RULES

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Take a read of the below and when you are ready select your class!

Top Tips

Top Tips from our Judges to help you gain as many marks as possible!

What you need to know before you enter

  1. On entering any of the classes with HayGrazer E-Riders, you accept and abide by the Rules and Terms & Conditions laid out here
  2. Any rider of 16 years of age and under must have parental permission
  3. Horse and rider combinations may not enter a class more than one level below their highest entry in any competition class – eg if you have entered a Novice test, you cannot enter an Intro test
  4. Entry fees will not be refunded once an entry has been accepted HOWEVER, we are understanding here at E-Riders and if you contact us we will roll your entry into next month if needed
  5. HayGrazer E-Riders reserves the right to refuse an entry without stating a reason (don’t worry – we most probably will never do this…but it needs to be stated just in case!)
  6. Late entries:The closing date for each competition is 23:59hrs on the last day of the month. After this time entries and videos cannot be received and no refunds will be made.
  7. Videos of tests must not be entered if they have already been judged in another competition. Any video which is suspected of having been filmed during another competition will not be accepted. In these circumstances no refund will be offered. For this reason if competition clothing is worn, then the horse or pony must wear boots or bandages (no knee boots).
  8. You are riding at your own risk, HayGrazer E-Riders take no responsibility for any injury occurred to either horse or rider whilst recording their video entry. Correct riding attire and appropriate protective wear MUST be worn
  9. Copyright laws must be adhered to when submitting any video footage or photographs or printed material. HayGrazer E-Riders will not be liable for any costs incurred as a result of infringement of copyright laws by any competitor 

 

Getting Ready To Film

  1. The person videoing needs to be standing behind C, holding your phone landscape (if the video is in portrait you will loose 2 marks) and zooming in at the A end of the school. You need to be in a marked arena with correct measurements either on grass or in a school
  2. Ask your ‘filmer’ (kindly) to try their hardest to keep you in the centre of the screen at all times
  3. The video must have sound (if it does not your test will still be marked but you will not be elegible for placings or league points)– you may have a caller for the test but you may not have training help.
  4. Your video must have NO cuts. It must start at least 2 seconds before the rider enters at A and preferably 4 seconds after the rider salutes at the end.
  5. The person videoing your test MUST introduce you, the horse AND the month you are entering at the beginning of the video. (if you are not introduced including the month for the test you will loose 2 marks).

Tack & Turnout

  1. Show attire is not required, but smart clothes and gloves must be worn. If a show jacket or hacking jacket is worn, then the horse or pony must wear boots or bandages to clearly demonstrate that the test has not been recorded at a competition.
  2. Riding hats must be worn. Suitable footwear with a heel and gloves must be worn for safety reasons.
  3. Bridles– For Introductory, Preliminary and Novice tests – ordinary snaffle bridle; Elementary and above – ordinary snaffle or double bridle. Nosebands must be worn, a drop, cavesson, grackle or flash with a snaffle or a cavesson with a double bridle. 
  4. Bits – BD permitted bits only, of which are: Loose ring snaffle, snaffle with jointed mouthpiece where the middle piece should be rounded, Egg-butt snaffle, D-ring or racing snaffle, Loose ring snaffle with cheeks (Fulmer), Fulmer keepers are permitted, Snaffle with upper cheeks only, Hanging cheek snaffle, Straight bar snaffle (Must be straight with no ports or raised bumps), Snaffle with rotating mouthpiece, Snaffle with rotating middle piece, rotary bit with rotating middle piece. Bombers Equestrian’s Flexible Mullen and Loose Ring Ultra Comfy, as well as eight types of Myler bit, The Happy Mouth Bit HB-6000-SP and the HB-6801-SP model are all allowed under the new rules. No bit guards are allowed
  5. Other tack - martingales, side, running or elasticised reins may not be used in any competition class
  6. Neck straps or balancing straps (a loop on the front of the saddle) may be used at all levels in British Dressage tests. Cruppers are also allowed in British Dressage tests.
  7. Boots or bandages are allowed to be worn
  8. Spurs and a whip may also be used

If you are wearing any non BD legal tack - your test will still be marked but you will not be elegible for placings or league points)

Riding & Uploading your test

  1. Saluting. BD rules state you hold the reins (and whip if carried) in one hand and the other hand is lowered to the rider’s side. The rider should nod their head. As per BD rules if you salute with the whip hand you will be deducted 2 marks.
  2. Breathe, SMILE and HAVE FUN!
  3. Videos can be uploaded various ways

 

A - FACEBOOK – Upload your video straight to our Fb event for the month you have entered. (You will need to join our group page first to be able to post in the event) Make sure you label the video with riders name, horses name and test your riding!

B - YouTube – Upload your video to YouTube and then either post the link on the Facebook event page, email it to [email protected] or send it to me in a message on Facebook! I like this way as at the end of the year you will easily be able to look back over all of your videos!

C - WeTransfer – Upload your video at www.e-riders.wetransfer.com (your video will stay private from the public)

Lots and lots of ways to send your videos in and we are open to other options if you struggle with any of the above!

Judges and Results

  1. Judges decisions are final. No communication or discussion will be entered into by HayGrazer E-Riders, any of its representatives or the judge involved. Any objection or appeal regarding a score must be made in writing within 24 hours of the test being judged.
  2. Very rarely mistakes may be made with calculating percentages, please ensure we are notified by email within 24 hours of receipt of your test sheet and we will endeavour to rectify any errors
  3. Rosettes will be awarded 1st - 10th place. Equal placings will be awarded meaning more rosettes!

Splitting Classes

  1. Classes may be split to avoid overcrowding. They will be split as follows;
    1. 31 - 50 entries – classes will be split randomly in 2 groups
    2. 51 - 80 entries – classes will be split randomly in 3 gorups
    3. 81 - 110 entries – classes will be split randomly in 3 gorups
  2. IF classes are split
    1. There will be 1st – 10th rosettes for all groups
    2. There will only be ONE FIRST PRIZE, it will go to the highest score out of all 1sts
    3. League points will be awarded as per normal rules to the class (not split groups)

Restrictions

We will run an Intro Restricted & Open, Prelim Restricted & Open, Novice, Elementary & Medium leagues. Restrictions apply to rider & horse combo at the start of each league - once started a league you may continue to the end. Excluding the Intro Restricted Class - if you score over 70% in Intro Restricted you will need to move to Intro Open the following month.

If you exceed the restrictions but would still like to compete at that level you may enter as HC.

*Intro Restricted Classes*

The combination (horse & rider) are not to have scored 70% Or higher in an intro class.

The combination (horse & rider) are not be competing at prelim level.

Horse & Rider combination that have won an Intro Restricted League are requested to move up to Intro Open level.

*Intro Open Classes*
The combination (horse & rider) are not to have scored 65% Or higher in a Prelim class or higher level

Horse & Rider combination that have won an Intro League are requested to move up to Prelim level.

*Prelim Restricted Classes*
Must not to have scored 65%+ three times at Prelim Level.

The combination (horse & rider) are not be competing at novice level

Horse & Rider combination that have won a Prelim Restricted League are requested to move up to Prelim Open level. 

*Prelim Open Classes*
The combination (horse & rider) are not to have competed at Elementry or higher level

Horse & Rider combination that have won a Prelim League are requested to move up to Novice level. 

*Novice Classes*
The combination (horse & rider) are not to have scored 70% or above at Elementary Level or above.

Horse & Rider combination that have won a Novice League are requested to move up to Elementary level. 

*Elementary Classes*
The combination (horse & rider) are not to have scored 70% or above at Medium Level