BRITISH SHOW HORSE
ASSOCIATION – Extract from Showing Rules 2015
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RULE 7 - DEFINITIONS AND
(A) Amateur Status – a person is an Amateur for the purpose of classes
run under Association Rules if he/she does not, during the current or previous
(i) Engage in breeding, livery, buying, selling, dealing or hiring horses in a
(ii) Receive remuneration for employment in the connection with horses in
racing, showing, livery stable or riding school (instruction at Pony Club and
Riding Club excepted). This does not include the suppliers of ancillary services
such as farriers and vets.
(iii) Own/Part own an equestrian establishment including but not limited to
riding schools, events centre, stud or livery yard in any capacity, or receive
any form of remuneration for employment at an equestrian establishment. For the
avoidance of doubt for the purpose of this rule, immediate family members of an
owner or part owner of an equestrian establishment who work or are howsoever
otherwise engaged or involved in any capacity, whether or not for remuneration
at the equestrian establishment, will be treated as being an owner or part owner
of that equestrian establishment.
(iv) Show a Horse owned or sponsored by a company or a commercial firm, in any
showing classes, BSHA or otherwise, or a Horse for which his/her immediate
family accepts livery or training charges from a person outside the immediate
(v) A competitor is not eligible to compete in Amateur classes on an Exhibit,
which has been ridden by a Professional Rider in any Open classes, BSHA or
otherwise, with the exception of Open Working Show Horse and Side Saddle
classes, during the current year unless the Horse has subsequently been
re-registered under new Ownership.
On the day when an Exhibit is competing in an Amateur class, Professionals are
not allowed to ride or work-in the relevant animal. No Professional Producers
are allowed into the ring to groom/strip the Horse.
(B) Amateur Owner/Amateur Rider. Open to Horses owned and ridden by an
Amateur, (the Rider need not be the Owner of the Horse). This ruling will also
apply to Amateurs who wish to compete in the Annual Amateur Points Awards.
(C) Amateur Owner Rider/Home Produced. Open to Horses, which are either
stabled at home or in a D. I. Y. yard and which since 1st January 2015 have not
been shown by a Professional during the current season or stabled in a
Professional yard at any time in 2015. To be ridden by an Amateur. This does not
exclude Amateur Owner Home Produced riders having lessons at any time with an
instructor, providing the Horse remains stabled at home.
Producers are allowed into the ring to groom/strip the Horse.
Last Updated Tuesday 26 July 2016