Part I Showing Regulations and General Description Section 1 Eligibility. 1.
In order to compete, all horses must be registered with the American Saddlebred Registry or the Canadian Livestock Records Corporation.
They must be entered in their full registered names with registration numbers and under the names of the owner(s) of record with the A.S.R.
Or the C.L.R.C. 2.
A copy of the registration papers showing recorded ownership, or a copy of the registration papers with a Certificate of Eligibility to Show issued by the American Saddlebred Registry must be submitted with entry form at the time of making entry or presented to competition office before competition number will be released unless the competition, at their discretion, confirms registration electronically with the American Saddlebred Registry or the Canadian Livestock Records Corporation; competition management is responsible for notifying Exhibitors of this requirement.
Exception: Horses shown in any USEF Regular Competition prior to December 31, 1979, and Saddlebred-type ponies Section 2 Type and Conformation. 1.
The American Saddlebred is the epitome of the show horse.
He carries himself with an attitude that is elusive of description—some call it “class”, presence, quality, style, or charm. This superior air distinguishes his every movement. 2.
The ideal American Saddlebred is well-proportioned and presents a beautiful overall picture.
The animal should be in good flesh, with good muscle tone and a smooth, glossy coat.
Masculinity in stallions and femininity in mares are important and should be taken into consideration.
The average height is 15 to 16 hands and the weight 1,000-1,200 pounds.
Any color is acceptable; the most prominent are chestnut, bay, brown and black with some gray, roan, Palomino and Pinto.
HEAD—well-shaped with large, wide-set expressive eyes, gracefully shaped ears set close together on top of the head and carried alertly; a straight face line with a relatively fine muzzle and large nostrils and a clean and smooth jaw line.
NECK—long, arched and well-flexed at the poll with a fine, clean throatlatch.
WITHERS – well defined and prominent.
SHOULDERS—deep and sloping.
BACK—strong and level with well sprung ribs.
CROUP—level with a well carried tail coming out high.
LEGS—The front leg should set well forward under the shoulder.
The line of the hind leg, in a natural stance, should be vertical from the point of the buttock to the back edge of the cannon bone.
The forearms and hindquarters are well muscled to the knees and hocks.
Legs are straight with broad flat bones, sharply defined tendons and sloping pasterns.
HOOVES—good and sound, open at the heel, neither toed in or toed out.
TO BE PENALIZED: lack of Saddlebred type, coarse or plain head, roman nose, round jaws, lop ears, wide ears, small eyes (pig eyes), short neck, straight neck, ewe neck, thick throatlatch, flat withers, sway-back, roached back, hollow chest, straight shoulders, crooked legs, calved knees, over at the knee, bow legs, rough joints, round bones, straight pasterns, splay feet or pigeon toes, contracted heels, base stance too wide or too narrow, sickle hocks, cow hocks, dished feet, lack of muscle tone, thinness, obesity, rough coat or overall lack of conditioning.
These and any other defects attributable to heredity must be penalized.
With the natural variations of type within the breed, some horses do not conform to the ideal but are perfectly suitable for various kinds of competition.
If they meet all other requirements for a particular event, they should not be penalized too severely, except in stripped classes, Harness classes and In-Hand classes where extremely low backed horses must be severely penalized.
Horses with crooked tails must be penalized and horses with extremely crooked tails must be severely penalized. Section 3 General. 1.
The American Saddlebred has clean, rhythmic and fluid action which is straight and true.
Winging, interfering, traveling wide behind, mixing of gaits and loss of form are undesirable. 2.
All horses must be serviceably sound.
Horses must not show evidence of lameness, broken wind or complete loss of sight in both eyes. 3.
Horses may be shown with unset tails in any class without penalty. 4.
All horses shall be worked both ways of the ring at all required gaits as directed by the judge(s).
Workouts will be judged as a separate class and horses must be tied for placings being considered in that workout.
Workouts may be called for by the judge(s) for any or all placings.
All horses chosen for a workout must be worked both ways of the ring at any or all gaits listed in the class specifications that are requested by the judge(s). 5.
A judge must order from the ring any unruly horse or one whose actions threaten to endanger the rider, driver, handler, other exhibitors or their entries. 6.
A judge must order from the ring any rider, driver, or handler who exhibits inappropriate or dangerous behavior or whose actions would in any way threaten the safety of any exhibitor, their entries or the safety of class officials. 7.
To be penalized: Mixed gaits; unbalanced action; pulling; fighting the bit; tossing the head; carrying head to one side or going sideways; leaving hocks behind; strung out; wrong lead or cross-cantering; breaking of gait; winging; interfering; traveling wide behind; loss of form due to excessive speed; bad manners; exaggerated opening of mouth; carrying sour ears. Section 4 Appointments. 1.
Horses shall be shown without artificial appliances (eg, wired ears).
Inconspicuously applied hair in mane or tail, a tail brace and mouth controls are permitted.
In the event a horse has lost the sight in one eye, it must appear to have vision and may be shown with an artificial eye or contact lens.
Quarter boots are permitted in Five-Gaited, Fine Harness and Roadster Classes.
In case of inclement weather, the use of polo boots or bandages may be permitted provided competition management publicly announces it before a class.
Any artificial change of color or markings (other than mane or tail) is prohibited.
Use of contact lenses or eye prosthesis for any other use than stated is prohibited.
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