Judges and Stewards Guidelines

Please find Veteran Horse Society Guidelines for Judges and Stewards below:

England and Wales

JUDGES RULES & GUIDELINES 2017

PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE COMPLETELY FAMILIAR WITH THE SOCIETY’S RULEBOOK AND ITS QUALIFCATION PROCEDURES BEFORE YOU BEGIN JUDGING ANY CLASSES

 

  1. All Judges must be members of VHS Judges Panel and are covered by insurance whilst judging.
    Judges’ membership runs annually from the 1st January to 31st
    Renewals are due 1st November of each year.
  2. All Judges will receive an updated Judges pack at the beginning of the year containing the following:
  • VHS Rulebook
  • VHS Judges rules and guidelines
  • VHS Stewards guidelines (to hand to their steward)
  • VHS Score sheet – as an example
  1. Judges must acquaint themselves with all aspects of the VHS Rulebook and keep their copy of it with them for reference during the show.
  2. It is the Judge’s responsibility to ensure that all VHS rules are adhered to.
  3. Judges must not request or allow galloping in any instance in the class. Any intentional galloping must result in immediate disqualification.
  4. The VHS reserves the right to remove from the panel any judge found to be guilty of misconduct. This includes making inappropriate comments on social media sites.
  5. Judges are required to wear suitable smart attire whilst carrying out their VHS responsibilities.
  6. Judges are requested to arrive at the show at least 30 minutes prior to the class starting, to acquaint themselves with the steward and ensure the steward is familiar with VHS rules and qualification cards. This has also been included in the Stewards guidelines which will be sent to all shows.
  7. Judges must not knowingly judge any Veteran that has been bred by them or that they have had a financial interest in during the past 3 years – refer to Rulebook showing guidelines, rule 13.
  8. Judges may not judge more than three Direct Qualifiers / Regional Finals in any one year.
  9. Judges invited to judge the Supreme Finals may only judge at Area level for that year.

 

WELFARE

 

  1. It is paramount that the Veteran’s welfare is given full consideration at all times.

 

MARKING SYSTEM

 

  1. Judges are required to ask a brief history of each veteran and take this into account when marking.
  2. Both ridden and in-hand classes will be marked as follows:

Performance & manners                                                          50 marks

Condition for age, suppleness & turnout                                50 marks

  1. In the event of a tie, the ‘performance & manners’ mark will take precedence.
  2. Any marks noted incorrectly/inadvertently by the steward may be adjusted and must be signed/initialled by the judge.
  3. No half marks allowed.
  4. Marks are only awarded for walk, trot and canter. Any other movements should not be marked.
  5. Over-weight or under-weight horses should be marked down.
  6. Score sheets must be completed clearly, dated and signed by the Judge for all classes at all These must then handed back to the Show Secretary for return to VHS head office.
  7. Result sheets must also be completed to include competitor name and horse/pony name (members and non-members).
  8. Score sheets and results sheets must be returned to VHS head office within 2 weeks of the show. Please remind the Show Secretary of this requirement before you leave.

 

 

 

AREA QUALIFIERS (Round 1)

 

                       

  1. Must be judged by VHS Panel Judge – 1 B Panel, A Panel or A* Panel Judge(s).
  2. Members and non-members may enter and standard VHS judging and rules will apply to all.
  3. Show packs will be sent to the show which will include:
  • Rosettes (if requested) & qualification cards
  • Score sheets & results sheets
  1. Rosettes (if requested) are to be awarded 1st – 3rd place (members and non-members).
  2. Qualification cards are to be awarded 1st – 4th place:
  • Members to have their showing card signed by the judge in the ring.
  • Non-members to receive red
  1. Judges should ask if competitors have already qualified. If so, the qualification card can be passed down the line to a maximum to 6th
  2. Combined age classes: competitors are to be placed in final (combined) class order. VHS rosettes are not supplied but qualification cards are to be awarded, as above, to each age category within this.

 

 

REGIONAL FINALS (Round 2)

 

  1. Must be judged by a VHS Panel Judge(s) – A Panel or  A* Panel Judges.
  2. Only members with a green qualification card may compete in a Regional Final.
  3. Show packs will be sent to the show which will include:
  • Rosettes & purple Supreme Final qualification cards (x12)
  • Score sheets and results sheets
  1. Judges must ensure that the steward checks each combination has all of the following before they are allowed to enter the ring:
  • Valid membership card
  • Valid show registration card – signed in the correct box.
  1. Ridden classes should be stripped, with the exception of Lead rein exhibits.
  2. Grooms, if not dressed appropriately, should be asked to leave the ring and turnout marks deducted.
  3. Rosettes are to be awarded 1st – 6th
  4. 1st and 2nd placed competitors in each class are to be given a purple Supreme Final qualification card.
  5. Judges should ask if competitors have already qualified for the Supreme Final. If so, the card can be passed down the line.
  6. The highest placed M&M in each class is to receive a blue M&M Supreme Final qualification card.
  7. Supreme Finalists must enter within 21 days of qualification to confirm place at the Supreme Final. Details are on the qualification card. Judges are to make competitors aware of this.
  8. A Young Rider rosette and orange qualification card should be awarded to the Young Rider of the Judge’s choice (1 per show). This does not necessarily have to be the highest placed young rider.

 

 

DIRECT QUALIFIERS (Round 1 & 2 combined)

 

  1. Must be judged by a VHS Panel Judge(s) – A Panel or A* Panel Judges.
  2. Members and non-members purchasing day membership may enter and standard VHS judging and rules will apply to all.
  3. Show packs will be sent to the show which will include:
  • Rosettes & purple Supreme Final qualification cards (x12)
  • Score sheets and results sheets
  1. Judges must ensure that the steward checks each combination has all of the following before they are allowed to enter the ring:
  • Valid membership card (full membership of day membership for that show)
  • Valid show registration card
  1. [Rules 5 – 12 as per Regional Finals above].

Scotland 

JUDGES RULES & GUIDELINES 2017

PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE COMPLETELY FAMILIAR WITH THE SOCIETY’S RULEBOOK AND ITS QUALIFCATION PROCEDURES BEFORE YOU BEGIN JUDGING ANY CLASSES

 

  1. All Judges must be members of VHS Judges Panel and are covered by insurance whilst judging.
    Judges’ membership runs annually from the 1st January to 31st
    Renewals are due 1st November of each year.
  2. All Judges will receive an updated Judges pack at the beginning of the year containing the following:
  • VHS Rulebook
  • VHS Judges rules and guidelines
  • VHS Stewards guidelines (to hand to their steward)
  • VHS Score sheet – as an example
  1. Judges must acquaint themselves with all aspects of the VHS Rulebook and keep their copy of it with them for reference during the show.
  2. It is the Judge’s responsibility to ensure that all VHS rules are adhered to.
  3. Judges must not request or allow galloping in any instance in the class. Any intentional galloping must result in immediate disqualification.
  4. The VHS reserves the right to remove from the panel any judge found to be guilty of misconduct. This includes making inappropriate comments on social media sites.
  5. Judges are required to wear suitable smart attire whilst carrying out their VHS responsibilities.
  6. Judges are requested to arrive at the show at least 30 minutes prior to the class starting, to acquaint themselves with the steward and ensure the steward is familiar with VHS rules and qualification cards. This has also been included in the Stewards guidelines which will be sent to all shows.
  7. Judges must not knowingly judge any Veteran that has been bred by them or that they have had a financial interest in during the past 3 years – refer to Rulebook showing guidelines, rule 13.
  8. Judges may not judge more than three Direct Qualifiers / Regional Finals in any one year.
  9. Judges invited to judge the Supreme Finals may only judge at Area level for that year.

 

WELFARE

 

  1. It is paramount that the Veteran’s welfare is given full consideration at all times.

 

MARKING SYSTEM

 

  1. Judges are required to ask a brief history of each veteran and take this into account when marking.
  2. Both ridden and in-hand classes will be marked as follows:

Performance & manners                                                          50 marks

Condition for age, suppleness & turnout                                50 marks

  1. In the event of a tie, the ‘performance & manners’ mark will take precedence.
  2. Any marks noted incorrectly/inadvertently by the steward may be adjusted and must be signed/initialled by the judge.
  3. No half marks allowed.
  4. Marks are only awarded for walk, trot and canter. Any other movements should not be marked.
  5. Over-weight or under-weight horses should be marked down.
  6. Score sheets must be completed clearly, dated and signed by the Judge for all classes at all These must then handed back to the Show Secretary for return to VHS head office.
  7. Result sheets must also be completed to include competitor name and horse/pony name (members and non-members).
  8. Score sheets and results sheets must be returned to VHS head office within 2 weeks of the show. Please remind the Show Secretary of this requirement before you leave.

 

 

 

Pre-Qual Qualifiers

 

                       

  1. Must be judged by a VHS Panel Judge(s) – B Panel (Riding Club level only), A Panel or A* Panel Judge(s).
  2. Members and non-members may enter and standard VHS judging and rules will apply to all.
  3. Show packs will be sent to the show which will include:
  • Rosettes (if requested) & qualification cards
  • Score sheets & results sheets
  1. Rosettes (if requested) are to be awarded 1st – 3rd place (members and non-members).
  2. Qualification are to be awarded to the Overall Champion and Reserve both in-hand and Ridden of the Day.
  3. Should 1st or 2nd in each age cat3gory not be members then the placing will standard but qualification to the Championship will be handed down to the next Member, no lower than 4th place.
  4. The highest Mountain and Moorland in each age category will qualify for the Pre-Qual Supreme Final Classes on Saturday 23rd. They will be offered a yellow card if they are not members, Members must have their showing card signed in the ring.
  5. Mountain & Moorland non-members who qualify must become a member within 21 days of qualifying.
  • Members to have their showing card signed by the judge in the ring, once they have qualified from the Championship

 

  1. Judges should ask if competitors have already qualified. If so, the qualification card can be passed down the line to a maximum to 4th place.
  2. Combined age classes: competitors are to be placed in final (combined) class order. VHS rosettes are not supplied but qualification cards are to be awarded, as above, to each age category within this.
  3. A Young Rider Award will be offered at the judges discression. If the rider is a Member their show card must be signed in the ring, Non Members will receive an orange qualification card.

 

Championships of the Day

  1. It is the responsibility of the steward that each competitor that enters the Championships of the Day is a full Member and they hold a valid Show and Membership Card.
  2. If the Championship is combined, the top 2 highest placed ridden and in-hand gain qualification.

Score Sheets and Results

It is the responsibility of the Steward or Judge to ensure the results are given to the Show Secretary.  It is advised that a record by photograph is taken of the results and send directly to the Results office: results@veteran-horse-society.co.uk