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Below is a list of our general rules and regulations, but be sure to check our 2012 prize list (linked on Forms page) for more detailed explanations and our code of conduct. As always, current printed copies are likely to be more reliable than the web site, unless there is a last minute change made after the printed copies were dispersed. In those instances it will be noted on the website.

 

               RULES AND REGULATIONS           

There will be a 10 minute course walk prior to each class.
There may be an enforced 60 second gate call.
“Multiple Ride” competitors have priority in order of go (as needed) to keep the show running smoothly.   
Juniors and adults may ride ponies.
Shows are informal (excluding MINI PRIX - which is FORMAL DRESS).  Tall boots, breeches, paddock boots, knee straps, polo shirts or ratcatchers.  All riders must wear approved helmets with harness while mounted at the showgrounds.  Riders may not enter the ring wearing a cell phone, pager or beeper.  NO FULL CHAPS.  NO COLLARLESS SHIRTS.  Shirts must be tucked into breeches. 
Each horse will be assigned a new number for the year. 
Copy of current negative Coggins must be provided to be kept on file. 
Schooling is not permitted in the show ring prior to the show. 
Horses may compete in a total of four classes per show day.  
Rider and horse combinations in the Novice Division may only cross-enter into the Child/Adult Low jumper division. 

Novice Jumper:  Open to horses and ponies in their 1st or 2nd year of showing in jumper classes at any height as of December 1st of the current show year.  Horses and ponies in this division may only cross enter into Novice Children’s/Adult Amateur Jumper if the rider is eligible, and Low Jumper.  This division shall be no lower than 2’3” and no higher than 2’6”. 

Novice Children’s/Adult Amateur Jumper:  Open to children and adult amateurs in their 1st or 2nd year of showing in jumper classes at any height as of December 1st of the current show year.  Riders in this division may only cross enter into Novice Jumper, if eligible, and Low Jumper.  This division shall be no lower than 2’3” and no higher than 2’6”. 

Low Jumper:  This division shall be no lower than 2’6” in height and no greater than 3’ in height.  Spreads shall be no greater than the height of the fence. 

Children’s/Adult Amateur Jumper:  This division shall be no lower than 2’6” in height and no greater than 3’3” in height.  Spreads shall be no greater than the height of the fence. 

Schooling Jumper:  This division shall be no lower than 3’ in height and no greater than 3’6” in height.  Spreads shall be no greater than the height of the fence. 

Modified Jumper:  This division shall be no lower than 3’6” in height and no greater than 4’ in height.  Spreads shall be no greater than the height of the fence. 


 

 

ENTRY FEES

Entries may be made at the show.  If you have questions call 804-883-3050.  Classes are $20 each for pre-registration, $25 on day of show--warm-up rounds are priced the same as judged rounds


Stalls (where available) may be rented for $35 per day, payable to the CVSJA show secretary at check out.  Stalls can be leased for overnight for $40.

REGISTRATION

All exhibitors must pay a one time administration fee of $35 per year.  Exhibitors will be provided a registration number and each horse will be provided a new bridle tag number for the year.  A Deep Run release will be filed for each exhibitor for the year.  All CVSJA administration and release forms must be completed before an exhibitor may enter the ring.  A parent or legal guardian must sign juniors’ forms. 

The Warm-Up Round:

All warm-up rounds must be declared to the gate BEFORE ENTERING THE RING.  If the rider does not declare this, the round will be judged.  There are no points or prize money for the warm up round. Updated rules regarding warm-up rounds: Each horse will be allowed one warm up round per show. So let's say you're riding Roscoe and he's new to show jumping and you want to do a warm-up for the C/A before your judged ride...no problem you can do that warm-up round. But if you were thinking you also wanted to try a schooling division at that same show, but were wondering if you or your trainer could do a warm up round on Roscoe in the schooling division too...the answer is "no," Roscoe gets one warm up round per show (though you or your trainer are still welcome to ride him judged in the schooling). I'm sure there will be questions about this rule at the first few shows, so more information will be forthcoming on this as needed. We're doing this to provide an opportunity for warm-ups in all the divisions without increasing the length of the show day too much. As with any change, we'll see how it goes and if it works for the majority of folks we'll keep it, if not, we'll meet and make adjustments as needed. And remember, we're happy to hear your feedback but that doesn't always mean we can accommodate it. We try, but ultimately we have to make sure the show day provides what works best for most of the exhibiters

Schooling in the show ring is permitted after elimination on the course in the warm up round only.  A horn will sound 2 times and the time will be set for 60 seconds.  The coach or trainer may enter the ring during the 60 seconds.  At the end of the 60 seconds the horn will sound again 2 times signaling the rider and trainer to exit. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCORING

Table II, Section 2 (b) Time First Jump Off
Timed first round and jump-off, if any, are decided by adding the faults incurred over the course and any penalties for exceeding the time allowed.  If a competitor is clean in the first round, the competitor will, without leaving the ring and upon audible signal, commence the designated jump off course.  If there are no clean rounds and a tie exists for first place, there will be one jump-off in which time will decide the event of equality of faults. 

Power and Speed Table II, Section 2(c)
The first series of jumps will be the power section.  If the power section is completed without faults the rider will then pass through the timers for the speed section of the course.  If the rider has faults in the power section, the horn will sound before the rider begins the speed section notifying the rider that they are ineligible for the speed section.  The rider with the fastest time and least number of faults in the speed section wins the class. 

Time First Round Table II, Sec 1
The first round is decided by adding together the faults incurred over the course and any penalties for exceeding the time allowed.  Horses with clean rounds or equal faults are classified according to their time taken to complete the course.  (Note:  it is recommended that Table II Sec 1 be conducted over a Table II course rather than a Table III course.) 

Optimum Time in First Round Table V Sec 1
The first round is decided by adding together the faults incurred over the course and any penalties for exceeding the time allowed.  In the case of equality of faults, ties will be broken on the following basis:   an “Optimum Time” (defined as 4 seconds less than the Time Allowed for the course) will be posted on the course plan; the horse with the time on course closest to this Optimum Time (over or under) will prevail in the tie, next closest next, etc. 

SCORING

First        10 points                 Third       4 points                   Fifth        1 point
Second     6 points                  Fourth     2 points                   Sixth        0.5 point

Champion 10 points               Reserve 6 points

 

TIME TO START:  A competitor will have 45 seconds from the time the judge(s) sound an audible signal to cross between the start markers in the proper direction and start on course.  If a competitor does not cross through the start within the allotted time, the time on course will start when the allotted time expires.  In cases (or phases of a class) where time is not being recorded, competitors will have 45 seconds to cross the start line, or be eliminated. 

CENTRAL VIRGINIA SHOW JUMPING ASSOCIATION
CODE OF CONDUCT

Conduct:

  • Any action(s) against a horse by an exhibitor or other person, which is(are) deemed excessive by a judge, member of the Executive Committee, or CVSJA member, in the competition ring or anywhere on the competition grounds may be punished by official warning, elimination, or other sanctions which may be deemed appropriate.  Such action(s) could include, but are not limited to excessive use of whip, spurs, poles, or other equipment. 
  • Competitors found to be in violation of these rules may be eliminated or disqualified from competing that day and may forfeit all entry fees for that competition. 
  • A violation of these rules is determined after consultation between members of the Executive Committee, or other officials involved, and a judge. 

 

Schooling:

  • Manual poling is prohibited for all horses on the showgrounds.  Offsets are not allowed. 
  • The schooling area must contain at least one vertical and one spread fence with standards and cups. 
  • The steward’s or member of the Executive Committee’s decision regarding schooling fences, or tack and equipment in the schooling area is final.  Tack and equipment allowed is pursuant to VHSA rules.