Spotted Saddle Horse Division 1.
General Rules 1.1.
This division is designed for Spotted Saddle Horses.
A solid horse with Spotted Saddle Horse breeding (sire and dam) may compete but will be judged according to Spotted Saddle Horse standards. 1.2.
A 4-H member may exhibit both a 2-gait horse and a 3-gait horse as long as they are different horses.
The same horse may not be shown in both 2-gait and 3-gait classes. 1.3.
All horses shown in this division must pass inspection with the show’s DQP prior to competing.
First place winners in all classes must also be inspected at the conclusion of the class.
Exception: horses are not required to be inspected before or after completing the Trail classes (classes 719, 720). 2.
Equipment for Riders and Horses for Show Purposes 2.1.
Rider’s attire – It is the tradition of the show ring that riders, drivers and handlers be correctly attired for the classes in which they compete; that attendants be neatly dressed; and that horses be properly presented.
The exhibitor of each entry shall conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner at all times.
A show committee or judge shall excuse any entry or person from showing if not properly attired as shown below.
Exhibitors will show in WESTERN attire in all classes EXCEPT designated ENGLISH classes.
The attire of the rider must correspond with the type of equipment used on the horse.
Correct attire for English presentation: (1) English riding habit. (2) Polished shoes or boots (worn with jodhpur tie-downs) (3) Jodhpur pants, clean shirt (long-sleeved) and tie (4) Matching vest (5) Gloves (optional) (6) English Spurs (optional) B.
Correct attire for Western presentation (not specifying English) (1) Western shirt (2) Western pants and/or clean jeans (3) Western boots (4) Western hat or safety helmet (5) Western tie (optional) (6) Western spurs (optional) (7) Western chaps (optional) (8) Western skirts and gauchos (optional) (9) A Western dress coat or jacket will be optional.
Exhibitors are encouraged to wear properly fitting ASTM/SEI approved riding helmets at all times.
Helmets WILL NOT be discriminated against in ANY class. 2.2.
Horses – All entries shall be clean, neatly trimmed, and in good flesh, presenting a healthy appearance.
Horses should be outfitted in clean and appropriate tack. 38 A.
Correct tack for English presentation (1) English saddle, show, cutback or park type (2) English bridle and bit (3) Braids (4) Breast strap (optional) (5) Whip (optional) (6) Prohibited equipment: (a) Artificial Appliances (b) Western saddles (c) Side saddles B.
Correct tack for Western presentation (1) Western saddle (2) Western bridle (3) Western saddle pad (4) Western breast strap (optional) (5) Western leather show halter with matching lead (silver optional) (6) Prohibited equipment: (a) Hackamores (b) Vinyl, rhinestones and patent leather (c) Running or standing martingales (d) Tie-downs (e) Braids (f) Cross-chain cavesson (g) Training devices such as cables, pulleys, chains, ropes, etc., which are strictly prohibited. 2.3.
Name plates or names of horses, stables, trainers or exhibitors are prohibited on show equipment or attendant’s attire (caps, shirts, jackets, etc.) in the show ring.
Failure to observe this rule is cause for dismissal from the show ring of the entry in violation or of the entry of the stable whose name is observed in the ring (except name plates on saddles). 2.4.
In all Spotted Saddle Horse performance classes, an exhibitor may show with 1 or 2 hands, but must maintain the same “hand hold” throughout the class. 2.5.
Whips – No item may be used inside or from outside the ring while showing a horse, either in performance or in model classes, except one whip per handler no longer than 4 feet, including the snapper.
No lashes or appendages or any other appliances of any kind are permitted to be attached to the whip.
A whip of this kind is not permitted in the warm up ring or show ring. 2.6.
Shoes – Entries shall be either barefoot or plain shod with no pads or plates welded inside or onto the shoe.
The shoe may not exceed 1 1/2 inch wide by 1/2 inch thick with the exception of caulk, which must be no thicker than 1 inch, and the turnback, which shall not exceed 1 inch.
The shoe cannot extend more than 1/4 inch beyond the hoof.
Hoof bands are permitted; however, they must be at least 1/2 inch from bottom of coronary band.
No additional weight shall be allowed on or in the hoof, other than the shoe and nails.
Clips – 1/2 inch beat on clip drawn from the shoe, with no welding.
Limit of three clips to a shoe: one on toe and one on each side is permitted.
Barefoot horses may be shown; however, judges must disqualify lame or tenderfooted horses.
All shoe rules apply to all four feet. 2.7.
Bits – Severe bits will be penalized in the final judging.
Bits with shanks of more than 10 inches must be eliminated from the show ring.
Shanks are measured from the top of the metal of the top ring to bottom of the metal of the bottom ring, if the ring is welded to the bridle.
If the bottom ring is broken or will twist or turn, then it is not considered a part of the shank and should not be measured as such; however, the top ring will always be included in the measurement of the shank.
If the bottom ring is welded to the shank, then it shall be considered a part of the shank and the measurement should include all of the bottom ring.
If the bottom ring of the shank is “broken” so that this bottom ring will turn or twist in any way, it is not considered a part of the shank and should not be included in the shank measurement.
If the bottom ring of the shank is not broken, that is the bottom ring is welded or joined to the shank so that this bottom ring will not turn or twist, then it is a part of the shank and must be included in the shank measurement. 3.12.
Curb chains or straps must lie flat against the jaw and be at least 1/2-inch wide. 3.
Artificial Markings and Appliances 3.1.
Any change in color of markings other than hoof is prohibited.
Only clear grooming materials are allowed on the hide and hair.
Materials may be used to remove stains. 39 3.2.
All artificial appliances are prohibited.
No chains or action devices shall be used on any horse.
Chains on the show grounds are basis for expulsion from the show grounds. 3.3.
Gingering – The gingering of tails is prohibited and any horse suspected of having a gingered tail will be asked to leave the show ring. 3.4.
Lubricants – The placing of lubricants and foreign substances of any kind in the pastern area is prohibited on Spotted Saddle Horses. 4.
Show walk – The show walk is a smooth, easy gait, smooth back end, with the horse under control and the head set.
Stiff-legged front or rear leg motion and an irregular gait, especially when entering the ring, are typical of the movement of a sore horse and the judge must immediately excuse any horse exhibiting this type of motion from the ring. 4.2.
Show gait – An increase in speed from the show walk still being under control with the head set.
Head shake or nodding of the horse’s head is acceptable and will not be penalized.
The back end should be smooth and the rider should exhibit an easy comfortable ride.
A good show gait should never sacrifice form for speed. 4.3.
Canter/Lope – The canter or lope is basically a collected gallop.
It should be smooth and naturally rolling.
Excessive pumping will be penalized.
A collected movement is enjoyable to ride.
The horse should be under control and on the correct lead when cantering.
Horses not on the correct lead will be penalized. 5.
Showmanship and Grooming 5.1.
Class 701 – Junior members B.
Class 702 – Junior high members C.
Class 703 – Senior members 5.2.
Showmanship and Grooming Scorecard 5.3 To be shown in hand at halter or bridle 5.4.
Judged according to 4-H Horse Project 6.
Spotted Saddle Horse Mares
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