SHW772. EQUESTRIANS WITH DISABILITIES SHOWMANSHIP AT HALTER - Beginner and/or advanced. Any exhibitor, 8 years or older, may show in one, but not both showmanship classes if two classes are offered.
SHW772.1 Equipment and attire - Class can be shown English or western but must be one way or the other. There will be no mixing of attire or equipment. English and Western equipment and attire will follow rules as set forth in this Handbook with the exception of authorized adaptations. Good points for showing may be learned from SHOWMANSHIP, elsewhere in this book. Exhibitor must wear a properly fitted and fastened ATSM approved protective helmet with harness. A Western hat may be affixed over the helmet. No equipment is allowed that would in any way attach the exhibitor to the horse or halter. Appropriate show halter with lead to be used. The use of a chain is permitted but discouraged. No bridles and/or bits and/or lip chains may be used.
SHW772.2 The following points have equal consideration in judging the class:
Use of aids.
Ability to follow directions and instructions.
Ring etiquette and safety.
Results as shown by the performance of the horse are not to be considered more important than the manner used in obtaining them.
SHW772.3 Class Procedure - All exhibitors must work as a group (or in groups) of ten or less. Exhibitors will enter the ring to the right one by one and line up at the Judge's or Ring Steward's direction. The horse handler will take a place on the rail directly behind their respective exhibitor's horse. Each exhibitor will execute either pattern #1, #2 or #3 as posted by the Judge at least one hour before the class. Judges are not permitted to alter the patterns in any manner and they may not ask for other work from an exhibitor. Judges may ask the exhibitors to repeat any or the entire pattern. Exhibitors will remain in the ring throughout the class. No exhibitor will be disqualified except for safety reasons at the Judges discretion. Exhibitors going off pattern will be penalized. After the class has been judged and the judges' card turned in, the handlers should join their exhibitor in the line and are allowed to snap onto the exhibitor's horse to receive their awards and retire from the ring. A competitor with a hearing impairment may have an assistant who communicates via sign language or cue cards to the competitor so they may know the judge's directives. This assistant will be outside the ring and their position known to the Judge and Ring Steward.
EQUESTRIANS WITH DISABILITIES SHOWMANSHIP PATTERN 1 (BEGINNER)
EQUESTRIANS WITH DISABILITIES SHOWMANSHIP PATTERN 2 (BEGINNER)
- Be ready at A, when acknowledged; trot from A, around B and to C
- Walk a tight circle around C. Walk on to judge.
- Stop and set for inspection.
- When dismissed, back one horse length.
- Perform a 270 degree turn and walk away. Then return to line up.