Horse handlers to be dressed neatly in suitable footwear. Riders are required to wear neat riding clothes, safety footwear & a safety-approved helmet at all times.
Horses to be presented in a neat and tidy manner. Manes to be pulled or trimmed short, plaits are not essential.
Unbroken horses and mares can be presented in a halter (ensure that halter and lead are in good condition, for safety and presentation).
Geldings and riding horses can be presented in bridles or halters. Stallions must be presented in a bridle. Feet can be oiled, but not blackened. No boots or bandages for Conformation & Movement assessments. Boots/Bandages can be used for Ridden and Jumping assessment.
Before judging begins, you will be asked to stand the horse for a recording of the markings if applicable.
You will then be asked to stand the horse for assessment of Conformation. Preferably an even surface approximately 5metres from the Assessor. The Assessor will move around your horse whilst making his assessment.
You will then be asked to walk away from the Assessor in a straight line, continue walking until you are asked to return – ensuring that you walk straight towards the assessor on your return, before continuing to walk on the triangle.
To judge the horse’s in-hand movement, you will be asked to trot the horse on the triangle. Trotting the horse away from the assessor on a clockwise triangle. (Approx 20m across the back length of the triangle.)
Please note foals and yearlings will be shown in liberty only. Afterward, you will be asked to turn the horse free to assess it’s free movement.
You will be given time to warm your horse up and be advised before the assessment begins.
The assessor will give you instructions regarding what movements he wishes to see from your horse. The horse is expected to perform at a level relevant to its age and experience.
This can be done in a free jumping lane or under saddle.
Free jumping; preferably have the lane set up as a Cross Rail, one stride to a vertical and one or two strides to an Oxer – depending on area and equipment available.
When ridden, we expect to see the horse over both a vertical and an Oxer.
DNA testing will be done after the presentation.
If you have further queries about these requirements, please contact our office.