Emirates Arabian Horse Society Show Rules
ADHERENCE TO EAHS RULES OF CONDUCT - Organizing committee members, show officials, judges, trainers, exhibitors and handlers will unconditionally submit themselves and their accompanying persons to the ‘Show Rules of Conduct and Procedures’ and will accept the jurisdiction of the EAHS. Regarding veterinary matters, drug administration, and the misuse of banned substances, all show organizing committee members, show officials, judges, trainers, exhibitors and handlers will unconditionally submit themselves and their accompanying persons to the jurisdiction of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) and the modification made by EAHS to it, and all the veterinary regulations upheld by the FEI and EAHS modifications. The EAHS shall not be liable for any consequence of any decision made by show organizing committee members, show officials, judges, trainers, exhibitors and handlers in conjunction with an EAHS affiliated event. These Rules will be interpreted by such committees where necessary according to the customs and laws of the UAE. Show organizers are not permitted to introduce rules which are in conflict with the EAHS “Show Rules of Conduct and Procedures”.
ADMINISTRATION OF CHEMICAL IRRITANTS/GINGER – Any trainer, owner, agent or other person who administers, attempts to administer, instructs, aids, conspires with another to administer, or employs anyone who administers or attempts to administer a chemical or other irritant of any kind onto the anus, vulva, rectal area or vaginal area of a horse entered to compete in a class for Arabian horses at any EAHS affiliated event shall be subject to penalties as provided for in section (e) below.
(a) Competition management is authorized, at its own expense, to collect swab samples and have tested substances present on the anus, vulva, rectal area or vaginal area of horses prior to their entry and/or following their exit from the ring, in connection any Arabian class any EAHS affiliated event as follows:
1) competition management may choose all horses in such a class to be sampled, or may select one or more placings from the class for sampling, or may select some of the horses from such a class for sampling. In making such selections, competition management may act on the request of a judge of the class but is not required to do so;
2) competition management shall appoint only a EAHS veterinarian or veterinarians to supervise the sampling, who may utilize technicians working under direct supervision of the veterinarian(s);
3) competition management shall implement the chain of custody required by the laboratory for identifying the horse from which each sample was taken;
4) competition management is authorized to forward the samples for testing to a reputable laboratory acceptable to EAHS, and shall implement the chain of custody required by the laboratory for transporting the samples to and from the laboratory and while at the laboratory.
(b) The trainer, owner, and their agents of a horse competing in a class must submit to the above sample collections performed by representatives of competition management, and they must do so with no unnecessary delays. They must cooperate with the sample collection personnel as defined above exhibiting polite attitude and actions toward them and must assist them by helping to restrain the horse properly during the sample collection(s);
(c) In the event the laboratory reports to the competition management the presence of a chemical or other irritant of any kind in a horse’s sample, competition management shall forward to EAHS the original copies of the laboratory report, the analytical data, and the documented chain of custody for identifying the horse from which the sample was collected and identifying the laboratory results as being from that horse’s sample.
(d) Upon receipt of the above documents, EAHS shall review those documents, relevant competition and EAHS records, and shall determine whether this evidence serves as a basis for charges of rule violation against the horse’s trainer, owner, and/or their agents;
(e) In the event the EAHS determines a violation has occurred, the trainer, owner and/or their agents each shall be subject to any and all penalties imposed by the EAHS Standards & Ethics Committee at its discretion, including suspensions, fines, and the revocation and redistribution of winnings, notice or notices of which shall be published on the EAHS website.
AGE OF HORSES–To facilitate the division of entries into classes according to age, all horses shall be considered to be one (1) year older on the first day of October following the actual date of foaling (birthdate).
CONFLICT OF INTEREST - An actual or apparent Conflict of Interest is explicitly defined as any of the following:
a) a horse is judged that has been bought or sold by the judge either as owner or agent;
b) a horse is judged that is owned in whole or part by the judge or by a member of the judge's family, or business partner in an Arabian horse business venture;
c) a horse is judged that has been leased by the judge, at any time;
d) a horse is judged that has been bred by the judge or is the property of a breeding organization in which the judge is or was an employee;
e) a horse is judged that has been regularly trained, examined or treated by the judge in a professional capacity;
f) a horse is judged that is the subject of an on-going negotiation to buy or lease, or a provisional purchase condition to which the judge is a party;
The decision of the Disciplinary Committee shall be final should any doubt exist concerning any apparent Conflict of Interest.
Exhibitors MUST declare on all show entry forms any actual or apparent Conflict of Interest with any of the official Judges hired to adjudicate the event in question.
Show Organizers MAY NOT accept any entries for which any actual or apparent Conflict of Interest exists, unless a Reserve Judge is available to adjudicate on behalf of the Judge with whom the Conflict of Interest exists.
DISCIPLINE - Exhibitors are warned that any act of discourtesy or disobedience to the officials on the part of the owner, trainer, handler, groom, rider, member of the family or any such persons associated with those participating in the show, will disqualify the horse from adjudication. The management reserves to itself the right to remove a trainer, handler, owner, groom, horse, rider or associated persons from the show without being liable for compensation or damages. Excessive use of the whip on any horse in a stall, runway, schooling area, show ring or elsewhere on the competition grounds before or during a show, by any person, constitutes a violation and renders the offender subject to penalty. Judges will be expected to enforce this in the Show Ring. Any action(s) against a horse by an Exhibitor, which are deemed excessive by a Judge, DC Member, Ring Steward, Veterinarian or the Show Committee anywhere on the grounds may be punished by elimination from the show. It is a violation of EAHS Rules to commit any act or make remarks during the show that are considered offensive or made with intent to influence or cast aspersions on the judging, and any Exhibitor may be barred from the show for this offense by the Show Committee.
DISGUISING OF EXHIBITS
1) No alteration of the basic color of the skin, coat or hooves is permitted. Hoof paints, colourless varnishes, coat dyes, glitter spray and cosmetic operations including skin grafts are forbidden. Colorless hoof oils, Vaseline, oil and white chalk used on white legs is permitted.
2) Artificial methods of dilating the eyes of affecting the natural action of the horse or otherwise influencing its action or behavior by oxygenating the bloodstream, by the use of weights or artificially weighted shoes, or by electrical or chemical treatment of any kind at any time before or during exhibition are forbidden. Burns, cuts or other marks on the body of any exhibit in such places or positions as indicate prohibited methods have been used, will be regarded by the DC with veterinary advice as full and adequate grounds for exclusion of any exhibit from competition.
3) In halter classes horses may be fully or partly body clipped subject to eyelashes and hair inside the ears left unshaven, as well as muzzle, nose and eye tactile hair being intact.
4) No equipment intended to alter the natural appearance of the horse is permitted in the stables, including neck sweats, neck collars, tailracks, hobbles or weights. Exhibitors using such equipment on the showground their subjected horse will be suspended by the DC for the period of the show.
DISPUTE NOT COVERED BY RULES - Should any question or dispute arise not provided for in the governing rules, the same shall be referred to the Show Committee, whose decision will be final.
DRUGS & MEDICATIONS - The drugs and medication rules currently upheld in accordance with the most recent FEI Veterinary Regulations will be enforced. Horses in competition will be subject to examination by the EAHS veterinarian under the supervision of the Disciplinary Committee (DC) appointed at each EAHS sanctioned event. The examination may include physical, saliva, urine, blood tests, the testing of eyes for the use of mydriatic drugs or any other test or procedure at the discretion of said DC necessary to effectuate the purposes of this rule. These representatives must be treated with respect. Any exhibit may be tested at the request of any judge or DC. Regu-Mate® (altrenogest) may be administered to mares without penalty.
Refusal to submit a horse for examination, whether in competition or not, and to cooperate with the veterinarian and technicians until the samples have been taken, constitutes a violation of entry and subjects the horse to disqualification under the rules. Moreover, should the attending veterinarian designated to collect physiological specimens from any horse for the purpose of drug testing deem the collection procedure may endanger the horse or the person(s) attending the horse, the DCs will be notified and proceed with disqualification of that entry. In both cases, the disqualified horse will be ineligible to receive any awards, titles and prize money or to compete further at the event in which the infraction occurred. Disqualification cases will be forwarded to the EAHS Standards & Ethics Committee by the attending DC.
DRUGS & MEDICATIONS MISUSE - The intentional or unintentional administration of any substance considered forbidden in accordance with FEI Veterinary Regulations which may affect the performance, soundness or temperament of any exhibit is strictly prohibited at all EAHS affiliated events. An up-to-date copy of the FEI Veterinary Regulations listing all forbidden substances will be maintained by each Show Organizer. All procedures related to Drug & Medication misuse will be subject to FEI Veterinary Regulations, unless otherwise stated.
Should a positive result of forbidden substance use be acknowledged by the FEI authorized laboratory, the Show Organizer and the EAHS Standards & Ethics Committee will be notified of the infraction. Any forbidden substance positive test result shall be considered incontrovertible evidence that a violation of rules has been committed. This offence will illicit the following official response by the EAHS:
1) The owner of the horse will be wholly liable for the infraction unless irrefutable evidence implicating another person can be produced and substantiated
2) All persons involved in administration of and/or approval of the use of the forbidden substance shall be fined Ten thousand Dirhams each.
3) Disqualification of the horse from all EAHS sanctioned events for a period of twelve (12) months. All titles and/or qualification achieved by the horse at the event at which the forbidden substance was used shall be forfeit.
EMERGENCY TREATMENT - Any exhibitor or exhibitor representative may request any veterinarian to treat an entry in an emergency situation. This treatment shall be classified as “Emergency Treatment“. The administering veterinarian AND the attending exhibitor MUST sign a certificate stating the reason for the Emergency Treatment, which shall be surrendered to the Disciplinary Committee. Emergency Treatments administered to alleviate lameness, colic, or any other severe injury/ailment are permitted on the showground. The treated horse, however, will be withdrawn from participation in the show. All Emergency Treatments administered on the showground MUST be reported to the Disciplinary Committee and the Show Organizer. Emergency Treatments that may alter the performance of the horse are NOT permissible.
ENTRY REFUSAL - The Show Committee reserves the right to refuse, accept conditionally, or cancel any entries of any exhibitor at their discretion. This refusal will be issued in writing by the Show Organizer.
FOALS - Classes for Foals may be conducted at any EAHS affiliated event. Classes for Foals may be held for all Show Levels. Foal classes at an EAHS sanctioned event will be under the jurisdiction of EAHS Rules.
Foals shown in a Foal Class at an EAHS sanctioned event must be at least sixty (60) days old on the date which they are first shown.
Foals shown in a Foal Class must be shown “at foot” (alongside their dam) from sixty (60) to one-hundred-fifty (150) days of age.
The System of Judging used in Foal Classes may be determined by each show organizer. All Foals must be held during the award (prize giving) ceremony.
Championship classes for Foals are optional. If Championship classes for Foals are organized, it is recommended the Show Organizer award Gold, Silver & Bronze Medals. Foals are NOT eligible to compete in Junior Championships at any EAHS sanctioned event.
Foal classes/championships are not considered eligible to qualify Foals for any EAHS affiliated event of higher hierarchical status.
Foals may be partly/completely body clipped, as defined in DISGUISING OF EXHIBITS, Item 3, listed above.
IDENTIFICATION OF HORSES – All horses entered in an EAHS event must possess an official equine passport, or a photocopy of the original registration document with graphic description, to identity the horse by the organizing committee and disciplinary committee.
No announcement indicating the identity, breeding or past performance of any exhibits, or the identity of the owners of the exhibits may be made at any time prior to or during the judging of an entry. The name, age, and ownership of the entry may be publicly announced after the scores for that entry have been officially announced and/or posted.
IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS - Every horse entered in the show will be assigned an identification number (entry number) that MUST be worn by each horse handler (Exhibitor) when showing in the show.
INDEMNITY AND NON-RESPONSIBILITY - All entries are accepted with the understanding that the EAHS will not be held responsible for any loss, damage or injury to any horse exhibited or any article of any kind. All horses shall be under the control and direction of the Show Committee but solely at the risk of the Exhibitor, who will be responsible for any loss, damage or injury to any person, animals or property occasioned by him, his agents or employees, or by any animal owned or exhibited by him, and shall indemnify the EAHS against any and all loss, damages and liability thus occasioned, including, but not limited to, any and all legal costs, including attorney fees, which may be incurred as a result thereof. Exhibitors, grooms, handlers, owners, etc. are hereby warned that they may not use any device or conduct which may cause harm to any other person(s) horses, or equipment. THE SUBMISSION OF A SIGNED ENTRY FORM TO THE ORGANIZER SHALL CONSTITUTE AN ACCEPTANCE BY EACH PERSON OF THE PROVISIONS HEREIN SET FORTH.
PROTEST- Any Show Organizer, appointed Judge, Ring Master, Exhibitor or Owner of a horse entered at the show may file a protest alleging violation of EAHS rules. All protests MUST BE made in writing prior to the end of the show and presented to the Disciplinary Committee or sent to the EAHS office within two (2) working days following the conclusion of the show. The DC is responsible to present a copy of the protest to the Show Organizer and to notify the “EAHS” and the EAHS Standards & Ethics Committee.
1) A valid registration certificate or official correspondence from the governing National Registry indicating the completion of registration prior to the start of the EAHS affiliated show must accompany the entry form for all show entries
2) “Registration Date” shall be defined as the date on which the appropriate WAHO-recognized registering authority for Arabian horses determines the horse (show entry) fully accepted for registration into the studbook of that country.
3) WAHO-recognized registering authorities for Arabian horses within in each member country will have sole responsibility to determine Registration Date.
RING PROCEDURES - Any exhibitor using the wrong number or having no number may be excused from the class at the discretion of the Show Organizer. No person other than the officials, Ring Steward, attendants on duty, and the Judge of the class may enter the show ring without permission from the Show Organizer.
SCHEDULE- Management reserves the right to change the arena location of classes with the prior notification to exhibitors.
Show Management reserves the right to split classes with greater than twenty (20) entries. Show Management reserves the right to combine classes with adjacent age groups of the same sex with fewer than three (3) entries.
Show Management reserves the right to change the dates and/or the location of the Show or to cancel the Show altogether. In the event of a cancellation, all entry fees and stall fees will be refunded (office fees are non-refundable).
Neither the Show Management nor the EAHS shall have any liability to any exhibitor, owner, handler or other person, firm or corporation by reason of any change or cancellation of the show, except for the return of fees as aforesaid.
SOUNDNESS – Horses must be serviceably sound i.e., horse must not show evidence of lameness. Horses which appear to be lame, with clear evidence of pain, may NOT be assessed and placed by the judges. Judges must excuse from the ring any horse so lame that assessment will inflict pain. All entries must be in good condition.
STRESS - Horses shall not be punished unnecessarily or severely anywhere on the show grounds. Excessive whipping or shaking, excessive stimulation by noise or intimidation, use of electrical shock devices or infliction of pain by any means is forbidden in all parts of the showground, or stable areas, at all times.
Undue stress inflicted upon horses by handlers anywhere & anytime on the show grounds, is subject to the issuance of Yellow & Red Cards from the DC. This undue stress is defined as:
1) Whipping or shaking of horses standing still
2) Horse crouching or squatting when standing
3) Horse falling to its knees after presentation of the whip
4) Horse running or bolting backwards three (3) or more steps
5) A strike by the horse with the forelegs with ears pinned back
6) An aggressive attempt y the horse to bite
DCs are authorized to patrol the show grounds to ensure equine stress is minimized. All abuse and cruelty will be dealt with under EAHS rules. All horses artificially, improperly or unfairly prepared or tampered with before coming into the Show Ring will be disqualified. If it is ascertained that an Exhibitor has made, or caused to be made, any false statements in regards to any animal or article exhibited or if any Exhibitor shall attempt to interfere with the Judge in performance of his/her duties, they shall be excluded from competing or exhibiting.
VACCINATIONS - Vaccinations for all entries must be up to date and indicated on the entry form. Twelve (12) month vaccination intervals shall be considered standard, unless otherwise mandated by local/national authorities.
VETERINARIAN INSPECTION - At the discretion of the DC Veterinarian, all Horses with any apparent clinical signs of any disease are not allowed to participate at an EAHS sanctioned event. Should the DC Veterinarian diagnose apparent clinical signs of contagious disease, all subject horses will be immediately confined to leave the show ground and will not be allowed to participate in the show. All entry and stabling fees as well as prize monies earned will be forfeit.
WARNINGS: VERBAL, YELLOW & RED CARDS
Verbal Warnings: Disciplinary Committee Members, Ring Stewards and/or Show Officials have the right to issue verbal warnings to handlers concerning behavior towards and/or treatment to horses and/or people anytime during the show anywhere on the showgrounds. Verbal Warnings shall not be recorded in the official show report submitted by the DC.
Should Verbal Warnings be ignored, further action may be instituted against horse handlers exclusively according to the following protocol:
a) Yellow Card: This card shall be issued after a Verbal Warning, should the initial Verbal Warning be ignored or a further offence committed. A Yellow Card may also be issued without a Verbal Warning should the offence be serious in nature, with potential endangerment to horses and people.
b) Red Card: This card shall be issued after a Yellow Card has been issued, provided the Yellow Card has been ignored or a further offence committed. Should an offence involving serious mistreatment and/or reckless endangerment of horses and/or people occur, a Red Card may be issued without a prior Verbal Warning or Yellow Card. Any handler who is issued a Red Card will be suspended from exhibiting any horses for the duration of the event at which the Red Card was issued. A replacement handler must replace the suspended handler for the duration of the class in which the Red Card was issued.
Yellow & Red Cards may be issued by all Disciplinary Committee Members and in either the Show Ring or the Collecting Ring. Both cards are intended to be an explicit public warning that a serious offence has been committed. Yellow & Red Cards may be issued to handlers of horses ONLY. The nature of the offence, the date on which the offence occurred and the handler responsible for the offence for all issued Yellow & Red Cards must be recorded by the DC in the official show report and publicly announced during the show. The EAHS will publish the names of all handlers that receive Yellow and Red Cards on the official EAHS website.
Should any handler be issued three (3) Yellow Cards during any calendar year (from October 1st to September 30th), that handler shall be fined a penalty Two Thousand Dirham, payable to the EAHS. Should any handler be issued two (2) Red Cards or five (5) Yellow Cards during any calendar year (from October 1st to September 30th), that handler shall be fined a penalty of Eight thousand Dirham, payable to the EAHS. Any handler receiving more than three (3) Red Cards in any calendar year will be suspended from participating in all EAHS affiliated events for the remainder of that calendar year as well as the entire calendar year (from October 1st to September 30th) following the infraction.
Requirements for EAHS Affiliated Events
EAHS EVENT AFFILIATION – All events (horse shows) seeking EAHS affiliation should submit an official proposal to the EAHS office before May 1st of the calendar year preceding the year (October-September) in which the show is scheduled. Shows held in season traditionally begins after October 1st.
The EAHS will publish a detailed calendar of all EAHS affiliated shows each September for the proceeding year. This official EAHS Show Calendar will be published on the EAHS website and will list the name, dates, location and primary contact information as well as link to the event website (if applicable) for each affiliated event.
REQUIRED INFORMATION FOR EAHS AFFLIATION APPLICATION & EVENT EXHIBITORS – Each EAHS event affiliation application should provide clear and thorough details of the items listed in bold below. With EAHS approval, detailed information of each topic should be provided to event exhibitors prior to the show, listed either in the Entry Premium or as supplementary documentation with official show entry forms.
SHOW STAFF – A minimum number of official Show Staff must be designated for all EAHS affiliated shows. The total number of staff required will be directly dependent on the number of horses entered, the layout of the show grounds, the prestige of the event, the designated Show Level and/or other management considerations.
Every EAHS affiliated show must designate the following Show Officials:
a) Show Organizer/Show Committee - one member of the Show Committee must be designated as the Show Director/Manager.
b) Show Veterinarian licensed to practice in the local area in which the show is held
c) Show Secretary – minimally one capable and experienced person situated in a Show Office (Show Secretariat) in which questions can be answered and any official show business handled
d) Announcer – a knowledgeable, experienced public speaker with an understanding of horses. It is the responsibility of the Announcer to keep spectators informed throughout the show. Announcements must be made in Arabic and English.
e) Scorers – ideally one (1) efficient and proficient people to record, tabulate and post individual and total scores as well as class placing.
f) Ring Stewards are responsible for controlling the entry to and exit from the Show and Collecting Rings in accordance with normal and efficient show function.
g) Show Stewards – responsible for managing safety, horse and vehicle traffic, and parking. These stewards should be officially dressed and should wear a badge which designates their official function. Minimally, the Show Organizer should designate the necessary number of Show Stewards to:
1) Manage the proper parking of horse transportation vehicles
2) Securely patrol the stabling area(s) around the clock for the duration of the show and at least one (1) day prior and one (1) day after the show
3) Manage horse traffic at the Collecting Ring (Paddock) entry and exit
4) Control entrance to and exit from the main Show Ring (assisting the Ring Steward)
h) Chauffeur to drive Show Officials, especially Judges and DC Members, between host accommodations and the show venue, as well as retrieve Show Officials from the airport
i) Hostess/Host for Judges, DC Members and Ring Stewards that will be responsible for caring for all designated Show Officials for the entire duration of the show. The Hostess/Host must speak Arabic and English. Hostesses/Hosts may also be employed to care for the proper care and reception of VIPs, special guests, sponsors, etc.
j) Disciplinary Committee – please refer to Responsibilities of Show Officials: Disciplinary Committees.
k) Judges – please refer to Responsibilities of Show Officials: Judges.
SHOW RING – A suitable Show Ring must be available or constructed on the show grounds. It should be rectangular in shape, with total dimensions of at least one thousand two hundred (1,200) square meters, with the recommendation that the longer side of the rectangular arena measures sixty (60) meters in length. The surface of the arena should be solid and safe, with suitable elasticity and a non-slippery surface. The dimensions of the arena should be demarcated with a fence or wall. There must be a minimum of one (1) entry/exit to the show arena that may be easily managed by the Ring Stewards (Ringmasters). Separate entry and exit gates are highly recommended whenever possible to minimize incidents with horses colliding or interfering with each other as the enter/exit the arena. The Show Ring and the showground should be attractively decorated as befitting the style of a respectable international event. A covered seating area or grandstand must be provided for spectators with adequate seating to accommodate all exhibitors and guests. The public address system must be clearly audible in the stabling area, the Collecting Paddock, the Show Ring and the general seating area and/or grandstands. Show Officials present in the show ring with the judges should keep a respectful distance from the judges and assist and/or communicate with the judges only when necessary
COLLECTING RING / PADDOCK – A suitable Collecting Ring (paddock) must be available or constructed on the show grounds. It should be rectangular or square in shape, with total dimensions of at least six hundred (600) square meters, with enough room to allow fifteen (15) horses to safely prepare for show entry. The Collecting Ring should be located in close proximity to the Show Ring; ideally, it should be immediately adjacent. The Paddock must be kept free of the public; only the DC, horse handlers and assisting grooms should be allowed in the Collecting Ring while classes are conducted. The most up-to-date accurate daily schedule of classes must be posted on large, clearly visible signage at the Paddock entry. Ring Stewards are responsible for controlling the entry to and exit from the Collecting Ring in accordance with normal and efficient show function.
STABLING / BEDDING – Stabling for horses must be provided in box stalls with minimum dimensions of 2,8 meters square in width and 2.7 meters in height. The stables should be of solid, safe, and resilient construction, should be situated on a level, safe and solid foundation (concrete pad, packed dirt, groomed paddock, or other suitable surface), and should be covered. The stables should be securable. Stabling should be assembled in one (1) primary area, with no more than major two (2) stabling areas permissible for foreign/non-local entries. Access for horses and people in aisles, doors and between stables should be unimpeded, ample and safe. A sufficient amount of bedding for one horse to live comfortably for the duration of the show must be made available for all horse stables free of charge and should be included in the cost of stall (stable) rental. The stabling area must have a mandatory “quiet time” from 20:00 hours to 6:00 on each day of the show and on the day prior to the start of the event. No training, clipping or preparation of horses is allowed during this period of time. A clearly visible sign written in English and the local language must be posted in the stabling area: “No training or preparation of horses is permitted in the stabling area between the hours of 20:00 and 6:00 on the dates of (list show dates and day prior to start of show)“.
FEED / WATER – Basic feedstuffs, minimally including oats and a quality grass hay, must be available for purchase at current local market prices. The Show Organizer must designate a responsible person to manage the sale and distribution of feedstuffs at each event. The hours during which feedstuffs may be purchased should coincide with the normal operating hours of the show and must be clearly posted in the stabling area and the show office. Potable drinking water safe for consumption by horses must be readily available in the stabling area. Access to this running water should be sufficient to provide ample supply and ready availability for the number of horses in attendance.
SHOW CATALOGUE – A high quality, professionally prepared and printed show catalogue should be available to exhibitors and spectators. This catalogue must be reasonably priced and must be made available for spectators to purchase on all show days as well as one day prior to the start of the show. Exhibitors MUST receive at least one Show Catalogue gratis when they check-in with the Show Secretariat to process entries and collect entry numbers. The total number of catalogues printed should be equivalent to the number of expected exhibitors and spectators. It is the responsibility of the Show Organizer to ensure that a sufficient number of Show Catalogues are printed and properly distributed.
The official Show Catalogue must contain the following information:
a) Entry (horse) Information
a. Entry (horse) name as recorded on the official registration certificate
b. Date of Birth of Entry (at minimum, Year of Birth)
c. Coat Colour of Entry (optional)
d. Sire of Entry
e. Dam of Entry
f. Dam’s Sire (optional)
g. Breeder Name
h. Owner Name
b) Show Schedule with complete class list.
c)Exhibitor Index with a complete list of exhibitor names and addresses
d) EAHS Show Rules of Conduct
e) Printed explanation of the Judging System used at the Show
f) Championship Procedures
g) Rules for breaking ties in qualifying classes and championships
h) Listing of total prize money awarded and a precise breakdown of distribution between classes and/or championships
i) Complete list of Show Sponsors and sponsor advertising
j) Complete list of Advertisers with addresses
SHOW SCHEDULE – A complete show schedule, depending on the size and prestige of the event, should be determined. A reasonable time schedule should be formulated and should be scheduled between the hours of10:00 and 20:00 each show day. It is not recommended for shows to run for longer than twelve (12) hours a day, to begin earlier than 10:00 or run later than 22:00. Shows organized in extremely hot climates may schedule classes to run later than 22:00, but it is recommended that the start times for these late night schedules not begin before 14:00.
The Show Schedule must include, at minimum:
1) Qualifying classes based on age and sex - it is recommended that classes always be separated by sex, that yearlings compete only against other yearlings, and that horses three years of age and under do not compete directly with horses aged four years of age and older.
An ideal show schedule would be comprised of the following classes:
1) Yearling Fillies
2) Two-Year Old Fillies
3) Three Year Old Fillies
4) Four & Five Year Old Mares
5) Six to Eight Year Old Mares
6) Mares Aged Nine Years and Older
7) Yearling Colts
8) Two-Year Old Colts
9) Three Year Old Colts
10) Four & Five Year Old Stallions
11) Six to Eight Year Old Stallions
12) Stallions Aged Nine Years and Older
Classes for senior horses (aged four and older) may be split into any appropriate age combinations based on the total number of entries. It is recommended to have at least two (2) and no more than six (6) qualifying classes for senior horses.
Shows may apply to include classes for geldings, foals and/or amateur handlers; any such classes are subject to the approval of EAHS. These classes should be administered in accordance with overall EAHS Rules of Conduct but are allowed to be run with modified class and championship procedures as well as judging systems and prize giving. A detailed explanation of the class and championship procedures, the judging systems and the prize giving strategy should be outlined in the Show Catalogue, the Entry Premium and the affiliation application.
1) Junior Championship for Fillies
2) Junior Championship for Colts
3) Senior Championship for Mares
4) Senior Championship for Stallions
JUDGING SYSTEM – EAHS affiliated events must designate which judging system will be utilized at the event. If more than one judging system will be used, a clear designation of the classes in which each judging system will be utilized must be indicated in the affiliation application, the Show Catalogue and the Entry Premium. A complete explanation of the Judging Systems utilized at the event MUST be printed in the Show Catalogue and the Entry Premium. Please refer to Requirements for EAHS Affiliated Events: EAHS Approved Judging Systems for a complete description. These sections should be copied directly from this document into the Show Catalogue and the Entry Premium.
CHAMPIONSHIP PROCEDURES – EAHS affiliated events must designate which championship procedures will be utilized at the event. If more than one championship procedure will be used, a clear designation of the championships in which each procedure will be utilized must be indicated in the affiliation application, the Show Catalogue and the Entry Premium. A complete explanation of the Championship Procedures utilized at the event MUST be printed in the Show Catalogue and the Entry Premium. Please refer to Requirements for EAHS Affiliated Events: EAHS Approved Championship Procedures for a complete description. These sections should be copied directly from this document into the Show Catalogue and the Entry Premium.
PARKING / ACCESS – Sufficient parking for exhibitors and horse transportation vehicles must be available in close proximity to the stables and show arena. The number of safe, secure parking spaces should directly correlate with the anticipated number of horses and people expected to attend the event. Each event is required to provide at least one person who will manage the proper parking of all horse transportation vehicles. Large, clearly visible and easy-to read signage for the event should be posted at all possible accesses to the roads/streets nearest the event, as well as in the nearest town if possible, especially if the host hotel is located in the same town. Any parking and/or entry passes/permits required by exhibitors and attendees to access the event should be made available to such persons prior to the event, or should be made immediately available upon arrival. The Show Organizer is required to designate at least one person to manage the distribution of permits/passes.
POST-EVENT REQUIREMENTS – Following the conclusion of the event, Show Officials are responsible to execute these duties:
1) Official Show Results should be mailed to the EAHS office within ten (10) days of show conclusion. These results will be posted on the EAHS website within five (5) working days of receipt.
2) Official DC Show Report MUST be filed by the DC Chair with the EAHS office and the Show Organizer within five (5) days of show conclusion
CLASS CONDUCT – The following regulations apply to all halter classes at EAHS affiliated events.
a) Horse handlers must be neatly dressed at all times in the Show Ring. Handlers may NOT wear any articles of clothing carrying any form of advertising which discloses the identification/connection of the horse they are handling or the farm, training stable or corporate sponsor represented. Horse handlers are permitted to wear any costume dress that is appropriate for the Show Ring.
b) All entries will be judged standing on all four feet, as well as walking and trotting in a controlled and natural manner. Horse handlers which refuse to comply with this manner of presentation as instructed by the Ringmaster may be issued a Yellow or Red Card by the Ringmaster or by the collective panel of Judges.
c) Judges are required to judge exhibits standing, walking and trotting.
d) Only one handler per exhibit is permitted in the ring at any one time. Handlers may present more than one exhibit per class, provided that there is a capable handler for each horse during the initial group judging and during the awards presentation.
e) No announcement indicating the identity, breeding or past performance of exhibits, or the identity of their owners will be made during judging. It is, however, permissible for this information to be given out after the scores have been announced for each exhibit.
f) Unruly horses that present a potential danger may be excused from the ring by the Ringmaster at the request of the Judges.
g) Judges may order, under the direction of the Ringmaster, horse handlers to open the mouths and/or pick up the feet of their horse for close inspection.
h) Horses should be present in the Collecting Ring at least ten (10) minutes prior to the posted start time of the class in which they are to show.
i) Any horses that does not participate in the initial collective walk around the ring will be excluded from the class and will forfeit their entry.
j) All entries MUST remain in the Collecting Ring prior to individual presentation and preferably throughout the entire class process or at least until the Top Five winners for the class in question have been announced by the Paddock Announcer. Any entry not complying with this requirement, will be eliminated from further judging in the qualifying class and WILL NOT be eligible for any award in the class in which the infraction occurred.
k) Horses that become loose in the Show Ring MUST be caught in a reasonable amount of time and MUST continued to be shown until their individual presentation or the collective walk-around is complete. Should the same horse get loose again in the same class, that horse shall be disqualified from competing. All gates to the Show Ring should be closed when a horse become loose to prohibit exit from the ring. If possible other horses should be removed safely from the ring. A loose horse in the collecting ring may be subject to penalty at the discretion of the DC.
EAHS APPROVED JUDGING SYSTEMS – It is highly recommended that Show Organizers utilize one of the EAHS Approved Judging Systems list below. Should any show wish to utilize a judging system other than those outlined in this section, a detailed description of that system and its administration should be included in the affiliation application.
A. INTERNATIONAL ARABIAN SCORING SYSTEM – A score of 1-20 (half points permissible) will be awarded for each entry in the following five (5) categories:
These scores will be ‘unweighted’ with a total of 100 possible points per judge. Every judge will turn in a completed score card after each entry has been judged and excused from the ring. Scores should be read aloud and posted after each horse has shown. A total entry score may displayed as:
Total Adjusted Score | DROPPING HIGH & LOW SCORES– High and low scores in each individual category will be eliminated from the preliminary accumulated score for each entry prior to the announcement of total score. Should an entry receive an identical low and/or high score from more than one judge, only one of the identical scores will be eliminated in order to correctly tabulate the total entry score. The tabulated scores (with the high and low category scores removed) of each judge will then be added together for the Total Adjusted Score. The horse receiving the highest Total Adjusted Score in each class will be declared the class winner. The horse receiving the second highest Total Adjusted Score will be declared the second place winner, and so on. It is highly recommended that High & Low scores be dropped at all International Level shows that utilize at least five (5) judges adjudicating at one time.
Tie Breaker Rules for Qualifying Classes - In the case of a tie (identical cumulative scores for two or more entries) in any qualifying class in which points awarded, the horse awarded the higher points for TYPE shall be declared the winner. Should the points for TYPE be the same, the horse receiving the higher points for MOVEMENT shall be declared the winner. Should the horses further prove to be tied in points for both TYPE and MOVEMENT, the horse receiving the higher Total Score from the designated Call Judge in that class shall be deemed the winner.
CHAMPION AWARDS – Champions will be awarded to GOLD, SILVER & BRONZE winners.
EAHS APPROVED CHAMPIONSHIP PROCEDURES – All approved Championship Procedures are subject to following specifications and rules of conduct:
a) First and second placed horses from each qualifying class are eligible to compete in championships.
b) Horses aged three (3) years and under should compete in Junior Championships, whereas horses aged four (4) and over should compete in Senior Championships.
c) Championships should be adjudicated by all invited judges (provided no Conflicts of Interest exist).
d) Judges will examine all horses individually: walking, trotting, and standing.
e) All Championships will be judged comparatively. Championships are NOT to be awarded in accordance with the scores earned by horses in qualifying classes.
f) All Championships must be judged independently; judges must not confer.
g) All qualified horses to be shown individually at the beginning of each championship class. Horse to enter ring at a trot in hand as in the qualifying class. Following the trot, each entry shall exit the ring following the instructions of the Ring Steward.
h) Immediately following the individual presentations at the trot, all championship entries shall enter the ring collectively at a walk and will line up side-by-side facing the audience from youngest to oldest in class order according to age division for final judging.
i) Each entry will then be exhibited as a halter horse to determine championship placing. Horse to be presented for evaluation by judging panel in a controlled, yet uninhibited and/or intimidated manner. Horse shall stand squarely on all four legs and shall be shown with natural elegance and professionalism.
j) Excessive use of the whip and/or horses that appear intimidated or fearful of the handler WILL BE penalized by the Judging Panel, and may result in expulsion from the ring.
k) No individual scores shall be awarded – all judging in the championship classes shall be comparative.
l) All horses that qualify for their respective championship MUST participate in that championship. Unless a valid D.C. veterinary certificate is approved, failure to compete in the championship will disqualify the horse from the show, its record of score and class placing deleted from the official results, and disqualification of that horse from participating in EAHS events for the period of one (1) year from the last date of the show in which the infraction occurred. In the event of a disqualification, horses placed below the disqualified horse will move up a place in the class.
m) All entries MUST remain in the collecting paddock throughout the entire championship class process. Any entry not complying with this requirement, will be eliminated from further judging in the championship and WILL NOT be eligible for any championship award.
n) Once all the awards for Gold, Silver & Bronze Champion have been awarded, the judges’ cards may be posted and announced prior to dismissal of horses from the ring.
Should any Show Committee wish to qualify more than the first and second place class winners for a championship, or wish to conduct additional championships than Junior and Senior for both sexes (i.e. Yearling or Foal Championships), the details of such amended championship procedures must be clearly outlined and justified in the affiliation application. If approved, these unique rules and requirements must be listed in the Show Catalogue and the Entry Premium.
Champions at all EAHS affiliated events must be selected according to one of the following Championship Procedures.
1) FIRST PLACE LIMITED CHAMPIONSHIP
Selection of the Gold Champion must be made from ONLY the first place winners from each qualifying class, or the “Front Row”, should a second place horse be moved up to compete as a first place winner (please refer to ELIMINATION OF FIRST PLACE HORSE below). Each individual judge`s choice for Gold Champion will be written on the judge’s card and submitted to the DC/Show Committee in charge of tabulating scores. The results of this decision will be tabulated with the best placed horse based on Majority Opinion named as Gold Champion. Judge’s cards will be returned to each judge with the Gold Champion listed. Judges will then select the Silver Champion from the remainder of the class (excluding the horse named Gold Champion); each individual judge`s choice for Silver Champion will be written on the judge’s card and submitted to the DC/Show Committee. Second place horses from respective qualifying classes may be ranked over first place winners if a judge so chooses for any award except Gold Champion. The results of this decision will be tabulated with the best placed horse based on Majority Opinion named as Silver Champion. Judge’s cards will be returned to each judge with both the Gold and Silver Champions listed. Judges will then select the Bronze Champion from the remainder of the class (excluding the horses named Gold & Silver Champion); each individual judge`s choice for Bronze Champion will be written on the judge’s card and submitted to the DC/Show Committee. The results of this decision will be tabulated with the best placed horse based on Majority Opinion named as Bronze Champion. Judge’s cards will be returned to each judge with the Gold, Silver & Bronze Champions listed. Judges must then select one entry from the remainder of the class as the “Reserve” horse. This horse may be eligible to be awarded a championship title should any horse ranked Gold, Silver or Bronze be officially eliminated after the championships.
For individual presentation at the trot at the beginning of the First Place Limited Championship, the first horse to be presented should be the first place entry from the youngest age division qualified for the championship. This horse may be followed by either the second place horse in the same class or the first place horse from the next older age division. If all first place horses are presented first in progressive age order, they should be followed by all second place horses in the same progressive age order. Horses will be presented in first place – second-place order from each successive qualifying class until every horse from each successive age division has been trotted individually for the championship judging panel. During the final judging when all entries are collectively compared in the ring, horses should be placed in two (2) lines (side by side with horses facing the main VIP seating area). Horses placed first in each qualifying class should be aligned in the “Front Row” beginning with the winning entry from the youngest age division followed by the first place entry from the next older age division, and so on. Second placed entries should be aligned side by side in a “Second Row” immediately behind the “Front Row”. Each second place entry should stand directly behind the horse which placed first in the same class.
Tie Breaker Rules for CHAMPIONSHIPs – Should a tie occur at any point in the championship and Majority Opinion not be clear, the horse with the higher Total Entry Score or higher Total Adjusted Score in the qualifying class shall be placed first in the tie. Should the Total Entry/Adjusted Scores be identical, the horse awarded the higher points for TYPE shall be declared the winner. Should the points for TYPE be the same, the horse receiving the higher points for MOVEMENT shall be declared the winner. Should a tie still exist after each of these tie breaking methods have been utilized, the horse ranked higher on the Call Judge’s card in the Championship shall be declared the winner of the tie. A Call Judge should be designated by the Show Organizer in all Championships to facilitate the tie breaker.
ELMINATION OF FIRST PLACE HORSE – Should a first place horse withdraw or be eliminated from competition in a championship for any reason, the horse placed second must be moved up to compete as the first place entry in the “Front Row”. This second place horse is eligible to receive the title of Gold Champion in a First Place Limited Championship. Eligibility for this second place entry to compete as the first place winner in the championship may occur at any time prior to or during the championship.
EAHS Affiliated Event Hierarchy
EAHS EVENT AFFILIATION - EAHS affiliated shows must apply for Show Level designation. Show Level status will be awarded based on the size, location and successful history of each event.
International / National - EAHS events may be classified as International or National. International designated events are those with greater prestige, a more elite level of competition and must attract a significant number of foreign entries (25% or more of the total). National shows are comprised primarily of entries from the UAE, are smaller in size and are designed to serve as entry level events for competitors .
EAHS HIERARCHY OF EVENTS - EAHS affiliated shows may seek the following Show Level designations:
An basic Show Level recognition classified as National.