Rules

The welfare and wellbeing of the Horse is paramount in all aspects of scoring. When judging, Judges should take into account the general demeanour and trainability of each individual horse to provide a fairer critique of each Trainer’s work.

Judges and Trainers please note – during compulsory rest periods all tack and equipment must be removed from the round pen with the exception of a halter and lead.

Starting Horse

  1. Horse’s demeanour during training
  2. Judges should consider how calm and relaxed the Horse remains during the training process and even at times of pressure take note of how the Trainer reassures and deals with any issues that arise

  3. Trainer’s connection with the Horse
  4. Judges should mark this based on how a Trainer encourages trust and a bond with the Horse over the given period and how the relationship develops

  5. Flexion and control of Horse:
  6. 3.1 On ground
    3.2 Ridden

    Judges should mark this based on the Horse’s flexibility in relation to the Trainer’s request. It should be taken into account how light the Trainer’s request is in relation to the Horse’s physical ability.

  7. Set-up of Horse prior to riding
  8. Judges should take note of how well the Trainer prepares the Horse for all aspects of being ridden including introduction of the saddle and the de-sensitisation to the various stimuli of the Rider and their environment.

  9. Achievements:
  10. Judges should mark on the Horse’s ease to do the following in a calm relaxed manner:

    5.1 Walk on left rein
    5.2 Walk on right rein
    5.3 Trot on left rein
    5.4 Trot on right rein
    5.5 Canter on left rein
    5.6 Canter on right rein
    5.7 Standing
    5.8 Mounting
    5.9 Backing up

    *JUDGES NOTE – None of these elements are compulsory, if the Trainer does not feel that it is in the best interest of the Horse or that the Horse is not ready for a rider then they can choose to leave out any of the above and be judged on their groundwork and preparation for a rider.

  11. Obstacles and Challenges.
  12. Trainers can lay out within the confines of their round pens various obstacles and challenges to best show their progress with the Horse.

    Judges should take note of the Horse’s demeanour and acceptance of these challenges.

    *JUDGES NOTE – This element is not compulsory.

    *TRAINERS NOTE – If a situation arises where a Judge believes a horse to be over faced and/or put under extreme pressure and duress a total of up to 30 points can be deducted from the over all score for that individual horse.

Loading Horse

  1. Horse’s demeanour during training
  2. Judges should consider how calm and relaxed the Horse remains during the training process and even at times of pressure take note of how the Trainer reassures and deals with any issues that arise

  3. Trainer’s connection with the Horse
  4. Judges should mark this based on how a Trainer encourages trust and a bond with the Horse over the given period and how the relationship develops

  5. Preparation prior to loading
  6. Judges should take note of how well the Trainer prepares the Horse for all aspects of being loaded including dealing with the Horse’s response to pressure and the unique environment that a trailer provides.

  7. Horse’s demeanour in the trailer
  8. Judges should consider how relaxed and calm the Horse is once in the trailer and how the Trainer works to develop and improve this.

  9. Success of loading
  10. Judges should look at the ease with which a Trainer is able to load their horse and how they install confidence in the Horse so that loading becomes a positive experience.

    *JUDGES NOTE – The loading of a Horse is not compulsory, if the Trainer does not feel that it is in the best interest of the Horse or that the Horse is not ready to load then they will be judged on their preparation.

  11. Loading Challenge
  12. Trainers can load their horses in a variety of fun or unusual ways to best show their progress with the Horse.

    Judges should take note of the Horse’s demeanour and acceptance of these challenges.

    *JUDGES NOTE – This element is not compulsory.

    *TRAINERS NOTE – If a situation arises where a Judge believes a horse to be over faced and/or put under extreme pressure and duress a total of up to 30 points can be deducted from the over all score for that individual horse.

Scoring Sheet
British Horseman's Calling, 5th & 6th April, Bury Farm Equestrian Centre, Bucks.
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British Horseman's Calling, 5th & 6th April, Bury Farm Equestrian Centre, Bucks.