Disciplines: Parade Horse
The Parade Horse must be a beautiful, stylish animal, displaying refinement
and personality and present eye-appeal of horse and rider. The show parade
horse may be of any color or combination of colors, of any breed or combination
of breeds, stallions, mares or geldings. Good manners are essential, both in
executing gaits and while lined up in the ring. Horses must be serviceably
sound and in good condition. Since beauty is important, blemishes will be
considered. Parade Horses must be shown with a full mane, braided if desired,
and a tail that may be set prior to showing. An inconspicuously applied tail
switch or top is permitted and a brace may be used. Entries must be over 14.2
hands. Ponies are not eligible for Parade Horse classes, however separate
classes for ponies 14.2 hands and under may be offered for junior exhibitors
and judged under the same rules.
The Parade Horse is shown at an animated walk and at a parade gait. The animated
walk should be a graceful, four-beat, straight, brisk movement, but not a jog-trot.
It should be slow enough to differentiate between the animated walk and the parade
gait. The parade gait shall be a true, straight, high-prancing movement, square,
collected and balanced with hocks well under. The maximum speed should be 5 MPH.
Parade Horses are shown under stock saddles with silver, Mexican or other appropriate
equipment. The rider should wear attire that is both colorful and typical of the Old
West, of American, Mexican, or Spanish origin, consisting of fancy cowboy suit, hat
and boots. Spurs, guns, serapes, etc, are optional.
For specific information regarding Parade Horse or Pony classes, please visit the USEF
Rule Book link above. Should you have any questions, please contact the USEF Breeds
and Western Disciplines Department at (859) 258-2472.