Equestrian Interschools Ireland

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Second Level Interschools competitions

Chef d'Equipes should ensure that riders put forward for competition are of a standard and sufficiently experienced to jump in that competition.

TRI Sponsorship. TRI has kindly offered sponsorship for this year. TRI are giving vouchers for first second and third in the Open Team and Individual Competitions and these are in ADDITION to prizes being presented by competition organisers.

NOTE: The Equestrian Interschools League Committee facilitates event organisers by publishing these general rules and guidelines and by publishing a calendar of events and results. The commitee also records results submitted which are then, if the event is part of the league, collated for the team and individual league. Event organisers are responsible for the submission of the results. Events are run by schools and/or equestrian centres and carry their own insurance for the event. Events can be covered by Howden UK Group Ltd, www.howdengroup.com or email: info.equine@howdengroup.com as long as organisers affiliate with EII  for the event. The central committee is not involved in the running and organising of these events, other than by publishing them in the calendar and recording results submitted by the event organisers. All queries pertaining to the events should be directed to the event oganiser. The equestrian Inter Schools League Committee organises the final of the league in conjunction with the venue nominated to host the final. It will run under the venue's insurance. All people involved in equestrian events, whether running an event, running a club, coaching or otherwise are advised to familiarise themselves with the HSI code of ethics and good practice in Equestrian Sport.

SUBMITTING RESULTS: We have been asked by the Irish Field to remind organisers that the deadline for results is the Tuesday of the week for publication. Also the format is the schools name followed by the pony then the ride5rs name in brackets followed by the next pony and so on. EG:1, Scoil Mhuire: Dobbin (Mary Smith),Golden Wonder (Ann Jones) Bob's Pride (Jack Jones)and Camelot (Joseph Jones); 2, St Patrick's and so on... A short report /article should if possible also accompany this. Both should be copied to us in order for us to collate league results

WARM UP ARENAS: Organisers are asked to note that warm up arenas should be manned to ensure competitors can warm up safely. See general rule 5 below.

TURNOUT: Competitors are expexted to turn out well as they are representing their school. Venue Organisers are encouraged to present TURNOUT prizes to the best turned out team and the winners will be listed in a TURNOUT League with a prize to the winning school to be presented at the final.

ATTENDANCE: Every school entering a team will get a point for attendance. These points will be collated separately from the league points and the school with the most points will receive rosettes and a prize at the final.

NEW RULES FOR 2017/2018

Pupils competing at Equestrian Interschools Affilliated events must become members of Equestrian Interschools Ireland. Membership is easy. Just click on www.itsplainsailing.com/club/eii

Insurance Policy

A nominal yearly membership fee will apply.

Members are then covered by insurance in addition to schools insurance, will recive a dedicated membership number and will be entered in the yearly EII draw.

Whilst combined teams can continue to compete and be placed at all the league competions, combined teams cannot compete at the Open Team League final.

A school's 6 best scores will be brought forward to the final.  Similarly in the Individual league an Individual's 6 best scores will be brought forward to the final.

A change of rider/horse must be declared in advance of competing.

All Individual classes (including 110 class) and in the FINAL should be run as follows: There will be 2 rounds and places will be decided according to the aggregate penalties in both phases )(faults on obstacles and penaltiesfor exceeding the time alloowed in both phases) and if necessary according to the time in the second phase. (i.e article 274.5.6). There should be a minimum of 12 jumping efforts, including a double in the first round with a shortened course for the second round. The second (jumpoff) round can take place immediately after the rider's first round. Alernatively one round with a jump off round for all clear rounds with minor placings decided by time in the qualifying round, article 238.2.2.  In certain circumstances, such as shorter winter days, a one round speed round format can be adopted, article 245.6 . but the entry fee charged should be less for this

Note:To be placed in the League attendance at final is mandatory

Excessive use of the whip can lead to elimination as per SJI and FEI rules.

In team competitions in order to be eligible to jump off for the team a rider MUST have COMPLETED the qualifying rounds.

NOTE FOR CLARIFICATION:

A Horse/pony may be ridden in only one team competition on the day. In other words if it is entered in the open team it may NOT be ridden by another rider in the novice team competition. It may be ridden by a different rider in the individual competition but may NOT be ridden in both novice and open individuals by different riders. It may compete (if sufficiently experienced) in the 110 class. The rider riding it in that class should be the rider that rode it in either of the OPEN competitions and it should NOT have been ridden in any novice competition on the day. A pony/horse may NOT compete in either the open team, open individual or 110m class if it has been ridden in the novice team or individual on the day. However if an open rider is making up a novice team on a novice pony and wishes to compete another horse/pony capable of jumping the open  and/or 1.10m track then, if vouched for by the chef dEquipe, the rider may do so. Note also general rule 10 below.

Premier 1.10m Qualifiers and classes:

Premier 1.10m qualifiers sponsored by HSI will be held at a number of selected venues as listed on calendar.

  1. These are open to combinations capable of jumping a 110 track and this must be confirmed when entering by school representative on the day whether Chef d'Equipe or parent/guardian. Combinations competing at novice level are not eligible.
  2. A rider may enter a maximum of two horses/ponies at each qualifier and may qualify a maximum of two horses/ponies for the final.
  3. The final will be held at the Interschools league final weekend. Six combinations from each qualifier will qualify, plus the winner of the MEC NI 110 League final.
  4. First to sixth at the qualifier will qualify.
  5. Qualified combinations may compete at other qualifiers and be eligible for prizes on offer on the day, with the exception of the qualifier rosettes, but must state that they are already qualified, in which case the qualifying spot and rosette moves to the next combination in line.
  6. Some venues will run a 1.10m class for which qualification will not be awarded but the same general rules apply. Qualifiers are highlighted in the Calendar.
  7. There will be two rounds and places will be decided according to the aggregate penalties in both phases (faults on obstacles and penalties for exceeding time allowed in both phases) and if necessary according to the time in the second round  (i.e article 274.5.6). There should be a minimum of 12 jumping efforts, including a double in the first round with a shortened course for the second (jump off) round. Alternatively one round with all clears qualifying for a jump off round and minor placings if necessary decided by time in the first round, article 238.2.2 In certain circumstances, such as shorter winter days, a one round speed round format can be adopted, article 245.6  but the entry fee charged should be less for this

Note this is NOT a league competition and the Open Individual League is a separate competition run as before.

General Rules and Guidelines

(see specific League Rules and guidelines below)

  1. Schools/venues intending to run competitions as part of the Equestrian Interschools Ireland umbrella organisation should read and agree to the following terms & conditions
  2. If the competition is to run under Howden Uk Group Ltd insurance the organisers should apply for show affiliation in advance. The facility to do so is available through the equestrianinterschools.com. This ensures insurance cover. Safety: Venues and Schools in the interest of safety will allow only the Chef d’Equipe and team members in the arenas/practice arenas
  3. Riders must be correctly attired and it is strongly recommended that protective helmet and back protectors be worn at all times while mounted. Fastened CE certified helmets are compulsory once mounted.
  4. In the warm up arena safety officers must ensure that maximum heights of practice fences are marked and adhered to and that a safe number of riders only are allowed in at any one time.
  5. Rider fall: A rider that falls during the course of a competition is eliminated from that competition  they may not remount and shall leave the arena on foot. However the rider may jump in a subsequent different competition should the team’s chef d’Equipe vouch for the rider and that they are fit to do so having received appropriate medical or parental permission where appropriate.
  6. A qualified first-aid person should be appointed to each venue.
  7. Eligibilty: Second level Interschools competitions are open to riders in full-time second level education, who are 19 years of age and under on 1st September, and who are in receipt of fulltime education in the same school.
  8. Primary level Interschools competitions are open to riders in full-time primary level education, who are under 13 years of age on 1st September, and who are in receipt of fulltime education in the same school
  9. It is noted that many venues run novice team and individual competitions in conjunction with the open team and open individual league competitions. These should be for novice combinations only to encourage schools to enter genuine novice riders. Open riders competing at novice level for the purpose of schooling an OPEN horse or pony should do so H/C. However an open rider on a novice pony may compete on a novice team if required but are not allowed to jump off for the novice team on the day. As a guide, combinations competing at SJI or pony club competitions at 95cm or over should not compete at novice level. A pony/horse may NOT compete in either the open team, open individual or 110m class if it has been ridden in the novice team or individual on the day. However if an open rider is making up a novice team on a novice pony and wishes to compete another horse/pony capable of jumping the open team and individual and/or 110 track then, if vouched for by the chef dEquipe, the rider may do so
  10. Ponies must be entered under their registered name.
  11. Combined schools: In general there would not be an amalgamation of schools to make up a team. However there are schools and areas where Showjumping is not well represented and organisers may allow combined teams to enter the competition providing that the amalgamations is of only two secondary schools at most and that the names of both schools are displayed on the program. Primary school teams may be made up from anumber of schools. In the open tem league competitions no points are awarded to combined teams but the combined team will be awarded the prizes on the day if placed. The only exception is the OPEN TEAM LEAGUE final where combined teams are not allowed. If schools cannot make up a team at the league final the pupils may jump in the individual competitions.
  12. Pony Horse Grade: There can only be one Grade ‘A’ pony or Horse Equivalent on a team.
  13. Team size: A team may consist of three or four riders, with the best three scores in each round to count.
  14. Governing SJI rules: The competition shall be held under SJI rules- Article 261-5.2.
  15. Fence heights: The height of the fences in the open second level competitions, with the exception of the first fence which may be 85cm must be minimum 90cm and no greater than 1m in the first round. Two fences in the second round may be 105cm and two fences in the jump off may be 105cm.
  16. Open/Novice Competition: Organisers may run novice team and open and novice individual competitions also but they MUST CLEARLY SPECIFY if the competition is an open or a novice competition.. 
  17. The height of the OPEN individual fences must be the same as the height of the open team fences and the same general rules will apply.
  18. The Individual classess should be run over two rounds. There will be two rounds and places will be decided according to the aggregate penalties in both phases (faults on obstacles and penalties for exceeding time allowedin both phases) and if necessary according to the time in the second (jumpoff) round (i.e article 274.5.6). There should be a minimum of 12 jumping efforts, including a double in the first round with a shortened course for the second round, article 245.6 or as one round with all clears qualifying for a separate jump off round, article 238.2.2 In certain circumstances, such as shorter winter days, a one round speed round format can be adopted, but the entry fee charged should be less for this
  19. In the Team Competition if a rider is eliminated for error of course or three refusals in the first round, the rider may jump the second round. However if the elimination is a result of a fall the rider may not continue in that team competition but may if certifed fit to do so compete in a different competition.

  20. Horse Pony Combination: A rider and Horse/Pony must jump exclusively for one school only and may not be entered or compete more than once in any team competition.
  21. A rider may ride more than one horse or pony in the individual competition. In the event that a rider is placed in the individual competition on more than one mount, the rider will be eligible for prizes on the day
  22. A competitor may compete in both team and individual competitions. However the same combination of horse and rider must compete at the same level of competition and only once in each competition. In other words if a horse and rider compete in the open team competition they must if competing individually compete in the open individual. However at the discretion of the organisers the combination may compete “hors concours” in a novice individual event. This is to encourage riders who may have experienced difficulties to school around a lower course.
  23. Entering Deadlines: The individual competitions may be entered on the day. Team competitions must be entered in advance.
  24. Chef d’Equipe: A Chef d’Equipe, or a person appointed by the Chef d’Equipe, must be present with the team on their arrival and during the course of the competition. The Chef d‘Equipe must be responsible for the conduct of his/her team at all times. The Chef d’Equipe must be at least 18 years of age.
  25. Course Walks: A minimum of two course walks should take place, if there are more than nine teams competing, with teams travelling the greatest distance competing after the second course walk where possible.
  26. The second round of the team competition should be timed so that should there be a number of teams eligible for the minor placings this can at the discretion of the organisers be decided on time.
  27. In novice primary competitions optimum time can decide the placings.
  28. In second level team competitions and open primary team competitions a Jump-off should decide the top placings.
  29. In the event of an equality of faults in a second level openteam  competition, the Chef d’Equipe will appoint two team members to jump-off against the clock.
  30. There will be an open draw with the Chef d’Equipe of the jump-off teams present, to decide the order of jumping.
  31. The Jump-Off will have rider number one from each team competing, followed by rider number two from each team.
  32. In order to be eligible to jump off for a team a rider must have completed the qualifying rounds.
  33. A digital timing system will be on display for the jump-off.
  34. At the discretion of the organiser a single team member may jump off for the team in second level novice competitions and primary competitions.
  35. Turnout. To encourage good turnout of horse and rider turnout rosettes and/or prizes should be presented.
  36. For Championship shows horses and ponies should be plaited.
  37. In general rosettes for first to sixth place should be presented and prizes which can be in kind to at least the top three teams and individuals.
  38. Prize winners should generally be mounted for the presentation of prizes.
  39. Arena Parties: An SJI registered course builder should build the course and be in attendance for the duration of the competition.
  40. Judges: An SJI judge should be appointed to judge the competition and the judge/s must familiarise themselves with the interschool rules.
  41. Discipline: Any act of discourtesy or disobedience to the show organisers on the part of the owner, groom, parent, chef d’Equipe, teacher, trainer or rider/team will lead to disqualification from either competition.
  42. Appeals: In the case of an appeal the appeal must be lodged in writing with the show organiser with a deposit of €80.00 within 15 minutes of the result being announced. This will be forfeited if the appeal is NOT upheld. Should the appeal be forwarded to the national committee thedecision of the national committee will be regarded as binding.
  43. Passports: In compliance with the Department of Agriculture it is incumbent upon our committee to insist that each competitor has an official horse/pony passport available on the day. Spot inspections will be carried out and if a competitor fails to produce a passport, he/she will not be allowed to compete.
  44. Results should generally be submitted for publication to the newspapers and can be posted on the equestrianinterschools.com results page.
  45. Performance enhancing hind boots are not permitted in Interschools competitions.
  46. Rule Changes / Amendments: The national committee reserves the right to amend/clarify these rules as necessary during the year.
  47. Any changes to rules, venues or dates will be published when available. The onus is on the competitors to watch for changes.

Equestrian Interschools Ireland league rules

(To be read in conjunction with general rules which also apply.)

Pupils competing in Equestrian Ireland Interschools League affiliated competitions, whether open, novice or primary must become members. This is easy just click on www.itsplainsailing.com/clu/eii

A nominal yearly membership fee will apply.

This will give the riders public liability insurance and member to member insurance in addition to the schools' insurance. Each member will recive a unique membership number and will be entered into the yearly EII draw.

 

  1. Schools/venues intending to run competitions as part of the Leagues must read and agree to the following terms &conditions and must agree the proposed date for the competition with the league committee in advance
  2. There is an administration fee payable by venue /school for the running of league set at €100 per competition. This may be reassessed pending entries.
  3. A rider that falls during the course of a competition is eliminated from that competition; they may not remount and shall leave the arena on foot. However the rider may jump in a subsequent competition should the team’s Chef d’Equipe vouch for the rider and that they are fit to do so having received appropriate medical or parental permission where appropriate. A qualified first-aid person should be appointed to each venue
  4. The Equestrian Interschools Ireland league competitions are open to riders in full-time second level education, who are 19 years of age and under on 1st September, and who are in receipt of fulltime education in the same school.
  5. It is noted that many venues run novice team and individual competitions in conjunction with the open team and open individual league competitions. These should be for novice combinations only to encourage schools to enter genuine novice riders. Open riders competing at novice level for the purpose of schooling an OPEN horse or pony should do so H/C. However an open rider on a novice pony may compete on a novice team if required but are not allowed to jump off for the novice team on the day. As a guide, combinations competing at SJI or pony club competitions at 90cm or over should not compete at novice level. A pony/horse may NOT compete in either the open team, open individual or 110m class if it has been ridden in the novice team or individual on the day. However if an open rider is making up a novice team on a novice pony and wishes to compete another horse/pony capable of jumping the open individual and/or 110 track then, if vouched for by the chef dEquipe, the rider may do so.
  6. Horse/ Ponies must be entered under their registered name.
  7. Combined schools: No amalgamations of teams are permitted in the team competition for league points purposes. However there are schools and areas where Showjumping is not well represented and organisers may allow combined teams to enter the competition providing that the amalgamations is of only two secondary schools at most and that the names of both schools are displayed on the program.
  8.  Combined teams are NOT allowed compete in the OPEN team league final. If a school cannot make up a team the pupils may compete in the individual competition.
  9.  Pony Horse Grade: There can only be one Grade ‘A’ pony or Horse Equivalent on a team.
  10.  Team size: A team may consist of three or four riders, with the best three scores in each round to count
  11. The competition shall be held under SJI rules.
  12. Fence heights: The height of the fences in the open competitions, with the exception of the first fence which may be 85cm must be minimum 90cm and no greater than 1m in the first round. Two fences in the second round may be 105cm and two fences in the jump off may be 105cm.
  13. Open/Novice Competition: Organisers may run novice team and open and novice individual competitions also but they MUST CLEARLY SPECIFY if the competition is an open or a novice competition. Only the OPEN team and OPEN individual competition results will be counted towards the league points. 
  14. The height of the OPEN individual fences must be the same as the height of the open team fences and the same general rules will apply.
  15. The Individual competitions should be run as follows: There will be two rounds aand places will be decided according to the aggregate penaltiesin both phases (faults on obstacles and penalties for exceeding the time allowed in both phases) and if necessary according to the time in the second (jumpoff0 round ( ie article 274.5.6 There should be a minimum of 12 jumping efforts including a double in the first round and a shortened course for the second round. Or one round with a separate jump off round for all clear rounds with minor placings decided by qualifying places in the qualifying round, article 238.2.2. In certian circumstances a one round speed round format can be adopted article 245.6 but the entry fee charged should be less for this. 
  16. In the team competition if a rider is eliminated in the first round for error of course or three refusals the rider may jump the second team round, but not if the elimination is the result of a fall, in which case the rider may not continue. The best three scores from both rounds give the team total.

  17. Horse Pony Combination: A rider and Horse/Pony must jump exclusively for one school only and may not be entered or compete more than once in any team competition. In the event that a school is entering more than one team note that a rider may compete on one team only. A horse/pony may compete on one team only. However a rider may ride more than one horse or pony in the individual competition. A horse/ pony may not be ridden by more than one rider in the individual competition, but may be ridden by a different rider in the team competition, but as previously stated may only compete on one team and may not be ridden by more than one rider in the team competition. In the event that a rider is placed in the individual competition on more than one mount, the rider will be eligible for prizes on the day but only the higher placing will count towards points in the open individual league. In other words it is the rider not the combination that gains the points, similar to the rule that it is the school not a particular team from a school that gains points in the league. A competitor may compete in both team and individual competitions. However, the same combination of horse and rider must compete at the same level of competition and only once in each competition. In other words if a horse and rider compete in the open team competition they must if competing individually compete in the open individual. However at the discretion of the organisers the combination may compete  “hors concours” in a novice individual event. This is to encourage riders who may have experienced difficulties to school around a lower course.
  18. Entering Deadlines: The individual competitions may be entered on the day. Team competitions must be entered in advance.
  19. Chef d’Equipe: A Chef d’Equipe, or a person appointed by the Chef d’Equipe, must be present with the team on their arrival and during the course of the competition. The Chef d‘Equipe must be responsible for the conduct of his/her team at all times. The Chef d’Equipe or the person appointed by the Chef d’Equipe must be over 18.
  20. Course Walks: A minimum of two course walks should take place, if there are more than nine teams competing, with teams travelling the greatest distance competing after the second course walk where possible.
  21. Jump-off: In the event of an equality of faults in the team competition, the Chef d’Equipe will appoint two team members to jump-off against the clock. There will be an open draw with the Chef d’Equipe of the jump-off teams present, to decide the order of jumping. The Jump-Off will have rider number one from each team competing, followed by rider number two from each team. A digital timing system will be on display for the jump-off.
  22. In order to be eligible to jump off for a team the rider must have completed the qualifying rounds.
  23. Prize winners must be mounted for the presentation of prizes
  24. Arena Parties: An SJI registered course builder should build the course and be in attendance for the duration of the competition.
  25. Judges: An SJI judge should be appointed to judge the competition and the judge/s must familiarise themselves with the league rules.
  26. Teams may compete at as many venues as they wish.
  27. League Points will be gained in open team competition. League points will be awarded to the top six placed teams in each competition. In the event of a school having more than one team in the top six places, the school will receive league points only for their highest placing and the team in 7th place will then receive the point and so on. The best top SIX scores per school over the course of the league  will be brought forward to the final.
  28. Points are awarded as follows: First place 10 points Second place 8 points Third place 6 points Fourth place 4 points Fifth place 2 points Sixth place 1 point The following points apply in the final: First place 15 points second place 12 points third place 9 points fourth place 6 points fifth place 3 points sixth place 2 points.
  29. In the event of EQUALITY of points in the final the accumulated scores over the entire league will be used to decide the placings. In other words if 2 teams end on the same points following the competition at the final but one school has a higher accumulative placing over the course of the league then that school will claim the higher place.
  30. Individual Competition: Similarly Open Individuals may compete at as many venues as they wish. League points will be awarded to the top six placed individuals in each competition. In the event of an individual having more than one mount in the top six places, the individual will receive league points only for their highest placing and the individual in 7th place will then receive the point and so on. The best top SIX scores per individual over the course of the league will be brought forward to the final.
  31. In the event of EQUALITY of points in the final the accumulated scores over the entire league will be used to decide the placings. In other words if 2 individuals end on the same points following the competition at the final but one individual has a higher accumulative placing over the course of the league then that individual will claim the higher place.
  32. Discipline: Any act of discourtesy or disobedience to the show organisers or to the committee on the part of the owner, groom, parent, chef d’Equipe, teacher, trainer or rider/team may lead to disqualification from either competition or league. Please note that on the whole events are staffed by volunteers giving of their free time as is the Interschools Committee.
  33. Appeals: In the case of an appeal the appeal must be lodged, in writing, with the show organiser with a deposit of €80.00 within 15 minutes of the result being announced. This will be forfeited if the appeal is NOT upheld. Should the appeal be forwarded to the national committee the decision of the national committee will be regarded as binding.
  34. Passports: In compliance with the Department of Agriculture it is incumbent upon our committee to insist that each competitor has an official horse/pony passport available on the day. Spot inspections will be carried out and if a competitor fails to produce a passport, he/she will not be allowed to compete.
  35. Rule Changes / Amendments: The national committee reserves the right to amend/clarify these rules as necessary during the year.