Events and Community
Rules for 2013
116. Area festivals
Please also read general rules for qualifying and championships as some items are also applicable to Area Festivals.
a) Scope of Area Festivals
- Classes will be from Preliminary to Prix St Georges level, with Restricted and Open sections from Novice to Advanced Medium level.
- Area Festivals carry grading points but do not count as qualifiers in anyway (except for the Festival Final).
b) Eligibility for Area Festivals
- Qualification for an Area Festival is restricted to individual horse/rider combinations.
- Once qualified for the Area Festival, combinations may compete even if they subsequently upgrade.
- Horse and rider combinations may only ride in Area Festivals at two consecutive levels e.g. Prelim/Novice or Medium/Advanced Medium. This applies to all Area Festivals in the same year. However combinations which competed in the Area Festival Championships in April may move up levels for the Area Festivals later in the same year.
- Combinations competing at Winter/Summer Regional Championships will not be eligible for any Area Festivals at that level or below in the same calendar year with the exception of Freestyle to Music classes when they will only lose their eligibility to compete in Area Festivals if they compete at the Winter Championships.
- Group 3‐8 riders may compete in Area Festivals up to and including PSG according to normal eligibility rules. Only Group 7 & 8 riders may compete at Prelim level. Group 2 riders may only compete at Medium level and above. Group 2A riders who have not ridden in a CDI may only compete in Advanced Medium and PSG. Group 1 riders and Group 2A riders who have ridden in a CDI may not enter Area Festivals at any level.
- Once a rider has ridden at the National or Winter Championships (including the Music Championships), they cannot compete at that level or below on another horse in Area Festivals in that year or the following year. If a rider qualifies for the Area Festival Championships prior to the National Championships they will lose their eligibility to compete in the Area Festival Championships at that level or below once they compete at the National Championships. Riders who have competed in any Para Equestrian Championship, or the Area Festival Championship which run alongside the Winter Championships, are exempt from this restriction.
- Once a rider has been placed in the top 10 with 65% or above in a Prelim or Restricted Novice or Elementary class or placed in the top 5 with 66% or above in a Restricted Medium or Advanced Medium class at the Area Festival Championship they may not compete in the Restricted section for that level or below that level in that year or future years. This is effective immediately on gaining such a placing and will require any pre‐existing qualification to be switched to the Open section of the Area Festival Championship.
- U21 riders who are eligible to wear a Union Flag pocket badge cannot compete in Area Festivals during the period they are entitled to wear the badge.
- Non-members may qualify at Preliminary level in non-qualifying Preliminary classes. They must be a Group 7 or 8 rider when qualifying i.e. not have won more than 14 points at Elementary level or above since 1st April 1994.
- Horses/ponies need not be registered to qualify for an Area Festival when competing in non‐qualifying Preliminary classes but must not have more than 49 BD points when qualifying. Horses must be fully registered to compete at Area Festivals at all levels.
- No – members may qualify using scores gained on Class Tickets but both horse and rider must be registered before entering the Area Festival at all levels.
c) Means of qualifying for Area Festivals
- All qualifying scores must be gained between 1st January of the calendar year and the close of entries for the relevant Area Festival.
- Qualification at Preliminary to Elementary levels will be by achieving 3 affiliated scores at 62% and above at the same level.
- Qualification from Medium to PSG levels will be by achieving 2 affiliated scores at 60% and above at the same level. Riders may only compete in Area Festivals at PSG on horses with fewer than 450 points.
- Competitors in the Channel Islands, IOM and IOW will be able to qualify with 2 affiliated scores at 62% and above at Preliminary to Elementary and 1 affiliated score at 60% and above from Medium to PSG, providing all qualification is achieved ‘On Island’. If a member travels to the mainland to compete normal qualification is required.
- Members will receive notification once qualified for an Area Festival of which a copy of which must be sent with the entry form as proof of qualification. Qualifying scores may only be used once. Scores from BYRDS Home International, Senior Inter Regionals and Sheepgate U25s may be used. Scores from Training Sections, Freestyles, HC tests, Area Festivals or Regional Championships cannot be used.
d) Qualification for Area Festival Championships
- The winning rider with 62% and above in Medium – PSG classes at the Area Festivals will qualify for the Festival Championships. If classes are split then first place from each section will qualify.
- For Preliminary ‐ Elementary the top 4 combinations with 62% and above will qualify. If the classes are split then the first and second place from each section will qualify.
- If any combination is already qualified for the Area Festival Championship, the qualification will pass down to the next eligible combination.
- Wild cards will be issued after close of entries for the Area Festival Championships to the next highest qualified percentages across all Area Festivals for any class which has not been filled. Entries received after the closing date from pre‐qualified combinations will not be accepted once wild cards have been issued.
- A horse/rider combination which qualifies for both the Area Festival Championship and the Winter Championships in the same year may only compete in the Area Festival Championship at a higher level than in the Winter Championship. Music Freestyle classes are included. Those qualified for both at the same level or below must withdraw from the Area Festival Championship.
Championship at a higher level than in the Winter Championship. Music Freestyle classes are included. Those qualified for both at the same level or below must withdraw from the Area Festival Championship.
Please also read general rules for qualifying and championships as some items are also applicable to Area Festivals. These can be found by visiting www.britishdressage.co.uk.