Horsemastership Guidelines

The following are guidelines only.

Team Introductions:

  • Uniform
  • Uniformity of Turnout
  • Neatness of Hair
  • Neatness of Footwear
  • Cleanliness
  • Overall unity of Team
  • Manners of Team
  • Quality of introduction
Warm-up Areas:

  • Teamsmanship
  • Manners towards other competitors
  •  Manners towards mount
  •  Manners towards Coach
  •  Safety
Yarding/Stabling:

  • Mucking out of Yard/Box
  • Haynets
  • Waterbuckets
  • Safety
  • Neatness(gear on rails)               (gear on ground)
  • Correct ‘putting up’ of Halter
  • Number displayed on Headcollar
  • Correct Tying up of Horse
  • Covers on Rails/Doors
  • Saddlery on Rails/Doors
  • Equipment under Horse’s Feet
  • Covers not Folded neatly
  • Putting Horse away after competing
  • Correct use of Bandages, if used
  • Correct Leading of Mount, in Halter and/or  saddled
  •  General
Turnout of Rider:

  • Neatness of uniform
  • Neatness (& legality) of Hair
  • Cleanliness
  • Legal Safety Helmet
  • Pony Club Badge
  • Long Sleeves
  • Correct Footwear
  • Absence of Jewellery
  • Gloves
  • Number Displayed
  • Turnout of Horse/Pony:
  • Grooming/Cleanliness
  • Feet
  • Plaiting
  • Tail
  • Nostrils/Eyes
  • Correct Use of Show Cover(if used)
Parking:

  • Correct Tying of Horse/Pony
  • Correct tying of Haynets
  • Placement of Water buckets
  • Tidiness of gear & equipment
  • Tidiness of vehicle
Equipment:

  • Safety & Legality of –
  • Saddle
  • Bridle (including noseband)
  • Any Martingale?
  • Number Displayed
  • Whip/Spurs
  • Cleanliness of all Saddlery
  • Numnah
Conduct:

  • Individuals
  • As a Team/Teamsmanship
  • Manners towards Stewards/officials
  • Treatment of Horse/Pony –
  • When grooming
  • During saddling up
  • Before competing
  • After Competing
  • Manners towards Parents/Supporters
  • Sportsmanship
  • Leadership of Older Riders
  • In the Ring during competing
  • Leaving the ring after competing
  • Around trucks/vehicles
Overall Impression:

  • Of Team –
  • Ability
  • Knowledge
  • Purposefulness
  • Confidence

 Notes:

We looked at all teams throughout the first two days, and after comparing Notes and Scores at the end of the day, form a ‘short list’ of the top 8 / 10 Teams for assessing on the final day; perhaps in more detail.

The above headings are a guide only – there may be other things as well, as it depends on the venue and parking arrangements.  Remember that no one person can see everything all of the time.

Good luck, fine weather, and have fun!

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