Please note the Aljassimya Amateur Challenge (AAC) shows are no longer affiliated to ECAHO although the majority of rules in the ECAHO Blue Book for Shows and Green Book for Sport are followed.
You may affiliate to ECAHO for other classes at your show whether halter or sport. Please do let us know your complete class schedule before sending out to exhibitors.
Part 1a) Procedure for Affiliation to AAC
PART 2a). Conditions of Entry for Horses.
PART 2b) Conditions of Entry for People
PART 3a) Mandatory classes to offer
PART 3b ) Class splits
PART 3c) Mandatory Championships
PART 3c) Optional Classes
PART 4b) Method of Judging Championships
PART 4c) In the event of a tie in any Halter Class or Championship
PART 4d) Officials for Halter Classes
PART 5a) Method of Judging Performance Classes 16 - 20.
PART 5b) Pleasure Championships.
PART 5c) The Pleasure classes
PART 5d) The Trail Classes
PART 5e) Officials for Performance Classes,
PART 1 of ALJASSIMYA FARM
PART 2 of SHOW ORGANISER
Please read our requirements first and then make an application to any member of the Aljassimya Amateur Challenge Board who will discuss it and respond as soon as possible.
Only after the Official Agreement is signed will an invoice be forwarded for claiming the sponsorship money.
Additional information about the Sponsorship and all responsibilities undertaken by agreeing to this sponsorship are found in Chapter 2
Open to Arabian Purebred Horses registered in any WAHO recognized studbook by the closing date of entries.
Open to Anglo-Arabs and Arabian Part bred Horses, registered in any official studbook. A minimum of 25% of Arabian Blood needs to be proven by the certificate of registration.
Partbreds and Purebreds do compete against each other in the same classes in all Halter, Pleasure and Trail classes,
PLEASE NOTE Partbreds and Purebreds do compete against each other in the same classes in all Halter, Pleasure and Trail classes, therefore ECAHO will not you will not permit you to affiliate with them.
No foal classes are permitted and foals are not eligible for entry in any class.
The minimum age for entry for horses in halter and in-hand trail classes is 9 months of age determined by date of birth. The minimum age for entry for horses in ridden classes is 4 years of age determined by year of birth.
The minimum handler age may be set by the National Association.
All Handlers must be Amateur.
Definition: : No handler shall have been paid in any way for showing, training or producing any horse in hand for a third party to show in our halter classes
This covers only persons which are paid for training and preparing horses.( If a person on the farm is paid mainly for cleaning the stable and teaches the horse in his free time, then he is considered amateur handle.) - Small breeders who produce and show their own horses are also considered Amateur.
Professional halter trainers may not exhibit in the Halter classes but if they are not paid to produce horses for Pleasure or Trail classes they are welcome to take part.
Professional riders are welcome to take part in the Challenge and will receive placings and prizes in the class according to the judges opinion.
They will not receive points for any of the End of Year Special prizes. The Amateur handlers will move up the ranking.
The definition of Professional for Pleasure classes will be based on the status of the exact combination entered. Riders paid to break, train or compete on the entry in this class will not get points for End of Year Special prizes. Riders competing on their own horses will remain eligible. Riders with professionally trained horses on which they have lessons are also eligible.
All riders will be required to sign a declaration on the entry form to clarify their status; and may be asked for further evidence if they are not the registered owner of the horse entered.
All judgments of Novice / Advanced will be decided by the previous results of the COMBINATION of horse and rider entered, not the horse and rider separately.
Horses and riders who never rode in a Master (M) level together in any Pleasure class in an ECAHO recognized competition.
Horses and riders which have not won a class at Advanced (A) level together in Pleasure class in an ECAHO recognized competition in the previous 3 years (2018-2019-2020)
Horses and riders who have not already won 3 Medals or more during AJF / ECAHO Pleasure classes in the previous 3 years (2018-2019-2020) in the division they wish to enter. (3 wins in Western do not disqualify from entry in Hunter etc.)
Only prearranged shows whose organising teams achieved 10 plus entries in any Pleasure class at the previous running of their show may offer Advanced classes for any combination of horse and rider which may not enter Novice as defined above.
No combination may enter both Novice and Advanced. Once a combination has taken part in an Advanced section it will not be able to enter Novice in the future.
All handlers and riders must sign up to the "GET INVOLVED" page. We will help you find your correct level for qualification.
Entry Forms are available for you to download on the top right hand corner of this website on the DOWNLOADS BUTTON
Organizers must attest that no competitor will be admitted in a Sport contest without proper insurance.
5 AAC Novice Geldings, any age
10 AAC Amateur Gelding, any age
15 AAC Experienced Geldings, any age
17 AAC Ridden Trail Class (4 yrs and older - any sex)
Please note. For each Pleasure class - if you have 3 entries (or more) in BOTH classes they will run separately. If there are less than 3 in EACH class it will be amalgamated back into one Western Pleasure Class, one Hunter Pleasure Class and one Classic Pleasure Class.
Only prearranged shows with 10+ entries in previous Pleasure or Trail Classes will be invited to run Advanced classes.
i) HALTER In case of 12 entries or more in Halter classes, the class will be split into two equal halves by age of horse.. Both winners and seconds will go on to the Championship. Both Classes will accumulate points towards the Paris tickets.
ii) PLEASURE In case of 7 or more entries in any Pleasure classes the class may be split by the organiser according to the safety considerations of their arena. They must be split into two even halves by either sex or age of horse. Both classes will accumulate point towards the Paris tickets. The Top Three will go forward into a championship.
There will NOT be a Championship between Junior and Novice Sections.
iii) TRAIL classes can be split at 16 entries into two equal halves by age of horse. (One horse may be presented by two different handlers as a different entry).
One handler may present more than one horse.
iii). CHAMPIONSHIP AMATEUR EXPERIENCED (Class 11- 15)
iv) In the case of a split Classic / Hunter / Western Pleasure Class there will be CHAMPIONSHIP for that division only.
There will be not a Championship between Junior and any age classes.
There are no Trail Championships.
In addition show organisers may offer any class they feel adds to the atmosphere of the day. For example: Costume classes, Liberty classes, Junior Handler classes. But no points from these optional classes will be collected for the Special Prizes.
Halter Classes. All entrants will enter the ring together at walk for one or two circuits. They will then be judged individually using a scoring system out of 100. Full points only, each judge to decide the range. There are seven criteria:
The total amount of points will be announced out of 700 and will NOT be averaged to overall percentage.
** Technical part to include standing still, a straight walk and correct trot without circle, canter or other interruption.
Score Sheets are available for you to download on the top right hand corner of this website on the DOWNLOADS BUTTON.
We recommend that you can print on three different colours of paper, one for each judge, for the fastest identification of whose judge papers is whose.
A more complete description of Halter classes for handlers and judges can be found in the CLASS GUIDELINES Drop Down Menu
In exceptional circumstances, by agreement of all three judges a horse which displays extremely bad manners or poor condition and has no other competitors in the class may be refused a first prize and awarded a 2nd place instead. The reason must be politely explained to the handler or rider at the time of the class awards and they should be encouraged to take lessons and advice.
Procedure for Championship:
For the Championship in each level, the first and second placed horses shall enter the arena one at a time according to the Steward's instructions. Handlers will trot their horses individually for one circuit and leave the arena, until all handlers have completed their circuit. Thereafter they will enter the arena together in walk and line-up their horses in front of the judges and according to the Ringmaster’s instructions. The judges will select their Champion, Reserve and Bronze at the same time.
Championship score sheets are available for you to download on the top right hand corner of this website on the DOWNLOADS BUTTON
The Title of “Bronze Novice” may be selected from any first and second placed entrant present.
The Title of “Bronze Amateur” may be selected from any first and second placed entrant present.
The Title of “Bronze Experienced” may be selected from any first and second placed entrant present.
A horse nominated by a judge for Bronze Champion will receive 1 point
In the ranking of horses in a Halter Class or Best in Show, the higher ranking will go to the combination with the highest points for harmony. If there is still a tie, the higher place will be given to the horse with the highest points for type.
Failing a decision on either these, the preference of the “Call judge” (appointed by ballot) will be the tie-breaker.
The three judges must be chosen from the EAHSC A and B list of judges or National judges' list of an ECAHO Member organisation. Those Judges chosen from a non-ECAHO Member country must be selected from the judges' panel of a National Arab Horse Organisation. At least one judge must not be from the host country.
They must be chosen from the EAHSC A and B list of judges or from the National judges' list of an ECAHO Member organisation. Any Judges chosen from a non-ECAHO Member country must be selected from the judges' panel of a National Arab Horse Organisation.
PLEASE NOTE: If you also run an ECAHO C show at the same time and place, according to the ECAHO rules, the ECAHO In Hand show(s) must be judged before any other show. The judges can be the same for both events.
Organizers must attest that no competitor will be admitted in a Sport contest without proper insurance.
All classes will be judged according to the ECAHO rules for Novice classes.
2 Pleasure classes are offered: Junior Horse and Novice all ages. If less than three entries are forward in each section this will be amalgamated into one class.
If more than 6 horses are entered in one Pleasure class 2 judges most be forward, if less than 6 only one judge may officiate.
The Pleasure Classes are three separate group classes in which all competitors enter together and show three paces on each rein according to the ring steward's instructions. They are then expected to halt in a line quietly at the centre of ring and give a few steps of rein back on the judges' instructions.
The judges place the horses comparatively. In the event of a tie a Call judge chosen by ballot at the beginning of the day shall choose the winner.
Entries may be split at 7 or more entries according to the discretion of the organiser, with reference to number safety in his arena. The class will be split into two even halves by age of horse. Both classes will accumulate point towards the Paris tickets.
There is no championship between the Junior and Any Age classes in each Pleasure division. Championships only occur when classes are split by large entry number.
There is no Championship between Advanced level and any other class.
In case of a split class, the top 3 horses from each section will compete for the Pleasure Champion. The Judges will award points to the nominated horses as follows:
A horse nominated by a judge for Bronze up will receive 1 point
In case of a tie the decision of the call judge decided by ballot will prevail.
Score Sheets are available for you to download on the top right hand corner of this website on the DOWNLOADS BUTTON
A complete description of the Pleasure classes can be found in the CLASS GUIDELINES
The Novice Trail Classes shall consist of no more than 6 obstacles. The course shall be posted online 10 days before the show. The handlers should walk the course before the class. Each partnership entered will enter one by one and navigate the course in the correct pattern.
Penalty points from 1/2 point up to 5 are awarded according for set misdemeanours.
There is no Trail Championship in any circumstance.
Advanced Trail: 8 obstacles, two combinations, 4 poles elevated
Score sheets are available for you to download on the top right hand corner of this website on the DOWNLOADS BUTTON. We have one for each horse as all handlers are interested in their scoring, A full class ranking page should also be downloaded.
A more complete description of Trail classes can be found in the CLASS GUIDELINES
One judge required for under 6 or under entries, 2 for 7 or more. You should choose judges from the ECAHO Sport list. They can also judge halter classes if suitably qualified.
Two judges required. We recommend at least one National Federation or FEI or AQHA or NRHA judge who really knows the topic. You may choose judges from the ECAHO Sport list.
Disciplinary Committee: A minimum of one member is required, preferably to be chosen from the EAHSC lists of members of the Disciplinary Committee and being able to speak the local language.
Please be sure that you also invite as a MINIMUM:
The new website has an easy to follow results page with a drop down menu that organisers are requested to upload results onto. You will all be given your login name and password so that you can upload results direct. You will only need to fill in Handler names not full horse details or scores. The full results should be sent as a pdf to Emma Maxwell email@example.com We do not accept to look up results ourselves on Arabian Horse Results or Arabian Essence websites in 2021.
All Show Organizers will forward the results and pictures to the AAC as outlined in CHAPTER 2 PART 2 Sponsorship obligation of show organisers.
A financial support to the amount of 5000 Euro from Aljassimya Farm. The Organizer will send an invoice as soon as the agreement is signed and immediately upon request. Delays in sending the invoice may mean your payment is also delayed.
f) Aljassimya Farm cannot be considered as co-organizer and can in no way be held liable for any damage to participants, organizers, officials, and any third parties at the event. The undersigned organizer explicitly declares to indemnify Aljassimya Amateur Challenge and Aljassimya Farm against all claims by any person attending an AAC show.
To comply strictly with the conditions of entry, both for the horse and for the handler, precisely with the aim of assuring the amateur nature of the show and also to guarantee the rules of qualification for all participants.
o) Organisers may not oblige people to buy stable at the show.
Any other prizes may be provided by other interested sponsors. In order to encourage the Versatile Arabians we also would like to encourage a "Most Versatile Horse Trophy" for adult horses only. Any interested sponsor may help with this . Any winner must have taken part in at least one Halter class, one Trail Class and one Pleasure class. The points will be added in the following way. 1st Place 5, 2nd place 3, 3rd place 2 points. Any other placing 1 point. Only the highest points from each section will count. For example where the horse has been 1st in In- Hand trail and 2nd in Ridden Trail he will score 5 points in total from Trail only). In case of a tie the points for Trail will prevail. In case of there still being a tie the Trail Score will decide.
PLEASE NOTE In case a late cancellation of the Event should occur, 80% of the sponsored amount shall be refunded within one week of the scheduled date of the Event.
Please familiarise yourself with the ECAHO Blue Book for organisation of shows. We follow these rules with the exception of allowing Partbreds of 25% to compete in the same class.
1. The entry form, together with the show schedule is a contract between the show organizer and the person who signs the entry form. That person will be held responsible for the horse in case any sanctions are imposed.
By participating at a show, show organizers, judges, exhibitors, owners and handlers agree that they will unconditionally submit themselves and the persons assisting and accompanying them to the Rules and Regulations
The registered owner or current lessee of the horse will be primarily regarded as the person responsible and liable for the horse with regard to the jurisdiction of the AAC.