Rule Book for EIRA and VarsityIRA
Elementary Interscholastic Riding Association
Varsity Interscholastic Riding Association
Contact: Lisa Dye (919) 815 9917
Money Back Guarantee:
It is the mission of EIRA/VarsityIRA to spread throughout the Country in an effort to provide affordable, team-based riding to children. In order to do so, we are offering a money back guarantee to farms and members who are willing to help us expand into new territories. EIRA/VarsityIRA will refund any team, individual, or coach membership by November 1, 2018 IF there is not another team within 175 miles of their location. However, teams of 10 or more riders will be asked to break into two teams and host shows at their barn amongst themselves in their quest to qualify for the Championship Show.
Basic Guidelines for the EIRA/VarsityIRA.
1) EIRA is open to riders in K thru 5th grade. Leadline is available to riders ages 2 to 7. VarsityIRA is Open to riders in grades 6th through 12th
2) Riders may sign up for 1 flat class and 1 over fences class. Please see class descriptions and eligibility. Entries are due prior to closing date. There will be no refunds after the closing date.
3) Ribbons are awarded with the following point value: 1st (7 points), 2nd (5 points), 3rd (4 points),
4th (3 points), 5th (2 points), 6th (1 point).
4) Judges may be local, accredited, and/or seasoned judges with no direct relation to the host farm.
5) 6 ribbons will be awarded in each class. The top two Teams at each show will be awarded champion or reserve champion ribbons.
6) Each class will have a maximum of 6 riders. If more than 6 riders the class will be split and awarded separate ribbons for each class.
7) Riders will be riding ponies and horses provided by the show host. Riders will draw their ponies or horses prior to their class. Riders are given a chance to watch the ponies and horses in the morning and/or mid day schooling sessions. Riders also have the opportunity to have 2 schooling poles or jumps prior to entering their over fences class. IF the show does not have any outside riders from other farms, the hosting venue is not required to provide a schooling session or schooling jumps/poles
8) In order for a team to register the team must consist of 3 or more riders.
9) Teams must register by submitting the team membership form and team membership fee.
10) A farm may have more than one team from their barn. Example: One farm can break their team in to multiple teams if they wish, as long as each team has at least 3 riders. Each team must also have a coach. The same coach may coach multiple teams within his or her farm.
11) Individual members of the team must also register themselves by using the individual membership form.
12) Coaches must also join by submitting the coaching application and paying the membership fee.
13) Each Coach must provide a copy of their liability insurance upon joining EIRA/VarsityIRA.
14) Riders may compete in a maximum of 4 regular season shows.
15) Riders must show in a minimum of 3 shows in order to be eligible for the Championship Show.
16) Each rider and team will have the opportunity to qualify for their Championship show.
17) In order to qualify for their Championship show, riders and teams may compete at a
maximum of 4 shows. Individuals will need 12 points to qualify and Teams will need 12 points to qualify. Riders MUST show in at least 3 shows regardless of whether they have qualified or not prior to completing the 4 shows.
18) All regular season shows may begin September 1, 2019 and must be completed by March 15, 2020.
19) Coaches are responsible for designating who their point rider is for each class prior to the start of the horse show day. *The coach picks one rider from each class as point rider. The point riders points count towards team total for the day*
EIRA Class Descriptions:
Class 1: Assisted Walk/Trot Flat: Open to riders in their first two years of riding lessons. Open to any age, grades K-5th that have not won more than 5 blue ribbons in any classes at any horse show where they were unassisted. The horse/pony must be on a lead line. Handlers must be with the pony/horse at all times. These riders are not judged on correct diagonals. They are judged on their understanding and demonstration of correct equitation. Riders 4 years and older are eligible for Assisted classes IF they have participated in 1 season of EIRA leadline..
Class 2: Beginner Walk/Trot Flat Open to riders in their first three years of taking riding lessons. Open to any age, grades K-5th Riders may not have shown in any class where they were asked to canter or to jump. These riders should be learning diagonals, or know diagonals. Riders may be required to halt, demonstrate two-point position, and sitting trot.
Class 3: Beginner Walk/Trot/Canter Flat. Open to riders in their second or third year of taking riding lessons. Open to any age, grades K-5th. Riders must have not shown at any show over jumps higher than 18 inches. These riders should know their diagonals, and know their leads at canter. These riders should be able to safely steer and perform gaits in a class of at least 6 riders at the trot. This class will canter one at a time and only one direction. Riders may be required to halt, demonstrate two point, and sitting trot.
Class 4: Intermediate Beginner Flat. Open to riders in their second or third year of showing. Open to any age, grades K-5th and to riders that have not shown over fences higher than 2 feet at any show. These riders should be capable of performing all three gaits. These riders will be asked to canter one at a time, both directions. Riders may be asked to halt, demonstrate sitting and posting trot.
Class 5: Advanced Beginner Flat. Open to riders in their second or greater year of showing. Open to any age, grades K-5th which have not shown over fences higher than 2’6 at any show. These riders should be able to perform all three gaits, should be able to drop stirrups at the judge’s request at the walk, sitting trot and posting trot. Riders may be asked to demonstrate two point, halt, and sitting trot.
Class 11 Lead Line Flat: Open to riders age 2 to7 years old who have never shown in any class other than lead line at the walk. This class does count for individual points and is, therefore, pinned as a normal class. Riders points will count towards team points or totals and coaches must name a point rider for leadline. Riders must be registered members with a team. A side-walker is permitted.
Over Fence Classes
Class 6: Assisted Walk/Trot O/F. Open to riders in their first two years of riding lessons. Open to any age, grades K-5th that have not won more than 5 blue ribbons in any classes at any horse show where they were unassisted. The horse/pony must be on a lead line. Handlers must be with the pony/horse at all times. These riders are not judged on correct diagonals. They are judged on their understanding and demonstration of correct equitation. Riders will be asked to trot over two poles and demonstrate a two point for each pole. Riders 4 years and older are eligible for Assisted classes IF they have participated in 1 season of EIRA leadline..
Class 7: Beginner Walk/Trot O/F. Open to riders in their first three years of taking riding lessons. Open to any age, grades K-5th. This class is un-assisted. These riders should be learning diagonals, or know diagonals. Riders must not have shown in any class where they were asked to canter or jump. Riders will be required to trot over four ground poles, on two outside lines and must be able to two- point over ground poles. In this class, riders are asked to show over a course of 4 poles and demonstrate a two point for each pole.
Class 8: Beginner Walk/Trot/Canter O/F. Open to riders in their second or third year of taking riding lessons. Open to any age, grades K-5th. These riders should know their diagonals, and know their leads at canter. Riders will be required to trot or canter over four 12 inch x-rails with no flower boxes or fill.
Class 9: Intermediate Beginner O/F. Open to riders in their second or third year of showing. Open to any age, grades K-5th. Riders will be required to perform at the trot or canter, over a minimum course of six, 18 inch X-Rails (may contain flower boxes or brush) with a change of direction and a diagonal line.
Class 10: Advanced Beginner O/F. Open to riders in their second or greater year of showing. Open to any age, grades K-5th. Riders will be required to canter a course of a minimum of eight, 18” verticals, with two changes of direction. Jumps may contain flower boxes, brush, and small gates. There will be NO solid walls, coops, roll tops, etc.
Class 12 Lead Line over poles: Open to riders age 2 to7 years old who have never shown in any class other than lead line at the walk. This class does count for individual points and is, therefore, pinned as a normal class. Riders points will count towards team points or totals and coaches must name a point rider for leadline. Riders must be registered members with a team. Children will compete over two poles on course. They should demonstrate two point over the poles. A side-walker is permitted.
Varsity IRA Class Descriptions:
Class 1. Varsity Beginner Walk trot- open to grades 6 to 12. Riders may not have ever competed at a USEF show other than in walk trot. Riders must not have jumped higher than 18 inches at any horse (schooling show or any rating) Riders may be asked to demonstrate two point, sitting trot, and halt.
Class 2 Varsity Advanced beginner walk trot canter- Riders may not have competed at any USEF shows with the exception of walk trot, short/long Stirrup. Riders must not have jumped higher than 2 feet at any horse show (schooling or rated). Riders may be asked to demonstrate sitting trot, two point, and halt. Judge may choose to canter one at a time or in smaller groups at their discretion.
Class 3 Varsity Maiden flat- open to grades 6 to 12. Riders may not have shown at a USEF rated show with the exception of walk/trot, short/long Stirrup or the 2 foot section of child pony. Riders may not have jumped higher than 2'3 feet at any show (schooling or rated) Riders may be asked to demonstrate sitting trot, halt, two point.
Class 4. Varsity Novice flat- open to riders in grades 6 to 12. Riders may have won more than 5 blue ribbons at any USEF show in their riding history in any class. Riders may be asked to demonstrate sitting trot, halt, two point, without stirrups at walk and trot.
Over Fences Classes:
Class 5. Varsity Beginner Walk Trot over poles- same specs as walk trot flat. Riders will be asked to do a course of 6 poles including one change of direction
Class 6. Varsity Advanced Beginner over fences- same specs as Varsity advanced beginner flat. Riders will be asked to jump (4) 12 inch crossrails in the trot or canter.
Class 7. Varsity Maiden Over Fences: same specs as Maiden Flat. Riders will be asked to jump a course of (6) 18 inch crossrails. Riders may trot or canter their course.
Class 8. Varsity Novice over fences- same specs as novice flat. Riders will be asked to jump (8) 2 foot jumps. Riders must canter the course.
Qualifying for the Championship Show:
Individual Rider: Must have obtained a minimum of 12 individual points in a qualifying class. Meeting the minimum point requirements in an over fence class, will qualify the rider for the over fence class. Meeting the minimum point requirements in a flat class, will qualify the rider for the flat class. Meeting the minimum point requirements in no more than 4 shows.
Team: Must have obtained a minimum of 12 team points in qualifying classes. Meeting the minimum point requirements in no more than 4 shows. Teams are required show in 3 shows regardless of when they reach their 12 point total
Championship Shows : Locations and date to be announced. As teams register we will be able to lay out the based Championship Show locations to make travel and horse/pony use convenient. Each rider and team will start with zero (o)
points at the Championship show.
Classes will be awarded Champion Rider, Reserve Champion Rider, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth.
Team Places awarded as follows for the day: Champion Team, Reserve Champion Team, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth.
Hosting A Regular Season Show:
- Shows may host both EIRA and VarsityIRA teams or they may choose to host only one association.
- A minimum of two (2) EIRA and VarsityIRA Teams must compete in a regular EIRA or VarsityIRA point show for any points toward rider or team points to count towards qualifying for the Championship show. Teams may be from the same barn.
- Show date must be approved EIRA/VarsityIRA office at least 21 days prior to the competition date. All show dates are approved ONLY if judges and stewards are listed. If changes are made to Judge or Steward after submitting your date for approval you MUST notify EIRA/VarsityIRA via EMAIL
- Shows must be open and posted 21 days before the competition. Entries will close 7 days prior to the competition. No other entries will be accepted after that date.
- Hosting Farms are allowed to have 1 show per season that is only open to their teams from their farm. Reminder: each show must have at least two teams present to participate. Both teams can be from the same barn.
- Any additional shows run at a barn MUST be open to a minimum of 3 riders from other barns with EIRA or VarsityIRA programs.
- Show schedule is to remain the same as posted by EIRA/VarsityIRA or must be approved by EIRA/VarsityIRA
- The hosting farm must provide a farm insurance certificate when requesting an EIRA/VarsityIRA show date.
- Class fees for regular season shows must be no more than $45 per class. $5 per rider/per class must be submitted to EIRA/VarsityIRA
- The only classes offered at the show are EIRA/VarsityIRA approved classes. No other classes may be offered.
- Hosting farm must hire a judge at their expense. Judges must have at least local/C show certification
- Hosting farm must hire a steward at their expense. A qualified steward is one who is an Interscholastic Equestrian Association or Intercollegiate Horse Show Association coach or steward. Substitutions must be approved by EIRA/VarsityIRA.
- Hosting farm is responsible for all other show operation costs involved with hosting a show, including ribbons
- Each show host must provide the following REGARDLESS of whether the show has outside entries or not:
- Courses must be posted in an easy to view area at least 30 minutes prior to the first class
- Warm up courses must be posted alongside the show course board.
- Indoor restrooms or porta john must be provided.
- Scratches prior to closing date will be refunded. The Show Host is not obligated to refund scratches after the closing date. Whenever entry money is collected, EIRA must receive the $5.00 per entry per class fee for regular season shows. Any violation of financial obligations will result in the member being restricted from future shows until such fees are paid. If the show host has not paid their obligation, then the show host (and team) will not be allowed future competitions until the financial obligation has been fulfilled.
The prize list shall contain:
1. All host and co-host information as listed to EIRA/VarsityIRA.
2. The name of the Judge with credentials, Steward with credentials.
3. Name and address of show manager (show contact).
4. The date, location, phone number for the show.
5. Time of registration and start of the show.
6. Opening and Closing date of entries.
7. Information about food/concessions.
8. Amount of entry fees.
The entry blank must contain spaces for the rider’s name, EIRA/VarsityIRA number, class numbers and the name of the Team. Each Coach must sign the entry blank.
Each entry blank must contain the following statement to be signed by the coach making entry:
“ In agreeance of entering the show, all participants (rider, coach, trainer, and representatives) shall accept and abide by the Rules and Regulations of the EIRA. It is also agreed that each rider, coach, assistant coach and team are all in good standing with the EIRA and are registered members with a EIRA number. Participant acknowledges THAT HORSES ARE DANGEROUS AND UNPREDICTABLE AND CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH, and each participant (outlined above) agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless EIRA, its officers, directors, members, employees, agents and representatives, the host team and facility, the show stewards, stewards committee members, the show judges, the show secretary, all show organizers and officials, and all persons, stables, and others providing facilities, horses or equipment for the Show, other riders, coaches, teams and team sponsoring institutions, from any claim, action or suit, for injury, property damage or death sustained by the individual, rider, entity, coach, trainer, or participant while traveling to, from and around the show, while staying in the city for the show, during participation in the show and while at the show. This entry constitutes an acceptance of the hired officials at this event. “
Scratches prior to closing date will be refunded. The Show Host is not obligated to refund scratches after the closing date. Whenever entry money is collected, EIRA/VarsityIRA must receive the $5.00 per entry per class fee for regular season shows.
In case of discrepancy between information in the program and that of the entry blank, the entry blank shall take precedence.
It is recommended that all entries received by the closing date be acknowledged by the Show Host, including a schedule indicating the classes for each entry. The Show Host may limit the number of entries so long as it is done in a fair and equitable manner, and does not require entrants to supply horses for the event.
A hard copy of the team roster must be submitted with the entry form and entry fees
- Closing out your show: Within 14 days of the completion of the show:
The host farm must submit a check to EIRA, copy of judges cards, copy of show program, copy of point rider forms, copies of entry blanks, and a form detailing the number of entries that attended the show, and a steward report.
Any violation of financial obligations will result in the member being restricted from future shows until such fees are paid. If the show host has not paid their obligation, then the show host (and team) will not be allowed future competitions until the financial obligation has been fulfilled.
Show and Entry Fees Show Fees shall be charged for each EIRA/VarsityIRA regular point show, and EIRA/VarsityIRA Championship shows, separate and apart from annual EIRA/VarsityIRA membership dues.
$5.00 from each individual rider’s entry fee for each class shall be collected by the show host and paid to EIRA/VarsityIRA within fourteen (14) days of the regular season show
Entry fees for Regular EIRA/VarsityIRA shows, other than the Championship Shows, will be no more than $45.00 per rider per class.
Entry fee payment must be submitted along with the signed entry blank and team roster before the competition. Any team or responsible individual that has not paid the entry fees by the end of the competition shall forfeit all points earned and be assessed late fees, and if necessary, collection fees over and above the entry fees. Entry fees are non-refundable once the closing date designated by the host has passed. Substitutions of riders may be made until the day of the competition, although the show host may charge a $5.00 office fee for any team making changes to their entries after the closing date.
Printed show programs are required and should be distributed to each coach on the day of the show and an official copy must be sent to the EIRA/VarsityIRA office.
JUDGING REQUIREMENTS In all EIRA/VarsityIRA classes, good horsemanship is paramount. Judges are to find the “Best Riders” and shall not at any time, be based on the horse/pony; only the rider is being judged; therefore no penalty should be assessed because of the horse’s conformation, color or way of going. Riders will be judged on seat, hands, ability to control and show the horse. Any rider not having his/her mount under sufficient control shall be removed from the ring by the stewards and shall be disqualified or remounted at the stewards discretion. Judges shall not speak to any rider, or coach throughout the course of the show day, until all classes are finalized.
POINTS, SCORING AND POST SEASON QUALIFICATION First Place – 7 points
Second Place – 5 points
Third Place – 4 points Fourth Place – 3 points Fifth Place – 2 points Sixth Place – 1 point
Each Team will designate one rider per class to compete for points toward the team championship.
Only one rider may be selected from each class regardless of the number of sections. Point riders must be registered on the given Point Rider Form in the coaches packet and must be submitted prior to the draw of horses
Team rankings at each regular point show will be awarded as follows: Champion – 7 points
Reserve Champion - 5 points
3rd place - 4 points
4th place – 3 points
5th place – 2 points
6th place – 1 point.
If an ineligible rider is used as a team point rider, the team will lose that score. This penalty applies for each class in which the rider was used
Host Facility Show Day Information Requirements
The following information must be posted for all coaches and riders in a timely manner:
-Courses for over fences classes must be posted not less than 30 minutes before the start of the show.
- Warm-up pattern for over fences classes must be posted. This must consist of two jumps set at the class heights in which they are warming up for.
- Horse List – Descriptions of horses and equipment required.
- Class list that displays which riders are in which classes and sections (if split)
-To be able to compete in an EIRA/VarsityIRA show or competition, and to receive points from that show, the rider and team must be a registered EIRA member before registering for the show. A EIRA/VarsityIRA membership number must have been assigned to the rider of the team, and a team number assigned to the team. The coach or assistant coach must also be a registered member.
The outline of the rules below shall apply to the following: Exhibitor, coach, assistant coach, rider, show official, show employee, show host, and show facility
A regular point hosted show cannot be double judged for separate show points.
In order for a show to count, the host must offer all listed divisions, including lead line.
In cases of inclement weather, the minimum requirement for each class shall still be met as outlined.
Schooling of Horses:
Farms do not have to school horses/ponies IF they are the only teams participating at the show.
Schooling times must be set so that all riders and coaches may have the opportunity to watch all horses/ponies.
All horses/ponies (jumping and non-jumping) must be schooled during a posted time on the day of competition.
Non-jumping horses/ponies must do a minimum of one lap at each gait they are showing in each direction.
Horses/ponies to be used over fences must be schooled over all the fences in the appropriate direction and at the highest height over which they are scheduled to compete.
Horses/ponies must be schooled in the show tack and aids listed in the horse description.
Additional schooling may occur as needed throughout the show day per the steward’s discretion.
Liability waivers must be on file for all schooling riders.
No EIRA/VarsityIRA member/rider may school a horse/pony at a competition in which they are competing. **EIRA: Riders in Intermediate or Advanced classes are allowed to school horses/ponies who participate in divisions below Intermediate. ** VarsityIRA: Riders in
No rider, coach or anyone else without the approval of either the Schooling Supervisor or the Show
Steward may adjust any tack or equipment, except stirrup lengths
Flat Class riders will mount and ride the horse with no additional warm-up before entry into the competition arena.
Over Fences Class riders will be allowed one lap in each direction around the warm-up arena and two (2) practice jumps before the competition. Practice jumps will be set and adjusted by the Schooling Supervisor and/or Show Steward. Jumps should be set at the same height as the class in the show arena. If a show does not have a separate schooling area, a warm-up pattern in the show ring will be allowed, but should not consist of the first (2) jumps of the actual posted course. After the warm-up pattern is completed, the rider may speak with their coach for up to thirty (30)
additional seconds before starting the judged round.
Warm up patterns are unjudged. Errors (e.g., refusals, off pattern, or falls) in warm-up do not necessitate elimination. Disregarding the posted patterns or directions from Schooling Supervisors may result in loss of schooling privileges or elimination.
Drawing for Horses/Ponies. Drawings will be by lot. The draw shall be held at least twenty (20) minutes prior to the start of each class. Announcement of the draw must precede it by at least ten (10) minutes.
Riders are expected to compete in the class in which they entered on the horse/pony which was drawn. If a coach feels that a rider has drawn a horse/pony that the rider is not capable of safely riding, the coach can ask the show steward for their determination on whether the mount was suitable. The show steward will determine whether or not the rider can be moved to the designated alternate. If the steward decides not to grant the request, the coach has the right to withdraw the rider from the class in which the steward did not grant the alternate. That class will not count toward the show limits for that rider.
Falls, Refusals and Eliminations A rider is considered to have fallen when the rider is separated from the horse/pony that has not fallen in such a way as to necessitate remounting or vaulting into the saddle. A horse/pony is considered to have fallen when the shoulder and haunch on the same side have touched the ground or an obstacle on the ground.
Falls during the judged portion of competition will result in elimination unless it is clear that the rider fell from the horse/pony through no fault of the rider, but due to the actions of a horse/pony.
Re-rides after falls are rare exceptions and may only be granted by show stewards, if and when the steward feels that the horse/pony was the sole responsibility of the riders fall due to actions exhibited by the equine.
All falls and any accidents must be documented in the Show Stewards report.
Three (3) refusals will result in elimination.
In over fence classes, no courtesy fences will be allowed after elimination or fall of the rider or horse for any reason.
Re-rides When a horse/pony performs so poorly that it is impossible to fairly judge the riders ability, a re-ride may be granted per the show steward
A re-ride must be requested before the lineup in a flat class or the last horse leaves the ring in an over fences class. Only the coach of the rider involved may request a re-ride. Under unusual circumstance a judge may confer with the show steward to request a re-ride. Only the show steward may grant or deny a re-ride. If a re-ride is granted in a class in which riders compete individually (over fences), it shall be judged as if the first ride never occurred and the re-ride shall take place after all other rides in that class have been completed.
If a re-ride is granted in a class in which riders compete together (flat class) it will be the Judge’s discretion whether to restart the class from the beginning or resume the class from the point when it was stopped. During a competition, if it is determined by the show steward that a rider fell from the horse through no fault of the rider and due instead to the unexpected and unanticipated actions of the horse being ridden, the rider shall be granted a re-ride
Use of Whips and Spurs Crops, whips or bats may be carried only when specified by the horse provider, affirmed by the Show Steward, and communicated to the coaches.
Crops, whips and bats are not to be used outside the schooling ring and show ring.
Use of the crop should not be penalized when it is appropriate to the situation and/or mount. Stewards may rule that a rider be disqualified for improper use of crops, whips or bats
Spurs are only to be used if labeled on the horse description.
A list of aids appropriate to each horse must be posted or accompany each horse. Riders who use
anything other than the approved listed aids will be eliminated.
REGULAR SEASON COMPETITIONS:
A minimum of six ribbons shall be awarded in each class.
The host facility or school, including at the Championship show, shall furnish all ribbons. Champion and Reserve ribbons shall be awarded to the first and second place teams.
Tie Breaker Rules
At all shows, including the bi-National show, for all placings, team ties shall be broken first by the total number of first (1st) place finishes, then by total number of second (2nd) place finishes, then by total number of third (3rd) place finishes, then by total number of fourth (4th) place finishes, then by total number of fifth (5th) place finishes.
If a tie still exists, then it shall be broken by the highest total over fences points. Designated team point rider scores are the only scores to be considered when breaking team placement ties.
If the tie still cannot be determined the show steward in consultation with the judge shall decide upon a ride-off, question from the judge.
Prize List For all EIRA/VarsityIRA approved shows must be submitted to the EIRA/VarsityIRA office for approval not less than 2 weeks prior to the opening date of the show. Once approved, the prize list must then be distributed to all teams within EIRA/VarsityIRA association one (1) week prior to the opening date.