Hinckley Dressage

Hinckley Dressage is an Area 5 affiliated riding club concentrating on dressage. With a competition base at Stretton Field Stables we attract members from Leicester, Nuneaton, Hinckley and all over the Midlands.

Hinckley Dressage Competitions

Hinckley Dressage run regular competitions with classes at all levels from Intro to PSG. Entries are welcome from non-members as well as members, members receive a discount on the entry fee. It is our aim to encourage riders of all standards from those at their first competition to established competitors who wish to get experience of higher level tests.

There are always supportive members present to help newcomers with test reading or general moral support. Classes at the lower levels are split in to junior, restricted and open sections. The junior section is available to junior members only and the restricted section is only open to less experienced members.

Our aim is to offer well organised and friendly competitions. We will always attempt to get listed judges and competitions are carried out under British Dressage rules (any exceptions are detailed for each competition). In order to ensure safety whilst working in it has been decided to restrict the number of horses in the working in area at any one time to 4. A running order will be posted at the entrance to the working in area and the use of numbers will enable competitors to check when they are permitted to enter the working in area.  

This will allow a minimum of 28 minutes for each competitor. In order to ensure that competitions run smoothly and safely, it is necessary to limit entries to 65. Places will be allocated to those entries received before the closing date on a first come first serve basis. In the event of all entries being filled priority will be given to members. Late entries will only be accepted if there are still places available.

2017 Hinckley Dressage Handbook

Warm up Rules

Competitions are run under British Dressage rules with the addition of the following club rules;

  1. In order to ensure the safety whilst working the number of horses allowed in the area at one time is restricted to four.
  2. Pass left hand to left hand when meeting another rider coming in the opposite direction unless he/she is in counter canter in which case you should give way by signalling.
  3. Make tack adjustments outside the arena if possible or near the middle of the arena but without obstructing the diagonal centre lines.
  4. Announce that you intend to enter an indoor practice area to avoid an accident.
  5. Ensure your whip is not so long that it could upset a passing horse.
  6. Do not halt or walk in the outside track but always leave room for other riders to pass.
  7. Do not lunge in practice areas.
  8. Trainers or other pedestrians should not stand in the collecting rings or practice arenas.

Show Rules

Competitions are run under British Dressage rules with the addition of the following club rules:

  1. Riding hats with a 3 point fixing and to current British standard must be worn.
  2. Competitors must check in with the steward at least 20 minutes before their time and also enquire if the class is running to time.
  3. Please ensure that droppings, hay, straw and litter are removed from all venues.
  4. Anyone requiring a commander for their test should make their own arrangements.
  5. Entries are taken on a first come, first served basis, enter by post on on-line .
  6. As a courtesy to organisers, would competitors please ring for times on the correct date and between the stated times.
  7. If withdrawing from a show, please contact the organiser within 48 hours of the show taking place in order that your time may be reallocated.
  8. Horses must not be left unattended unless they are safely secured inside a lorry or trailer.
  9. A responsible adult must accompany juniors at all times. Junior membership is for anyone who is 16 or under on 1st January (the commencement of the club year).
  10. Entries for stallions are by arrangement with the committee prior to submitting an entry. A stallion sash must be worn while working in.
  11. Please note that dogs are not permitted at Blaby Mill. For events at other venues please check with the organiser and if they are allowed always keep them on a lead.
  12. Points are awarded for placings that count towards the club championships. Championship trophies are presented annually at the AGM for all classes. In addition there is an overall points trophy for the competitor accumulating the most points over the course of the season. There is a trophy for dressage to music, which is presented at each show where this class is run. A special rosette is awarded for all horse rider combinations being promoted out of restricted sections.
  13. Members riding veteran horses (rising 15 at the start of the season) will accumulate veteran horse points and a trophy will be awarded at the AGM for the highest points earned by a single eligible horse and rider combination.
  14. The organisers decision is final.

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How to Join

The membership year runs from 1st January to 31st December and the current membership rates are:

Adult £22

Junior* £18

You can join the club by completing the PDF which you can download below

*Each Junior (16 or under on 1st January of the membership year)

Benefits of Membership

Some of the advantages of joining Hinckley Dressage are:

Regular newsletter which offers free advertising for members, useful advice and information.

Entry to competitions.

Priority for social events.

Access to a selection of regular dressage trainers for all levels

Class Restrictions

Intro Classes – Restricted to horses with less than 38 BD grading points.

Restricted Intro Classes – Restricted to horses with less than 38 BD grading points and riders with no BD or BE points.
Horse and rider combinations entering this section will be awarded points for placings. When 16 Intro points have been accumulated the combination is no longer eligible for this section.

Preliminary Classes – Restricted to horses with less than 38 BD grading points.

Restricted Preliminary Classes – Restricted to horses with less that 38 BD grading points and riders with no BD or BE points. Horse and rider combinations entering this section will be awarded points for placings. When 16 Preliminary points have been accumulated the combination is no longer eligible for this section.

Novice Classes – Restricted to horses with less than 125 BD grading points. Horses with 125 or more BD grading points may compete Hors Concours.

Restricted Novice Classes – Restricted to horses with less than 125 BD grading points and riders who are BD grade 7 or 8 or have no BD points. Horse and rider combinations entering this section will be awarded points for placings. When 32 Novice points have been accumulated the combination is no longer eligible for this section.

Elementary Classes – No restrictions.

Restricted Elementary Classes – Restricted to riders who are BD grade 6, 7 or 8 or have no BD points. Horse and rider combinations entering this section will be awarded points for placings. When 32 Elementary points have been accumulated the combination is no longer eligible for this section.

Please Note
Points earned in restricted sections are not counted towards the Club Championships.

 

Hinckley Dressage Points

Points are awarded for being placed in competitions and as well as determining which section a rider competes in count towards the club championships. Championship trophies are presented annually at the AGM. Points are awarded for being placed in competitions and as well as determining which section a rider competes in count towards the club championships.

Championship trophies are presented annually at the AGM. If a horse and rider combination enters the Pick Your Own class more than once points are only awarded for the best result. Veteran horse points are awards to horse and rider combinations where the horse is rising 15 at the start of the season. If you wish to enter this competition please ensure you tick the Veteran box on the competition entry form. A special rosette is also awarded to each horse and rider combination that are promoted out of the restricted sections. Points are awards for the following competition performances:

  • 8 points are awarded for finishing in 1st place. 
  • 7 points are awarded for finishing in 2nd place.
  • 6 points are awarded for finishing in 3rd place.
  • 5 points are awarded for finishing in 4th place.
  • 4 points are awarded for finishing in 5th place.
  • 3 points are awarded for finishing in 6th place.
  • 2 points are awarded for finishing in 7th place.
  • 1 points are awarded for finishing in 8th place.

Championships

The following trophies are awarded each year:

  • Overall Points Trophy Awarded to the horse and rider combination with the highest total Hinckley Dressage points.
  • Junior Overall Points Trophy Awarded to the junior horse and rider combination with the highest total Hinckley Dressage points.
  • Veteran Horse Trophy Awarded to the horse and rider combination with the most Veteran horse points.
  • Introductory Junior Trophy Awarded to the horse and rider with the most points in the Junior section at Introductory level.
  • Introductory Open Trophy Awarded to the horse and rider combination with the most points at Introductory level.
  • Preliminary Junior Trophy Awarded to the horse and rider combination with the most points in the Junior section at Preliminary level.
  • Preliminary Open Trophy Awarded to the horse and rider combination with the most points in the Open section at Preliminary level.
  • Novice Junior Trophy Awarded to the horse and rider combination with the most points in the Junior section at Novice level.
  • Novice Open Trophy Awarded to the horse and rider combination with the most points in the Open section at Novice level.
  • Elementary Junior Trophy Awarded to the horse and rider combination with the most points in the Junior section at Elementary level. 
  • Elementary Open Trophy Awarded to the horse and rider combination with the most points in the Open section at Elementary level.
  • Pick Your Own Trophy Awarded to the horse and rider combination with the most points in the Pick Your Own class.

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