Club Rules

MEMBERSHIP : Owners and riders MUST be fully paid up members of Capall Riding Club before entering and participating in any Capall Riding Club activity. Membership is due on the 1st October annually.

Present fees: Over 60’s & Non-riding members £15;   Riding member £30;    Family £60.

CLUB NIGHT : Club Night is Thursday, excluding the last Thursday of each month although this night may be taken up with training only. Other days may be used if necessary.

FACILITIES : Lady Perdita Blackwood has been very generous in permitting our Club the use of the indoor riding school at Cavallo Farm, Crawfordsburn Road, Newtownards. Please look after these premises and take care of all facilities. Admittance only after 6.30pm. Members are NOT to warm up in or about Cavallo Farm including the grass paddock beside the car park. Please warm up in the school ONLY. Some horses tend to eat the wood around the school and even the banisters up to the judge’s box. If your horse is inclined to eat timber please hold it while you are waiting to compete. Do not leave litter lying about either inside or outside the school. This includes cigarette butts which please put in the bin once properly extinguished.

SAFETY : The safety of horse and rider are of paramount importance. Any member of the Committee may take ANY ACTION DEEMED NECESSARY in the interests of safety during any Club activity. All members are, however, reminded of the need to fulfill their responsibilities to the Club in the interest of safety.

Please note the following points: -

  • Horses must be at least 4yrs old & must be 14HH & over.
  • Horses must be at least 5yrs old & must be 14HH & over to compete in Horse Trials & Hunter Trials.
  • Keep an eye on your horse at all times or ask another member if you need to.
  • When warming up in the school please all ride in the same direction.
  • Children under 14 years are not allowed at Club activities except at Christmas party & training activities but must be supervised by an adult at all times. 
  • Back protectors Level 3 are compulsory in X Country phase of Horse Trials.
  • Members are responsible for the safety of all visitors they bring to the Club.
  • Ensure your horse has a rug on at all times during winter months, especially when clipped.

ANY RIDER WHEN MOUNTED MUST WEAR A 3 POINT ATTACHMENT RIDING/SKULL CAP PROPERLY SECURED AND FASTENED

SKULL CAPS / HARD HATS : The ONLY hats allowed are those of the following standards : PAS 015 or BS EN 1384 or prefixed with ASTM or SEI.
Recommended hard hats should carry the quality assurance stamp of Kitemark or SEI. American standard SNELL E2001 & Australian/New Zealand standard SNZ 3838 1998 are also accepted.

DRESS : A high standard of turnout of both horse & rider is always expected & reflects well on individuals & in particular Capall Riding Club. Horses should be plaited for all classes, optional for Show Jumping, however should a member be unable to plait their horse, they may compete but may lose marks from the judge.

COMPETITORS MAY BE ELIMINATED IF THEY RIDE IN INCORRECT TACK

Dressage: - formal attire: - jacket with shirt and tie/stock;  cream jodhpurs; gloves should be worn, a whip may be carried & spurs may be worn. Snaffle bridle only,  with cavesson, drop or flash noseband. Martingales and boots are not permitted.

Working Hunter: - formal attire: - jacket with shirt and tie/stock; cream jodhpurs. Novice horses to be ridden in a snaffle bridle - any other bridle will carry five penalties at novice level. Martingales are permitted. Same tack for both sections although boots may be used for jumping only.

Riding & Test Class: - formal attire: - jacket with shirt tie/stock; cream jodhpurs. Snaffle bridle. Double bridle permitted in Open Class only.

Show Jumping: - on an internal Club night, Club sweatshirt & shirt or formal attire: - jacket with shirt tie/stock; cream jodhpurs.

Training Nights/Sessions: - Club sweatshirt with cream jodhpurs.

Chaps & half chaps are not allowed in Capall or Official Riding Club competitions.

Leather gaiters with matching boots are acceptable. Riders must not wear boots with heavily ridged soles.

Whips carried in Show Jumping competitions must conform to Riding Club rules as follows: - max length of whip 75cms (30”), min length of whip 45cms (18”). Whips must not have a hard point at the end, as found on a Dressage whip, but must have a broad flap

Juniors may not wear spurs.

WHEN REPRESENTING CAPALL RIDING CLUB, AT ANY TIME, FORMAL ATTIRE IS EXPECTED FOR THE RIDER WITH THE HORSE PLAITED.

WINTER LEAGUES :Capall Winter League will run each year November through to end of May. The League incorporates the following disciplines:

  • DRESSAGE 
  • RIDING CLASS
  • WORKING HUNTER
  • SHOWJUMPING            .

The one horse, which is to be considered for the League, must be nominated before commencing any of the disciplines. Only the nominated rider & horse can compete in the League. In the event of a shared horse the non-league rider may compete on an HC basis & only after the League rider has competed first. In all disciplines, the League rider must compete first. The best 3 results, in each discipline, will count for overall scoring. Points will be given only for the class in which you are eligible to compete. In Show Jumping, five points will be given per Clear Round in the nominated competition. Where two members share a horse they must both have participated in Club competitions before competing in the League. As we are no longer able to have speed rounds, any ties in the Winter League Show Jumping will be jumped off outside at a later date.

GRADING : The Committee is responsible for grading riders. The purpose of grading is to permit fair play in all aspects of riding club competition. The decision as to a particular grading of an individual, in a certain discipline, is taken with sound judgment and experience with each equestrian activity judged separately.

SHOW JUMPING :Members may select the Show Jumping height at which they wish to compete. Heights for classes are as follows:       
  * 60cms      *70cms          * 80cms         *90cms          * 1m

It was agreed at the 2006 AGM that, any combination of horse & rider who won any of the lower classes two years in succession, must go Hors Concors on the third year.

IN THE INTEREST OF HORSE WELFARE, A HORSE MAY ONLY JUMP IN A MAXIMUM OF 5 ROUNDS ON ANY NIGHT

WORKING HUNTER :Members may select height at which they wish to compete. Heights for classes are as follows:       
  Performance  60cms      Novice 70-80cms          Open 80-90cms      

DRESSAGE & RIDING CLASSES : The grades given to new members will be assessed when they first compete at the Club and they may be asked to change gradings. New members should ensure they have Dressage & Riding grades assessed before the Winter League commences.

COMBINED TRAINING : As this is an outdoor activity, it is not part of the Winter League programme. Further details re Combined Training League will appear in future newssheets.

FIRST SEASON HORSE : Intermediate or Open riders on a 4 year old or 1st season horse may compete in the Advanced Novice Dressage Class at the Committee’s discretion. Open riders may compete for a further year in the Intermediate Class. Refer to Chairperson for individual queries.

FLU VACCINATION : All Flu vaccinations must be kept up to date as spot checks may take place at Area Qualifiers or Championships.

GRADING QUERIES : Any member who is not satisfied with his/her grading should advise the Secretary, in writing immediately or at least one month prior to League commencement, and the Committee will look again at the grades. This grading system is applicable to Capall Riding Club competitions ONLY & in no way effects any other grading/competition system run anywhere else.

Thursday, November 23, 2017