1. Methods of judging the classes
Judges judge each class independently from one another and without catalogue according to the following criteria: type, head and neck, body and topline, legs, movement, based on the 20-points-system (half points allowed). The points awarded by the judges will be added and divided by the number of judges.
2. Rules for Ties in Qualifying Places
In the event of a tie in the qualifying places of a class, the higher place will be given to the horse with the most points for type. If there is still a tie, the higher place will be given to the horse with the most points for movement. Failing a decision on either of these, one judge chosen by ballot will name his preference.
3. Rules for Championships
Championships are not given according to the results achieved in the preceding classes. All Championships will be judged independently and comparatively.
Methods and rules for judging Championships
A) Championships will be judged as follows:
a) The horses placed first in their class line up ordered according to age. The horses placed second in their class line up behind them in the same order.
b) The first placed horses will be judged individually, standing and trotting.
c) The judges will not discuss the horses.
d) The Champion Gold medal winner is selected from amongst the horses placed first in their class by individual written votes from each judge. The best placed horse will be Champion Gold medal winner. In the event of a tie, the horse that received the highest number of points in its class will be declared Champion Gold medal winner. In the event of a further tie, the "Rules for Ties in Qualifying Places" will apply.
B) The Silver medal winner will be selected in the same way as the Gold medallist, from all other horses that have qualified for the Championship.
C) The Bronze medal winner will be selected using the same system used to select the Silver medallist. The votes of the judges in the Championships will be announced and will be published at the show office immediately after the judging has finished.
D) A fourth horse will be selected, which will become the Bronze medal winner should one of the three medal winners be disqualified. If this exhibit is not apparent from the voting papers, the judges will be asked to nominate one. This horse will not be announced. In the event that two or more of the medal winners are disqualified, no further substitution will be made.
E) If a horse placed first in its class is not able to take part in the Championship, the horse placed second in the class will move forward and be judged with the other horses placed first. Should a horse placed first be sent out of the ring by the judges for any reason, it will be deemed to have taken part in the championship and, therefore, the second placed horse will not be judged with the other first placed horses. Substitutions for absent first-placed or second-placed horses by third-placed or lower-ranked horses will not be permitted.
F) All horses that qualify for their respective Championships must take part in the Championship. Unless a certificate from the DC veterinarian is produced, failure to compete will disqualify the horse from the show, with its record of score and class placing being deleted and the horse being disqualified from showing for the period of one year as from the date of the show. In the event of a disqualification, horses placed behind the disqualified horse will move up a place in the class but not be entitled to enter the Championship.
4. Methods of judging the Non-ECAHO Classes
A) Classes will be judged comparatively by three judges.
B) The Call Judge shall instruct the Ring Master prior to the start of the class on how he/she intends to run the class. The Call Judge will maintain order of the class through the Ring Master.
C) All horses entered in the class shall enter the ring, at a trot, one after another, in an anti-clockwise direction and upon completing their circuit line up along the rail and wait until all horses are in the ring.
D) Once all horses are in the ring, the horses will be walked collectively in an anti-clockwise circular direction using as much of the ring as is deemed necessary.
E) Whilst the horses are walking, and before beginning individual inspections, the Judge shall instruct the Ring Master to call all the exhibits in to a preliminary line up. All horses remain in the show ring.
F) Each horse will then be called forward for an individual inspection.
G) Once all entries have been individually judged, the final evaluation will be made.
H) The Judges shall judge all horses equally and not drawn attention to any exhibit’s faults.
I) If a horse appears lame, the Judge may indicate to the exhibitor, through the Ring Master, that he/she considers the horse to be going unevenly and thereby give the exhibitor a chance to withdraw from the class rather that be placed down the line.
J) The Judges shall be brisk and adapt him/herself to the time available.
K) The Judges shall consider the interest of all the exhibitors, and the method of judging shall be consistent.
L) Any badly behaved horse or handler can and will be dismissed from the class.
M) Handlers can only present one horse in this class.