American Haflinger Alliance

AHA! Haflinger Celebration ♡ Video Tips and Show Rules

Show Rules

  • Begin your ride by holding up your show card in front of the camera for five seconds. (Pre-filled show cards will be emailed within 72 hours of entry. In a hurry? Print this blank card and start right away!)
  • As soon as the class or test is finished, the camera must slowly circle the horse and rider showing all equipment and attire, including spurs and whip if used. If the videographer is unable or unwilling to enter the arena for filming, the rider may turn the horse slowly to allow complete filming of the equipment. Following equipment check, the rider will dismount and show that two fingers can fit between the bosal or cavesson and the horse’s cheek, then drop the bit so it can be evaluated. Hold the bridle so as not to obscure the curb strap or curb chain. Demonstrate that the curb strap or chain is flexible and is at least ½ inch wide. Make sure the judge can see all parts of the bridle, including bit and reins clearly. Exceptional riders and all drivers are exempt from the dropping the bit requirement.
  • Each ride must be filmed continuously with no starting and stopping
  • Horse and rider/driver/handler must both be completely visible in the frame at all times.
  • Dressage test readers and rail class timers/gait callers allowed; no other coaching is permitted
  • Natural background sound must be audible in your video. Entries with sound removed or covered will be disqualified.
  • Neat and tidy appearance and clean and safe tack are required. Show clothes and silver tack are welcome, but will not be an advantage!
  • Bridle or saddle pad numbers are not allowed.
  • Approved headgear is encouraged for all, but required for all riders and drivers under 18 and those competing in disciplines that require helmets (e.g., hunter/jumper).
  • Rider and horse age is determined as of January 1st of the competition year.
  • Please follow the standard equipment rules for each discipline. The horse’s legs must be bare with no wraps or boots for all classes.
  • We welcome participation by all Haflingers that meet the breed standard for appearance, including chestnut coat with cream mane and tail. We do not require Haflingers to be registered but they must visibly appear to be Haflingers.
  • If the judge decides your horse doesn’t meet the breed standard for appearance of Haflingers, your ride will not be judged and all entry fees refunded (horses with registration numbers listed on entry are exempted).
  • If the judge determines that a horse appears lame, the judge has the right to eliminate the exhibitor from consideration and no refunds will be given.
  • Videos must be filmed for and submitted to only the AHA! International Haflinger Celebration 2024 Virtual Show. A video of a test/ride from another competition that has already been judged must be eliminated. Any video suspected of having been filmed during another competition will not be scored.
  • No horse may be ridden more than once in any class with the same class number, including Test of Choice classes. Noncompliance with the above guidelines will cause the class entry to be eliminated.
  • Horse and rider combinations cannot cross enter between W/T and W/T/C rail classes. W/T/C riders may enter Intro Dressage or Over Fences Cross Rails. Horse and rider combinations entered in Walk Only classes may not enter any other riding classes. Dressage and Western Dressage riders may only show in two consecutive levels per discipline. A horse and rider combination may only enter one Working Equitation level per show.
  • National Dressage Pony Cup classes are height restricted. All Ponies must have official USEF Pony Measurements on file and all Small Horses must have official NDPC Small Horse Measurement forms on file.
  • The judge’s decision is final. There is no provision for a formal protest.
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Submitting Your Video

Upload your recordings to a video sharing service like Youtube or Vimeo, or a file sharing service like Google Drive or Dropbox. Please submit your video links as Public or Unlisted (we have to share your videos with judges, so we are unable to accept videos set to Private).

Pre-filled entry cards will be sent within 72 hours of entry, so the sooner you enter the sooner you can start working on your videos!
Submit your video here! Videos MUST be received by 8/31/24 or entry will be forfeited.

Where and How to Video

  • For dressage tests, place the camera behind C (where the judge would normally be seated). Dressage tests should use arenas that are as near as possible to regulation size and be sure letters are set appropriately to be viewed by the judge. Cones with large letters on them and poles on the ground to delineate the corners are acceptable. For arena measurements, please see the end of the patterns booklet.
  • Patterns and courses can be downloaded here, with dimensions and camera location included. For showmanship and halter, have a helper act as a “judge” and walk around you for inspection.
  • For rail classes, please show 15-20 seconds of walk each direction, and approximately 30 seconds of trot or jog and canter or lope (if required) in each direction. Also show a halt and reinback in one direction while on the rail. You may have a helper time you and call your gait changes. The camera may be placed in the middle of or outside of the arena/riding area.
  • Get creative for trail classes! Ran out of poles? Try broom sticks! Cones and markers could be old supplement buckets. A sheet of plywood might become a bridge. Feel free to use your imagination as needed, just make sure your obstacles are Haflinger-safe!


Video Tips

  • Shoot in landscape/horizontal format.
  • Tripod strongly recommended.
  • Place camera several feet outside the ring so that the entire horse is still visible when on the rail near the camera. Keep the horse in the frame, as well as any dressage letters, cones, or pattern elements.
  • Zooming is great IF your videographer can do so smoothly. If not, just skip the zoom! And don’t zoom in so much that the camera loses focus.
  • If you’re riding outside, consider time of day and angle of the sun in relation to your arena. If at all possible the videographer should be positioned with their back to the sun.
  • If you’re a distance from your videographer, have them ring a bell after they hold up your entry card so you know when to begin.
  • Plan ahead (as in, well before entry and video deadlines!) for videos and allow time to create quality videos that showcase you and your horse. Don’t forget to leave time for uploading, too! It may take longer than you think, so give yourself an advantage and start early!

These guidelines are to help the judge give you the
most accurate evaluation possible and to keep the playing field level for everyone.
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