Conditions of Entry


COMPETITION – It is the responsibility of all competitors to be aware of the Rules of this Competition, which will be held in accordance with the current EA dressage rules (as amended). These can be found on the EA website. This event follows the new EA category of Closed Unrestricted and Closed Restricted. The FSCDA Organising Committee reserves the right to alter, amend or cancel any section of the program without notice.

HIGH POINT SCORE AND CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFICATION – To qualify for the FSCDA annual High Point Score and Championship Awards a rider must be a financial member of FSCDA and have actively supported the FSCDA on at least two (2) separate occasions. This can be done by competing at FSCDA competition days (excluding the Championships) during the current membership year, including Bemboka Show Society Dressage events, or volunteering your time to assist with the running of the Club or Club Events (at the committee’s discretion). EA members and FSCDA members who have not actively supported the Club on two (2) separate occasions are still welcome to attend the Championships and will be placed accordingly, but will not qualify for the Overall Champion or annual High Point Score Awards.

ENTRIES – No late entries, incomplete entries or entries without proof of payment will be accepted. All entries must be online. All payments need to be made directly into the FSCDA Bank Account and be received by the closing date, or the entry will not be accepted.

SCRATCHINGS – Scratchings will be taken up to the closing date. Scratchings after the closing date will receive a refund provided a vet or doctor’s certificate is issued no later than 24 hours after the Event and supplied to FSCDA. The Rider Admin Levy will be retained for ALL scratchings. Please notify any scratching ASAP to help with the smooth running of the competition.

DRAW – The draw will be emailed to the Club’s Members and posted on the FSCDA website by the Friday afternoon prior to the event. Draw position cannot be changed without permission of the Organising Committee. It is the competitor’s responsibility to check the draw upon arrival as it may vary. Times will be strictly adhered to. The time on the draw is the time you should enter the arena at A, not the time you report to the judge. Failure to ride on time can result in elimination.

PREPARATORY TESTS – Junior Preparatory Tests are open to a Junior rider (under 16 years of age at 1st January) and horse combination that have not scored 70% or above in any Preliminary test. Open Preparatory tests are open to non-junior rider and horse combinations that have not won three (3) Preparatory Tests (with minimum 5 competitors in each event) or scored 70% or above in any Preliminary Test. Combinations who no longer qualify for Preparatory can still compete at this level but must ride Hors Concours (non-competitive) and declare their intention to do so, at time of entry.

CALLERS – Allowed.

DOGS – Dogs are NOT encouraged. If present, dogs must be under control in accordance with the FSCDA Dog Policy and the requirements of the Companion Animals Act 1998 No.87 (as amended). Dogs are not permitted in the following areas under any circumstances – arena grounds, lunging area, warm up area, gear check area, food preparation area or any office areas.

RIDERS – One rider only per horse. One rider may only ride a maximum of 2 horses in each event. Riders must be a current financial member of the FSCDA or EA to compete. Riders may be changed provided notification is given prior to the start of that competition. A rider of a horse may not be changed if another rider has ridden the horse on the day, either in warm-up or in a competition.

HORSES – Each horse may only compete in 2 consecutive levels (eg Prelim/Novice) and no more than 3 tests per day. In accordance with EA rulings a horse must be a minimum of 3 years of age to compete. All horses on the ground must be entered in a competition. Horses cannot be changed after the close of entries.

STALLIONS – Stallions must display the “Green” Stallion Identification Discs at all times on either the bridle or saddlecloth. Floats and trucks transporting stallions must also display the disc. Competitors please take care not to park too close to a stallion or to provoke a stallion in any way. Stallions are to be handled as per the EA guidelines. More information on the Stallion Safe Guidelines can be found on the EA website. Discs are available for purchase from the National Office of EA.

WELFARE OF THE HORSE IS PARAMOUNT – Horses must be treated humanely at all times. Abuse of a horse using natural riding aids or artificial aids (e.g. whips, spurs, etc) will not be tolerated. The welfare of the horse must never be subordinated to competitive or commercial influences.

CHAMPIONSHIP / FREESTYLE RIDING ATTIRE – Riding attire for Official Competitive classes must comply with EA regulations. As per the new EA ruling effective 1/1/2017, ALL competitors are required to wear protective headgear at all times, when mounted on a horse, that conforms with one of the following standards:
• Current Australian standard AS/NZ 3838 (2006 onwards) provided they are SAI global marked • New Australian standard ARB HS 2012 provided they are SAI global marked • Current American standards ASTM FII63 (2004a or 04a onwards) provided they are SEI marked, or SNELL E2001 • Current British standard PAS 015 (1998 or 2011) provided they are BSI Kitemarked • Interim European Standard VGI (01.040: 2014-12) with or without BSI Kitemark
Riding attire for Closed Unrestricted/Restricted events also includes approved short or long boots, gloves and EA regulatory shirt with optional jacket. If gaiters/chappettes are worn, the exposed side must be full grain leather; suede on the exposed side is not permitted. White, beige or cream coloured breeches, jodhpurs or moleskins and generally a neat and tidy appearance is required. Plaiting is optional but preferred. Freestyle costumes are permitted (even encouraged); however, EA regulatory boots and helmets must be worn. Costumes must be deemed safe and not interfere with the horse – please use common sense!

BRIDLE NUMBERS – Bridle Numbers are required for all competitions & are to be displayed on both sides of either the saddlecloth or the bridle. They can be easily obtained for free from EA over the phone 02 9620-2660

GEAR CHECK – Riders must complete a gear check no earlier than 15 min before EACH test. Failure to do so may incur elimination.

WARM UP / LUNGING / ISOLATION AREA – It is preferred that warm up occur in either the external sand arena, or on the grassed non-competition area within the main showground. Please be aware of group riding rules when more than one horse is in a warm up area (these can be found in the EA dressage Rulebook Annex J.10.2). Lunging is NOT allowed in the sand arena or within the main showground, but can be done anywhere else on the grounds. Please stay away from the signed Isolation Area, as this is reserved for any horse that should become ill on the day.

COMPETITION AREA – Competitors are not allowed to enter the designated competition area unless they are next to be judged and the rider competing before them has completed their final salute to the judge. Any competitor that enters an arena other than for the purpose of being judged will be eliminated.

DUTY ROSTER – For those that are allocated a duty on the day it is important that the duty is completed. If you are unable to complete the duty, it is your responsibility to find a replacement. For those that are not helping on the day, if you see something that requires attention it would be much appreciated if you could help rectify the matter. It is expected that every member who attends a Club Event will assist with the packing up of the equipment at the end of the day.

SPECTATORS / PHOTOGRAPHY – Spectators and any video or photographic equipment must stay at least 10m away from any competition arena. Spectators are urged to stay out of the warm up area, unless specifically assisting a competitor.

RESULTS / PRESENTATION – Results will be displayed outside the announcer’s box on the day. Un-mounted presentations for each day will be made at the end of that day. Riders who have placed in an event throughout the day are to attend presentations in full riding attire. Championship winners will also need their horse appropriately presented for sponsor photographs throughout the presentation. Ribbons will be awarded up to 5th place in each test. If you would like your tests posted, please write your details on the front of an envelope (available in the scoring room) and leave the envelope, along with $1, with the person scoring.

PROTESTS – All protests must be submitted in writing to the Secretary within 30 minutes of the happening that gave rise to the protest. Such written protests must be accompanied by a fee of $50, which will be refunded if the protest is upheld.

SPONSORS – Please support the generous sponsors that are supporting the FSCDA.


Horse riding is a dangerous activity and can result in serious injury (including death) and loss. All persons who ride, or tend a horse on these grounds do so entirely at their own risk.

Neither the Equestrian Australia, FSCDA, nor the Committee or any member thereof accepts any liability for any personal injury (including death) suffered by any person from or relating to any incident involving a horse and whether or not caused or contributed to by the negligent act, error or omission of the FSCDA, the Committee or a member thereof.

Any rider who fails to comply with these Conditions of Entry or a direction of a responsible official (judges, committee members, gear steward, etc) may be eliminated.