E-Riders & BD Rules

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  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 18 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, if you need to roll an entry over to the next month you can do so here
  5. 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. Once you have uploaded your video you may not delete or re-upload a new video. If you have realised you have made a mistake please email [email protected] and we will try and assist best we can.
  7. Entrie deadline: All entries must be paid by 23:00hrs on the 28th of the month. Videos must be uploaded by 21:00hrs on the last day of the month. After this time entries and videos cannot be received and no refunds will be made. 
  8. Videos of tests must not be entered if they have already been judged in another competition. The video must be taken for the purpose of your E-Rider entry only. You MUST verbally introduce your video including the month of competition you are entering - if you do not include the month or have no verbal intro at all you will be deducted 2 marks from your test. Any video which is suspected of having been filmed during another competition, submitted for another online competition or an old recording 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). 
  9. You are riding at your own risk, 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
  10. Copyright laws must be adhered to when submitting any video footage or photographs or printed material. E-Riders will not be liable for any costs incurred as a result of infringement of copyright laws by any competitor 
  11. If you are a UK resident - Your monthly postage will cover the costs of any monthly prizes or league prizes unless stated otherwise.
  12. If you reside OUTSIDE of the UK - you may be required to cover parcel costs of sending any prizes won.

Restrictions apply to rider & horse combinations at the start of each league - once you have 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.

As of Summer Championships 2020 - If you win a Championship at Intro, Prelim or Novice, you must move up to the next level.

If you exceed the restrictions but would still like to compete at that level you may enter as HC or request a review from the organisers who will make a decision, their decision will be final.. 

We ask that you enter levels appropriately to the abilities of you and your horse - random spot checks will take place each month on horses and riders and if you are deemed to be entering classes below your capability we have the right to make your entry HC. This decision is down to the organisers and their decision will be final.

LIMITED SECTION - This section is limited to 10 riders per class. Horse & Rider combo are not to have scored above 64% at the level entered or above. Rosettes placed 1st-10th - colours may vary. This class does not gain you league points. Entering a Limited section class will not kick you out of lower levels.

*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 to be competing at prelim level.
Horse & Rider combination that have won an Intro Restricted League are requested to move up to Intro Open level.
Horse must not have any BD points at Elementary level or above

*Intro Open Classes*
The combination (horse & rider) are not to have scored 68% 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.
Horse must not have any BD points at Elementary level or above

*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. 
Horse must not have any BD points at Medium level or above

*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 Open League are requested to move up to Novice level. 
Horse must not have any BD points at Medium level or above

*Novice Restricted Classes*
The combination (horse & rider) are not to have scored 65%+ three times at Novice Level
The combination (horse & rider) are not be competing at Elementary level

*Novice Open 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 Open 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 or competing at Ad Med or above

BE90-Horse & Rider combo not to be competing above novice level

BE100 - Horse & Rider combo not to be competing above elem level

BE Novice & Intermediate - Open to all

Fun Classes - Open level restrictions apply to all 

  1. The person videoing MUST 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.
  2. You need to be in a marked arena with correct measurements (either 20mx40m or 20mx60m) either on grass or in a school.
  3. Ask your ‘filmer’ (kindly) to try their hardest to keep you in the centre of the screen at all times - if you disappear from view, the judge will not be able to score you for those movements.
  4. The video must have sound (if it does not your test will still be marked but you will not be eligible for placings or league points) - you may have a caller for the test but you may not have training help.
  5. Your video must have NO cuts or edits. It must start at least 2 seconds before the rider enters at A and preferably 4 seconds after the rider salutes at the end.
  6. Either you or the person videoing your test MUST verbally introdcue the video - you, the horse AND the month you are entering at the beginning of the video. If you are not introduced or don't include the month for the test you will be deducted 2 marks.
  7. 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.
  8. Breathe, SMILE and HAVE FUN!

  1. Show attire is not required, but smart clothes and gloves must be worn. If you are not wearing gloves you will be deducted 2 points. If show attire 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
  9. No exercise fleecese or sheets to be worn

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)

A - FACEBOOK – Upload your video straight to our Facebook event for the month you have entered. Make sure you label the video with riders name, horses name and test your riding! -- CLICK HERE TO HEAD TO THE EVENTS --

B - YouTube – Upload your video to YouTube and then either post the link on the Facebook event page (as above) or email it to [email protected] I like this way as at the end of the year you will easily be able to look back over all of your videos! If you wish to keep your YouTube video private, please set the settings to Unlisted.

C - WeTransfer – Upload your video at https://e-riders.wetransfer.com (your video will stay private from the public). Please make sure you put in the description your details and test ridden.

TOP TIP - If you have a slow internet connection please try and send your video in before the last day of entries

  1. Judges decisions are final. No communication or discussion will be entered into by 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!
  4. Results will be posted on our Facebook Page following the deadline. We endeavor to post them following day, however it may sometimes be the day after. Results will then be uploaded to our Results Portal where you can view your Rider & Horse profiles and E-Points - https://results.e-riders.co.uk
  5. Classes may be split to avoid overcrowding. They will be split at random 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 4 gorups
  6. If classes are split
    1. There will be 1st – 10th rosettes for all groups
    2. The winner of the class overall will receive the prize from the sponsor. The 1st places in the split groups will receive and E-Rider Goody Box.
    3. League points will be awarded as per normal rules to the class (not split groups)

We are licenced by British Dressage to run the BD tests via our online platform.

Classes will cost £14.00 to enter 
Rosettes will be awarded 1st-10th place 
Classes will run under E-Rider Open Restrictions 
Classes will be split Juniors/Seniors
1st place prize for each class will be a £10.00 E-Rider Voucher & £5 Equine-Innovations voucher
2nd place prize for each class will be a £5.00 Equine-Innovations voucher
You will still earn affiliated E-Rider points & Championship Qualifications from these classes
Your test sheet will be hand written by the judges and sent to you in the post after results have been published

All classes will gain league points and rosettes and prizes will be awarded at the end. The first league will run from June 2020 - December 2020.
Leagues will run per level plus Juniors League for Intro, Prelim and Novice.

All E-Rider Rules on filming your test apply

ALL British Dressage Classes are subject to the following rules;

  • Scores will not be recorded with BD or count towards any future BD qualification
  • All competitions run in accordance with BD rules
  • All tack and equipment must be fully compliant with BD regulations
  • BD horse welfare policy must be adhered by all participants at all times
  • All tests will be judged by a BD listed judge at the appropriate level
  • Scoring / structure of competitions will be in accordance with BD tests

  Submission of pre-judged tests is not permitted for competition purposes