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|Judging Of Color Shows
When a horse participates in a color show, they receive a score based on the following parameters discussed below.
Each show has a different set of “judges” and their preferences may vary, resulting in different scores for an individual horse between shows. Scores are listed as a percentage and are determined by several factors detailed on this page.
|Color Quality is the most heavily weighed factor that plays into their score, and therefore the most important. Every horse on the site has hidden Color Quality genes - regardless of whether or not they display that color. Color Quality is hereditary, but not quite the same way as some other genetic components on the site. Each color has two components. Each component can be “ideal”, above “ideal” or below “ideal”. Ideal is the best place to be, and both above and below ideal are undesirable. Therefore, a horse who scores as ideal could actually posses a “below ideal” component paired with an “above ideal” component - meaning this horse could pass on “below ideal” or “above ideal” to it’s foals.
It is also important to know that some judges are less knowledgeable than others and may occasionally score horses that fall outside of “Ideal” higher than they deserve.
All Select Sale, Import and Custom Goldbloods start with at or near Ideal for all Color Quality genes. Color Quality genes cannot be impacted with genetic anomalies.
|Coat Condition, which is displayed on their page, is also a large part of their score. Further down on this page, you can learn about a few ways to manage, improve and maintain their Coat Condition.
|Each judge will have their own preferences for height of the horses. Some judges may prefer taller horses while others prefer shorter horses. There is no “bad” height, but horses that fall into the average height parameters will not run into being penalized as much as a taller or shorter horse with a biased judge. Conversely, taller and shorter horses will benefit when being judged by a judge with preferences that favor them.
|This is another element that pertains to a judge’s bias. Some judges will provide scores without the horse’s genetic Conformation coming into play while others will consider their Conformation and it will contribute to their score.
|Horses with lower Condition and Soundness will receive a penalty that will be reflected in their scores - additionally, even though Condition doesn't restrict yearlings from entering, it still plays a part in their score. Horses over the age of 20 will also be penalized. Finally, solid Paint Horses (horses from the Paint Breed with no Paint markings) will also lose points.
|Preparing For Color Shows
Essentially, entering and competing horses in shows does not require any extra preparation or care. However, if one wants to maximize a horse’s possible score, there are several ways to manage a horse to improve it’s color show performance.
Gleam will increase Coat Condition and Rest, but will decrease Energy and Experience. A recommended feed for all Color Show horses to allow them to potentially receive higher scores in shows. Can be fed once a month.
Pamper can be done via the horse’s Exercise page, and it can only be done as the first exercise of the month. Pamper has a large impact on Coat Condition, but it also will improve Morale and Rest. Pamper does not use energy, and it can be utilized on any horse - it can be very useful throughout the game year to help manage Rest on racing horses.
The Grooming Center can be utilized by a horse once per month. The Grooming Center offers 5 different grooming packages that increase in both benefit and price. Using the Grooming Center can be done via a horses' Exercise page. Benefits will not be granted to a horse until the grooming is completed.
The ease of managing Coat Condition will vary seasonally - winter will be the most difficult while spring will be the easiest. Horses who reside in stalls will be less affected by seasonal impacts. Finally, horses who are 15 or older (more so 20 or older) and yearlings will struggle more with coat management.