Rules & Regulations
USEF MEMBERSHIP STATEMENT
Life, senior active and junior active members shall be eligible to participate in all classes at regular Competitions, eventing Competitions at the preliminary level or above and Combined Driving Competitions at the advanced level, Dressage, reining and Vaulting Competitions and endurance rides. A non-member may participate as a handler, rider, driver, owner, lessee, agent, coach or trainer at regular Competitions, eventing Competitions, Dressage Competitions, reining Competitions and Combined Driving Competitions upon payment of a $30 nonmember registration fee. Participants in the following classes are exempted from the requirements of this rule: 1) leadline; 2) exhibitions; 3) games and races; 4) classes for 4-h members; 5) walk trot and academy classes (academy classes are classes limited to horses used regularly in a lesson program); 6) USDF introductory level tests, pas de deux and quadrille classes; 7) NRHA-endorsed Reining Competitions; 8) Opportunity classes; 9) citizens of other nations who have proof, in english, of current membership in good standing of their own National Federation; 10) USEA Beginner Novice division; and 11) assistant handlers in Dressage sport horse Breeding classes.
FEDERATION ENTRY AGREEMENT
By entering a Federation-licensed Competition and signing this entry blank as the Owner, lessee, Trainer, manager, agent, Coach, Driver, rider, handler, Vaulter or longeur and on behalf of myself and my principals, representatives, employees and agents,I agree that I am subject to the Bylaws and rules of The United States Equestrian Federation, inc. (the“Federation”) and the local rules of The Jumper Classic (Competition). I agree to be bound by the Bylaws and rules of the Federation and of the competition. I will accept as final the decision of the hearing Committee on any question arising under the rules, and agree to release and hold harmless the competition, the Federation, their officials, directors and employees for any action taken under the rules. I represent that I am eligible to enter and/or participate under the rules, and every horse I am entering is eligible as entered. I also agree that as a condition of and in consideration of acceptance of entry, the Federation and/or the Competition may use or assign photographs, videos, audios, cable - casts, broadcasts, internet, film, new media or other likenesses of me and my horse taken during the course of the competition for the promotion, coverage or benefit of the competition, sport, or the Federation. Those likenesses shall not be used to advertise a product and they may not be used in such a way as to jeopardize amateur status. I hereby expressly and irrevocably waive and release any rights in connection with such use, including any claim to compensation, invasion of privacy, right of publicity, or to misappropriation. The construction and application of Federation rules are governed by the laws of the state of New York, and any action instituted against the Federation must be filed in New York state. see Gr908.4.
The show management reserves the right to the following: to cancel, combine or split any class if entries warrant, or the rules of the USEF require it. The show management also reserves the right to: limit the number of entries accepted for any class, which will be done on a first come, first served basis; change the location of any classes and to alter courses and/or fences if necessary; decline any entry before the start of the show without being liable for compensation; change the start times of any ring from what is indicated on the time schedule. Should any question or dispute arise not provided for in these rules, the same shall be referred to the Show Committee and Management, whose decision shall be final and adhered to by the agreement of a signed entry blank.
Every animal entered for competition or on the show grounds shall be under the control of the Show Committee. The Boston Equestrian Classic, its owners, employees, agents, Show Committee and sponsors shall not be liable or responsible for any loss or damage to any animal, person or property which may occur for any reason during the show and it shall be a condition of entry that each exhibitor hold the Show Committee, its owners, agent employees and the USEF blameless for any accident or loss which may occur by fire or otherwise.
Closing date for all entries is MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2012. Any entry received after that date will be taken on a first come first serve basis selected by postmark and a late fee will be charged. No phone entries will be accepted. entries received via fax will not be processed unless stall payment and/or open check is received within 48 hours. Fax number is 401.848.2985. Post entries will be accepted only if time and space allow. Entries postmarked and accepted after the closing date of entries will be accessed a $50 late fee.
No entry blank will be accepted unless it is accompanied by a CHECK OR CREDIT INFORMATION for nomination fees, stall payment and administration fees. The form must be signed by owner, or authorized agent, and by trainer. EXHIBITORS WILL NOT RECEIVE THEIR NUMBERS UNTIL ALL NECESSARY INFORMATION IS ON THEIR ENTRY BLANKS.
This year all horses regardless of showing status will be charged a $12.00 fee for this service, which is mandatory.
NOMINATION, DECLATATIONS AND SCRATCHES
Nomination Fee: $225 must be paid by the closing date of entries. Horses nominated after the closing date of entries must pay an ADDITIONAL $50.00. Nominated Jumper sections: 1.20m, 1.30m, masters, Jr./AO, Welcome Stake, Speed Stake, Grand prix, Gamblers Choice.
Nominated Jumpers must declare in the Show Office on the appropriate form, the day before the class is to be held, and no later than 5:00 p.m. horses scratched 24 hours prior to the start of the show are eligible for a 50% refund of the nomination fee. All horses showing in Jumper classes offering $2,500 or more in prize money must be recorded with the USEF except where prohibited by state or local law, in accordance with the USEF.
Once entered, no horse may be scratched without a Veterinarian’s certificate. In the case if illness or injury before the start of the show, the certificate must be received by the horse show secretary prior to 8:00 a.m. on the opening day of the show in order to be eligible for a refund from entered classes. A$50 scratch Fee will be assessed.
Formal attire is mandatory for all Classics, Welcome Stake, Speed Stake and Grand Prix classes, with no exceptions: black, dark blue, dark green, or scarlet coat; white shirt with tie, stock or choker; white, fawn, or canary breeches; hunt cap.
It is mandatory that any person on a horse wear a helmets with harness secured. The new rule will have an effect on barns and their employees - from grooms riding horses to the property, flatting horses in the morning, to awards presentations, helmets must be worn at all times.
United States Equestrian Federation Gr801 reads: “It is compulsory for riders all persons at Federation licensed hunter, jumper or hunter/jumper competitions in all Hunter, Jumper and Hunt Seat Equitation classes, when mounted anywhere on the competition grounds, to wear properly fastened protective headgear which meets or exceeds ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials)/SEI (Safety Equipment Institute) standards for equestrian use and carries the SEI tag. It must be properly fitted with harness secured.” it is the responsibility of the rider, trainer, parent or guardian to see to it that the headgear worn complies with appropriate safety standards and is properly fitted and in good condition. Use of iPods and earphones are strictly prohibited while on horseback.
Use of iPods and earphones is strictly prohibited in schooling area and during competitions.
Horses may arrive no earlier than 1:00 p.m., Monday September 4, 2012, and leave no later than 12:00 p.m., Monday, September 10, 2012. There will be no refunds on stalls after closing date of entries. Stalls will be approximately 10x10 portable, under tents, with doors.
Hay, grain and bedding may be purchased on the grounds, and must be ordered in the show office. Feed orders and deliveries prior to arrival, please use the pre-show order form included in the prize list, or contact show secretary.
DAILY SHIPPING FEE
Parking passes are required for all competitors showing out of their trailers and must be purchased at the show office for $30 per day. All trailers must park in approved parking area. There will be NO parking of Trailers in the Barn area.
POLING AND ANIMAL WELFARE
Manual poling and/or the use of bamboo pole offsets are prohibited. Any rider or trainer found poling or using offsets and/or who, in the opinion of the judges or committee, uses their whip or spurs in an excessive manner, will be immediately eliminated from the class where the incident occurred, be suspended from further showing for a twenty-four hour period and will forfeit all entry fees for that class. Any horse upon which a violation of the manual poling and/or use of bamboo offset rule is perpetrated will be suspended from competition for a twenty-four hour period starting from the time of incident and forfeit all entry fees. Further violations by that exhibitor on the same horse or another horse will result in said exhibitor being barred from any further competition at this show. All incidents will be reported by the USEF steward to the USEF for possible further investigations.
PRIZE MONEY, RETURNED AND CANADIAN CHECKS
Prize money won by Foreign exhibitors: Foreign exhibitors are advised that the U.S. Internal Revenue Service requires sporting events to withhold 30% of prize money won in the U.S. Foreign exhibitors should apply for a U.S. social security number and will be asked to complete Form 8283 prior to the Boston Equestrian Classic issuing prize money won. Prize money will be awarded by check within 30 days of the close of the competition. Checks returned by the bank for any reason incurs a penalty of $100 or 10% of the face value of the check. If you have presented a non-negotiable check to the Boston Equestrian Classic in the past, you may CANADIAN CHECKS: The legend “U.S. Funds” must be preprinted on the face of any Canadian check drawn on a Canadian bank and used to pay any fees for Boston Equestrian Classic. There will also be a $25 fee added to all Canadian check to cover the bank-handling fee. Canadian exhibitors are urged to contact their banking institution prior to sending entries, as entries received that do not adhere to this policy will be returned. The will be NO EXCEPTIONS to this policy. No Numbers will be released until proper credentials and all signatures are in order. Please make copy of all USEF membership cards.
Ties involving first place will be jumped off. Ties not involving first place will be decided upon time unless otherwise stated. No combined Jumper section will be split if either of the split sections would have a number of entries which is fewer than the money placing offered.
Minors who do not have a valid drivers license which allo ws 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 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 flied against any of the above individuals in accordance with management rights rule. Wheelchair and other mobility assistance device for individual with disabilities are exempt from the rule. Parents or guardians of minor exhibitors shall hold the horse show management and the Facility harmless for any injury to such minor. No child’s entry will be accepted or number issued unless a parent or LEGAL guardian signs the entry. The signature of unrelated persons Will NOT BE ACCEPTED
All lungeing will be restricted to defined areas. Lungeing will NOT be permitted on either of the show fields at any time.
All owners and exhibitors shall be held responsible for any damages incurred by them; their agent or employee to stalls, buildings and other properties on the show grounds, and shall be billed accordingly.
All show rings and warm up areas are a grass surface.
PARKING AND EXHIBITOR PASSES
Parking is provided on the show grounds only in areas designated by the management. Campers, motor homes and trailers cannot be accommodated on the show grounds. An appropriate number of exhibitor’s passes will be available to each competitor. These must be displayed at all times during the show.
No dogs or other pets can be on the show grounds unless leashed and under control at all times. Unrestrained pets will be impounded and released only after paying a $75.00 fine.
A rotating jumping order will be established for all classes. All horses must be ridden in the posted order. Riders who have conflicts due to multiple horses should see the starter so that necessary adjustments can be made. The show management reserves the right to restrict the area of the courtesy circle by a mandatory line that will be indicated on course diagrams. Every class offered herein which is covered the rules and specifications of the current USEF rule book will be conducted and judged in accordance therewith.
SHARPS MUST BE PLACED IN THE SHARPS CONTAINERS PROVIDED. ANYONE FOUND DISCARDING SHARPS IN ANY OTHER MANNER WILL BE FINED UP TO $250.00 EVERY TIME THEY ARE DISCOVERED IN VIOLATION OF THIS RULE. THERE WILL BE NO EXCUSE AND THIS FINE WILL BE ENFORCED. ADDITIONAL SHARPS CONTAINERS MAY BE FOUND AT THE SHOW OFFICE.
Patrons tables for the Champagne Luncheon Sunday September 9, 2012 under the tents at the Grand Prix Field may be purchased on line at bostonequestrianclassic.com or by calling 978-491-9456. All reservations must be made by September 1, 2012.
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