Crabbet Showing Rules

Crabbet showing rules have been designed with the welfare of the horses in mind as well as being aimed at an accurate and objective assessment of the horse.  Horses can still be shown well and correct preparation in conditioning and training is essential.  Then you and your horse can enjoy the experience.

Rules for In Hand Crabbet Classes

1. To quality for entry into these classes the horse must be registered with the Arab Horse Society and the exhibitor must send a copy of a letter from Lindsay Thain, Caroline Sussex or Alexia Ross confirming that the horses entered have 75%+ Crabbet breeding.  If you need a letter, go to the How to Qualify page under the Events tab for the necessary form – this service is FREE.

 

2. All horses forward MUST be shown in a natural manner.  The pose must be natural, i.e. one fore leg slightly behind the other and one hind leg slightly behind the other.  The head should be held with the neck showing natural arch and curve of throat line, so that the neck is not uncomfortably stretched or raised.  The horse should be trained to stand sensibly in this position with expression of interest in the handler.  A frozen pose is unacceptable.

 

3. Any unnatural posing, flicking with a whip or circling when being run out, will result, at the Judge’s discretion, in the horse being judged as though no presentation or display had been possible and therefore penalized accordingly.

 

4. Whips must be no more than the length of a cane i.e. 65 cm.  Halters can be modern as long as they are comfortable for the horse.

 

Rules for Ridden Crabbet Classes

5. To quality for entry into these classes the horse must be registered with the Arab Horse Society and the exhibitor must send a copy of a letter from Lindsay Thain, Caroline Sussex or Alexia Ross confirming that the horses entered have 75%+ Crabbet breeding.  If you need a letter, go to the How to Qualify page under the Events tab for the necessary form – this service is FREE.

 

6. Ridden classes will be the same as other Arabian Ridden Classes i.e. the horse will be ridden by the judge and may be expected to do a show.

 

NOTE – THE CRABBET ORGANISATION PREFERS ONE JUDGE, NOT A SEPARATE CONFORMATION JUDGE.

 

Rules for the Crabbet National Championships

1. Exhibitors for the Crabbet National Championships must enter on the AHS National Show Schedule Entry Form AFTER they have qualified but not before.

 

2. Late qualifiers can enter up to the end of June 2014 by contacting Linda Nicholson at the Arab Horse Society office.  All entries will be checked by the Crabbet Organisation and it would therefore be helpful if you advise Lynne Humphreys (lynneandilly@yahoo.co.uk ) at the same time, stating the name of your horse and where and when you qualified.

 

3. All horses forward MUST be shown in a natural manner as for other Crabbet Classes.  The pose must be natural, i.e. one fore leg slightly behind the other and one hind leg slightly behind the other.  The head should be held with the neck showing natural arch and curve of throat line, so that the neck is not uncomfortably stretched or raised.  The horse should be trained to stand sensibly in this position with expression of interest in the handler.  A frozen pose is unacceptable.

 

4. Any unnatural posing, flicking with a whip or circling when being run out, will result, at the Judge’s discretion, in the horse being judged as though no presentation or display had been possible and therefore penalized accordingly.

 

5. Whips must be no more than the length of a cane 65 cm.  Halters can be modern as long as they are comfortable for the horse.

 

Last updated December 2013

 

 

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