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        12-29-2008, 08:33 PM
    It's also one of those things where as much as I adore paints, I don't think I would get one for showing because they are just to recognizable. I think your horse is just lovely!
    Lol, that's why I love my paint. Sure if we make a mistake they'll remember us, but they definitely will remember if we do well. Plus my mare's a flashy black and white, and we usually only have brown and white paints at the shows I go to.
    I don't compete hunters, but I think more and more paints are starting hunters, if the giant hunter barn I used to board at was right.
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        12-30-2008, 06:15 PM
    Green Broke
    I find that quality hunter judges are pretty accepting of different colors. I show quite a bit at the local and A circuit level and I don't really see biases anymore, at least in my area of the country. In fact, I showed a pretty flashy black and white paint this year and we've won quite a few classes, inclulding undersaddles. In fact, we're reserve champion of our division for a year end award. I've always felt like we were placed pretty fairly. You have to consider what the judges are looking for, something with a long floaty step that can easily make it down a line on a 12 foot stride, rock back on its haunches and bascule over a fence. Lots of breeds that have the louder colors didn't always have the conformation or ability to compete with horses that were bred to have that kind of movement, in the same way that a 17 h TB isn't the "ideal" for a barrel horse. (yes, I know there are 17h TBs that can excel in barrels, but let's be honest, it's usually not typical). That's my take on it anyways. I've read a lot of judges cards and I've never read any negative remarks because of color. (not saying it doesn't happen). All that to say, I think you'd be ok with your horse. :) He's not a very loud roan and from a distance could look like a regular chestnut.
        01-01-2009, 05:34 PM
    My old pony won everything (and I mean everything) unless I really messed. And he was one UGLY roan. Over the summer I showed a beautiful red roan welsh, and we did pretty well, considering she was green.
        01-04-2009, 07:58 PM
    I have only seen a slight bias with really old fashion Qh judges around here. I showed a blue roan and we did just fine. I think all of the horses I have shown were "of color".

    Some people don't like the head seats you get from the really stocky paints and palominos, but if it goes nicely it really doesn't matter.
        01-04-2009, 11:02 PM
    My pony hunter was a blue roan and she was always a winner in the hunter ring as was my palomino.

    As for being marked down because of color, I do not think that is actually the case thought it might feel that way. If you think about it colored horses are alot more flashy and noticeable then say your average bay therefore they stand out much more and the judge will be likely to catch the mistakes of the colored pair then your non colored pair which mistakes tend to go unnoticed as they are not so eye catching.
        01-05-2009, 01:56 PM
    Green Broke
    I'v only read a few of these replies but i'v seen many judges not place because of color. Its dumb, and I still regulary show under a judge that doesn't like Grey's. Ugh. Not good for my case.
        01-05-2009, 04:42 PM
    Ya I think its ridiculous that judges do that...i think everyone should be placed on the actions of horse and rider not looks of horse and rider.. yet one day you will be faced with a judge that only cares on the color of the horse .. =/
        01-06-2009, 09:06 AM
    Green Broke
    Ohno. I think it should be judge on the looks of the horse and rider certainly. Not on color, on how clean and professional you both look. If you have a scrappy looking horse with poop stains and mud all over it and you come in riding with jeans and a hoodie. But yet you ride twice as better as anyone in your class. I wouldn't even place you. But the color of the horse also helps it pop. If you have a class of 20+ horses, your not going to individually judge each and every horse, your going to look at the ones that catch your eye. Ugly or not.

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