Aged AQHA Mares
Clint Fullerton is a full-time judge versed in all classes and holds judging cards with AQHA, APHA, ApHC, PtHA, PHBA, ABRA, IBHA, POA, NSBA, and WCHA. Based in Kansas City, Missouri, he’ll judge at 38 shows this year alone, including the All American Quarter Horse Congress. He’s judged the AQHA, APHA, PHBA, IBHA, ABRA, PtHA, and NSBA World Shows, and travels internationally to judge, having been to Canada and Australia already this year.
The first thing I look for no matter breed or category is balance. The horse must have proper proportions, and his body parts must blend smoothly. I want a horse to look useful and athletic. Breed association rulebooks call for adequate muscling, and I take the term “adequate” to heart. I like to see a horse with enough volume and tone to his muscling to give power and enhance ability, but I don’t want to see excessive muscling because that limits his athleticism and ability to move.
Regarding structure, I look for form to function, which means good angles and good legs that translate to good movement and longevity of usefulness. Ideally, I’d like mares to look like mares, stallions like stallions, and geldings like geldings, but balance and correct structure always come first.
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