The Quarter Method of Showing (Showmanship): • Walk, trot, turn, stop, back, and pose your horse as directed by the judge or ring steward.
Lead from the left side of your horse with your right hand on the lead shank or bridle reins.
When showing your horse at a walk, walk by his side – never directly in front of him.
His head should be about even with your shoulder.
When moving, keep your horse’s neck, head, and body in a straight line and maintain precise control.
Move him directly toward or away from the judge, unless the judge indicates that he wishes to see him from the side.
Show the horse with a shank short enough to assure maximum control and responsiveness from the horse.
The basic position of the exhibitor should allow constant observation of the horse’s feet and also permit observation of the judge and ring officials.
Never obstruct the view of the judge and do not stand directly in front of the horse.
The following suggested guidelines of movement are meant to serve as an illustration of proper movement around the horse while showing in Showmanship, and are for exhibitor information.
Imaginary lines divide the horse into four equal parts as seen in the figure below. (Note: The horse has been sectioned into four parts numbered I, II, III and IV for ease of identification.) One line runs across the horse just behind the withers.
The other imaginary line runs from head to tail.
When the judge is in I, the exhibitor should be in IV.
As the judge moves to II, the exhibitor should move to I.
When the judge moves to III, the exhibitor moves to IV.
As the judges move up to IV, the exhibitor returns once more to I.
This method is based on safety, as the exhibitor can keep the horse’s hindquarters from swinging toward the judge should the horse become fractious. • • • Conditioning and Grooming Score (Mandatory) During the showmanship class the judge will look at the horse’s appearance and overall condition of horse is considered, although conformation is not judged.
The judge will score each animal based on a predetermined criteria and will make an overall comment concerning the condition and grooming of the class before placing the showmanship class.
Rules: 1. 2. 3. 4. • Scored on the Modified Danish System of Blue, Red and White Ribbons.
Points earned in this class will be used to determine High Point and Championship Trophies.
Total score may be used to break ties for High Point and Championship Trophies.
It is the Contestant’s responsibility to Participate in this class during the designated time.
Brush your horses daily.
Brushing cleans the horse and brings the natural oil to the hair.
A horse brushed and fed properly will always have bloom to his hair coat.
Be sure your horse is clean! (Wash with mild soap and brush until clean.) If soiled spots occur before showing, clean with a wet cloth and towel dry.
Clean hooves with brush and water.
Get the horse in good health.
Feed a balanced ration (one with enough protein, vitamins, and minerals).
Put your horse on a regular deworming schedule.
Trim feet when necessary.
Don’t let lack of trimming cause incorrect action or conformation.
Force exercise the horse regularly.
This may be done under the saddle, loose in a pen, or on a lunge line.
Exercise removes excess fat, adds muscle tone, and makes the horse look like an athlete.
Train the horse to lead correctly.
Train the horse to lead so that his head is just slightly back and off to the right of your right shoulder.
He should respond to you quickly at a walk or trot.
A light tug on the lead shank should bring the horse to a stop.
The horse should settle down, but be alert after the stop.
Train the horse to stand.
A horse can be trained to stand when you face him, and to follow you when you turn your back to him.
If you have taught the horse to recognize these movements during training, he will know what to expect in the ring. Exhibitor # Points 2 1 Good Job 0 Needs Improvement • • • • Conditioning and Grooming Score Card (Mandatory) Coat Condition Mane & Tail Condition General Health Body Condition Muscle Structure Unsoundness & Blemishes Hoof Care A clean properly brushed and fed horse will always have BLOOM to his hair coat.
Properly maintained manes and tails should be neat, clean, tangle-free and in good condition.
Overall appearance of the horse should indicate a healthy and both externally and internally parasite free horse.
A horse that is fed a balanced ration (one with enough protein, vitamins, and minerals) to meet his activity level will not be to thin or fat.
A horse that is regularly exercised will have adequate muscle tone, definition, and structure.
Is the horse sound and free of blemishes that will hinder his performance.
Is the horse properly trimmed or shod.
Lack of proper hoof care can cause incorrect action or conformation.
Total Blue (14-10) 3 Points; Red (9-5) 2 Points; White (4-0) 1 Point
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