West Oxfordshire Riding Club

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WORC Rules

General Rules

1. Competitions are run in accordance with the current British Riding Club Rule Book with any additions and exceptions as the Committee may decide.
2. The Chairman and the Vice Chairman must be a non-professional riding person. 

3. All members are obliged to volunteer half a day (4 hours) to help at competitions or training events.
4. In the event of a member having put his or her name down for an event, money will only be refunded if a Vet or Doctor’s certificate is produced.
5. If a member cannot take his or her place at a schooling session the organiser must be informed so that the place can be re-allocated.
6. All competition entries must be paid in advance.
7. To qualify for a cup, members must have joined WORC not later than 7 days before the event.
8. All committee members must have been a member of WORC for at least one year before election, unless invited by the elected committee.
9. For the purpose of WORC’s events and activities a pony is deemed to be 14.2hh and under, a horse is deemed to be over 14.3hh.
10. Any member under the age of 18 must have a responsible adult present when participating at events and activities organised by WORC. 

11. The committee reserves the right to refuse membership or entries from a member for any reason including:-
       a. A member presenting a horse at any WORC activity that is unfit, unwell or deemed to be unsuitable or a danger to others.   
       b. Horses under 4 years old (with the exception of in hand classes).    
       c. Any member seen mistreating a horse. 
       d. Any member who is in arrears with membership fees or entry fees.



Dressage Competition Rules


1. No respnsibility is accepted by the landowners or the organisers for any injury, negligence, accident, damage or illness to any person, animal, vehicles or property whatsoever.

2. The decision of the judges is final.

3. Correct riding attire MUST be worn.

4. Dogs (if allowed) and children must be properly supervised at ALL times.
5. Section A restrictions: At the time of first entry in the series, combinations should not have won at any WORC or non-WORC dressage competition at that level or above. Winners of a resticted section may continue to compete in that class for the remainder of the year (until the AGM) as accumulated points go towards the end of year trophies. Those who are not eligible to compete in the restricted sections may do so HC.

6. Any competitior may be warned or disqualified for improper or excessive use of whips, spurs etc. or other actions which the Judges or Officials consider warrants such a penalty.

7. ALL RIDERS, whether competing or not, must wear the correct headgear; PAS 015 or BSEN 1384, or prefixed ASTM or SEI are the minimum standards but riders have to be responsible for their own safety. Failure to wear the correct headgear will result in elimination.

8. Entries may be refused without reason being given and there will be no entitlement to any refund of entry unless a class is cancelled due to insufficient entries, or a Medical/Veterinary Certificate is produced. Up to 25% of entry money may be retained to cover administration costs.

9. Change of horse or rider must be notified to the Secretary 15 minutes before the start of the class or the entry will become void. Change of horse and rider will not be accepted.

10. Rosettes will be awarded to sixth place.

11. Horses and ponies must be 4 years or older to compete.

12.A parent/guardian’s signature is required on membership and entry forms for any junior.

13. Riders who fall off during the competition continue riding entirely at their own risk.

14. The ruling of the judges is final. All complaints must be put in writing and handed to the secretary with a deposit of £10 within 15 minutes of the incident, returnable if the objection is upheld.

15. Classes may be amalgamated if entries are very low.
Eligibility of horse/rider combinations are taken on trust and the Committee ask that you respect the spirit of the competition.



Show Jumping Rules


1. No liability shall fall on the Organisers, Landowners, Judges or Officials in respect of any loss, damage or injury howsoever caused and all competitors are deemed to be liable to indemnify the said persons in respect of any such loss, damage or injury.
2. Every effort will be made to keep to the schedules, but the Committee reserve the right to alter the order and composition of classes or to cancel them.
3. Any competitor may be warned or disqualified for improper or excessive use of whips, spurs etc. or other actions which the Judges or Officials consider warrants such penalty.
4. Correct riding attire must be worn at all times with the exception of those wearing fancy dress. ALL RIDERS, whether competing or not, must wear the correct headgear; PAS 015 or BSEN 1384, or prefixed ASTM or SEI are the minimum standard but riders have to be responsible for their own safety. Failure to wear correct headgear will incur elimination.
5. The ruling of the judges is final. All complaints must be put in writing and handed to the secretary with a deposit of £10 within 15 minutes of the incident, returnable if the objection is upheld.
6. Entries may be refused without reason being given and there will be no entitlement to any refund of entry unless a class is cancelled due to insufficient entries, or a Medical/Veterinary Certificate is produced. Up to 25% of entry money may be retained to cover administration costs.
7. Change of horse or rider must be notified to the Secretary 15 minutes before the start of the class or the entry will become void. Change of horse and rider will not be accepted
8. ALL DOGS (if allowed) must be kept on leads at all times and children children must be supervised at all times.
9. Rosettes will be awarded to sixth place.
10. Horses and ponies must be 4 years or older to compete.
11. If an Absolute Novice class is scheduled, it is aimed at horses/riders/combinations who are genuine novices. Entrants of the class will be restricted to entering 2'3" and 2'6".
12. It is the responsibility of competitors to know the rules - our stewards and officials are there to help and advise. Please remember all our helpers are volunteers.
13. A parent/guardian’s signature is required on membership and entry forms for any junior.
14. League table points will be allocated as usual.
15. Riders who fall off during the competition continue riding entirely at their own risk.
16. Back protectors are recommended for show jumping.