This refers to the shows in the United Kingdom.
SHBA is an affiliated society. www.shirehorse.com.au 12 SHIRE HORSE BREEDERS AUSTRALIA INC.
STALLION WALKER NEWSLETTER – EDITION 19 7.
JUDGE’S INTEREST IN A HORSE Exhibitors in all competitive classes are not permitted to enter an animal in any class which is to be judged by a person who has owned, loaned or bred the animal, or is a blood relation or spouse.
The onus of complying with the regulation rests entirely on the exhibitor.
Geldings and Turnouts are exempt from this rule after a period of three years. 8.
BASIS OF JUDGING Exhibitors always enter Shows in the rightful belief that their animals will be fairly judged and there are very few proven judging irregularities.
However, it is not only important for all Judges to act properly, but to be “seen to be acting in this way” .
An adequate amount of time should be spent with each animal and all exhibits should be seen to have equal attention.
JUDGE SHOULD NEVER UNNECESSARILY GIVE EXHIBITORS A CHANCE TO BE CRITICAL. 9.
GUIDELINES These notes have in no way been prepared to reflect either the way in which Judges behave or carry out their work, but merely as guide lines, particularly for younger Judges in answer to questions raised with the Society. 10.
HORSE TAILS Horse with unclipped tails should not be penalised.
The Dock should be covered. 11.
HORSE’S FEET If a Judge is of the opinion that a horse’s feet and shoes are not in accordance with the published guide lines, the horse should be placed down the line.
Equally if a Judge is of the opinion that the shoes fitted to a horse affected its movement, then this fact will be taken into consideration when placing horses in their respective classes.
Horses should not be penalised if they are unshod.
All turnout entries should be shod. 12.
ARTIFICIAL APPEARANCE Soap and resin.
The use of soap, resin or any other substance designed to give an artificial appearance used above the knee for turning up coats will act as disqualification.
This ruling does not apply to foals.
Only the damping of the animal’s coat with clean water will be permitted. 13.
EXHIBITORS BEHAVIOUR IN THE RING If for any reason an exhibitor wishes to leave the ring before the final completion of the class judging, then the exhibitor should ask the Steward’s permission to do so and the Steward in turn should seek the Judge’s permission.
Exhibitors are not to powder horses after they have entered the ring for judging.
Horses remaining in the ring for the Championship may be dusted and cleaned at the back of the ring or in the Collecting ring.
Under no circumstances are horses to be dusted or cleaned when standing in the line during judging.
Only one person is allowed into the ring with each entry unless special permission is sought from the class steward.
This will be granted only in exceptional circumstances, ie where someone is needed to trot the horse.
If in the opinion of a Judge an exhibitor conducts him/herself in an improper way during judging, this should be immediately reported in writing to the Society. www.shirehorse.com.au 13 SHIRE HORSE BREEDERS AUSTRALIA INC.
STALLION WALKER NEWSLETTER – EDITION 19 14.
STEWARDS’ RESPONSIBILITIES – this section is intentionally omitted from this Stallion Walker. 15.
JUDGES’ DRESS When judging, judges should at all times wear a hard hat, suit (dark if possible) and a suitable coat (which might be a Barbour type oil skin coat) but should not wear anoraks, ie it is essential that judges should be distinguished by their dress.
The Editing & Training Committee recommend that lady judges dress as “ladies” with a suitable hat and appropriate shoes. 16.
DRESS FOR SHOWING Over the years the standard of dress for exhibitors has slipped.
Exhibitors must wear a suit or jacket with a tie.
A suitable smart top coat or wax type jacket is acceptable. 5 In hot weather exhibitors should only discard jackets with the express permission of the judge. 17.
JUDGES COMMENTS ON A P.A.
SYSTEM Many shows now require judges to give comments on placings of the first three in the class to the commentator.
Only constructive points should be made, never criticise exhibits, all have certain good points.
Judges can help promote the breed by commenting on what they are looking for to improve the public’s awareness of the judging process. Line ups at the UK National Shire Horse Show 2010 5 Lady exhibitors should be guided accordingly. www.shirehorse.com.au — STALLIONS COLOUR HEIGHT HEAD EYES NOSE EARS THROAT SHOULDER NECK GIRTH BACK LOINS FORE-END HINDQUARTERS RIBS FORELEGS Black, brown, bay or grey.
No good stallion should be splashed with large white patches over the body.
He must not be roan or chestnut. 17 hands (173 cms) high at maturity.
Average about 17.2 hands (178 cms).
Long and lean, neither too large nor too small, with long neck in proportion to the body.
Large jaw bone should be avoided.
Large, well set and docile in expression.
Wall eyes not acceptable.
Slightly Roman nostrils thin and wide; lips together.
Long, lean, sharp and sensitive.
Clean cut and lean.
Deep and oblique, wide enough to support the collar.
Long, slightly arched, well set on to give the horse a commanding appearance.
The girth varies from 6 ft (183 cms) to 8 ft (244 cms) in stallions of from 16.2 (168 cms) to 18 hands (183 cms).
Short, strong and muscular.
Should not be dipped or roached.
Standing well up, denoting good constitution (must not be flat).
Wide across the chest, with legs well under the body and well enveloped in muscle, or action is impeded.
Long and sweeping, wide and full of muscle, well let down towards the thighs.
Round, deep and well sprung, not flat.
Should be as straight as possible down to pastern.
Hocks should be not too far back and in line with the hind-quarters with ample width broadside and narrow in front. “Puffy” and “sickle” hocks should be avoided.
The leg sinews should be clean cut and hard like fine cords to touch and clear of short cannon bone. HINDLEGS Of flatbone 11 inches (28 cms) is ample, although occasionally 12½ inches (32 cms) is BONE MEASUREMENT recorded – flat bone is heavier and stronger than spongy bone.
Hocks must be broad, deep and flat and set at the correct angle for leverage. FEET HAIR Deep, solid and wide, with thick open walls.
Coronets should be hard and sinewy with substance.
Not too much, fine straight and silky. A good Shire Stallion should stand from 17.0 hands (173 cms) upwards, and weigh from 18 cwt (900 Kg) to 22 cwt (1100 Kg) when matured, without being overdone in condition.
He should possess a masculine head and a good crest with sloping, not upright, shoulders running well into the back, which should be short and well coupled with the loins.
The tail should be well set up and not what is known as “gooserumped”.
Both head and tail should be carried erect.
The ribs should be well sprung, not flat sided, with good middle which generally denotes good constitution.
A Stallion should have good feet and joints; www.shirehorse.com.au 15 SHIRE HORSE BREEDERS AUSTRALIA INC.
STALLION WALKER NEWSLETTER – EDITION 19 the feet should be wide and big around the top of the coronets with sufficient length in the pasterns.
When in motion, he should go with force using both knees and hocks, which latter should be kept close together, he should go straight and true before and behind.
A good Stallion should have strong character.
MODIFICATION OR VARIATION OF STALLION STANDARD OF POINTS FOR MARES Black, brown, bay, grey, roan.
COLOUR 16 hands (163 cms) upwards.
HEIGHT HEAD EYES NECK GIRTH BACK LEGS BONE MEASUREMENT Long and lean, neither too large nor too small, long neck in proportion to the body, of feminine appearance.
Large, well set and docile in expression.
Wall eyes are acceptable except for animals Grade A and B register.
Long and slightly arched and not of masculine appearance. 5 ft (152 cms) to 7 ft (214 cms) (matured) according to size and age of animal.
Strong and in some instances longer than a male.
Short, with short cannons. 9 (23 cms) to 11 inches (28 cms) of flat bone, with clean cut sinews. A Mare should be on the quality side, long and deep with free action, of a feminine and matronly appearance, standing from 16 hands (163 cms) and upwards on short legs; she should have plenty of room to carry her foal.
MODIFICATIONS OR VARIATION OF STALLION STANDARD OF POINTS FOR GELDINGS As for Mares.
COLOUR 16.2 (168 cms) hands and upwards.
HEIGHT GIRTH BONE MEASUREMENT From 6 ft (183 cms) to 7 ft 6 ins (229 cms). 10 (23 cms) to 11 inches (26 cms) under knee, slightly more underhock and broadside on, of flat hard quality. A gelding should be upstanding, thick, well balanced, very active and a gay mover, he should be full of courage and should look like and be able to do a full day’s work.
Geldings weight from 17 (850kg) to 22 cwt (hundredweight) (1100 kg). A Shire stallion at the UK National Shire Horse Show 2010
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