Scores out of 10 for each: Walk Trot Canter Rideability General impression There will be a 0.2 deduction for error of course. There will be an extra mark for technical execution for the 7yr olds. Optional movements are available in some tests and will be scored accordingly. Only correctly executed optional movements will gain a score. There will be no penalties for incorrectly executed movements.
FORMAT Each horse/rider combination will be asked to perform a NEXGEN Dressage test for the relevant age group. Arena: 20m x 60m for both qualifiers and championship. The championship arena will include high boards, flowers and advertising. Judges: Qualifier: 1 x BD List 1 Judge. Championship: 1 x BD List 1 judge & 1 x International Grand Prix rider.
COMPETITION For any rules not specifically mentioned below please refer to the BD rule book. Dress and tack for 4 ,5 and 6-year olds: the same as for BD Novice classes. Snaffles only. Dress and tack for 7-year olds: the same as for BD Advanced classes. Snaffles and double bridles allowed. Tailcoats are preferable. 4 & 5yr dressage tests may be ridden in sitting or rising trot. Open to horses and ponies - Min height 138cm. Callers are allowed in the qualifiers. No callers at the championship. Whips are allowed at all levels for qualifiers. Whips allowed only for 4-year olds at the championships. Same test to be ridden at qualifiers and championship. A bridle number must be clearly displayed to both sides of the horse. Stallion discs mandatory for stallions. No boots or bandages are allowed in the competition arena. No Martingales or any other training aids are allowed. Breastplates are allowed for each age group in the competition arena. Neckstraps may be worn in the warm-up. Neckstraps are allowed for 4-year olds only in the competition arena. Spurs: please refer to the BD rule book for ‘Young Horse Tests’ A horse that leaves the arena may be disqualified at the discretion of the judge. Arena walks may be available at the championship only and in line with up to date Covid 19rules. Horse must be ridden in walk and may not be lead.
GENERAL Times will be available on www.nexgenhorses.com Times must be strictly adhered to and competitors must compete in drawn order. Failure to show up on your time may result in elimination. Classes will run strictly to time allocation order. All marking is at the judges discretion. No appeals. Results will be posted online at www.nexgenhorses.com or the Equipe website. Rosettes will be given to places 1-3 at qualifiers (Covid 19 Permitted). Rosettes will be given to places 1-6 at the Final (Covid 19 Permitted). Place 1-3 at the Championships will be required for mounted prize giving (Covid 19 Permitted). Prize money will be sent on via online bank transfer.
PRIZES AT QUALIFIERS 1st £60 2nd £40 (when there are at least 12 entries) 3rd £25 (when there are at least 18 entries 4th £15 (when there are at least 24 entries) 5th £15 (when there are at least 30 entries) 6th £15 (when there are 36 or more entries)
QUALIFYING The number of people qualifying for the final will depend on starters for each age class. The qualifying ratio is 1 in 5 combinations. Horses that score over 9 will gain qualification even if they are not in the qualifying ratio. ALL finalists must be the same horse and rider combination as they were when qualifying. There will be no substitute of horse or rider allowed for the Finals. In exceptional mitigating circumstance ie; injury of original rider, substitutions may be considered by the organisers at their discretion.
PRIZES AT FINAL 7yr OLD 1st £2,000 2nd £1,400 3rd £800 4th £500 5th £200 6th £100 6yr OLD 1st £2,000 2nd £1,400 3rd £800 4th £500 5th £200 6th £100 5yr OLD 1st £1,200 2nd £750 3rd £500 4th £100 5th £100 6th £100 4yr OLD 1st £1,200 2nd £750 3rd £500 4th £100 5th £100 6th £100
HOUSE KEEPING Please clean up after your horse and do not leave any droppings in the lorry park or stable areas. It is private property and we expect it to be left in the condition it was found. Fines will be issued to anyone not complying without exception. No dogs allowed on the Hickstead Showground. All British bred finalist qualify for The Equine Bridge. For more information click here.
PRIZES All prize money is listed on the NEXGEN website which will only be paid via online bank transfer after each show. Please ensure your correct bank details are emailed to us within 14 days of the event to allow payment to be made. Failure to send your details within 14 days will result in your Prize money being withheld. Prizes awarded may be reduced below the number offered in the schedule by withholding lower prizes provided the following minimum numbers of prizes are awarded, but with the exception that any competitor who is eliminated or retires from the first round of the competition is not eligible to receive prize money in that competition: Up to five starters 1st prize Up to 10 starters 1st & 2nd prizes Up to 15 starters 1st, 2nd & 3rd prizes Up to 20 starters 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th prizes Up to 25 starters 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th prizes Up to 30 starters 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th prizes Over 30 starters all prizes are offered.
PAYMENT & REFUND POLICY Entries must be paid in full at the time they are made through the online.equipe.com entry system. If you withdraw your entry BEFORE the closing date of entries, the entry fee will only be refunded (less a £10 admin fee). If you withdraw your entry AFTER the closing date of entries you will not be refunded. If the event is abandoned more than 7 days before competition, for any reason, 50% of your entry fee will be refunded. If the event is abandoned within 7 days of the competition date, no entry fees will be refunded. Late entries will be accepted, space permitting and are subject to an additional £10 admin fee.
PASSPORTS All horses must be vaccinated within 6 months of the competition date. Breeding details must be recorded in the horse's passport or breed papers. These are to be submitted before arrival via email. Failure to provide verified breeding may result in disqualification.
COVID 19 INFORMATION
IMPORTANT - Anyone, including riders, grooms, officials and volunteers that are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with anyone displaying symptoms in the last 10 days MUST NOT attend any show. Please contact 07889112161 with any queries on the day.
On arrival all vehicles will be checked at the entrance point. No admittance to anyone not on the start list. No exceptions. A parking attendant will allocate a parking pitch. If you do need to visit the secretary please adhere to any social distancing regulations. If it is a simple question please send a Whatsapp message or ask at the stable manager's office. Hand sanitiser will be available at key contact points. Catering will be available for takeaway service at most venues. Toilets will have enhanced/hand sanitiser/soap. Please only visit the secretary office only if absolutely necessary, all information will be sent via email pack. Warm up fences will be managed in accordance with each venue's Covid19 policies.
It is essential that the government guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic regarding social distancing are strictly adhered to for the successful continuation of equestrian sports. Anyone found not adhering to these guidelines will be asked to leave any of the sites.