What is Show Horse?
Show horses are exhibited in three divisions; Pony, Galloway and Hack.
- A Pony Show horse, Hunter must not exceed 14hh
- A Galloway Show horse Hunter must be over 14hh and not exceed 15hh
- A Hack Show horse, Hunter is over 15 hh.
The over riding principle is that a show horse after being beautifully conformed, of high quality, a magnificent mover and having lovely manners and paces. Showing is subjective so is subject to a Judges decision. The Judge will place the horses in the correct order. Movement is very important because a show horse must move with balance,elegance, lightness,correctness and with the right rythym for the gait. If a horse is not conformed correctly it will have difficulty in moving with perfect rythym. This shows as carrying head too high or too low,short choppy gait, too much knee action and not pushing through from behind and many more imperfections.
The horse should work with a nicely rounded back, naturally elevated in front and head flexed at the poll. The contact should be light and even. Holding a horse in a shape with the use of brute strength or artificial gadgets is not truly getting a horse to accept and to come happily on to the bit. A show horse must give the impression of covering the ground easily and fluently. The horse must be well balanced and work without any obvious effort by the rider or any untoward resistance from the horse. The whole picture should be pleasing to the eye.
A Show Hunter should possess more substance than the modern ridden Show Horse but it must be emphasised they should be quality animals. A quality Show Hunter must create the impression that it is capable of hunting over a variety of terrain – this militates against any weakness in conformation which would prevent this, and he must do it comfortably and safely for his rider.
National Show Horse rules will change on 1 July 2017. You can view the new rules HERE.
23 November 2016 - The following Showhorse Rule clarification has been ratified by the EA board and will take effect immediately : 'The National Showhorse rules will include the definition of a child as being 5 years old and under 18 years as of the 1st January, and that child classes be included in the list of events for the Australasian Show Horse and Rider Championships in the National Showhorse rules'.
Show Horse Judge
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