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Pleasure Driving

Pleasure Driving

A. A pleasure driving pony should carry itself in a natural,
balanced position with a relaxed head and neck. Its poll
should be level with, or slightly above the level of the
withers.
B. Maximum credit should be given to a pony that moves
straight, with free movement, manners and a bright
expression.
C. The pony shall be severely penalized if it carries its head
behind the vertical, is over‐flexed, excessively nosed out,
the poll is below the withers or exhibits lack of control by
exhibitor.
D. This class will be judged 80% on the pony’s performance
and suitability for ensuring a pleasurable drive, with a
maximum of 20% on condition and conformation.
E. Ponies are to be shown hitched to a suitable two or four
wheel vehicle, type is optional. Pony is to be shown at a
flat‐ footed walk, a slow trot or park gait, and an extended
trot or road gait, both ways of the ring. Pony should stand
quietly and back readily. Manners and quality of the
performance will be judged.
1. The ring steward will direct all reverses, which will
be “S” reverses.
F. Ponies should be barefoot or shod with light shoes.
G. Extreme speed, high action and breaking gait is to be
penalized.
H. Set tails, gingering and extreme over‐checking result in
disqualification.
I. In Youth Pleasure Driving, an adult may accompany a child,
but should not take the reins unless necessary to control
the pony or to prevent an accident.
1. Adult Pleasure Driving should be offered if Youth
Pleasure Driving is offered. Adult Pleasure Driving
must be shown first, then Youth Pleasure Driving.
a. An additional driver will be allowed in Adult
Pleasure Driving at the request of the driver.
2. An adult (19 & Over) is required to accompany any
driver 9 years old and under.
3. Handlers may quietly enter the ring after all entries
have finished their ring work and are lined up
waiting to demonstrate the back. The handlers shall
position themselves squarely 2’ to 3’ in front of the
pony’s head. They shall stand still with hands behind
their backs. Should it become necessary to restrain a
pony prior to the completion of judging, the judge
shall penalize that entry. Judge shall also penalize an
entry whose handler disturbs any pony. Handler
shall be neatly dressed in western or English attire to
match the driver.
J. Tack. Type of harness is optional. A snaffle bit with
overcheck or a snaffle bit or Liverpool bit with side checks
will be considered proper. Bridles with blinkers or
overchecks are optional. A spoon crupper is prohibited. All
equipment is to be clean, neat and in sound condition.
Running martingales are optional. Artificial appliances are
not to be used.
K. Attire. Attire should be suitable for the type of vehicle and
harness used. If the exhibitor is a female attired in a short
dress, a lap robe is required. A lap robe is not required if a
female exhibitor is in a long dress.

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