Victorian Equestrian Interschool Series - HANDBOOK

2015 ISD - InterSchool Dressage - Rules and Details

ISD rules are based on those used by the EA (which by extension are FEI rules).

EA Tests are available from www.vic.equestrian.org.au  updated January 2014 (Preparatory updated 2013) or click HERE 

The Championship placings at each level count for team and Individual points for ISD Series.

VEIS Series points will be allocated as per the series rules for applicable events.


*  Canteen available on the day

*  Gates open at 630am

*  Powered sites available

*  Day yards

*  Sand and Grass surfaces

*  Dressage arena surrounds white poly pope with moulded supports

*  Ample warm up areas

*  Dogs welcomed but must be restrained at all times



EA Rules and Code of Conduct apply in conjuction with ISD rules, these can be found at www.equestrian.org.au or www.vic.equestrian.org.au

Dressage Tests January 2014 Version (Preparatory updated January 2013 Version)

Competitions open to all currently enrolled primary and secondary school students.

All riders must be currently enrolled at the school they are representing and MUST be accompanied by an adult.

No riders other than those competing are allowed to ride on the grounds.

One horse, one rider rule applies.  Riders may ride more than one horse, numbers permitting.

Entry forms must be signed by the School Principal / Director of Sport / Equestrian Coordinator or riders must be current EA Riding members.

Classes filled in order of entry.  Classes allocated at the discretion of the Entry Secretary.

Jackpot entries preferred (2 tests at the same level/section), Single tests may be ridden, must be at appropriate level, subject to space, email Event Secretary to confirm.

The Release and Waiver form MUST be filled in and signed by parent / guardian.

Entries will only be accepted with full payment.

In the event of excessive entries, a ballot will take place of all entries received by the Close of Entries date

Late entries - $10 if space available. Wait list taken.

Scratchings after the Close of Entries.  As per EA Rules, a vet/doctor certificate is required for return of entry money less $15.00 administration costs.

Horses must be entered in their correct EA level or the appropriate level for their ability.

Inexperienced riders on horses graded above Elementary may apply to ride at Novice Level, application is to be in writing to the OC BEFORE the close of entries.

Riders may compete at their appropriate level and the next higher level.

Any Rider deemed to be riding in an incorrect grade will be eliminated and will be required to compete at a level deemed appropriate by the committee after consultation with all relevant parties.

Riders may compete individually or as a team (minimum 3 riders from the same school to make up a team).

No riders other than those competing are allowed to ride on the grounds.

A school may have any number of riders.  

EA tests may be called. 

Strictly NO PARKING and NO HORSES on the athletics field. 

Horses to remain in designated riding areas, away from spectator and pedestrian zones.  

Lunging of horses on Polo field only away from ridden horses.

All appeals must be lodged by the Team Manager to the organising committee, no later than 30 minutes after the incident accompanied by $50.00,which will only be refunded if the protest is upheld.  All appeals will be considered by the Jury of Appeal on the day.

DRESS - All riders must wear currently approved helmets and boots whilst mounted.  School equestrian uniform including short or long sleeve shirt, tie,woollen v-necked jumper, white, beige fawn or banana jodhpurs must be worn in all competition and for presentations. 

Jackets, Blazers and sleeveless shirts are strictly forbidden uniform, except for Medium and Advanced level where Jackets may be worn.  Gloves must be worn in Dressage.

All riders must provide own numbers which must be displayed on both sides of their horse, numbers as per the timed draw.

Team manager/School representative is responsible for gear check prior to competing.  Inappropriate gear may result in elimination. 

Spurs may be used at all levels.  Dressage whips may be carried.  Crops may be used in Primary sections.



Events may run later or earlier than advertised.  Riders are expected to be aware if changes to times and report accordingly.

Riders who do not report in time to ride in their draw may be eliminated. The Committee reserves the right to alter, delete any event,

and refuse entry with or without a reason.


DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY Interschool Dressage, Hillcrest Christian College, St Paul's Anglican Grammar School, Haileybury and Ayr Hill Equestrian Centre will not be liable for any loss, damage or injury caused to any person,horse or property arising from this event.  The judges decision is final.

Draws will be available on http://www.interschooldressage.com/  and  http://www.eventsecretary.org.au  




Scoring for competitions run by ISD is done using rules adapted from EA and HRCAV as follows:

Awards and Placings

Awards are made to placegetters, irrespective of percentage received.

Ribbons will be awarded up to 6th Place in each test for each section.

Rosettes will be awarded to the Jackpot (Champion) in each Section and the Runner up Jackpot Champion in each section.

Prizes or trophies may also be awarded to the Jackpot winners and runners up in each section and also to the Team winners of each Event at the discretion of the Organising Committee.


All levels will be awarded points for VEIS series at the Qualifier Events, however an average of at least 57.50% must be attained in the dressage tests from Elementary and above to be allocated points.

The allocation of points for overall VEIS Championships as well as school teams will be 1st place 10 points, 2nd 9 points, etc to ..... 10th place 1 point.

In case of equality of percentage for any of the first three places, the higher total of the 4 collective marks, including coefficients, will decide on the better placing.

If these marks are tied, placings remain tied. When there is equality of places from fourth place and below, the competitors are joint equal placegetters. 

Inter school points are awarded to Jackpot placings where 1st get 10 points, 2nd gets 9 points etc down to 10th gets 1 point.

The schools are then sorted with these points and riders from each school are sorted from highest points down to lowest.

This list of school riders is then divided into teams of four the highest scores from each school will make up that schools team of up to 4 riders.


If teams have equal points, then they are separated by who has the most riders ie. A team of 4 wins over a team of three. 

If the teams still have the same number of riders and points, they are separated by which team has the rider with the highest points. 

For the purpose of VIES team scoring the teams are awarded as 1st team gets 10 points down to 10th team gets 1 point. 



If an Organising Committee wishes to run a Dressage Competition providing two Dressage Tests for each Level, this may allow a Jackpot Competition to take place.

1.1. The number of Competitors in each Section at each Level are allocated points from first to last placing.

Competitors who are eliminated or retire are included but not scratchings or Hors Concours Competitors.

1.2. In the event of equal placings in the individual Sections, the placing competitors Jackpot points are added together and divided by the number placing competitors.

The equal placings are skipped and the next Jackpot points awarded.


1.3. In the event of an equal first or second for the Jackpot, the two Dressage scores for each Competitor are added together and the Competitor with the total highest percentage  is the Jackpot winner or runner up.

1.4. If the application of Rule 1.3 does not determine the Jackpot winner or Runner up, then the Competitor with the highest percentage in the higher Test shall be declared the Jackpot winner or runner up.

1.5. If the application of Rule 1.4 does not determine the Jackpot winner or Runner up, then the Competitor with the highest collective marks is the Jackpot winner or Runner up.

1.6. If the application of Rules 1.3, 1.4 and 1.5 does not resolve the equal placing, then both Competitors are declared equal winners or runners up.

1.7. The Organising Committee may, at its discretion, present prizes for the Jackpot Competition.

1.8. When equal placing's occur:

Option 1:

ISD may award ribbons on the basis of:

Two equal firsts, the next Competitor is placed third. Two equal fourths the next Competitor is placed sixth. Two equal fifths, no sixth place awarded

(in classes of 25 to 28 Competitors, the next Competitor is placed seventh).

Option 2:

ISD may award ribbons to every placing regardless of equals. For Example:

Two equal firsts, the next Competitor is placed second. Two equal fourths, the next Competitor is placed fifth. Two equal fifths, the next Competitor is placed sixth.

Series Rules and Prizes - Interschool Dressage 2015 Dressage Series Rules

1. Relevant InterSchool Dressage (ISD) rules apply, unless otherwise specified for the purpose of this competition Series only.

2. Entry into the Series is included in the normal Event entry fee.

3. The Series is made up of four separate Events to be held on 14th March 2014 hosted by Hillcrest Christian College, 16th May hosted by Toorak College, 5th September hosted by St Pauls Anglican Grammar School and 24th October hosted by Haileybury.

4. Each Event is made up of four components:

·         Two individual dressage tests for which sashes will be awarded,

·         An InterSchool Dressage Jackpot competition in which the results from each of the two tests for each horse/rider combination are combined to determine the Jackpot Winner and Runner Up for which a Jackpot Winner rosette and Runner Up rosette will be awarded,

·         An InterSchool Dressage Series competition where the placings from 1st to 10th in the Jackpot for each Section will attract Series points. The Series Winner for each ISD Section will receive a trophy rug and tri-colour sash, the Runner up will receive a Saddle cloth and sash, and place getters up to 6th will receive a sash.

·         An Interschool Dressage Series Teams Competition where the winning School will receive a Perpetual Trophy.  Winning School is determined by the School who has earned the most points in total over the four events.  Teams must consist of minimum 3 riders, maximum 4 riders.  If a School has more than 4 riders entered the team will be determined by their four highest placing riders. Schools must have a team of at least 3 riders competing at at least 3 of the four series events to be eligible for the Series Teams Trophy. 

5. The Series will have an InterSchool Dressage Winner for each Section from Primary Preparatory through to Secondary Advanced (Sections 1 to 8 inclusive).

6. Series points will be allocated to a horse/rider combination in the Section in which they were gained, based on their Jackpot placing, on a sliding scale: 1st = 10 points, 2nd = 9 points, 3rd = 8 points, 4th = 7 points, 5th = 6 points, 6th = 5 points, 7th = 4 points, 8th = 3 points, 9th = 2 points and 10th = 1 point.

7. If an InterSchool Dressage horse/rider combination competes in a more advanced Section than their normal Section during the Series and rides at at least three of the Series Events, any Series points gained in both Sections will be amalgamated. The horse/rider combination will be eligible for Series placing in the Section in which they competed the majority of Events. Eg. If a horse/rider gains Series points from two Events in Section 4 and one Event in Section 5, the points would be amalgamated and the horse/rider is eligible for Series placing in Section 4.  If the rider/horse combination competes at two events for each level then they will be eligible for the Series placing in the higher level.

8. Where there is a change of horse/rider combination during the Series the new combination starts afresh from that point in the Series. Any points earned by the original combination will remain eligible for Series placings.

9. A count back will be used to determine a clear winner in each Level in the case of a tie.

This will be determined by the horse/rider combination who has placed the highest in the Jackpot at the majority of events, if still a tie then it will be determined by the horse/rider combination who has attended the most events in the series, if still a tie winner will be determined by the horse/rider combination who has scored the higher percentages on average and if still a tie it will determined by the horse/rider combination with the highest scores in the collective comments at the end of their test sheets.

10. A combination of horse and rider must compete in at least three Events to be eligible for the Series prize. 

11. Presentations to the Series competition winners will be made at Day 4 of the Series each year at Ayr Hill Equestrian Park, Clyde North.

12. Decisions made by the Series organising committee are final.