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EQU i In the event that these regulations contradict the BUCS general regulations these sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.

EQU ii In the event that these regulations contradict those of the national or international governing body these sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.

EQU iii Dispute at events: In line with REG 4.4.3, should a dispute occur at an event the event appeal panel for Equestrian shall comprise of Tournament Director and Events Coordinator.

 

EQU 1 General

 

EQU 1.1 It is the aim of the competition to judge a rider’s ability to get the best out of an unknown horse in a limited period of time.

 

EQU 1.2 The Equestrian Advisory Group formulated these rules. Making an entry for any competition to which these rules apply constitutes acceptance of these rules. It is the competitor’s responsibility to ensure that they are fully conversant with the rules, and the team captain’s responsibility to ensure that copies of the rules are given to his/her members.

 

EQU 1.3 The aim of the early competitions (League matches and Regional rounds) is to select the best teams and individuals to progress to the Finals.

 

EQU 1.4 Each team will consist of four riders (please note that teams cannot compete with two riders), all scores will count. See EQU 1.6 for scoring if a team has only 3 riders. It is in a team’s best interests to keep the same team throughout so that if a team fails to qualify as a whole some of its members may have more chance of qualifying as individuals. In accordance with BUCS General Regulation 6 Teams must be selected as if all the teams are competing at the same time. As such a Championship Team member in league matches may not ride on the Trophy team at league matches.

 

EQU 1.5 The rider having the best score on each horse will be given zero penalties and the other riders of that horse will be given the number of penalties equal to the difference between their score and the best score on that horse. This process shall be known as differencing the scores. Eliminated and retired riders shall be given the worst difference penalties of all the riders plus an additional 30 penalties. For withdrawn riders before a single phase see rule EQU 1.7

 

EQU 1.6 If a team only has three competitors the fourth score is the worst score in each discipline plus 30 penalties.

 

EQU 1.7 Each team member must start both the Dressage and Show Jumping phases in order to receive a final score. However, if the rider only completes the dressage phase, the score can count for the team. If they do not start the show jumping phase they should be given the score equivalent of an eliminated rider as per EQU 1.6.

 

EQU 1.7.1 Riders can only compete for one team in a round of competitions. Eg. A rider may not compete in the B team and the A team in Round 1 of the mini-leagues, even if those fixture take place on different dates within the hosting window. Riders may move up for different rounds of competition.

 

EQU 1.8 In the interests of fairness riders must not compete on their own horse or any horse they have owned or competed on outside of student riding in the last 5 years at any stage of the competition.

 

EQU 1.9 All riders must treat the horses in a fair and sporting manner. Any abuse or violence will not be tolerated and may lead to elimination at the discretion of the judges.

 

EQU 1.10 Current British Dressage and British Show Jumping rules will apply regarding tack to be used except that the judges must allow horses to wear boots/bandages and martingales etc. without penalty if it is the wish of the owner of the horse. Bridles used at league matches should feature a single rein only. The organisers must check the tack of the horses before the competition starts. Only the person in charge of the horses may change the setting of the horses’ tack (including the girth) with the exception of the length of the stirrup leathers. Should riders wish to change anything other than the length of the stirrup leathers they should approach the warm up steward with their request.

EQU 1.11 The tack of the horse must not be changed after the first rider has ridden the horse. The only exception to this may be the change of stirrup leathers if they are not long enough for the riders leg or if the stirrup irons are too narrow to allow the riders boot to fit safely in. In the case of breaking tack during the competition the rider may have a restart for that phase unless they show an intention of finishing the phase.

EQU 1.12 All horses must be demonstrated before the dressage and show jumping in the tack and equipment that they will compete in (including spurs and/or whip). Show jump horses must jump the whole course before the first rider mounts.

 

EQU 2 Riders Dress

 

EQU 2.1 All riders must wear hats approved to EN1384 1996 / BSEN 1384 1997 with CE mark, PAS015: 1998/ PAS015: 2011 with BSI mark, ASTM F1163: 2004a with SEI mark, Snell E2001 or AS/NZS 3838: 2006 with SAI global mark. Long hair should be neatly secured for both Dressage and Show-Jumping.

EQU 2.2 It is recommended that body protectors be worn for the Show Jumping phase to a minimum of BETA 2000 safety level 3. Captains should check with the riding centre where they are organising competitions to ensure that these are not already compulsory. EQU 3.3 Riders should be smartly dressed. Jackets should be tweed or navy/black. Shirts must be worn with a tie or stock. Breeches/jodhpurs should be white, pale yellow or fawn in colour. Plain black or brown long boots or Jodhpur boots with matching black or brown leather gaiters (but not suede half chaps) must be worn. Gloves are compulsory for Dressage and are recommended for Show Jumping.

 

EQU 2.3 Air jackets: Competitors are permitted to wear a dark coloured air jacket for both phases. The competitor must provide the saddle attachment and no extra warm up time will be given to allow for fixing the saddle attachment.

EQU 2.4
 Spurs may be worn if the owner of the horse permits. Where spurs are worn, they must be blunt and without rowels. If the spurs are curved, the curve must point downwards and the shank must face the back. The length of the shank must not exceed 35mm. If, in the opinion of the judge(s), spurs are misusedthe rider may be eliminated. Non marking spurs with rubber of plastic balls are allowed, plastic spurs are not allowed.

EQU 2.5 One whip may be used if the owner of the horse permits. They may be any length for the Dressage but must not exceed 75cm for the show jumping. It may be carried in either hand, but must be in the rein hand while saluting. It may not be picked up if dropped during the test. If, in the opinion of the judge(s), the whip is misused, the rider may be eliminated.

 

EQU 2.6 Dress at Prize-givings: Prize-givings are important to organisers and sponsors. Competitors are requested to be neatly and tidily dressed in competition kit or university squad kit.

 

EQU 2.7 Advertising and Logos: Competitors identification of the manufacturer of clothing and equipment may appear only once per clothing item (breeches, gloves, shirt, headwear or on jackets at the height of breast pockets) on a surface area not exceeding 3 sq. cms identification of sponsors may appear on a surface area not exceeding:
• 80 sq. cms on each of the two sides of jackets or top garments at the height of breast pockets;
• 200 sq. cms on one arm only of top garment;
• For the show jumping only, the Competitor may bear the logo of a sponsor vertically in the middle of protective headwear. The logo must not be longer than 25cm or wider than 5cm;
• For the show jumping only the Competitor may bear the logo of a sponsor on the left leg of the riding breeches. The logo must not be longer than 20cm or wider than 4cm;
• 16sq. cms on both sides of shirt collar.

 

EQU 3 Dressage for Mini Leagues and Regional Rounds

 

EQU 3.1 The Dressage test for League matches and Regional rounds will be available from the BUCS website each season.

EQU 3.2 Each competitor will be allowed a maximum amount of time in which to warm up, 10 minutes for the first competitor on each horse and 7 minutes for subsequent competitors on each horse. The home team is responsible for providing a time keeper. Outside of warm up time riders must be on a loose rein. Should the venue have different rules relating to warm ups of horses these will take precedence as long as they do not exceed the time allowed above.

EQU 3.3 The horses are to be demonstrated by a non-competing person before the first rider mounts to the level of the test that they will be used for. If it is not possible for the horses to be demonstrated by a non-competing person then the home team should demonstrate the horses they are not riding in the competition. The demonstration should take place in the competition arena and the time of this demonstration will be about five minutes. The horses should be sufficiently warmed up before this demonstration.

EQU 3.4 League and Regional dressage tests may be commanded.

EQU 3.5 Each horse will be ridden by three or four competitors. The rider having the best score on each horse will be given zero penalties and the other riders of that horse will be given the number of penalties equal to the difference between their score and the best score on that horse. This process shall be known as differencing the scores. Eliminated and retired riders shall be given the worst difference penalties of all the riders plus an additional 30 penalties. For withdrawn riders before a single phase see Rule EQU 9.9

 

EQU 4 Judges

 

EQU 4.1 Dressage judges must be of British Dressage List 6 or higher for the League matches and List 5 or higher for the Regional Rounds. Two judges will be used at the Regional Rounds and the scores of the two Dressage judges shall be averaged and then differenced. For round 2 of the National Finals the judges should be from List 4 or higher.

 

EQU 4.2 Judges should where possible be from the designated British Dressage judges lists. If this is not possible an institution should declare the judge and their level of qualification to the BUCS Office in advance of the event being held. The BUCS Office will make a decision on whether the judge can officiate. If approved by the BUCS Office the judge will be able to officiate.  It is the institutions responsibility to inform the opposition of the officiating arrangements in advance of the event.

 

EQU 4.3 The rules and basic ideas behind BUCS Equestrian should be explained to the Judge(s), stressing that while it is the way the horse is going that should be judged during the Dressage test, the aim of the competition is to assess the Riders ability to get the best out of a strange horse in a limited period of time.

 

EQU 5 Show Jumping for league and regional rounds

 

EQU 5.1 In order that the Show Jumping phase is to have sufficient importance the course should be as demanding as possible within the capabilities of the horses used. The maximum height for the League matches is 90cm for Championship matches and 85cm for Trophy matches. In the regional rounds the maximum height is 100cm (Championship) and 90cm (Trophy)

The course should be designed in consultation with the riding centre staff to meet the standards of the horses, but should have a minimum of seven fences including at least one double, at least two spreads and at least one related distance of four strides or less. A course that tests the rider’s ability is essential. It is recommended that a stile or dogleg be used in the course.

EQU 5.2 The course builder should be a competent person, approved by the riding centre. They should be familiar with BSJA course building guidelines.

EQU 5.3 Each competitor will be allowed a maximum of five minutes warm up time and a maximum of four specified practice jumps. The practice fences may, at the judge’s discretion be part of the course. At the start of the practice period, the direction for jumping the practice fences must be specified to all competitors. The practice fences must be jumped in the direction specified – failure to do so will result in elimination from the jumping element. Should the venue have different rules regarding number of jumps allowed these will take precedence as long as they do not exceed the numbers above.

EQU 5.4 The Show Jumping may be judged on style by the Dressage judge, a listed riding clubs equitation judge, a qualified instructor or a suitably qualified person to be approved by BUCS – if the Dressage Judge is unable to judge this element, it is the responsibility of the organising University to inform all the Captains. In the Regional Rounds the show-jumping will be judged by one of the dressage judges or a suitably qualified person appointed by the regional organiser or BUCS.

The Show Jumping judge will award each competitor a mark out of 10 for each fence as well as collective style marks similar to those used for the dressage test. The following penalties will then be deducted for jumping errors:

 

Each Knockdown

5

1st Refusal

10

2nd Refusal

20

3rd Refusal

Elimination

Fall of Horse or Rider

Elimination

Error of Course

Elimination

Failure to Salute

Elimination

Commencing Before the Bell

Elimination

 

The Show Jumping scores will be differenced as defined in rule EQUL 2.3

 

EQU 5.5 At the end of the competition if the penalties are equal then the separation of riders will follow rule EQU 10.3 and EQU 10.4.

 

EQU 5.6 If a horse is eliminated in the show jumping with all riders, the judge must allow all riders who have ridden the eliminated horse another chance to ride an alternative horse. The alternative horse should, preferably, be one that has not already been used for the Show Jumping phase. If no such horse is available then one that has already show jumped may be used over a shortened course if necessary. If any rider is unable to ride the alternative horse due to injury, the collective marks added to the fence that all riders reached will be used as the style mark.

EQU 5.7 Although the judge need not be on the BS Judges panel, they must be conversant with the rules. It is the responsibility of the organising team to ensure this happens.

EQU 5.8 The Show Jumping judge should be approached with any complaints or concerns about a competitor’s ability to jump. The judges may prevent a rider from Show Jumping if they consider the rider to be incapable of managing the course set. The rider may refer such a decision to the Jury of Appeal if he/she considers the decision to be unfair.

 

EQU 6 Protests

 

EQU 6.1 Jury of Appeal: The Jury will consist of all the Team Captains present together with any members of the Management Group present or the Dressage judge. For the National Finals the Jury of Appeal will consist of BUCS Staff and any Equestrian Sports Advisory Group members present.

EQU 6.2 The Jury will consider all protests and complaints and may call upon the judge(s) for advice if necessary.

EQU 6.3 Only a Team Captain or Management Group member may lodge protests and complaints. They must be in writing and accompanied by a fee of £10 which will be returned only if the complaint is considered valid by the Jury.

EQU 6.4 Protests concerning an abuse of these rules occurring during a competition must be made no later than 30 minutes after the alleged abuse occurred.

EQU 6.5 Protests concerning the horses must be made within 10 minutes of their demonstration.

EQU 6.6 Protests concerning the final results must be made no later than 30 minutes after the results have been published.

EQU 6.7 Protests after the match must be sent by the institutions Athletic Unions or similar by 5pm the next working day after the match in accordance with BUCS General REG 16.3. BUCS will not overrule the decision of a judge regarding technical offences during matches.

EQU 6.8 In the event of a problem arising which is not covered by these rules the Jury should refer to the current British Dressage rules and the current British Show Jumping rules for guidance, and BUCS must be notified.

 

EQU 7 Scoring

 

EQU 7.1 A team’s total penalties will be the sum of all four Dressage difference penalties and all four Show Jumping difference penalties.

EQU 7.2 If a team only has three competitors the fourth score is the worst score in each discipline plus 30 penalties.

EQU 7.3 An individual’s total penalties will be the sum of their Dressage and Show Jumping difference penalties.

EQU 7.4 If the team penalties are equal they shall be split by:

EQU 7.4.1 The total of the best difference dressage penalties (ie the higher placed team after dressage)

EQU 7.4.2 The sum of all four riders collective marks from the dressage and jumping phases.

EQU 7.4.3 The total of all four actual dressage marks and all four actual show jumping scores.

EQU 7.5 If the individual scores are equal they shall be split by:

EQU 7.5.1 The differenced dressage penalties (not marks)

EQU 7.5.2 The dressage and jumping collective marks combined 

EQU 7.5.3 If, however, they are still equal the placing points shall be divided equally between them

EQU 7.6 The team with the most points and the two individuals, not on the best team, with the highest points will qualify for the Regional Round.

EQU 7.7
If two teams or individuals are on equal points at the completion of the League matches they will be split by the sum of their total penalties from all the League matches.

EQU 7.8 Each institution should keep a record of all the penalties including collective marks at all the League matches. Each institution must send via e-mail a fully completed scoresheet from their home League match to the other teams in.

 

EQU 8 Mini League Specific Regulations

 

EQU 8.1 BUCS will organise all the teams into Leagues of three or four institutions. No League matches should be arranged until BUCS allocates institutions to their respective Leagues. There is no guarantee that the League will be the same each year.

 

EQU 8.2 Matches must be hosted in the order as published in the Leagues. Institutions can share venues where necessary in order to host matches. The first named team must have hosted their home match between 01 November 2017 and 01 December 2017, the second between 04 December 2017 and 26 January 2018, the third between 29 January 2018 and 16 February 2018 and the fourth between 19 February 2018 and 09 March 2018. If an institution fails to organise a league competition or cancels it without extenuating circumstances they will be eliminated from competition and their points will be re-awarded amongst the other teams as though the offending team had not taken part in any of the league competitions, individuals therefore, cannot qualify for further stages of the competition.

 

EQU 8.3 Athletic Unions must confirm all home team match dates regardless of hosting window in writing to BUCS via the online form by the deadline stated in the BUCS affiliation document. Failure to do so will lead to sanctions as outlined in the BUCS affiliation document and possibly further disciplinary action.

 

EQU 8.4 Athletics Unions must confirm all home team match dates by email to other Athletic Unions at least 14 days before the match. After match dates have been published by BUCS, institutions can change dates if they obtain the mutual agreement of all other participating institutions.

 

EQU 8.5 All mini league matches must be completed by 09 March 2018.  No extension will be given after this date. 

 

EQU 8.6 League matches must be organised so that the Dressage element is followed by the show jumping.

 

EQU 8.7 Each AU must ensure that the venue has or can find enough horses and they are capable of fulfilling their role in competition when booking the venue. It is recommended that a copy of these rules and the appropriate technical rules be given to the Riding Centre involved.

 

EQU 8.8 Teams arriving late for a match shall be deemed absent if they arrive more than one hour after the stated time for the draw. The telephone number of the Riding Centre and host Team Captain should be included in the details sent to each institution.

 

EQU 8.9 Each home team’s Athletic Union is responsible for completing and submitting the full scoresheet by the relevant deadline stated in the BUCS affiliation document and possibly further disciplinary action. The completed score sheet must also be sent to all opposition Athletic Unions within the league.  The result will stand unless a visiting team challenges the result sheet in which instance it will become a provisional result until checked and the placings confirmed by BUCS. All teams must keep a copy of all final results sheets.

                 

EQU 8.10 In order to determine the qualifying team and individuals for the regional rounds points will be awarded for placing at league matches as follows:

 

Team

1st

4 Points

 

 

2nd

3 Points

3rd

2 Points

4th

1 Point

No Show

0 Points

 

Individuals (Championship only)

1st

12 points

2nd

10 points

3rd

8 points

4th

6 points

5th

4 points

6th

3 points

7th

2 points

8th

1 point

 

N.B For tied placing the points are shared — i.e. if two competitors are tied for 3rd place the points of 3rd and 4th are shared between the two competitors, each one receiving 5.5 points.

N.B Even if there are only three teams in a league the same points are awarded.

 

EQU 8.11 The winning team in each league must calculate the qualifiers for their league and notify BUCS of those names within 7 days of the final match within the league

 

EQU 8.12 If two teams or individuals are on equal points at the completion of the League matches they will be split by the sum of their total penalties from all the League matches.

 

EQU 8.13 Each institution must keep a record of all the penalties including collective marks at all the League matches. Each institution must send via e-mail a fully completed scoresheet from their home League match to the other teams in their league within 7 days of their League match taking place as per EQU 3.11

 

EQU 8.14 In the Championship Leagues, the team with the most points and the two individuals, not on the best team, with the highest points will qualify for the Regional Round. In the Trophy Leagues, only the team with the most points will qualify for the Regional Round.

                 

EQU 8.15 In League matches four horses will be used. The horses standard must be as similar as possible. Where possible the same horses should not be used for both phases. If this is not possible then riders must not ride the same horse for the Dressage and the show jumping phases.

EQU 8.16 Each horse will be ridden by three or four competitors. 

EQU 8.17 The organiser must know the whereabouts of the nearest casualty department and have directions readily available for competitors. If possible, members of the St. Johns Ambulance or equivalent should be present for the show jumping. In all cases the Organiser should make themselves known to the Appointed First Aider at the centre and be aware of their location during the competition.

 

EQU 9 The Draw

EQU 9.1.1 At all competitions all riders should be assigned a number at the first draw which must be worn throughout. During the competition they will be known as that number with no reference to name or university to be present on any paperwork for judges. Riders should keep the same number throughout any one match for both phases.

EQU 9.1.2 Each horse should be assigned a letter.

EQU 9.1.3 All draws will take place in the presence of all the Team Captains and will be performed no earlier than the time stated by the organiser on the invitations to compete. If any team has failed to arrive by that time, their draw may be performed on their behalf. The draw for the Dressage will be held in alphabetical team order and that of the show jumping in reverse alphabetical team order.

EQU 9.1.4 Teams captains will draw numbers 1, 2, 3 (or 4) in the order given in Rule EQUL 4.3. This relates to the team order shown on the running order below. Each team rider must then draw A, B, C or D. This relates to the horse that they will ride for that phase. The running order should be arranged as shown below.

 

Three Team League:

Running Order

Horse

Team Order

1

A

1

2

B

2

3

C

3

4

D

1

5

A

2

6

B

3

7

C

1

8

D

2

9

A

3

10

B

1

11

C

2

12

D

3

 

Four Team League:

Running Order

Horse

Team Order

1

A

1

2

B

2

3

C

3

4

D

4

5

A

2

6

B

3

7

C

4

8

D

1

9

A

3

10

B

4

11

C

1

12

D

2

13

A

4

14

B

1

15

C

2

16

D

3

 

EQU 10 Regional Rounds Specific Regulations 

The Regional Rounds will be organised by BUCS and Regional Organisers. The following season's Regional Organisers will be appointed from the 6 Championship and 6 Trophy teams that qualify to National Finals in the previous season.

 

EQU 10.1 BUCS will ensure that the horses are capable of fulfilling their role in the competition when booking the venue. A copy of these rules will be given to the Riding Centre involved.

 

EQU 10.2 Teams or individuals may not compete at the regional round if their Athletic Union has not confirmed the entry before the start of the Regional Round. BUCS may also impose any further demand that the money be paid prior to the competition to cover expenses and allow for the cancellation of horses if necessary.

 

EQU 10.3 All competing teams must bring at least one person to help organise the regional event that they are competing at. Failure to provide a volunteer will result in a fine of £100.

EQU 10.4 The qualifiers for the Finals from: 

EQU 10.4.1 A Team Championship Regional will be the winning team and the best three individuals who are not in the winning team. One of these individuals must have come from the individuals section of the Regional Round.

 

EQU 10.4.2 An Individual Championship Regional will be the top three placings only.

 

EQU 10.4.3 A Trophy Regional will be the winning team only.

 

EQU 10.4.4 The Regional Organiser will send copies of the full results including collectives to the BUCS Office via e-mail within 5 days of the match occurring.

EQU 10.5 In the Championship Regional Round six horses will be used and in the Trophy Regional Round four horses will be used for each of the Dressage and the Show-Jumping phases. The horses’ standard must be as similar as possible. Where possible the same horses should not be used for both phases. If this is not possible then riders must not ride the same horse for the Dressage and the show jumping phases.

EQU 10.6 Championship Team Regional Round running order shall be as follows: 

3 TEAM REGIONAL ROUND
Teams captains will draw numbers 1, 2, 3 in the order given in Rule EQU 3.1. This relates to the number shown on the running order below. Each rider must then draw A, B, C or D. This relates to the horse that they will ride for that phase.

Individuals will draw both a letter (E or F) and number (1, 2 or 3) relating to what and when they will ride.  Individuals from the same university cannot ride against each other.

 

Running Order

Horse

Team

1

A

1

2

B

2

3

C

3

4

D

1

5

E

IND (1)

6

F

IND (1)

7

A

2

8

B

3

9

C

1

10

D

2

11

D

IND (2)

12

E

IND (2)

13

F

3

14

A

1

15

B

2

16

C

3

17

D

IND (3)

18

E

IND (3)

 

4 TEAM REGIONAL ROUND
Teams captains will draw numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 in the order given in Rule EQU 3.1. This relates to the number shown on the running order below. Each rider must then draw A, B, C or D. This relates to the horse that they will ride for that phase.

Individuals will draw both a letter (E or F) and number (1, 2, 3 or 4) relating to what and when they will ride.  Individuals from the same university cannot ride against each other.

 

Running Order

Horse

Team

1

A

1

2

B

2

3

C

3

4

D

4

5

E

IND (1)

6

F

IND (1)

7

A

4

8

B

1

9

C

2

10

D

3

11

D

IND (2)

12

E

IND (2)

13

F

3

14

A

4

15

B

1

16

C

2

17

D

IND (3)

18

E

IND (3)

19

A

2

20

B

3

21

C

4

22

D

1

23

E

IND (4)

24

F

IND (4)

 

EQU 10.7 Trophy Team Regional Round running order shall be as follows:

3 TEAM REGIONAL ROUND
Team captains will draw numbers 1, 2, 3 in the order given in Rule EQU 3.1. This relates to the number shown on the running order below. Each rider must then draw A, B, C or D. This relates to the horse that they will ride for that phase.

 

Running Order

Horse

Team

1

A

1

2

B

2

3

C

3

4

D

1

5

A

2

6

B

3

7

C

1

8

D

2

9

A

3

10

B

1

11

C

2

12

D

3


4 TEAM REGIONAL ROUND
Team captains will draw numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 in the order given in Rule EQU 3.1. This relates to the number shown on the running order below. Each rider must then draw A, B, C or D. This relates to the horse that they will ride for that phase.

 

Running Order

Horse

Team

1

A

1

2

B

2

3

C

3

4

D

4

5

A

4

6

B

1

7

C

2

8

D

3

9

A

3

10

B

4

11

C

1

12

D

2

13

A

2

14

B

3

15

C

4

16

D

1

 

EQU 11 Individual Qualifier: A university may enter a maximum of two individuals into the Individual Championship qualifier if they are unable to field a team (minimum of four riders) at league matches. Extra places will be allocated on a first come first served basis to a maximum of three riders when there are less than 15 individuals entered for the Individual Championship.

 

EQU 12 National Finals Specific Regulations

 

EQU 12.1 The qualifiers for the Finals from:

 

EQU 12.1.1 A Team Championship Regional will be the winning team and the best three individuals who are not in the winning team. One of these individuals must have come from the individuals section of the Regional Round.

 

EQU 12.1.2 An Individual Championship Regional will be the top three placings only.

 

EQU 12.1.3 A Trophy Regional will be the winning team only.

 

EQU 12.3 Entries for the National Finals are restricted to those university teams and individuals that have qualified from one of the Regional competitions.

 

EQU 12.4 The competition shall consist of two phases – Dressage and Show Jumping. All competitors shall compete in both phases. Competitors may not ride the same horse in more than one round of one phase and may not ride the same horse in the Dressage and the Show-Jumping except in a final round where numbers of horses limits this.

 

EQU 12.5 The competition will be ridden in a knockout system. In each round there will be three riders on each horse with the best rider on each horse progressing through to the next round. There will be four rounds of Dressage and four rounds of Show Jumping. All competitors will be ranked equal at the beginning of each round.

 

EQU 12.6 The National Finals are run in the style of an AIEC International University competition. Any circumstances that are not covered by the rules laid down here will be referred to the current AIEC rules. These will be available at the competition or can be accessed online at www.aiecworld.com

 

EQU 12.7 There must be a qualified paramedic/St. John Ambulance on site for the show jumping.

 

EQU 12.8 All teams and individuals may not compete in the National Finals until the relevant Athletic Union has submitted a confirmation of entry in format prescribed by BUCS.

 

EQU 12.9 Reserve riders for teams should be declared on the entry form. The reserve rider can only compete in the team in the case of physical inability certified by a doctor. A reserve rider can only substitute a rider in one of the two parts before the beginning of the first round.

 

EQU 13 The Draw

EQU 13.1 The time of the draw for each round will be published in the finals programme If any team or individual has failed to arrive by that time, their draw may be performed on their behalf.

EQU 13.2 At all competitions all riders should be assigned a number at each draw which must be worn throughout the corresponding round. During the competition they will be known as that number with no reference to name or university to be present on any paperwork for judges.

EQU 13.3 Each horse should be assigned a letter.

EQU 13.4 Teams will draw a slip dictating when their team will ride. The team members will select a letter each representing to their horse. For the dressage team test championship team riders will ride horses A – F. Individuals will draw slips representing when they will ride and a letter corresponding to their horse for the first rounds. Second rounds and above each rider will draw a slip showing a letter and number which indicates what and when they will ride.

Championship

EQU 14 Dressage

EQU 14.1 Dressage tests may be commanded at all levels with the exception of the Championships first round and fourth round freestyle.

EQU 14.2 There will be at least two judges of British Dressage List 4 or above for second round and above for the Dressage.

EQU 14.3 If two or more riders are on the same horse in the same round of dressage have best and equal marks the rider with the best rider collective marks will proceed to the next round. If they are still equal the rider with the best position mark will proceed to the next round. If there is equality of position mark those equal will ride off on another horse. The highest score on the new horse will proceed to the next round. The differenced penalties of the other rider(s) in the ride off will be determined from the original horse. If there are no extra horses available, the judges decide who is qualified for the next round. The riders who are not qualified after this separation procedure are ranked as first of the non-qualified riders in the round.

EQU 14.4 The places of the non-qualifying riders will first be decided by differenced penalties. In the event of equality the collective rider marks will decide. If there is still equality they will be placed equal and the placing shared as in rule EQU 10.5.

EQU 14.5 For all levels, all competitors will be allowed to ride their horses in the warmup arena for the time duration of the dressage test being used in this round and dictated at the top of the dressage test sheet. Consequently, each rider may begin their warm up as the bell rings to signal the start for the rider before them and must end on the salute of that rider.

EQU 14.6 First Round

EQU 14.6.1 Tests will be ridden as a group of three in quadrille style. The test will start from inside the arena boards. Teams will nominate the trio to ride the team test.

EQU 14.6.2 The 3 individuals qualifying from each region will ride the team test as a trio. The 3 individuals qualifying from the Individual Championship will ride as a trio. The extra riders from teams in Regions A, B and C will ride as a trio. The extra riders from teams in Regions D, E and F will ride as a trio.

EQU 14.6.3 Four judges will judge the first round team dressage. Three judges will judge the three riders of the team individually. The fourth judge will judge the team as a whole and give a team mark.

EQU 14.6.4 The starting order of each trio of horses will be fixed in alphabetical order. The team is not allowed to change this order. Not respecting the announced order will lead to a team mark of 0 (zero) points for each single lesson which is not performed in the declared order.

EQU 14.6.5 The competitor with the highest score on each horse will progress to the next round. If it is necessary to qualify more riders (when the number of competitors is not a multiple of 2 or 3), the nonqualified riders with the lowest difference score to the best rider of the same horse will be qualified.
 
EQU 14.7 Second round: The competitor with the highest score on each horse will progress to the next round. The best runner up will also progress to the next round as the lucky loser following EQUN 4.11.5

EQU 14.8 Third round: The competitor with the highest score on each horse will progress to the next round.

EQU 14.9 Final round: Two horses will be used for the Final of the Dressage. Each of the two riders will ride both horses. A technical test will be performed on one horse and freestyle to music on the other.

EQU 15 Show-Jumping

EQU 15.1 Each competitor will be allowed a maximum of five minutes warm up time and a maximum of four specified practice jumps. The practice fences may, at the judge’s discretion be part of the course. At the start of the practice period, the direction for jumping the practice fences must be specified to all competitors. The practice fences must be jumped in the direction specified – failure to do so will result in elimination from the jumping element. Should the venue have different rules regarding number of jumps allowed these will take precedence as long as they do not exceed the numbers above.

EQU 15.2 The Show-Jumping judge will award each competitor a mark out of 10 for each fence as well as collective style marks similar to those used for the dressage test. The following penalties will then be deducted for jumping errors:

 

Each Knockdown

5

1st Refusal

10

2nd Refusal

20

3rd Refusal

Elimination

Fall of Horse or Rider

Elimination

Error of Course

Elimination

Failure to Salute

Elimination

Commencing Before the Bell

Elimination

 

The Show-Jumping scores will be differenced as defined in rule EQU 5.3

EQU 15.3 If a horse is eliminated in the show jumping with all riders, the judge must allow all riders who have ridden the eliminated horse another chance to ride an alternative horse. The alternative horse should, preferably, be one that has not already been used for the Show-Jumping phase. If no such horse is available then one that has already show-jumped may be used over a shortened course if necessary. If any rider is unable to ride the alternative horse due to injury, the collective marks added to the fence that all riders reached will be used as the style mark.

EQU 15.4 Although the judge need not be on the British Show Jumping Judges panel, they must be conversant with the rules. It is the responsibility of the organising team to ensure this happens.

EQU 15.5 The Show-Jumping judge should be approached with any  complaints  or concerns about a competitor’s ability to jump. The judges may prevent a rider from Show-Jumping if they consider the rider to be incapable of managing the course set. The rider may refer such a decision to the Jury of Appeal if he/she considers the decision to be unfair.

EQU 15.6 All horses will be demonstrated before each round of the Show-Jumping, but will not necessarily jump the whole course before the first rider mounts.

EQU 15.7 The course builder should be a British Show Jumping course designer. In all rounds the difficulties will increase.

EQU 15.8 First Round

EQU 15.8.1 The first round will be judged on style The Show-Jumping judge will award each competitor a mark out of 10 for each fence as well as collective rider marks similar to those used for the dressage these will then be added together to give the total style mark. The following penalties will then be deducted for jumping errors to give the overall style mark:

 

Each Knockdown

5

1st Refusal

10

2nd Refusal

Elimination

Fall of Horse or Rider

Elimination

Error of Course

Elimination

Failure to Salute

Elimination

Commencing Before the Bell

Elimination

 

The height of the fences will be maximum 100cm. The Show-Jumping  scores  should  then  be  differenced  as described in EQU 5.3.

EQU 15.8.2 The rider with the best overall style mark on each horse will progress to the Second Round.

EQU 15.8.3 If all riders on the same horse in the same round of show jumping are eliminated they will re-ride the same course in the same starting order on another horse if there is one available. If a horse is not available and the first horse passed fence 5 with all riders, then the style mark up to and including this fence with collective marks will make up the style mark for this horse. In the event that the horse does not make it to this point with all riders then the rider who jumped the most fences will be qualified. If none of the riders went further than all the others, the judges decide who is qualified for the next round. The riders who are not qualified after this separation procedure are ranked as first of the non-qualified riders in the round.
 
EQU 15.8.4 If two or more riders on the same horse have the same overall style mark the rider with the better collective marks will proceed to the next round. If there is equality of the collective marks, the higher total style mark will decide who proceeds. If there is equality of this mark those equal will ride off on another horse. The highest score on the new horse will proceed to the next round. The differenced penalties of the other rider(s) in the ride off will be determined from the original horse.   If there are no extra horses available, the judges decide who is qualified for the next round. The riders who are not qualified after this separation procedure are ranked as first of the non-qualified riders in the round.

EQU 15.8.5 The places of the non-qualifying riders will first be decided by differenced penalties. In the event of equality the collective marks will decide. If there is still equality they will be placed equal and the placing shared as in rule EQU 10.5.

EQU 15.9 Second Round

EQU 15.9.1 The second round will be judged primarily on faults with style deciding in the event of equality of faults. Jumping faults in this round and all subsequent rounds will be awarded as follows:

 

Each Knockdown

4

1st Refusal

4

2nd Refusal

Elimination

Fall of Horse or Rider

Elimination

Error of Course

Elimination

Failure to Salute

Elimination

Commencing Before the Bell

Elimination

 

The height of the fences will be maximum 105cm

EQU 15.9.2 The best rider on each horse plus the best runner up with the lowest differenced jumping faults will progress to the Third Round. In the case of equality of differenced jumping penalties the best runner up is calculated in accordance with EQUN 4.11.5 the highest style mark shall be decided. The places of non-qualifiers will be determined in the same way.

EQU 15.10 Third Round and Final

EQU 15.10.1
 These will be judged primarily on faults. In the event of equality of faults time will decide.

EQU 15.10.2 The height of the fences in the Third Round will be approximately 110cm – 115cm unless the judges decide otherwise.

EQU 15.10.3 The best rider on each horse in the Third Round will progress to the Final where they will each ride two horses.

EQU 15.10.4 The height of the fences in the Final will be approximately 120cm – 125cm unless the judges decide otherwise.

EQU 15.11 Overall Placings:
 At the end of the Final each competitor will have a ranking in the Dressage and Show- Jumping phases.
 
EQU 15.12 Teams

EQU 15.12.1 Team Dressage Ranking: Teams are ranked by the team mark from the first round. The ranking equates to points i.e. Ranking 1 = 1 point. This ranking is multiplied by three and these points are added to the four best individual dressage placings in each team. The team with the least points shall be the winner of the team dressage.

EQU 15.12.2 Team Show-Jumping Ranking: The combined total of all four Show-Jumping rankings of the teams members shall give the team Show-Jumping score. The team with the least points shall be the winner of the team Show-Jumping.

EQU 15.13 Team Overall Ranking: Teams are ranked by the team mark from the first round. The ranking equates to points i.e. Ranking 1 = 1 point. This ranking is multiplied by three and these points are added to the four individual dressage placings in each team. The team with the least points shall be the winner of the team dressage.

EQU 15.14 Individuals: Overall placing for individuals shall be calculated by adding together their Dressage and Show-Jumping rankings. The individual with the lowest total shall be the winner. Should one or more riders have the same total, then the better Dressage rider is higher overall.

EQU 15.15 Neither the organisers of the Championships, nor the panel, nor BUCS, nor the agent, employee or representative of these bodies accepts any liability for any accident, loss, damage, injury or illness to horses, owners, riders, spectators, or any person or property.

EQU 16 Trophy Final

EQU 16.1 The Trophy Final will consist of  two rounds of Dressage  and  two Show- Jumping rounds. All competitors shall compete in both phases to get a final placing. Competitors may not ride the same horse in more than one round of one phase and may not ride the same horse in the Dressage and the Show- Jumping except where the numbers of horses limits this.

EQU 16.2 The competition will be ridden in a knockout system. In each round there will be three or  four riders on each horse  with the best rider  on each horse progressing through to the next round. All competitors will be ranked equal at the beginning of each round.

EQU 16.3 There must be a qualified paramedic/St. John’s Ambulance on site for the Show-Jumping

EQU 16.4 The horses’ standard must be as similar as possible. Two horses will be used for each of the final rounds.
 
EQU 16.5 Reserve riders for teams should be declared on the entry form. The reserve rider can only compete in the team in case of physical inability certified by a doctor. A reserve rider can only substitute a rider in one of the two parts before the beginning of the first round.

EQU 16.6 Riders from the same University may not draw against each other at any stage of the finals with the exception of when the number of horses limits this.

EQU 17 Trophy Dressage


EQU 17.1 There will be at least two judges for all rounds of British Dressage List 5 or above.

EQU 17.2 Each horse will be ridden by three competitors.

EQU 17.3 First Round

EQU 17.3.1 Tests will be ridden as a group of three in quadrille style. The test will start from inside the arena boards. Teams will nominate the trio to ride the team test. The remaining rider will ride the individual test.

EQU 17.3.2 Four judges will judge the first round team dressage. Three judges will judge the three riders of the team individually. The fourth judge will judge the team as a whole and give a team mark.

EQU 17.3.3 The starting order of each trio of horses will be fixed in alphabetical order. The team is not allowed to change this order. Not respecting the announced order will lead to a team mark of 0 (zero) points for each single lesson which is not performed in the declared order.

EQU 17.3.4 The competitor with the highest score on each horse will progress to the next round.

EQU 17.3.5 If two or more riders are on the same horse in the same round of dressage have best and equal marks the rider with the best rider collective marks will proceed to the next round. If they are still equal the rider with the best position mark will proceed to the next round. If there is equality of position mark those equal will ride off on another horse. The highest score on the new horse will proceed to the next round. The differenced penalties of the other rider(s) in the ride off will be determined from the original horse.

EQU 17.3.6 The placings of the non-qualifying riders will first be decided by differenced penalties. In the event of equality the collective rider marks will decide. If there is still equality they will be placed equal and the placing shared as in rule EQU 10.5.
 
EQU 17.4 First Round Dressage Draw: Teams will draw a slip dictating when their team will ride. The team members will select a letter each representing to their horse. For the dressage team test championship team riders will ride horses A – F. Individuals will draw slips representing when they will ride and a letter corresponding to their horse for the first rounds. Second rounds and above each rider will draw a slip showing a letter and number which indicates what and when they will ride. The running order shall be as follows for the dressage phase:

 

Running Order

Horse

Team

1

A B C

1

2

D E F

2

3

A B C

3

4

D E F

4

5

A B C

5

6

D E F

6

7

G

1

8

H

2

9

G

3

10

H

4

11

G

5

12

H

6

 

EQU 17.5 Final Round

EQU 17.5.1 Two horses will be used for the final. Each horse will be ridden by four competitors.

EQU 17.5.2 The competitors with the highest score on each horse will be placed first and second with the highest rider collective marks deciding the winner. The places of those ranked second and third on their horses will first be decided by differenced penalties. In the event of equality the collective rider marks will decide. If there is still equality they will be placed equal and the placing shared as in rule EQU 10.5.

EQU 18 Trophy Show-Jumping

EQU 18.1 All horses must be demonstrated before the Show-Jumping but will not necessarily jump the whole course before the first rider mounts

EQU 18.2 In order that the Show-Jumping phase is to have sufficient importance the course should be as demanding as possible within the capabilities of the horses used. The course should have a minimum of seven fences including at least one double, at least two spreads and at least one related distance of four strides or less. A course that tests the rider’s ability is essential. It is recommended that a stile or dogleg be used in the course.

EQU 18.3 The course builder must be a BSJA course designer.
 
EQU 18.4 First Round

EQU 18.4.1 Each horse will be ridden by four competitors. 

EQU 18.4.2 The first round will be judged on style. The Show-Jumping judge will award each competitor a mark out of 10 for each fence as well as collective rider marks similar to those used for  the dressage these will then be added together to give the total  style mark. The following penalties will then be deducted for jumping errors to give the overall style mark:

 

Each Knockdown

5

1st Refusal

10

2nd Refusal

Elimination

Fall of Horse or Rider

Elimination

Error of Course

Elimination

Failure to Salute

Elimination

Commencing Before the Bell

Elimination

 

The height of the fences will be maximum 95cm.

EQU 18.4.3 The rider with the best overall style mark on each horse will progress to the Final Round.

EQU 18.4.4 If two or more riders on the same horse have the same overall style mark the rider with the better collective marks will proceed to the next round. If there is equality of the collective marks, the higher total style mark will decide who proceeds. If there is equality of this mark those equal will ride off on another horse. The highest score on the new horse will proceed to the next round. The differenced penalties of the other rider(s) in the ride off will be determined from the original horse.

EQU 18.4.5 The places of the non-qualifying riders will first be decided by differenced penalties. In the event of equality the collective marks will decide. If there is still equality they will be placed equal and the placing shared as in rule EQU 10.5.
 
EQU 18.5 First Round Draw

EQU 18.5.1 Teams will draw between 1 and 6 dictating when their team will ride. The team members will each draw a letter each representing their horse. The running order shall be as follows:

 

Running Order

Horse

Team

1

A

1

2

B

2

3

C

3

4

D

4

5

E

5

6

F

6

7

A

2

8

B

3

9

C

4

10

D

5

11

E

6

12

F

1

13

A

4

14

B

5

15

C

6

16

D

1

17

E

2

18

F

3

19

A

5

20

B

6

21

C

1

22

D

2

23

E

3

24

F

4

 

 

EQU 18.6 Final Round

EQU 18.6.1 Two horses will be used for the final. Each horse will be ridden by three competitors.

EQU 18.6.2 The final round will be judged primarily on faults with style deciding in the event of equality of faults. Jumping faults in this round will be awarded as follows: The height of the fences will be maximum 105cm

EQU 18.6.3 The competitors with the highest score on each horse will be placed first and second with the highest rider style marks deciding the winner. The places of those ranked second and third on their horses will first be decided by differenced style penalties. In the event of equality the collective rider marks will decide. If there is still equality they will be placed equal and the placing shared as in rule EQU 10.5.

EQU 18.7 Overall Placings: At the end of the Final each competitor will have a ranking in the Dressage and Show-Jumping phases.
 
EQU 18.8 Teams

EQU 18.8.1 Team Dressage Ranking: Teams are ranked by the team mark from the first round. The ranking equates to points i.e. Ranking 1 = 1 point. This ranking is multiplied by three and these points are added to the three best individual dressage placings in each team. The team with the least points shall be the winner of the team dressage.

EQU 18.8.2 Team Show-Jumping Ranking: The combined total of best three Show-Jumping rankings of the teams members shall give the team Show-Jumping score. The team with the least points shall be the winner of the team Show-Jumping.

EQU 18.8.3 Team Overall Ranking: The team total shall be calculated by the addition of the best three individual Dressage rankings and the best three individual Show-Jumping rankings of the teams  members. The team with the lowest total shall be the winner. In the event of equality the team with the better Dressage placing shall be placed higher. If equality still results, the sum of all four of the collective rider marks from the first round of the Dressage shall decide.

EQU 18.9 Individuals: Overall placing for individuals shall be calculated by adding together their Dressage and Show-Jumping rankings. The individual with the lowest total shall be the winner. Should one or more riders have the same total, then the better Dressage rider is higher overall.

EQU 18.10 Neither the organisers of the Championships, nor the panel, nor BUCS, nor the agent, employee or representative of these bodies accepts any liability for any accident, loss, damage, injury or illness to horses, owners, riders, spectators, or any person or property.

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