Ribble Valley Riding Club Rules

  • Trophies won at last years’ September show, MUST be returned to a committee member by the July Show or 2nd August of the current year, at the latest. A penalty of £5 plus the cost of extra telephone calls and postage will be levied on ALL late returns.
  • Trophies awarded at the Presentation Dance last year MUST be returned to a committee member by the end of September at the latest. A penalty of £5 plus the cost of extra telephone calls and postage will be levied on ALL late returns.
  • In all classes subject to age limits, age is counted as at 1st January of the current year.
  • Riders must wear correctly fitted headgear to PAS015 (ENS1384 are longer allowed), whilst mounted any where on the showground. Junior members are also compelled to wear them when competing in Inhand or Novelty classes.
  • Stallions and Colts may not be ridden or led by juniors who have not attained their 14th birthday in the current year. Any animal not kept sufficiently under control will be asked to leave the showground immediately by any Judge, Steward or Official of the Club. Stallion owners are reminded that it is forbidden to run out their exhibit along the horse-box lines.
  • Cantering on the showground is not permitted, except in Rings and official working- in areas.
  • It is not permitted to leave an animal tied up outside a trailer or horsebox unattended.
  • The Judge’s decision is final and binding in all cases. Any queries are to be addressed to an Official of the Club.
  • Objections are to be submitted in writing to the Chairman or Show Secretary within 20 minutes of the end of a class and accompanied by £10, which will be returned if the complaint is upheld.
  • No refunds under any circumstances.
  • Spurs or whips are not allowed in Handy Pony / Horse.
  • Equitation, Handy Pony / Horse and Riding Club Horse classes are to be ridden in snaffle bridles only.  No spurs allowed.
  • Whips are not to exceed 30 inches in length except in Dressage tests.
  • Spurs are not permitted to junior riders in any class, except dressage.
  • Novice classes may not be entered by exhibits (horse or pony) who have won an open or novice class in that discipline prior to January of the current season.
  • Competitors in Qualifying classes must abide by the rules of those associations as well as those of the club.
  • Members must present their horse in the Ring to obtain attendance points.
  • Ribble Valley Riding Club has no towing facilities on the ground on therefore competitors are reminded that in wet weather conditions vehicles will NOT be permitted to cross the river.
  • Competitors are reminded that it is unethical to show under a judge with a vested interest in their animal.
  • It is forbidden to ride any horse / pony which is under 4 years old and Competitors MUST be 4 years old and over to ride a pony on the Showground (Lead Rein is age 3 as per BSPS rules).
  • Points Rosettes, Trophies & Sashes must be collected at the Presentation night or will be forfeited.
  • Earrings and Body Studs must not be worn.