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FC: By Shelby Rodgers | Derby Goes to the State Fair!
1: Derby is a two year old thoroughbred!
2: Thoroughbreds are the most common breed of race horse. Our state is known for the Kentucky Derby and the thoroughbred is the horse to beat. Thoroughbreds are extremely fast runners.
4: Derby has a different personality for a thoroughbred. He likes to be shown in horse shows. Running isn't his thing.
5: Halter classes are popular events for horses of all breeds. In a halter class, the horse is judged on its conformation and its movement on a halter and lead line. Derby is going to be shown in a halter class at the State Fair!
6: Derby Loves to look pretty and smile! | Derby's conformation is what makes him a beautiful horse. The conformation of a racehorse means how well he is put together in order to accomplish the task he was bred to do - run fast and win shows. Conformation is the blending of the various body parts, and how well they fit together visually and physically to create a perfect horse.
7: This is how Derby's body has to look to have a good conformation for the show! | The five major criteria for judging a horse include: balance, structure and travel, muscle, quality, and breed and sex characteristics. Therefore, when Derby goes to the show that's what he's going to get judged on.
8: Since Derby's conformation is correct. It's time for him to get ready for the show. His owner gives him a bath, brushes him and puts his tack on, like his alter.
9: The state fairs show is next week! Now he's ready to go!
10: Derby is on his way to the show!
11: Annie is ready to give Derby a blue ribbon, for looking like such a well developed thoroughbred. | Derby got to meet his judge at the state fair! Her name is Annie.
12: The word “judge” means “to form an opinion or estimation of after careful consideration.” When you judge a horse—whether in a show, on an individual basis, or in a contest—you form an opinion or estimation about that horse.
13: To Annie horse judging is important because horse judging will help her develop valuable life skills such as learning more about the horse, how to evaluate and select a horse for a suitable purpose, learn how to make choices and form opinions, have confidence in your horsemanship skills, and defend your ideas and take other ideas into consideration. Judging can benefit any way of life. What you or Annie can learn though judging can be used for any real world scenario.
14: He gets out of the trailer, walks into the ring and begins to walk around for Annie to study him. A horse's body can be divided equally only if it has a long, sloping shoulder; short back with a long underline; and a long hip. The head and neck should not look excessively large or small when compared with the rest of the body. Derby follows all these guidelines. Also, the legs should be about the same length as the heart girth. He has normal feet movement, they go forward in a straight line. The horse should travel or move with balance within its frame and move with long ground-covering strides; as Derby does. Therefore, Derby is a well- qualified candidate for his class. Look back to pg. 7 for a reference.
15: Annie gives Derby 1st place in his class! He was the best looking thoroughbred in the class.
17: Annie gives Derby 1st place in his class! He was the best looking thoroughbred in the class.
18: References: Hoadly, Jan. "Interview with Robin Petrasek: Choosing a Thoroughbred." Horseman Magazine. Web. 08 Mar. 2012.
19: Now Derby can relax until his next horse show!