Shows Online Rules

Summary Rules
  1. Hats, Boots and Gloves must be worn
  2. No martingales or non-permitted tack including bit guards
  3. Film from C, the judges position
  4. Your horse or pony must wear boots or bandages if you wear a competition jacket
  5. If filming on a smartphone, hold the device in the landscape orientation
  6. Zooming – you must include some zoom when the rider is at the A end of the arena

Sound must be recorded to ensure competitors are not receiving coaching during their test.

Entry fees will not be refunded once an entry has been accepted.

Online shows reserves the right to refuse an entry without stating a reason.

Sample Video as an entry.

What happens next?

Entry fees: Entry fees and prize money for classes are shown in the schedule. Please refer to the schedule and flyer for details.

Video quality: If the quality of a video is considered too poor to be judged, the competitor will be given the opportunity to submit a further video without charge.

Refunds will not be made except in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the management. Such cases will be dealt with on an individual basis.

Late entries: The closing date for each entry is the 10th of the month and the video for the competition is the 26th of the month. After this time entries and videos cannot be received and no refunds will be made.

Prizes and Rosettes see shows schedule and flyer for details

Commanders or callers may be used.

Salutes should be made with reins and whip (if carried) in one hand and the free hand lowered to the rider’s side and the rider should nod their head.

Trot sitting or rising (or a mixture of both) may be ridden in all British Dressage tests up to and including Elementary and all Pony Club tests. Rising trot is allowed at Medium level from both medium and extended trot. Sitting trot should be ridden in FEI unless stated otherwise on the test sheet.

Errors: When a competitor makes an error of course – takes the wrong turn, omits a movement, etc. 2 marks will be deducted. If the movement is not performed then a mark equal to the average of the collectives marks is given as well as deducting 2 for the error. If the competitor makes an error of test – trots rising instead of sitting or at the salute does not take the reins in one hand – he must be penalised for error. If 3 errors of course are made the competitor will be eliminated.

Also, see Principles of Dressage for further definitions of paces and movements.

You will need: (This is a guideline, don’t worry if you don’t have an arena)

A flat location slightly larger than the arena you want to make.

  • Allow for an extra 1-2 metres all round so that you have room to place your markers a little way back from the sides of your arena.
  • Markers for the corners and sides of the arena.
    • For the corners you could use posts or stakes if you want to make a more permanent arena or something like jump wings, upturned buckets or cones for a temporary arena.
    • For the sides of the arena you could use fencing, jump poles or ropes laid on the ground.
    • Most tack shops can supply ready-made dressage boards to mark out an arena.
  • Prix Caprilli Test
    • You need two fences at a height of 60 cm. Positioned on the line EXB. Fence 1 (jumped from trot) is placed 2 meters in off E. Fence 2 (Jumped from trot) is placed 2 meters in off B and fence 3 (jumped from canter) is fence 2 jumped in the opposite direction. So trot fences jumped from left rein and fence 3 jumped from the right rein.
  • Dressage markers
    • You could use upturned buckets or cones with the letters painted on or make your own markers from off-cuts of wood. You can also buy ready-made markers.
  • Tape measure
    • If you don’t have a long enough tape measure you could use a ball of string and mark it off in metres with a marker pen or you could hire a trundle wheel or a long tape measure from most hire shops.

When you have everything ready, you can mark out the arena

  1. Using the measurements in the diagram for the size of arena you want to make, place your markers at the corners of the arena.
  2. To check that your arena is square next measure the long diagonals and make sure that they are the same as each other.
  3. It’s not essential but it will help you to ride a straight line if you can mark the sides of the arena. Make sure that you have left space to enter along the long side, e.g. at K or at F.
  4. Next place your dressage markers using the diagrams above for reference. Make sure that each pair of markers is opposite each other and that all the letters can be clearly seen if you stand at C.

Ensure that all the tools and instruments used to mark out the arena are removed before you enter on your horse.


Shows Online Guidelines

You’ll need
  • Copy of the dressage test or Course Plan (see sample videos for Dressage or Equation)
  • Arena or flat surface either 20×40 or 20×60 (check the test for the correct size)
  • Video camera and someone to film your test. Held sideways!
  • Computer to transfer your video from the camera.
  • WhatsApp on your phone or devise
Things you need to do
  • Enter a class – we publish a schedule of classes
  • Set up an arena – see guidelines below
  • Learn the test or arrange to have a caller
  • Have a friend or acquaintance video you while you ride the test. Keep the sound on, you can have the test called but no instructions given.
  • Give your name, horses name, test that your entering and the month.
Acceptable Dress and Tack
  • Dress can be informal but tidy, if a show jacket or hacking jacket is worn, then the horse or pony must wear boots or bandages to clearly demonstrate that the test has not already been judged.
  • Riding hats must be worn. BSI Standard hats or other such protective headwear is strongly advised and compulsory for those under 18 years of age. Suitable footwear with a heel and gloves must be worn for safety reasons.
  • Gloves must be worn.
  • Bridles should be used as follows: – ordinary snaffle; Nosebands must be worn, a drop, cavesson or flash with a snaffle. Other tack: martingales, side, running or elasticised reins may not be used in any Dressage competition. You may Martingales in the Equitation Classes.
  • Neck straps or balancing straps (a loop on the front of the saddle) may be used at all levels in the tests. Cruppers are also allowed
  • Boots or bandages are allowed to be worn, but can in the Equitation Classes.
  • Spurs and a whip may also be used.

Equitation Classes

Here is a sample of the Course Plan and Score Sheet.  Check out our video too.

Rules summary
  • No martingales or bits that don’t conform to Dressage Ireland rules
  • If you plan to wear competition dress, pop some boots or bandages on your horse to demonstrate that the test hasn’t been ridden at a live competition
  • You state your name and the test clearly, to the camera before you ride your test.
  • Hats, Boots and Gloves must be worn
  • Horse and rider combinations may not enter a competition class more than one level below their highest entry.
  • Speak your details on the video before you start your test
Quick tips on filming
  • Film from C for Dressage at the judge’s position. Or in the centre of the arena for Jumping.
  • Hold your phones Side Ways when filming.  
  • Avoid excessive zooming in or out – the judge will need to see the shapes and patterns of the test, but some zooming is necessary for the judge to see the rider at the far end of the arena
  • Try to keep the horse and rider in the center of the frame
  • Start filming the rider as they state their name and the test that they are riding. Horse and rider enters at A and finish as they exit at free walk on a long rein
Uploading your test

Upload your video by the 26th of each month – no exceptions will be made. Just cut and paste your video link into your application form. Or Send your video on Whats App. You can send it to the mobile Balcultry Stables Mobile Phone on 086 852 8313.We will NOT be publishing the links to your videos.

What happens next?
  • When your video has been judged we’ll post the results online. We will let you know where and when, that you pick you’re your scoresheet, ribbons and prizes.
  • Tests will be judged within 5 days of the competition closing at the end of every month
  • Scores will be posted on the scoreboard on our website.

Online Shows – Click here to enter ‘Entries’