A. HORSE SHOW ADVISORY COMMITTEE
1. The association shall hold clinics or horse shows requested by each
discipline’s Horse Show Advisory Committee and approved by the general
2. To assure quality shows, organizers are required to attend the Horse
Show Advisory Committee meeting which is held prior to the start of the
show season. The members of each discipline’s Horse Show Advisory
Committee and the Executive Committee will assist each show organizer as
3. Organizers shall be responsible for their shows. It shall be their
duty to enforce all rules of the association; deliver all funds from the
show to the treasurer; turn over all judges’ cards, entry forms, etc.
to the Points Committee; and certify all who worked at their show to the
person recording members’ work hours.
4. At the September general membership meeting, the Horse Show Advisory
Committees shall meet and vote on the schedule of horse show dates for
the coming year. At the October general membership meeting, the Horse
Show Advisory Committees will meet and discuss the list of pointed
classes for the coming year. At the November general membership
meeting, each Horse Show Advisory Committee shall present the
recommended divisions/classes pointed for year-end awards for the
upcoming show season for final approval.
5. All pointed classes included in the prize list are to be held and
specifications given for each class are to be available for all
1. Junior judges are allowed by DVHA, but should be cleared through the
judge for that month’s show.
2. A judge may judge each division of a show once a year only unless
specified by a particular division. DVHA members are not to judge DVHA
C. GENERAL HORSE SHOW RULES
1. All DVHA show jump standards, rails, dressage rings and other locked
equipment will not be used for schooling purposes by members on non-show
2. Exhibitors are notified that any act of discourtesy or disobedience
to the judge or the committee members on the part of the rider, owner,
trainer or groom shall disqualify all horses owned by said person
or persons, and the owner/rider shall forfeit all entry fees and awards
for the day.
3. No profane language or abusive treatment of animals will be allowed
on the show grounds. Anyone responsible for such acts will be
immediately barred from competition and the show grounds for that day.
4. All children under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian
sign the show application (entry blank) and assume responsibility for
the child. This clause will be written on all show prize lists and entry
5. Ringmasters may not show in a division after they have been working
in that division as ringmaster for that day.
6. If the rider only is being judged, they may not appear more than once
in the same class. If the horse only is being judged, it may not appear
more than once in the same class.
7. The level of rider and/or horse competing at DVHA shows will be
determined at the beginning of the show day. Competitors should consult
individual prize list rules for further clarification.
8. Current negative Coggins test (according to the laws of the state in
which the horse resides) must be performed on all horses competing at
9. Membership and/or horse registration will be accepted at any horse
show before competing in any class (see Section H. “Year-End Award
Eligibility Requirements, paragraph 2.).
10. Each horse/rider combination must pay a separate entry fee. The
amount of entry fee for each class is determined at the time of
11. A senior is any rider over 18 years of age as of December 1. A
junior is any rider under 18 years of age as of December 1. Persons born
on December 1 must assume the greater age of that date.
12. Ponies (14.2 hands and under) – Small ponies may be ridden by
juniors. Large ponies may be ridden by adults under horse
13. Members must show membership cards.
14. Refunds of entry fees are to be made at the discretion of the show
chairman; i.e., such reasons as cancellation of classes, official
veterinarian’s certification or a sick or injured horse, or illness of
the exhibitor. Competitors should consult individual prize list rules
for further clarification.
15. No one shall approach the judge unless first obtaining permission
from the show chairman. No exhibitor has the right to inspect the
judges’ cards without permission from the judge, obtained through the
16. In any show, horses or riders may not show under a judge from whom
they have received training or instruction within 30 days. Should a
rider choose to show, they will then be riding “Hors Concours” (HC).
The points/score will not count towards any awards.
17. All protests will be made to and settled by the show chairman and
the show chairman’s decision, made known in the presence of the
persons involved, will be final.
18. All dogs on the show grounds must be leashed at all times or will be
confined by the show committee.
19. Rain gear may be used in bad weather. At the discretion of the show
judge, coats and ties may be omitted in hot weather. Competitors should
consult individual prize list rules for further clarification.
20. No horses are to be lunged in a schooling ring if other riders are
present. If a horse is required to be lunged during a show, DVHA has
designated certain rings for use. All exhibitors should check with the
show chairman for clarification on where lunging is permitted.
21. If DVHA does not have a rule governing a situation, the appropriate
national governing body rules shall apply. All questions not covered by
these rules shall be decided by the show chairman whose decision shall
D. DRESSAGE COMPETITION RULES
1. Dressage riders may have a reader. However, it is the exhibitor’s
responsibility to know the test. Movements may be read only once.
2. Talking or clucking to your horse is not permitted in the dressage
3. Committing three course errors, leaving the arena during the test or
marked lameness result in elimination from dressage classes.
4. In dressage competitions, horses may not be entered in classes
differing by more than one level at any show. Riders must enter the
arena within 45 seconds of the judge’s signal (usually a whistle or
5. Dressage attire at all DVHA dressage schooling shows: Jackets
are optional; smooth leather half-chaps may be worn if combined with
matching paddock boots; protective headgear is encouraged at all levels,
including FEI. If riding jackets are removed, a conservative top
with sleeves and collar must be worn.
Dressage attire at all national governing body recognized
shows: In accordance with the rules of each organization.
6. Dressage tack: A simple snaffle, regular cavesson, flash,
figure eight, or drop noseband are permitted. Twisted wire bits, bits of
two or more different metals and bit guards are not permitted. Bandages,
boots, blinders, martingales, draw reins and side reins, running reins
or artificial devices are not permitted. Seat covers, nose covers and
ear covers are allowed. Only in the warm-up area, lunging with side
reins and riding or lunging with boots, bandages, or a running
martingale is permitted. Whips may be carried during a test but may not
exceed 48” in length. Spurs capable of injuring a horse are forbidden.
7. Additional rules and regulations are printed in the Dressage section
of the DVHA prize list. Knowledge of rules for the appropriate national
governing body rated shows are the responsibility of the exhibitor.
E. HUNTER DIVISION AND JUMPER DIVISION COMPETITION RULES
1. Hunter Attire: Boots, breeches, riding coat, hard hat and tie
(formal or informal). Spurs or crops are optional. Hard hats must be
worn at all times when riding anywhere on the show grounds. It is
recommended that ASTM approved hard hats be worn. Boots can be in any
color in accordance with attire.
2. Jumper Attire: Same as above except riding jackets are optional
(collared shirt required).
3. Hunter Tack: Regulation snaffles, pelhams and full bridles, all
with cavesson nose bands are recommended. In hack or under saddle
classes, martingales of any type are prohibited unless class
specifications state otherwise. Any unconventional equipment will be
left to the judge’s discretion.
4. Jumper Tack: All tack should be in accordance with the rules of
the national governing body.
F. WESTERN DIVISION COMPETITION RULES
1. Western Attire: Boots, hat, long-sleeved shirt and long pants.
Chaps are optional in all classes. Crops, bats or quirts are allowed in
speed events provided that they are not used forward of the front cinch.
Spurs are optional in all classes. Western jackets are allowed, weather
2. Western Tack: No tiedowns except in speed events. Hackamores
are only allowed in timed events. Bosals are allowed in any class when
not used in conjunction with a bit, provided that the horse is 5 years
of age and under (age requirement does not apply to Green Broke
Division), unless class specifications state otherwise. Curb straps or
chains must be used in conjunction with standard western bits.
3. There will be no discrimination as to the type of bridle used in
1. All bills relating to horse show expenses will be paid by check.
2. No paid exhibitions at shows. Concessions will be allowed on the
grounds at the discretion and approval of the general membership.
3. DVHA show and food stand organizers have the option to hire
competent outside show staff for any position, as needed.
K. SCHOOLING PRIVILEGES AT DVHA ON NON-SHOW DAYS
Schooling on DVHA show grounds during non-show days is a privilege
granted by DVHA to its full members under the following conditions.
1. Riding is open to all full DVHA members who have indicated they
will volunteer at least 12 hours or pay an annual fee of $250.00.
2. Nonmembers are not permitted to ride or teach on DVHA show
grounds on non-show days. All members who ride or teach on
non-show days must provide an annual certificate of insurance to DVHA
before using the show grounds.
3. Members are required to use the necessary safety measures while
riding. Hard hats must be worn at all times when riding anywhere on the
4. Junior members must have an adult present at all times.
5. Trailers are to be parked in the trailer parking area of the
6. All members must have their membership card prominently
displayed. This will enable other members who are riding with you know
you are a validated member.
7. Once a ring has been prepared for a show, or if a ring is
locked, schooling will not be permitted in that ring. Set-up dates are
listed in each issue of CROSSTIES.
8. No free-longeing of a horse is allowed in any DVHA ring if there is
another member riding on the show grounds.
L. SCHOOLING PRIVILEGES AT DVHA ON SHOW DAYS
1. All exhibitors are allowed to school during a show.
2. Any person (member or nonmember) not registered to compete, who
wishes to school on the show grounds while a show is in progress, must
report to the secretary’s stand before entering any ring to receive a
number, sign a release and receive instructions on where to ride.
3. If another organization is renting the show grounds, any person
not registered to compete, who wishes to school on the show grounds
while a show is in progress, must report to the secretary’s stand and
receive an exhibitor number. The renting organization may require a fee
for schooling purposes.