Competing

General Competition rules

  1. Please wear correct dress relevant to the competition in which you are competing (BRC rules). Coloured breeches are not permitted.
  2. A hard hat must be worn that meets current BRC accepted standards.
  3. A British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) approved and appropriately labelled Level 3 body protector is mandatory for Cross Country and whenever else a body protector is worn.
  4. Horses must be 4 years old to enter; 4 year olds may not enter the Advanced or Intermediate SJ Grades.
  5. Horses entered Hors Concours may take part in the jump off but are not eligible for points or rosettes.
  6. Points will be awarded in each grade towards Grade Awards/Trophies;
    1st = 4 points, 2nd = 3 points, 3rd = 2 points, 4th = 1 point. Where a class has fewer than 4 entries, the number of points awarded will be adjusted accordingly (e.g. 3 entries, 1st=3 points, 2nd=2 points and so on).
  7. Horses competing in more than 2 dressage tests on one day may only gain points from 2 tests.
  8. Rosettes must be collected on the day. A box will be available at each competition for those wishing to recycle their rosettes – for each rosette returned a donation of 50p will be made to the North West Air Ambulance.
  9. Cross country competitors, if eliminated, may finish the course provided they pass on to the next fence after 3 refusals, they give way to horses following and ground conditions permit.
  10. Saddlery – In accordance with the official BRC rule book.
    1. Any tack / gadgets not allowed in competitions are also not allowed during the warming up period.
    2. Lungeing in side reins, carrying a whip and wearing boots & bandages IS permitted during this period.
    3. ALLOWED ‑ Whips, for dressage and show jumping (no longer than 75 cm and not weighted for show jumping).     Martingales ‑ standing martingales are allowed only in pure show jumping.
  11. Dogs must be kept on leads at all times.  Children must be properly supervised at all times and not allowed to wander around on their own. No children or dogs are allowed in collecting areas.
  12. Horses must not be left unattended when tied up outside boxes or trailers – for safety & insurance reasons.

ORGANISERS Please ensure that you are familiar with the notes for organisers, which can be found here.