Harness Parade or Costume or Decorated


Any parade harness, costume harness, or decorated harness entry. This includes modern or historic parade harness, any type of horse-drawn parade float, bandwagons, Circus parade harness, costume harness entries, and In-Hand Decorated Draft Harness. Any size or type of hitch from a single pony to a 40 horse circus hitch is acceptable!

Judged On: Suitability for the task shown, overall impression of entry, and creativity. Street parade entries should appear calm and safe to drive through large crowds of people, though flashy or high-stepping trots are allowed.

Required Equipment: Harness suitable for the entry. Any style of harness may be used. Parade entries should have breeching or brakes on the vehicle. Documentation is encouraged for unusual entries.

Optional: Harness or vehicle may be decorated with plumes, streamers, flowers, ribbons, lights, bells, flags, and other decorations. Attendants or grooms may lead the horses. Vehicles with pneumatic tires are allowed. Protective legwear is allowed.

Driver: Driver attire varies to match the entry. Anything from costumes to uniforms to shorts and a Hawaiian shirt are allowed.

Prohibited: Decorations or items that appear to be unsafe or that would interfere with the movement of the horse or vehicle. Parade entries may not canter. In-Hand Decorated Harness does not use any vehicles – the horses are led, with the traces hooked up out of the way on the harness.

Extra Credit: Matching uniforms or outfits on driver or attendants. Horse “diaper” (attaches to breeching or shafts of cart), or “pooper scooper” volunteer!

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Updated: January 16, 2013