Palominos 2 years of age and over require classification.
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.
the owner must do:
- Have all paperwork correctly filled
out and sent to the National Office accompanied by
the appropriate fees.
- Brand the horse OR ensure that all
paperwork proving it is already registered elsewhere without a brand has been
lodged with the National Office.
- Wash the horse - it must be clean
- Trim the hooves - to ensure
it stands correctly.
- The horse
does not have to be in show condition but make sure it is looking its best.
the horse must have:
- A mane 1 cm long
- No plaits in mane or tail.
- No dyeing, bleaching or colouring of
mane, tail or body (including make-up on body)
- Its own tail - false tails are not
- Colts and stallions must have both
- Eyes must both be black, brown or
- Must be 2 years of age and over.
- Blue eyes or wall eyes.
- Dorsal strip on palominos - dark line
- White markings except where permitted
on legs and head.
tails, false plaits, hair extenders.
- Dyed manes and tails
- Dyed or artificially enhanced coat
Methods of classification:
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.
- to be taken in the daytime, preferably on a sunny day
- must show full views of both sides, front, rear and underneath; these views to be taken from a distance of no more than 2 metres
- must be close enough to see smut, roan and spots as well as brands
- mane and tail must be fanned out so that quality, colour and discolouration can be assessed
- must show horse walking and trotting towards and away from the camera and trotting side on
- side on close up of each eye
- side on view of teeth
Photo: (sample photographs of what is required to be shown can be viewed here).
- Must be coloured.
- Must detail brands, scars, markings, UNDER BELLY including between front and back legs, mane and tail.
- Mane and tail must be fanned out so that quality, colour and discolouration can be assessed.
- Must include full side shots of both sides, full views of front and back of horse, close ups of each eye taken from the side, side on view of teeth, under tail (mares), testicles (stallions)
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