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The ideal Show Hack is of thoroughbred type and should be capable of carrying an average adult. The Hack must be a pleasure to ride and have excellent manners. The Hack should be in self-carriage and be light and soft to ride. It should also have correct conformation with the emphasis on quality and elegance. The latter stems from a well set on head and neck combined with a good length of shoulder. The movement should be smooth and graceful with a true pointing of the toe. To achieve these qualities the Hack must be extremely well schooled.

Classes for Hacks:

Small Hack - Mare or gelding, 4 years old and over, exceeding 148cms but not exceeding 154cms

Large Hack - Mare or gelding, 4 years old and over, exceeding 154cms but not exceeding 160cms

Hacks are also eligible to enter the following classes providing they meet the relevant criteria:

Novice Hack, Ladies Side Saddle, Young Rider, Restricted, Amateur, Amateur Owner Rider/Home Produced

Hack Judging

Hacks should be judged on type, ride, manners and conformation. It is recommended that judges use the following percentages when judging Hacks: Ride 40%, Conformation 40%, Individual Show 20%

The compulsory individual show should not exceed 1.5 minutes and should include walk, trot, canter, rein back, stand still and obedience to the leg. Judges should penalise lack of manners and should ignore uncalled for movements peformendin order to try to impress the judges ie. flying changes, high school movements.

However, during Championships, the judge MAY take into account more advanced movements such as flying changes, providing they are performed correctly.

Format of the Ridden Hack Class

The class will enter the ring on the right rein. The steward will ask the class to trot, then canter. The class will then be asked to change the rein and will canter on the left rein together. The class will not be asked to gallop. The steward will ask the class to come back to walk and the judge/s will select the horses to come in to line up in their chosen order. Once the class has been lined up, the judge will ride each horse individually. Whilst this it taking place, the conformation judge may ask for each horse to come out to be stripped. After this has taken place, each horse will come out to do an individual show. Once all three elements of the class are completed, the steward will ask the class to walk around once more on the right rein. The judge/s will select their top horses and, once the class is lined up, the prizes will be distributed. Once the prize giving is completed, the class will leave the ring in order.


Ladies should wear a navy jacket, shirt, tie, tie pin. Beige, cream or canary coloured breeches, long black boots with a garter strap and spurs or dummy spurs, brown/beige gloves. They should wear their hair in a bun (no scrunchies) and a navy velvet hat (either strap hat or beagler type depending on personal preference or requirements of each show). The rider should carry a brown cane

Gentlemen should wear a tweed jacket, shirt, tie, tie pin. Beige or cream coloured breeches, long black boots with a garter strap and spurs or dummy spurs, brown/beige gloves. They should wear a bowler (or a velvet strap hat if required by the show). The rider should carry a brown cane.

For evening performances, some Royal shows and Championships (please check with each show), ladies will change their hat to a top hat and may wear earrings. Instead of a shirt and tie, it is correct to wear a white or cream coloured stock.

Gentlemen should wear a black tailcoat, waistcoat, shirt and tie with black trousers and a top hat.

The horse should wear a straight cut leather saddle (generally brown), a discreet numnah if required, a godo quality brown leather bridle with a velvet coloured browband. The leather may be of a finer type than used for hunters and riding horses.

The mane should be plaited and the tail pulled and cut to a few inches below the hocks. The heels, muzzle, ears etc should be trimmed. In an open class the horse should wear a double or pelham bridle. A snaffle it acceptable in novice classes. Some people use a white girth - this is up to individual choice although brown leather is more often seen. Quartermarks should be used.

Some makeup is usually worn by the horse, for example highlighter around the eyes and muzzle and hoof oil.

In Hand

Many shows have in hand hack classes (these are sometimes combined with riding horse classes). The hack should be turned out as for a ridden class (minus a saddle). The handler should wear a tweed jacket, shirt and tie, smart trousers and sensible shoes. Generally they will wear gloves and should carry a cane.

Classes for in hand hacks include:

In hand hack broodmares, In hand hack youngstock, In hand small hack stallions, In hand large hack stallions, in hand small hack broodmares, in hand large hack broodmares, foal classes, small hack yearling, large hack yearling, small hack 2 year old, large hack 2 year old, small hack 3 year old, large hack 3 year old.

All colts 2 years old and over and stallions must be registered with their respective Stud Books and must hold a current licence and/or be graded.

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