Supreme Champion 10 Second 4 Champion 7 Third 3 Reserve Champion 6 Fourth 2 First 5 Fifth 1 In breed group classes each member of the group will receive full points. In harness classes each pony in a team will receive full points. Exhibitors showing groups or driving doubles, tandems or teams will receive the relevant points per entry, not per pony.
The exhibitor making the entry will receive the points. 8.
Objections 8.1 Persons wishing to lodge an objection to any class must submit their claim in writing, with a deposit of R500.00, or an amount as may be decided by Council from time to time, to the Show Convenor or Secretary, within sixty minutes of the end of the class. 8.2 Persons wishing to lodge an objection to any other matter pertaining to a show, must submit their claim in writing, with a deposit of R50.00, or an amount as may be decided by Council from time to time, to the Show Convenor or Secretary, within sixty minutes of the occurrence. 8.3 A Committee consisting of the Regional Administrator or deputy, a member of the Show holding body and an official of the Welsh Pony and Cob Society of South Africa (eg Council Member, Regional Committee Member or Senior Judge) shall decide on the validity of the objection and the action to be taken.
If the — 33.2 In Farm Pony classes the turnout of the rider will be taken into account.
The pony and rider should be turned out in dress appropriate for working on the farm but a hard hat and closed shoes with heels must be worn.
This class is not a Fancy Dress class. Rules applicable to Driving classes It is the wish of Council to encourage driving in all its forms, in all sections of Welsh Ponies and Cobs.
To achieve this objective as few restrictions as possible must be introduced while maintaining the highest standard possible. 34 Assistants 34.1 As a safety measure, Drivers may, at any time, have an assistant on the vehicle.
In Single Harness, Double Harness and Tandem classes, the assistant should not speak or interfere in any way with the driving. 34.2 In a team of four, the assistant may help the driver. 34.3 In a team of eight, there is no limit to the number of assistants nor to the amount of assistance they may give the driver. 35 Vehicle and Harness 35.1 There must be no discrimination against the type of vehicle or harness as long as it is in a good state of repair, clean and suited to the particular type of class being judged. 35.2 Single Harness The following vehicles are acceptable in a Single harness class: Four wheeled rubber-tyred light spider Four wheeled cartwheel light spider Two wheeled rubber-tyred light cart Two wheeled cartwheel light cart or gig 35.3 Double harness The same vehicle may be used in double harness as for single harness but it will have one shaft instead of two. 35.4 Tandem In a Tandem class the same vehicle may be used as for single harness. Breeching is recommended for the wheeler.
A suitable strap across the shafts may be used for the same purpose. The leader’s traces may be attached to either the shafts or to the wheeler’s harness. 35.5 Team of Four The same vehicle may be used as for double harness, keeping in mind that the vehicle for a team of four may be heavier than a double harness vehicle.
A four wheel vehicle such as a light spider is perhaps most suitable. The wheeler harness must have suitable breeching. The use of a coupling bar is optional. 35.6 Team of eight A team of eight should be shown in an iron tyred wagon in a good state of repair and with effective brakes. The wheelers should be harnessed in wheel harness.
This means reinforced brake thongs, breastplate and traces.
The wheelers’ swingle trees and swingle tree straps must be strong enough to hold the entire team in case of emergency, eg if the shaft should break or come loose. The use of a coupling bar and long traces (two front bars) is optional. 36.
Bits Any suitable type of bit or snaffle (as per list of permissible bits) may be used. 37.
Dress 37.1 Gentlemen A suit or sportswear with a jacket and tie.
In a team of eight class no jacket or tie need be worn. A hat should be worn. Gloves are optional. A driving apron or rug is optional. 37.2 Ladies Suitable dress, either a skirt or slacks.
Riding clothes should not be worn. A hat may be worn. Gloves are optional but are preferred dress. A driving apron or rug is optional. Ladies fine harness classes are driven in evening dress. 37.3 Juniors Juniors under the age of eighteen years may drive in riding clothes unless stipulated otherwise in the Prize list. 37.4 Private Drive Hats, gloves and a driving apron or rug are compulsory for all drivers. 38.
Age of ponies No pony under the age of two years shall be driven in harness classes. In Tandem, double harness, tricorns or team of four (or more) classes for ponies five years and over, one or more ponies under the age of five years may be used but ponies of five years and over may never be driven in a class for ponies under the age of five years. 39.
Ownership of ponies In double harness or tandem classes both the ponies must be the property of one owner.
In teams of four, three of the ponies must be the property of one owner.
In teams of six or eight, five of the ponies must be the property of one owner. 40.
Gaits 40.1 Single Harness WALK.
The walk must be flat-footed.
An animated walk simulating a short gait or jog is not permitted and must be discriminated against. WORKING TROT.
This is a slow trot but the speed as such is unimportant.
It is a gait that can be kept up for long distances without overtiring the pony. EXTENDED TROT This is intended to show the “up and forward” action of the Welsh Pony or Cob.
It is not a race and speed will vary with the individual pony. 40.2 Ladies Fine Harness The gait is a slow, stylish showy trot.
Ponies will come back to a walk to change direction. 40.3.
Tandem, Double Harness & Team of Four The gait is a working trot. 40.4.
Team of six or eight The gait is a working trot.
Exhibitors may be requested to give an individual show but they will retire immediately when asked to do so. 41.
Overtaking When under judgement, in any class and at any gait, a competitor may overtake on either the inside or the outside providing he does not obstruct the vehicle he is passing.
Any competitor willfully obstructing another competitor who wishes to pass will be penalised. Procedure for Single Harness classes Competitors enter the ring anti-clockwise at a working trot.
They will then also be judged at an extended trot and walk in both directions, as required by the judge.competitors will not be judged during the turn-around. Procedure for Private Drive classes Competitors enter the ring at a walk.
At the judge’s instruction the steward will request the competitors to trot and then to “drive on” at an extended trot.competitors are requested to return to the trot and then change rein across the arena.
The same procedure is followed on the other rein.competitors are called in to line in the order decided by the judge.
The judge walks down the line and inspects each entry with regard to turnout and safety.
Each competitor is requested to do an individual show before the final placings are made.
In Open classes a rein-back may be requested. Procedure for all other classes In all other classes competitors enter at a working trot and thereafter obey the judge’s instructions. Instructions Providing all the necessary officials and equipment are available the judge, through the Ring Steward, will give instructions via the announcer over the public address system so that competitors can hear the commands.
The instructions which the Ring Steward gives to the announcer are as follows: Walk – one finger in the air Working trot – two fingers in the air Extended trot – outspread hand waved in front of the body Come in – two hands circling towards the body Reride – closed fist in the air. — Recommendations for Driving Classes Natural Action The Welsh breed has a beautiful natural action which should be preserved at all costs.
This action is quick, free and straight from the shoulder, well away in front to give a high reaching action.
Hocks should be well flexed with straight and powerful leverage and well under the body. Colour Because Welsh Ponies cover the entire colour spectrum of recognized colours in horses, lesser emphasis should be laid on matched colours.
Of all the requirements needed to make an excellent pair, matched colour is by far the least important and should, therefore, only ever be a recommendation and never a requirement.
Breeders must never be tempted to breed substandard animals for the sake of colour. General Impression The outstandingly good temperament of the Welsh Pony is one of the two most important characteristics of the breed and it should be easily observed in all Welsh classes.
When in motion ponies must give the impression that they are happy and enjoying themselves.
Their carriage must be proud and dignified. Single Harness The overall picture is important. Style, set, action and balance must be maintained throughout the class whenever the pony is in movement. The head should be carried proudly and gaily with no star-gazing or over-bending.
The mouth must be shut and the pony must not give the impression it is unhappy with the bit.
The driven pony should always be comfortably up on the bit indicating conscious obedience. Action must be flowing and harmonious.
Short, choppy strides must be discouraged. The pony should not break into a canter, but if it does it must come back to a trot without any problems.
If the pony breaks often it must be discriminated against. At the trot all four legs must maintain an even rhythm.
The pony should not trail its hind legs nor canter with its hind legs while trotting in front. The pony must be easy to handle.
At a walk the pony should be able to make an about turn in any direction when asked to do so, to demonstrate its obedience. When asked to “drive on” or “show your ponies” the judge must discriminate against overdriving.
Exhibitors cannot expect their ponies to maintain style and balance if they drive them too fast. Tandem All recommendations for Single Harness apply to tandem classes. The leader must be under sufficient control that the wheeler is not forced to continually apply brakes. In the event of one pony being slightly larger than the other, the smaller pony should be the leader and the larger pony the wheeler. On the straight, the vehicle and both ponies should be in as straight a line as possible.
The leader should not be too far from the wheeler and should constitute a unit with the wheeler and the vehicle. Double Harness Up to 4cm difference in height when standing still should not be discriminated against if it is not prominently visible when the ponies are in motion. Matched colours in driving classes are, at best, a recommendation but can never be a requirement. The ponies must be matched as far as type of action, carriage, ability and presence are concerned. Welsh action should be encouraged; any trend towards Hackney movement should be discouraged. Style, action and set must be maintained in this class.
Heads must be carried proudly, up on the bit, without pointed noses or stargazing. Team of Four All the recommendations for Tandem and Double Harness apply where appropriate. The idea of a team of four is to travel over a distance with a load that is too heavy for a pair or a tricorn therefore the workload must be distributed equally among the ponies.
At modern agricultural shows, where it is not always practical to insist on the ideal vehicle, discretion must be exercised when applying this rule, because the wheelers might be slightly against the breeching, but not to their discomfort. The wheelers should follow their respective leaders in a straight line.
Wheelers should not drag sideways or lean on the shaft. If there is a difference in size, the larger pair should be the wheelers. Team of Eight The ideal is to have the three spaces between the four pairs as equal as possible. Care must be taken that any pair in front does not pull on the necks of the pair behind them.
The Neck straps of the middle two pairs should be almost vertical if correctly harnessed.
Leaders and wheelers should not wear halters. In the event of all the ponies not being exactly the same height, the largest pair — Recommendations to Judges and Procedures for Riding Classes Leadrein class This class is judged on the overall picture presented by pony, rider and leader. 1.1 Pony Type and Movement While type must always be a consideration in PUREBRED classes the action of a lead rein pony will not be as spectacular as one might expect in a Breed or Harness class.
The pony should move with a free, forward action, which neither throws the rider out of the saddle because of an exaggerated length of stride nor causes the rider to bounce up and down because it has short, restricted paces. The ideal pony stays at the shoulder of the leader and neither pulls away in front so that it needs to be restrained nor trails behind so that it has to be dragged along.
It is essential that a lead rein pony should halt and stand when requested to do so. Turnout The pony should be neatly turned out in a plain leather snaffle bridle, with the lead rein, which should preferably be leather or dark webbing, attached to the back of the noseband NOT the bit.
The Judge may, through the steward, request that the leadrein be correctly placed if it is wrongly attached. Sheepskin saddles, pony pads and saddles with a leather loop in front must not be discriminated against and are preferable to a leather saddle that is too big for either child or pony. Purebred ponies should be shown unplaited.
In classes where pure and partbred
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