Schooling Show Rules

Schooling-Show-Announcements-5**New Items and Updates or the 2020 Competition Year!! **

Please read the following rules clearly. It is the rider’s responsibility to know the rules of their division

New for 2020:

This year we will offer Western Dressage Intro, Basic, and First Levels at the Dressage and Combined Training Championships Show

Several shows have chosen to offer TIP awards, check with the secretary before entering to see if you and your horse are eligible for special prizes offered from the Jockey Club!

The qualifying requirements for Mini Events have changed, you will now only need one score of 65 points or lower to qualify for mini event championships. Additionally for the 2020 competition year you will be allowed to use one score from a non IDCTA recognized mini event or horse trials to qualify for mini event year end awards.

The USDF is working toward offering a nation wide schooling show year end awards program, if it is instituted for the 2019 show season we will keep you updated with how to register and which shows are eligible.

Updated for 2019:

Schooling show riders will continue to have separate categories at the IDCTA Year End Awards Banquet. Please read the updated IDCTA Year End Awards Section of the Omnibus for requirements.

In 2019 we would like to publish a year in review newsletter for our schooling show series. If you have pictures, short stories, artwork, and other information you would like included please contact Cecelia Conway at

USDF Region 2 will again be offering year end awards for traditional and western dressage riders. Please see the USDF Region 2 website at for more information about how to apply for awards.

This will be the last year we use current Green as Grass Tests, in 2020 IDCTA will release a new set of Green as Grass tests for schooling shows and we welcome your input. If you have any ideas about specific things you would like to see or not see for lower level riders and young horses showing Green as Grass please contact Cecelia Conway at

General Information

IDCTA is pleased to join with the stables listed in this Omnibus to present this schooling show series. In general, it will be a reflection of typical USEF/USDF/USEA recognized shows. Our goal is to help all riders feel more comfortable showing and to give you a year-end goal at a local level. If you should decide to show at a recognized show in the future, hopefully you will find this series has prepared you

Listed in this Omnibus you will find prize lists for the shows that we are working with this year. Each stable has the right to set their own policies regarding fees, refunds, stabling, warm-up areas, parking, pets, etc. Read each prize list for details. Each show must offer the basic classes that IDCTA recommends. They may offer additional classes. Show management shall act as the Technical Delegate (TD) and have authority of a TD. A current, negative Coggins is mandatory. Please make copies of the entry form on pages 10 and 11 of this Omnibus. Mail completed entries to the show secretary, not IDCTA. Refunds will not be issued for any reason after the closing date

Shows are managed by and are the sole responsibility of the respective facility.  The IDCTA is not responsible for policing show managers or facilities regarding how to run their shows.  The IDCTA encourages riders to vote with their entry fees at shows which are safe, fun and which offer appropriate learning experiences

Additionally, the IDCTA encourages riders to volunteer and get to know hands on the tasks involved in managing a show.

If you have questions about the schooling show series, please contact the schooling show coordinator, Cecelia Conway, by email at ceceliaconway2@gmail.comBECOME AN IDCTA MEMBER:

Go to, click on “Membership Application” and register or renew your membership online!


Adult Amateur: Competitors shall compete as Adults from the beginning of the calendar year in which they reach the age of 22. An Adult Amateur does not accept payment for teaching lessons, training, or showing horses for others

Junior/Young Rider: Competitors are Junior/Young Riders until the end of the calendar year in which they reach the age of 21

Open: Competitors who accept payment for teaching lessons, training, or showing horses for others must compete in the Open Division or compete Hors de Concours

FINALS: At the end of the schooling series, a dressage and combined training show with Championship Classes for Jr/YR, Adult Amateur, AND Open divisions will be held at Silverwood Farms in Camp Lake Wisconsin and a Mini Event  show with Championship Classes will be held at Winsom Farm in Beecher IL. Anyone may participate at these final shows of the season but to ride in the Championship Classes at the finals, you must qualify by riding in the IDCTA schooling show series AND be a member of the IDCTA at the time you ride your qualifying tests.  Remember, tests in the Championship Classes must be ridden without whips and from memory.  Winners of the Championship Classes will be presented with ribbons and prizes at the Championship shows.


To qualify, you need a total of two scores of 60% or higher in any test at the same level which were earned at two different shows from two different judges. It does not matter how you place in the class, only your score counts. With your entry form for the Championship Classes, send copies of your two tests from the same level with scores of 60% or better earned at two different shows from two different judges

Some recognized shows have chosen to host Opportunity classes which may be counted as qualifying scores for the IDCTA Schooling Show Series. These shows are listed in this Omnibus and online on the IDCTA website. If a rated show is not listed on the website or in the Omnibus it’s opportunity classes will not count for year end championships


Walk Trot- Green as Grass Test 3 | Introductory Test B | Western Dressage Introductory Test 4

Walk- Trot- Canter- Training Level Test 3 | First Level Test 3 | Second Level Test 3 | Western Dressage Basic Test

Although you may ride any test in a level to qualify, the test specified here for each level will be the one ridden in the championships. Once a horse/rider combination wins a championship, they may no longer compete at that or a lower level at championships

Riders may enter up to two separate  levels with each horse at Championships.


To qualify, you must receive a maximum finishing score of 45 points for Combined Training Classes. Two scores are required and must be from two seperate judges. With your entry form for the Championship Classes, send a copy of your tests where you received your qualifying score.


Class                              Dressage Test            Max. Size      Max. # of Obstacles

Pre-Starter CT             2019 USDF Intro B     18”              10 verticals or Xs

Starter Novice CT       2018 USEF Beginner 2’                 14 (no combinations)

                    Novice Test A

Beginner Novice CT   2018 USEF Beginner 2’7”             14 (2 stride

                    Novice Test A                                   combinations allowed)

Novice CT 2018 USEF                   2’11”           14

                    Novice Test A


To qualify, you must receive a maximum finishing score of 65 points for your Mini Event. With your entry form for the Championship Classes, send a copy of your test where you received your qualifying score.


Starter Novice

Dressage: 2018 USEF Beginner Novice Test A

Cross Country: No combinations, No Ditch. Water – may be used – pass thru only. Bank – may be used – step up only. Max # of obstacles – 14

Stadium: Max # of obstacles – 10. Max Height all obstacles – 2’

Beginner Novice

Dressage: 2018 USEF Beginner Novice Test A

Cross Country: No combinations. Ditch – may be used only if very shallow, natural may be riveted only on 1 side. Water – may be used – pass thru only. Bank – may be used – drop up and down, Max # of obstacles – 16

Stadium: Max # of obstacles – 11 (2 stride combination allowed). Max Height all obstacles – 2’7”


Dressage: 2018 USEF Novice Test A

Cross Country: Max # of obstacles – 18. May include bank, drop, ditch, water, brush

Stadium: Max # of obstacles – 11. Max Height all obstacles – 2’11”        

All Combined Test and Mini Event classes listed above must be offered at the championships. All other CT and Mini Event organizers are encouraged to offer all classes but it is not mandatory


Everyone is welcome to attend the annual IDCTA awards banquet held in January of each year. This schooling show series has separate categories for Dressage, Combined Training, and Mini Event competitors at the IDCTA Year End Awards Banquet.

There are no minimum score requirements for schooling show year end awards

To qualify Dressage riders may submit  their top 4 scores, from 3 different judges, from 3 different IDCTA recognized schooling shows. One of their 4 scores must be from the highest test of the level with the exception of Green as Grass and Introductory. Riders at GAG or Intro may choose to ride Walk/Trot only so their highest level submitted would be Test 3 for GAG or Intro B for Introductory Level

For Dressage riders placings will be based on the average of the 4 scores submitted

To qualify Combined Training riders may submit their lowest  3 scores, from 2 judges, from 2 different IDCTA recognized schooling shows

To qualify Mini Event riders may submit their lowest 3 finishing scores, from 2 judges, from 2 different IDCTA recognized schooling shows

For Mini Event and Combined Training divisions placings will be based on the average of the 3 finishing scores submitted

IDCTA Schooling Show Series Rules

It is the rider’s responsibility to know the rules before entering a competition. The IDCTA strongly recommends that you read Chapter DR (Dressage Division) and Chapter EV (Eventing Division) of the USEF Rule Book. A copy of the USEF rules may be obtained from their web site free of charge (click on “rules”) or by calling USEF at 859-258-2472. Two other web sites that may be helpful are (the United States Dressage Federation 859-971-2277) and www.eventingusa .com (the United States Eventing Association 703-779-0440)

Cruelty to or the abuse of a horse is forbidden (Sections GR839 & EV111 USEF Rule Book). The following acts are examples of cruelty. 1. Excessive use of a whip, spurs and/or bit on any horse. 2. Except in emergency situations, any striking of a horse in front of the shoulder with the whip shall be deemed excessive as shall hitting a horse more than three times for any one incident. 3. Showing a horse with raw or bleeding sores around the coronets, pasterns or legs. 4. Riding an exhausted horse or excessive pressing of a tired horse. 5. Riding an obviously lame horse. 6. Inhumane treatment of a horse. For this schooling show series, a horse or pony may compete in no more than 4 classes per day

Attire & Equipment (Sections GR801 to GR803; DR120 & DR121; EV114 & EV115 USEF Rule Book): It is the tradition of the competition ring that riders be correctly attired for the class in question, that attendants be neatly dressed and horses be properly presented. In the spirit of schooling shows, riders will not be required to wear a coat and stock tie; however, you MUST wear boots, protective headgear which meets or exceeds ASTM/SEI standards and is properly fitted with harness secured, conservative colors, a sleeved shirt tucked in your breeches, and a vest during the cross country phase of a mini event. Half chaps may be worn.

Whips: In all dressage classes except championship classes, riders may carry a whip including lash no longer than 43.3 inches (110 cm) for CTs and Mini Events, or 47.2 inches (120 cm) for dressage (see USEF rules DR120.7 & EV114.3). Whips carried in the Cross-Country and/or Jumping Tests may not exceed 30 inches (75 cm) in length (EV114.3)

For spurs and bits allowed, see USEF rules DR120.9, DR121.2 and Figure 1 for Dressage and USEF rules EV114.4 and EV Appendix 4 for Eventing.

Saddles may be any English type, and you MUST ride in a plain snaffle bridle. Schooling “gadgets” will not be permitted

Rules Commonly Violated in Mini Events and CTs

  1. Running martingales must have rein stops. Standing martingales are not allowed (EV115)
  2. It is forbidden for anyone other than the competitor who will ride the horse in the competition to school the horse at the competition (EV108.2.a)
  3. Before the cross-country course or jumping course has been opened to competitors, it is forbidden to inspect the obstacles. Once opened, competitors may walk the course without their horses (EV109)
  4. Jumping practice fences that are not flagged or jumping practice fences in the wrong direction (EV108.3.d) may result in disqualification. Remember, the red flag must be on your right and white flag on your left as you’re jumping over the obstacle (EV148.2)
  5. Dressage tests in mini events and combined tests must be carried out from memory — readers are not allowed (EV134.2)

6.            In the Cross-Country phase, at obstacles or elements with height (exceeding 30 cm), a horse is considered to have refused if it stops in front of the obstacle to be jumped. At all other obstacles (i.e., 30 cm or less in height) a stop followed immediately by a standing jump is not penalized, but if the halt is sustained or in any way prolonged, this constitutes a refusal. The horse may step sideways but if it steps back, even with one foot, this is a refusal (EV142.2.a). In the Jumping phase, it is a refusal when a horse halts in front of an obstacle whether or not the horse knocks it down or displaces it.