Showinformation

Here you can find basic information on all classes that you will see on the shows. This page has been compiled on the 2013 AMHA Rulebook in collaboration with a number of experienced trainers. For detailed information we refer to the current AMHA Rulebook.

 

AMHA registration papers ~ Amateur Class ~ Youth Class ~ AOTE Class
Stallion Vet Report ~ Usefull links for paperwork

Halter ~ Multi Color ~ Solid Color ~ Liberty
Halter Obstacle ~ Showmanship ~ Hunter ~ Jumper ~ Costume

Country Pleasure Driving ~ Classic Pleasure Driving ~ Single Pleasure Driving
Obstacle Driving ~ Roadster ~ Reinmanship ~ Multiple Hitch ~ President’s touch of class

 


 

Usefull links for paperwork

Website AMHA

AMHA Certificate of Veterinary Inspection of Stallion

Aply or renew Amateur Card

Aply Youth Card

AOTE opt-out form


 

AMHA Certificate of Veterinary Inspection of Stallion

Every senior stallion must have this report.

Only the version of the AMHA is valid, not from a different stukbook. The form must be fully completed and bear a stamp of the veterinarian or a license number of the veterinarian.

Without this form, a senior stallion may not start on an AMHA approved show.


 

AOTE Class

AOTE stands for Amateur Owned, Trained, and Exhibited.

A AOTE horse may only be cared for, trained and handled by the AOTE or a non profesional family member.
If you want to start a horse in 2014 in a AOTE Class you should follow all the AOTE rules from January 1st 2014 otherwise you can't start the horse in AOTE that season. If a lessee want to start in AOTE the horse must be on lease before Januari 1st that year.

Someone who has a professional trainer in the family or in the same stable as may not start in AOTE.

Everything that comes with the care for the horse must be done by the AOTE itself. Exceptions are the farrier, vet and dentist.

All training including sweaten and wrapping must be done by the AOTE itself.

Is the horse in co-ownership with a non-family member then it may not be shown/cared for/trained by the non-family member as long as the horse is showed in AOTE.

When a AOTE has several horses in a Champion Class, another person with Amateur status may present a AOTE horse in this Champion Class.

A AOTE horse may be held and petted with bare hand by anyone. In an emergency, of course, everyone may help the horse.

A AOTE horse may be transported by someone else and be fed and watered on the way.

Upon a sale or when the horse is no longer showing in AOTE you should always fill-in and send in the AOTE Opt-out form before the horse can be showed by somebody else.

For all the AOTE rules, please take a look at the AMHA Rulebook.


 

Youth Class

Until the age of 19 you can participate in a Youth Class.

The Youth is divided into different age levels. It is the actual age on January 1th that counts. So if you will be on March 3th 15 years, you were on January 1st still 14 years and that's the age division you should start in the whole season.

To participait in a Youth Class you need a AMHA Youth Card.
These can be purchased through the AMHA or on the show itself. This card you purchase once and remains valid until the age of 19 years.


 

Amateur Class

If you want to participait in an Amateur Class, you must take sevral things into account.

You may participait in an Amateur Class if you're an adult. If you are still 18 years on Januari 1st you should start in the Youth.

The horse you want to start in Amateur must be in your name. You can also lease a horse, you must show a lessee agreement for the AMHA then.

Furthermore, you need to have an Amateur Card. It shows what level you are in the Amateur halter and performance. This card can be requested at the AMHA or the show itself. This card is valid untill December 31th of that calendar year, and should be re-applied every year.

For all the Amateur rules, please take a look at the AMHA Rulebook.


 

AMHA registration papers

Each AMHA registered horse must have papers from the AMHA.
It shows all the details of the horse, such as: name, AMHA number, color, breeder, origin, ect.
On the back of the paper is all kinds of information such as transfers to a new owner.
This AMHA paper (or a color photocopy of the front and back) you should always take it to show and when you register it inserts a copy of both the front and back of the paper.

There are two types of paper: Temporary Certificate of Registration and Certificate of Registration

As the name suggests, the Temporary Certificate of Registration of a temporary paper. This paper has also an expiration date. You can still participate in a show until 6 months after the date has expired, then you can not participate in an AMHA approved show with this paper. This temporary paper is valid until the horse is three years, then you must send the paper and to transfer it in a Certificate of Registration. If this is not done then the paper will Revoked (the paper is pulled back) and is no longer valid. Then you have to paid a fine to get it permanent.

A Certificate of Registration is a final paper, that you do not need to convert unless the horse change ownership or for example, when a stallion is gelded.


 

Halter

The most common is the halter class. This is divided between geldings, mares and stallions, then age and additionally in height.

The horses are judged on conformation, quality, appearance, and movement, in both walk and trot. Right shows the pattern which is used in all halter classes.

The horse should stand nicely with his legs straight under his body and square. Stretching will get you penalty points Below the right en the wrong way. You can use your hands to place the feet of the horse the right way.

The horses are usually completely clipped but it is permitted to participate in halter with an unclipped horse.
Stallions and mares must also show their teeth in the halter class. An under or over the bite of more than half a tooth width is not permitted.
It is permitted to use a treath in the halter class to help show the head and neck of the horse.
The use of a show halter is common in this class.
The handler must be dressed neatly, for example a suit or slacks with a nice shirt with long sleeves. If you have long hair make sure that does not cover your start number on your back.


 

Multi Color

As the name suggests, this class is all about the most beautiful spotted horse.
The horses walk together in a circle around the judges, on both sides. This will be 80% of your scoring is, purely based on the color of your horse. The judges will look for a nice, shining, healthy color and symmetry of the spots.
After this, the horses are set up and the last 20% of your scoring will be determined on basis of the conformation of the horse.
The handler must be dressed neatly, for example a suit or slacks with a nice shirt with long sleeves. If you have long hair make sure that does not cover your start number on your back.


 

Solid Color

As the name suggests, this class is all about the most beautiful equal colord horse.

The horses walk together in a circle around the judges, on both sides. This will be 80% of your scoring is, purely based on the color of your horse. The judges will look for a nice, shining, healthy color.

After this, the horses are set up and the last 20% of your scoring will be determined on basis of the conformation of the horse.

The handler must be dressed neatly, for example a suit or slacks with a nice shirt with long sleeves. If you have long hair make sure that does not cover your start number on your back.


 

Liberty

To start, select a tune from home that fits the gaits of your horse, take it with you to the show and it will be used when you are in the ring.

You may enter de ring alone with your horse or with an helper. The helper is only there to help boost your horse and should definitely not touch the horse. Handler and helper should be properly dressed, think of a suit or slacks and a blouse with long sleeves. If you have long hair make sure that it is not covering you number on your back.

You go to the middle of the ring and when you get the go-ahead remove the halter of the horse, at the same time the music will start. The musci will keep playing for 1,5 minutes. The idea is to let your horse trot and canter, change of hand and show trot and canter again. The jury like to see a horse that visible has a good time and shows spacious, flexible gaits. Try to use the whole ring. Whips are allowed, but the horse must never be touched with tools or hands.

After 1.5 minutes, the music stops, you will have 1.5 minute to catch your horse. Again, the helper should definitely not touch the horse and baiting is prohibited! If you have catched your horse you may leave the ring.

This class will be judged on:
Style and grace
Animation and appearance
Gaits
Is the music fits the horse
Catching the horse

Causes for elimination:
If the horse is touched in the ring while the music sounds, only the handler can catch and touch when the music stoped.
Baiting
If the horse is not captured within 1,5 minutes
If someone outside the ring touches the horse

Participating horses must be at least 1 years old.


 

Halter Obstacle

A competitor must walk a preset pattern of various obstacles.

The obstacle course will be posted at the Show Office not less than two hours prior to the class. Before the class starts the judges, the track degisner and all participants will walk the course. The course has a minimum of five obstacles and a maximum of eight.

Suggested Obstacles:
Walk through or out of obstacle
Walk through water or simulated water
Walk through narrow passage
Walk across bridge or simulated bridge
Walk pattern created with poles, pylons, (figure 8, serpentine, cloverleaf, etc.)
Take a jump
Open an umbrella
Ground Tie

Try to be no more than 60 seconds with an obstacle. If your horse doesn't want to do an obstacle then just go on to the next after you have tried. If you take unnecessary time at one obstacle you get penalized for it. The entire course must be run at a walk or trot. Cantering will be penalized. The ostacles should be carried out in walk or trot, depending on the trail.

Baiting of horses to encourage an animal to perform any of the jumps is not allowed.
The handler should be properly dressed, think of a suit or slacks and a blouse with long sleeves. If you have long hair make sure that it is not covering you number on your back. Horses may ware a tidy clean halter(not a showhalter) and leadline. A stud chain may be used, provided it is not worn over the nose or through the mouth. Braiding of mane and tail is optional. Don't use your hands on your horse, that's not allowed.

This class will be judged on overall performance, cooperation, willingness of the horse and of course how the obstacles are taken.

Causes for elimination:
Taking an obstacle in the wrong direction
Skipping an obstacle unless directed by judge
Negotiating obstacles in the wrong sequence
Baiting
Not go through the finisch line
Side pass the wrong end of horse in the obstacle
This will result in elimination.

Participating horses must be at least 2 years old.


 

Showmanship

A very unique and also challenging class

Participants must wear gloves, hat, pants and blouse or jacket with long sleeves. Even in hot weather when there is an exemption for long sleeves at the Showmanship should still be worn long sleeves. The hair should be pinned up in a bun, you may also use a hearnet. Not wearing a hat or other clothing required will result in disqualification.

The horse must be clean, preferably completely clipped. If the horse isn't completly clipped you have at least clip the inside of the ears, long hair from the jaw line and long hairs on the legs. Mane and tail should be loose, clean and tangle free. Horses may ware a tidy clean halter(not a showhalter) and leadline. A stud chain may be used, provided it is not worn over the nose or through the mouth. The conformation of the is will nog be judged.

The following points can be earned:
10 point for appearance of the handler
40 point for appearance of the horse
50 points for showing the horse

As shown below, there are nine possible patterns that can be asked on show. It is therefore wise to exercise all patterns. At least 2 hours prior to the class, the pattern that is required is showed at the showoffice, so that it can be viewed.The patterns also show which parts should be performed in walk and in trot and how many degrees the turns are. Pattern 1 is the easiest and pattern 9 is the hardest.

The set up for the judge is also by a fixed pattern. You will step over in front of the horse, depending where the judge is (see picture below).

You are always on the left side of your horse, all turns are to the right. It's all about appearance, therefore walk confidently into the ring. When coing backwards or sideways don't touch the horse with your hands.

At the set-up your horse should stand square but you can't use your hands to set the horses feet. At turning your horse should turn to the right and keep his right hind leg on it's place. Old lefty's are accepted.

Baiting of horses to encourage an animal to perform is not allowed.

This is a brief information because there are so many details in this class. It is certainly advisable if you like the showmanship, to follow a clinic or visit someone who can help you.


 

Hunter

Hunters are to be judged on a style, manners, and way of going.

The obstacle course will be posted at the Show Office not less than two hours prior to the class. Before the class starts the judges, the track degisner and all participants will walk the course.

The jumps are between 45 cm and 61 cm high. There are at least 4 obstacles and you have to make 6 or 8 jumps. Handler may not jump with the horse. Jumps must simulate those found in the hunting field. So you will see many plants under and around the obstacles.

Course must be taken at an even pace, with free flowing strides, as in a brisk trot or canter, but must maintain same gait throughout course.
Horses may ware a tidy clean halter(not a showhalter) and leadline. A stud chain may be used, provided it is not worn over the nose or through the mouth. Braiding of mane and tail is optional. The handler should be properly dressed, think of a suit or slacks and a blouse with long sleeves. If you have long hair make sure that it is not covering you number on your back. Protective boots and bell boots are allowed on the front legs.
Baiting of horses to encourage an animal to perform any of the jumps is not allowed.

You will get penalty point for:
Fall of a obstacle
Toutching of an obstacle
Refusal
Bucking or kicking of the horse
Skittish behavior of the horse

Causes for elimination:
3 Refusals
Crossing start/finish line when in the course
Crossing your own path
Fall of horse or exhibitor
Jumping of obstacle by exhibitor
Carrying of whip
An unsound horse
Failure to pass through the start and/or finish cones and/or knocking such cones over

Participating horses must be at least 3 years old.


 

Jumper

The jumper class is a preset course of jumps with exhibitor leading the horse at hand through the course.

The obstacle course will be posted at the Show Office not less than two hours prior to the class. Before the class starts the judges, the track degisner and all participants will walk the course.

In the first round the jumps are between 45 cm and 81 cm high. There are at least 4 obstacles and you have to make 6 or 8 jumps. After the first round, all faultless horses go through to the second round where the obstacles will be raised. The obstacles are each round raised 15 cm or more. In the event of a tie as the maximum height of the obstacles is reached the horses we re-jump the last course until there is no tie anymore.

The course may be done in walk, trot and canter. Horses may ware a tidy clean halter(not a showhalter) and leadline. A stud chain may be used, provided it is not worn over the nose or through the mouth. Braiding of mane and tail is optional. The handler should be properly dressed, think of a suit or slacks and a blouse with long sleeves. If you have long hair make sure that it is not covering you number on your back. Protective boots and bell boots are allowed on the front legs.
Baiting of horses to encourage an animal to perform any of the jumps is not allowed.

Scoring:
Knockdowns: four faults
Refusals: Each refusal is three faults
Circling after crossing starting line: three faults

Causes for elimination:
3 Refusals
Crossing start/finish line when in the course
Fall of horse or exhibitor
An unsound horse
Crossing your own path
Carrying of whip
Failure to pass through the start and/or finish cones and/or knocking such cones over.

Participating horses must be at least 3 years old.


 

Costume

The costume class is all about originality.

Which combination is the most original and best executed.

Both the horse and the handler are in costume. On the horse, next to the horse, the horse is hitched to a cart. As long as it is done safely!!

75% of your scoring is originality, and 25% presentation.


Conformation of the horse doesn't count.


 

Country Pleasure Driving

A Country Pleasure horse shall be shown with contact on the reins at all times. Stride should be “flowing”, exhibiting knee action and/or reach with hock action while not showing excessive motion. The horse should be in the bridle with neck carriage comfortable with poll being the highest point and flexion to fit horse’s conformation. It is imperative that the horse give the appearance of being a pleasure to drive. A quiet responsive mouth is paramount.

Gaits asked are walk, pleasure trot, working trot and backwards.

At Country Pleasure driving a two-wheeled cart with stirrups and basket with spoked wheels is used.

A horse entered in Country Pleasure Driving may not be shown in either Single Pleasure Driving or Classic Pleasure Driving at the same show.

No protective boots and/or earplugs allowed.
A drivingwhip must be on the cart or in drivers hand at all times. The whip in single hitch, must reach the shoulder of the horse. Absence of the whip or alternate lengths may result in disqualification.

Gentlemen can wear a hat, jacket, shirt, tie and slacks. Ladies can wear a dress, twopiece or long skirt with blouse or jacket.
A hat for ladies is optional. Gloves for both are optional. You can choose to wear a ridingcap instead of a hat.
Entrynumber must be worn on the drivers back or back of the cart.

During the line-up, each combination is allowed a header in the ring. Header must be at least 13 years old and dressed correctly in slacks and jacket or longsleeved shirt.
A header is not allowed to speak to the combination whilst in the ring and must stand two paces away from the head of the horse unless it is neccesary to aid the driver in controlling the horse.

It is mandatory to drive with blinders and over/sidecheck.
Talking to the horse is allowed but only in soft voice. No yelling or whistling allowed. Less talk the better.
A martingale is allowed. On any shankbit, however, a martingale is strictly forbidden.
Shanks are allowed but there are constrictions in the attachement of the reins. Please check the pictures below.

Participating horses must be at least 3 years old.


 

Classic Pleasure Driving

A Classic Pleasure horse shall be shown with light contact on the reins at all times. Ideally neck carriage should remain low and head set by horse being on the bit and face perpendicular to the ground. Stride should be sweeping and ground covering. A quiet responsive mouth is paramount.

Gaits asked are walk, pleasure trot, working trot and backwards.

At Classic Pleasure driving a two-wheeled cart with stirrups and basket with spoked wheels is used.

A horse entered in Classic Pleasure Driving may not be shown in either Country Pleasure Driving or Single Pleasure Driving at the same show.

No protective boots and/or earplugs allowed.
A drivingwhip must be on the cart or in drivers hand at all times. The whip in single hitch, must reach the shoulder of the horse. Absence of the whip or alternate lengths may result in disqualification.

Gentlemen can wear a hat, jacket, shirt, tie and slacks. Ladies can wear a dress, twopiece or long skirt with blouse or jacket.
A hat for ladies is optional. Gloves for both are optional. You can choose to wear a ridingcap instead of a hat
Entrynumber must be worn on the drivers back or back of the cart.

During the line-up, each combination is allowed a header in the ring. Header must be at least 13 years old and dressed correctly in slacks and jacket or longsleeved shirt.
A header is not allowed to speak to the combination whilst in the ring and must stand two paces away from the head of the horse unless it is neccesary to aid the driver in controlling the horse.

It is mandatory to drive with blinders and over/sidecheck.
Talking to the horse is allowed but only in soft voice. No yelling or whistling allowed. Less talk the better.
A martingale is allowed. On any shankbit, however, a martingale is strictly forbidden.
Shanks are allowed but there are constrictions in the attachement of the reins. Please check the pictures below.

Participating horses must be at least 3 years old.


 

Single Pleasure Driving

A Single Pleasure Horse shall be shown with contact on the reins at all times. The horse should be animated and exhibit presence, while in the bridle, demonstrating a “bold” stride with freedom of movement. The neck carriage should be “up” with the poll being the highest point and flexion to fit horse’s conformation. A quiet responsive mouth is paramount.

Gaits that will be asked are walk, pleasure trot, working trot and backwards.

At Single Pleasure driving a two-wheeled cart with stirrups and basket with spoked wheels is used.

A horse entered in Single Pleasure Driving may not be shown in either Country Pleasure Driving or Classic Pleasure Driving at the same show.

No protective boots and/or earplugs allowed.
A drivingwhip must be on the cart or in drivers hand at all times. The whip in single hitch, must reach the shoulder of the horse. Absence of the whip or alternate lengths may result in disqualification.

Gentlemen can wear a hat, jacket, shirt, tie and slacks. Ladies can wear a dress, twopiece or long skirt with blouse or jacket.
A hat for ladies is optional. Gloves for both are optional. You can choose to wear a ridingcap instead of a hat.
Entrynumber must be worn on the drivers back or back of the cart.

During the line-up, each combination is allowed a header in the ring. Header must be at least 13 years old and dressed correctly in slacks and jacket or longsleeved shirt.
A header is not allowed to speak to the combination whilst in the ring and must stand two paces away from the head of the horse unless it is neccesary to aid the driver in controlling the horse.

It is mandatory to drive with blinders and over/sidecheck.
Talking to the horse is allowed but only in soft voice. No yelling or whistling allowed. Less talk the better.
A martingale is allowed. On any shankbit, however, a martingale is strictly forbidden.
Shanks are allowed but there are constrictions in the attachement of the reins. Please check the pictures below.

Participating horses must be at least 3 years old.


 

Obstacle Driving

A competitor must drive a preset pattern of various obstacles.

The obstacle course will be posted at the Show Office not less than two hours prior to the class. Before the class starts the judges, the track degisner and all participants will walk the course. The course has a minimum of five obstacles and a maximum of eight.

Try to be no more than 60 seconds with an obstacle. If your horse doesn't want to do an obstacle then just go on to the next after you have tried. If you take unnecessary time at one obstacle you get penalized for it. The entire course must be run at a walk or trot. Cantering will be penalized. The ostacles should be carried out in walk or trot, depending on the trail.

Suggested Obstacles:
Back through or out of obstacle
Drive through water or simulated water
Drive through narrow passage
Drive across bridge or simulated bridge
Drive pattern created with poles, pylons, (figure 8, serpentine, cloverleaf, etc.)

No protective boots and/or earplugs allowed. Baiting of horses to encourage an animal to perform any of the obstacles is not allowed.
A drivingwhip must be on the cart or in drivers hand at all times. The whip in single hitch, must reach the shoulder of the horse.
Absence of the whip or alternate lengths may result in disqualification.

Gentlemen can wear a hat, jacket, shirt, tie and slacks. Ladies can wear a dress, twopiece or long skirt with blouse or jacket.
A hat for ladies is optional. Gloves for both are optional. You can choose to wear a ridingcap instead of a hat.
Entrynumber must be worn on the drivers back or back of the cart.

During the line-up, each combination is allowed a header in the ring. Header must be at least 13 years old and dressed correctly in slacks and jacket or longsleeved shirt.
A header is not allowed to speak to the combination whilst in the ring and must stand two paces away from the head of the horse unless it is neccesary to aid the driver in controlling the horse.

This class will be judged on overall performance, cooperation, willingness of the horse and of course how the obstacles are taken.

Causes for elimination:
Taking an obstacle in the wrong direction
Skipping an obstacle unless directed by judge
Negotiating obstacles in the wrong sequence
Use of a treat
Not go through the finisch line
Side pass the wrong end of horse in the obstacle

This will result in elimination.

It is mandatory to drive with blinders and over/sidecheck.
Talking to the horse is allowed but only in soft voice. No yelling or whistling allowed. Less talk the better.
A martingale is allowed. On any shankbit, however, a martingale is strictly forbidden.
Shanks are allowed but there are constrictions in the attachement of the reins. Please check the pictures below.

Participating horses must be at least 3 years old.


 

Roadster

Roadsters must enter the ring clockwise at a Jog Trot. Other gaits required are the Road Gait and Drive-On Trot. Roadster horses should have animation, brilliance, and show ring presence. At all speeds they should work in form with head set , constant and fluent.

The horse is to give a brilliant performance with style, presence, finish, balance and cadence. To be judged on brilliant performance, presence, quality, manners and conformation.

Roadsters shall be shown to a Bike (a two-wheeled cart with stirrups and no basket). Harness shall be appropriate to the vehicle.

All martingales and unweighted bell boots are optional. Braiding of horse’s forelock and first section of mane hair with ribbon optional. A drivingwhip must be on the cart or in drivers hand at all times. The whip in single hitch, must reach the shoulder of the horse. Absence of the whip or alternate lengths may result in disqualification.

The exhibitor must wear colors (cap and jacket to match, patterned after racing silks, no sequins or glitter). You can choose to wear a ridingcap instead of a hat.
Entrynumber must be worn on the drivers back or back of the cart.

During the line-up, each combination is allowed a header in the ring. Header must be at least 13 years old and dressed correctly in slacks and jacket or longsleeved shirt.
A header is not allowed to speak to the combination whilst in the ring and must stand two paces away from the head of the horse unless it is neccesary to aid the driver in controlling the horse.

It is mandatory to drive with blinders and over/sidecheck.
Talking to the horse is allowed but only in soft voice. No yelling or whistling allowed. Less talk the better.
A martingale is allowed. On any shankbit, however, a martingale is strictly forbidden.
Shanks are allowed but there are constrictions in the attachement of the reins. Please check the pictures below.

Participating horses must be at least 3 years old.


 

Reinmanship

Reinmanship is driven in a two wheeled cart with full basket.

During the reinmanship class, several gaited are required as well as a serpentine and a change of rein. The driver is required to execute all commands with the lightest possible aids.

Judging is as follows:
75% correctness of the driving, control of the horse, posture of the driver, general impression of the combination.
25% cleanliness and neatness of the cart and harnass.

A reinmanship horse must react to the lightest commands, respond quickly and stay constant in his movement.

No protective boots and/or earplugs allowed.
A drivingwhip must be in drivers hand at all times. The whip in single hitch, must reach the shoulder of the horse. Absence of the whip or alternate lengths may result in disqualification.

Gentlemen can wear a jacket, shirt, tie and slacks. Ladies can wear a dress, twopiece or long skirt with blouse or jacket.
A hat for ladies and gentleman is mandatory. Gloves for both are also mandatory. You can choose to wear a ridingcap instead of a hat.
Entrynumber must be worn on the drivers back or back of the cart.

During the line-up, each combination is allowed a header in the ring. Header must be at least 13 years old and dressed correctly in slacks and jacket or longsleeved shirt.
A header is not allowed to speak to the combination whilst in the ring and must stand two paces away from the head of the horse unless it is neccesary to aid the driver in controlling the horse.

It is mandatory to drive with blinders and over/sidecheck.
Talking to the horse is allowed but only in soft voice. No yelling or whistling allowed. Less talk the better.
A martingale is allowed. On any shankbit, however, a martingale is strictly forbidden.
Shanks are allowed but there are constrictions in the attachement of the reins. Please check the pictures below.

Participating horses must be at least 3 years old.


 

Multiple Hitch

Classes may be offered for pairs, tandems, unicorns, four-in-hands,
six-in-hands, or more, and shall be shown to the appropriate vehicle.

Occasionally there will be a distinction between light harness and draft harnass.

Cart must be appropriate to the hitch. Tandem and unicorn may be shown with two wheel basketcart while other multiple hitches must be driven with four-wheel cart.

It's the intention that all the horses work together as if they where one single horse.

No protective boots and/or earplugs allowed.
A drivingwhip must be on the cart or in drivers hand at all times. The whip in single hitch, must reach the shoulder of the horse.
Absence of the whip or alternate lengths may result in disqualification.

Gentlemen can wear a hat, jacket, shirt, tie and slacks. Ladies can wear a dress, twopiece or long skirt with blouse or jacket.
A hat for ladies is optional. Gloves for both are optional. You can choose to wear a ridingcap instead of a hat.

Entrynumber must be worn on the drivers back or back of the cart.

During the line-up, each combination is allowed a header in the ring. Header must be at least 13 years old and dressed correctly in slacks and jacket or longsleeved shirt.
A header is not allowed to speak to the combination whilst in the ring and must stand two paces away from the head of the horse unless it is neccesary to aid the driver in controlling the horse.

It is mandatory to drive with blinders and over/sidecheck.
Talking to the horse is allowed but only in soft voice. No yelling or whistling allowed. Less talk the better.
A martingale is allowed. On any shankbit, however, a martingale is strictly forbidden.
Shanks are allowed but there are constrictions in the attachement of the reins. Please check the pictures below.

Participating horses must be at least 3 years old.


 

President's touch of class

Class open to all hitches, including all multiples.

This class is about elegance.

Winner of this class will be the hitch which has been showing the most elegant unity. Judges will take into account: cart, harnass, driver and horse but mostly the entire impression of the combination.

No protective boots and/or earplugs allowed.
A drivingwhip must be on the cart or in drivers hand at all times. The whip in single hitch, must reach the shoulder of the horse. Absence of the whip or alternate lengths may result in disqualification.

Gentlemen can wear a hat, jacket, shirt, tie and slacks. Ladies can wear a dress, twopiece or long skirt with blouse or jacket.
A hat for ladies is optional. Gloves for both are optional. You can choose to wear a ridingcap instead of a hat.
Entrynumber must be worn on the drivers back or back of the cart.

During the line-up, each combination is allowed a header in the ring. Header must be at least 13 years old and dressed correctly in slacks and jacket or longsleeved shirt. A header is NOT allowed to speak to the combination whilst in the ring and must stand two paces away from the head of the horse unless it is neccesary to aid the driver in controlling the horse.

It is mandatory to drive with blinders and over/sidecheck.
Talking to the horse is allowed but only in soft voice. No yelling or whistling allowed. Less talk the better.
A martingale is allowed. On any shankbit, however, a martingale is strictly forbidden.
Shanks are allowed but there are constrictions in the attachement of the reins. Please check the pictures below.

Participating horses must be at least 3 years old.


 

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