Sunday July 11th - Future Event Horse Tests with Sally Ike
IF Cold Brew
FH Landry's Labyrinth
One Fifty Six
Cady O'Daly Harriet
FH Miss Twiggy
A release must be signed by all handlers and assistant handles.
The handler, assistant handler, and/or a whip assistant may each carry only one whip or one standard lunging whip (without attachments, i.e. plastic bags, etc.). In addition, disruptive noisemaking devices are not permitted in the competition ring or the warm-up area.
Handlers and assistant handlers must be 16 years old as of January 1 of the current year.
A handler or groom may only hold one horse at any given time during the competition in or near the competition areas.
The assistant handler may also hold/walk a horse during the Championship round. The assistant handler may not show the horse in trot.
It is recommended that owners bring their own team of handlers that are familiar with their horse to show them. In the case that an owner does not have a team, a handler may be available to show horses for an additional fee at the qualifier.
Handler and Assistant Handler Attire
Conservative attire is required, with safe footwear suitable for running.
The shirt must have a collar and long or short sleeves. Polo shirts are acceptable. No T-shirts allowed.
It is required that handlers and assistants wear protective headgear.
Gloves and safe footwear are recommended.
When FEH is being held in conjunction with the riding competition, boots and breeches will be considered appropriate.
Braiding is optional
Yearlings may be shown in halters or bridles.
Bridles are required on all horses two-years-old and older in the competition ring.
Bridles consist of a snaffle type bit with two reins and headstall with throatlatch. Nosebands are optional. Horses may also be shown in a new market chain shank, instead of reins.
For all horses, good grooming and well maintained hoof condition are expected.
Each horse must have a separate handler at all times.
Bandages of any kind are prohibited.
Handlers may carry one standard whip.
Whip assistants may carry one standard whip or standard lunge whip with no attachments.
Disruptive noise makers, snapping whips or any other noise-making device are not permitted in the competition ring or the warm-up area.
Unruly horses or one whose actions threaten to endanger the handler, officials or others must be excused.
Method of Presentation
The competition arena will be set up with a 30 meter equilateral triangle. A 15 meter triangle will also be marked within the larger triangle. The presentation for conformation will be at the apex of the triangle where the judge will be waiting.
Handlers will enter the competition arena at the walk. Horses will be halted at the presentation area and prepared for inspection by the judge who may give additional instructions. The judge will walk around the horse to inspect it from the near side, the off side, the front and rear.
Handlers will then be asked to walk the horse up the left hand side of the triangle to the 15 meter mark, across the top of the 15 meter triangle and back down the right hand side to the presentation point.
Handlers will then trot the horse back up the left hand side of the triangle to the top (30 meter mark) across the top of the triangle and back down the right hand side to the presentation point. The judge may ask for any of these movements to be repeated.
Back at the presentation point, handlers will stand the horse up for a final review and any further instructions from the judge.
Horses must always be shown to the right of the handler and must always be turned away to the right so as to avoid a youngster stepping on or pushing the handler off balance.
It is often easier to position a horse by pushing him back (vs pulling him forward) one or two diagonal strides to attain this stance. If horse steps forward, merely push him back a stride into position. When the judge walks around the horse, the horse will show better on the off side if pushed backward into an open stance for that view. As the judge returns to the original location, reposition horse again, to the near side view.
Do not restrain the horse’s head. He will begin to fuss and shift his position. Stand in front of the horse facing him, with a loose rein. If he steps forward, a backward tug on the reins or a tap on the bridge of the nose with the butt of your whip or your knuckles (knocking) will alert him to remain in place. Practice this at home.
The handler should focus on a straight-line point beyond the corner of the triangle when tracking away from the apex. Likewise, returning to the apex focus on the judge. This will keep the line of travel straighter for optimum evaluation of correctness. Also, maintain as loose a contact as possible when the horse is obedient, in order that the frame, neck, and footfalls are not made crooked by pulling or balancing one’s self on the reins/lead. This lack of contact will also allow the horse to use its neck for the optimum biomechanics of the walk and self-carriage at the trot seen on the base lines of the triangles.
As in walk, focus on the distance points moving away and towards the judge in order to maintain straightness. In moving away from and towards the judge, the trot needs to be prompt and steady. It is on the long side that the handler must show the horse in an energetic, bolder stride. Practice prompt departs, half halts in hand for rebalancing if horse is ready to break stride and to encourage uphill movement.