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2012 Appaloosa Horse Club Handbook FIGURE #1 5/16 inches = .79 cm 1 inch = 2.54 cm 2 inches = 5.08 cm 4 inches = 10.16 cm (.79 cm) (2.54 cm) D.


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.

Dark or conservative hunting cap is mandatory.

Shirt shall be conservative in color.

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. 2.

Protective Headgear.


Effective January 1, 1993, all exhibitors 18 years old and under riding in all over fence classes including Hunter Hack must wear properly fitting protective headgear passing applicable ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) standards while riding in the designated schooling exercise areas, the show ring and while jumping anywhere on the competition grounds.

Harness must be secured and properly fitted.

Any exhibitor violating this rule at anytime must immediately be prohibited from further riding until such headgear is properly in place.


The ApHC strongly encourages all exhibitors, regardless of age, to wear protective headgear passing or surpassing current applicable ASTM standards with harness secured while riding anywhere on the competition grounds including while practicing, schooling, and/or showing.

It is the responsibility of the exhibitor, or 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, Show Committees, and Licensed Officials are not responsible for checking headgear worn by the junior exhibitor for compliance with these rules.


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.


Under no conditions may Hunt Seat and Saddle Seat classes be combined.

They may be offered only as separate open, non-pro or youth classes.


Traditionally braided manes are recommended in all English classes.

However, the absence of a braided mane shall not constitute disqualification.


For requirements on exhibitor numbers, see Rule 711.M.



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).   229 771.


Horses to be shown harnessed to a modern pleasure-type one horse cart.

Either a two-(Informal) or four-wheeled (Formal) cart may be used.

All carts must be equipped with 24” (60.96 cm) through 48” (121.92 cm) cart wheels.

Two wheeled carts must be basket-type and four-wheeled carts must be designed with a floor.

No stirrup-type carts, chariots or racing sulkies will be allowed.

No more than one person shall be permitted in a two-wheeled cart and no more than two persons shall be permitted in a four-wheeled cart while the horse is being exhibited.

No pets are allowed.

Dash and blanket cover are optional.

When entries warrant, ie, when each class will count for points, class may be split into: Formal Driving (four-wheeled vehicles) and Pleasure Driving (Two-wheeled vehicles).


After all entries have finished their ring work and are lined up waiting to demonstrate the back, headers may quietly enter the arena and position themselves squarely 2 to 3 feet (60.69 to 91.44 cm) in front of the horse’s head.

Headers shall stand still with hands behind their back.

Should it become necessary to restrain a horse prior to the completion of judging, the judge shall penalize that entry.

Judges shall also penalize an entry whose header disturbs or distracts any horse.

Headers shall be neatly dressed in western or English attire. 1.

In driving classes, the number must be displayed on both sides of the vehicle shafts.


Exhibitors to dress conservatively and neatly.

Dress should conform to the type of vehicle, ie, casual or sporty attire for a sport or natural finish vehicle, formal attire for a more formal vehicle. 1.

Gentlemen must wear a coat, hat and tie. 2.

Ladies must wear a conservative dress, tailored suit or slacks and a hat.

Floppy brimmed hats are not permitted or acceptable.

If a short dress or suit is worn, a lap robe is required. 3.

Exhibitors may wear rainwear or inclement weather apparel when showing outside if weather conditions require.


A pleasure driving horse should carry himself in a natural balanced position with a relaxed head and neck.

His poll should be level with, or slightly above the level of the withers. 1.

Maximum credit should be given to a horse that moves straight, with free movement, manners and a bright expression. 2.

The horse shall be severely penalized if: a.

He carries his head behind the vertical, b.

He is overflexed, c.

Is excessively nosed-out, d.

If the poll is below the withers. 3.

Horses to be penalized for pulling on the bit, tossing of head, breaking stride, going sideways and excessive switching of the tail.


Horses shall enter the ring to the right at a normal trot.

Each horse shall then be exhibited at the following gaits: 1.

Normal walk, 2.

Normal trot (Park gait), 3.

Extended trot (Road gait).

Extreme speed and excessive animation will be penalized.


Each horse shall demonstrate each of such gaits, in both directions of the ring, and at the direction of the ring steward.

Such change of directions shall be accomplished by the horse crossing the show ring while walking or in normal trot only.

Each horse shall also be required to demonstrate its ability to back readily and stand quietly.


Equipment to be used shall include a whip suitable to the cart, light horse breast collar harness to include surcingle with shaft tie downs or quick hitch and crupper and standard bridle with acceptable snaffle or curb bit.

If a curb bit is used, the chain must be at least one-half inch (1.27 cm) in width, must be flat against the jaw of the horse and must meet with the judge’s approval.

Judge to inspect equipment and vehicle prior to entering the arena.

Judge must disqualify unsafe (broken or damaged) harness or vehicle. 2012 Appaloosa Horse Club Handbook 230   H.

Optional equipment: Blinders, overcheck or check reins, breeching or thimbles, running martingales, cavesson noseband.

I. Prohibited equipment: 1.

Wire curbs, regardless of how padded or covered.

J. Placings for the class shall be determined by judging each horse on the following basis: 1. 70% on performance, manners and way of going. 2. 20% on the condition and fit of harness and vehicle. 3. 10% on neatness of attire. 772.


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