FINE CONTACT COMPETITIONS – DRESSAGE – General Rules & Guidelines

GENERAL RULES & GUIDELINES
COVID-19 – UNTIL TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS ARE LIFTED THERE ARE NO FIXED-VENUE COMPETITIONS, HOWEVER, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ORGANISE A FIXED-VENUE EVENT IN THE FUTURE, PLEASE DO CONTACT SILKE CERUTI TO DISCUSS YOUR REQUIREMENTS
Putting the Horses First
  • Competitions and contestants who use our tests must comply with the Concordia Equestrians Rules and Guidelines.
Passports and Registrations
  • Contestants are advised to abide by the national rules for horse registrations and passports.
  • There are no Concordia specific registration requirements.
Minimum Ages of Horses
  • Levels 1 to 3 minimum age 4 years
  • Levels 4 to 6 minimum age 5 years
Heights of Ponies and Horses
  • There are no height restrictions.
  • Adults may contest on ponies, however the pony’s size and strength should be taken into consideration when it comes to the size and weight of the rider.
  • Equine welfare must always take priority.
Vaccinations and Inoculations
  • Enforcement of up to date vaccinations and inoculations is at the discretion of competition organisers who run competitions at a fixed venue and should be clearly stated in the schedule or venue rules.
Appearance of the Horse
  • The horse should be presented in good condition.
  • Concordia Equestrians are encouraged to think about every aspect of their horse’s turnout with respect to the horse’s comfort and well-being, for example horses should not have their whiskers trimmed off and tight plaits may well be uncomfortable to the horse.
Ages of Riders
  • Concordia encourage all ages to enter competitions, however, at fixed venue competitions a minimum age may be enforced at the discretion of the competition organisers as we recognise that allowing children to compete may come with child welfare and insurance restrictions.
Dress of Riders
  • In Concordia Fine Contact dressage there is no definitive uniform and the dress code is relaxed, although smartness and turnout will naturally add to the overall impression.
  • Riders may wear traditional competition wear if they wish to.
  • Individuality is to be encouraged and riders and horses should feel comfortable and most able to perform in what they are wearing, however, safety of horse and rider must be prioritised in the rider’s choice of clothing.
  • Protective riding helmets must be worn at, or above, the safety standard specified by the event organisers and those standards should be at or above their national safety guidelines.
  • Suitable and safe riding footwear must be worn in the form of riding boots, jodhpurs boots or western riding boots.
  • Body protectors may be worn in all challenges.
Grading and Group of Horses
  • Competition organisers may run open classes or have restrictions on ability for each class.
  • Any restrictions need to be clearly stated in the schedule.
  • Organisers are encouraged to allow all levels of horses to enter with open sections so experienced riders can contest with less experienced horses, and restricted sections for inexperienced riders.
  • If there is only an open section, then rosettes should be given for the highest placed inexperienced riders.
Use of the Voice
  • The voice may be used whilst competing, but should be discreet and not a distraction to the dressage test.
FIXED VENUE COMPETITIONS

Independent organisers may run Concordia Fine Contact Dressage competitions at fixed venues (for details go to organising a competition).  These fixed venue competitions are run under the above rules and guidelines with the following additional requirements:

Requirements

Independent organisers may run Concordia Fine Contact Dressage competitions at fixed venues (for details go to organising a competition).  These fixed venue competitions are run under the above rules and guidelines with the following additional requirements:

Challenges that are run in line with the Concordia ethos will have:

  • The health and safety of horses, riders and spectators as a high priority.
  • Full and comprehensive insurance cover.
  • Their organisation or venue listed on the Concordia Professional Database.
  • At this point in time ALL fixed venue Concordia Fine Contact Competitions that are run by independent organisers are filmed on video that is then sent to Equimind to be assessed by our approved assessors .
Health & Safety
  • The organisers of competitions must take all reasonable precautions to ensure the health and safety of everyone present.
  • For these measures to be effective everyone must take all reasonable precautions to avoid accidents occurring and must obey the instructions of the organiser and all officials and stewards.
  • All riders when riding, whether in the arena or not, must wear hard hats in accordance with the safety standards stated in the organiser’s schedule, with the strap properly adjusted and fastened.
  • For safety, correct horse riding footwear must be worn.
  • Entries will be accepted by the organisers at the rider’s risk.
Insurance
  • Organisers must have full and comprehensive insurance cover, including public liability cover.
  • Riders are advised to have full insurance cover, including public liability cover.
Complaints
  • Complaints in the first instance should be directed to the competition organisers.
  • In the event of dissatisfaction that cannot be resolved please contact Equimind.
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