Please note the Aljassimya Amateur Challenge (AAC) shows are affiliated to ECAHO and rules in the ECAHO Blue Book for Shows and the Green Book for Sport must be adhered to.
Part 1a) Procedure for Affiliation to AAC
Part 1b) Procedure for Affiliation to ECAHO
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 8 a Obligations to ECAHO
PART 8b) Obligations to AAC
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
All AAC shows must also apply to ECAHO as follows.
For an amateur level show each show organiser shall make a written application to his National Organisation (Full Member of ECAHO) which has the right to approve or reject the show. If approved, the National Organisation will forward the application to the EAHSC for approval. If rejected, the reason for the rejection must be given.
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 Results for Anglo-Arabs and Part-Bred Arabs do not count for ECAHO results, any such placings by horses of these breeds should be deleted from the results sent to ECAHO with the Purebred Arabians moved up in the placings of that class accordingly.
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.
DEFINITION OF AMATEUR
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.
NB Amateur status applies separately for each division. 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. People paid to produce horses under saddle but not at halter are welcome to exhibit in the halter and trail classes but are encouraged not to take part in the Pleasure classes.
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)
20 AAC Novice Ridden Classic Pleasure (4 yrs and older - any sex)
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 16 or more entries in Pleasure classes the class will be split into two even halves by age of horse. Both classes will accumulate point towards the Paris tickets. The Top three will go forward into a championship.
iii) TRAIL classes may not be split at any size.
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.
23 AAC Advanced Ridden Classic Pleasure (OPTIONAL)
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.
Judges: Three judges must judge the halter classes. 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 foreign judge must be invited.
Any judge who is not on the EAHSC list of judges (A-, B-, National Judges- list of an ECAHO Member organisation) must apply for a Temporary Admission for Guest Judge.
Professional trainers/handlers are not allowed to judge any ECAHO shows.
PLEASE NOTE: If you also run a C show at the same time and place, the according to the rules the C Show judges may not also judge the AAC unless you apply direct to ECAHO. Permission has been given for the judges to judge both at smaller shows. We suggest in this case that the name of the winning handler only is announced in public at the Amateur show and the horse's name and breeding withheld.
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.
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.
In case of 16 or more entries the class will be split into two even halves by age of horse. Both classes will accumulate point towards the Paris tickets.
In case of 16 or more entries the class will be split into two even halves by age of horse. 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 2nd runner 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 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 horse (** Each competitor? Each horse and handler? Each exhibitor?) 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.
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
There are two options:
Option 1) For results to be recorded with ECAHO (and AAC)
Pleasure Classes organized according to the ECAHO Green Book 2019 (*?2020?), can be included in the ECAHO “High Point Horse System”. If so, the invitation with preliminary timetable, entry conditions and the judges need to be approved by ECAHO Sport Commission. Use the official affiliation form for this.
a ) For the PLEASURE CLASSES results to be recorded with ECAHO and to count towards the ECAHO High Point of the Year awards, judges must be chosen from the ECAHO Pleasure judges list.
For under six entries in any Pleasure class only one judge may officiate in that class. For more than six entries in any Pleasure class two judges must officiate.
b) For the TRAIL CLASSES results to be recorded with ECAHO and to count towards the ECAHO High Point of the Year awards, two National Federation or FEI or AQHA or NRHA judges must be used.
PLEASE NOTE: Anglo-Arab and Partbred Arab results do not count for ECAHO results, and such results should be deleted from the results sent to ECAHO with Purebred Arabians moving up in the placings accordingly.
Option 2) For results to be recorded with AAC only.
Two judges with suitable ridden Arabian experience should be invited. They can also judge halter classes if suitably qualified. The rules should be sent to them at the time of invitation, they should be reminded of their obligation to judge according to our rules in the run up to the show and the rules should be printed out and available on the day for any last minute queries.
Disciplinary Committee: A minimum of one member is required, to be chosen from the EAHSC lists of members of the Disciplinary Committee and being able to speak the local language. May be the same as for the halter classes.
Please be sure that you also invite as a MINIMUM:
1) The show organizer will communicate the results of the show immediately after the show to the EAHSC (p/o ECAHO Executive Secretary) in one of the following ways:
• using their own software by sending the results as Word.docx (.doc) or Excel.xlsx (.xls) file by e-mail to the Executive Secretary.
• using any other system, the results should be sent to the Executive Secretary.
A printout of the show results as well as the show catalogue and show the schedule have to be sent to the Executive Secretary by normal mail within one month after the show. A list of all Officials (DCs, Judges, Ringmaster and any probationers) present at the show must be sent to the ECAHO Office together with the results.
Sport results shall be sent to the ECAHO
NEW FOR 2020 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 firstname.lastname@example.org We do not accept to look up results ourselves on Arabian Horse Results or Arabian Essence websites in 2020.
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.
For 2020 we ask that no organiser may take part personally in more than 2 classes at the show. They are welcome to bring horses for other people but may not leave their desk to be in the arena more than twice.
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 these, a short summary is below but the we do require you to be familiar with the whole Book. Thank you.
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 for Conduct of Shows” and, as regards veterinary matters and drug misuse, to the relevant ECAHO Veterinary Regulations and ECAHO Rules for Medication Control. The accompanying persons include e.g. trainers or persons representing the show organizer as well as assistants of any of those persons. They will accept the jurisdiction of the Disciplinary Committee (DC), the Standing Disciplinary Committee (SDC) and the ECAHO Appeals Committee (EAC).
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 ECAHO.
These Rules will be interpreted when necessary under the provisions of the laws of Switzerland.
Show organizers are not permitted to introduce rules which are in conflict with the EAHSC “Rules for Conduct of Shows”.