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ASPR Newcomer Rules


Newcomer to Dressage Horse and Pony  -  this class has been designed to give horses and ponies who have been competing for less than 12 months as dressage horses an opportunity to compete against others competitors who have also only just started their training. To be run at Preliminary and Novice Level.  Rules allow all horses and ponies to enter if they are in their first year of competition; that is if your horse or pony competed at his first event on the 15th of March, 2014,  he is an eligible newcomer up until the 15th of March, 2015.  Similarly if your first competition was the 5th of November, 2014, your last as a newcomer will be the 5th of November, 2015.


Classes are unofficial and do not attract grading points.

Newcomer Dressage Horse/Pony Conditions of Entry


  • Horse/Pony need not be registered with an EA state branch or the ASPR.                                                   

  • Competitor must be at least a Participant member of an EA State Branch or the ASPR.

  • Horse/Pony must be a minimum of 4 years of age. 

  • Newcomer is a horse/pony that has competed in the dressage arena for no longer than 12 months preceding the date of the event that is offering the Newcomer class.

  • All riders must declare on the entry form that the horse/pony is a genuine newcomer in regard to the above definition.

  • Rider must be aged 10 years or over for ponies or 12 years and over for horses, as at the date of competition.

  • EA National Dressage Rules apply in all respects except where stated otherwise within these rules.

  • Horses/Ponies graded Elementary or above or who have earned upgrading points at Official Elementary or above are ineligible

  • Ponies must not exceed 148 cms without shoes

  • Horses must be over 148 cms without shoes

  • Class is open to professional and non-professional riders

  • Test will be ridden individually and shall consist of one round only

  • There is no qualifying required to compete

  • The competition will run in two sections :


- Preliminary Newcomer

  Horse/Pony must not have earned any upgrading points at Official Novice or above

- Test to be ridden is the Preliminary 1B


- Novice Newcomer

  Horse/Pony must not have earned any upgrading points at Elementary or above. 

  Test to be ridden is the Novice 2B

  • Horses and Ponies will compete together in each class with separate awards for Horses and Ponies.

  • Combination may enter only one level.

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