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Part of a series of emails to our exhibitors in an effort to provide helpful information about their interaction with the show office and other staff at the show.  If you have a particular question you would like addressed, please feel free to make a suggestion.

SEPTEMBER 2008 NEWSLETTER

Martingale
 verses and pictures by Helen Kirby, published 1937

Of a maid I'll tell you briefly,
Blessed with virtues manifold,
Taught to read and write, but chiefly
Trained to win a good man's gold.....

A common question that arises at our shows is for what classes are there restrictions for wearing a martingale, and what type of martingale is permitted in which classes.

HUNTER - Martingales of any type are prohibited in Under Saddle, hack and tie-breaking classes.  Standing martingales are allowed for all over fence classes.  All other martingales may be considered unconventional.  USEF HU117.3.  Therefore, running martingales are permissible in hunter classes but since rarely seen, the judge may penalize for its use.  Notwithstanding above, many shows and/or area associations allow martingales to be used on the flat for beginner flat classes such as Short Stirrup or Walk-Trot. Check the prize list specifications for these type classes.

JUMPER - Martingale restrictions are based on the amount of money offered in the class, regardless of the height of fence being jumped. For classes restricted to young horses, only running martingales used in the conventional manner are permissible.  For other classes offering less than $1000.00, the competitor may show with a martingale of any type.  For classes offering $1000 but less than $5000, only standing or running martingales used in the conventional manner are permitted.  For classes offering $5000 or more, only running martingales used in the conventional manner are permitted.  JP111.

EQUITATION - Martingales are permitted in classes over obstacles and in the jumping phase of classes requiring both jumping and flat work. EQ109.2  For example, you can use a standing martingale or running martingale in the jumping phase of the ASPCA Horsemanship Class but may not use a martingale of any kind for the flat phase.  For the USEF Talent Search, only running martingales used in the conventional manner are permitted in the jumping phase and no martingales of any kind are permitted in the flat phase.  EQ112.13.  For WIHS Jumper Phase, only running martingales used in the conventional manner are permitted.  Like the hunters, show and local rules may allow the use of a martingale for beginner equitation classes on the flat; check the prize list or with the show office.