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Short Stirrup Hunter DQ

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  • Short Stirrup Hunter DQ

    My daughter was recently disqualified during a Short Stirrup Opportunity Hunter competition in a B rated show for holding a schooling crop during under saddle. When we questioned the steward about the decision we were told the judge was a USEF judge that is keen on helping children learn the rules and we should be grateful to show in front of him. The USEF rules that I can find show that a crop is allowed but must not be longer than 30". Is there a reference that I am missing? Is it common to DQ in opportunity for equipment without giving a warning?

  • #2
    I don't see anything that says a crop is not appropriate. Here is the equitation portion and it says that crops are permitted.

    https://www.usef.org/forms-pubs/XdvT...ation-division

    Is there anything in the show billet that you had?

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    • #3
      I am no steward, but I have been showing a long time. I'm not aware of any rules against crops in the under saddle at any level of USEF hunter/jumper competition. It's not the most flattering look, but I certainly don't think it's illegal.

      Are you 100% sure the DQ was because of a crop and not something else? Other equipment, such as a martingale, will get you disqualified lickety split.

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      • #4
        Who judged?
        *****
        You will not rise to the occasion, you will default to your level of training.

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        • #5
          Short stirrup is governed by zone rules. Which zone are you in?

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            #6
            There was nothing we could find in the billet. She does not use a martingale and they were clear it was because of crop. We are in zone 5.

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            • #7
              Hmm well I found nothing in zone rules, but I took a peek at the Illinois h/j rules just to pick a state in that zone, and I saw nothing about whips but interestingly, martingales are allowed o/f and u/s in the stirrup hunters and eq there.

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              • #8
                The only things I can think of are the use of the crop: excessive use or using it at all, per the judge's opinion

                or the fact that it is named a "schooling" crop -- was it not "show worthy"? Maybe he is picky about WHICH crops are permitted.

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                • #9
                  I dinged a kid who spent the whole flat class tapping her pony on the shoulder with her crop because she couldn't keep him going. Anything like that maybe happening?
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