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Date Posted: 09:40:27 06/23/11 Thu
Author: Ileana
Subject: Reference the USEF Rules for Friesians
In reply to: Laura 's message, "What constitutes saddleseat/hunt seat for Friesians?" on 06:08:33 06/22/11 Wed

Your best bet is to reference the USEF rules for the Friesian horse at http://www.usef.org/documents/ruleBook/2011/14-FR.pdf.

I believe it comes down to the amount of motion, animation, usage, manners and conformation. What you might also be seeing in the show ring are horses placed in classes where they can be more competitive in the ribbons. There are numerous classes as you are aware e.g. park, country pleasure, hunt, and etc. I have tried to summarize the USEF info below but itís not just about horseís knee action and extension at the trot; itís the overall package.

1)The Park horse has very animated gates that are bold and expressive. There is liveliness and airiness about them and they are allowed to show an animated walk and an animated trot.

2)The English Pleasure horse should give the appearance of a pleasurable ride at all gates with a pleasurable attitude. They flat walk and show an animated trot along with a strong trot. Please note: no animated walk.

3)Country Pleasure horses are judged equally on all gaits. They too flat walk. They have a show trot and normal trot and besides the canter, they hand gallop. Please note: no animated walk nor animated trot.

4)Hunt Seat horses flat walk and are shown at the trot, canter and hand gallop. The judges look for good ground covering gates. These horses must be quieter and are judged on manners, performance and so forth. A quiet responsive horse is paramount. Please note: no animated walk nor animated trot.

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