'Scarred and Blemished' Classes Added to UK Horse Show

A horse show in Wales is showing some love to "all but perfect" horses by adding special classes for equines with scars and blemishes that otherwise might keep them from the ring, Horse and Hound reported.

The Cricklands Showing Spectacular, Sept. 19-20, will offer 12 "all but perfect" classes, including best turned out, best ex-racehorse, and best rescue.

Horses must be 100% sound and healthy but won't be penalized for the remnants of mishaps, such as scars or a missing eye. The classes will be judged as usual.

"Many horses with scars and blemishes that may have gone through rescue centers have considerable potential for their future use," Tony Tyler of World Horse Welfare told Horse and Hound. "It's great to see a class encouraging people to take part."

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Erin Ryder

Erin Ryder is a former news editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care. She owns a portly gray gelding named Duncan and dabbles in several equestrian disciplines, with an emphasis on dressage.

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