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We will no longer be sending out hard copies of the rule book . Please refer to this page of the website for any rule changes and updates.

This society is purely for the Amateur rider and handler please observe the competing restrictions and, in the spirit of good sportsmanship, please adhere to them.

Eligibility restrictions:

Rider / handler : Must not have been placed 1st - 6th at RIHS, HOYS or Olympia in a showing class within the last 5 years (this Excludes SEIB Search for a Star HOYS /Olympia veterans/ Pretty Polly RIHS).


Should a Rider, Handler, Horse or Pony be placed 1st to 6th at any of the above shows – then, they may compete at the ASS championships until the 31st December of the year in which they were placed, providing that all other competing restrictions are complied with

Rider / handler must not receive payment for competing, schooling or producing other owners horse/pony in either in-hand or ridden showing from 1st of January of membership year and whilst a member.

Horse / pony not to have been placed 1st - 6th at RIHS, HOYS or Olympia in a showing class within the last 5 years.
(this Excludes SEIB Search for a Star HOYS /Olympia Veterans/ Pretty Polly RIHS).


Horse / pony must not have been kept in a professional show producers yard within the 6 months prior to membership or whilst a member.

NEW RULE - During the National Championships (Summer & Winter) any persons assisting with grooming, tacking up, riding - in or help in the ring must be classed as an amateur as per our competing restrictions 

Please familiarise yourself with our disciplinary and complaints procedure which can be found here

We have a free complaints procedure, if you believe someone is competing who has disregarded the restrictions then please report this to the committee and this will be investigated as a serious matter. (evidence will be required)

No member of the Amateur Showing Society committee are allowed to compete or judge at the championships


1. All competitors shall be considered as having read the following rules and regulations.

2. Spurs are not to be worn by riders 14 years and under.

3. Show canes/whips are not to exceed 30" (75cms).

4. Hats to the approved current BSI standard and chin strap fastened must be worn at all championship shows. with the exception of evening performances when bowlers and top hats may be worn by riders over 16 years old and at riders own risk..

5.All stallions 4 years old and over must hold a current licence or be graded with its breed society.

6. Stallions/colts must not be led by any juniors that have not attained their 14th birthday.

7. Stallions must not be ridden by juniors that have not attained their 12th birthday.

7. Handlers/Riders may only compete one horse/pony in each class.

8. No ridden pony shall be shown on a lead rein except in classes which state that lead rein allowed.

9. Boots (including over reach boots) are permissible in the jumping phase of any working hunter class. At no other time can a change of tack be permitted.

10. Horse and ponies must be four year old and over in all ridden classes. The age should be calculated from 1st January in the year of their birth.

11. No horse/pony may enter the ring after the trotting has begun and the steward has closed the ring. The class is completed when the judge dismisses the class.

12.The judges decision is final.

13. An exhibitor may not knowingly exhibit an equine which has been bred, sold, leased or produced by the judge or his/her employer.

14. A rider may not show an equine in a class judged by any member of his/her family.

15. An exhibitor may not show under a judge for whom he/she has produced or shown a equine for.

16. No member of the Amateur Showing Society committee are allowed to compete or judge at the championships.

17. Judges may refuse to ride any exhibit they deem unsafe, badly behaved or ill prepared.

18. Exhibitors wishing to leave the ring prior to the end of any class must ask the judges permission before leaving.

19. A fall of horse or rider in any working hunter or ridden class will result in disqualification, the rider must leave the arena on foot. 

20. Any competitor who conducts themselves in a disgraceful manner, may have their entries cancelled with no refund or other suitable penalty at the discretion of the committee.

21. No facial jewellery or earrings to be worn by competitors.

22. All grooms who enter the ring must be smartly dressed.

23. The Amateur Showing Society, nor any agent, employee or representative accepts any liability for any accident, loss, damage, injury or illness to horses, owners, riders, spectators and or any other person or property whatsoever.

24. During the National Championships (Summer & Winter) any persons assisting with grooming, tacking up, riding - in or help in the ring must be classed as an amateur as per our competing restrictions 

25. Any changes that competitors wish to make to their championship show entries must be made in writing more than 7 days prior to the show date (quoting membership numbers and class numbers). Any changes competitors wish to make after this must be made at the show and will incur a £5 admin charge. No championship show entry fees will be refunded without a valid vet/doctors certificate and will incur a £10 admin fee.