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Halter

Halter

A. Halter classes shall be judged 60% on conformation, 40%
on motion or way of going.
B. Blemishes such as scars, splints and spavins are to be
marked down according to their effect on the soundness
of the POA. Transmissible weakness and/or unsoundness
are to be counted strongly against the pony.
C. Ponies are to be shown in hand at a walk and jog.
D. A pony’s height shall not be discriminated against. See
Rule 71.C.1.
E. Pony to be shown with natural, shortened, or roached
mane; natural or shortened tail. False tails, hair weaves,
braiding in of hair, etc., is permitted. Banding of mane is
permitted.
F. The broodmare class will be open to Tentative or
Permanent registered mares that have had a full‐term foal
in the current or previous year. This class must be offered
at the National Congress Show and Regional Shows.
Mares entered in regular halter classes may not enter the

broodmare class.
G. Halter classes of mixed sexes will not be given national
points. Ages in the same sex may be combined, if entries
indicate a need. See Rule 92.
H. Height divisions may be combined by the Show Committee
if there are fewer than three entries in a division and all
exhibitors agree to combine the class.
I. All first and second place winners in their classes must
compete for championship classes in their respective
age/sex group or forfeit their winnings.
J. If stallions shown at halter are altered during the year, any
points earned as a stallion at halter during that show year
will not count as gelding points toward National Year‐End
Awards. They do count toward ROM awards.
K. Championship at Halter
1. Junior and Reserve Champion. Chosen from first
and second place winners in weanlings, yearlings
and 2 year olds in each sex.
2. Senior and Reserve Champion. Chosen from first
and second place winners in the 3 year old and the 4
& older classes in each sex.
3. Grand and Reserve Champion. Chosen from the
Senior and Reserve and the Junior and Reserve
Champions. In a Championship class, no pony may
be placed above a pony that has already defeated
him. For the National Congress Show, the judges
cumulative placings will be used to calculate any
extra points to be awarded. An individual judge’s “A”
placings will not be used in these calculations.

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