English Pleasure The English Pleasure horse is shown in English appointments with two hands on the reins.
The head carriage is somewhat higher than that of the Western Pleasure horse, and the head set should be perpendicular to the ground, showing more arch to the neck.
This horse is ridden more “up in the bridle,” with light rein contact, and it should show ﬂexibility upon contact.
The walk should be a square, ﬂat-footed, easy, four-beat gait.
The pleasure or normal trot is a two-beat diagonal gait that is square, cadenced, collected, balanced, and free moving.
Credit is given to horses that maintain cadence and collection with additional animation and brilliance.
The strong trot, or road trot, is also two beat, cadenced, and square, but it is longer strided and more ground covering.
This trot is performed at a speed that allows a balanced, lengthened stride with moderate collection, without becoming strung out or sacriﬁcing form for speed.
Excessive speed will be penalized.
The canter is a smooth, easy, collected, three-beat gait without any laboring action.
The hand gallop is an extension of the canter and should show true lengthening and extending of the stride, not just increased speed.
Excessive speed or loss of control will be penalized.
Horses must show a willingness to move forward at all gaits.
When asked to back, the horse should back in a straight and free, easy manner. Hunter Under Saddle Hunter Under Saddle horses should suit their purpose of hunting and jumping.
They should be obedient, alert, and responsive to their riders.
They should move in a long, low frame and be able to lengthen their stride and cover ground, as in traveling over hunt country following hounds.
Horses should be serviceably sound, and quick, short strides should be penalized.
Judges should emphasize free movement and manners.
Horses are to be shown at a walk, trot, and canter both ways of the ring and are required to back.
Horses are to back easily and stand quietly.
They must be brought to a ﬂat-footed walk before changing gaits.
They are ridden with light contact on the mouth.
The trot should be brisk, smart, cadenced, and balanced without loss of form.
Smoothness is more essential than extreme speed, and excessive knee action should be penalized.
The canter should be smooth, collected, and straight on both leads with the ability to push on if so required in a hand gallop.
In the hand gallop, horses should be at a brisk speed under control, after which the horses will pull up and stand quietly on the rail for a few moments before being asked to line up for ﬁnal inspection. 16 Hunter Hack The Hunter Hack horse should move in with a strong and forward stride.
The class will be judged on ﬂat work, manners, way of going, style over fences, and even hunting pace.
Placing for this class shall be determined as follows: 70% for individual fence work and 30% for work on the ﬂat.
Horses are required ﬁrst to jump two fences that are 2 feet, 3 inches to 3 feet in height and set at least two strides apart.
Faults to be scored accordingly, but not necessarily to cause disqualiﬁcation, include: • Being on the wrong lead and/or wrong diagonal at the trot. • Excessive speed. • Excessive slowness. • Breaking gait. • Failure to take gait when called. • Head carried too high or low. • Nosing out or ﬂexing behind the vertical. • Opening mouth excessively. • Stumbling or falling.
Faults that result in elimination include: • Third refusal, runout, bolting on course, extra circle, showing an obstacle to a horse, or any combination of these. • Jumping an obstacle before it is reset. • Bolting from the ring. • Failure to keep the proper course. • Jumping obstacles not included on the course. • Falling of horse and/or rider. In Morgans, Saddlebreds, and Arabians, Pleasure Driving calls for more animation and vertical movement in the gaits, similar to their respective English Pleasure or Three-Gaited classes.
In these breeds, the ideal is a more upheaded individual, breaking over higher in the knees and showing more ring presence and breed type. Taking Notes on a Class Overview In competitive horse judging, students usually give their reasons several hours after they have placed a class.
Under these circumstances, they need to take notes on a class as they judge it.
These notes are useful as you prepare your reasons but should never be used when presenting them formally to a judge.
Horse judges should purchase a stenographer’s notebook with the wire binding on top of the page for taking notes.
Use a separate sheet of paper to take notes on each class of horses you judge.
Divide each sheet into four spaces and label them “1,” “2,” “3,” and “4” (Figure 7, Page 25).
In taking notes, beginners often ﬁnd it helpful to indicate anything special about the animals that might help them to visualize the classes later.
Usually, it is helpful to write down the colors and speciﬁc markings of each horse.
Be sure to take enough notes while you are in the ring, including writing down the essential facts.
Each person develops his or her own note-taking method, and many develop a type of shorthand to save time.
For example, to indicate a horse that is deep in the heartgirth, you might write “DH” in your notes. Writing and Presenting Oral Reasons Overview To be a good judge, you not only must have complete knowledge of the ideal breed type, but you also must be able to give effective and accurate reasons for your placing.
By the time you reach your ﬁnal decision, you should be able to justify your placing with those reasons.
Most people training to be judges spend considerable time learning to give reasons and gaining experience and conﬁdence.
To give effective reasons, you must train your mind to absorb and retain a mental image of an animal’s good and bad points.
Then you must develop a vocabulary to state these points accurately, concisely, and effectively.
While many listeners do not time reasons, the presentation should be delivered within two minutes.
Public speaking is intimidating for many people.
It is important that as coaches teach their judges to present oral reasons, they provide feedback that is constructive and assist each judge in overcoming the normal reluctance to give oral reasons.
This is done by providing a solid foundation in format and, then, gradually increasing the amount of content as the judge gains conﬁdence and experience. Pleasure Driving In stock-type Pleasure Driving, a horse should carry itself in a natural balanced position with a relaxed head and neck.
The horse’s poll should be level with or slightly above the level of the withers.
Maximum credit should be given to a horse that moves straight with free movement, manners, and a bright expression.
Each horse shall be exhibited at the walk, park gait, and road gait in both directions of the show ring.
The walk should have an average, ﬂat-footed, relaxed stride.
The park gait should be a long, yet easy-strided, working trot.
An obvious change of speed is to be made into the road gait, which is a faster gait with a more extended and reaching stride.
A change of direction shall be accomplished by the horses crossing the show ring while walking.
Each horse shall be required to back easily and straight and stand quietly.
The horse shall be severely penalized for the following: head carried behind the vertical, overﬂexed at the poll, excessively nosed out, poll below the withers, and lack of control by exhibitor.
Consistently showing too far off the rail shall be penalized according to severity. 17
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