A rule change for Horse of the Year Show

A rule change for Horse of the Year Show

Horse of the Year Show would like to make all competitors aware that there has been changes to the HOYS rulebook, Section 3 (d) and (e) pages 6 and 7 respectively.  As of the 7th July 2017, the following rules will apply to both HOYS qualifiers and the Final itself. Rules that have been changed/added are detailed in bold:

Section 3

(d) Riding Hats

  1. Correctly secured British Standard Skull Caps/Riding Hats that meet current approved BSI or European Safety Standards MUST be worn by riders 18 years and under, riders competing in Intermediate, Mountain and Moorland classes and riders in the jumping phase of the Working Hunter Horse/Pony.
  2. Competitors are reminded that hats should have a plain cover and should be as per the guidelines set out in the specific class and/or society ruling; black, navy, blue, brown, grey or green as appropriate.
  • A rider whose hat comes off will be disqualified.
  1. A rider, whose strap comes undone whilst competing must on penalty of disqualification, replace it or fasten it before continuing. The rider may stop without penalty to refasten the strap.


(e) Dress

  1. All riders when competing must be suitably attired for the Class or Championship as per the guidelines set out in the specific class and/or society Please note gaiters may be worn however chaps are not permitted in any class or championship.
  2. Body protectors may be worn and are recommended whilst competing in Working Hunter Pony classes.
  • It is prohibited for competitors to have advertising or team branding on any item of clothing or hat when competing in the ring, manufacturers names/labels common to the product are excluded.


For the full HOYS Rule Book please refer to the HOYs website or follow this link https://hoys.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/HOYS-Rules-06.07.17.pdf


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