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 ponies compete together the fact that the partbred ponies may have been
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