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    06-09-2011, 02:20 PM
Show hack?

I've never entered in show hack, but I've always been under the impression that it's a jumping class, kind of like hunter hack. I signed up for it at a show this past weekend, and about half way through the day decided to be smart and as how high the jumps would be, incase it was over what my and my horse normally jump. I walked up and asked, and the lady (who had already been extremely rude to me that day) rudely told me that there weren't any jumps, and when I asked for a description she started talking to a person behind me, and I walked away. I asked my trainer and she also told me it was a jumping class, but I should go ask for a description since it wasn't. I went back a while later, and after being told that they didn't have a written description (which wasn't what I asked for in the first place) she finally told me it's a flat class where they ask for walk, extended walk, trot, extended trot, etc. I scratched it because my horse doesn't have a very good extended trot, and because I still didn't know what to expect and didn't feel like asking anymore from the lady. Has anybody ever entered in show hack? Can you give me a better explanation of what it is, and what to expect? What I would be judged on? Anything like that would be helpful. Thanks in advance!
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    06-09-2011, 10:50 PM
Well over in Australia, a show hack is a height class. Over 15hh.
    06-10-2011, 04:53 AM
Green Broke
In the UK, a hack class is a flat class for a perticular type of horse.
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 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.
    06-10-2011, 11:30 AM
The arabian show circuit also has show hack, but it's more like dressage. It's all the dressage clothes and equipment and no routines.
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    06-10-2011, 05:43 PM
Originally Posted by SEAmom    
The arabian show circuit also has show hack, but it's more like dressage. It's all the dressage clothes and equipment and no routines.
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Very interesting... I believe this one applies best to the show I was at. Wow, I was way off! Thanks though!
    06-10-2011, 05:52 PM
Green Broke
Show hack is just another flat class for hunters. Like usual, the horse is judged on his way of going. For SH, you want to be more collected (like an eq class if you've ever ridden in one).

And just because SH goes with Road and Pleasure hack.... RH is a more forward, ground covering class, and pleasure would be a nice easy gait, as it is for pleasure.

Does that make sense?
    06-12-2011, 03:56 PM
Can I ask a question here, being brought up in the UK I totally understand hack classes as faye described them.

Now I live in Canada and I'm thinking of taking G Man to a schooling show next week, where there are both 'Show Hack' and 'Road Hack' classes. There is no way that G Man would be classed as what I would call a Show Hack, but maybe a road hack?? But from the descriptions I have seen the road hack asks for a they always require a gallop, shoot we've only just cracked cantering
    06-12-2011, 07:28 PM
Green Broke
GH, If you said Road hack in the UK I personaly woulf think Riding horse classes as that is a very old term for the horse that a lord/lady would ride to a meet before changing onto the hunter. Generaly heavier then the Park hack (which is now called the Show hack) and fits nicely into the Riding horse class.
    06-12-2011, 07:31 PM
GH, in BC we are required to hand gallop in a road hack class. Probably the same over your way!

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