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Hunter In Hand

Hunter In Hand

A. This class is open to any age handler. At Regional and higher level
shows, both a youth class (18 & Under) and an adult class (19 &
Over) must be offered. At state‐level shows, this is optional, and
youth and adults may show in the same class.
B. Equipment
1. Bridle is optional on yearlings and 2 year olds, but
mandatory on ponies 3 years and older. Decorative
bridles and halters (silver or colored) are prohibited.
Bridle must have eggbutt, D‐ring, O‐ring or full‐cheek
snaffle bit AND meet all specifications per Hunt Seat
Tack. Reins may be held in both hands or in one
hand when leading the pony. The off rein should not
be run through the bit.
2. For ponies shown in halter, the halter and lead must
be of plain leather. The chain of the lead strap may
be over the nose, under the chin, or through the
lead ring on the halter and snapped back to the
chain next to the lead strap. Lip chains/chains in the
pony’s mouth are strictly forbidden.
3. The use of a crop or bat is optional.
C. Attire. Suitable attire shall be one of the following two options:
1. A collared polo shirt or collared dress shirt (solidcolored
and either white or another conservative
color), vest, ties, and gloves (optional). Trousers
should be loose enough in which to run. Jeans are
forbidden. Running shoes or paddock boots are
required. If a belt is worn, it must be of plain leather
or other conservative style, not western type.
2. Handlers may also wear hunt seat attire, see Rule
105, to include English hunt cap and boots. No
running shoes. Spurs should not be worn.
D. Class Routine
1. Ponies will be judged individually on the triangle
(shown below) following a posted order. Each pony
will approach the judging area (A) and set up for
inspection in the “open” position (i.e., an offset
stance with all four legs visible by the judge standing
on either side). At the judge’s request, the pony will
then walk the small triangle ABCA. The pony will
continue on at a trot following the large ADEA. At
the completion of the judging, the handler will lead
the pony away from the judging area. As one pony
leaves, the next one will enter the judging area
promptly. When all ponies in the class have
completed the triangle, they may be lined up for
judges to place, or “ringing” (walking in a large group
circle around the judge) may be used. Scoring 60%
movement, 30% conformation, 10% temperament.
An exhibitor may show more than one pony in a
class on the triangle. In this case, a helper may assist
in bringing the ponies back for ringing or final
inspection.
E. If a pony knocks over a cone or marker, they are to be
scored accordingly. This does not constitute immediate
disqualification, but at the judge’s discretion can be
penalized in the temperament or movement score.
F. If a pony or exhibitor falls, they are to be scored
accordingly. This does not constitute immediate
disqualification, but at the judge’s discretion can be
penalized in the temperament or movement score.
G. If a pony is off pattern either by completing the large
triangle ADEA before the small triangle ABCA, by not
displaying the correct gait while completing each triangle
or by not submitting to inspection prior to completing the
pattern, the entry shall be disqualified.
1. An appropriate penalty shall be assessed at the
judge’s discretion for break of gait during completion
of the pattern, but this shall not constitute off
pattern or immediate disqualification.

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