The steward will escort all the competitors and the assessors to the centre of the judging ring
The competition is based on two in-hand showing class of four animals – one for Riding Pony/Hunter Pony and one for Mountain and Moorland ponies. Remember competitors can only compete in ONE section and both sections will run simultaneously. In each class animals will be identified by letters A, B, X or Y. No competitor will be allowed to talk to anyone outside the ring during the judging. The Assessors will view the animals at the same time as the competitors.
Competitors will observe the animals as a class in walk before each animal is trotted. The animals will then be lined up. Competitors will be divided into groups and each group will have approximately 2 minutes to view each animal. The animals will then walk away and trot back. This procedure will be repeated until each group has assessed all the animals. The animals will then be walked as a class and the competitors will mark their placings 1st to 4th on the score card using A, B, X and Y before handing it to the steward. A presentation will be made to the handlers supplying the ponies and a group photograph taken before the competitors leave the ring and return indoors.
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The NPS Areas have been a backbone of this competition through training, assessing and encouraging young people to take part. Some competitors might not readily have access to training and support and they may find the following publications helpful: