Riders are judged on Equitation, Demonstration, and Knowledge of Riding Skills. In order to create a “level” competition, information sheets are filled out to provide the judge with information about restrictions and exceptions that will be necessary for the riders on an individual basis. Arm bands are available for riders to wear which indicate a visual, auditory, or physical impairment. This assists the judge in make a fair assessment while riders demonstrate their skills more complex.
1. Competing riders will be required to submit yearly a Rider Information Sheet and Membership Form with Fee (included in prize list). Entry forms must be completed for each show with payment one week prior to the date of the show. Post entry fee is $15 per class and LIHSSRD management reserves the right not to accept entries after the due date. Fees are $35 per class and should be made payable to HorseAbility. There is a $15 dollar office fee and a $12 show fee for each show. Entries must be filled in completely and include horse, owner, and trainer USEF numbers, and all pertinent signatures. Incomplete entries will not be processed.
2. Points will be awarded as follows: 1st place: 7, 2nd place: 5, 3rd place: 4, 4th place: 3, 5th place: 2, 6th place: 1. Tie breaking will be determined at judge’s discretion. If a class has 3 riders or less a weighted point system will be used: 1st place: 5, 2nd place: 3, 3rd place: 2. All riders placing 7th place on will receive ½ point. All riders will receive an additional ½ point per class for participation. The top 10 riders in each division will qualify for the LIHSSRD Final Championship that will be held at the Hampton Classic Horse Show.
3. LIHSSRD follows the rules and regulations as set forth by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF)
4. Adaptive equipment may be used if necessary. Must be indicated on information sheet. Safety of all equipment may be checked by the safety delegate or management prior to entering the schooling arena and/or each class. Safety stirrups are recommended for all saddles. Horses may use grass reins, or martingales for safety purposes.
5. Proper English riding attire is required for all classes. All exceptions to dress must be documented on the rider’s information sheet. All mounted riders must wear an approved ASTM/SEI helmet. Safety vests may be worn under hunt coats. Voice commands and crops are permitted.
6. Armbands are permitted to identify riders who are unable to sit the trot (brown), unable to post (blue), unable to perform 2 point position (green), non-verbal/limited communicative abilities (white), hearing impaired (yellow) or sight impaired (red). Riders must indicate the need for an arm band on the LIHSSRD rider information sheet. Riders are responsible to bring their own arm bands.
7. Riders may be asked to move to a higher or lower division or class at the discretion of LIHSSRD management. If a rider is to be considered for movement, the trainer and rider will be notified. The decision to move rider will be determined by the LIHSSRD committee.
8. Riders or spectators speaking negatively about other competitors, judges, or show staff may be asked to leave the premises, and may be banned from future LIHSSRD shows.
9. Please refer to USEF’s rules and regulations regarding drug use in equines at rated competitions. Horses should be free from lameness and in good health. If a horse does not appear fit to compete in any way, they may be excused from the ring by the judge, steward, or show management. Inhumane treatment or abuse of horses will not be tolerated.
10. Riders may not receive coaching from a trainer, leader, sidewalker, spotter or spectators during competition. Trainers, spotters, leaders and sidewalkers may repeat directions as needed but may not coach/train or give any other input during competition unless the rider’s action endangers themselves or other riders. Spotters must be at a minimum of 5 feet away from the rider during competition at the walk and trot.
11. Spotters may stand at the horses head when horses are lined up in the middle or waiting for further instruction from the judge. Riders may not receive coaching from outside of the ring.