Modern Working Harness



This class is for any modern entry depicting harnessed horses working for a living, as opposed to show-ring harness. Entries must depict a working horse AFTER 1950. This includes: modern logging, farming with modern implements or tractor implement conversion carts, modern street vendors, modern horse trolleys, shrimp fishing horses, tourist canal boat horses, Traveller (Gypsy) caravans, carriage ride company, horse pulling, Amish, hay rides, etc.

Judged On: Suitability for the task shown, overall impression of entry. Horses should appear calm and safe to drive in traffic or other working situations. Working horses mainly walk and trot.

Required Equipment: Working- style harness appropriate to the entry. Please note that this class covers a large variety of harness types and documentation is encouraged as correct harness for each entry will vary. Most harnesses should have a collar (or breast collar for lighter vehicles only), girth, back strap, traces, and breeching (for shaft vehicle and for wheelers of a hitch). Bridle with snaffle or driving bit and driving lines (usually brown in color regardless of harness color due to sweat from driver's hands and discoloration of leather dye).

Optional: Blinkers may be optional depending on the style of harness. Farm harness may have rope for driving lines. Horse Pull collars often have extra padding due to the enormous weights being pulled. Horses may wear halters under their bridles, and have lead ropes attached. Vehicles may be incredibly varied in type and may use pneumatic tires. Stone boats (sleds used in horse pulling) are allowed. Bells are allowed where appropriate. Farm harness may use short reins or jockey sticks to eliminate some reins on very large hitches. Protective legwear is allowed.

Driver: Driver attire varies. Anything from casual work clothes to a specialized uniform is acceptable, as long as it matches the style of the entry. Long pants are suggested.

Prohibited: Scotch Peaked Collar, Fine Harness. Historic entries (before 1950).

Extra Credit: Horse “diaper” (attaches to breeching or shafts of cart), on city entries. Fly protection.

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Updated: January 16, 2013