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BSHA Rule Book

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Updated 14th December 2016

BSHA Rule Book - Rule Changes for 2017

Rule 2.(A)(iv) Working Show Horse Rule:

When jumping in the Ring, the practice or collecting areas, all Riders must wear protective headgear, according to the current standards as listed below:

All PAS 015; VG1; ASTM F1163 04a onwards; SNELL E2001; AS/NZS 3838 2003 onwards.

Please note that from the 1st January 2017 the list no longer includes BS/EN1384: 2012 (or prior year suffix).

Skullcaps must be worn with a dark coloured plain peaked cover. See Rule 3.(C) for further clarification.

Rule 2.(A)(vii) Working Hunter:

Where there are two classes scheduled, the division of weights should be:
Lightweight: Mare, gelding or stallion, 4 years old or over, capable of carrying 12 stone 7lbs and under; Small Hunters to be included in this category.
Heavyweight: Mare, gelding or stallion, 4 years old or over, capable of carrying over 12 stone 7lbs; Middleweight Hunters to be included in this category.
Failure to jump in the correct section will result in elimination.

Rule 3.(C) Hat Rule:

Correctly secured Skull Caps/Riding Hats that meet one of the following current Safety Standards/specifications MUST be worn by all Riders between the ages of 15 to 17 inclusive.

All PAS 015; VG1; ASTM F1163 04a onwards; SNELL E2001; AS/NZS 3838 2003 onwards. In addition the new BS/EN standard will be allowed, once approved with the finalised number being advised in due course.

Please note that from the 1st January 2017 the list of standards no longer includes BS/EN1384: 1996 or 2012 (or prior year suffix).

Rule 5. Probationary Judges:

Probationary Judges appointed to the BSHA Probationary Judges Panel must steward at one of the official BSHA Shows during the current year.

Rule 7.(A)(iv) Amateur Rule:

Show a Horse owned or sponsored by a company or a commercial firm, or act as a Brand Manager, in any showing classes, BSHA or otherwise, or a Horse for which his/her immediate family accepts livery or training charges from a person outside the immediate family concerned.

Rule 7.(A)(v) Amateur Rule:

A competitor is not eligible to compete in Amateur classes on an Exhibit, which has been ridden by a Professional Rider in any Open classes, BSHA or otherwise, with the exception of Open Working Show Horse and Side Saddle classes, during the current year and the following year, up to but not including the Royal International Horse Show, unless the Horse has subsequently been re-registered under new Ownership.