General Showing Rules
1. Competitors must wear correct riding clothes, including protective head covering, mounted on the Showground. Showjumping Classes to be judged under SJI Rules.
2. Protective headgear conforming to the current recommended kitemark standard – PAS 015 or EN 1384 and fitted with an adjustable harness is recommended for all riders. Protective headgear conforming to the above standards is compulsory for riders under the age of 16 years and for all riders competing in Performance Classes. In Ridden Show Classes, gentlemen and lady riders over 16 years of age may if they choose wear a bowler hat (gentlemen) or a velvet hunt cap (ladies).
3. The Committee reserves the right to refund entry, alter, amalgamate or cancel any class.
4. The Committee reserves the right to change Rings or Order of Classes at any stage.
5. Horses and ponies in Ridden Classes must be at least 4 years old.
6. The Judge’s decision is final.
7. The Committee reserves the right to ask any person to leave the Showground without giving a reason.
8. Entry fees will not be refunded.
9. No responsibility will be accepted by members of the Committee or Tattersalls Ireland for any loss, damage or accident to persons, animals or property.
1. Entries are confined to animals registered in the Irish Horse Register with the breed codes ISH, RID or ID and must have Sire & Dam recorded on the passport.
2. Animals must be sired by a stallion that is classified in the Irish Sport Horse Stud Book as either: Approved/Preliminary/Approved/Supplementary Approved/Recognised/Preliminary Recognised/Not Approved 1 (NAI) or a stallion that is classified in the Irish Draught Stud Book as either Class 1/Class 2/RID (GB)/RID(Can)/Grade 2 (GB)
3. The class is also open to Weatherby registered animals, progeny of Weatherby Thoroughbred Stallions that are not classified in the Irish Horse Register as Not Approved 2 (NA2)
4. Two animals may be selected to qualify for the Final if the Judges and the ISA agree the standard is high enough
5. Exhibitors at both the Qualifier and Final must have the animal’s passport available for inspection prior to entry to the judging ring. Failure to comply with this Rule will lead to immediate disqualification
6. Passports and Microchips should be read by a Veterinary Surgeon at the Final
7. Animals qualified for Final are not eligible to enter any other class at the Show at which the Final is held 8. These Rules should be read in conjunction with the ISA Rules
General Working Hunter Rules
|A skull cap or hat and safety harness according to the current approved BSI or European Standard must be worn by ALL competitors in the jumping phase of Working Hunter Classes. Skull caps must have a navy blue or black cover. No hind boots or bandages of any description are allowed in the collecting ring, warm-up or in the actual class.
On completion of the jumping phase all clear rounds and any other horses the judges may require will be asked to return to the ring.
If a horse positively stops, ceases to go forward at any time during its jumping round, or turns its quarters to a fence, or has a complete turnaround, will constitute refusals.
If a horse jumps the incorrect fence out of a pen or lane it will be eliminated. Horses displaying continued disobedience, or horses leaving the ring whether mounted or dismounted, will be eliminated.
Fall or Horse or Rider
1. Working Show Horses
|Hacks, Cobs/Maxi and Riding Horses, mare or gelding, 4yo over, exceeding 148cms. Jumps not to exceed 2’9” and 2’9” spread.|
2. Retrained Racehorse Challenge
|Mare/gelding, 4 year old or over, of any height. Riders must be 15 years old or over on 1st January, 2017. Horses to be ridden in any suitable bridle and should be plaited. All entries must be registered with Weatherbys in the General Stud Book.
This class is open to thoroughbreds that HAVE raced only. Horses will NOT be ridden by the judge. Competitors must wear a safety/kite mark hard hat with a chinstrap. All those entering horses and/or participating in the Show agree to be bound by the Retraining of Racehorses Rules and Regulations from time to time in force.
Winner awarded the George Mernagh Memorial Perpetual Trophy.
The class to be judged:
15% style while jumping and performance
15% awarded for individual show
20% conformation and suitability to be retrained
Jumping to be judged: 6 rustic jumps (2’9”) with 2 optional bonus fences (3’3”)
The following points to be deducted at the end of each jumping round:
4 points to be deducted for a knockdown
4 points to be deducted for a refusal
3 refusals at any fence elimination
50 marks maximum (5 each fence for 6 fences and 10 for each bonus fence if bonus fence jumped clear)
15 extra marks style and performance while jumping
Class returns without boots and judged for an individual show/conformation. (In some classes, at the judge’s discretion, horses might be asked to do a ‘show’ following their jumping without leaving the ring. This is often the case with a large number in the class).
Each horse to complete an individual show of no longer than 1.5 minutes. Show to include the following movements:
Walk, trot, canter showing change of leg, extended canter (gallop), halt and stand, walk off on long rein.
Total marks out of 15 (to include performance, amount of retraining, suitability to diversify) Each horse to be presented in front of the judge, ridden and prior to Phase 2 for conformation and suitability to be retrained. Total marks 20.
Racing injuries will be overlooked.
3. Novice Working Hunter
|(Includes Irish Draught Performance Qualifier & kindly sponsored by Ward Union Hunt)
Mare, gelding or stallion (competing stallions must have a ribbon displayed in their tail) four years old or over, not to have won a total of €250, excluding championship money or (or equivalent values) in prizemoney in any Working Hunter Class or 20 IE points or 22 points SJI Show-jumping at home or equivalent abroad before 1st January in the relevant year.
Irish Draught Horses graded ‘A’ by Show Jumping Ireland or competed at Advanced level in Eventing ie. CIC**, CCI**, CNC** or above are not allowed compete. Fences in Novice Working Hunter Classes should have a minimum height of .85m (2’9”) and a maximum height of 1.00m (3’3”). Working Hunters may compete ‘Hors Concours’ in Novice Working Hunter classes in the jumping phase only at the discretion of the Show Secretary but the horse cannot compete in any other Working Hunter classes for the duration of the Show.
4. Restricted Open Hunter
|Mare, gelding or stallion (competing stallions must have a coloured ribbon displayed in their tail) four years old and over not to have won a total of €500, excluding championship prizemoney (or equivalent values) in prizemoney in any Working Hunter class or 50 EI points or 45 points SJI Show-jumping at home or equivalent abroad before 1st January in the relevant year. Maximum height of fences 3’6” (1.07m). Working Hunters may compete ‘Hors Concours’ in Restricted Open Working Hunter classes in the jumping phase only at the discretion of the Show Secretary but the horse cannot compete in any other Working Hunter classes for the duration of that Show.|
5. Open Working Hunter
|(Qualifier for Royal International Horse Show 2018)
Mare, gelding or stallion (competing stallions must have a coloured ribbon displayed in their tail) four years old and over exceeding 148 cms. (14.2 h.h. approx) to be judged in accordance with the rules herein set out. Any horse that has qualified as a Grade A Show Jumper or Advanced Event Horse as at 1st January in the current year is not eligible to compete in Working Hunter Classes. To be judged 60% for jumping performance, 40% as for Hunter Classes. The jumping to be judged 40% for actual jumping and 20% style and presence. Ride and conformation 40%. Fences to be a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 12 in number and a maximum height of 1.14m (3ft.9ins) at the discretion of the Judges. Fences should have a natural appearance and not be easily dislodged. No un-numbered obstacle can be included in the course. The manner of going to be taken into account. No change of rider or tack will be allowed (unless a horse is ridden under side-saddle, in which case, in order to allow the judge to ride, the saddle may be changed for the riding phase only). A rider can ride up to two horses in the jumping phase but then must select only one horse to take forward into the ride and conformation section if so required (no change of rider is allowed).
6. Small Show Hunter
|Mare or gelding, four years old or over, exceeding 148cms but not exceeding 158cms.|
7. Lightweight Ridden Hunter
|Mare or gelding, four years old or over, exceeding 148cms but not exceeding 158cms.|
8. Heavyweight Ridden Hunter
|4 year old, to carry over 13st., open to any mare or gelding.|
9. IHWT Retired Racehorse Show Series FINAL
|Open to qualified horses only (1st and 2nd in each of nine Qualifiers). Horses should be ridden in a snaffle, pelham or simple double bridle. Horses should be plaited. Racing blemishes are NOT ignored. In addition to TRI Vouchers, the Winner and Reserve also win opportunity to travel to the RoR Final/Championship at Aintree, UK, 25th-27th August to complete in either the
*RoR Elite Showing Series Final or in the RoR Amateur Ridden Show Series Final.
*To compete in the RoR Elite Showing Series Final, the horse must have raced in Great Britain.
If the horse has not run in GB, provided an amateur showing person rides him, he is eligible to go in the RoR Amateur Ridden Show Series Final. All costs of travel to Aintree and accommodation for horse, rider and groom is sponsored through the IHWT TB Club.
10. Ridden Hunter Mare
|Open to any mare, four years old or over, exceeding 158cms.|
11. Amateur Ridden Hunter
|Mare or gelding, four years old or over. A person is an amateur for showing purposes, when showing ridden hunters in an amateur classes, if he or she does not:
a) Engage in livery, buying, selling, dealing or hiring horses as a means of deriving a main source of income. Since 1st January, 2015.
b) Accept remuneration whether it be monetary or goods in kind for employment in connection with horses in a racing, showing or livery stable or riding school (instruction at Pony Club and Riding Club excepted). Since 1st January, 2015.
c) Show a horse owned or sponsored by a company or commercial firm, or a horse for which his or her immediate family accepts livery or training charges from a person outside the immediate concern. Since 1st January, 2015.
d) Show a horse which a professional rider has qualified in the Weight or Small Ridden Hunter classes for either the Horse of The Year Show or the Royal International Horse Show during the current year, unless the horse has subsequently been re-registered under new ownership
e) Professional show persons must not enter the Amateur Ring whilst the classes are in progress. A professional show person is another term for professional producer and as such a professional groom who works for a producer can enter the ring to groom.
12. Lightweight Hunter
|Mare or gelding, four years old or over, capable of carrying up to 12 stones 7lbs.|
13. Middleweight Hunter
|Mare or gelding, four years old or over, capable of carrying over 12 stones 7lbs but not exceeding 14 stones.|
14. Heavyweight Hunter
|Mare or gelding four years old or over, capable of carrying over 14 stones.|
15. Ladies Hunter
|Open to any weight hunter, mare or gelding, four years old or over, to be ridden side-saddle by a lady wearing hunting costume. Riders to have attained their 16th birthday on 1st January 2017|
16 - 20. Led Classes
|Class 16 One-year-old colt, gelding or filly, likely to make a top-class hunter
Class 17 Two-year-old colt or gelding (Red Mills All-Ireland Qualifier)
Class 18 Two-year-old filly (Kildysart All-Ireland Qualifier)
Class 19 Three-year-old filly (Bantry All-Ireland Qualifier)
Class 20 Three-year-old gelding likely to make a top-class hunter
21. Coloured Horse
|Mare or gelding, four years old or over, exceeding 158cms. To be ridden by riders 14 years old or over on 1st January, 2017|
22. Coloured Horse
|Mare or gelding, four years old or over, exceeding 148cms. but not exceeding 158cms. To be ridden by riders 14 years old or over on 1st January, 2017 Coloured Horse Championship Riding Horses|
23. Large Riding Horses
|Mare or gelding, four years old or over, exceeding 158cms. Riders must be 16 years old or over on 1st January, 2017|
24. Small Riding Horses
|Mare or gelding, four years old or over, exceeding 148cms. but not exceeding 158cms. Riders must be 14 years old or over on 1st January, 2017 Riding Horse Championship Cobs Class 25 Cobs Mare or gelding, four years old or over not exceeding 155cms.|
|Mare or gelding, four years old or over not exceeding 155cms.|
26. Maxi Cobs
|Mare or gelding, four years old or over, exceeding 155cms.|