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The Westphalian horse is relatively uncommon outside of Europe but is becoming more of a regular in the United States and even in other countries. The demand for the Westphalian as a slightly smaller warmblood competitive horse continues to increase and it is more common to see these horses at exhibitions and shows throughout the world. As with all competitive types of shows the horses will be presented as per the show rules and regulations, but there also some ways and ideas to prepare the Westphalian for almost any type of show to highlight this outstanding breed.
Since the Westphalian is typically a solid colored horse with white allowed only on the face and lower legs, the emphasis in preparing the horse for show is adding to the natural luster or bringing out the natural gleam of the coat as well as ensuring that the mane and tail highlight the horse. [...]
While the Westphalian is a very versatile horse that can be used in dressage, driving, pleasure riding and eventing, but the breed is probably best known for its ability as a show jumper. A horse of the Westphalian breed has won many gold, silver and bronze medals in the last several Olympics and World Cup events in the show jumping class, largely due to their superb athletic ability, competitive nature and ideal conformation for jumping.
Training the Westphalian for jumping is similar to training any of the warmblood competitive breeds. One of the major considerations is to determine when the colt or filly is physically and mentally mature enough to start training. The Westphalian is typically a very calm and even tempered horse even as a colt or filly, so training at the age of two is not uncommon. [...]
For many years the Welsh Pony has been the most popular pony in a wide variety of countries and areas for all types of children's equestrian competitions. The versatility and winning personality and temperament of the Welsh Pony make it an ideal match for kids of all riding levels and ages. Since there are several different types of Welsh Ponies ranging in height from under 12 hands to 15.2 hands it is possible for even adults to easily ride a Welsh Pony, or for children to move up in competitive levels by simply moving to a larger size of Welsh Pony.
For children the most common size of Welsh pony are the ponies under 13.2 hands or the Welsh Mountain Pony, Welsh Pony and the Welsh Pony of Cob type. Each one of these ponies has the beautiful action and energy that the breed is known for along with the willing temperament, kind disposition and love of being worked. Welsh ponies are typically used in more than one type of riding which can make them ideal horses for kids that want to do dressage, show jumping, showing them in halter classes, western riding classes and even in driving events. [...]
The Waler has an interesting heritage of a wide variety of horses ranging from the Arabian to the Thoroughbred crossed with many of the Cape type horses brought from South Africa. In addition the Waler has a strong influence from the Timor Pony, which was renown for its stamina, endurance and ability to survive on almost nothing. There were also other breeds involved in the development of the Waler or New South Wales Horse and they included the Percheron, Clydesdale, Norfolk Roaster, Hackney, Cleveland Bay and the Yorkshire Coacher. Other trotters and even heavy horses were also used in the initial breeding programs that were designed to produce military remounts and all round horses for farming and settling of the wild and unexplored areas of Australia.
The modern Waler is really a unique breed, seeming to have inherited the best of traits from its ancestors plus the skills needed to live largely without human support or care. This has hardened the Waler's hooves and strengthened their legs, allowing them to be able to travel great distances in a day without any problems with lameness or soundness problems. [...]
If there is one breed of horse that is synonymous with Haute Ecole it is the Andalusian. Haute Ecole, or High School dressage, is an extremely formal manner of riding that requires a horse to possess an almost perfect balance of athleticism and temperament. For many dressage enthusiasts, there is nothing more fascinating than watching an Andalusian perform the series of movements first developed by those in cavalry units hundreds of years ago. Along with a capable mount, Haute Ecole requires an experienced rider with an ability to read and move in perfect sync with his or her horse. While there are many different types of horses that perform in a number of dressage styles, it is the Andalusian that seems to have a natural talent for this extremely proper activity.
In all reality, dressage is just a display of movements horses would perform at any time in their natural environment. In dressage, these movements are controlled and regally put on display for all to see. However, Haute Ecole is for the horse and rider that have reached the pinnacle of classic riding. Haute Ecole not only requires a sensitive, athletic horse but a horse that also enjoys being seen. [...]
Many owners of Toy Fox Terriers enjoy showing their dog either through national organizations such as a Toy Fox Terrier Club or through a Kennel Club sanctioned event or just at a local level in obedience, agility or a terrier hunting event. For those wishing to show in a club sanctioned event the Toy Fox Terrier must be purebred and registered and meet all breed standards without any disqualifications. Owners will need to bring proof of registration as well as all necessary vaccination documents to enter the dog into the show. Shows for ability as opposed to breed standard often don't require that the Toy Fox Terrier be purebred, so even mixed breed or unregistered Toy Fox Terriers may be able to compete. If you are not sure about these requirements contact the show sanctioning organization or check out the show website for information on entering the Toy Fox Terrier into the event. [...]
A smooth and short coated breed, the German Pinscher is certainly not as difficult to get ready for a show when it comes to coat care as many other breeds, however there are some techniques that owners can use to get their dog in tip top condition. Since a German Pinscher is a very eye catching dog, a sleek, shiny coat is sure to catch the judge's eye as well as lead to a lot of interest in the breed.
Whenever possible bathe the German Pinscher at least one day before the show to allow the coat the opportunity to lie flat as well as have the natural oils redistributed through the hair to give that natural gleam. Bathing on the day of the show will make the hair appear less shiny and also slightly fluffier and away from the body, which is not what the judges will be looking for. When selecting a shampoo look for an herbal or natural dog shampoo that is free from perfumes, or even consider a shampoo for black dogs if you have the black and tan colored German Pinscher as this will enhance the shine. [...]
One of the great things about dogs is that most breeds are going to be ideal companions for everyone in the family from relatively young children through to seniors. Of course not all breeds are ideal for very young children, especially those breeds that are more aloof, timid or more territorial and possessive. Toy breeds are also not recommended for households with small children due to the chance of injury to these tiny puppies and dogs. This is not because the children are mean or uncaring; rather it is simply because of the small and delicate nature of the dogs themselves. [...]
The German Shepherd Dog (GSD), also known as the German Shepherd or the Alsatian, is perhaps one of the best known dog breeds around the world. German Shepherd Dogs are found in all kennel clubs and in virtually every country in the world. Although they are now known and famous as police dogs, military dogs and protection dogs, they didn't always have such a high profile type of job. [...]
The Labrador Retriever has a long history as a selectively bred breed, both in developing as a working dog in eastern Canada, specifically in Newfoundland and the Maritimes, as well as later as a hunting dog. The Labrador Retriever was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1917, and the breed standard has remained very consistent ever since the initial standards were developed. [...]
As with most of the hunting dogs or the sporting group in the American Kennel Club, the Irish Setter has been bred to not only be able to think and work on his or her own, but also to work in combination with a hunter. The setter types, perhaps more than the pointers, also are effective retrieval dogs, very versatile and effective for hunters of any type of bird or small game. In addition the Irish Setter is a breed that was used by farmers and sportsmen alike, often rural people, which valued the dog as an actual companion as well as a hunting partner. This lead to increased breeding for both hunting and temperament as exhibited in the earliest ancestors of the modern Irish Setters, Red Setters and Red and White Setters. [...]
The Irish Setter Club Of America and the American Kennel Club recognize a very specific breed standard for the Irish Setter. It is important to note that the Field Dog Stud Book, which also provides registration for the Irish Setter breed among other hunting and sporting dogs, does not necessarily require the same breed standards. In addition some of the Irish Setters in the Field Dog Stud Book have been outbreed with approved English Setters in an attempt by hunters to revert back to the smaller, field type lines within the Irish Setter breed. The Irish Setters within the American Kennel Club registry are not outbreed and cannot be crossed with any other setter or sporting group dog and still be considered eligible for AKC registration. [...]
The natural athletic ability, high energy level and the Weimaraners drive to always please the owner has made this breed and outstanding competition dog. Originally the Weimaraner was bred and developed specifically as a larger game hunting dog, scenting, tracking and holding in position large animals such as deer, wild boar, bear and other types of wild game in the wilderness areas in Germany. Owned only by royalty and the wealthy, Weimaraner were much sought after and protected by the German Weimaraner Club, which only permitted members to own the breed or sell puppies to other club members. With this restricted type of ownership commitment, the Weimaraner was not well known outside of the country until the early 1900s. [...]
As with most of the dogs in the sporting group, the modern Weimaraner may not be used as a hunting dog in most situations, rather they have become a cherished pet and companion. However, like the other breeds in the group they still maintain their hunting instincts and abilities, as well as their original strong bodies and very energetic temperament. [...]
The Basenji, while primarily a sight hound, also can be trained to more continually rely on its scenting ability. Few Basenjis if any will become as proficient at using their nose as a scent hound, but they are still often used in traditional sight hound types of events and competitions. [...]