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The horse's owner or leasee must be a current financial member. As long as the horse's owner is a member the rider or handler does not need to be one as well.

Refer to the Members List on the menu if you are unsure.

The horse must also be registered (check the registered horses list if you are unsure) to compete at all A&P shows and RAS affiliated shows in the Pinto section.

Horse of the Year qualification and attendance information is under Horse of the Year on the menu.

RAS Rule Book

The Pinto Horse Society abides by the RAS showing rules.  Below is a link to the rule book.  It is important to familiar yourself with the RAS rules if you are going to show your Pinto.

Microsoft Word - RULEBOOK 2019 - Tracked Changes v2.doc (

Novice Ridden

A Novice Pinto is one that has yet to win six (6) Novice Pinto Ridden or Open Pinto Ridden classes in the Pinto section.  Once you have achieved 6 wins you can no longer enter in Novice Pinto classes.

All conformation wins for Novice Ridden Pinto's from 1st August 2022 are to be recorded on your horses RAS height certificate. 

All Pinto Novice, Best Registered Ridden Pinto and Open Ridden Pinto wins count at RAS affiliated Shows and North and South Island Pinto Shows.

Conformation wins are from either Novice or Open ridden classes.  It does not include overall Champion or Paced or Mannered classes.

If you already have a RAS certificate you are required to add a green Pinto (Breed) wins sticker to your current certificate. 

All prior wins (prior to 01/08/22) must be recorded on the certificate by the horse owner and future wins will be recorded by the show steward on the day.

You are not eligible for Novice ridden classes after your 6th win.

This does not apply to horses that are already Open Ridden.

Any queries please email Katrina Gosney -

If you require a sticker, please send a self-addressed envelope to

K Gosney

318 Prestons Road


Christchurch 8051

NOTE: due to NZ Post not delivering every day.  It is common for it take 2 weeks to receive your sticker.

We will send instructions with the sticker on where to place on the certificate.

Measuring stands should also have the stickers available.

Definitions of Heavyweight, Middleweight and Lightweight

Heavyweight - heavy type of horse or pony - hunter, cob etc

Middleweight - inbetween heavyweight and lightweight - Riding Horse types


Lightweight. - fine boned horses or ponies


Most shows will have Lightweight and Middleweight combined as one class

Youngstock is judged on age, so the above weight categories do not apply

Adults Riding Ponies

Adults are only able to ride ponies in the Novice pony class and only if the pony is Novice.   


Adults are not permitted to ride ponies in any other class even if it is split by weight and competing against all heights.  This is a RAS rule that we must abide by. 


An adult is regarded as 17 years old and over.  Age is determined on the 1st August each season e.g. if you turn 17 after the 1st August 2022 (the current season) you can ride a pony in that show season but if you turned 17 in May 2022 which is prior to the upcoming show season then you are not eligible to ride.

For more information refer to the RAS Rule Book.

Pony Youngstock Inhand Heights

You are eligible to compete in youngstock pony classes if your horse is RAS measured as below

Pony Yearling, not exceeding 140cm

Pony, 2 years, not exceeding 146cm

Pony, 3 years, not exceeding 148cm

Trimming of whiskers, eyes and ear hair

RAS have implemented the rule NO trimming of horses whiskers, eyes and inner ear hair. The Pinto Horse Society is fully supporting this.


Please refer as a guide

Hoof Black and False Tails

We have no rules regarding the use of false tails.  It is up to the horse owner if they wish to use one.

Dying of tails is also permitted in Pinto classes.

Hoof black/clear hoof oil it is a personal preference if you prefer to show your horse with clear hoof oil or black both are accepted in Pinto classes.

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