By Melissa Fischbach
DON'T FORGET YOUR ORIGINAL REGISTRATION PAPERS!
If you have signed up for a runner, thay only accept CASH $50.00 per horse ( mare and foal count as one) Also you may tip the runner(s) if your horse does really well.
DO not leave the keuring site with your foal until the foals have all been microchipped and registered, Usually done after ALL the foals have gone.
DO not leave the kuering site with your mare gelding or stallion until all horses going for studbook or repeats whose registration status has changed, have been measured and DNA samples collected. This happens at the END OF THE SHOW.
You should show horses in good physical condition, well groomed. Bush out mane and tail, brushing feathers backward for a fuller affect. ( DO NOT CUT ANYTHING) under jaw and excess ear hair can be clipped. you can also clip from the elbow to 1 inch below the knee joint to make the feathers stand out more. Hoofs should be blacked. Mares and gelding can be shown in shoes or barefoot, just no corrective shoeing is allowed. Stallion's 3 + MUST be shown bare foot. Mare's alongside foals can be shown in a halter or a headstall. Foals can be lead into the ring then halters can be removed or halters can be left on, ask your kuering host what is allowed. Mare geldings and stallions 3 to 3+ years going for studbook MUST be shown in a headstall and bit, Bit can be a snaffle or a mullen mouth. All kuering tack should be white. White tack is traditional. Handlers must also be in white, with men wearing a tie. You are considered a handler even if you just lead you horse to the ring, dress nicely, judges will also want owners to enter the ring to receive congratulations if you horse makes ster or champion.. Using colors other then white can be considered insulting to the judges. first the horse is lead into the area and asked to stand square for the judges so they can evaluate them, they are looking at things like, confirmation, color, hair growth, ears, eyes, leg confirmation all sorts of little thing which they give a point score to horses 3+ going for studbook on a form which is called a 'Linear score sheet' ( you will get a copy of it with your new registration papers), Score is mostly conformation and movement. Then the horse is walked off and walked in a big triangle, the then is trotted usually two times round the triangle the runner will run the horse and the 'whip' acts behind the horse to get it trotting really forward by cracking the whip in the air, or sometimes they will ( if allowed) shake a can with rocks to get the horse in an animated hyped up extended trot, (this only lasts less then a minute so there is no harm done) after that the horses is taken out of the ring. foals are shown along side their dams then let free to show off. Only foals that are being considered for champion and reserve champion of there gender class, will be asked to return to the ring. So if you get a first premie, stick around :-) For the older horses Once all in the class have gone, all of them return to the ring and each is walked in a big circle where the judges can look at them again. The judges will ask handlers to move horses up to the fount of the line in order of preference. Once the judges are done, all the horses are lined up and given there premiums. 1st, 2nd, 3rd or no premiums the 1sts and 2nds will become ster all the rest will still go in the studbook and get new studbook registration papers. The horses to make ster are then trotted on time round as and honor round. ( you must bring your original foal book 'veulenboek' paper, or studbook papers if the status of your horse has changed to give to the judges at the end of the day, these will be taken back to Holland and you horse will receive new studbook 'stamboek' papers, eventually in the mail) If you horse does not make ster you can always try again in another year.