(see SHOW POINT guidelines in the "Programs Link")
 
ISHR SHOW RULES / GUIDELINES
PONY: 54" & under 
MINIATURE: 38" and under 
HORSE: 13.2h and over 
YOUTH: 18 and under 
YOUTH: 14 to 18 
YOUTH: 13 & under 
TOTS: 7 and under

1) DRESS CODE: 
a) Western Classes - western attire (hats optional except for youth, they must wear hat and/or helmet) 
b) English Classes - English attire (hat/helmets mandatory)

2) DRIVING CLASSES
a) type of harness gear - appropriate for that particular class. 
b) dress code - slacks, nice blouse/shirt or dress - ties optional. 
3) No Judge or Ring Steward can be in same ring with any family member, equine that is owned or exhibited by any family member. 

4) No one outside of ring will scream, whistle, or wave objects in attempting to gain attention of exhibitor and/or horse. (Judge has option of either dismissing the exhibitor and horse or penalizing them) 

5) No one outside of the ring will tell any Judge how he/she should judge, run and/or handle a class.
 
6) All horse show numbers will be assigned by ISHR with ISHR numbers.
 
7) Will be the Judges discretion on how/why to penalize an exhibitor and/or horse in any class. 
8) No exhibitor, trainer, helper, will shout, holler, and/or strike a horse to get them into a desired show stance and/or position. (i.e.: halter, showmanship) 

9) All Judges must dress in clean, neat attire. 
10) Unless otherwise stated by ISHR Officials, shows hosted/sanctioned by ISHR will not require any exhibitors to be members of ISHR and any open classes do not require the equines to be reigstered with ISHR unless posted in special, designated show classes. 

11) Any show class with less than 3 exhibitors will either be put into a combined class or at discretion of Judge to continue or cancel the class (if class is to be canceled, the show class fee will be reimbursed to exhibitor)
 
12) No points will be given in any class with less than 3 exhibitors unless otherwise stated by the ISHR. 

13) Unless a "Fun Show" or otherwise stated, no mules or donkeys will be allowed to participate in any "horse" or referencing of "equine" class. Equines stated by this registry is referring to Horses. Whether it is a Pony, Miniature, Horse or Draft. 

14) ISHR SHOW POINT SYSTEM: this is designed with having at least 5 or more exhibitors in any one class. 
1st = 5 pts. 
2nd = 4 pts. 
3rd = 3 pts. 
4th = 2 pts. 
5th = 1 pt. 
Champion = 10 pts, and Reserve = 8 pts.
 
If only 4 or 3 in a class - points are counted this way: 
4th = 1 pt. 3rd = 1 pt. 
3rd = 2 pts. 2nd = 2 pts. 
2nd = 3 pts. 1st = 3 pts. 
1st = 4 pts. 
Champion & Reserve are counted the same as with 5 in a class.

ISHR GAIT DESCRIPTIONS: 
"WALK" - should be a normal, smooth swinging gait. Not choppy, nor extremely slow. 
"SLOW TROT / JOG" - easy, smooth gait, controlled for pleasantness of ride. 
"TROT or EXTENDED TROT" - faster, showing speed, smoothness, extension, and flexibility. 
"CANTER or LOPE" - easy, smooth, and controlled. Not overly collected, with flexibility.

TRAIL COURSE: horse is to be judged on its ability to navigate any natural or artificial obstacle with calmness, willingness and alertness. Balking or refusing any obstacle will be penalized. 

PLEASURE CLASS: Tot Pleasure is a walk/trot class only, Youth Pleasure is walk, trot, extended trot and lope. Horse & rider should be working calmly and well in hand.

_________ISHR COLOR CLASS CRITERIA_____________ 
THIS CLASS IS TO BE JUDGED MAINLY ON THE COLOR PATTERN AND OVERALL GENERAL APPEARANCE OF THE HORSE TO REPRESENT A PLEASING PICTURE. COLOR CLASSES WILL THEREFORE BE SUBJECTIVE TO A CERTAIN EXTENT AS TO WHAT APPEALS TO A PARTICULAR JUDGE AND HIS/HER IDEAL FOR A CERTAIN PATTERN. ANY JUDGE WHO IS JUDGING AN ISHR COLOR HALTER CLASS MUST KNOW THESE GUIDELINES AND RULES AND JUDGE ACCORDINGLY. 
1) Halter horses to be judged in hand, at walk only. 
2) Horse must be sound at walk with no obvious lameness or stiffness of gait. 
3) Horse must be in fit condition, no obvious malnourishment or illness. (this is not to be interpreted as the horse needing to be obese as seen in some halter breeds) Good working condition will vary from breed type to breed type. 
4) Horse should be clean and well groomed to put forth the best overall picture. Horse will not be penalized for lack of body clipping, etc.. 
5) Grooming will be judged only as it affects the appearance of the horse's color pattern and appearance as a whole. 
6) No braiding or ribbons, etc.. Banding is allowed. 
7) No dyes of any kind - enhancers can be used.. such as: shampoos, whiteners, hair or hoof polish - they can not change the natural coat color. 
8) Conformation will count for 20%, color/pattern 80% to be judged by this method. 
a) Horse should be reasonably balanced and symmetrical for their breed type. 
b) Horse penalized ONLY for extremely obvious external defects such as very crooked legs, extremely large head, extremely crested or broken crest, sway back, etc.. These faults should be bad enough to be recognized at a distance in order to be penalized. 
c) No penalty to the horse should be imposed for any blimish or non-obvious deformity, such as slight cow hocked, slightly crooked legs, off bite, spot in eyes, cryptorcidism, scarring, etc.. 
d) Horses should not be penalized in any way for appearance of mane and tail, such as being sparse, thick, long, short, etc.. BUT, it must be kept in mind that the color and appearance of the mane/tail will affect the overall appearance of the horse and may thereby have some effect on the placing in the class. 
REGULAR HALTER CLASS: 

This class to be judged on general conformation as applies to that particular breed that is showing. 

 
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