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All Equestrian Rules

  • Equestrian Rules
    • a)General Equestrian Rules
      • i)The event shall be run in accordance with the Katherine & District Show Society Rules and Regulations.
      • ii)All Equestrian competitions shall be run in accordance with each disciplines rules and regulations; including but not limited to: Equestrian Australia (For Show jumping, Dressage and Show Horse) and Pony Club Australia (For Pony Club Show Jumping and Novelties)
      • iii)Neither the Katherine & District Show Society (KDSS) nor Equestrian Australia (EA), accepts any liability for any accident, damage, injury or illness to horses, owners, riders, grounds, spectators or any other person or property whatsoever.
      • iv)Entry to this event is voluntary and shall constitute an agreement and affirmation by the Exhibitor(s)/Owner(s)/Responsible Officer which includes Lessee’s (Manager/Rider/Handler) to compete, subject to and in accordance with the KDSS Competition Rules and Regulations. By Entry it is the Absolute Liability of all participants to agree to be bound by the decisions of the Katherine & District Show Society Committee and compete in accordance with all Rules and Conditions and decisions made applicable to the competition.
      • v)Attire for handlers must be clean, tidy and suitable for show ring. Riding attire is boots, hat, shirt, tie and preferably jodhpurs, coat is optional. All riders under 18 years must wear approved safety helmets at all times whilst mounted. This includes warm up and exercise areas. Approved headgear Australian AS/NZ 3838, Australian ARB HS 2012, European VG 01.040 (2014-12), USA ASTM F1163 (SEI marked), USA SNELL E2001, British PAS 015 (BSI Kitemarked). In show Ring classes (Hack, Rider and Pony Club) riders under 18 years are not permitted to wear long boots, gaiters/chapettes.
      • vi)ASH classes will be run under the rules and regulations of the Australian Stock Horse Society. These rules can be found at www.ashs.com.au.
      • vii)Western classes will be run under the rules and regulations of the Australian Quarter Horse Society. These rules can be found at www.aqha.com.au.
      • viii)Pony Club Show Jumping and Novelties will be run under the rules and regulations of Pony Club Association of the NT (excluding Barrel Challenge). The only official Pony Club events are Pony Club Show Jumping.
      • ix)Stallions must be handled by persons competent to do so. Stallions must be handled/ ridden by persons 18 years or over. AQHA Youth rules apply to AQHA members (AQHA 63.5 Youth are not permitted to handle/ride/exhibit colts/stallions at any AQHA approved show). Youth - riders who are under 18 years of age as from 1 August of the preceding year.
      • x)Horses are not permitted beyond the stallion stalls, at the risk of disqualification from all events.
      • xi)Protests must be lodged with the Executive Officer, in writing, within one hour of the conclusion of the event from which the protest arises, together with a $20 fee, refundable if the protest is upheld.
      • xii)The Judge/Dispute Committee has the right to request that any competitor/handler be removed from the competition for bad conduct.
      • xiii)The Judge/Dispute Committee may request that any lame/injured/diseased or stressed horse be removed from the competition or the grounds.
      • xiv)The KDSS Dispute Committee reserves the right to interpret all questions and conditions, and shall make any relevant decision in regarding to or arising from any incident at or pertaining to this show. Any questions not covered in the conditions or rules of entry will be decided by the Dispute Committee.
      • xv)Streptococcus equi (Strangles) infection is common flu like disease of horses in Australia. During 1999 & 2000 there were cases detected in Darwin, Katherine, Alice Springs and outlining areas. It is all owners’ responsibility to ensure that all horses are vaccinated.
      • xvi)Acts of cruelty while competing/or at the Show that breach the KDSS Animal Welfare Policy shall be acted upon by the Dispute Committee (their decision is final). The Animal Welfare Policy is available from katherineshow.org.au of by contacting the office.
      • xvii)The KDSS Committee has the right to change any Judge or the Program at any time without notice.
      • xviii)Any unruly horses may be requested to be removed from the ring or grounds by the Judge or Committee.
      • xix)Permission from the Ring Master or Ring Steward must be obtained to approach any Judge. Permission may be refused by the Judge or the Steward.
      • xx)Competitors shall not enter or leave the Ring when judging has commenced without permission from the Judge, Ring Steward or Ring Master.
      • xxi)Competitors and Exhibitors must be respectful to Judges and Officials at all times and abide by the Rules and Regulations in all competitions throughout the show.
      • xxii)Horses must enter events through the Marshalling Area gate only. Entry from exit gates may result in disqualification from class concerned.
      • xxiii) Entrants will be called twice only. Rings will be held only on the Ring Master’s decision.
      • xxiv)Proof of KDSS associate membership and waiver must be produced before entering the Ring for each event or entry may be denied, this in the form of coloured wrist straps or other proof issued by the Show Society.
      • xxv)Proof may be required to verify the age, height, breed of horse or age of rider. Proof of current EA, AQHA and/or ASH registration may be requested by the Judge or Ring Master.  Failure to provide proof will result in elimination from that class.
      • xxvi)Where applicable on entry forms EA, AQHA and/or ASH horse registration numbers and registered owner/rider names and numbers are to be provided. Failure to provide these numbers may result in entry being denied.
      • xxvii)No lunging of horses in the marshalling yard or sand roll area adjacent to the wash bay is permitted.
      • xxviii)All equestrian exhibits 2 years of age and over competing in led classes must have a bit in their mouth. Appaloosa, Quarter Horse, and Paints must be shown in a halter in their respective breed classes. Arab, Arab Derivative, Miniatures and Coloured Horses as per their respective rules and regulations may compete in either a halter or bridle with bit.
      • xxix)No alcohol is allowed in, or can be consumed in the marshalling areas, working arenas or show pen/contest areas.
      • xxx)All youth competing or taking part in an AQHA approved event, must have written permission from their parent/guardian to be at that event as a contestant or participant and in the case of a contest, the parent/guardian must also sign the entry form. All youth competing or taking part in an AQHA approved event must be in the care of a responsible adult who is in attendance for the duration of that event, whilst the youth is in attendance at that event.
      • xxxi)Any injuries must be reported to the Executive Officer. The necessary documentation must be completed at the direction of the Executive Officer or nominated representative. Any damaged equipment or resulting hazard from an accident must be removed from competition and/or isolated from public access. This can include a person(s) directing the public away from the area until the Executive Officer can be contacted.
      • xxxii)It is the discretion of the committee to refuse any competitor the chance to compete if it is thought that they may be under the influence of either drugs or alcohol. Any person suspected may be required to undertake a test. Competitors must return a 0 blood alcohol level. No refund to be given if under the influence.
    • b)Dressage Rules
      • i)All Equestrian Rules (Above) apply in addition to the following:
      • ii)The Restricted Competition and Official Competitive Competition will be run under the current National EA Dressage Rules.
      • iii)Entries close in accordance with the KDSS advertised closing date. No late entries will be accepted.  
      • iv)No person other than the nominated rider can ride a horse on the day, except a groom riding the horse at the walk on a long rein. Elimination will result. Only one rider per horse per day is permitted.
      • v)The Draw will be available on the KDSS website approximately Monday the 9th of July 2018 and will be posted on the notice board prior to competition.
      • vi)To compete in any Official Competitive dressage classes Horse and Rider must be current financial members of the EA. The EA registration number for the horse and rider must be noted on the entry form. If EA membership is not valid at the time of the draw, entry to the Official Competitive Dressage classes may be denied. Only Horses and Riders competing in the Official Competitive Dressage Events need to supply EA Numbers.
      • vii)All horses and ponies competing in the Official Competitive Dressage must display their EA number on either the Bride or Saddlecloth on both sides of the horse.
      • viii)Restricted Classes are open to all riders who are current financial members of the KDSS.
      • ix)Restricted District Classes are open to Rider and Horse combinations that have resided in the Katherine Region for the past 12 months prior to the Show.
      • x)Riders wishing to ride HC must indicate this on the entry form. No HC will be accepted on the day.
      • xi)A horse may only compete in two (2) consecutive levels on one day, e.g. A horse may compete in Preliminary and Novice or Novice and Elementary, Not Preliminary and Elementary.
      • xii)Horses may only compete in 3 tests per day.
      • xiii)The age of riders for dressage is the relevant age on the first day of competition.
      • xiv)Junior riders are classified as riders who are under the age of 16 years old on the date of competition. Senior riders are 16 years and over on the date of competition.
      • xv)The Pam Crellin Memorial Trophy will be presented to the rider with the highest score at Elementary level and above in any Official or Associate class. However to qualify at Elementary level, the score has to be 65% or above. At Medium, Advanced and Prix St George levels, the score has to be 55% or above.
      • xvi)There will be highest percentage awards for each level of dressage, including Official and Associate as well as a highest percentage district test awarded at the Dressage presentation.
  • c)Led Classes
    • i)Any Other Registered Breed Class: This class is for any Horse or Pony that is registered with a breed association that is not already include in the Katherine Show program. Horses must be registered with this breed association; proof of registration may be requested by the Ring Master or Judge. Failure to provide proof can lead to elimination from the class.
    • ii)Territory Bred Class: This class is for any Horse or Pony that has been born in the Northern Territory. Proof of this can be requested by the Ring Master or Judge. Failure to provide proof can lead to elimination from the class.  Sire and Dam are not required to have been born in the NT.
    • iii)District Led Class: This class is for any Horse that has resided in the Katherine region for the 12 months prior to the Katherine Show (Please see Rules and Regulations for the definition of the Katherine Region). For District led classes, the handler is not required to be a district handler.
    • iv)Open Led Classes: These classes are for all Horses and Ponies, both registered and unregistered.
    • v)All horses that have received a champion award throughout the Led classes are eligible to enter in for the supreme led exhibit of the Show, this includes the ASH led horses.
  • d)Rider & Hack Classes
    • i)Maiden Class: To qualify as a maiden Rider or Hack, the Rider or Hack must not have won a first place in the respective age or height class at any show or Gymkhana.
    • ii)Registered EA Rider and Hack: To enter the registered EA rider class or Registered EA Hack class, the Rider must be a current financial member of EA and the horse must have a current EA registration. This class is a pre-nominated event and results will be sent through to EA at the conclusion of the Show.
    • iii)District Rider and Hack: This class is for a Rider and Horse combination that has resided in the Katherine region for the past 12 months prior to the Show. Please see rules and regulations around the definition of the Katherine Region.
    • iv)Specialty Hack Classes: If horses are entered in the specialty hack classes, run at the conclusion of the Supreme Hack event, then the horse must be registered in the appropriate association in relation to the class. For example if you wish to enter into the Ridden Thoroughbred your horse must be a registered thoroughbred. Ridden Stallion and Ridden Heavy Horse do not require any breed registrations.
  • e)Katherine District
    • i)In District Classes rider and horse must have resided in the Katherine District 12 months prior to the show. The district is north to Hayes Creek, south to Elliott and border to border, within these parallels, including Lajamanu and Douglas Daly. Junior Riders who are currently attending Boarding Schools (Primary or High Schools) outside the Katherine District, but who have previously resided in the Katherine District, and whose parents still reside here are eligible to compete in District Classes. This does not apply to University or Higher Education students who are living outside the Katherine District.
  • f)Entries
    • i)Dressage, Show Jumping & selected EA Rider/Hack classes are pre-nominated events. Entries must be completed through the online show nomination system. No late entries will be accepted – check website for closing date. Incorrect entries will not be accepted and entry fees will be forfeited. Entry fees will only be refunded if a veterinary certificate is furnished.
    • ii)NT ASH Bred must be nominated along with the other relevant class entries, on the show website; no fee for nomination.
    • iii)All other Equestrian events can be pre-nominated for or by purchase of a ticket.  Limited tickets will be sold at the show office during the show. Tickets will only be sold to persons wearing the correct wristbands.
  • g) EA Measuring:
    • i)Will be available on the grounds, horses to be presented unsaddled but in a bridle.  There is a fee for this. All EA registered horses must have their registration paperwork with them otherwise they will be measured as unregistered. The cost for non registered horses is $20 per horse. Cost for registered horses is $10 per horse, please try and bring the correct amount as changing big notes can sometimes be difficult. The following standard rules will apply to all measuring days (a full copy of the EA Measuring rules is available from the web site)
    • ii)Handler must be 16 yrs of age or over
    • iii)Horse must be presented in a bridle with a bit
    • iv)Horse must have all boots/bandage/rugs removed prior to measuring
    • v)Handler must be wearing appropriate, covered footwear (no thongs)
    • vi)If the horse is shod, it will only be measured if it is either fully shod (all 4), or shod in both front feet.  Horses with only hind shoes or with a front shoe missing will not be measured
  • h)Equestrian Conduct
    • i)Competitors/participants at any event run by the Katherine and District Show Society have a responsibility to ensure the welfare of their horses and at all times treat their horses humanely and with dignity, respect and compassion.  Participants, handlers or competitors must adhere to the KDSS Animal Welfare Policy. The Judge/Dispute Committee has the right to request that any competitor/handler be removed from the competition for bad conduct. The Judge/Dispute Committee may request that any lame/injured/diseased or stressed horse be removed from the competition or the grounds.
    • ii)Competitors/participants are to conduct themselves in a professional manner and act with integrity in all dealings with the Affiliate and other competitors. To uphold the rules and regulations of the Katherine and District Show Society and the AQHA at all times. Competitors/participants are to demonstrate good sportsmanship at all times, showing respect for your fellow competitors and officials, following the rules to treat people the way you yourself wish to be treated.

A Pony Hack is up to and including 14hh

A Galloway Hack must be over 14hh and up to and including 15hh

A Hack is over 15 hh