Native breeds and CHAPS

Coloured Horse and Pony classes (CHAPS)

Coloured Horse and Pony classes (CHAPS)

Bridles should have coloured browbands.

Coloured horse wearing double bridle with  velvet browband  and  a fairly straight cut saddle to show off the horse's shoulder.
Mountain and moorland ridden classes

Mountain and moorland ridden classes

Bridles should be plain and workmanlike, metal or clincher are permitted but some judges don’t like them as brass was traditionally for stallions.

A highland pony wearing a workman like plain bridle and a saddle which is fairly straight cut to show off the pony's shoulder.
Mountain and moorland in-hand classes

Mountain and moorland in-hand classes

  • White halter or rope halter is correct for:
    • New Forest
    • Highland (rope not webbing)
    • Fell
    • Dales
    • Welsh A, C & D
    • Youngstock – mares & geldings of any age
  • Leather foal slips, followed by in-hand bridles are correct for:
    • Shetlands
    • Connemaras
    • Exmoors
    • Dartmoors
    • Welsh Bs
  • In-hand bridles can be used for youngstock and broodmares
  • Stallions should wear bridles with bits once they are over two years
  • Yearling colts can wear bits but are usually led off the noseband
  • Two-year-olds can wear nylon (training) bits but once they are 3 (esp large breeds) they are expected to wear proper stallion bits on an in-hand bridle. Small breeds often stick with a smaller bit so it does not draw attention away from the face
  • Some breed societies state that stallion harnesses must be worn on horses over 3 years olds

Society websites for these classes are listed – visit the websites for more information on relevant rules regarding tack.

A well turned out Welsh Section C Stallion. Note the show bridle which enhances the horses face.

A 14-year-old Welsh Cob stallion at the Vermo Pony Show 2010, best Welsh Cob Stallion and Best Welsh Cob III.
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