ASHDA is throwing our second Halloween Photo Show! Because our member base is so wide spread, ASHDA-only shows have to be virtual at this time. At the request of our members, we have some new categories available and will run this show with the possibility of splitting classes upon a set amount of entries!
Horses must be registered or approved to compete, and are limited to competing in the classes designated for their registration category. Horses of ages 4 years and up
are welcome to compete in this show!
classes are for Main Book registered mares/stallions of the following designations: E
. Stallions and Mares in Conformation will be judged again for Overall Grand/Reserve.
classes are for Main Book registered E
, or N
Geldings and N
designation Mares. A minimum of 3 entries
can result in a split on sex (mare/gelding). If is a class split, the 1st Place and 2nd Place horses in each Non-Breeding Conformation class will be judged again and placed for Non-Breeding Grand/Reserve.
classes are for Heritage registered H
designation horses of any sex. A minimum of 3
entries in any of these classes can result in a split on sex (mare/stallion/gelding). If there are class splits, the 1st Place and 2nd Place horses in each Heritage Conformation class will be judged again and placed for Heritage Grand/Reserve.
classes are for Approved Cross AC
designation stallions and mares. A minimum of 3
entries in any of these classes can result in a split on type (heavy/light) or sex (mare/stallion) and will be determined by which category is met first. If there are class splits, the 1st Place horses in each AC Conformation class will be judged again and placed for AC Grand/Reserve.
classes are for Main Book registered horses of any sex of the following designations: E
. The Heritage English/Western
classes are for Heritage horses and the AC English/Western
classes are for Approved Crosses. With 3
entries per category per discpline, we will create a canter class. To do this, simply submit all three gaits when you enter. If there are not enough canter entries in your category, your canter photo will be discarded and you will be placed into the Walk/Trot class. The same horse/rider combo cannot enter Walk/Trot and Walk/Trot/Canter classes, so in the event of a horse/rider combo submitting entries for two W/T/C classes and only one having the entries to run, they will be given the choice to have both entries remain in Walk/Trot or whether to drop the other class to keep their single W/T/C class entry.
Each Ridden category (Main Book, Heritage and Approved Cross) will have a Champion and Reserve judged from all of the 1st Place entries in each category, meaning there will be a Main Book Ridden Champion/Reserve, a Heritage Ridden Champion/Reserve and an Approved Cross Ridden Champion/Reserve. Canter class splits will create a larger pool of horses to draw from. If there is only one horse/rider combo in a category, they will have one of their entries picked for Grand and will not receive a Reserve placing by default.
Any draft or draft-cross entries are welcome to show in full draft show-style mane/tail rolls, foils or rosettes regardless of class, including any ridden discipline. Feathers or flowers are not permitted except in costume classes. Light horse entries should be groomed as befits their discipline.
Approved Crosses will be presented as the breed or combination of breeds that they are, however conformation, gaits and riding styles will be judged by ASHDA's standards. This means a percheron presented with hitch-type gaits in liberty will not place as well as one that moves more like a working riding horse. Downhill movement under saddle and horses noticeably behind the vertical WILL be penalized, regardless of breed or type of discipline.
Training aids in ANY under saddle class are not permitted. This includes any martingales, draw reins, tie downs or other leverage devices. A double bridle set up is permissible in both english divisions (weymouth/bridoon) and western ones (curb or snaffle and bosal or bosalito) if it is acceptable for the discipline.
In any single class, the horse and exhibitor must be wearing the same grooming, clothing and equipment in every shot. This means if a horse is wearing a snaffle bridle in his conformation class, he must wear it in all photos for that class. He cannot have 3 photos wearing the bridle and one in a halter. There cannot be photos with differing clip jobs, braids, etc. Likewise in ridden classes, all photos must have the same equipment.
This show's fun class is Costume
. You may submit up to 5
photos showing your ASHDA horse and rider decked out in costume. Please refrain from wearing racially insensitive costumes or costumes from cultures you are not a part of (such as native american dress or arabian costume). Please also make sure your costumes are kid-friendly (no excessive gore or incredibly revealing outfits). A title for the costume can be submitted along with your entry. One entry per horse/rider combo. For now, this class will only be available for E, I, # and N horses, but 3 requests each for Heritage and Approved Cross entries will create Costume classes for those registry divisions.
Horses under 4
years of age may not be entered. This will be judged on actual birth dates, not January 1st birthdays. If you would like to show your 3 years and younger horses this fall, check out our Fall Futurity
Horses of any 4 and up age may compete in any ridden discipline in a discpline-appropriate snaffle bit or bitless bridle. This means aged western horses may show in ASHDA legal snaffles or bosals, aged saddleseat horses may show in an ASHDA legal snaffle or bitless bridle, aged dressage horses may show in an ASHDA legal bitless bridle, etc. Double check that your equipment is legal if you are unsure, not all bitless bridles or snaffles are legal under ASHDA show rules.
End date is October 29th, 2017
. No entries submitted after 11:59 PM Pacific Time on October 29th will be entered.
Closing date for entries is October 22nd
Entries may still be submitted up until 11:59 October 29th, but will be at a higher fee.
Entry fees are $6
per class if submitted by October 22nd. Entry fees are $8
per class if submitted October 23rd-29th. Pre-paying is allowed. No refunds will be given.
Rules for the show are standard from our rulebook, as with all ASHDA Sanctioned competitions. Please review our rulebook to make sure your equipment is legal, especially bits. Entries with ASHDA illegal equipment will be disqualified.
You must be a current ASHDA member to compete or exhibit a horse. A membership form and fees may be submitted with the show entries and will be deemed valid. All competitors pictured must be current ASHDA members.
Horses must be registered to compete, and may be E, H, I, # or N designation, or Approved with an AC Designation.
Helmets are required
for all under saddle exhibitors under the age of 18. Helmets are strongly encouraged for all exhibitors regardless of age and will not be marked down regardless of discipline.
You may enter as many horses as you like in each class. However the same horse/rider combo cannot compete in walk/trot AND walk/trot/canter classes, only one category. Riders may compete separate horses in walk/trot and walk/trot/canter. Horses may compete in both walk/trot and walk/trot/canter divisions with separate riders for each.
Even though a horse may cross divisions with separate handlers/riders, it cannot enter each class more than once. (For example, Thunder can show in English Ridden Walk/Trot with Tom and Western Walk/Trot/Canter with Paula, but cannot show in Costume separately with each person.)
Ribbons will be awarded 1st-6th. The judge's decision is Final
Do not watermark photos!
Photos will be presented to the judge with NO identifying marks on them and each entry will be assigned a number. You may submit one watermarked version of a photo from each class, along with your unwatermarked entries, to be displayed on the placings page. Otherwise, should you place, a staff member will choose a photo from your entries to be displayed next to your placing.
For conformation and liberty classes, horses will be submitted to the judge with the entry number or letter they have been assigned as well as their month/year age and sex. For example, an older gelding competing in Non-Breeding conformation would be submitted to the judge as Entry X, Gelding Born 2/1999. This will help the judge accurately access the horse's conformation for their age, as some faults acceptable on a youngster are not acceptable on an aged horse.
This show (or any other virtual show) will not count towards ASHDA-CAP year end awards, as that is for live shows only.
You may NOT submit any photos previously submitted in an ASHDA photo show. Just like a live show, you must present your horse as they are now. Entries of photos submitted in previous ASHDA shows will not be accepted.
Please see a break-down of class requirements at the bottom of the class list! If any splits happen, they will be added underneath their parent class such as: "3B. Conformation Non-Breeding Geldings".
1. Conformation Stallions
2. Conformation Mares
--Conformation Grand and Reserve--
3. Conformation Non-Breeding (Geldings and N Designation Mares)
4. Conformation Heritage
5. Conformation AC
6. Liberty Stallions
7. Liberty Mares
8. Liberty Non-Breeding (Geldings and N Designation Mares)
9. Liberty Heritage
10. Liberty AC
11. Ridden Western Walk/Trot
12. Ridden English Walk/Trot
13. Ridden Western Walk/Trot - Heritage
14. Ridden English Walk/Trot - Heritage
--Heritage Ridden Champion/Reserve--
15. Ridden Western Walk/Trot - AC
16. Ridden English Walk/Trot - AC
--AC Ridden Champion/Reserve--
Class Requirements and Guidelines
Conformation is our in-hand division. Submit 4 photos of your horse, one from each side, the front and the back. Make sure the entire horse is in the photo, no cut off ears/hooves/etc, do not have your horse standing in deep grass or snow, make sure as much of the hoof is visible as possible. Horses may not be wearing any tack or leg wraps except a halter or bridle suiting their discipline. Handlers do not have to be present in the photo, but if they are, should dress to match their horse(s). Banding, braiding and clipping is not required to match your discipline, but it may give you a competitive edge if placing comes down to it. Regardless, make sure your horses are clean, backgrounds are free of clutter/other horses and horses are standing level. No 3/4 angles or movement shots will be permitted, all shots must be standing and shot straight on for the side required. If your horse's tail completely covers their hind legs from view, you may submit a 5th photo with the tail held out of the way or pinned up to clearly show conformation.
Liberty is our movement division. Submit 3 photos of your horse. They must be shown at the walk, trot and canter. Make sure the entire horse is in the photo, no cut off ears/hooves/etc, do not have your horse moving in deep grass or snow, make sure as much of the hoof is visible as possible. Horses may not be wearing any tack or leg wraps except a halter or reinless snaffle bridle suiting their discipline. Banding, braiding and clipping is not required to match your discipline, but it may give you a competitive edge if placing comes down to it. Regardless, make sure your horses are clean, backgrounds are free of clutter/other horses and horses are on level ground. No 3/4 angles or front/back shots will be permitted, all shots must be shot from the side and the horse may be moving in either direction for any photo. Bucking/rearing photos are not permitted. Horses may not be on a leadrope or lunge line or otherwise led by a handler.
Ridden English is one of our undersaddle divisions. Make sure the entire horse and rider are in the photo, no cut off ears/hooves/heads/etc (partial tails cut off is allowable), do not have your horse riding in deep grass or snow, make sure as much of the hoof is visible as possible. Horse and Rider teams may be presented Hunter, Dressage or Saddleseat and the Sidesaddle equivalent of each. Braiding and clipping is not required to match your discipline, but it may give you a competitive edge if placing comes down to it. Riders must be dressed to match in at least a semi-formal version of their discipline's required fashion. Jackets/Blazers not required, but permitted. Polo shirts are acceptable for Hunter and short or long sleeved button downs are acceptable for both Hunter and Dressage. A long sleeved shirt and vest should be worn by Saddleseat riders, if not a full saddleseat suit. Regardless, make sure your horses are clean, backgrounds are free of clutter/other horses and horses are moving on level ground. No 3/4 angles or front/back shots will be permitted, all shots must be shot from the side and the horses must be moving in the same direction for all gaits. Submit one photo for each gait, make sure horses at the canter are shown on the lead matching the direction they are facing. Make sure your tack is allowed by our rulebook, entries submitted with illegal equipment will not be refunded and will be disqualified from competition. Horses of any age may be shown in a snaffle or english-style bitless bridle suitable for their discipline. Make sure you double check whether your horse is shown at the appropriate gaits in each photo.
Ridden Western is one of our undersaddle divisions. Make sure the entire horse and rider are in the photo, no cut off ears/hooves/heads/etc (partial tails cut off is allowable), do not have your horse riding in deep grass or snow, make sure as much of the hoof is visible as possible. Horse and Rider teams may be presented Working Western, Western Pleasure, Ranch Horse or Parade, and the Sidesaddle equivalent of each. Banding and clipping is not required to match your discipline, but it may give you a competitive edge if placing comes down to it. Riders must be dressed to match in at least a semi-formal version of their discipline's required fashion. Chaps and vests not required, but permitted. A plain, or patterned long-sleeved collared shirt with cuffs is required. Blingy shirts and silver tack will have no effect on score. Regardless, make sure your horses are clean, backgrounds are free of clutter/other horses and horses are moving on level ground. No 3/4 angles or front/back shots will be permitted, all photos must be shot from the side and the horses must be moving in the same direction for all gaits. Submit one photo for each gait, make sure horses at the canter are shown on the lead matching the direction they are facing. Make sure your tack is allowed by our rulebook, entries submitted with illegal equipment will not be refunded and will be disqualified from competition. Horses of any age may be shown in a rawhide bosal or snaffle.Make sure you double check whether your horse is shown at the appropriate gaits in each photo.
Time to play dress up! Show off your imagination by dressing up your horse (and yourself) in costume attire! Make sure your outfits are not racially insensitive or from a culture you are not a part of (such as native american dress or arabian costume). Costumes must be kid-friendly and not contain excessive gore or overly revealing elements.
Entries may be submitted via email to email@example.com and payment submitted by paypal to ASHDAtreasurer@gmail.com. Please submit your entries like so for each class entry:
Class: Conformation Mares
Horse: Horse Name
Exhibitor: John Smith
Owner: Jane Smith
For Costume, also include a title for your costume such as "Bert and Ernie".
Please submit an additional $3
shipping fee with your entry fees to cover the cost of your prizes being mailed to you, should you receive any. If you enter more than 4 classes total, please submit an $8 shipping fee to cover parcel shipping. Entrants outside the continental US, please submit a $10
shipping fee instead. If you are capable of picking up your prizes from ASHDA HQ in Brookneal, VA, you need not submit a shipping fee.
We're also going to make an offer for our entrants! If we get 35
entries (roughly 2 entries per class), we will upgrade our prize ribbons to have Appaloosa Print
on the side streamers.
If we get 50
entries (roughly 3 entries per class), we will include a small trophy for each Grand Champion of the ridden and conformation classes.
If we get 70
entries (roughly 4 entries per class), we will include a small trophy for each Reserve Champion of the ridden and conformation classes.
If we get 90
entries (roughly 5 entries per class), we will crown a High Point Champion and Reserve High point Champion for each category: Main Book, Heritage and Approved Cross. They will receive a trophy with their horse's name and title on it. High Point awards will go to the same horse/rider combo, so if a horse enters with two different exhibitors, their wins will be divided up between them.
This does not mean unique horses, if a horse enters 4 classes, that would count for 4 entries.
If you have questions or need a clarification, please do not hesitate to contact the ASHDA staff at firstname.lastname@example.org we absolutely want everyone to enter and have a chance to win, and we want to help make your ASHDA show experience a great one!