USHJA Officials Committee Supports Horses Showing Natural Expression and Enthusiasm

April 19, 2012



Lexington, KY- Consistent with United States Hunter Jumper Association’s commitment to the welfare of our equine partners, its Officials Committee has issued the following statement regarding the performance of competition horses.

“The USHJA Officials Committee is a strong advocate of allowing a horse to show expression, not to the point of it being a safety issue or significantly disrupting the round, but natural and enthusiastic about the job at hand.”

Shelby French, CEO of USHJA and R Hunter Judge applauds the Officials Committee for their stance on this topic. “This statement issued by the Officials Committee provides the guiding philosophy on how we should be evaluating horses in the show ring.”

The Officials Committee will be emphasizing this position throughout its judging curriculum, including the materials covered at USEF Licensed Officials Clinics.

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