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Showing a horse like the American Saddlebred is easy to do when the very breed itself is known for gravitating to and excelling at presentation. They are commonly seen leading the parade with their high steps and mesmerizing gaits. As they are a naturally graceful breed from birth, it is quite easy for the Saddlebred to put on a show. On top of this, they not only have a temperament that is easy to work with but a character that keeps them fun and lighthearted. Of the many that have chosen to work with this breed, there is a common concurrence that the intelligent personality of the American Saddlebred is simply a joy to work with. [...]
When you are looking for a horse that is considered to be quite flashy in competition, you may want to consider the Buckskin horse. With its unique coloring and dark points, the Buckskin horse is an eye-pleasing sight during a competition. The Buckskin is also considered to be a superior equine specimen when it comes to determination and stamina.
There are several equine events that the Buckskin will do well in during competition. These events include dressage, show jumping and eventing. With the determination and stamina that the Buckskin possesses, it is a natural choice and fierce competitor in these events.
[h]Dressage[/h]-This sport is named after the French word for training. It is sometimes referred to as an equine ballet. This competition will show the willingness of the Buckskin horse to perform as well as show off his abilities which are natural in the field of athletics. The Buckskin should be able to respond to minimal aids or signals from his skilled rider during the event. The responses should be smooth and relaxed. [...]
The history of breeding fine horses is long and very important in Swedish history. The first state stud, the Flyinge National Stud was first started in the 12th century to develop an ideal type of cavalry and military horse. The official Royal Stud at Flyinge was established by King Charles X to further enhance the endurance and performance of the military mounts in 1661. From this heritage and four centuries of breeding experience and expertise the Swedish Warmblood has been produced. No longer developed to be a military mount, the Swedish Warmblood is one of the premier sports and competitive horses worldwide, winning medals, titles and events in local, national and the highly prestigious international type events and competitions. [...]
As with any type of horse breed there are different shows and categories for those breeders and owners that wish to compete with their Suffolk Punch. As with all the draft breeds the most common shows or exhibit type events for the Suffolk Punch include being shown in-hand, also known as a halter class, or in pulling or driving events. The Suffolk Punch is not just a work horse however; they are often used in team hitches and as heavy wagon horses for advertising and even in parades and commercials, movies and television shows.
The Suffolk Punch is not as flashy of a draft horse as some of the more colorful breeds, but the consistent and rich chestnut color of the breed makes it perfect for a matching hitch or team. These teams are shown with amazingly ornate and beautifully worked and detailed harnesses that highlight the movement and coordination of the team. [...]
Many breeders, riders and handlers indicate that showing and competing with the Spotted Saddle Horse is really an enjoyable experience. As with any type of horse or animals, there are those that love the attention, noise and bright lights of the competition and those that are more suited to just being a great pleasure riding horse around the farm or on a beautiful country trail.
Choosing the right Spotted Saddle Horse for competition depends a lot on what type of event that you wish to use the horse in. One of the most outstanding features of the Spotted Saddle Horse is that they are very versatile and respond well to multiple types of competitions and events. [...]
The Spotted Saddle Horse is one of the breeds of gaited horses that are popular for a wide number of uses and events. The Spotted Saddle Horse can be registered in several different registries within the United States, and events and shows hosted by each of the registries or associations will vary from area to area.
The various Spotted Saddle Horse registries include the Spotted Saddle Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association or SSHBEA, which was founded in 1985. This registry has developed protocols for registering horses, licensing judges and standardizing the types of events and competitions that feature the Spotted Saddle Horse. Another registry for the breed includes the American Spotted Saddle Horse Association which is dedicated to promoting the western riding with the Spotted Saddle Horse. [...]
The Shires have long been used a harness horses by different breweries across the United Kingdom to take beer and ale to the local pubs and restaurants. This tradition is far less common today, although some breweries still maintain teams of Shires for ceremonial deliveries and advertising. By far the greatest number of Shires in the United States and the United Kingdom are now used for show purposes as well as light agricultural work and even as riding horses.
The Shire is typically shown in-hand or in halter classes or shown as a team in either a pulling event or as a show team. All types of shows highlight the natural beauty, strength and gentleness of this breed of draft horse. Preparing a horse this big for show does take some time and advanced preparation but it is will worth the effort. Since the Shire has a dark coat and white face and legs, there is a lot of contrast on the body that can be used to draw attention to the clean lines and excellent musculature of the breed. [...]
If you have ever been to a horse show where there is a demonstration or show where absolutely beautiful, relatively small sized horses with amazing gaits were brought into the ring and just seemed to love being the center of attention, you were fortunate enough to see a Racking Horse event. The Racking Horse is a uniquely American breed of gaited horse developed in the southern United States to allow plantation owners and farmers alike a comfortable riding horse that could also double as both a farm work horse as well as a driving horse.
The Racking horses in shows all can be entered in various types of competitions and events. These range from the driving events through to the pleasure riding and even costume events where riders and horses are outfitted in historically accurate costumes and tack. The versatility of the Racking Horse as well as the smooth ride and effortless, natural single footed gait make it really wonderful to watch being put through his or her paces. [...]
A true Racking Horse will naturally use the single foot gait, which is more correctly known as a lateral four beat gait. The reason that the term "single foot" is historically used with the breed is because only one foot, a single foot, is on the ground at any one time during the movement of the horse. This means that the weight of the horse is transferred from one leg to the other in a distinctive four beat pattern. The feet actually hit the ground in a regular pattern that consists of right hind foot, right front foot, left hind foot and left front foot. Since the motion is transference of weight along the sides of the horse, the rider, sitting in the center of the body, really doesn't have any distinctive motion, leading to the feeling of gliding in the saddle. [...]
Thanks to its remarkable versatility and steady temperament, the Dales Pony has found success in a wide variety of competitions both in England and in North America. While the Dales Pony is most often used as a riding or driving pony, it has been seen in competitions such as dressage, jumping, and even eventing. In this article, we'll take a look at a few of the competitions that the Dales Pony participates in, as well as highlighting the characteristics of the pony which help it succeed in these competitions.
Thanks to their impressive stamina and willingness to please, Dales Ponies are naturals when it comes to riding, making them excellent candidates not only for cross-country or endurance riding, but their willingness to jump has also helped them to become successful in performance classes and dressage competitions. We'll take a look at these events first.
Dressage is among the oldest of horse competitions still being performed today. [...]
Ever since Danish Warmbloods were accepted into international competition, they have swept up the awards, whether it's on a local level or the highest level one can compete - the Olympics. This shouldn't come as a surprise as Danish Warmbloods were, from the very beginning, carefully selected through an intense testing and breeding program, to only select the very best horses in conformation of the ideal standard and which excel in riding and jumping. The three competitions in which Danish Warmbloods are excelling - not to mention beginning to dominate - are the disciplines of dressage, show jumping and eventing.
Dressage, which comes from the French word for training, dates back centuries. It was originally used as a way of training horses for the parade grounds or for war. Modern dressage dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, at which time it developed into a competitive sport and is practiced around the world, from amateur all the way up to Olympic levels. The objective of dressage is for the horse to go through a series of different gaits or, at higher levels of competitions, vertical jumps, all of which should seem to be effortless on the part of the horse. [...]
It may seem a bit premature to be talking about the traditional uses of the Quarab since the first registries for this cross bred horse have only been in existence since 1989 and the Painted Quarab Index added just a few years ago in 1991. In reality the Arabian and Quarter Horse breeds are some of the most important foundation breeds for horses worldwide, so their historical uses are well defined. As breeders began to see the highlighting of various characteristics in the Quarab, the emphasis on using these cross bred horses to enhance traditional types of uses continues to be a focus for many Quarab owners and breeders. [...]
The beautiful coat colorations and the wonderful temperament of the Pony of the Americas have made it a popular breed for children, teens, and even adults as a show pony. There are several different types of show events or classes that the Pony of the Americas excels in, and with proper training there is really no restriction on the type of show this pony can be successful at competing in. Since the pony show classes will largely depend on the type and style of riding, the following descriptions are broken down into English and western types of pony show classes.
The English pony classes as typically divided into both age groups as well as genders. Boys and girls of different age groups can compete against their peers in classes such as hunter, show jumping, equitation and dressage. In each event the horse and rider must compete against a set standard as well as the other ponies and riders in the event. [...]
For a really different, exciting, and interesting event, consider attending one of the many draft horse competitions that are held all year round in various areas of North America, Australia, Europe, and the United Kingdom, to name just a few areas. There are also special draft horse competitions held in Japan that are more like draft horse races, and these horses, known as the Ban-ei, are not really a breed but are developed by crossing heavy draft breeds such as the Percheron with lighter breed horses.
In North America and the United Kingdom, as well as most of Europe and Australia the draft horse competitions tend to feature Percherons in several different types of events. There are the in-hand or halter type shows where the horses are judged based on their overall appearance and temperament in the ring. The Judges will base their decisions on the horse's adherence to the breed standard, which is unique for each one of the draft breeds. The Percheron, being one of the smaller of the draft breeds, may compete in the ring with other draft horses, but is competing against the breed standard not directly against the other horses. [...]
The Paso Fino is a true Spanish horse with a natural four beat gait that makes them smooth and highly elegant to watch. Their Spanish or Iberian heritage also makes them a very showy and proud horse, ideal for many different types of show events and competitions.
The traditional show gait for the Paso Fino is known as the classic fino. This gait is equivalent to the horse taking little tiny baby steps. The ideal classic fino gait will have little extension or forward movement, and will almost be like very rapid fast stepping in place, with just a small amount of forward movement. It is reported that the stallion Capuchino had a footfall rate of 126 steps per minute with a four inch extension per step. This is a very flashy gait but is only ever used in the ring. Most working Paso Fino horses will not use this gait, and even in shows it is used very sparingly. The horse is very collected during this gait and will traditionally be shown with a highly arched neck during the gait. [...]