The Handbook of Showing, first published in 1968, has established itself as a standard work on the subject. This long awaited new edition has been fully revised to take account of recent developments in the showing world. Nevertheless, Glenda Spooner’s advice is as reliable and pertinent as it was twenty years ago.
The first part of the book deals with basic conformation with separate chapters discussing the qualities and defects found in the show ring. The author’s expert advice in this area will go a long way to fiving the reader ‘an eye for a horse’, and will be especially valuable to newcomers to the show ring, would-be judges and prospective buyers.
The second part of the book provides information on numerous horse and pony organisations and includes a brief description of the function they fulfil. Characteristics of the main horse and pony breeds seen in the show ring today are included with details of the relevant breed societies.
In the third part of the book, the author offers advice on the practicalities of exhibiting ridden and in-hand specimens, and on judging, itemising the pitfalls for the unwary.
In the fourth and final part of the book she gives comprehensive guidelines on show organisation, with notes on the duties of all concerned, from the president to the humblest official.