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Equimind Rules

Our Rules

General 

All competitions are governed by the current rules of:

  • British Dressage
  • The Pony Club
  • British Show Pony Society
  • Trec GB
  • Western Equestrian Society

Any circumstance not covered by these rules will be handled at the discretion of EquiMind.

Turnout

  • Riders may wear suitable riding clothes, a correctly fitted riding helmet and riding gloves, or competition gear.
  • We don’t insist on dressage, show and western saddles as long as saddle and bridle are suitable in size and fit.
  • Depending on the class, the use of schooling whips, small spurs and treats is permitted.
  • All bits and tack have to to be safe for use, and under no cirsumstance harmful to the horse’s welfare. We welcome riders who prefer to compete bitless.
  • Horses may wear bandages or boots as well as eye and ear covers.Dressage
  •  Any video of a dressage test must be ridden in a correctly measured “arena” of either 20 x 40 or 20 x 60. Any surface will be accepted as long as it is safe for rider and horse to be used.
  • All dressage videos must be taken from “C” without any interruption in landscape format with sound.
  • We will not accept any tests which have been edited.

Showing/Horsemanship

  • A video of an individual show can be ridden on any surface as long as it is safe for rider and horse to be used.
  • All ridden showing videos must be shown as indicated in our instruction video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yolRYqMSFOM  (Halt sideways to the camera – 10m walk away from the camera – trot back towards the camera, directly followed by an individual show – this show should include a figure of eight in the trot, right and left rein canter (no canter for lead rein classes), a final halt sideways to the camera.
  • For an in hand show, the handler will present the horse as follows: halt sidewyas to the camera – 10m walk away from the camera – trot back towards the camera –  continue trotting in a large circle on the right rein and come to a final halt sideways to the camera.

Western

  • The rider has to produce the pattern as indicated in the pattern sheets which indicate the position of the camera.

The Video/Photo

  • We appeal to all competitors not to use videos of shows they have attended. First of all, the quality might be of inferior quality due to other competitors in the picture and the incorrect position of the person filming the video, and secondly, we feel that this could give riders with a video from a competition venue could give them an unfair advantage over other EquiMind competitors.
  • All photos and videos can be uploaded to our Facebook page (all videos will be moved to our database, and not shown on Facebook, unless permission is given by the competitor), Dropbox, We Transfer, or YouTube. Alternatively, we accept postal entries, e.g. CD or photo (if applicable).
  • Competitors are required to check all possible copyright issues since EquiMind will not admit any liability or costs incurred as a result of copyright infringement.

Entries

  • No entry will be accepted unless proof of payment is be provided.
  • More than one entry per class is permitted, as long as every video entry is paid for in full.
  • All judges decisions are final.
  • Competitor are required to check all possible copyright issues since EquiMind will not admit any liability or costs incurred as a result of copyright infringement.
  • We appeal to all riders to enter appropriate classes. Riders/horses with BD dressage points and/or combinations who have competed at HOYS should always enter open sections. This will enable less experienced riders and horses to compete against riders/horse of similar experience. We will automatically enter horse/rider combinations in open sections should they achieve five scores of 70% and above at Introductory level, Preliminary level, or Novice level.
  • Practice classes are open to any rider/horse combination regardless of their experience.
  • Entry fees are non-refundable.
  • Prizes will be awarded for the top six riders/handlers. Should the entries for one class warrant a restricted and an open section/ juniors and seniors, rosettes will be awarded accordingly.
  • Every month, additional prizes will be awarded to the riders of video classes with the highest and the lowest score for each discipline.
  • EquiMind reserves the right to refuse an entry without stating a reason.

Rider League

The rider league will accumulate all placings of one rider/handler for one calendar year. Every rider/handler may compete with different horses.

The points for the 2017 rider league are calculated as follows:

1st place = 10 points

2nd place = 9 points

3rd place = 8 points

4th place = 7 points

5th place = 6 points

6th place = 5 points

7th place = 4 points

8th place = 3 points

9th place = 2 points

10th place = 1 point