Show Rules

GENERAL SHOW RULES

  1. Cross-entering: No cross-entering will be allowed between full blood and crossbred divisions at the same show, with the exception of group halter classes, or where otherwise specified in class description.
  2. As a minimum requirement, all horses must be serviceable sound, in good condition and well groomed.
  3. Any horse showing evidence of genetic weakness and unsoundness to be penalized.
  4. Ring gate must be closed when entire class has entered the ring.
  5. Gypsy Horses shall show with full mane, feather and tail, no thinning. (Exception: Braiding of mane and tail is optional in English, costume and tail braided and/or tied below tailbone in Driving Classes only). Generous hair, heavy feather and often double manes (manes on both sides of the horse’s neck), are inherent characteristics of the Gypsy Horse breed, any horse that has been excessively clipped, chin and jaw hair removed, (no shorter than ½”), inside ear hair removed (no shorter than ½” ) may be penalized.

(1)A single braid behind the ear to create a bridle path is permissible but should not be prominent. The braid should be braided to tuck under and be hidden by the remaining mane.  The single braid behind the ear should be no wider than 3 inches from poll along the neck at the base of the mane hair, a small braid is preferred.

(2) If a bridle path is used it should not exceed the length of the ear laid back along the neck of the horse.

(F) Clipping of horses coat for showing in winter to give the impression of a summer coat is permissible as long as no pink skin is visible under clipped portion of coat.

(G) Docked tails are not permissible.

(H) No braiding, clipping or alteration of feather is allowed other than trimming the bottom to neaten the appearance and flow of feather.

(I) No ginger or other irritants, nicked tails, false tails or set-up tails allowed.

(J) The application of artificial hair in mane, feather or tail is prohibited.

(K) Changing the coat color of a Gypsy Horse is not permitted.

(L) Foals and Yearlings must be shown barefoot.

(M) 2-year-olds and older Gypsy Horses may be shown barefoot or with a light plate of uniform thickness and weight.

(N) No pads are permitted. No built up feet, weighted shoes, grabs, caulks, or trailers.  The plate shall be of equal length in the branches from the toe back and shall not extend past the bulb of the heel.  In all classes the foot should be natural in appearance with the frog close to the ground.  The length of the toe must be proportional to the size of the animal.

(O) No farm, individual or animal names, logos or monograms may be displayed on exhibitors.

(P) Conduct designed to distract a horse or otherwise interfere with the showing of another exhibitor’s animal will not be tolerated by the show management. Offenders will be asked to leave the show area.  If the offender is also an exhibitor, he or she will be excused from the ring and barred from personally showing during that show.  His or her horse however may compete.  The offense shall be reported to the GHRA office by the show management for review by the GHRA board.

(Q) For safety reasons an unruly horse must be excused from the ring by the judge, ring master, or steward. An exhibitor cannot protest this action.

(R) Stallions shall be shown only by persons 18 years old and older.

(S) No entry may leave the ring after judging has begun without the permission of the judge or ring steward.

(T) Stallions are not allowed in Youth halter or performance classes.

(U) Equipment should fit horses properly and be appropriate for size horse and not pinch withers or kidneys.

General Halter Rules

 Guidance: Halter Classes are designed to evaluate the quality of breeding animals to encourage improvement in the breed.

 (A) The Gypsy Horse is to be shown square. The front legs should be on a vertical line directly under the shoulder. The back of the hocks should be in a vertical line with the animal’s buttocks. At no time should the horse be stretched or parked.

 (B) Halter Show Ring Procedure:

 (1) Horses will enter the ring at a walk to the judge. When passing the judge, engage a trot for approximately 50′, turn at a 90 degree angle and continue trotting for approximately 50′ to allow the judge the opportunity to see the trot from in-line and the side angle. Line up as indicated by the ringmaster.

 (2) Entries will be examined by the judge in the lineup after all the horses have been worked.

 (C) Gaits

 (1) The walk should be a natural flat-footed, four beat gait. The walk will be alert, with a stride of reasonable length for the size of the horse.

 (2) The trot should be a smooth, ground covering, two beat diagonal gait, with a slight flick of feather at the point of extension. The trot should be square and balanced with straight forward movement of the feet.

 (D) The Gypsy Horse should have the overall appearance of a strong and willing partner that works harmoniously with its handler.

 (E) The horse shall have a level bite.

 (F) Stallions over 2 years of age must have descended testicles.

 (G) The ideal standard in evaluating horses in halter classes should include, but not limited to, soundness and correctness of conformation, particularly feet and legs, with emphasis on correct manner of travel.

 (H) The Gypsy Horse is noted for its calm, tractable personality, behavior problems should be penalized. For safety reasons an unruly horse (unsafe for horses, officials or exhibitors in the ring) must be excused from the ring by the judge, ring steward, or steward. An exhibitor cannot protest this action.

 (I) The Gypsy Horse halter entry should be bright and alert with a smart way of going. The entry should possess all of the attributes of quality set forth in the Standard of Perfection, with as few faults as possible and free of any disqualifying characteristics. The Gypsy Horse shall be judged on merit of quality.

 (J) Absolute correctness of movement and soundness will be noted by the judge.

 (K) All horses must be examined in the lineup and observed at a walk and trot.

 (L) No tack, equipment, aids, appointments or devices permitted other than as follows:

 (1) Mares & Geldings: show halter or hunter type bridle with snaffle bit without shanks.

 (2) Stallions: may be shown in full tack (crupper, side reins and surcingle), show halter or hunter type bridle only, with snaffle or stallion bit.

 (3) Bits are permitted only on animals two years and older.

 (M) Dress for an exhibitor should be appropriate for purpose.

 (1) The Exhibitor to be dressed safe, neat and clean.

 (2) It is recommended but not required to wear hat, jacket and gloves.

 (3) Closed toe/heel foot attire is required (boots or athletic shoes).

 (4) No T-shirts, shorts, skirts above the knee, strapless tops or canvas/cloth shoes allowed.

 (N) One handler may be allowed in the ring with each horse. 

 (O) No items disturbing to other entries may be used inside or outside the ring while showing a Gypsy Horse.

 (P) All eligible first and second place class winners (group winners excluded) must compete in their respective championship classes, unless excused by show management.

 (Q) Bloody Mouth. In all divisions if a horse’s mouth is found to be bloody, disqualification is at the judge’s discretion.

Halter Class Specifications

 Each Halter (A, B) & Division (Stallion, Mare & Gelding) to be judged separately unless otherwise specified. Breed Halter Classes shall be judged 75% on conformation, quality, breed type, movement and performance and 25% on disposition and manners.

 (A) Foal of Current Year (Dams may be present in the off-side of the ring on lead with a non-exhibiting handler.)

 (B) Yearlings

 (C) 2 Year Olds

 (D) 3&4 Year Olds

 (E) 5 Year Olds

 (F) Broodmare: Broodmares must be 3 years old or older and we (nursing a foal) and are eligible for Senior Champion Mare, but cannot cross enter into the aged mare classes at the same show or contest. (Foals may be present in the off-side of the ring on lead with a non-exhibiting handler.)

 (G) Junior Champion and Reserve: To be the first and second place winners from foal of current year. Yearling and 2 Year Olds. Horses should be lined up according to wins in qualifying classes. In no case shall 2nd place horse be placed over the horse that was first placed above him.

 (H) Senior Champion and Reserve: To be the first and second place winners from 3 & 4 Year Olds & 5 Year Old & Older, and Broodmares. Horses should be lined up according to wins in qualifying classes. In no case shall 2nd place horse be placed over the horse that was first placed above him.

 (I) Grand Champion: The Senior Champion and Reserve winners and Junior Champion and Reserve winners (foals are eligible if they are Junior Champion and Reserve). Horses should be lined up according to wins in qualifying classes. In no case shall 2nd place horse be placed over the horse that was first placed above him. Exceptions: If for any reason the first place horse fails to return for Grand and Reserve, the second place horse in that division, shall be moved in the first place position for consideration in Grand and Reserve placing.

 (J) Champion of Champions: If a Champion of Champions award is given, those eligible will be Grand Champion Stallion, Mare and Gelding of Section A&B only.

 (K) Broken Color: At age, any sex of any tobiano or appaloosa color pattern. Judged 80% on color quality, richness and 50/50 balance of coat pattern and 20% on conformation.

 (L) Blagdon Color: Any age, any sex of the Sabino pattern also known as flecked roan or roan. Blue eyes are common, head and legs usually exhibit extensive white flecked or roan edges. Body white may spread up from belly or flank with flecked or roan edges. May be minimally marked to almost white with colored ears. Judged 80% on quality and richness of color and 20% on conformation.

 (M) Solid Color: Any age, any sex of solid color (e.g. bay, palomino, buckskin, gray, chestnut, etc.). Judged 80% on quality and richness of color and 20% on conformation.

 (N) Open Halter – Bred, Owned and Shown by Exhibitor: Breeder is defined as owning dam at the time of service. An owner is a person holding title or members of his//her immediate family. The exhibitor must be both. Will be asked to move on a line at a walk and trot.

 RIDING DIVISION SHOW RULES

The riding division is for the purpose of developing and furthering the art and sport of riding for pleasure. A complete knowledge of and compliance with the rules are essential.

(A)The Gypsy Horse must exhibit conformation standards, quiet manners, perform at a collected gait on a light rein, stand quietly and back readily.  Extreme action or heavy on the bit will be penalized.

(B)All equipment must be safe, serviceably sound, clean and appropriate to division shown in. Youth exhibitors must wear a ASTM/SEI-approved helmet at all times while mounted on competition grounds.

(C)All riding horses must be at least 3 years of age. (January 1st or their 3-year-old year).

(D)English and Western tack cannot be mixed while showing.

(E)Western class horses will be shown in Western tack. Saddle:  Standard Western saddles, leather or synthetic are acceptable.  Australian stock saddles are not allowed.  Silver equipment will not count over a good working outfit.  Bridle:  Standard Western style headstall, leather or appearing to be leather, brow band, one ear, two ear or plain crownpiece equally acceptable.  No nosebands allowed (exception: bit-less bridles).  Standard curb bits with curb strap or chain at least ½ inch wide (1k/27 cm) that lies flat against the jaw when activated.  Horses ma be shown in standard snaffle bit (at least 6/16 inch thick as measured 1 inch from the ring), or a hackamore with bosal.  Hackamore in Western classes means the use only of a flexible, braided rawhide or leather bosal, the core of which must be rawhide.

(F)Reins may be split reins or romal reins. When split reins are used with a curb bit, only one hand may be used on reins and hands must not be exchanged except to negotiate an obstacle in a Trail Horse Class.  If the bite (the loose ends) of the reins falls on the same side as the hand holding them, the rider may put his/her index finger between the reins.  If he chooses to hold the bite in his free hand, then no finger is allowed between them and they are usually held the same as Romal reins.  Note that the free hand must be placed with enough slack (approximately 16 inches) that it may not be used to adjust the reins.  Split reins used on a snaffle bit requires the rider’s hands be carried near the pommel and not further than four inches out on either side of the saddle horn.  The rider must use a bridge – reins must be crossed and both hands must hold both reins.  The only exception to this would be a rider can use one rein in each hand to negotiate side pass obstacles in the Trail Horse Class.  Romal reins may be used with a curb bit.  One hand holds the reins and the free hand holds the romal, either in a coil or hanging loose.

(G)Prohibited equipment in Western Pleasure class:

(1) Nosebands.

(2) Protective boots or leg wraps.

(3) No bare metal is allowed over the nose or the poll.

(4) Mechanical hackamore.

(5) Wire Curb straps or Chin straps thinner than one-half inch.

(6) Martingales and tie down.

(7) Bits: Twisted wire mouthpiece, 3 piece, slip gag, donut, prong or flat polo mouthpiece bits. Ports must be no higher than 3 ½ inches, shanks not to exceed 8 ½ inches in length, shanks may be fixed or loose.

(8) Whips, bats, or crops.

(H) Western Attire: Suitable western attire, including boots, hat, and shirts with a collar and sleeves are required.

(1) Conservative, well-coordinated colors and fabrics are preferred.

(2) The rider’s overall impression should be clean and neat.

(3) Chaps are optional.

(4) At the Judge’s discretion, dress rules may be relaxed, due to weather-related condition.  No T-shirts or tank tops allowed.  Judges must penalize contestants who do not conform.

(5) Spurs are optional.

(a) No excessive spurring.

(b) No spurring in front of the girth.

(I) Western Pleasure Gaits:

(1) Walk – A horse that is walking correctly is bright, alert and responsive to the rider’s guidance.  The walk is a four beat gait.  It should be soft, comfortable, flat and ground covering.  Each foot should come out of the ground at the same pace it goes in.  Extremely slow, erratic or choppy walk to be penalized.

(2) Jog – The jog should be soft, relaxed and comfortable, with a clean lift in the motion.  The legs should be working in diagonal pairs, making a distinct 2-beat gait.  At no time should it resemble a running walk nor should it be rough or stilted.  The speed and stride should be compatible with the horse’s size and conformation.

(3) Lope – The lope is an easy, rhythmical, natural 3-beat gait. Horses moving to the left should lope on the left lead.  Horses moving to the right should lope on the right lead.  The horse’s leg should be moving freely with full extension of the limbs.  Over collected or 4-beat canter to be penalized.  Excessive speed to be penalized.

(4) Back – Horse should back, on command, quietly, willingly and easily in a straight line without resistance. Jawing, resisting or tossing of the head should be penalized.

(5) Head should be carried in a way that is natural and suitable to the horse’s conformation at all gaits. An artificially low head set will be penalized; the poll should never be level to or below the withers.

(6) Horses are to be reversed to the inside away from the rail.

(7) Horses may be required to reverse at a walk or a jog or may be required to go from any gait to any other gait at the discretion of the judge. Forward motion must be maintained.  No contestant will be asked to reverse at a lope.

(8)IMPORTANT: As long as horses with naturally longer strides are performing the gaits correctly, they should NOT be penalized for passing other horses.

(J)English Tack:

(1) Saddle: Leather or leather-appearing synthetic saddles of Hunt seat or Dressage seat style.  May have suede seat and/or suede insert on knee rolls.  Either leather or cloth lining.  Either leather, web, cord, linen, or synthetic girths are permitted.

(2) Saddle Pads should fit size and shape of saddle, except when necessary to accommodate numbers on both sides, for which a square pad or suitable attachment may be used.  Saddle pad and attachments shall be white or neutral color with no ornamentation (colored piping is allowed).

(3) Bridles: In all English classes, an English snaffle (no shanks), kimberwicke, Pelham and/or double bridle consisting of 2 bits (a curb or Weymouth and a snaffle or bradoon) with two reins, no converters allowed, all with cavesson nosebands and browbands are acceptable.

(4) Bits:

(a)A port must be no higher than 1 ½ inches (3.81 cm). Curb bits will use curb straps or chains.  They must be at least ½ inches wide and lie flat against the jaw when activated.

(b) Unacceptable bits and mouthpieces: English bits of any style featuring cathedral, fishback, doughnut mouthpieces, twisted, or any twisted mouth piece, rough sharp metal or mechanically altered bits will be cause for disqualification.  Nothing such as extensions or prongs may protrude below the mouthpiece (bar).

(c) The judge may prohibit the use of bits and equipment he may consider too severe.  A bit cannot be physically or mechanically changed to increase the severity of its use and may be eliminated at the judge’s discretion.

(5) Optional Appointments:

(a) Spurs of an un-rowelled type.

(b) Crops or bats (In riding classes only).

(c) Hunting breast plates.

(d) Braiding of mane and tail in English classes only.  No roached mane or tail.

(6) Prohibited Appointments:

(a) Running or standing martingales. (Exception: working hunter or jumper classes).

(b) Rowelled spurs, slip on spurs, spurs longer than an inch.

(c) Dropped nosebands (a cavesson or noseband which is fastened below the bit or mouthpiece).  Exception: Jumping classes.

(d) Draw reins.

(e) Leg wraps or boots of any description.  Exception: Jumper classes.

(K) English Attire:

(1) Riders must wear breeches or jodhpurs of traditional shades (buff, gray, rust, or canary) with boot, and a coat of conservative color and material: tweed, melon or plaid.

(2) Helmets are required.  Dark blue, black or brown color is recommended.

(3) Stock tie or choker is required.  Hair must be neat and contained, as in a net or braid.

(4) The rider’s overall impression should be clean and neat.

(5) Chaps are optional.

(6) All jumping contestants and youth must have helmet with harness properly attached under the chin.

(7) At the Judge’s discretion, dress rules may be relaxed, due to weather-related conditions.  No T-shirts or tank tops allowed.  Judges must penalize contestants who do not conform.

 (L) ENGLISH PLEASURE GAITS

(1) Walk – forward working walk rhythmical and flatfooted.  Extremely slow or fast, erratic or choppy walk to be penalized.

(2) Trot – Long, low ground-covering, definite 2-beat cadenced and balanced strides with a slight flick of feather at the point of extension – smoothness more essential than speed – extreme speed should be penalized – excessive knee or hock action should be penalized.

(3) Extended Trot – a definite 2-beat lengthening of stride with a greater flick of feather at the point of extension.  Cadenced and balanced – smoothness more essential than speed.  The lengthening stride should be from the shoulder and the leg and cover more ground.

(4) Canter – smooth, free moving, relaxed and straight on both leads.  Horses moving to the left should canter on the left lead.  Horses moving to the right should canter on the right lead.  The stride should be suitable to cover ground following hounds.  Over collected or 4-beat canter to be penalized.  Excessive speed to be penalized.

(5) Hand Gallop – should be definite lengthening of stride with noticeable difference in speed.  Horses should be under control at all times and be able to pull-up (not a sliding stop).  If asked to pull-up, after the halt, riders must relax the reins and the horse must stand quietly.  At the option of the judge all or just the top 8 horses may be required to hand gallop, one or both ways of the ring.

(6) Back – Horses should back, on command, quietly, willingly and easily in a straight line without resistance.  Jawing, resisting, excessive tail-swishing or tossing of the head should be penalized.  It is permissible for horses to be backed on the rail.

IMPORTANT: As long as horses with naturally longer strides are performing the gaits correctly, they should NOT be penalized for passing other horses. Head should be carried in a way that is natural and suitable to the horse’s conformation at all gaits.  An artificially low head set will be penalized; the poll should never be level to or below the withers.

RIDING CLASS SPECIFICATIONS

(A) LEADLINE

(1) Rider to be six (6) years of age or younger

(2) Attire: Youth may exhibit in Western or English attire.  Equipment on the horse must correspond with exhibitors attire, including a saddle adjusted so that the exhibitors feet are placed properly in stirrups.

(3) The horse must be led by an adult 18 years of age or older and the contestant must exhibit some knowledge of equitation.

(4) The contestant in a Leadline class may not show in other riding classes at that show, but the horse can be used in other classes.

(5) Ring Procedure

(a) Exhibitors will enter the ring with feet properly placed in stirrups at a flat footed walk turning to the right and proceeding in a counter-clockwise direction on the rail.

(b) To be shown at a walk both ways of the ring, then to line up and stand quietly.

(c) In the lineup the judge may ask riders to back their horses to help him judge the extent of the rider’s horsemanship.

(b) The adult should not aid the rider, but should only keep the horse under control if needed.

(e) The lead line should be at least six (6) feet long must be attached to the shank of the bit or to a halter that is under the bridle so that while the rider is in the ring, the horse may be controlled by the adult if needed.

(f) Mares and geldings only, no stallions permitted.

(6) Judging the rider.  The rider will be judged on his basic position in the saddle, hand, leg, feet in stirrups, seat and back position, as well as rider’s control of the horse.

 

(B) LEADING REIN

(1) Horse to be ridden by Youth, eight (8) years of age or younger.

(2) To be shown on light contact and to be led by an adult 18 years of age or older.

(3) Attire: Youth may exhibit in Western or English attire.  Equipment on the horse must correspond with exhibitors attire, including a saddle adjusted so that the exhibitors feet are placed properly in stirrups.

(4) The contestant in a Leading Rein class may not show in other riding classes at that show, but the horse can be used in other classes.

(5) Ring Procedure

(a) Exhibitors will enter the ring with feet properly placed in stirrups at a flat footed walk turning to the right and proceeding in a counter clockwise direction on the rail.

(b) To be shown at a walk both ways of the ring, then to line up and stand quietly.  Horses will be called out individually to stand, walk out and trot back past the judge.

(c) In the lineup the judge may ask riders to back their horses to help him judge the extent of the rider’s horsemanship.

(d)The adult should not aid the rider but should only keep the horse under control if needed.

(e)The lead line should be at least six (6) feet long must be attached to the shank of the bit or to a halter that is under the bridle so that while the rider is in the ring, the horse may be controlled by the adult if needed.

(f) Mares and geldings only, no stallions permitted.

(6) Judging the rider. The rider will be judged on his basic position in the saddle, hand, leg, feet in stirrups, seat and back position, as well as riders control of the horse.

 

(C) WALK – TROT CLASSES

Classes will be judged the same as their respective walk-trot-canter classes, except no canter may be called for. The same equipment and rules apply as for their respective walk-trot-canter classes, (eg: Western Pleasure or English Pleasure).

 

(D) ENGLISH PLEASURE:

Judged 70% on manners (in motion and rest), performance of horse and suitability to the rider, and performance: 20% condition, fit and appropriateness of tack; and 10% on neatness, attire, and overall impression.

(1) The horse should move in a long, low frame and be able to lengthen their stride and cover ground, as in traversing hunt country following hounds.

(2) The horse should be obedient, alert and responsive to the rider.

(3) Quick short strides should be penalized.  Horses which move in an artificial frame, and are over-flexed and behind the bit should also be penalized.  Judges should emphasize free movement and manners.

(4) Horses are to enter to the right, shall be worked both ways of the ring at a walk, trot and canter and line up in the center of the ring.

(5) Horses should back easily and stand quietly.  The judge may, at his/her discretion, back only the finalist.

(6) Light contact with the horse’s mouth is recommended.

(7) English saddle, equipment and dress are to be used in this class.  Excessive speed shall be penalized.

(E) WESTERN PLEASURE

Judged 70% on manners (in motion and rest), performance of horse and suitability to the rider and performance; 20% condition, fit and appropriateness of tack; and 10% on neatness, attire, and overall impression.

  1. Horses are to enter to the right, shall be worked both ways of the ring at a walk, jog and lope and line up in the center of the ring.

(2) Horses should back easily and stand quietly. The judge may, at his/her discretion back only the finalist.

(3) Western saddle, equipment and dress are to be used in this class.

(4) Penalties:

(a) Excessive speed to be penalized.

(b) The judge should penalize a horse’s inappropriate head position as severely as a horse being on the wrong lead, excessive speed, bolting or bucking. Inappropriate head position is a horse that carries its head such a way that the point of the ear is level to or lower than the withers, or horse’s head that is flexed behind the vertical.

(c) Slow gait – horses that are excessively slow at any gait.

(d) Heavy on the rein – if light contact with reasonably loose rein is not maintained.

(e) Appearance – Horses that appear sullen, dull, lethargic or emaciated.

(f) Failure to maintain forward motion.

(g) Failing to take gait when called for.

(F) OPEN PLEASURE

Judged 70% on manners (in motion and rest), performance of horse and suitability to the rider and performance; 20% condition, fit and appropriateness of tack; and 10% on neatness, attire, and overall impression.

(1) Horses are to enter to the right, shall be worked both ways of the ring at a walk, jog and lope and line up in the center of the ring.

(2) Horses should back easily and stand quietly. The judge may, at his/her discretion back only the finalist.

(3) Any discipline (Australian, English, Western, etc.) may be used, equipment and dress to match the discipline used. Excessive speed shall be penalized.

TRAIL:  This class will be judged on the performance of the horse over the obstacles.  Judges will assign a point value to each obstacle and points will be added to or subtracted from this score based on the horse’s performance over that obstacle.

(1)Any discipline (Australian, English, Western, etc.)

(2) Credit will be given to the horse negotiating the obstacles cleanly, smoothly, and alertly with style in prompt response to the rider’s cues.

(a) Points may be added or subtracted from a horse’s total score on the obstacles based on his attitude, manners, style, and way of going, manner of travel.

(b) A horse with a major fault on the course, knock downs, etc, should not place ahead of a horse that worked the obstacles cleanly.

(3) Horses should be penalized for any of the following:

(a) Any horse performing with an artificial or mechanical appearance should be penalized.

(b) Horses should be penalized for touches and knock downs of any elements of the course and for unnecessary delay in approaching the obstacles.

(c) Extreme variation of gait is to be penalized.

(4) Maneuvering the Course

(a) Gaits: The course must be designed to require each horse to demonstrate walk, trot and lope somewhere between the obstacles as part of the working course. Enough space must be provided for the judge to evaluate the gaits.

(b) The horse’s way of going should be appropriate for a trail horse.

(c) A lead change does not constitute an obstacle and should be considered when scoring gaits.

(5) Course Requirements:

(a) Use care in setting up course. Care must be exercised to avoid the setting up of any of these obstacles in a manner that may be hazardous to the horse or rider.  Obstacles not combined shall be a minimum of 9 feet (2.74m) apart.

(b) Change of procedure: Where the local conditions and equipment will not permit the establishment of obstacles as specified and that they may require changing of procedures of hand on the reins, then all competitors must be advised that such changing of procedure or of hands is permitted.

(6) Exhibitor Requirements: Exhibitor in Western discipline must use only one hand on the reins and may not be changed except when: (Exception: When split reins are used they must be crossed and both hands must be on both reins; and whatever hand position is appropriate for the discipline used).

(a) Putting on or removing slicker.

(b) Carrying an object from one part of arena to another.

(c) Dismounting.

(7) Obstacle Requirements: Course will include a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 8 obstacles and must be designed using obstacles from each of the following divisions with a maximum of 2 obstacles per division:

(a) Division A

(i) Walk-overs – an obstacle of at least four poles measuring 20 inches (50.8cm) to 24 inches (60.96cm) *between poles either on the ground or raised with a maximum center height of 10 inches (25.4cm).  These can be in a straight line, curved or zigzag.

(ii) Trot-overs – An obstacle of at least four poles measuring 36 inches (91.44cm) to 42 inches (106.68cm) *between poles either on the ground or raised with a maximum center height of 10 inches (25.4cm). These can be in a straight line, curved or zigzag.

(iii)Lope-overs – An obstacle of at least four poles measuring 6 feet (1.82m) to 7 feet (2.13m) *between poles either on the ground or raised with a maximum center height of 12 inches (30.48cm).  These can be in a straight line, curved or zigzag. *NOTE: A curved or zigzag design is measured for distance between the poles, from center of the length of the pole to the center of the length of the next pole.

(iv) Jump – An obstacle designed for horses to be ridden over, either:

(aa) Single Jump – An obstacles whose center height is not less than 14 inches (35.56cm) high or not more than 24 inches (60.96cm) high:

Or

(bb) Multiple Jump – Obstacles with a maximum center height of 18 inches (45.72cm) high. The saddlehorn may be held during the execution of this obstacle only.

(b) Division B

(i) Side-pass – An object of such nature and length which is safe and may be used to demonstrate the responsiveness of the horse to leg signals.  If raised, height may not exceed 12 inches (30.48cm).  The obstacle may be designed to require the horse to side pass either or both ways or in a pattern.  Objects such as a bale of hay that may become entangled in the horse’s feet or legs will not be used.

(ii) Lime Circle – Requiring either a turn on the forehand with front feet inside and back feet turning on outside of circle; or a turn on the haunches with hind feet inside and front feet on outside of circle.

(iii) Square, minimum 6 feet (1.82m) sides.  Ride into the square.  While all four feet are confined in the square, make a 360 degree turn and ride out.

(iv) Gate: The gate must be set up so that it is a minimum of four feet (1.21m) in length and four feet (1.21m) in height and so that the exhibitor can open from his right or left side.  It is permissible to change hands prior to opening gate if the gate is in such a position as to justify the change of hands on the reins.  Riders losing control of the gate while passing through shall be penalized and scored accordingly.

(c) division C

(i) Back through.  Shall consist of:

(aa) Poles or Straight L, double L, V, U or similar shaped obstacle.  On ground, 30 inches (76.2cm) between minimum; elevated, 32 inches (81.28cm) between minimum elevated height not to exceed 12 inches (30.48cm).

(bb) Barrels or Cones – A minimum of three. At least 36 inches (91.44cm) between.

(cc) Triangle – 36 inches (91.44cm) between minimum at entry and 40 inches (101.6cm) between minimum for sides.  If guardrails are used with barrels, cones or triangle they shall be 3-4 feet (.91m-1.21m) from the sides of the obstacle.

(ii) Bridge – a bridge with a wooden floor not to exceed 12 inches (30.48cm) in height and with or without side rails not less than 36 inches (91.44cm) apart will be used.  A log placed under the bridge to create teeter-totter effect is no prohibited so long as it is secured to the bridge so as not to shift during the passage of the horse over the bridge.

(iii)Water Hazard – A ditch or shallow pond of water may be used.  A horse must pass through this obstacle, which must be large enough so that to properly complete this obstacle all four feet of the horse must step in the water.

(aa) Management may not place any item in the water.  If a box is used, simulated water is permissible.  If the water box is used preceding and in combination with a bridge, simulated water must be used.

(bb)Simulated Water – A plastic sheet, secured to the ground, so that it will not become affixed to the horse’s foot when a horse passes over the simulated water.

(d) Division D

(i)Carrying Object – Any object, other than animal or fowl, and of a reasonable size or weight, may be carried to a specific point.

(ii) Drag or Pull _ Any object other than animal or fowl which can reasonably be pulled or dragged without the exhibitor having to dally may be used.  Dallying shall be the option of the exhibitor.

(iii) Slicker – When this obstacle is used, it will be so located that the exhibitor can ride to the slicker, put in on and remove it and return it to a designated place.  Reins may be held or dropped on the neck of the horse or over the saddle horn while so doing.

(iv) Mailbox – Remove and/or replace items.  Side pass is optional.

(v)Ground Tie – Ride or proceed to the designated place, dismount and wither hobble (reins dropped on withers in front of saddle) or ground tie the horse and move away from the horse a reasonable distance to clearly show the proper training of the horse.  To ground tie, reins shall be as follows:

(aa) Split – Drop the reins.

(bb) Romal – remove reins over head of horse, unclip off rein and drop.

(cc) Hackamore – Drop lead.

(vi) Serpentine – obstacle consisting of four pylons, guardrails optional, through which a horse will maneuver at a walk or jog.  Guardrails shall consist of poles placed parallel and a minimum of 3 feet (.91m) from the side of pylons: walk-pylons, minimum of 3 feet (.91m) apart, base to base.  Jog pylons minimum 6 feet (1.82m) apart, base to base.

(viii) Jog-around – Square consisting of 4 poles, minimum 12 feet (3.65m) long, and a pylon placed in the center of the square.  Exhibitor will enter over a designated pole, perform a minimum 90 degree jog around the pylon and exit over a designated pole.

(viii) Jog-through – shall consist of poles L, double L, V, U or similar shaped obstacle.  On ground, 3 feet (.99m) between minimum and 4 feet 3 inches (1.29m) Maximum.  Elevated height shall not exceed 12 inches (3048cm).

(J) JOG IN THE PARK

Judged 50% on presentation and 50% on way of going in a walk trot class. The horse is to give a brilliant performance with style, presence, finish, balance and cadence.  This class is meant to be reminiscent of the time when horses were taken to the park to show off their turnout and flash.  The attire may be period clothing of any kind and need not be authentic.  Horse tack can be any style Western, English, Australian, etc.

(1)Gait Requirements: Park horses are to enter the show ring at a trot going counter-clockwise (to the right) and are shown both ways of the ring at a walk and a trot. Park horses are not asked to back.

(2)Walk: A true cadenced, four-beat walk with horse collected.

(3)Trot: Animated, cadenced trot with impulsion and power. The trot is bold and brilliant with feather flying to show flash and dramatic style.  Excessive speed shall be penalized.

GET OF SIRE: Three Gypsy Horses: stallions, mares and/or geldings, any age, the get of the same sire.  Judged 75% on conformation and 25% on uniformity.  Combined ownership permitted.  Entry is made in the name of the sire.  Will not be asked to work on a line.

PRODUCE OF DAM:

Two Gypsy Horses: stallions, mares and or geldings, any age, the produce of the same dam. Judged 75% on conformation and 25% on uniformity.  Combined ownership permitted.  Entry is made in the name of the dam.  Will not be asked to work on a line.

DRIVING DIVISION SHOW RULES

The driving division is for the purpose of developing and furthering the art and sport of driving for pleasure. A complete knowledge of and compliance with the rules are essential.

(A) All driving horses must be at least 3 years of age. (January 1st of their 3 year old year).

(B) The horse must be serviceably sound, meet conformation standards, exhibit quiet manners, and perform at collected and extended gaits. On a light rein, stand quietly and back readily.  Extreme action or heavy on the bit will be penalized.

(C) The only person to handle the reins, under penalty of elimination, is the driver. No change of driver is permitted during any class period.

(D) Driving whips, (optional) if used, must be of suitable style, and the tip of the lash must not reach past the shoulder of the horse.

(E) Drivers and their attendants should be dressed appropriately. Hats, gloves and aprons are optional.  No strapless tops or open toed shoes allowed.

(F) It is permissible for a driver to talk to a horse in a subdued tone of voice, although a driver should strive to control the horse’s movement with a minimum of vocal aids. Talking loud, whistling, or shouting at horse is not acceptable.

(G) Boots, wraps, etc. of any description are prohibited.

(H) Headers are permitted in driving classes. Headers must position themselves squarely two to three feet in front of the horses head.  Headers shall stand still with hands behind their back.  Should it become necessary to restrain a horse prior to the completion of judging, the judge shall penalize that entry.  Judges shall also penalize any entry whose header disturbs or distracts any horse.  Headers shall be neatly dressed in English, Western or Traditional attire, whichever is appropriate for the class.

(I) Attendants are allowed in driving classes. Youth exhibitors attendants must be 18 years or older.

(J) Drivers and their attendants should be dressed appropriately. Dress in the show ring is to compliment the overall appearance of the unit.  Hats may or may not be worn by gentlemen.

(K) Forelock and first strand behind ears may be braided in harness with blinders, no ribbons or feather plumes allowed.

(L) Full collars allowed in all driving classes.

(M) The application of artificial hair in mane, feather or tail is prohibited.

SAFETY

(A) All persons involved in driving, e.g. drivers, grooms, competition officials, spectators, etc. should place safety first.

(B) Horses should never be left unattended while hitched to a vehicle.

(C) A driver should never allow attendants to enter a vehicle until driver is seated with reins in hand and driver must never dismount while attendants are in the vehicle.

(D) You must be 18 years old and older to show a stallion in open classes.

(E) Headers are required in all youth classes and are optional in all other classes.

(F) A judge or show steward may excuse from competition any unsafe vehicle, unsafe equipment, unsafe hitching of horses or an unruly horse. An exhibitor cannot protest this action.

(G) All rules of the road should be observed unless officials direct otherwise.

(H) Large classes where each entry cannot be shown safely on the rail should be split by judge or show management as condition warrant.

(I) Stallions may not be driven in youth classes.

(J) All driving horses shall show on the rail at all times, except while safely passing. The judge is to take this into consideration while judging and horses shown off the rail will be penalized.

(K) A driver should never dismount without assistance from a header.

DRIVING EQUIPMENT

Horses are to wear show-type harness. Collars, side check, square blinkers, round blinkers, martingales, straight bit, check bit or snaffle bit permissible.

DRIVING GAITS

(A) Walk should be a free, regular and forward moving four beat gait. The horse should walk energetically, but calmly, with an even and determined pace.

(B) Collected trot should be easy going, square with elasticity and freedom of movement, with a slight flick of the feather at the point of extension.

(C) Working trot should be a lengthening gait, ground covering, open and reaching with a greater flick of the feather at the point of extension.

(D) Each horse shall demonstrate each of such gaits, in both direction of the ring, and at the direction of the ring steward. The change of direction shall be accomplished by the horse crossing the ring at a walk or a collected trot only.  If the class or ring size justifies, the judge may ask the horses to reverse on the diagonal for safety reasons.  The judge may ask for a reverse on the diagonal at a walk or collected trot.

(E) Each horse shall also be required to demonstrate its ability to back readily and stand quietly (Unless class specifications state otherwise). Horses should back on command, quietly, willingly and easily in a straight line without resistance.  Jawing, resisting, excessive tail swishing or tossing of the head should be penalized.  Excessive animation and speed will be penalized.

(F) After all entries have finished their ring work and are lined up waiting to demonstrate the back, headers may quietly enter the ring.

DRIVING CLASS SPECIFICATIONS

(A) PLEASURE DRIVING: Open to stallions, mares or geldings.  Judged 70% on manners (in motion and at rest), way of going, and performance, 20% on condition, fit and appropriateness of harness and vehicle; and 10% on neatness, appropriateness of attire, and overall impression.

(1) Horses to enter the ring counter clockwise (to the right) at collected trot, to be shown both ways of the ring at a walk, collected trot and working trot.

(2) Horses must stand quietly and back readily.

(3) Horses to be shown to a suitable two-wheeled cart with foot basket or four-wheeled vehicle.

(4) Viceroys, racing sulkies, and fine harness rigs are prohibited.

(B) TRADITIONAL VEHICLE DRIVING: To be judged 60% on manners (in motion and at rest), quality and performance, 20% on appropriateness of vehicle and 20% on appropriate attire.

(1) Open to single horse or with a sideliner and any traditional Gypsy vehicle (e.g. flatcart, bowtop, ledge wagon, etc.)

(2) Entry may be a stallion, mare, or gelding.

(3) To be shown in traditional Gypsy harness.

(4) To be shown at a walk, and collected trot, both ways of the ring, to line up and stand quietly.  Backing is not required.

(C) PLEASURE OBSTACLE DRIVING: To be judged on the basis of performance and manners (in motion and at rest).

(1) A single horse hitched to a suitable two wheeled cart is the appropriate entry for this class.  The harness and vehicle must be safe and in serviceable condition.  The judge will dismiss any unsafe entry whether due to equipment or behavior of the animal.

(2) Each entry will work individually through an obstacle course designed to test the performance and manners of a good working animal.  Each entry will be given a numerical score based on performance at each obstacle and overall manners and gaits.

(3) The course shall consist of at least four obstacles chosen and arranged from the following list: (not to exceed 8 obstacles, 4 of which can be show management’s choice with safety of horse and exhibitor a priority).

(A) Back through an obstacle

(B) Walk through a water obstacle or simulated water.

(C) Cross a simulated wooden bridge.

(D) Pick up and move coat or slicker or put on and take off.

(E) Drive between poles, bales of hay or other obstacles making a narrow passage.

(F) Mail Box (Stop, open mail box, remove mail, return mail to box, and close box).

(G) Weaving and figure 8.

(H) Back up four steps.

(I) Tires, stair steps, and jumps are prohibited.

(4) A course diagram must be posted at least one hour before the class is held.  This diagram will indicate what gait (walk – trot) the animal will take between each obstacle.

(5) The judge shall break ties by judging the animal on rail work at a walk or trot and/or by requiring tied entries to repeat any part of the course.

(6) If sufficient entries are present, this class may be divided according to age of driver. (Youth, adult, etc.).

(7) The Show committee and/or judge may impose a time limit or number of refusals before the driver must pass to the next obstacle.

(8) It is recommended that distance between obstacles be short in order to expedite the class.

(9) At the discretion of the judge, all entries may be asked to back.

(10) It is emphasized that this is an obstacle driving class and that a good entry is one that will provide a pleasant, responsive drive for the driver.

(11) The driver should be neatly dressed.

(12) In shows where more than one obstacle class is offered at least three of the obstacles must be different or the manner of performance through the obstacles must be varied for each class.

(13) All obstacles must be safe for exhibitors as well as for horses.

(14) Edible treats to encourage an animal to perform obstacles is prohibited.

(15) Off course will result in elimination from the class.  Off course is defined as: (1) Taking an obstacle in the wrong direction.  (2) Negotiating an obstacle from the wrong side.  (3) Skipping an obstacle unless directed by judge.  (4) Negotiating obstacles in the wrong sequence.  (5) Physically moving or coercing the horse by touching with hand or body part.  (6) It is up to the judges discretion to disqualify.