Show Hunter Allowed and Disallowed Gear

(As per ESNZ Show Hunter Website – Effective 01/08/2018, Version 1.1.1)

 Equipment Allowed List

    • A correctly fitted cavesson noseband
    • Spurs: Including Spurs with a Smooth Moving Ball.
    • Short Crop: Max length 75cm including the flapper.
    • Leg boots and/or bandages
    • Standing or running martingale
    • Breastplate
    • Any form of snaffle bit where the primary action is on the horse’s mouth, including corners of the mouth, bars and tongue.
    • Pelham’s and Kimblewicks if used in their entirety (With a correctly fitted chain), where the primary action is on the horses jaw. Pelham’s must be used with either two separate reins or joiners. A slotted Kimblewick may only be used where the reins are not fixed in the rein slots
    • Double Bridle
    • Stud Guards
  1. Equipment Not Allowed
    Use of “not allowed” equipment will result in a no-score for the performance

    • Drop or any kind of noseband below the bit
    • Unconventional bits where the primary action of the bit is on the poll, including a leverage action causing downwards poll pressure eg. Butterfly bit, puzzle bit, gags, pessoas or Dutch gags,
    • Filcher snaffles, hanging bits or fixed rein bits
    • Bitless bridle
    • Hackamore and Elevator bits
    • Unconventional bit used as an artificial turning aid
    • German Martingales, Market Harboroughs
    • Chambon or other training equipment and draw reins
    • Rowel Spurs: Any Spur with a moving part, with the exception of a Smooth moving ball
    • Dressage whip
    • Shadow roll, stone guard, fly screen or nets
    • Ear muffs
    • Bit Guard
    • Bell Boots, hoof bands and Fetlock Rings (unless the judge chooses to make an exception due to extremely muddy and/or deep footing) or a veterinary injury requiring protection NB The judge must be informed of the injury before the class or result in a “no score”.

The Judges Advisor committee has the right to assess the use of any bit as allowed or not allowed equipment. Their decision will be final.

  1. In the interests of safety, the stirrup iron and the stirrup leather (this also applies to safety stirrups) must hang freely from the bar of the saddle and the outside of the flap. The rider must not directly or indirectly tie any part of their body to the saddlery.
  2. Competitors are allowed to use a dressage whip when working on the flat but are strictly forbidden to use or carry a whip which is weighted at the end at any time, or to carry or use one which is more than 75cm in length (including the flapper) in the arena, exercise or schooling areas when riding over poles or any obstacle. No substitute for a whip maybe carried. Failure to comply with this paragraph will incur elimination.
  3. The total maximum weight of equipment allowed to be added to a horse’s leg, front or hind (boots, bandages) is 500g (shoe excluded). Failure to comply with this paragraph will incur disqualification

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