SPECIAL RULES & PROCEDURES FOR FRC COMPETITIONS
Our mission is to provide a fun and safe showing experience for all horses and riders. This includes
riders going to their very first show, green horses, people tuning up their horses for recognized shows,
and for people who want to practice in a show atmosphere before entering a “recognized” show.
FOR THE MOST PART WE WILL FOLLOW USEF and USEA RULES. The exceptions we make are for
additional safety requirements (i.e., elimination after any fall), added protection for the horse (i.e.,
allowing protective wraps on horses while in the show ring), to give the competitor a lower cost
way to show (i.e., loosening of the dress code requirements) and to keep the show running on time (elimination rather than penalty points in not in the show ring on time). Those who ride with equipment that is
not allowed in a rated show (i.e., certain bits, draw reins, etc.) may ride in our shows but must ride HC
(hors concours---which is a fancy way of saying “out of the competition”).
NOTE: only one Combined Test can be entered per horse and you are not allowed to school the jump ring at a level higher than your Combined Test class.
REMINDER: you can have a reader for a dressage test but NOT for an eventing test (any ride in the small arena).
ENTERING A SHOW and REFUND POLICY
Every show has a closing date and to be a “good” entrant you need to have your entry IN THE
SECRETARY’S HAND by the closing date or you will likely not being able to get into the show at all, as
our shows usually fill early. NO EMAIL ENTRIES ACCEPTED! A rider may enter up to four classes when
riding one horse in the show. Riders are limited to two horses per show and a total of two classes per
FRC has a very generous refund policy compared to other shows…if you cancel before the closing
date you will be refunded in full LESS $5 processing fee. If you cancel after the closing date you forfeit
your entry fee and the processing fee but you will be refunded your stall or grounds fee. If you are a
“no-show” OR cancel on the day of the show you forfeit all your fees.
If you want to use Club Bucks to pay for your entry you must first contact the show secretary and she
will tell you how to proceed. You may pay up to 100% of your entry fee in club bucks but you must pay the $5 processing fee in “real money” in order to access the system. That fee is not refundable.
We will try to fill your spot from the waitlist (HOWEVER it must be exact test—can’t fill an Intro B with a
1st level test!) If your slot can be filled you will get your money refunded LESS processing fee. So, the
sooner you let us know the better chance we have of filling your spot.
For any changes made to your entry after the closing date there will be a $10 change fee.
The exceptions we make are for as follows:
*Wraps/equipment – since we are a schooling show series, we allow competitors a little leeway in what
the horse can wear in the warm-up and the competition ring. The following equipment is permitted in
DRESSAGE WARM-UP ONLY: martingales with appropriate rein stops, bit guards, training
tools/gadgets, nose covers, and seat covers. These must be removed before the competitor enters the
competition ring – HOWEVER, for our shows we allow boots and wraps in the competition ring (this is
done to help avoid injury due to an overexcited horse at his first shows).
*Bits, bridles, whips, spurs and bitless bridles that are not allowed in a rated show may be used
(unless judged to be abusive to the horse) but the rider must inform the Show Secretary and ride HC
(judged but not placed in the class).
*Loosening of the dress requirements for the rider. Show coats/ braiding not required. The only
requirement is an approved safety helmet and shoes with heels. Oh, and clothes!
*Fall of horse or rider during the class is automatic elimination from the class. If a competitor falls
during the warm-up, they must notify the Show Secretary and the rider will be evaluated to determine
if they are fit to continue. If a rider falls a second time in warm up, they are automatically eliminated
from the rest of the show.
*Helmets – ASTM approved protective headgear is required for EVERYONE ON A HORSE (dressage,
jumping or just hacking around). NO EXCEPTIONS. Failure to wear a helmet shall be penalized by
elimination, at the discretion of the Technical Delegate or show organizer. Derbies or western hats are
NOT allowed no matter what level or how wonderful a rider you are!
GETTING TO THE SHOW RING
It is your responsibility to get yourselves to the Judge in good order and to the right ring on time. We
have ring stewards who will aid you by checking you in and reminding you to go to your ring but
sometimes they are busy with a fall or someone having a meltdown so don’t count on them to babysit
A very important part of a schooling show is to learn to get to your ring on time and for you to learn
how much time you and your horse need to get there and warm up without delaying the show
schedule. The rider has 45 seconds from the time the judge rings the bell until the time when they
must enter the ring at A -- if you are not there you are eliminated. When the previous rider halts at
X at the end of the test, then the on-deck rider should start around the outside of the ring for their
warmup. If the ring is running on time, the judge will signal at the ride time. If the riders before you
have scratched you may be asked if you want to ride earlier than your rider time – BUT YOU DO NOT
HAVE TO. You decide. The judge probably welcomes a little extra break!
SCHOOLING ON GROUNDS
The show organizer will let you know when you may school in the rings. You may never school in the
jump ring prior to the show. You may school in the dressage rings the day before at the time specified
by show management (this will be posted on the website). You may not school on the grounds earlier
than the opening of the show grounds on the day before the show. Two reasons: first, our insurance
does not cover us and second, we must pay an additional fee for the use of the facility. If you are
observed schooling on the grounds prior to the official “opening time” you will be fined $50. If you are
found schooling after they are closed you will be fined $50
SCHOOLING JUMP ROUNDS
A suggested course is set up to simulate the show experience but it is not mandatory for you to jump
all the jumps but it is mandatory for you to jump them from the correct direction (red flag on your
The jump ring is not for a “lesson” with your trainer – for instance, jumping without stirrups or with
arms outstretched is something your trainer may have you do at home but NOT at the show grounds.
We are dedicated to providing a safe schooling show and this adds an element of risk that we do not
want to have in our shows. Practice this at home, not at the show grounds. Your trainer may enter the
ring to help you get over a jump your horse is refusing. However, this will be for a limited time if there
are other riders waiting for their turn in the jump ring. You will be excused and may go another round
or two if there is time (don’t forget that you will be paying for the additional rounds).
You may NOT do a schooling jump round that is above your Combined Test class.
ODDS AND ENDS
Our fees are the lowest we can make them and still be solvent enough to continue to put on the shows
so it is important that we are good stewards of the facility so that we don’t incur additional costs.
*Lunging is not allowed in the warm-up arenas. Ask management or the ring stewards and they will
direct you to those areas.
*Please don’t “trash the place”, put your trash and manure in the designated areas.
*Don’t use stalls without paying for their use – this affects everyone who will be paying the increased
fees needed to cover additional cleaning costs we get charged.
*Dogs must be leashed at all times.
*Dogs are not allowed at any in-gate area.
*Ribbons for 1st through 6th in all classes. Classes may be combined or split depending on entries.
*Food concessions will be available on grounds.
*Please do NOT request specific ride times.
*Special requests will be reviewed--- for example you can ask to go first in a class or last in a class but
not a specific time to ride.
*There may not be the opportunity to have “build rides” (i.e., Intro C, then Training 1) due to having
multiple rings going at the same time.
*ANY horse on grounds must check in at show office with negative Coggins, pay fees, and get a
number (even if just walking on grounds.)
*NUMBERS MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES WHEN THE HORSE IS ON THE SHOWGROUNDS. There
must be a number on every horse except the ones in trailers or stalls. Even if someone’s just leading a
horse around, it needs a number on the halter in case it comes flying past the Show Office without
“Mom”. This also indicates that the Show Management has seen a current Coggins report and they
have paid the grounds fee.
We want you to have a safe time and enjoy yourselves…and remember to thank the volunteers
because without them there would be no show!