All drivers and exhibitors must be neatly and conservatively attired. Long pants for both male and female exhibitors.
NO skirts. Long or short sleeved shirts are allowed. Gloves are optional in showmanship. T-shirts, sweatshirts or crew type necklines are not allowed. II.
Tack and Equipment White nylon halter or white show bridle for showmanship of draft horses. Show lead with chain under chin if halter is used for showmanship. Straight draft horse bit for showmanship if bridle is used.
Snaffle bit if pony or saddle horse in shown in bridle.
Miniature horses will be shown in appropriate, clean halter with chain under chin. Animals will not be allowed to ride in any cart or wagon while in the class. Required gaits will include a walk and trot, and other trot gaits, while hitched to a vehicle. Walk gait only in long line obstacle classes. There shall be no restrictions on the type of harness used as long as it is safe and appropriate for the type of equine and vehicle used.
A standard bridle with blinkers, a snaffle or driving bit is to be used.
If a curb bit is used, the adjustment of the curb chain or strap should allow rotation of the bit in the mouth and having the equine “curbed down” must be avoided. Draw reins, side reins, nose reins, gogue and other similar training devices are prohibited.
This includes use for practice or warm-up. Equines may be shown shod or without shoes, but no boots or other appliances may be attached to the feet or legs. *State fair requires that all drivers have gloves and an appropriate driving whip should be carried at all times while driving or placed in a whip socket.
A lap robe is optional. Stone boats, Racing sulkies and chariots may not be used.
It is the responsibility of each exhibitor to insure that harness and vehicle are in good repair and structurally sound. Headers will be allowed in the ring during line-up for safety but the necessity of the header to hold the equine shall be heavily penalized by the judge.
Horses or ponies driven by JR or Assisted exhibitors must have handler at their head whenever cart is stopped. Any outside assistance or coaching in any class shall be a disqualification. All classes shall be for a single equine as per State Rules. Equines shall never be left unattended while put to a cart. Equines must be serviceably sound. SECTION A-29
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