RULES AND REGULATIONS

Updated 07/21/17

 The 2017 CHSA Finals will take place on Friday, Saturday, Sunday; August 25 -August 27, 2017 at Westbrook Hunt Club, Westbrook, CT.

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Below are the Rules and Regulations for the 2017 CHSA Finals.

QUALIFICATION 

The CHSA Finals is for Amateurs (in accordance with USEF Amateur Status Rules) and Juniors only, no Professionals will be allowed to enter and/or compete at the CHSA Finals.

Riders qualify by accumulating points in CHSA Classes held at Recognized CHSA Shows during the qualifying period. The Qualifying Period for the 2017 CHSA Finals runs from August 1, 2016 to Sunday, July 30, 2017 (“Qualifying Period”). In determining the date of a competition, the day the show begins is used.

The Top 20 riders/horses in eligible CHSA Hunter and Pleasure Divisions qualify and are invited to the CHSA Finals. To be eligible, each CHSA Division must have a minimum of 10 riders/horses with each having accumulated more than 25 points during the Qualifying Period.  See list of eligible CHSA Divisions.

In 2017, a new class, The CHSA Pleasure Classic, will be a class at the CHSA Finals open to horses who have qualified and entered class 30, 31, 34, 36, 37 or 40 at the CHSA Finals.

CHSA Medal Riders qualify by accumulating 12 or more points in CHSA Medal Classes held at Recognized Shows during the Qualifying Period. See CHSA Finals Medals for detailed rules and regulations.

The CHSA Finals Show Committee may, at its discretion, designate a lower minimum number of qualifying points for any given Year End Division.

ELIGIBILITY

Only active CHSA members and horses with a current 2016-17 membership by July 31, 2017, are eligible to participate in the CHSA Finals. If an entry is declined based on the qualifying criteria, the exhibitor shall be notified in writing, and full refund of all fees paid, less a $100 administrative fee, will be made within 30 days of the completion of the CHSA Finals show.

Beginning August 1, 2016, points will begin to accrue towards 2017 CHSA Finals.  These points will be carried over toward the 2017 CHSA Finals providing the horse/pony and rider rejoin CHSA with a 2017 membership by January 31, 2017.

QUARTER HORSE HUNTER UNDER SADDLE

The CHSA Rule Book requires that the Quarter Horse Hunter Under Saddle classes are open to horses registered with the American Quarter Horse Association and are to be shown under their full registered names with papers available for examination at anytime.

Would you please submit a copy of your horse’s AQHA registration papers for the CHSA files by email, fax or snail mail by August 1, 2017 to:

CHSA Finals
PO Box 54
Danielson, CT 06239
chsa@chsaonline.com
860-774-7084 – Fax

ENTRY FORMS 
In order to reserve your place in the 2017 CHSA Finals, your completed entry form (including all signatures) and check must be mailed and received or postmarked by Noontime (12 p.m.) Saturday, August 12th, 2017. Completed means filled out in its entirety including all signatures and membership numbers. An entry for an exhibitor under the age of 18 must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Mail entry forms and payment to:
CHSA Finals
PO Box 54
Danielson, CT 06239

Direct any questions to CHSA@chsaonline.com

PAYMENT
Payment must accompany all entries.

POST ENTRIES
Entry forms will not be accepted after the August 12th deadline or at the show. There will be no exceptions.

ENTRY FORM RECEIPT
As entry forms are received by the Show Secretary, confirmation of receipt will be posted on the CHSA website at www.chsafinals.com.

NUMBERS
Specially assigned numbers for the CHSA Finals may be picked up from the CHSA Finals Secretary before the competition begins. The Show Secretary will be available at Shallowbrook on Thursday, August 24 from 3:00pm – 5:00pm.  The Secretary will also be available during the CHSA Finals on Friday, August 25 – Sunday, August 27, from 7am – 5pm.

AWARDS :
Each CHSA Final’s class must have a minimum of 10 entries to be eligible to run at the CHSA Finals show and receive ribbons and prizes.  If, at the entry deadline, there are fewer than 10 entries for a class, then the following will occur:

  • Less then 10 entries but more then 5 at the entry deadline, the class will run. (ie 5 – 9 entries)
  • Less then 5 entries the class will not run and entry fees will be refunded. If the entry is only participating in one class the office fee and stall fees will also be refunded. If the entry is also participating in other classes only the canceled class fee will be refunded. (ie 4 – 1 entries)

STALLS 
Stalls will be available, more information to be provided soon.

ORDER OF GO 
The “Order of Go” for the CHSA Finals Classes will be available no later than Thursday, August 24, 2017, so that trainers and riders can better coordinate their arrival times. It will be posted on the CHSA website www.chsafinals.com; it will also be available with the CHSA Secretary and posted at the in gate.

SCRATCHES 
Once entered, no horse may be withdrawn from the competition without permission of the Show Committee. Any request to scratch must be made in writing and be accompanied by a confirmation of inability to compete from a Veterinarian or a Physician in the case of a rider’s illness or injury. If approved, a full refund of class entry fees, less a $200 scratch fee will be given within 30 days after the completion of the show.

CHANGE OF HORSE OR PONY
In order to change the horse or pony being ridden in an Equitation Finals class, the CHSA Secretary must be notified at least 2 hours before the start of the class either in person or by email (chsa@chsaonline.com).

NON-NEGOTIABLE CHECKS
Checks returned by the bank for any reason will be assessed a penalty of $200. Upon notification of a bad check, accounts will be given 7 days to make full payment including penalty, which must be paid in certified funds, cashier’s check or money order. An account not brought current within seven days will have the entrant’s CHSA Membership put on hold and no points will accumulate until the account is paid.

BAD CREDIT CARDS:
Credit Cards returned by the bank for any reason will be assessed a penalty of $200. Upon notification of a credit card problem, accounts will be given 7 days to make full payment including penalty, which must be paid in certified funds, cashier’s check or money order. An account not brought current within seven days will have the entrant’s CHSA Membership put on hold and no points will accumulate until the account is paid.

DISQUALIFICATION
Any rider going into a class that they have not qualified for, or officially entered, will be fined $200 and disqualified from any further participation in the CHSA Finals.

CONDITIONS OF COMPETITION
The CHSA Show Committee reserves the right to itself to interpret all questions and conditions in regard to or arising out of, or incident to the show without claims for damages or recourse of any kind. All questions not covered in these Rules and Regulations shall be decided by the CHSA Show Committee, its decision will be final.

The CHSA Show Committee reserves to itself the right to limit or change the number of accepted entries in any class, to refuse, accept conditionally, or to cancel any entries, disqualify any riders, horses or exhibitors, prohibit exhibition of entries without any claim for damages; to change any course, to add a dotted line, to cancel any unfilled classes, or to reschedule classes, after due notice to exhibitors; to change rings or judges as the competition warrants.

SAFETY: 
Protective Headgear is compulsory for all riders when riding anywhere on the competition grounds.  Adults and Juniors must wear properly fastened protective headgear that meets or exceeds ASTM standards for equestrian use and carries the SEI tag. It must be properly fitted with harness secured. See USEF GR 801.3. It is the responsibility of the rider, trainer, or parent or guardian of the junior exhibitor, to see to it that the headgear worn complies with appropriate safety standards and is properly fitted and in good condition.

Motorized Vehicles and Golf Carts: Minors who do not have a valid driver’s license which allows them to operate a motorized vehicle in the state in which they reside will not be permitted to operate a motorized vehicle of any kind including, but not limited to, golf carts, motorcycles, scooters, or farm utility vehicles on the competition grounds of recognized competitions. Minors who have a valid temporary license may operate the above described motorized vehicles as long as they are accompanied by an adult with a valid driver’s license. Violations of this rule will be cause for sanctions against the parent(s), guardian(s) and/or trainer(s) who are responsible for the child committing the offense. Penalties may include exclusion of the child, parent(s), guardian(s) and/or trainer(s) from the competition grounds for the remainder of the competition and charges being filed against any of the above individuals. Wheelchairs and other mobility assistance devices for individuals with disabilities are exempt from this rule. CHSA will impose a fine of $250 to any exhibitor found in violation of the above. In addition, reckless driving of any motorized vehicle by anyone on the show grounds will be subject to a fine of $250 and expulsion from the show grounds and forfeiture of any prizes won. Motorcycles are not allowed on the show grounds.

DOGS:
All dogs must be leashed only. Dogs are not allowed in cages, pens or other holding containers. No other animals are allowed on the show grounds.

TENTS:
No portable tents, popup tents, umbrellas or any portable structures are allowed within 300 Feet of the show and schooling rings.

NO ALCOHOL, DRUGS OR FIREARMS ARE ALLOWED ANYWHERE ON THE SHOW GROUNDS.

ACTS OF GOD CLAUSE:  
CHSA is not responsible for weather or road conditions (including traffic), power outages, acts of God, criminal activities, economic downturns, political changes, or any other activity, event or condition beyond its control.  There will be no refunds in the event of cancellation of classes due to severe weather or other emergencies or acts of God.

CHSA Finals Medals

Purpose

  • To provide a beginner and intermediate equitation medal classes at CHSA recognized shows.
  • To provide a CHSA Medal Finals at the CHSA Finals.
  • To promote CHSA and the benefits of membership.
  • To increase participation at CHSA approved horse shows.

CHSA Medal Rules and Regulations

  1. Only active CHSA members with a current membership are eligible to accumulate points.
  2. For any class to count, at least 3 riders must complete the class, with at least 1 rider being a current CHSA member.
  3. Non-CHSA members may complete the class, but they must be CHSA members to accumulate points.
  4. Each CHSA Medal Hunt Seat Equitation class will be shown over a course of not less than eight vertical fences and require at least 2 of the current USEF Tests 1- 8.  Judges may require additional testing.
  5. Exhibitors may compete in only one CHSA Medal Class per show.
  6. Points are scored 10, 6, 4, 2, 1, 1/2 regardless of the classification of the show or the number of entrants in the class.
  7. Shows may offer one of each type of CHSA Medal class per show. This applies to one-day or multi-day shows.
  8. Each show must offer in the prizelist at least 2 of the CHSA Medal Classes.
  9. Each show will pay CHSA $5.00 per Medal entry per class to a maximum of $75 per class.  Payment must accompany the show results and be received no later than ten (10) days after the show is held.

Qualification for CHSA Medal Finals

  1. Riders qualify by accumulating 12 or more points in CHSA Medal Classes held at Recognized Shows during the qualifying period.
  2. Riders may continue to enter CHSA Medal classes after they have accumulated the 12 points needed to qualify.
  3. The Top 30 qualified CHSA Medal Riders in each Class will be eligible to participate in the CHSA Medal Finals.
  4. Once you reach 70 points you automatically qualify for the CHSA Finals for that Medal Class and you are exempt from showing in that Medal Class for the rest of the showing season.
  5. A minimum of 10 riders must have accumulated 12 points for the Class to qualify to participate in the CHSA Medal Finals.
  6. Even if they have qualified for multiple CHSA Medal Classes, competitors may only compete in one Equitation Medal Class at the CHSA Finals in a given year.
  7. The 2017 qualifying period runs from August 1, 2016 until Sunday, July 31, 2017.  The last show to qualify will be the End of Hunt Horse Show held on Sunday, July 30, 2017.
  8. The CHSA Medal Finals will be held as part of the CHSA Finals on August 25- 27, 2017.

CHSA Medals Class Descriptions

SHORT STIRRUP EQUITATION MEDAL
Open to riders 12 years and under as of 12/1/16 who have never competed over fences exceeding 18” in a Recognized show. Course not to exceed ten non-x-rail fences, not to exceed 18”. Only one rider per horse/pony. To be judged on performance and soundness with manners emphasized. To be scored under the open numerical judging system.

The top 10 exhibitors from the first round will return to jump a second round in reverse order of their scores in the first round; lowest score going first and highest score going last. Scores from the first round will be added together with the scores of the second round to determine the placings. In case of a tie for first place only, those with tied scores will jump a third round over a shortened course to break the tie. In all other ties, the riders will toss a coin for the awards.

Awards: Champion, Reserve Champion and 8 Ribbons and Sashes

PRE-CHILDREN’S EQUITATION MEDAL
Open to junior riders who have never competed over fences exceeding 2’6” in a recognized show. Riders may show horses or ponies. To be shown over minimum of ten fences at a height of 2’0. No Combinations. Only one rider per horse/pony. To be scored under the open numerical judging system.

The top 10 riders from the first round will be invited collectively into the ring for an announced test. Further testing will be at the discretion of the judges, which must contain at least two tests from the current USEF Tests 1-8 including sitting trot. Scores from the first round will be added together with the scores of the second round to determine the placings. In case of a tie for first place only, those with tied scores will jump a third round over a shortened course to break the tie. In all other ties, the riders will toss a coin for the awards.

Awards: Champion, Reserve Champion and 8 Ribbons and Sashes CHSA Medals: Gold, Silver, Bronze and 7 Black

2’3″ CHILDREN’S EQUITATION MEDAL
Open to junior riders who have never competed over fences exceeding 2’6” in a recognized show. Riders may show horses or ponies. To be shown over minimum of ten fences at a height of 2’3”. No Combinations. Only one rider per horse/pony. To be scored under the open numerical judging system.

The top 10 riders from the first round will be invited collectively into the ring for an announced test. Further testing will be at the discretion of the judges, which must contain at least two tests from the current USEF Tests 1-8 including sitting trot. Scores from the first round will be added together with the scores of the second round to determine the placings. In case of a tie for first place only, those with tied scores will jump a third round over a shortened course to break the tie. In all other ties, the riders will toss a coin for the awards.

Awards: Champion, Reserve Champion and 8 Ribbons and Sashes CHSA Medals: Gold, Silver, Bronze and 7 Black

CHILDREN’S EQUITATION MEDAL
Open to junior riders who have never competed over fences exceeding 3’ in a recognized show. Riders may show horses or ponies. To be shown over minimum of ten fences at a height of 2’6”. Only one rider per horse/pony. To be scored under the open numerical judging system.

The top 10 riders from the first round will be invited collectively into the ring for an announced test. Further testing will be at the discretion of the judges, which must contain at least two tests from the current USEF Tests 1-8 including sitting trot. Scores from the first round will be added together with the scores of the second round to determine the placings. In case of a tie for first place only, those with tied scores will jump a third round over a shortened course to break the tie. In all other ties, the riders will toss a coin for the awards.

Awards: Champion, Reserve Champion and 8 Ribbons and Sashes CHSA Medals: Gold, Silver, Bronze and 7 Black

MODIFIED ADULT AMATEUR EQUITATION MEDAL
Open to adult amateurs who have not won six blue ribbons in any recognized Adult Equitation class excluding Modified Amateur Adult Equitation. For amateurs who have won six blue ribbons, they are eligible for Modified Adult if, as of Dec. 1 of the current show year, they have not shown in classes with fences 3’ or higher at more than three recognized horse shows within the past two show years. Riders in this class may not compete in any class at the same show where obstacles exceed 2’6″. Fences not to exceed 2’6″. To be scored under the open numerical judging system.

The top 10 riders from the first round will be invited collectively into the ring for an announced test. Further testing will be at the discretion of the judges, which must contain at least two tests from the current USEF Tests 1-8 including sitting trot. Scores from the first round will be added together with the scores of the second round to determine the placings. In case of a tie for first place only, those with tied scores will jump a third round over a shortened course to break the tie. In all other ties, the riders will toss a coin for the awards.

Awards: Champion, Reserve Champion and 8 Ribbons and Sashes CHSA Medals: Gold, Silver, Bronze and 7 Black

CHSA SADDLE SEAT MEDAL CLASS:
Open to Junior Riders who have not reached his/her 18th birthday; at least one rider must be a member of CHSA and all riders must be eligible for Saddle Seat.  Exhibitors to show in proper saddle seat attire and tack at the walk, trot and canter both ways of the ring.  The judge must ask for at least two individual tests from USEF Saddle Seat Tests 1-16.

CHSA WESTERN SEAT MEDAL CLASS:
Open to Junior Riders who have not reached his/her 18th birthday; at least one rider must be a member of CHSA and all riders must be eligible for Saddle Seat.  Exhibitors to show in proper Western tack and attire – (chaps and boots are required).  Entries will show at a walk, jog and lope both ways of the ring.  The judge must ask for at least two individual tests from USEF Western Seat Tests 1-11.


 Excluded Year End Award Divisions for CHSA Finals

Updated January 17, 2015

As determined by the CHSA Board of Directors these Year End Divisions are excluded from participating in the CHSA Finals:

Hunters

  1. Children’s Hunter Horse/Pony
  2. Green Pony Hunter
  3. Pony Hunter
  4. Junior Hunter
  5. Adult Amateur Owner Hunter
  6. Amateur Owner Hunter
  7. Connecticut Hunter
  8. Connecticut Open Hunter

Equitation

  1. Lead Rein Hunt Seat
  2. Lead Rein Saddle Seat
  3. Open Hunt Seat Equitation – All Ages
  4. Adult Amateur Hunt Seat Equitation
  5. Children’s Equitation (replaced by Children’s Equitation Medal)
  6. Junior Equitation
  7. Western Equitation
  8. Saddle Seat Equitation
  9. Short Stirrup Equitation (replaced by Short Stirrup Equitation Medal)
  10. Pre-Children’s Equitation (replaced by Pre-Children’s Equitation Medal)
  11. Modified Adult Amateur Equitation (replaced by Modified Adult Equitation Medal)

Jumper

  1. All Jumper Divisions except Low Training Jumper and Amateur Adult/Children’s Jumper

 Western

  1. Walk-Jog Western Pleasure
  2. Western Trail

Driving

  1. All Driving Divisions