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About Friesians > Showing

FHAGBI committee members have worked hard in recent years to encourage show organisers to put on classes suitable for KFPS Registered Friesian horses. It has taken some time but there are more opportunities to show off your beauties than ever before.

FHAGBI Accredited Show Judges

FHAGBI have a list of judges with sufficient breed expertise to allow them to judge Friesian horses. Show organisers putting on classes for Registered Friesians ONLY are invited to contact the judges directly who will also provide FHAGBI rosettes for each class they judge.

Elaine DeBoer - elainedeboer@me.com

Wendy Mason Smith - wendyemartin@hotmail

Debbie Brook - debbielyn222@btinternet.com

Melvyn Newman - doobydoo123@btinternet.com

Deborah Newman - doobydoo123@btinternet.com

Janey Lazenby (Probationary judge) - contact via Elaine DeBoer

County Show classes

An exciting development for 2012 was the first ever official Friesian 'Showing Show' which was held in August as part of the Festival of Champions show at the Yorkshire Showground. There was also the first Friesian classes at a County show, the Royal Berkshire.

The Royal Berkshire will continue to offer classes to Registered Friesians

FHAGBI SHOWING RULES AND REGULATIONS

General Rules

1. INTRODUCTION AND GENERAL OBLIGATIONS

The Rules set out in this book apply to all Members of The Friesian Horse Association of Great Britain & Ireland Ltd. ("FHAGBI") including those who own horses registered with the Association. In particular, the Rules are made so that Members may compete fairly against each other in Friesian classes.

The Directors of FHAGBI have the power to discipline members in shows run by or affiliated to FHAGBI in the event of failure to observe any provisions of the Rules and any other regulations.

Every member of FHAGBI, by becoming a member, agrees to be bound by all rules and regulations of the Association of FHAGBI.

Members are responsible for the actions of any non-members employed by them or assisting or representing them or otherwise acting on their behalf and any action or conduct of such non-member which would be a breach of the Rules were he/she a member shall constitute a breach of the Rules by the Member responsible for him/her.

2. LIABILITY

FHAGBI, its officials and judges:

Owners and those otherwise responsible for horses must ensure that they, and those in any way involved with their horses:

3. JUDGING

Breed Characteristics

General

Judging a Ridden Class

Judges must not handle or attempt to pick up the feet of a Friesian whilst it is mounted.

4. UNSOUNDNESS

If, in the opinion of the Judge, a horse is unsound, the exhibitor shall be given the option of withdrawing the horse from the class, or being placed at the bottom of the line. If this option is not accepted a Veterinary Surgeon may be called but if not immediately available, then the Judge's decision is final.

5. FALL OF HORSE OR RIDER

In the event of a fall of either horse or rider in any ridden class, that exhibit will be asked to retire and must not be remounted in the ring.

6. MANNERS - IN HAND & RIDDEN CLASSES

A Judge may ask an exhibitor to remove this horse from the ring, if in his/her opinion the horse or the exhibitor is ill-mannered. If in the opinion of the judge the behaviour of a horse is deemed unacceptable, it will be reported to FHAGBI and will be reassessed at it's next show by a person appointed by the Association.

7. USE OF THE WHIP - IN HAND & RIDDEN CLASSES.

The use of a whip must be:

8. DRESS, TACK AND TURNOUT IN HAND & RIDDEN CLASSES

General

It is the responsibility of exhibitors to ensure that grooms entering the Show Ring are smartly and professionally turned out. Grooms must wear a hat when in the ring.

DRESS RIDDEN

DRESS IN HAND

TACK

HORSES

9. INSTRUCTIONS TO SHOWS

The show rules should clearly state that the show is affiliated to FHAGBI and subject to its rules and that copies of FHAGBI'S Showing Rules can be obtained from the Association on request.

1. CLASSES

A minimum of two classes, i.e. In-Hand & Ridden, should always be scheduled at Affiliated Shows, but Secretaries may use their discretion in combining classes if insufficient entries are forward on the day.

2. SAFETY/INSURANCE

Affiliated Shows are required to ensure that they have adequate insurance cover for Judges. The following General Regulation should be included in Prize Schedules and Show Catalogues: "The Organisers of Shows have taken reasonable precautions to ensure the health and safety of everyone present. For these measures to be effective, everyone must take all reasonable precautions to avoid and prevent accidents occurring and must obey the instructions of the Organisers and all the Officials and Stewards."

3. OBJECTIONS AT SHOWS

Any objection or complaint relating to the rules of a particular Show Executive should be made to that show's Executive in accordance with the procedure set out in that show's Rules

10. DOPING

Warning to Members, Owners and Producers of Horses Competing under the Associations Show Regulations

In common with other similar bodies, FHAGBI takes a very serious view of doping, whether intentional or unintentional. Members, owners and producers should be aware that many proprietary feeds and preparations contain Prohibited Substances, as do many foods such as chocolate. The presence in any form, in a horse being shown, of a substance, which could, by its nature, affect its performance, is forbidden. The specific rules with regard to doping are set out below and any breach thereof constitutes a breach of the General Rules.

FHAGBI does not specify threshold levels for any Prohibited Substances but will have regard to those published by the F.E.I. (www.fei.org) or any subsequent regulatory board from time to time without being bound by them. Feeds and preparations are available which are guaranteed to comply with F.E.I. doping rules. Prohibited Substances can be absorbed through the skin and they are also contained in some homeopathic and herbal remedies. It is the responsibility of the person having custody of a horse, to ensure that nothing is fed, administered or applied to a horse that contains a Prohibited Substance.

PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES

1) "Prohibited Substance" means any quantity of any substance originating externally (whether or not indigenous to the horse) which could influence the horse's performance or bearing including without limitation stimulants, depressants, tranquillizers, local anaesthetics, anti-inflammatory agents (including phenylbutazone), antihistamines, muscle relaxants, diuretics and metabolite of any such substance or masking agents and such other substance as may be declared a "Prohibited Substance" in these rules or by the F.E.I.

List of Prohibited Substances
Substances capable at any time of acting on one or more of the following mammalian body systems:

The nervous system
The cardiovascular system
The respiratory system
The digestive system
The urinary system
The reproductive system
The musculoskeletal system
The blood system
The immune system except for licensed vaccines against infectious agents
The endocrine system
Endocrine secretions and their synthetic counterparts
Masking Agents

For the purposes of clarity Prohibited Substances include:
Anti-pyretics, analgesics, and anti-inflammatory substances
Cytotoxic substances
Antihistamines
Diuretics
Local anaesthetics
Muscle relaxants
Respiratory stimulants
Sex hormones, anabolic agents and corticosteroids
Substances affecting blood coagulation
Such other substances as may be declared a Prohibited Substance by the F.E.I.

11. BITS

Permitted Snaffles

An ordinary snaffle is a plain snaffle with a straight bar or joint in the centre. If a snaffle has two joints, all parts must be rounded and smooth. Only the bits mentioned below are permitted and they may be used with any of the cheeks or rings mentioned.

In addition, the following types of snaffle are permitted:
Ordinary snaffle with double-jointed mouthpiece
Ordinary snaffle with double-jointed mouthpiece (French Link)
Ordinary snaffle with double-jointed mouthpiece with Lozenge
Ordinary snaffle with jointed mouthpiece
Racing snaffle (D ring)
Egg-butt snaffle:
a) without cheeks
b) with cheeks
Other type of snaffle with cheeks
Snaffle with upper cheeks only
Rubber, leather, plastic or steel snaffle jointed or unjointed snaffle
Hanging cheek snaffle
Unjointed wavy snaffle (plastic or rubber only)
a) without cheeks
b) with cheeks
Ordinary snaffle with rotating mouthpiece

Permitted bridoon and curb bits:

1. Ordinary bridoon bit
2. Bridoon bit with two joints
3. Egg-butt bridoon bit
4. Bridoon bit with hanging cheeks
5. Half moon curb bit
6. Curb bit with curved cheeks and port
7. Curb bit with loops for lipstrap on the cheeks and with port
8. Curb bit with port and sliding mouthpiece (Weymouth)
9. Curb chain
10. Lipstrap
11. Rubber cover for curb chain
12. Leather cover for curb chain

Note: All bridoon bits mentioned above are permitted either as a snaffle or as part of a double bridle. A double bridle should always consist of a broken (simple or double) and a straight bit. Any of the rings or cheeks mentioned is permitted with any of the bits.

(Wording taken from British Eventing)

EDB April 2012

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