Optional. Mechanical hackamores, nosebands and tiedowns, running martingales, draw reins or any other training aids are prohibited.
Mechanical hackamores, running martingales and tiedowns may be used in speed events only.
Whips, crops and bats are prohibited in all performance classes, but are allowed in speed events.
Protective boots, splint boots, bell boots, skid boots, leg wraps are prohibited in all performance classes.
Protective boots are allowed in speed events and reining.
No leg wraps allowed in speed events or reining. 5 5.
English Classes In a flat class if a horse or rider should fall, it does not necessarily mean elimination, but may result in penalization at the judge’s discretion.
However, a fall of either a horse or a rider in all classes over fences does mean elimination. 5.1 English Pleasure Emphasis is placed on the horse’s performance (the way the horse performs the gaits, how it reacts to aids and the style with which it executes the gaits), manners and way of going.
The horse must give the distinct appearance of being a pleasure to ride and display a pleasant attitude.
Disobedience is faulted.
The horse should respond quickly to commands in a controlled manner.
Members will work the rail in both directions at a walk, trot (sitting and/or rising), canter and hand gallop (if the class is suitable to allow a hand gallop) at the judge’s discretion.
The order of gaits is not specified and may vary.
The judge may ask for any transition from gait to gait.
All gaits must be performed with willingness and obvious ease, cadence, balance and smoothness.
Excessive speed or slowness will be penalized.
Horses are to travel to breed specifications.
Horses should stand quietly and back readily.
Medium to light contact through the reins to the horse’s mouth should be maintained.
The poll should be level with, or slightly above the withers.
The head position should be slightly in front of, or on, the vertical. 5.2 English Equitation In Equitation classes, it is the riding skill of the competitor that is being judged – correct overall rider position and effective use of aids. All movements of the horse should be performed with precision and a subtle use of aids and cues. Exaggerated shifting of the rider’s weight will be penalized. Gaits will be flat footed walk, ordinary trot (rising or posting), collected (sitting) trot, easy canter, counter canter, and hand gallop (if the ring size allows.) Horses may be asked to work both ways of the arena at all gaits.
The order of gaits is not specified and the judge may ask for any transition from gait to gait. Contestants may be asked to rein back (back-up). The judge may ask the riders to drop their irons (ride without stirrups).
The judge may also ask for an extended gait, which means a lengthening of the horse’s stride. Proper diagonals at a trot and correct leads at a canter should be recognized and executed. Always post at the trot unless told to sit.
Riders may be asked to dismount and remount , as well as perform an individual pattern.
If unsure of the pattern, ask for clarification before the class starts or any rider has started the pattern. When doing a pattern: o When using a figure eight in a pattern, always start and finish in the middle or center of the figure eight unless otherwise directed.
O Accuracy is desired, so start and end transitions exactly at posted markers. Competitors may be asked individual questions on horsemanship, anatomy, tack, etc. 5.2.1 Position The rider should sit in the deepest part of the saddle, squarely on both seatbones.
Legs should fall naturally with a slight bend at the knee and the heel of the foot always lower than the toe.
The inside thigh, knee and upper calf should be in light contact with horse’s side and there should be invisible straight line through the rider’s ear, shoulder, hip and heel when viewed from the side. 6 Head and eyes should be up, arms and hands relaxed and following the movements of the horse’s head, with a straight line from the horse’s mouth through to the rider’s hand to the rider’s elbow.
Hold reins in two hands.
When using Pelham or a double bridle, the reins are held similar to using a snaffle except that either the little finger or the last two fingers separate the two sets of reins. — 7.1.3 Grooming and Equipment For Showmanship Hair coat must be clean and well brushed.
Mane and tail should be clean and free of tangles.
The mane may be roached but a forelock and tuft over the withers must be left.
If a horse kicks, a red ribbon must be placed in its tail.
Inside the ear may be clipped or the longer hair protruding from the ear slightly trimmed.
Long hair on jaws, legs and muzzle and pasterns should be trimmed.
Bridlepath must be trimmed to breed standard.
Hooves should be trimmed and clean.
If shod, shoes must fit properly and clinches should be neat.
Dressings or polish may be used.
Horse shall be shown with a well fitting, clean halter and lead, which is safe and practical.
It must be a web or leather halter.
Rope or cotton blend halters are not appropriate for showmanship.
A shank with a chain may be used by handlers who have had proper instruction.
The chain length should be a maximum of 18 inches, so that when it is doubled it has a maximum length of 9 inches.
Leads must be folded or coiled in the left hand, and the right hand must hold the lead just beyond the chain or snap, never the chain itself.
The lead may be attached in one of the following ways: At the right throatlatch ring, run down the side of the halter through the ring on the right side of the muzzle, then under the jaw to exit the ring at the muzzle on the left side – At the right throatlatch ring, run down the side of the halter through the ring on the right side of the muzzle, then across the bridge of the nose with a wrap over the noseband and exit through the ring at the muzzle on the left side – Through the ring under the jaw of the horse.
It is appropriate to use a bridle when showing a horse English or Saddleseat.
If you are showing using a bridle, you should show in English attire and vice versa. 7.1.4 Faults Poorly groomed horse Untidy manner of dress for exhibitor Ill fitting halter Holding the chain portion of the halter Horse improperly leading, backing, stopping or standing crooked Horse stepping behind right front leg with the left when turning to the right Leading on the right side of the horse Not tracking straight to judge Blocking the judge’s view of the horse (being in the incorrect quarter) Not correcting the mistakes made by the horse (resting foot, falling asleep) Talking to other exhibitors Placing horse’s feet and legs using hand or kicking it Not stopping horse before turning Verbal cues to the horse Turning the horse in the wrong direction The judge having to move to avoid the horse Omission or addition of maneuvers Knocking over a cone Working the wrong side of the cone Severe disobedience of the horse ie rearing horse or horse circling the exhibitor. 7.2 English/Western Versatility Class Horse and rider judged on suitability of gaits and performance in both disciplines.
Rider and horse perform first half of class under English attire and tack, as in English Pleasure.
Part way through the class, judge will call for grooms to enter arena.
At this time, the rider’s groom will enter the arena, bringing his or her Western tack and Western clothing.
Groom and dismounted rider will change tack on horse to Western, and rider will make appropriate clothing changes to 16 7.3 Junior Horse Western tack and attire.
Check your regional rules to see what is acceptable Western attire for this class.
Groom to assist rider to remount if necessary and then leave the arena with English clothing and tack.
Class will resume with rail work as in Western Pleasure.
Order of showing may be reversed at the discretion of the show committee and/or judge. (eg.
Riders first show in Western, then change to English).
The age of a horse shall be determined as being January 1 in the year in which it was foaled.
A Junior Horse must be five (5) years of age or under on January 1st of the current year.
A Junior Horse may be shown in either a snaffle bit or bosal with two hands, or a shanked bit with one hand.
An acceptable bit is defined as any humane western bit having a smooth egg shaped, round or oval mouthpiece being a minimum of 5/16” in diameter, measured 1” in from the cheek.
An acceptable snaffle bit will be the same, but without shanks.
Twisted wire, wire wrapped or chain mouthpieces, gag bits, donuts and prong bits are not acceptable.
Mechanical hackamores are not acceptable and bosals with metal in the noseband are not permitted.
No side pulls.
Chin straps are required with a snaffle bit and must be mounted below the reins. 7.4 Obstacle Course (Miniature Horses) Suggested obstacles include the following: back through or out of obstacle, slicker, walk though narrow passage, pick up a letter or obstacle, bridge, walk over poles, logs etc, walk through pattern created using markers or pylons, side pass and walk under obstacle.
Jumps cannot exceed 12” in height.
Obstacle course will contain 6 items.
Pattern to be posted or distributed.
Obstacle course to be judged as per trail class. 7.5 Lunge Line
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