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Longe Line

Longe Line

1. These classes are open to Tentative registered
yearling and 2 year old POAs.
2. These classes are open to any age exhibitor.
3. These may be broken down: yearlings and 2 year
olds; yearlings; 2 year olds. Fillies, colts and geldings
will show together.
4. Current POAC Rules and Regulations apply.
5. An exhibitor may show up to a maximum of three
POAs in Longe Line. Other handlers may assist in
showing the entry in the conformation section of the
competition.
6. A pony may be longed or ridden, but not both at any
one show.
7. The above rules apply to Longe Line classes at all
shows.
8. Show Management may provide a 5‐minute warmup
period for all exhibitors.
B. Purpose. The purpose of showing a yearling or 2 year old
on a longe line is to demonstrate that the pony has the
movement, manners/expression/attitude and
conformation to become competitive under saddle.
Therefore, the purpose of this class is to reward:
(A) Quality of Movement.
(B) Manners/Expression/Attitude.
(C) Conformation suitable to future performance.
The pony should be judged with its suitability as a future
performer under saddle in mind. This class should define
what it means to be a “western pleasure prospect” or
“hunter under saddle prospect.” Because these are
yearlings and 2 year olds, they are not expected to
demonstrate the behavior or quality of a finished show
pony, but only that performance necessary for a
reasonable presentation to the judge.
Scoresheets are available for the judge’s use and may be
downloaded from the POAC website.
C. Class Routine
1. The class will consist of two parts:
a. Conformation Inspection
(1) The conformation inspection will occur
prior to the longeing demonstration.
Each entry will be walked into the arena
to the judge and pause for evaluation
individually. They will then trot off
straight and around a cone and take a
place on the wall inside the arena. All
entries will be inspected in this fashion,
and as the trot‐off is administered, a
pony showing evidence of lameness
should be excused from the class at that
time. An example of the conformation
pattern is illustrated in Figure 1.
b. Longeing demonstration lasting 1‐1/2 minutes
(90 seconds)
(1) The longeing demonstration will begin
at the sound of a whistle or other
audible signal when the pony has
reached the perimeter of its circle. Time
will not begin until the pony reaches this
perimeter. When the “begin” signal is
given, the exhibitor will be allowed 1‐1/2
minutes (90 seconds) to present the
pony at all three gaits in both directions.
At the end of 1‐1/2 minutes, a signal will
be given to signify the end of the
demonstration. Show Management has
the option of adding a “halfway” signal if
they choose.
2. It is recommended that Longe Line classes be shown
in splits of no more than 15 ponies at a time. Larger
classes may also offer a finalists’ go‐round before the
class is placed.
3. Turnaround at the walk to take the second direction
of the pattern may be considered as fulfilling the
walk requirement of the second direction portion of
the scoring format. It is suggested that all yearling
and 2 year old Longe Line classes be held in a one‐go
format only.
4. Gaits are to be judged according to the POA rules for
gaits for Western Pleasure and Hunter Under Saddle.
D. Equipment
Ponies are to be shown in a halter. Either a regular or show
type halter is acceptable
1. For the longeing demonstration, the only
attachment allowed to the halter is the longe line.
The longe line may not exceed 30’ in length with a
snap attached to the halter. The longe line must
hang free from the halter without touching any part
of the pony. It is permissible to use a longe whip;
however, disqualification will occur if the exhibitor
blatantly strikes the pony with the whip or longe line
to cause forward or lateral movement at any time
during the longeing demonstration.
2. No other equipment is allowed on the pony during
the class. Mechanical or retractable longe lines are
not allowed.
3. For the conformation inspection, a lead shank, such
as used in halter or showmanship classes may be
used, and exchanged for the longe line prior to the
longeing demonstration.
4. Exhibitors are not to be penalized for using regular
halters and plain longe lines, nor are they to be
rewarded for using show halters and show longe
lines. Only movement, manners/expression/way of
going, and conformation are being judged. The type
of equipment used is not to be a consideration in
placing the pony as long as the equipment meets the
requirements stated above.
E. Attire. Conventional western attire is mandatory; except if
a prospect is considered to be a hunter prospect then
conventional English attire is suggested. The type of attire
worn by the exhibitor is not to be a consideration in
placing the pony as long as the attire meets the
requirements stated here.
F. Conformation and Equipment Inspection. Each pony is to
be inspected by the judge on conformation, proper
equipment and for evidence of abuse, inhumane
treatment. or violation of POAC rules. Ponies will not be
allowed to show in illegal equipment or if there is evidence
of abuse, or inhumane treatment, or of rule violations as
mentioned in the POAC Handbook. 

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