The 2019 event will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the National Maturity being held, click here to view the Hall of Fame to learn about past champions.
The National Maturity is designed to showcase the ability and temperament of the Society’s 4yr old horses. The Maturity is a contest held over five sections: Led, Hack, Working, Time Trial, and Cattle. Horses are allocated a score in each section and these scores result in an overall score for the event. Horses must record a score in each section to be eligible for an overall score.
Horses in the Led Section are assessed on their temperament, conformation, movement, and soundness. The horse should show the qualities and type which define the breed. The horse’s body should be balanced in accordance with its size and the horse should possess a calm temperament and good nature.
During the Hack Section, the horse should be calm, supple, obedient and move freely. The workout should demonstrate the horse’s basic training in fluent and flowing motion. The horse should be relaxed and give a comfortable ride.
The Working Section tests the horse’s ability to maneuver well whilst engaging its hindquarters during haunch turns and stops. The horse should be relaxed and settled during the workout, be light on its feet, well balanced and responsive to the rider’s commands, with little or no resistance to the bit.
The course for the Time Trial may include jumping small obstacles, opening a gate, and the like. Although this is a timed event, some sections of the course may stipulate the horse’s pace. Penalties are given for break of pace, knocking over obstacles, etc..
The cattle work will be scored with a maximum of 100 points. 25 possible points in the cut out (camp) section; 25 points for the first circle; 25 points for the second circle; 25 points for the gate or third circle. The time limit in the arena is 40 seconds