How awesome is this? Starting 2014 AMHA will offer a Halter Stock Horse Division. All of the details are not worked out yet, but local shows can offer classes and there will be 11 classes at World in 2014. For those who breed and prefer the more stock type miniature horse.Now IS The Time! This is a very exciting time for us as AMHA members as our association provides even more options for our horses. We will now have 2 divisions of halter horses and classes for each type. Watch the AMHA web site for future news on this exciting new concept. *****UPDATE **** The AMHA Stock Division is heading for the wire! This committee has worked day and night to have all of the information pulled together in what must be record time. The committee has an international judge on it and input from another one for all who worry about judging issues. YOU decide what division you want to show your horse in. Hopefully the guidelines will answer most of your questions and the final product should be available in less than a week. Frank is receiving daily calls and emails from those anxious to participate so we are hoping that this will make a lot of AMHA members happy.***** ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ FINAL UPDATE FIRSTLet me say that I am not an official representative of AMHA. I am a member of the Stock Type Halter Division Committee. If you have questions not answered by the official information below please call the office (remembering that this is a new Division and the office may need a little time to gather the correct information for you) Let the excitement begin! The AMHA Stock Type Halter Division is a new concept in the American Miniature Horse show world. AMHA is presenting this new division in a test format. If you are as enthusiastic about this new division as are so many of the people contacting us, there are three things you can do to ensure that this new division becomes a permanent part of AMHA. Those things are: 1. Contact your regional Director and let him know how enthusiastic you are about this new division. To find the Director's contact information go to the REGIONAL MAP http://www.amha.org/index.asp?KeyName=321 Click on your state and the information will appear. 2. Contact your local club or other persons putting on shows and request that the Stock Type Halter classes be added this year. 3. Most Important**PARTICIPATE ** . The bottom line for perpetuation of this division will be the number of horses entering the classes so get out there and have fun and know you are a part of something new and exciting! The AMHA Show Rules Committee has expressed their commitment to have the full slate of 31 classes ready to present for membership approval at the AMHA Annual Meeting 2015. Signed: Charlotte ####################################################################### Official Information: STOCK TYPE HALTER DIVISION (classes for 2014 are nonrated. (no points will be awarded) Minimum classes to be offered at a local show in 2014: Youth mares and geldings Amateur Mares Amateur Geldings and Stallions Open Mares Open Geldings Open Stallions Stock Type Halter Division classes which will be offered at World 2014 and may be offered at local shows in 2014 if desired: Youth Mares Youth Geldings Amateur Mares Amateur Geldings Amateur Stallions Open Junior Mares Open Senior Mares Open Junior Geldings Open Senior Geldings Open Junior Stallions Open Senior Stallions Stock Type Halter Division Standards of Conformation and Movement GENERAL IMPRESSION An attractive horse where everything is proportionate and all parts tie in smoothly. All gaits are smooth and purposeful exhibiting natural athleticism. Horses are judged on balance, structural correctness and sex characteristics. Of these, balance is the most important. S TA N C E - The American Miniature Horse Associations Stock Type Horse normally stands at ease with his legs perpendicular to the ground and parallel with each other. The horse should exhibit a balanced stance and stand on the corners of his body, as opposed to being spread too far apart or crowded too close together, or parked out. H E A D - The head of an AMHA Stock Type Horse reflects inquisitive intelligence. He has a short, broad head that is straight or slightly dished topped by small to medium ears hooked towards the center line at the tips; kind wide-set eyes; large nostrils; small muzzle, and firm mouth. A domed forehead is a fault. N E C K - The head of the AMHA Stock Type Horse joins the neck at a roughly 45-degree angle, with a slender throatlatch allowing him to move easily in any direction while maintaining his balance. The medium to long neck should be slightly arched and blend smoothly into sloping shoulders. S H O U L D E R S - The AMHA Stock Type Horses short strong back is created by deep sloping shoulders tying in well back. C H E S T A N D F O R E L E G S - As demonstrated by the heart girth and relatively wide-set forelegs, the AMHA Stock Type Horse is deep and broad in the chest. Smooth joints and short cannon bones are set on clean fetlocks and medium length pasterns are supported by healthy hooves. The forearm tapers to the knee, whether viewed from the front or back. B A C K - The short back of the AMHA Stock Type Horse is full and strong across the loins. The barrel is formed by deep, well sprung ribs which extend to the hip joints. The underline, or abdominal area, should rise cleanly to the flank. The point of the croup should be no higher than the top of the withers. The tail is set off a long, rounded croup. H I N D Q U A RT E R S - Viewed from either side or the rear, the hindquarters are broad, deep and adequately muscled through the thigh, stifle and gaskin down to the hock. When viewed from the rear, there is adequate width extending evenly from the top of the thigh to the gaskin. The hocks are wide set, deep and straight. B ONE S, L E G S AND HO O V E S - Flat, strong bones, smooth joints and proper angulations form a leg that is attractive and functional. The hooves are proportionate to overall conformation MUSCLING -The AMHA Stock Type Horse should have muscling adequate to function, but is not a heavily muscled breed. Overly heavy muscling is a fault. MOTION- Stock Type horses track straight and true with a ground covering motion. At all times they should appear confident, balanced and athletic. Excessive knee and/or hock action is a fault. Stock Type Illustration Standards and Style 1. Stock division horses will be shown in a stock horse manner with the horse standing still, calm and square. Baiting will be strongly frowned upon. 2. The handler should stand towards the left side of the horses center line, more or less facing horse. 3. Stock type/western show halters will be the accepted standard. At local shows a clean/new nylon halter will suffice. An Arabian type halter is unacceptable. 4. Leads may have chains, but chains may only go under chin and not over the nose or in the mouth. 5. Shaving/razoring of heads will be contrary to accepted style. Clipping is permitted. 6. Banding or braiding of manes is contrary to accepted style. 7. Pulled or undercut manes are acceptable. 8. Manes should be natural and of moderate length. 9. Tails should be off the ground. Requirements 1. A horse may not show in more than one halter division at any show with the exception of color classes. Versatility is considered a performance class and this does not apply. 2. There will be no instances of halter competition between horses representing stock and the other division such as supreme champion classes. 3. Current rules for handlers dress will apply to both divisions. 4. Current halter ring pattern will be used for both divisions. FAQs Q. Will classes at Local shows be official? A. Yes when they finish working their way through the system in time for the 2015 annual meeting. For 2014 they are non rated. Q. If a horse shows in the Stock Type Halter Division at a local show can the same horse show in the other Divisions Halter classes at World? A. Yes Q. How will a horse qualify for World in 2014? A. There are no qualifying requirements for Stock Type Halter for the 2014 World Show. However, if you wish to enter other classes at the World Show, the horse will have to qualify for those. Q. If I show Stock Type horse in versatility or color, how shall I present it. A. Judges will judge the horse against the standard for which the horse is presented. If you wish your horse to be judged according to the Stock Type standard, your horse should be presented using the tack and style for a stock Type horse. Q. Will Stock Type classes count towards Honor Roll? A. Since not all shows will have the opportunity to add Stock Type classes during 2014, due to the fact there may not be time to add them, Stock Type classes will not count towards Honor Rolls for 2014.