Led, Show Horse & Rider Competition Rules

Important Information

  • See Important Information to all Equestrian Participants on page 75
  • All entries Led/Rider/Hack to be directed to: ntshowhorseassoc@gmail.com
  • Classes may be split if sufficient entries.

Freds Pass Show Horse classes are run in accordance with Show Horse Council Australasia rules. For full completion rules please refer to www.showhorsecouncilaust.com.au

Entries & Payments:

All entries must be submitted via Nominate: www.nominate.com.au

Entrants not members of NTSHA must pay day membership of $25.00. Class cost is $6 per class for NTSHA members & $8 for non-members.

Insurance Levy:

Equestrian Disclaimer is to be completed by all competitors and forwarded with entries.


Refunds are subject to the production of a Vet or Doctors certificate stating that the horse/rider was suffering a condition that would prevent them from competing. Incorrect entries WILL NOT be refunded and a $20 administration fee will be charged.


All competitors compete at their own risk.


Any protest accompanied by a non-refundable fee of $100 must be in writing, and handed to the Ringmaster, within 15 minutes of the incident. Ruling on the protest by the Disputes Committee will be final.

Feed & Watering:

Whilst horses are on the Reserve the feeding and watering of them is the responsibility of the owner/exhibitor.


All horses must be free from contagious disease. Veterinary inspections may be carried out at any time and horses which, in the opinion of the Veterinarian, show signs of contagious disease, shall, if the organisers so order, be removed from the Reserve by the exhibitor at his/her expense.

Drug Testing & Treatment Rules:

It is the intention of the Drug Testing and Treatment Rules (Show Horse Council Australasia) all horses perform, at the time of competition, without any prohibited or banned substance/s within their system. A treatment sheet is required to be lodged to the NT Show Horse Assoc for any horse that has been administered any treatment, foreign substance, medication, drug, prohibited substance or banned substance, within 30 days of competition.  Swabbing maybe conducted on a random or for cause basis.


Competitors at all times will display correct manners to judges and officials. Failure to do so will result in exclusion from the remainder of the Show and further action may be taken at the discretion of the organisers.


Saddlery must be in a safe condition to the satisfaction of the organisers, or the competitor will not be allowed to compete

Ill Treatment of Horses:

Ill treatment of horses will not be tolerated and will result in automatic disqualification from further competition.


Order of events shown in the program is a guide only. It is the responsibility of competitors to ensure they are ready for any event in which they are entering. The organisers reserve the right to vary the order and times of events as they see fit.


The second place getters in all classes that qualify for Champion (denoted with *) must stand-by, and the horse/rider that placed second to the horse/rider sashed. Champion will be required for the judging of the Reserve Champion.


All horses entered in classes where height is specified must have a current SHC certificate. All Height certificates must be produced to Marshall on request before entering the Ring.


To be in accordance with SHC rules. Suitable attire must be worn by all riders (jackets and plaiting is preferred in Hacking rings). Any handler or rider, who, in the opinion of the organisers, is not properly attired, will not be allowed to compete.

Age of Competitors:

For classes determined by age, age is at the day of competition.

Approved Headgear:

Riders/handlers Under 17 years of age must wear approved headgear to the current Australian (AS/NZ 3838; 1998 or European (EN 1384), or US (ASTNF 1163) standard. Riders 17 years of age and over are also permitted to wear bowlers and top hats.

Led Classes:

Horse’s age as at 1 August. Thoroughbred/ASH/QH/RPSB/Welsh/Arab — Horses entered in these classes MUST have been registered. However, registration does not need to be current or financial. Copy of registration certificate to be included with entries. Only horses that are not eligible for a specific breed class are eligible for the "Any Other Breed " class.

Junior Riders:

Riders/handlers Under 17 years of age are not permitted to wear long boots in rider classes and Smartest on Parade. This includes gaiters and chapettes. Junior Handlers must wear approved headgear in led classes.

Leading Rein:

Pony can n/e 12hh and must be ridden by a child 3yrs and under 8 years on the day of show. Snaffle bridle only (egg butt or rings only). Attendant must fix the leading rein to the noseband; and at all times lead with the rein in the left hand; string or any aid fastened to the saddle to keep the pony's head in position is not permitted; No spurs or whips; Handler may carry a cane (not exceeding 40cm). Rider are not permitted to ride in any “off-lead” classes at this show.

SHC Rider & Hack and Hunter Classes:

Riders must be a financial NTSHA member and Horses must be currently registered with SHC. Hacks and hunters are also required to hold a current official SHC measurement card. Winners will be eligible for Champion. SHC classes are run by NTSHA Under SHC rules & regulations. Contact NTSHA for further information: ntshowhorseassoc@gmail.com.

Preliminary Hack, Hunter, Rider Classes:

is one that has not been placed 1st, Champion or Reserve in an Open ridden Hack class/event at any Royal Show or has never been the Winner or Runner Up at the Grand National, any State HOTY Title or has never been the Winner of any HOTY Intermediate or Preliminary Title.

Hunter / Hack Classes:

Horses may only compete as either a Hack or Show Hunter NOT BOTH.

Entry Checklist:

  • 2017 measurement certificate if entered in classes determined by a height.
    Copy of certificate to be submitted.
  • Insurance disclaimer has been completed, signed and attached to entries.
  • NTSHA Day Membership form(s) have been completed, signed & attached to entries.
  • Relevant registration certificate for breed classes.
  • Evidence of SHC membership and horse registration where required.
  • Freds Pass Show Equestrian Membership purchased from Freds Pass Show Office.

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