English Style Classes


A. Ponies should be suitable to purpose and should move with long, low strides reaching forward with ease and smoothness, be able to lengthen stride and cover ground

with relaxed, free flowing movement, while exhibiting correct gaits that are of the proper cadence. The quality of the movement and the consistency of the gaits is a major consideration. Ponies should be obedient, have a bright expression with alert ears, and should respond willingly to the rider with light leg and hand contact. Ponies should be

responsive and smooth in transition. When asked to extend the trot or hand gallop, they should move out with the same flowing motion. The poll should be level with, or above, the withers to allow proper impulsion behind. (See QPA Head Carriage Rules.) The head position should be slightly in front of, or on, the vertical.


The trot should seem effortless and efficient. Pony utilizes the top line by rounding its back and driving evenly off the hind legs with even rhythm and cadence. Soft in the poll, jaw and mouth and is shown with light rein contact. Canter - The pony utilizes his top line by rounding his back, engaging his hindquarters to drive his hind legs deep underneath him creating impulsion and suspension in his motion. Has a strong, deep, forward stride behind and an equally forward, flat-kneed reach with his front legs. Appears effortless and totally in control of its motion. The English Pony creates energy yet stays soft and responsive to his rider. The pony's weight is distributed properly onto its hindquarters and he moves with long, slow strides. This pony has a great degree of suspension, impulsion and elasticity to its movement.


B. This class will be judged 60% on performance and manners; 30% on type, conformation, quality and substance; and 10% on appointments.


C. Ponies to be:

1. Shown at a walk, trot and canter both ways of the ring. (Except for 8 & Under.)

2. Back easily and stand quietly. Judge may require the backing of only the finalists, at his discretion.

3. Ponies may be asked to change to canter from the flat-footed walk or trot.

4. Reversed to the inside away from the rail, at a walk.

5. Extended Trot & Hand Gallop may be added based on Class Type.



E. Faults to be scored according to severity:

1. Quick, short, or vertical strides.

2. Being on the wrong lead.

3. Breaking gait.

4. Excessive speed.

5. Failure to take the appropriate gait when called for.

6. Head carried too high or too low.  (Too Low is a Major Fault/Too High is Minor fault.)

7. Over flexing or straining neck in head carriage so the nose is carried behind the vertical.

8. Excessive nosing out.

9. Failure to maintain light contact with pony's mouth.

10. Stumbling.

11. Pony appearing sullen, dull, lethargic, emaciated, drawn or overly tired.

12. Pony who looks like a western pleasure horse in an english saddle.

13.  Inappropriate Hand Position (See Pics Below)



F. Tack and Attire.



A. In all hunt seat classes, an English snaffle (no shanks), Kimberwick, pelham and/or full bridle (with two reins), all with cavesson nosebands and leather brow bands must be used. A port must be no higher than 1-1/2" (3.8 cm).


B. Two year olds MUST be ridden in snaffle bits.


C. In Open Jumping, English non-leverage hackamores or mechanical hackamores with English bridle and reins are allowed.


D. On broken mouthpieces, the mouthpiece may be two or three pieces. If it is three pieces, a connecting ring must be no larger than 1-1/4" (3.2 cm) outside diameter, or a connecting flat bar must be no longer than 2"(5 cm) and 3/8" (1 cm) to 3/4" (2 cm) measured top to bottom and must lie flat in mouth. If a curb bit is used, the chain must be at least 1/2" (1.3 cm) in width and lie flat against the jaw of the pony.


E. All smooth, round, twisted, slow twist, corkscrew, double twisted wire (mouthpieces) and straight bars or solid mouth pieces with a maximum port height of 1-1/2" (3.8 cm) are acceptable.


F. Nothing, such as extensions or prongs may protrude below the mouthpiece (bar). All mouthpieces must be a minimum of 5/16" (0.8 cm) in diameter measured 1" (2.5 cm) from the cheek.


G. The judge may prohibit the use of bits and equipment he may consider too severe.


H. A bit cannot be physically or mechanically changed to increase the severity of its use, and the exhibitor may be eliminated at the discretion of the judge.


I. Disqualifications. English bits of any style featuring cathedral, fish back, or donut mouthpiece; rough, sharp material; or mechanically altered bits are illegal and shall be cause for disqualification. In all divisions, if a mouth is found to be bloody, disqualification is at the discretion of the judge.


J. Saddles must be of black and/or brown colors. Hunt seat saddles or forward seat type may have an insert on the skirt. Saddle pads must be of the classic style and composition. Pads with extensions designed for show numbers are acceptable. Event pads and pads of nontraditional colors are acceptable only for Open Jumping.


K. Optional Equipment

1. Spurs of the unrowelled type.

2. Crops or bats.

3. English breast plates.

4. Braiding of mane and/or tail in hunt style.

5. Standing or running martingales in Hunter Over Fences, Open Jumping and Equitation Over Fences only.

6. Dropped nosebands in Open Jumping only.

7. Protective boots, leg wraps and bandages are allowed in Open Jumping, Equitation Over Fences and Hunter Over Fences.

L. Prohibited Equipment

1. Draw reins.

2. Rowelled spurs.

3. Standing or running martingales except in Hunter Over Fences, Open Jumping, and Equitation Over Fences.

4. Dropped nosebands except in Open Jumping.

5. Protective boots, leg wraps and bandages are prohibited in Hunter Hack.



A. Exhibitors must be neatly dressed in hunt coats of traditional hunt seat style and conservative color, breeches of traditional shades of buff, gray or rust (or jodhpurs), high English boots or paddock (jodhpur) boots of black or brown. Spurs of the unrowelled type that are blunt, round or that include a smooth rolling rubber ball and no longer than one inch and crops and bats are optional.  A tie or choker is required. Gloves are optional.  Crops and bats are optional, but excessive use may be penalized.  Black, navy blue, brown or green hunting caps are mandatory.  Long hair must be neat and contained in a net or braid.



B. ASTM/SEI approved protective headgear with fastened harness is required for all classes requiring over fence work and may be worn in other classes at the exhibitor's option. Regular hunt seat hard hats may be worn in non--‐fence

classes, if protective headgear is not worn.