class. 10.2 Partbred ponies may be shown naturally or plaited and trimmed as the exhibitor prefers. Conformation In all classes where conformation is a criterion, ponies shall be judged according to the relevant Breed Standard. In partbred classes animals shall be judged on their merits and need not show any marked Welsh characteristics. Blue eyes or wall eyes shall not be discriminated against. In all classes where the action of the pony is judged the correct action is that laid down in the relevant Breed Standard. The walk shall be flat-footed. 11.6 The length of hooves, shod or unshod, shall not exceed 90mm for ponies 1,37m and under and 100mm for ponies or Cobs over 1,37m.
Un-natural hooves shall be discriminated against. Shoeing The weight of shoes shall not exceed 250g for ponies 1,37m and under and 500g for ponies or Cobs over 1,37m. Trick shoes, pads, hooks or loading are not permitted.
Bar shoes are permitted providing they comply with the applicable weight restriction. Ponies under two years should preferably be shown unshod, but if shoes are necessary very light plates should be used. Show Ring Etiquette It is the responsibility of competitors to have their ponies in the show ring on time. At the Ring Steward’s direction, with the judge’s permission, ponies may be allowed to enter the ring after the class has begun.
However, in classes where performance is judged, all ponies shall take part in all phases of the class before being considered for a prize. All instructions from the judges or stewards shall be carried out and no competitor may retire from a class without the judge’s permission. In addition to show officials only those persons actually showing exhibits (and their grooms on the carriage in driving classes) will be allowed into the arena during the judging of a class.
Any person contravening this rule will be removed and may be fined an amount as laid down by Council from time to time.
Except in emergencies where there is risk of serious injury to a person or animal no person other than arena officials and grooms in driving classes, may give assistance to a competitor during a competition. No person shall be allowed to crack a whip or in any way attract the attention of an exhibit being judged to the detriment of other exhibits in the class. No whip or cane over 110cm long may be used in in-hand or ridden classes unless otherwise specified in the show schedule. The use of artificial performance enhancers is not permitted and the Show Committee or Council has the right to order the examination of any pony if this practice is suspected.
If the use of artificial performance enhancers is proved all ponies exhibited by the owner shall be withdrawn from the show and any prize monies shall be forfeited.
The Council will decide if any further action should be taken. Drawing of blood is a discrimination or a disqualification if excessive.
Blood in the mouth is always a disqualification. Any animal which is not completely under control or which is acting in a manner dangerous to other exhibitors shall be asked to leave the arena. Judges will discriminate against “Stretching” Action may be taken against any person behaving in a manner likely to bring disrepute to the Welsh Pony and Cob Society of South Africa.
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