Assesment Each mare will be presented in catalogue order.
Each mare will be called forwards by the steward. Handlers should
ensure that they are on standby so as not to cause delay to the
Mares are presented parallel to the judging panel and will be assessed
for conformation. The mare should then be turned 180 degrees to
face the opposite direction.
The handler should then walk away from the judges over a distance
of approximately 20 meters, turning clockwise the mare should then
walk back to the inspectors.
This same exercise will then be repeated in trot. An assistant
is permitted to encourage the mare forwards aided with a whip but
should be used sparingly. No other artificial aids should be used.
It is essential that foals accompanying their dams do not obstruct
the inspectors view. It is therefore very important to prepare your
mare and foal well at home.
- No leg wear allowed
- Mares must be plaited
- No corrective shoeing allowed
- Mares must be presented in a snaffle bit
- Mares to be presented in black or brown bridle
- Handlers must be dressed in white, trousers shirt and trainers
- Hard hats are recommended
NB Any mare found not to be sound will not proceed further
unless accompanied by a veterinary certificate indicating that her
movement is impeded through accident or injury. These mares will
not be assessed further but can be entered into the studbook.
Mares should then be returned to their stables unless otherwise
NB Where facilities do not allow for mares to be trotted
on hard ground in security or for mares with foal at foot, this
part of the assessment will take place in the arena.
PRIVATE GRADING Any SSH Member can apply
to the SSH committee to have their mares, geldings and young stock
graded at their own premises within the period of the annual mare
and young stock gradings are scheduled, whereby sufficient numbers
warrant an additional venue. Applications must be in writing by
the 1st July of the current year. Members may be expected to pay
any "additional" expenses incurred and must be able to
provide suitable premises for the puprose of assessing animals correctly.
(e.g Suitable surface for trot up. Secured loose movement/jumping
environment)The decision will be at the discretion of the committee.