Rules

We follow adapted statutes of the International Federation for Equestrian Sports. Dressage OnSite reserves the right to add, to amend or change any of these rules at any time and participants agree to abide by the most recent version of these rules. updated.06.07.2016

I GENERAL RULES

1 § Following the rules and applying them

1.1 By entering a class organized by Dressage OnSite you are agreeing to abide by our Rules and Terms and Conditions.
1.2 Dressage OnSite has the final right on applying the rules with each rider and horse.
1.3 If the answer/solution is not found in the rules we aim to apply the fair play principle.
1.4 The organizer has the right to change and update the rules in the best way they see fit.
1.5 The rules must be followed and they apply to everyone participating in the classes, custom dressage test submitting persons and those who have payed the membership fee.

II DEFINITIONS

2 § Concepts

2.1. The organizer is Dressage OnSite and the participant/member is the rider of the horse/pony/donkey or a crossbreed of these.
2.2. A class in defined by the level of difficulty of the dressage tests within it and where riders are placed according to the scores they achieve in their tests.
2.3. Point collection series or CUP series are an ensemble formed by points collected from regular classes.
2.4. The horse and its rider is a combination of a rider and a mount.
2.5. Arena is an area where the horse and its rider perform their dressage test.
2.6. The test is viewed to start from the moment the horse and its rider arrive to the longitudinal axis (A-C) either from outside or inside the arena and is seen to end when the horse and its rider have left the arena in the manner that is specified in the test.

3 § The class

3.1. The classes are divided into different categories based on their level of difficulty.
3.2. They are open to riders of all ages unless stated otherwise in the class invitation.

III PARTICIPATION RIGHT

4 § The right to participate and its refusal

4.1. In order to participate in a class or join as a member the rider/mount doesn’t need a competition permit or club membership.
4.2. Under 18 year old rider has to have their guardians permission to enter a class or become a member. In these cases the guardian must fill the participation and membership form.
4.3. If the payment for participation is sent so that it can’t be seen in the organizers bank account by the due date for the test videos a copy of the payment receipt must be sent as a voucher.
4.4. The mount doesn’t need to be registered into a studbook or a horse database.
4.5. The mount must not be younger than 4 years old in order to participate into a riding class. There is no upper age limit given that the animal is healthy.
4.6. The rider may participate with a horse, pony, donkey or a crossbreed of these given that the rider is not too big for their mount.
4.7. As a guideline the rider weight radio should not be more than 15-20% of their mount.
4.8. If the rider is too heavy or distractingly tall for their mount the judge of the class or the organizer can disqualify the test.
4.9. If there is reason to suspect that the mount is ill or lame the judge of the class or the organizer can disqualify the test.
4.10. In case of disqualification the entrance or membership fee will not be returned.
4.11. If the class has been limited with special rules the rider is responsible that the horse and their rider meet the criteria.
4.12. Horse and their rider may participate in a monthly class only once and already judged test may not be used again at later time.
4.13. Horse and their rider may participate in two classes in one month but the rider may participate in the same class or in a different class with a different mount and one mount can participate more than twice with different riders. Speciality classes are excluded from this rule.
4.14. The test must be filmed only for the organizers class and can not have been judged in a competition or other evaluating situation.
4.15. The organizer has the right to disqualify or afterwards not grant participation right to a participator whom has broken the rules before.


5.1. The organizer has the right to limit the participation right in the best way they see fit by announcing about a possible limitation in the class invitation.
5.2. The turnout may be limited if needed by marking a maximum turnout limit in the class invitation or accordingly the time used for the evaluation may be extended due to the large turnout.

IV ACCOUNTABILITY OF CLASS PARTITION

6 § Accountability and insurance

6.1. The organizer does not insure the participants in anyway and the participants are accountable for their and their mount's insurance, participating at their own risk.

V FOLLOWING THE ANIMAL PROTECTION LAW

7 § The wellbeing of the mount

7.1. The participants are obligated to follow Finland's animal protection law 247/1996 in all activities associated with Dressage OnSite.
7.2. The participating mount must be healthy at the moment the test is being filmed and any possible pains or inflammations can not be hidden with substances that are counted as doping.
7.3. If there is seen any inappropriate treatment or riding or the mount is suspected to be sick/lame the judge and the organizer have the right to disqualify the test and if needed report of the treatment to the animal protection officials.
7.4. A mare that is pregnant in its 5th-11th month or has under four month old foal cannot participate in the riding classes.
7.5. A participant whom gets disqualified do to their inappropriate behavior or neglecting their mounts health may be refused the right of participation in advance from the future classes.

VI THE SYSTEM

8 § Entry

8.1. The class sign up is done through the organizers website.
8.2. The last sign up day and regulations concerning the late-entry is found in the class information.
8.3. The horse and their rider that have not payed the class entrance fee or the membership fee by the due date that is found in the class information are seen as late-entrants.
8.4. If the class sing up sheet is filled insufficiently may the entry be disqualified.
8.5. Incase of technical problems entries may also be accepted by email.
8.6. By signing up for a class the rider relinquishes their test video for the organizers use and approves its publishing.

9 § Late-entry

9.1. After the sign up due date of the class it may be possible to sent a late-entry if the rules of the class allow it.
9.2. A raised fee is specified separately in the class information.
9.3. Late-entries due date is the last day of the specific month. A receipt of the participation/membership fee payment has to be presented if asked.

10 § Payment refunds

10.1. 50% of the class participation fee may be refunded if the cancellation has been done before the classes due date. Cancellations done after this date can be refunded (50%) only with a doctor’s or vet’s certificate.
10.2. Only the class participation fee may be refunded from the membership fees (10€/class).
10.3. Uncancelled participation fees are not refunded. The payment is also not refunded if the test has not been sent by the due date or the test is disqualified.
10.4. Incase a class is canceled by the organizer entry fees will be returned in full for class participants and members get the class participation fee (10€/class) returned.

11 § Judging order

11.1. The order in which the tests are evaluated is random.


VII MEMBERSHIP

12 § Membership content

12.1. Membership content is available for finnish language users only.

13 § Membership terms

13.1. Memberships are monthly based and do not tie either of the parties for longer periods of time.
13.2. The organizer retains the right to change the membership levels and their content.

14 § Membership levels

14.1. Members are offered different types of memberships, which are stated more closely in the finnish version of these rules.

VIII THE TEST

15 § Videoing the test

15.1. The test must be filmed from point C unless the class information states differently.
15.2. The video must start before the horse and its rider arrive to the arena or if they start inside the arena the video must star before they come to the longitudinal axis (A-C). There must be seen in the video when the horse and its rider are leaving the arena in the manner that is specified in the test.
15.3. The video must have a sound and the horse and its rider may not receive any help from anyone during the test. If in the class information has been stated that a reader is allowed then it is permitted to use one.
15.4. During the test a rider can not use an earpiece or any other electronic communication device.
15.5. The person videoing may zoom in and out, however the horse and rider must remain in the centre of the frame and be in full view at all times.
15.6. The test should be recorded as high definition as possible, preferably HD 720p or 1080p so that the evaluation can be done most effectively.
15.7. Any test videos that the organizer deems to be of unsuitable or poor quality will be rejected and no refund shall be given. If the timeline allows the participant will the offered the opportunity to submit another video or transfer the video with better quality at no extra costs.
15.8. The letters in the arena must be marked as the dressage test sheet indicates and depending of the test in a 20x40 or 20x60 arena. The arena must be clear of any extra objects.
15.9. The test video can not have been filmed during a competition.
15.10. Editing of the video other than changing its quality is forbidden.
15.11. Videos should be primarily uploaded to the riders own YouTube account and they must be available for at least two (2) month's time.

16 § Rider's clothes and tack

16.1. The riding outfit is free but must be suitable for riding and have a tidy appearance. It includes a shirt/jacket or a vest, riding shoes or boots, gloves and a helmet.
16.2. The rider must always use a helmet when on a horse. Riding without a helmet leads to a automatic disqualification.
16.3. The use of a whip is allowed in all classes but the extensive use of it will lead to a disqualification.
16.4. Riders may use spurs if they want as long as those don’t have any sharp edges and the the roller must be rolling. Impulse spurs are allowed.

17 § Horse's tack

17.1. The horse and its rider may choose to use saddle and bridles or choose to not use them.
17.2. The use of bridles or weymouthbridles have been specified in the class information.
17.3. The use of martingales, side reins or draw reins is forbidden.
17.4. The use of boots/bandages/bellboots is allowed. The use of weight boots, weight chains or elevated shoes is forbidden and will lead to an immediate disqualification.
17.5. If the horse and its rider are wearing competition attire the mount must have either boots or bandages to ensure that the test hasn’t been filmed at a competition.
17.6. A saddle cover/cushion or gel is allowed to use.
17.7. The bits parts must be made out of metal or stiff plastic. Allowed bits are stated in the FEI dressage rules.
17.8. The minimum thickness of the snaffle is 10mm and the weymouth bits minimum thickness is 12mm with maximum 10cm lower part.
17.9. Tying of the mounts tongue is forbidden.
17.10. The use of an ear net is allowed.

18 § Judging

18.1. Dressage tests used in the monthly classes are have been adapted suitable for online dressage. The tests are otherwise in their original format but have been fitted into FEI arena standards.
18.2. The judges evaluate the test using their own opinions and values.
18.3. From the first incorrect riding way 2 points is subtracted from the final points, 4 points from the next, 8 points from the next, 16 points from the fourth, etc.
18.4. If the mount is clearly objecting its rider the test may be disqualified.


IX ADVERTAISING

19 § Sponsoring and advertising

19.1. Outside advertisements are allowed to be seen in the test videos if they are normally part of the riding arena.
19.2. Tack's brand or possible sponsor logos are allowed to be seen on the horse's and its riders tack.

20 § Copyright

20.1. The rider must abide to the copyright laws and the organizer does not take responsibility of the actions by the participant or any expenses resulted from breaking those laws.

X TEST EVALUATION AND RESULTS

21 § Judging the tests

21.1. Test videos are forwarded to the judges at earliest convenience after receiving those.
21.2. The test evaluation is marked in an electric test sheet that is sent to the rider.
21.3. Members get an audio feedback of the judges comments regarding their test.
21.4. The performed movements and overall evaluation is marked using numbers 0-10 and half numbers can also be used.
21.5. Differencing judging system and judges may be used in special classes.
21.6. Trainers are also qualified for dressage test judging.
21.7. The marking definitions

10 = Excellent
9 = Very good
8 = Good
7 = Fairly good
6 = Satisfactory
5 = Sufficient
4 = Insufficient
3 = Fairly bad
2 = Bad
1 = Very bad
0 = Not executed

22 § Publishing the results

22.1. After the judging is finished the results will be posted on the Dressage OnSite website.
22.2. The participants are arranged according to their precentage score or in the special classes based on their points from the highest to the lowest.
22.3. The number of placings is determined by the number of entrants in the class. Videos of the placing riders are published on the website.
22.4. Based on the placing rules the horse and its rider may get a rosette and a product prize based on their placing.
22.5. In the case of participation number being below five (5) participants in one class, can classes be merged with other classes that have less than five participants. Placings are determined in merged classes by percentage scores.
22.6. Scores are final and cannot be appealed.

XI PRIZES

23 § Prizes

23.1. In each class the placed riders are given a rosette and a product prize.
23.2. In the special classes the prizes may only be rosettes.
23.3. Ribbons and prizes awarded in the monthly classes require at least 50% score from the participant.
23.4. In the score league / cup series are 1-3 riders awarded with a before hand specified sponsor prizes.

24 § rules of placing

24.1. The number of placings depends on the amount of entries in each class.
24.2. Rosettes = 1 for every beginning 4 horse and rider

1-4 entries = 1 placing
5-8 entries = 2 placing
9-12 entries = 3 placing
13-16 entries = 4 placing
17-20 entries = 5 placing
21-24 entries = 6 placing


24.3. Product prizes for 1-3 riders

0-4 entries = -
5-8 entries = 1 rider is awarded
9-12 entries = 2 riders are awarded
13+ entries = 3 riders are awarded

24.4. Given product prizes are not determined before hand by the organizer.
24.5. The participants are responsible of the accuracy of their provided address information for the delivery of prizes.
24.6. The organizer is not responsible of the deliveries lost by the post office.
24.7. The rosettes and the prizes are delivered to the placed riders after the publication of the results.

25§ Split placing

25.1. Incase two or more participants have the same amount of points are the participants placed in order based on the higher score of their collectives.
25.2. In a case where the participants have the same amount of overall points and collectives are both riders entitled to a split placing and they both get a rosette and possible product prizes accoring to the placing rules.
25.3. In the score league / cup series are the placed riders that are to be awarded put in order based firstly on their percentage/point score and secondarily by their collective points score. Whether two ore more participant's overall score is the same is the winner drawn by lots.

XII JUDGING RESTRICTIONS

26 § Judges incapacity

26.1. The judges are aspired to be chosen to the classes so that the participants aren’t their students or family members.
26.2. One qualified dressage judge can judge one rider/horse maximum three (3) times during a year.
26.3. In a case where a rider/horse that has been already judged more than three times during a 12 month time period enters a class, the judge for the class may be changed or the class divided into two or more independent parts.
26.4. When it is not possible to avoid incapacity forming onto the judge it may be possible that the class in it's entirety will be canceled.
26.5. If a horse and rider combination has already been judged three (3) times during a one year period, a custom dressage test submission for that judge cannot be requested.

XIII CHANGES

27 § The organizers authority

27.1. The organizer has the right to cancel the class or classes incase of an unforeseen obstacle. The class participation fees will be returned in this situation.
27.2. The organizer has the right to change the judges in the classes in away they see fit without informing of it beforehand.
27.3. The organizer does not have the obligation to announce the judges beforehand in the class invitations.
27.4. The organizer retains the right to change the rules or class information in anyway they see necessary.
27.5. In situations independent (force majeur) of the organizer that effect the execution or judging of the class the organizer can either cancel or continue the time limit used for the evaluation in the best way they see fit. The organizer is obligated to inform the class participants about the possible cancellation of the class or about the delay of the evaluations.