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TACK & DRESS RULES – DRESSAGE & RIDING TEST                   

TACK:

The following ARE permitted:

v      English type saddles

v      Side saddles, except for riding test

v      Preliminary, novice, rural riders and riding tests – ordinary snaffle bridles only

v      Elementary and medium tests – ordinary snaffle or double bridles

v      Nosebands are obligatory (drop, flash or cavesson with a snaffle and a cavesson with a double bridle)

v      Discreet padding of the bridle at the poll or noseband is permitted

v      Breastplates

v      Neckstraps in preliminary dressage or novice riders test only

v      Anti fly impregnated browbands or fly repellent discs

v      Numnahs and saddle cloths (logos must be no more than 14cm x 14cm)

v      Stallions MUST wear a bridle tag

 

The following ARE NOT permitted:

v      Martingales

v      Bit guards, tongue guards and tongue straps or tying down the horses tongue

v      Neckstraps (Novice tests and above and advanced riding tests)

v      Grackles

v      Boots and bandages (substitutes for conventional shoes are permitted)

v      Saddle covers

v      Seat savers, except an unobtrusive saddle coloured gel pad seat saver, unless the rider has dispensation from BRC office

v      Market Harborough’s, side, draw, check or running reins

v      Hackamores and other bitless bridles, blinkers or hoods

v      Fine wire, twine or cord around the horses mouth

v      Fly fringes, gauzes or ear covers only permitted in warm-up unless written permission from BRC office

v      Full faced fly shields

v      Sheepskin cheekpieces

v      Side saddle in riding test only

 

DRESS:

v      Jewellery or any items worn in facial or body piercings are NOT permitted

v      Long hair hanging below the shoulder when standing MUST be in a hair net

v      Collar and tie or hunting stock are permitted

v      Black or brown polished gaiters with matching boots are permitted

v      Gloves are compulsory for dressage and recommended for riding tests

v      A hard hat with 3 point linkage harness to the appropriate standard MUST be worn

v      Commanders for rural riders (Team of 6) MUST be in correct riding dress

 

EQUIPMENT:

v      Whips must not exceed 110cm in length and are only allowed at Area competitions or at Area and Championships if carried by side saddle riders

v      Spurs with necks set on the inside of the heel, roughened or cutting edges serrated spurs with or without necks are NOT permitted

v      Spurs MUST be worn with the curve of the neck directed downwards

v      Seniors may wear smooth rowels not exceeding 1cm in diameter

v      Spurs that have a smooth rotating rubber or plastic ball on the shank are permitted

v      Spurs are compulsory for medium dressage tests

v      Spurs are NOT permitted for riding tests

v      Cruppers and balancing straps are permitted

v      You may not warm up in equipment not permitted in the actual test

 

COMMANDERS:

v     Dressage and riding tests at Area competitions may be commanded, but NOT at the Championships. Rural riders (Team of 6) MUST be commanded at all times.

 

 

TACK & DRESS RULES - HORSE TRIALS DRESSAGE

 TACK:

The following ARE permitted:

v      English type saddles

v      Side saddles

v      Nosebands are obligatory (drop, flash or cavesson with a snaffle and a cavesson with a double bridle or grackle)

*      Discreet padding of the bridle at the poll or noseband is permitted

v      Breastplates

v      Anti fly impregnated browbands or fly repellent discs

v      Numnahs and saddle cloths (logos must be no more than 14cm x 14cm)

v      Stallions MUST wear a bridle tag

 

The following ARE NOT permitted:

v      Martingales

v      Bit guards, tongue guards and tongue straps or tying down the horses tongue

v      Neckstraps

v      Boots and bandages

v      Saddle covers

v      Seat savers, except an unobtrusive saddle coloured gel pad seat saver, unless the rider has dispensation from BRC office

v      Market Harborough’s, side, draw, check or running reins

v      Hackamores and other bitless bridles, blinkers or hoods

v      Fine wire, twine or cord around the horses mouth

v      Fly fringes, gauzes or ear covers only permitted in warm-up unless written permission from BRC office

v      Full faced fly shields

v      Sheepskin cheekpieces

 

DRESS:

v      Jewellery or any items worn in facial or body piercings are NOT permitted

v      Long hair hanging below the shoulder when standing MUST be in a hair net

v      Collar and tie or hunting stock are permitted

v      Black or brown polished gaiters with matching boots are permitted

v      Gloves are compulsory for dressage

v      A hard hat with 3 point linkage harness to the appropriate standard MUST be worn

 

EQUIPMENT:

v      Whips are NOT permitted

v      Spurs with necks set on the inside of the heel, roughened or cutting edges serrated spurs with or without necks are NOT permitted

v      Spurs MUST be worn with the curve of the neck directed downwards

v      Seniors may wear smooth rowels not exceeding 1cm in diameter

v      Spurs that have a smooth rotating rubber or plastic ball on the shank are permitted

v      For horse trials dressage spurs must not exceed 3.5cms

v      Cruppers and balancing straps are permitted

v      You may not warm up in equipment not permitted in the actual test

 

                              

  

TACK & DRESS RULES - SHOW JUMPING

TACK:

The following ARE permitted:

v      English type saddles

v      Side saddles

v      More than one noseband may be worn at a time

v      Market Harborough’s (seniors only)

v      Only one martingale (standing, Irish or running) standing MUST be attached to the cavesson part of the noseband fitted above the bit, running MUST have rein stops

v      Tongue guards that are properly made and detached from the reins and bits

v      Bitguards provided that they are made of rubber and are smooth on both sides

v      Boots and bandages

v      Breastplates

v      Neckstraps

v      Anti fly impregnated browbands or fly repellent discs

v      Numnahs and saddle cloths (logos must be no more than 14cm x 14cm)

v      Stallions MUST wear a bridle tag

 

The following ARE NOT permitted:

v      Saddle covers and seat savers

v      Market Harborough’s (juniors only)

v      Side, draw, check or running reins

v      Hackamores and other bitless bridles (juniors only)

v      Blinkers or hoods which impede the horses vision

v      Fine wire, twine or cord around the horses mouth

v      Full faced fly shields

v      Sheepskin cheekpieces

v      Tongue straps or tying down the horses tongue

 

 

DRESS:

v      Jewellery or any items worn in facial or body piercings are NOT permitted

v      Long hair hanging below the shoulder when standing MUST be in a hair net

v      Collar and tie, show jumping shirt or hunting stock are permitted

v      Black or brown polished gaiters with matching boots are permitted

v      Gloves are permitted

v      Body protectors are recommended

v      A hard hat with 3 point linkage harness to the appropriate standard MUST be worn

 

EQUIPMENT:

v      Whips are permitted but MUST be between 45cm and 75cm

v      Spurs with necks set on the inside of the heel, roughened or cutting edges serrated spurs with or without necks are NOT permitted

v      Spurs MUST be worn with the curve of the neck directed downwards

v      Seniors may wear smooth rowels not exceeding 1cm in diameter

v      Spurs that have a smooth rotating rubber or plastic ball on the shank are permitted

v      Spurs must NOT exceed 3cm

 

 

     TACK & DRESS RULES - HORSE TRIALS SHOW JUMPING

 TACK:

The following ARE permitted:

v      English type saddles

v      Side saddles

v      More than one noseband may be worn at a time

v      Only one martingale (Irish or running) running MUST have rein stops

v      Tongue guards that are properly made and detached from the reins and bits

v      Bitguards provided that they are made of rubber and are smooth on both sides

v      Boots and bandages

v      Breastplates

v      Neckstraps

v      Anti fly impregnated browbands or fly repellent discs

v      Numnahs and saddle cloths (logos must be no more than 14cm x 14cm)

v      Stallions MUST wear a bridle tag

 

The following ARE NOT permitted:

v      Saddle covers and seat savers

v      Market Harborough’s

v      Side, draw, check or running reins

v      Hackamores and other bitless bridles (juniors only)

v      Blinkers or hoods which impede the horses vision

v      Fine wire, twine or cord around the horses mouth

v      Full faced fly shields

v      Sheepskin cheekpieces

v      Tongue straps or tying down the horses tongue

 

DRESS:

v      Jewellery or any items worn in facial or body piercings are NOT permitted

v      Long hair hanging below the shoulder when standing MUST be in a hair net

v      Collar and tie, show jumping shirt or hunting stock are permitted

v      Black or brown polished gaiters with matching boots are permitted

v      Gloves are permitted

v      Body protectors are recommended

v      A hard hat with 3 point linkage harness to the appropriate standard MUST be worn

 

EQUIPMENT:

v      Whips are permitted but MUST be between 45cm and 75cm

v      Spurs with necks set on the inside of the heel, roughened or cutting edges serrated spurs with or without necks are NOT permitted

v      Spurs MUST be worn with the curve of the neck directed downwards#

v      Seniors may wear smooth rowels not exceeding 1cm in diameter

v      Spurs that have a smooth rotating rubber or plastic ball on the shank are permitted

v      Spurs must NOT exceed 3.5cm 

 

 

               TACK & DRESS RULES - STYLE JUMPING

TACK:

The following ARE permitted:

v      English type saddles

v      Side saddles

v      Only ordinary snaffle bridles are permitted

v      Only one noseband may be worn at a time, drop, flash, grackle or cavesson

v      Only a running martingale with rein stop (but will incur a 5 point penalty)

v      Tongue guards are NOT permitted

v      Bitguards provided that they are made of rubber and are smooth on both sides

v      Boots and bandages

v      Breastplates

v      Neckstraps

v      Anti fly impregnated browbands or fly repellent discs

v      Numnahs and saddle cloths (logos must be no more than 14cm x 14cm)

v      Stallions MUST wear a bridle tag

 

The following ARE NOT permitted:

v      Saddle covers and seat savers

v      Market Harborough’s

v      Side, draw, check or running reins

v      Hackamores and other bitless bridles

v      Blinkers or hoods which impede the horses vision

v      Fine wire, twine or cord around the horses mouth

v      Full faced fly shields

v      Sheepskin cheekpieces

v      Tongue straps or tying down the horses tongue

 

DRESS:

v      Jewellery or any items worn in facial or body piercings are NOT permitted

v      Long hair hanging below the shoulder when standing MUST be in a hair net

v      Collar and tie, show jumping shirt or hunting stock are permitted

v      Black or brown polished gaiters with matching boots are permitted

v      Gloves are permitted

v      Body protectors are recommended

v      A hard hat with 3 point linkage harness to the appropriate standard MUST be worn

 

EQUIPMENT:

v      Whips are permitted but MUST be between 45cm and 75cm

v      Spurs are NOT permitted

 

 

         TACK & DRESS RULES - CROSS COUNTRY

TACK:

The following ARE permitted:

v      English type saddles

v      Side saddles

v      More than one noseband may be worn at a time

v      Only one martingale (Irish or running) running MUST have rein stops

v      Tongue guards that are properly made and detached from the reins and bits

v      Bitguards provided that they are made of rubber and are smooth on both sides

v      Boots and bandages

v      Breastplates

v      Neckstraps

v      Anti fly impregnated browbands or fly repellent discs

v      Numnahs and saddle cloths (logos must be no more than 14cm x 14cm)

v      Stallions MUST wear a bridle tag

 

The following ARE NOT permitted:

v      Saddle covers and seat savers

v      Market Harborough’s

v      Side, draw, check or running reins

v      Hackamores and other bitless bridles (juniors only)

v      Blinkers or hoods which impede the horses vision

v      Fine wire, twine or cord around the horses mouth

v      Full faced fly shields

v      Sheepskin cheekpieces

v      Tongue straps

 

DRESS:

v      Jewellery or any items worn in facial or body piercings are NOT permitted

v      Long hair hanging below the shoulder when standing MUST be in a hair net

v      Collar and tie, polo necked sweater or hunting stock are permitted

v      Black or brown polished gaiters with matching boots are permitted

v      Gloves are permitted

v      Body protectors (level 3) MUST be worn

v      A hard hat with 3 point linkage harness to the appropriate standard MUST be worn or skull cap with silk. Hats with fixed peaks are NOT allowed on cross country

v      Medical armbands are compulsory

 

EQUIPMENT:

v      Watches are NOT to be worn in one day events or hunter trials

v      NO electronic devices may be worn

v      Medical armbands MUST be worn

v      Whips are permitted but MUST be between 45cm and 75cm

v      Spurs with necks set on the inside of the heel, roughened or cutting edges serrated spurs with or without necks are NOT permitted

v      Spurs MUST be worn with the curve of the neck directed downwards#

v      Seniors may wear smooth rowels not exceeding 1cm in diameter

v      Spurs that have a smooth rotating rubber or plastic ball on the shank are permitted

v      Spurs must NOT exceed 3.5cm