General Rules Here Are The General Competition Entry Rules For All Classes

General Rules

1.   These classes are open to all, you do not have to be a member of BD, nor will you gain any BD ‘points’.

2.   Any rider of 16 years of age and under must have parental permission

3.   Only one video entry per horse/rider combination in the same class UNLESS it is a mixed level class (i.e. the class contains Intro/Prelim/Novice tests).  You MAY register and submit two videos at different (conscutive) levels, however, only your highest scoring entry will be shown and entered for rosettes, prizes, league tables and Teams.  

4.   On entering any of the classes with Dressage4all, you accept and abide by the Rules laid out here.

5.   Each video submitted must not have been previously judged either at a show or another online competition.

6.   Horse and rider combinations can enter more than one class but so as to be fair to other riders, they are NOT permitted to enter a class more than one level below their highest entry. So for example, if you enter a Novice class, you will not be able to enter an Intro. If you enter an Elementary class, you will not be able to enter a Prelim

7.   Entry fee will not be refunded once your entry has been accepted.

8.   Dressage4all reserves the right to refuse an entry without stating a reason.

9.   Horses and ponies can be ridden by more than one rider.

10.  The Judges decision is final in all situations. No communication or discussion will be entered into by Dressage4all. This includes not only the representatives, but also by the judge involved. Any objections or appeals regarding your score need to be made in writing within the 24 hours of the test being judged.

11.  A caller is allowed. The caller must read from the test sheet and not offer any coaching or any other instructions during the test.

12.  The video must have sound and NO cuts. It must start 2 seconds at least before the rider enters the arena and (preferably) 4 seconds after the rider salutes at the end.

13.  If a video that Dressage4all feels is unsuitable, cruel, inappropriate or if the horse looks lame, Dressage4all will eliminate the entry with no refund.

14.  Entry fees will be subject to change from month to month. Please check the schedule.

15.  Dressage4all will not be liable for any costs incurred as a result of any infringement of copyright laws in the UK or abroad by any competitor or a third party.

16.  All intellectual property (IP) rights are the property exclusively of Dressage4all and cannot be modified in any way.

17.  If you have already entered one class, but wish to ride the SAME horse at a different level, you can only ride ONE level lower.  For e.g.  If you have entered Nov, you can also ride in Prelim but not in Intro. If you are riding two horses in this class, then you can enter the second horse at any level, however, the same rule applies, you can only ride one level lower with this horse as well. 

18. NOTE: Please do NOT send in videos of tests you have already been judged at an event, either live or videos sent to other Online Companies.  If you are in full competition gear, we will require you to have boots on your horse or a green ribbon tied to your arm.

RIDING THE TEST

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.

Trot can be performed in both sitting or rising (or a mixture of both) in all BD tests up to and including Elementary. Rising trot is allowed at Medium level whilst the horse is performing either medium or extended trot.

If we feel that there is an unkindness such as excessive use of spurs or whips, this will lead to instant elimination with no refund. The judge is always looking for a partnership with the horse and where the rider is encouraging the horse to work happily. Any excessive force will not be tolerated.

If the horse looks visibly unwell, lame or injured, the recording will be rejected with no refund

DRESS CODE – Unaffiliated BD Classes, Tiny tots, Veteran, Ex-Racehorse. Western classes will have their own dress code.

Like any competition, the smarter the better! Riders are expected to present themselves and their horses as smartly as possible. Please make sure whatever you ride in is not too baggy. Judges like to see what the riders are doing! If you are wearing a jacket, ensure it is done up.  Jackets, jumpers, etc., should be of one colour.  In the Matchy Matchy class you are encouraged to ride in as much matching colour as you can. 

THE RIDER

Correct riding helmets and footwear with a heel must be worn. NO wellies, muck boots, etc.

Gloves must be worn. These can be black, white, cream or dark blue.

Body protectors are allowed, including air jackets.

THE HORSE

Bridles should be used as for British Dressage Tests:

Intro tests, Prelim, Novice – Snaffle bridle.

Elementary and above – Snaffle or Double bridle.

Tota Comfort System, the Sweden High Jump bridle and the Stübben Freedom Bridle are allowed.

Nosebands must be worn, these include drop, cavesson or flash with a snaffle bridle or a cavesson with a double bridle. All grackle, crossed and figure of eight nosebands will be BD legal.

Neck straps may be used at all levels.

Tack must confirm with British Dressage Rules. This states that you cannot use martingales, side reins, running reins, draw reins, blinkers.

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, no tongue straps.

For double bridles, see British Dressage rules.

SPECIAL CLASSES

'Open Classes'

Unless otherwise stated (see below), all classes are 'open' and you can enter them as often as you wish, as long as you are not competing more than one level above this test.  However, in the spirit of good will, we do urge any riders who consistantly achieve over 70% in an INTRO and 73% in a PRELIM class, to move up one level.  At present, we have no rule to say you must, but if you are able to score 5 or more high scores, then it would only be fair for you to start working on something more challenging!  Please consider those that have come out of Restricted Classes, but are not yet consistantly scoring the high marks.  We are sure you will all understand our request.  

'Restricted Classes'

INTRO:  You cannot enter if you have already gained 1 test at 70% (or more) in any previous D4A test.  (Unless the score was in a Pairs test, in which case it does not count!).

PRELIM:  You cannot enter this class if you have already gained 2 tests at 70% (or more) at Prelim level or higher in any D4A competition.  (Same as above for the Pairs test).

NOVICE:  You cannot enter this class if you have already gained 3 tests at 70% (or more) at Novice level or higher in any D4A competition. (Same as above for the Pairs test).

Bitless Horse Classes

You may ride in any type of bitless bridle or headcollar. English or Western tack and clothing are acceptable. You are permitted to ride bareback if you wish. In doing so, Dressage4all cannot be held responsible for any injury sustained as it is expected you will take full responsibility for your own safety.

Veteran Horse Classes

Your horse must be aged 14 years or above at the time of the competition.

To enter, your horse in this class, you will need to email a photocopy of your horse’s passport. Please make sure all details are photocopied such as name, breeding, date of birth along with ID sketch and written description (which must have the vet’s signature and stamp).

Any entry received that does not have the above will be disqualified and no refund will be given.

Ex-Racehorse Classes

You must send proof that your horse has either raced in the UK, Ireland and/or Northern Ireland, or has been in training with the British Horseracing Authority at some point in its life. Please scan and email me this.

Mature Rider Classes

Open to all riders aged 45yrs or older at the time of competition.  Please email me scanned/photocopied/photo of your passport or driving license prior to the class closing.  Any entry without proof of age at the time of closing will not be judged.  

Junior Rider Classes

Open to all riders 16yrs and younger at the time of competition.  Please email me scanned/photocopied/photo of your passport or birth certificate prior to the class closing.  Entries without proof at the time of closing will not be judged.

 

VIDEOING YOUR TEST

You can find information to help with videoing your test here: Recording Your Test

ROSETTES & PRIZES

Rosettes are awarded to the highest placed horse and rider combinations up to 6th place.
Please make sure you have supplied us with the correct name and address. If you have supplied an incorrect address, Dressage4all will not refund the entry fee or replace the rosette if it does not arrive at the correct address.
Prizes are stated in the schedule.

If entries fall below the minimal scale below, the number of prizes will have to be reduced as such:

Number of Entries:

  • 0 – 4 No prize money
  • 5 – 8 Prizes to 1st place
  • 9 – 12 Prizes to 1st and 2nd place
  • 13 – 16 Prizes to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place

TEAMS

This is our new event for 2017. There will be a dedicated page to all the teams, which will appear prior to the competition on the 5th. In the meantime, you may wish to find team members, a team name and a mascot!

TEAM RULES:

1. Teams should consist of min 3 and a max of 4 riders.

2. To make sure your scores count towards your final placings, 2 team members must compete each month. If only 1 team member competes in 1 month, that month’s score/s cannot be taken forward for the final score.

3. Your team’s top 12 scores are used to calculate the team’s final placing at the end of the year.

4. If there is a tie, the most consistently entered team will be placed higher.

5. In calculating the final placings, we will include at least 3 of the highest scores from 3 different team members who have competed. (Top 3 from Rider1 + Top 3 from Rider2 + Top 3 from Rider3 + 3 Next Highest scores)

6. A rider may change their horse partway through the year. However, we will use only horse A’s results or horse B’s results in the final score, not both.

7. If a rider changes their horse, you will need to let us know at the end of the year which horse’s scores you wish to use.

8. There is no limit to the number of tests ridden in a month, all tests in each month (apart from Pairs and Training classes) will be considered for your team scores.

9. Teams can be started at any point in the year.

10. In order to qualify at the end of the year a Team must be “active”. An “active” Team is one with 3 or 4 members that have 12 or more qualifying class results that comply with all of the other rules.

11. Riders may leave the team and a new member can be substituted.

12. Horses and Ponies can be ridden by more than one rider in one team.

13. You can only ride one level lower than your highest class. E.g., If you have ridden a previous D4A Novice class, you can still ride in a Prelim, but not an Intro. This is the same D4A General Rule for all riders in all competitions.

14. Prix Caprilli Classes: There are 3 tests and you can ride in any of these.

15.  You can ride in different teams, but you must ride on another horse.  Team A, Jane on Horse A.  Team B, Jane on Horse B. 

 

General Rules

1.   These classes are open to all, you do not have to be a member of BD, nor will you gain any BD ‘points’.

2.   Any rider of 16 years of age and under must have parental permission

3.   Only one video entry per horse/rider combination in the same class UNLESS it is a mixed level class (i.e. the class contains Intro/Prelim/Novice tests).  You MAY register and submit two videos at different (conscutive) levels, however, only your highest scoring entry will be shown and entered for rosettes, prizes, league tables and Teams.  

4.   On entering any of the classes with Dressage4all, you accept and abide by the Rules laid out here.

5.   Each video submitted must not have been previously judged either at a show or another online competition.

6.   Horse and rider combinations can enter more than one class but so as to be fair to other riders, they are NOT permitted to enter a class more than one level below their highest entry. So for example, if you enter a Novice class, you will not be able to enter an Intro. If you enter an Elementary class, you will not be able to enter a Prelim

7.   Entry fee will not be refunded once your entry has been accepted.

8.   Dressage4all reserves the right to refuse an entry without stating a reason.

9.   Horses and ponies can be ridden by more than one rider.

10.  The Judges decision is final in all situations. No communication or discussion will be entered into by Dressage4all. This includes not only the representatives, but also by the judge involved. Any objections or appeals regarding your score need to be made in writing within the 24 hours of the test being judged.

11.  A caller is allowed. The caller must read from the test sheet and not offer any coaching or any other instructions during the test.

12.  The video must have sound and NO cuts. It must start 2 seconds at least before the rider enters the arena and (preferably) 4 seconds after the rider salutes at the end.

13.  If a video that Dressage4all feels is unsuitable, cruel, inappropriate or if the horse looks lame, Dressage4all will eliminate the entry with no refund.

14.  Entry fees will be subject to change from month to month. Please check the schedule.

15.  Dressage4all will not be liable for any costs incurred as a result of any infringement of copyright laws in the UK or abroad by any competitor or a third party.

16.  All intellectual property (IP) rights are the property exclusively of Dressage4all and cannot be modified in any way.

17.  If you have already entered one class, but wish to ride the SAME horse at a different level, you can only ride ONE level lower.  For e.g.  If you have entered Nov, you can also ride in Prelim but not in Intro. If you are riding two horses in this class, then you can enter the second horse at any level, however, the same rule applies, you can only ride one level lower with this horse as well.

18. NOTE: Please do NOT send in videos of tests you have already been judged at an event, either live or videos sent to other Online Companies.  If you are in full competition gear, we will require you to have boots on your horse or a green ribbon tied to your arm. 

RIDING THE TEST

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.

Trot can be performed in both sitting or rising (or a mixture of both) in all BD tests up to and including Elementary. Rising trot is allowed at Medium level whilst the horse is performing either medium or extended trot.

If we feel that there is an unkindness such as excessive use of spurs or whips, this will lead to instant elimination with no refund. The judge is always looking for a partnership with the horse and where the rider is encouraging the horse to work happily. Any excessive force will not be tolerated.

If the horse looks visibly unwell, lame or injured, the recording will be rejected with no refund

DRESS CODE – Unaffiliated BD Classes, Tiny tots, Veteran, Ex-Racehorse. Western classes will have their own dress code.

Like any competition, the smarter the better! Riders are expected to present themselves and their horses as smartly as possible. Please make sure whatever you ride in is not too baggy. Judges like to see what the riders are doing! If you are wearing a jacket, ensure it is done up.  Jackets,  jumpers, etc., should be of one colour and if at all possible.  In the Matchy Matchy class you are encouraged to ride in as much matching colour as you can. 

THE RIDER

Correct riding helmets and footwear with a heel must be worn.  NO wellies or muck boots please!

Gloves must be worn. These can be black, white, cream or dark blue.

Body protectors are allowed, including air jackets.

THE HORSE

Bridles should be used as for British Dressage Tests:

Intro tests, Prelim, Novice – Snaffle bridle.

Elementary and above – Snaffle or Double bridle.

Tota Comfort System, the Sweden High Jump bridle and the Stübben Freedom Bridle are allowed.

Nosebands must be worn, these include drop, cavesson or flash with a snaffle bridle or a cavesson with a double bridle. All grackle, crossed and figure of eight nosebands will be BD legal.

Neck straps may be used at all levels.

Tack must confirm with British Dressage Rules. This states that you cannot use martingales, side reins, running reins, draw reins, blinkers.

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, no tongue straps.

For double bridles, see British Dressage rules.

SPECIAL CLASSES

'Open Classes'

Unless otherwise stated (see below), all classes are 'open' and you can enter them as often as you wish, as long as you are not competing more than one level above this test.  However, in the spirit of good will, we do urge any riders who consistantly achieve over 70% in an INTRO and 73% in a PRELIM class, to move up one level.  At present, we have no rule to say you must, but if you are able to score 5 or more high scores, then it would only be fair for you to start working on something more challenging!  Please consider those that have come out of Restricted Classes, but are not yet consistantly scoring the high marks.  We are sure you will all understand our request.

'Restricted Classes'

INTRO:  You cannot enter if you have already gained 1 test at 70% (or more) in any previous D4A test.  (Pairs tests do not count in this instance).

PRELIM:  You cannot enter this class if you have already gained 2 tests at 70% (or more) at Prelim level or higher in any D4A competition. (Again, Pairs tests do not count).

NOVICE:  You cannot enter this class if you have already gained 3 tests at 70% (or more) at Novice level or higher in any D4A competition. (As above with the Pairs tests).

Bitless Horse Classes

You may ride in any type of bitless bridle or headcollar. English or Western tack and clothing are acceptable. You are permitted to ride bareback if you wish. In doing so, Dressage4all cannot be held responsible for any injury sustained as it is expected you will take full responsibility for your own safety.

Veteran Horse Classes

Your horse must be aged 14 years or above at the time of the competition.

To enter, your horse in this class, you will need to email a photocopy of your horse’s passport. Please make sure all details are photocopied such as name, breeding, date of birth along with ID sketch and written description (which must have the vet’s signature and stamp).

Any entry received that does not have the above will be disqualified and no refund will be given.

Ex-Racehorse Classes

You must send proof that your horse has either raced in the UK, Ireland and/or Northern Ireland, or has been in training with the British Horseracing Authority at some point in its life. Please scan and email me this.

Mature Rider Classes

Open to all riders aged 45yrs or older at the time of competition.  Please email me scanned/photocopied/photo of your passport or driving license prior to the class closing.  Any entry without proof of age at the time of closing will not be judged.  

Junior Rider Classes

Open to all riders 16yrs and younger at the time of competition.  Please email me scanned/photocopied/photo of your passport or birth certificate prior to the class closing.  Entries without proof at the time of closing will not be judged.

 

VIDEOING YOUR TEST

You can find information to help with videoing your test here: Recording Your Test

ROSETTES & PRIZES

Rosettes are awarded to the highest placed horse and rider combinations up to 6th place.
Please make sure you have supplied us with the correct name and address. If you have supplied an incorrect address, Dressage4all will not refund the entry fee or replace the rosette if it does not arrive at the correct address.
Prizes are stated in the schedule.

If entries fall below the minimal scale below, the number of prizes will have to be reduced as such:

Number of Entries:

  • 0 – 4 No prize money
  • 5 – 8 Prizes to 1st place
  • 9 – 12 Prizes to 1st and 2nd place
  • 13 – 16 Prizes to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place

TEAMS

This is our new event for 2017. There will be a dedicated page to all the teams, which will appear prior to the competition on the 5th. In the meantime, you may wish to find team members, a team name and a mascot!

TEAM RULES:

1. Teams should consist of min 3 and a max of 4 riders.

2. To make sure your scores count towards your final placings, 2 team members must compete each month. If only 1 team member competes in 1 month, that month’s score/s cannot be taken forward for the final score.

3. Your team’s top 12 scores are used to calculate the team’s final placing at the end of the year.

4. If there is a tie, the most consistently entered team will be placed higher.

5. In calculating the final placings, we will include at least 3 of the highest scores from 3 different team members who have competed. (Top 3 from Rider1 + Top 3 from Rider2 + Top 3 from Rider3 + 3 Next Highest scores)

6. A rider may change their horse partway through the year. However, we will use only horse A’s results or horse B’s results in the final score, not both.

7. If a rider changes their horse, you will need to let us know at the end of the year which horse’s scores you wish to use.

8. There is no limit to the number of tests ridden in a month, all tests in each month (apart from Pairs and Training classes) will be considered for your team scores.

9. Teams can be started at any point in the year.

10. In order to qualify at the end of the year a Team must be “active”. An “active” Team is one with 3 or 4 members that have 12 or more qualifying class results that comply with all of the other rules.

11. Riders may leave the team and a new member can be substituted.

12. Horses and Ponies can be ridden by more than one rider in one team.

13. You can only ride one level lower than your highest class. E.g., If you have ridden a previous D4A Novice class, you can still ride in a Prelim, but not an Intro. This is the same D4A General Rule for all riders in all competitions.

14. Prix Caprilli Classes: There are 3 tests and you can ride in any of these.