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CRITERIA FOR JUDGING MOUNTAIN HORSE CLASSES Gaits include the Trail Walk, Show Gait and Pleasure Gait.

Trail Walk – The trail walk should be a calm, natural walk.

The horse should have a headset that is natural and lower than the other gaits.

Show Gait– The show gait is a four-beat gait that is performed at medium speed.

The show walk is performed in a smooth rhythmic fashion.

The head is carried proudly in the bridle and the feet should move forward in an even form.

This gait has less speed and action than the mountain pleasure gait.

Pleasure Gait – The pleasure gait is a four beat gait with increased speed and action.

There is a distinct change in speed from the show walk to the mountain pleasure gait. WRM-23 Classes Open to All Walking/Racking/Mountain Horses SHOWMANSHIP I – Exhibitors must be between the ages of 9-11 years old as of January 1 of the current year.

Class judged on appointments, fitting, grooming and method of showing (See Standards for Showmanship in the General Rules).

SHOWMANSHIP II – Exhibitors must be between the ages of 12-14 years old as of January 1 of the current year.

Class judged on appointments, fitting, grooming and method of showing (See Standards for Showmanship in the General Rules).

SHOWMANSHIP III – Exhibitors must be between the ages of 15-18 years old as of January 1 of the current year.

Class judged on appointments, fitting, grooming and method of showing (See Standards for Showmanship in the General Rules). STANDARDS FOR SHOWMANSHIP The real purpose of showmanship is to learn the best way to fit and train a horse or pony so that the best attributes of the horse/pony can be seen by the judge or potential buyer.

Showmen are reminded that they are being judged on the fitting, training and showing of their horse/pony.

The horse/pony’s conformation is not to be considered in the judging of this class.

Showmen must wear the appropriate attire for the division in which they are participating.

Showmanship classes will be given two sets of awards.

The winner will be given an award and ribbon.

Ribbons will also be given for 2nd through 10th place.

In addition, youth will be given a Danish Ribbon.

The Danish System allows for deserving youth to be recognized for their accomplishments and does not limit a judge to recognize only the top ten youth in a class.

The procedure for judging classes and the pattern to be used will be left to the discretion of the judge.

Patterns to be posted at least 1 hour prior to the show or in the State Show Pattern Book.

SCORING FOR SHOWMANSHIP CLASS I.

Appointments – 25% Personal Appearance: Youth should be neat, clean, well groomed, attentive, courteous and wearing appropriate attire for the type of horse being shown.

Walking/Racking/Mountain: Attire for this class may be either Saddleseat (English) or Western, but not a combination of both, and must be clean and neat.

Equipment: Clean and properly adjusted equipment should be used.

Whips are not permitted if showing with Western Attire.

Youth may carry a whip or crop which is no more than thirty-six (36) inches in length.

The use of the whip or crop will only be as an extension of the showman’s arm to alert, signal and/or direct the horse/pony.

Youth are not permitted to touch any part of the horse/pony with the whip or the crop. WRM-24 Walking/Racking/Mountain division youth may use either an English bridle or an English halter when wearing English attire.

Western attire is worn if a western halter is used.

II.

Horse and Pony (fitting and grooming) – 25% The horse or pony should be clean and well groomed.

Fitting for show is a year-round job.

Daily grooming and good nutrition are very important to the hair coat and fitness of the horse/pony.

Just before entering the ring, the showman should rub the horse/pony down with a grooming cloth to remove any dust which may have accumulated since brushing.

Avoid using an oily grooming cloth since oil will attract dust.

Wipe the ears, around the eyes, nostrils, lip, sheath and anus with a damp cloth or sponge; or with a cloth that has a small amount of baby oil or Vaseline on it to add luster to these areas.

Horses and ponies should be clipped approximately one week before showing to allow for some regrowth to cover up any minor mistakes.

The long hairs inside the ears, around the muzzle, under the chin and jaw, on the bridle path, fetlocks and lower legs should be clipped.

Walking/Racking/Mountain Horse Division: Horses/ponies must be shown with a full mane that may or may not be braided.

Horses/ponies may be braced, have artificial hair pieces applied and have their tails set according to recognized practices for that type of horse/pony.

III.

Method of showing – 50% Leading: Youth must be able to walk, gait, turn, stop and back as directed by the pattern or ring officials.

Always lead from the left side at an alert walk following the judge’s direction, never in front of the horse/pony.

The horse/pony’s head should be about even or slightly in front of your shoulder.

The horse/pony should travel willingly with his body in a straight line in the same direction being traveled.

Youth must have the right hand on the lead when leading their horse/pony.

The left hand will contain the remainder of the reins or lead in a loosely coiled loop or in a figure eight.

The youth should walk in a brisk, alert manner and give the appearance that you and your horse or pony are a team.

Run by the left side of the horse/pony when you are gaiting with the horse.

The horse/pony should be traveling alertly and willingly with his head up (not too high).

The youth should run with good posture and vitality.

The horse/pony should always be reversed by turning to the right (away from the handler).

Turn in as small an area as possible and attempt to keep his hind legs in one place while turning.

This allows you to keep the horse/pony lined up with the judge Any turn requiring more than 90 degrees should also be made to the right.

Always move your horse/pony directly toward or away from the judge unless specific instructions are otherwise given by the judge. WRM-25 Stance of the horse/pony: Horses/ponies in the Walking/Racking/Mountain Horse Division can be either parked or set up squarely.

Parked horses/ponies may be either led up or backed out of the stretch before being asked to move.

Working the Judge: When setting up your horse/pony, stand out diagonally from the horse/pony’s shoulder but never directly in front of the horse/pony.

Always be in a position where you can observe your horse/pony and the judge at the same time.

As the judge moves around the horse, the youth must respond accordingly.

When the judge is in front of the horse/pony the youth should be on the opposite side away from the judge, so as not to block the judge’s view.

When the judge moves down one side of the horse/pony and passes the middle of the withers the youth should cross over in front of the horse/pony so that he/she is now on the same side as the judge.

This allows you to see your horse/pony and continue to have eye contact with the judge.

As the judge passes behind the horse/pony and crosses over to the other side, the youth should cross in front of the horse/pony to remain on the same side with the judge.

Once again when the judge approaches you and crosses the middle of the withers the youth should cross over to be on the opposite side from the judge, so as not to obstruct his/her vision of the horse/pony.

This procedure allows the judge an unobstructed view of the horse/pony and allows the youth to show their horses/ponies to the best of their ability.

It also will allow youth to keep an eye on their horse/pony and the judge without having to look through, under or over their horse/pony.

IV.

Keep your position in line and allow reasonable space between your horse/pony and others.

Never allow your horse/pony to interfere with other horses/ponies.

V.

If asked to change positions in line, back your horse/pony out of line and approach the new position from the rear.

Be careful when walking up behind other horses/ponies and allow yourself plenty of room to enter.

VI.

Quickly recognize and correct any faults in your horse/pony.

All communication between the youth and the horse/pony shall be through the lead shank or reins which may be accompanied by subtle voice commands.

Youth can not directly touch any part of their horse/pony unless the judge touches (ie disturbs the mane or moves the halter or bridle) the horse in front of the shoulder.

At such time, the youth should correct the disarray created by the judge.

VII.

Remember – Move quickly, quietly and with confidence when showing your horse/pony.

Youth should keep their eyes on the judge the entire time in the ring & continue to “work” the judge at all times.

Be courteous, respond promptly to directions and display good horsemanship at all times. WRM-26 Equitation Classes Open to All Walking/Racking/Mountain Horses JR.

W/R/M ENGLISH EQUITATION – Exhibitors must be between the ages of 9 – 13 years old as of January 1 of the current year.

This is an English tack and attire class for exhibitors in the Walking/Racking/Mountain Horse division.

Class is judged on appointments, basic position and class routine.

Riders will be asked to work a pattern.

SR.

W/R/M ENGLISH EQUITATION – Exhibitors must be between the ages of 14 –18 years old as of January 1 of the current year.

This is an English tack and attire class for exhibitors in the Walking/Racking/Mountain Horse division.

Class is judged on appointments, basic position and class routine.

Riders will be asked to work a pattern.

JR.

W/R/M BAREBACK EQUITATION – Exhibitors must be between the ages of 9 -13 years old as of January 1 of the current year.

Walking, Racking and Mountain Horse exhibitors may enter this class.

Class is judged on appointments, basic position and class routine.

Riders will be asked to work a pattern.

SR.

W/R/M BAREBACK EQUITATION Exhibitors must be between the ages of 14 – 18 years old as of January 1 of the current year.

Walking, Racking and Mountain Horse exhibitors may enter this class.

Class is judged on appointments, basic position and class routine.

Riders will be asked to work a pattern.

JR.

W/R/M STOCK SEAT EQUITATION – Exhibitors must be between the ages of 9 – 13 years old as of January 1 of the current year.

This is a Western tack and attire class for exhibitors in the Walking/Racking/Mountain Horse division.

Class is judged on appointments, basic position and class routine.

Riders will be asked to work a pattern.

SR.

W/R/M STOCK SEAT EQUITATION – Exhibitors must be between the ages of 14 –18 years old as of January 1 of the current year.

This is a Western tack and attire class for exhibitors in the Walking/Racking/Mountain Horse division.

Class is judged on appointments, basic position and class routine.

Riders will be asked to work a pattern.

Gaits for the Equitation Classes Walking, Racking & Mountain Horse entries will all show together in Equitation Classes.

Therefore, the judge will call for an Equitation Walk and Favorite Gait.

The Equitation Walk compares to a Flat Walk, Show Walk, Show Gait – not a trail walk or dog-walk.

The Favorite Gait is an intermediate gait with an increase in speed over the Equitation Walk – not a canter.

Horses will not be required to back in English Equitation or Bareback Equitation.

Exhibitors will not be asked to address their reins in Stock Seat Equitation or Bareback Equitation.

Horses will be expected to back in the Stock Seat Equitation Class and the judge may call for a halt.

The canter will not be called in any Walking/Racking/Mountain Horse Equitation class. WRM-27 STANDARDS FOR W/R/M ENGLISH EQUITATION Equitation is the art of horsemanship.

In this class, the rider demonstrates skill and talent to control and guide a horse to achieve maximum performance.

Although the horse is not judged in the division per se, the ability of the rider to influence the horse to smoothly execute gaits, commands and ring figures depends in large part on the training the horse has had by the rider.

In addition to the functional skills the rider must demonstrate good riding form, to include an elegant and correct seat, proper use of hands, and overall balanced body position.

Both horse and rider must be turned out to an exceptional standard in order to compete in the equitation division.

Horses used in this class should be well groomed and properly tacked.

All exhibitors in Equitation classes must conform to the rules for personal appointments or be severely penalized.

Fall of the exhibitor will eliminate the entry.

Any exhibitor not having his mount under sufficient control shall be dismissed from the ring.

Exhibitors should be familiar with various parts of the horse, tack, and rules on Equitation.

Judges should penalize those exhibitors who do not conform to proper appointments.

Appointment requirements are based on good taste, which is always in style and always correct.

Patterns will be posted at least one hour before the class.

Riders will not be asked to canter or to mount and dismount.

Riders will be asked to address their reins and work a pattern.

Appointments-Personal The exhibitor is to be judged on his or her skill and form on a horse.

Horse and exhibitor should be groomed to meticulous perfection.

The exhibitor should exercise good taste right down to the smallest, most minute detail.

The exhibitor is required to choose a neat, well-fitted habit with accompanying accessories within the guidelines based on tradition and present-day customs.

A saddle suit/habit of a solid color or conservative pinstripe, as well as a Day Coat with Jodhpur pants is acceptable.

Vests should be worn and may either match or contrast with the saddle suit/habit color.

Careful attention should be given to the fit of the habit.

The coat length should be at least 3 inches below the fingertips when standing.

The jodhpurs should be long enough to rest on the exhibitor’s boot top and the bottom of the boot heel showing only the toe of the boot when mounted.

A moderate fullness is better than a suit that fits too snugly.

Underpasses must always be worn snugly against the boot.

Small post earrings can be worn to add to the look A four-in-hand tie matching or coordinating with the suit color should be worn with a man’s style white or pastel shirt.

Boots should be of the English type in either calf or patent leather.

Gloves shall be worn and should match the suit.

English type slip on spurs and a short riding whip are optional WRM-28 The exhibitor’s hair must be neat and well groomed.

Long hair must be styled above the collar.

ASTM-SEI equestrian approved helmet is required.

English Equitation Appointments & Tack Saddle: English saddles with a four inch cutback are preferred.

Standard cutback or straight head saddle with plain, straight front flaps, and spoon or square cantle.

Trooper saddles and bounce pads are not allowed.

Dressage or forward seat saddles are prohibited.

Regular, Fillis, or safety stirrups are permitted.

Standard leathers with ends pulled back behind the leg are proper.

The girth should be leather, linen or patent.

White is considered traditional, although other dark colors may be used.

Bridle and Reins: Standard, simple English bridles fitted with hooks and studs or buckles is proper.

Colored brow bands are appropriate; however, rhinestones, etc., are not acceptable.

Cavessons may be leather or match the browband, which may be leather or colored patent.

Reins shall be single plain or simple laced rein connected at the end by buckle or stitching.

The bight of the reins always falls on the right side.

Saddle Pads: No pad is preferred, but if used pads should be dark and follow the form of the saddle.

They should not protrude beyond the saddle so as not to detract from the rider.

All tack should be clean and well kept with shining bits and stirrup irons.

Breast straps of brown or black leather are optional.

Whether of the flat or deep seat variety, the saddle should be the correct size for the exhibitor.

Braids should be of the straight plaited variety with no butterflies or other ornaments and only required if appropriate for breed requirements.

Position in the Saddle The general appearance of the English Equitation exhibitor should be one of calm, supple workmanship, in perfect balance with effective and easy control of him or herself and mount.

The exhibitor should show his horse well and should exercise good ring showmanship.

The basic position should be as follows: Head held high looking forward.

Shoulders square with rib cage drawn up out of the belt.

Waist should be very supple.

Buttocks should be neatly tucked (avoid sway back).

Seat deep, close, in deepest part of the saddle.

Thighs and knees should be in close contact, with toes pointed forward.

With foot out of the stirrup, the iron should strike the exhibitor just below the ankle.

Ball of foot should rest squarely on the stirrup iron with the weight of the leg lowering the heel below the toe.

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