Palominos 2 years of age and over require classification.
All palominos 2 years of age & over are required to be classified for COLOUR in addition to CONFORMATION. They are classified on a point system for colour, and because they lose points for dark spots, dark hairs or smutting, it is necessary for you to present your horse washed and clean with mane and tail combed. It is not the classifiers' job to sort out whether dark patches and dark hairs are really that, or whether they are just dirt.
A horse which fails it’s first classification may be represented twice more for classification under different classifiers. (ie if it fails it’s second classification, it may be represented a third and final time). A horse which fails 3 classifications may not be represented in another state; it may only be presented 3 times ALL UP, not 3 times per state. The only exceptions are stallions which fail colour classification - these horses may be gelded after failing 3 times for stallion registration and be re presented as geldings.
It is also important for owners to understand that just because a palomino may not meet all the Colour Standard of Excellence requirements, it does not necessarily follow that their horse or pony is automatically ineligible for registration. If you are at all unsure about whether or not your palomino will pass classification please send some photos to the registrar and ask.
The responsibility for application for classification, submission of all correct documentation and information and payment of fees' rests solely with the owner of the horse.
What the owner must do:
What the horse must have:
There is some misconception that immediately a horse is officially 2 years old it must be classified (palominos) / adult upgraded - this is not so: classification / adult upgrading is necessary if you wish to show the horse but horses should only be presented when they are ready.
For the convenience of owners, we offer the following methods of classification.
Photo: (sample photographs of what is required to be shown can be viewed here).