Traditionalists have won the day at the British Show Hack, Cob and Riding Horse Association, where the result of a referendum on cob heights was revealed to members at its AGM.
Members voted 161 to 47 to keep cob heights at 155cm, despite pressure for an increase. However, a class for larger “animals of cob-type” with no upper height limit is to be trialled next season.
The new classes will be for animals of cob type shown hogged and trimmed as show cobs, with riders wearing the appropriate dress and tack for cob classes. Plans for the future may include a “working” class in this category.
Newly re-elected association chairman Brian Williams says: “The referendum shows clearly the feeling of members, so there will be no rule changes.”