over-flexing or straining neck in head carriage so the nose is carried behind the vertical consistently for more than 5 strides. The following terminology shall apply in all English classes whenever a specific gait is called for: A.

Walk is natural, flat footed, four-beat gait.

The horse must move straight and true at the walk.

The walk must be alert, with a stride of reasonable length in keeping with the size of the horse.

Loss of forward rhythmic movement shall be penalized. B.

Trot is a two-beat gait, comprised of long, low, ground-covering, cadenced and balanced strides.

Smoothness is more essential than speed.

The knees should remain relatively flat, exhibiting minimal flexion.

Short, quick strides and/or extreme speed shall be penalized.

When asked to extend the trot, there should be a definite lengthening of the stride. C.

Canter is a three-beat gait; smooth, free moving, relaxed and straight on both leads.

The stride should be long, low and ground-covering.

Over-collected four-beat canter is to be penalized.

Excessive speed is to be penalized. D.

Hand gallop should be a defined lengthening of the stride with a noticeable difference in speed.

The horse should be under control at all times, and be able to halt in a smooth, balanced manner. REGISTERED TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE DIVISION Horses exhibited in this division must be registered with the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeder’s and Exhibitor’s Association (TWHBEA) and must be entered under their full registered name and registry number.

For Show HIO Rulebook, please visit: HYPERLINK http://www.showhio.comwww.showhio.com Horses foaled after October 1, 1975, with any bilateral scar, callous or granulated tissue on the pastern or coronet areas indicative of soring are not eligible to be shown in any Walking Horse Performance class.

Horses that have any substance on the pastern or coronet areas must be excused by the judge from the class entered. Shoeing regulations – Lite shod no more than 3/4” wide and 3/8” thick.

Heavy shod plantation no more than 1 1/2” wide and 1/2” thick.

None can stick out more than 1/4” at the toe and even at the bulb of the heel. Shoeing Requirements for Lite Shod Division: Maximum ½” thick x 1″ wide hot or cold rolled steel or aluminum shoe (both front and hind feet).

Maximum 1 ½ turnback (measured from front to back of caulk).

Borium allowed on the caulks of shoe, but the thickness of the shoe, caulk and borium must not exceed 1 1/8″.

Clips optional when drawn from the original steel or poured.

Bands are optional. Prohibited: bits with shanks over 9 ½ “, gag bits without shanks, cross chain cavessons, martingales, tied downs, Australian stock saddles, lubricants, artificial appliances, boots, pads, action devices and tail braces. Severe bits are discouraged.

Extremely tight curb chains must be penalized.

Curb chains must be flat against the jaw and be at least ½ “ wide.

Whips/crops cannot exceed 4′.

At all gaits, bumping or pumping of the reins must be penalized.

A horse that does not canter both ways of the ring cannot be placed above one that does.

Horses on the wrong lead or cross-cantering should be penalized. Names of horses, stables, trainers or exhibitors are prohibited on show equipment in the show ring. If an entry is excused from the ring for an infraction of the rules the entry is eligible to show in a succeeding qualifying class, if the infraction can be corrected.

A disqualified entry is disqualified for the balance of the show. JUDGING PROCEDURE Judging Procedure: All horses shall enter the ring at the flat walk, shall go to the right and shall continue at the flat walk until the class is closed after which the judge shall call for gaits in the following order: flat walk, running walk, flat walk, canter (unless a specialty class), reverse and repeat.

At the completion of the class entries shall line up and then be asked to back (readily). DQP’s (DESIGNATED QUALIFIED PERSON): A designated “COSCA” person may be used as a steward at “Walking Horse Only” shows.

This individual would monitor the COSCA TWH classes being held and complete the Steward’s Report. MODEL CLASS ATTIRE All Model class handlers must wear a collared shirt and tie (optional long or short sleeve shirt). Reg.

TWH Model (2 yrs.and over) Entries shall be judged on presentation and conformation.

Horses shall be led in to the ring, lined up as directed and parked for judging.

Entries should stand quietly.

Unruly entries must be penalized or excused.

Whips not to exceed 4′ may be used.

Tack and attire may be English or Western, but not a combination of both.

English horse are shown in bridle.

Western horses are shown in western type halter.

Braids may not be used with western tack and attire. NSHC Rule Reg.

TWH English Lite Shod Specialty (formerly Reg.

TWH Plantation Lite Shod -EZ ride S/M/G) The lite shod horse should exhibit a four-beat walking gait with a cadenced head motion (nod).

Manners and suitability as a pleasure mount are paramount, giving the distinct impression it is an agreeable mount to ride.

Transitions from one gait to another should be smooth and effortless. Ground-covering action and long, gliding overstride that never exhibits a crampy or mechanical appearance is desired.

Any tendencies to pace, trot or rack should be penalized.

Horses shall be shown at the flat walk and running walk.

They must stand quietly and back readily. NSHC Rule NSHC Rule Reg.

TWH English Lite Shod Canter (formerly Reg.

TWH Lite Shod Plantation Pleasure) The lite shod horse should exhibit a four-beat walking gait with a cadenced head motion (nod).

Manners and suitability as a pleasure mount are paramount, giving the distinct impression it is an agreeable mount to ride.

Transitions from one gait to another should be smooth and effortless. Ground-covering action and long, gliding overstride that never exhibits a crampy or mechanical appearance is desired.

Any tendencies to pace, trot or rack should be penalized.

Horses shall be shown at the flat walk, running walk and canter.

They must stand quietly and back readily. Reg.

TWH Western Lite Shod Specialty (formerly Reg.

TWH Western Plantation Pleasure Lite Shod No Canter) The Western horse should have a lower head set and work on a loose rein.

Manners and suitability as a western pleasure mount are paramount.

Cavessons prohibited.

Horses age 4 and under may be ridden with 2 hands provided a bosal or snaffle bit is being used.

Any western horse using a curb bit must neck rein.

Entries must be reversed away from the rail.

Reins must be held in one hand and cannot be changed during the class.

When using split reins, a hand around the reins or index finger between reins is permitted, but the free hand is not allowed to touch the reins.

Romal reins are permitted also.

The judge may call for a halt on the rail to test for quietness.

Horses must stand quietly on the rail.

At the discretion of the judge, the horse may be asked to back clear of the lineup and do a 360 degree neck reined turn either to the right or the left, exhibitor’s discretion.

Enter the ring at the flat walk to the right and continue at the required gaits (flat walk, running walk) reverse and repeat. Reg.

TWH Western Lite Shod (formerly Reg.

TWH Western Plantation Pleasure Lite Shod Canter) The Western horse should have a lower head set and work on a loose rein.

Manners and suitability as a western pleasure mount are paramount.

Cavessons prohibited.

Horses age 4 and under may be ridden with 2 hands provided a bosal or snaffle bit is being used.

Any western horse using a curb bit must neck rein.

Entries must be reversed away from the rail.

Reins must be held in one hand and cannot be changed during the class.

When using split reins, a hand around the reins or index finger between reins is permitted, but the free hand is not allowed to touch the reins.

Romal reins are permitted also.

The judge may call for a halt on the rail to test for quietness.

Horses must stand quietly on the rail.

At the discretion of the judge, the horse may be asked to back clear of the lineup and do a 360 degree neck reined turn either to the right or the left, exhibitor’s discretion.

Enter the ring at the flat walk to the right and continue at the required gaits (flat walk, running walk, lope) reverse and repeat. — (“Spotters” are required in walk-trot classes.

These should be responsible knowledgeable horse people over the age of 16 years.

Number of “spotters” to be determined by ring conditions and number of entries in class.

Parents may be utilized. “Spotters” are not permitted to converse or coach while in the ring.

No action must be taken by these “spotters” unless an emergency situation arises.) YA PONY & HORSE LEAD-IN EQUITATION – 6 Yrs. & Under – Mares & Geldings Only English or Western tack and attire permitted.

No side saddles permitted.

NO COSTUMES. The leaders shall be adult or child and shall not be considered in judging.

Animal should be led on a loose rein.

To be judged on rider’s seat and hands 60%; manners of animal 20%; general suitability of animal to rider, appropriate attire and equipment 20%.

No stallions permitted.

To be shown both ways of the ring at a walk.

Do not line up head to tail.

Both rider and leader must be members of COSCA to be eligible for points. (No money to be paid in this class.) Spurs and ropes are optional.

Chaps are optional.

Nosebands not permitted with Western tack.

Must be shown without artificial appliances (ie tiedowns, overchecks, tapederos, etc.).

Whips or bats allowed, but the length must not exceed 25”, plus a 4” cracker, or a total of 29”. At the show committee’s discretion, class may be split as to horse or pony.

If a class is split, cross entering will not be permitted.

Ponies must be measured prior to entering any class that is split.

COSCA Rule NOTE: This class will not count toward the YA All Around Awards. YA WALK-TROT EQUITATION – 10 Yrs. & Under – Horse or Pony – English or Western – Mares & Geldings Only English or Western tack and attire.

Side saddles not permitted.

Must be shown without artificial appliances (ie tiedowns, overchecks, tapederos, etc.).

Whips or bats allowed, but the length must not exceed 25”, plus a 4” cracker, or a total of 29”.

Once a rider has shown at a COSCA show (whether or not a point class), in a walk, trot and canter class, the rider is no longer eligible to compete in this class. Class must be worked the full size of the ring or arena.

Do not line up head to tail.

Rider only to be judged.

To be judged at the walk and trot on hands and seat.

May be asked to back in line up. At the show committee’s discretion, class may be split as to horse or pony.

If a class is split, cross entering will not be permitted.

Ponies must be measured prior to entering any class that is split.

COSCA Rule YA WALK-TROT PLEASURE – 10 Yrs. & Under – Horse or Pony – English or Western – Mares & Geldings Only English or Western tack and attire.

Must be shown without artificial appliances (ie tiedowns, overchecks, tapederos, etc.).

Whips or bats allowed, but the length must not exceed 25”, plus a 4” cracker, or a total of 29”.

Once a rider has shown at a COSCA show (whether or not a point class), in a walk, trot, and canter class, the rider is no longer eligible to compete in this class. Class must be worked the full size of the ring or arena.

Do not line up head to tail.

Horses to work both ways of the ring at a flat walk, and square even trot.

May be asked to back in line up.

To be judged 60% on manners and performance; 40% suitability, quality, and soundness. At the show committee’s discretion, class may be split as to horse or pony.

If a class is split, cross entering will not be permitted.

Ponies must be measured prior to entering any class that is split.

COSCA Rule YA WALK-TROT EQUITATION – 11 to 18 Yrs.

Inclusive – Horse or Pony – Mares & Geldings Only English or Western tack and attire.

Side saddles not permitted.

Must be shown without artificial appliances (ie tiedowns, overchecks, tapederos, etc.).

Whips or bats allowed, but the length must not exceed 25”, plus a 4” cracker, or a total of 29”.

Once a rider has shown at a COSCA show (whether or not a point class), in a walk, trot, and canter class, the rider is no longer eligible to compete in this class. Class must be worked the full size of the ring or arena.

Do not line up head to tail.

Rider only to be judged.

To be judged at the walk and trot on hands and seat.

May be asked to back in line up. At the show committee’s discretion, class may be split as to horse or pony.

If a class is split, cross entering will not be permitted.

Ponies must be measured prior to entering any class that is split.

COSCA Rule YA WALK-TROT PLEASURE – 11 to 18 Yrs.

Inclusive – Horse or Pony – Mares & Geldings Only English or Western tack and attire.

Must be shown without artificial appliances (ie tiedowns, overchecks, tapederos, etc.).

Whips or bats allowed, but the length must not exceed 25”, plus a 4” cracker, or a total of 29”.

Once a rider has shown at a COSCA show (whether or not a point class), in a walk, trot, and canter class, the rider is no longer eligible to compete in this class. Class must be worked the full size of the ring or arena.

Do not line up head to tail.

Horses or ponies to work both ways of the ring at a flat walk and square, even trot.

May be asked to back in line up.

To be judged 60% on manners and performance; 40% suitability, quality, and soundness. At the show committee’s discretion, class may be split as to horse or pony.

If a class is split, cross entering will not be permitted.

Ponies must be measured prior to entering any class that is split.

COSCA Rule YA WESTERN HORSEMANSHIP – 18 Yrs. & Under – Horse or Pony – Mares & Geldings Only (It is strongly recommend that this class be divided by ages 13 Yrs. & Under and 14-18 Yrs.

Inclusive.) (Year-end high point awards will be awarded by above divided ages.) (a) All entries will enter ring for rail work.

After completion of rail work the judge(s) may only choose to use the top 7 riders for pattern work if judge(s) feels individual pattern work is necessary.

Other riders can remain in the ring.

To be judged 100% on rail work unless pattern work is called for.

When pattern work is used, class will be judged 50% on rail work and 50% on pattern work. NOTE: Patterns are preferred for horsemanship classes.

If pattern work is used, once completed, the whole class, or just the finalists must work at all three gaits at least one direction of the ring. (b) The horsemanship class is to determine the riding ability of the rider and the judge(s) will bear this in mind at all times. Judging: Rail work to be judged at the walk, jog, and lope, both ways of the ring. Saddle must fit rider. Good hands are paramount. All movements of the horse should be governed by the use of imperceptible aids.

Exaggerated shifting of the rider’s weight is not desirable. Results as shown by performance of the horse are not to be considered more important than the method used in obtaining them.

Consideration shall be given as to the size of the rider. At the show committee’s discretion, class may be split as to horse or pony.

If a class is split, cross entering will not be permitted.

Ponies must be measured prior to entering any class that is split.

COSCA Rule YA ENGLISH EQUITATION – 18 Yrs. & Under – Horse or Pony – Saddle Seat or Hunt Seat – Mares & Geldings Only (It is strongly recommend that this class be divided by ages 13 Yrs. & Under and 14-18 Yrs.

Inclusive.) (Year-end high point awards will be awarded by above divided ages.) (a) All entries will enter ring for rail work.

After completion of rail work the judge(s) may only choose to use the top 7 riders for pattern work if judge(s) feels individual pattern work is necessary.

Other riders can remain in the ring.

To be judged 100% on rail work unless pattern work is called for.

When pattern work is used, class will be judged 50% on rail work and 50% on pattern work. NOTE: Patterns are preferred for equitation classes.

If pattern work is used, once completed, the whole class, or just the finalists must work at all three gaits at least one direction of the ring. Saddle Seat Tack: Entries shall be show in full bridles (curb and snaffle). (b) The equitation class is to determine the riding ability of the rider and the judge(s) will bear this in mind at all times. Judging: Rail work to be judged at the walk, trot, and canter, both ways of the ring. Saddle must fit rider. Good hands are paramount. All movements of the horse should be governed by the use of imperceptible aids.

Exaggerated shifting of the rider’s weight is not desirable. Results as shown by performance of the horse are not to be considered more important than the method used in obtaining them.

Consideration shall be given as to the size of the rider. At the show committee’s discretion, class may be split as to horse or pony.

If a class is split, cross entering will not be permitted.

Ponies must be measured prior to entering any class that is split.

COSCA Rule YA WESTERN PLEASURE – 18 Yrs. & Under – Horse or Pony – Mares & Geldings Only (It is strongly recommend that this class be divided by ages 13 Yrs. & Under and 14-18 Yrs.

Inclusive.) (Year-end high point awards will be awarded by above divided ages.) To be shown at a walk, jog-trot, and lope both ways of the ring, on a reasonably loose rein without undue restraint.

To be judged on performance 60%; conformation 30%; appointments 10%. At the show committee’s discretion, class may be split as to horse or pony.

If a class is split, cross entering will not be permitted.

Ponies must be measured prior to entering any class that is split.

COSCA Rule YA ENGLISH PLEASURE – 18 Yrs. & Under – Horse or Pony – Saddle Seat or Hunt Seat – Mares & Geldings Only (It is strongly recommend that this class be divided by ages 13 Yrs. & Under and 14-18 Yrs.

Inclusive.) (Year-end high point awards will be awarded by above divided ages.) To be ridden on a reasonably loose rein without loss of contact and to be shown at a flat-footed walk, collected trot (medium for hunters), and easy canter.

Must stand quietly and back readily.

To be judged on manners, performance, quality, and suitability to rider.

Martingales prohibited.

Attire may be either correct Saddle Seat or Hunt Seat Style.

Use of full bridle, pelham, kimberwick, or snaffle bit is optional.

To be judged on performance 60%; conformation 30%; appointments 10%. At the show committee’s discretion, class may be split as to horse or pony.

If a class is split, cross entering will not be permitted.

Ponies must be measured prior to entering any class that is split.

COSCA Rule YOUTH ACTIVITY ALL AROUND AWARD Points will be kept on one (1) horse/pony, one (1) rider combinations that have accumulated the most overall points during the current show season. The one (1) horse/pony, one (1) rider combinations with the highest number of points will qualify for a High Point All Around Youth Activity Award. In order to qualify for the Youth Activity All Around Awards Program the same horse/same rider combination must pay a point fee and exhibit at a minimum of three (3) shows.

Exhibitors may qualify more than one (1) horse/pony for an overall award. After the above criteria is met, all other applicable points in Youth Activity classes will be added. Awards are: 11-13 years 1st through 5th place 14-18 years 1st through 5th place Non-Canter ……………………………………………………1st through 5th place No ties will be awarded; Should a tie in points occur, Exhibitor that has the highest number of First Places will determine placing.

If this does not resolve the tie then the highest number of Second Place Awards would be considered.

This procedure would be followed through 3rd, 4th, and 5th places until tie is resolved.

Only exhibitors and specific classes involved in the tie would be considered unless the tie would fall into a category where multiple classes are tallied for the award, such as the Adult, or Youth Awards.

In this case all applicable classes would need to be considered. Please Note: If classes are shown combined 18 and under, and 5 or more horses-doesn’t matter age- both YA age divisions qualify for year end awards. 4-H SECTION GENERAL RULES: Horses or ponies may be used in the 4-H Division. The exhibitor in 4-H classes must be a 4-H member and present a current membership card or have their membership verified by a letter from their 4-H advisor.

This card or verification MUST be presented prior to exhibiting in the class. COSCA RULES SUPERCEDE ANY OTHER RULES INCLUDING INDIVIDUAL COUNTY RULES. Show Flyers should indicate that the 4-H members must show proof of current membership at the entry booth.

Show committees are required to check 4-H cards at entry booth.

A 4-H member does not need to register with COSCA Point Secretary. SUGGESTION TO SHOW COMMITTEES: That only trophies and ribbons be given.

If cash awards are given, it should be a minimal amount and in Pleasure classes only. Acceptable Bits and Tack for English and Western, Personal Appointments, Class Conduct, Class Judging and Scoring for each division, as described in the current 4-H #179 “Uniform Rules for 4-H Shows,” shall be adapted for all COSCA 4-H Classes, superseding the individual host County rules. Donkeys and Mules are not to be exhibited in COSCA 4-H classes.

Gaited and Draft horses are allowed to be exhibited in COSCA 4-H classes as long as they meet the class requirements. 4-H exhibitors may not show stallions beyond the yearling year. It is recommended that exhibitors in Equitation and Horsemanship put their number on both sides of the saddle pad.

Use of slip-on spurs is allowed in 4-H English classes as long as the spur is of the unrowelled type suitable for English Performance as stated in the 4-H rulebook. — SIZE LIMITS: Horses are over 14.2 hands.

Ponies are 14.2 hands and under.

Undersized project animals may be shown as horses in a specific division for entire year if so declared on the current membership I.D.

Card. English and Western 4-H classes may not be combined.

A show may put in both English & Western or just one, but if combined they will not count for COSCA points.

Showmanship classes may not be combined. However, if a Show Committee feels they cannot offer both horse and pony classes in their show, they may be combined into one class. In all classes that require Western tack, a Junior horse or pony (5 years and under) may be shown in snaffle or bosal. COSCA High Point Year-end Awards will be given in the following classes: * 4-H Showmanship – 8-13 * 4-H Showmanship – 14-18 * 4-H English Pleasure – H/P * 4-H Western Pleasure – H/P * 4-H English Equitation – H/P * 4-H Western Horsemanship – H/P 4-H ENGLISH PLEASURE-HORSE – Mares & Geldings Only Horses are to be judged on the quality of their gaits, manners, and responsiveness.

To be shown at a walk, trot or show gait, and canter with light contact on the reins at all gaits.

To be shown both ways of the ring.

Performance to be judged as follows: 10% on the walk, 40% on the trot, and 30% on the canter.

Also 10% on manners and 10% on responsiveness. COSCA Rule 4-H WESTERN PLEASURE-HORSE – Mares & Geldings Only Horses are to be judged on the quality of movement, manners, and responsiveness.

To be shown on a reasonably loose rein, but still have light contact and control at all gaits.

To be shown both ways of the ring.

Performance to be judged as follows: 10% on the walk, 30% on the jog or show gait, and 40% on the lope, with 10% on manners and 10% on responsiveness.

COSCA Rule 4-H ENGLISH PLEASURE-PONY – Mares & Geldings Only – 58” & Under Ponies are to be judged on the quality of their gaits, manners, and responsiveness.

To be shown at a walk, trot or show gait, and canter with light contact on the reins at all gaits.

To be shown both ways of the ring.

Performance to be judged as follows: 10% on the walk, 40% on the trot, and 30% on the canter.

Also 10% on manners and 10% on responsiveness.

COSCA Rule 4-H WESTERN PLEASURE-PONY – Mares & Geldings Only – 58” & Under Ponies are to be judged on the quality of movement, manners, and responsiveness.

To be shown on a reasonably loose rein, but still have light contact and control at all gaits.

To be shown both ways of the ring.

Performance to be judged as follows: 10% on the walk, 30% on the jog or show gait, and 40% on the lope, with 10% on manners and 10% on responsiveness.

COSCA Rule 4-H ENGLISH EQUITATION-HORSE – Mares & Geldings Only Horses are to perform at a walk, trot or show gait, and canter.

Rider should convey a balanced, smart position with the impression of tactful control.

Performance of the horse is scored only as influenced by the rider.

If a pattern is used scoring is: 10% appointments, 20% rail work, 70% pattern work, and the class only has to work one way of the arena.

If pattern is not used: 10% appointments and 90% rail work, both ways of the arena.

COSCA Rule 4-H ENGLISH EQUITATION-PONY – Mares & Geldings Only – 58” & Under Ponies are to perform at a walk, trot or show gait, and canter.

Rider should convey a balanced, smart position with the impression of tactful control.

Performance of the horse is scored only as influenced by the rider.

If a pattern is used scoring is: 10% appointments, 20% rail work, 70% pattern work, and the class only has to work one way of the arena.

If pattern is not used: 10% appointments and 90% rail work, both ways of the arena.

COSCA Rule 4-H WESTERN HORSEMANSHIP-HORSE – Mares & Geldings Only Horses are to perform at a walk, jog or show gait, and lope both ways of the arena.

The rider should be secure, comfortable, and at ease throughout the performance and in balance with the horse at all times.

Performance of the horse is judged only as affected by the rider.

If a pattern is used the scoring is: 10% appointments, 20% rail work, 70% pattern work, and the class only has to work one way of the arena.

If pattern is not used: 10% appointments and 90% rail work, both ways of the arena.

COSCA Rule 4-H WESTERN HORSEMANSHIP-PONY – Mares & Geldings Only – 58” & Under Ponies are to perform at a walk, jog or show gait, and lope both ways of the arena.

The rider should be secure, comfortable, and at ease throughout the performance and in balance with the horse at all times.

Performance of the horse is judged only as affected by the rider.

If a pattern is used the scoring is: 10% appointments, 20% rail work, 70% pattern work, and the class only has to work one way of the arena.

If pattern is not used: 10% appointments and 90% rail work, both ways of the arena.

COSCA Rule 4-H SHOWMANSHIP SECTION 4-H SHOWMANSHIP – 8-18 Yrs. – Horse or Pony – English or Western – Mares & Geldings Only Horses and ponies are to be judged on the fitting and grooming of the horse/pony and the ability of the showman to present the horse/pony properly and to its best advantage.

Type, conformation and quality of the horse/pony have no bearing on the judging of these classes, however, manners and response to the showman do indicate training and should be credited to the showman.

Scoring is as follows: appearance of animal is 30%, appearance of exhibitor and tack 10%, and showing the animal is 60%.

Gaited horses/ponies will perform the show gait instead of the jog/trot in the pattern.

Disqualifications are: loss of control, endangering other horses/ponies, exhibitors or judge, horse escaping from handler, failure to wear back number, willful abuse of horse/pony and/or excessive schooling or training in the arena, horse is lame, horse is obviously sick or in pain.

COSCA Rule 4-H TOP FIVE YEAR-END AWARDS

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