All competitors should read and be familiar with the terms and conditions of entering this competition.

For queries, please contact our Event Director

Carolyn Coleby –  0432 505 774


The 2019 Dressage Festival will be conducted in strict accordance with the:

1.1. Current EA National Dressage Rules, EA General Regulations and all other EA policies and by-laws

1.2. Current FEI Statutes, General Regulations, FEI Veterinary Regulations, & FEI Dressage Rules

1.3. Competitors are advised to be aware of the current Rules. The onus is on the rider to know the rules under which they compete. For example, riders in the HRCAV and PCAV section should be aware that they must adhere to EA rules at all times except when in actual competition.

1.4. The EA Dressage Rules and Dressage Tests may be downloaded from the EA web site:

1.5. Para Equestrian riders must ride in their classified grade.

1.6. No tests may be commanded (“called”).

1.7. Horses shall not compete below their grade under any circumstances, including HC. Official grading will be taken as at Nov 17th 2019

1.8. The OC reserves the right to cancel or combine competitions if insufficient entries are received

1.9. The timed draw will be available at least 72 hours before each competition, at the event office, website and Facebook.

1.10. It is the duty of the persons responsible to confirm/check their start times the day before the competition. The committee recommends that you check your times the morning of competition in case of last minute updates. 


2.1 Nominations in EA National and FEI level tests must qualify by achieving at least 3 (three) performances in official competitive competition at the level they wish to compete between the 17th November 2018 and the 17th November 2019. At least one performance by the nominated horse and rider combination must meet or exceed the qualifying scores below. 

  • Preliminary and Novice 62.000%,
  • Elementary 60.000%
  • Medium and Advanced 60.000%
  • Small Tour and Medium Tour 60.000%
  • Big Tour 60.000%.

2.2. 1 (one) HC (hors concours) score only, shall be allowed.

2.3. 1 (one) score from a competition with only 1 (one) judge shall be allowed.

2.4. The aggregates of the 3 (three) scores shall be used to rank the eligible nominations, the 35 (thirty-five) combinations with the best aggregates at each level shall be accepted.

2.5. Unsuccessful eligible nominations shall be added to a reserve list. Should the number of reserves exceed 20 (twenty), the OC may conduct a second division of competition.

2.6. In the event that a competition is under-subscribed, the OC may accept nominations with performances below the qualification score.

2.7. Notwithstanding the above, the OC reserves the right to accept or reject any nomination for any reason whatsoever, at their sole discretion.

2.8. All ponies need a current height certificate, see rule a pony is to comply with the National Measuring Rules within 12 months of competing in Official Events – and MUST be measured before entering a separate Pony Official competition, including State and Australian Championships. 


3.1. All Victorian Dressage clubs are encouraged to enter a team(s).

3.2. Nomination of a club team is free of charge.

3.3. There are two categories:
• Novice Team: Preliminary 1B – Novice 2B – Elementary 3B
• Advanced Team: Medium 4B – Advanced 5B – Prix St Georges

3.4. All riders must be members of the club they are nominated for. A rider may compete for multiple clubs provided they do not compete for different clubs at the same level, however a horse may represent only 1 (one) club.

3.5. Teams may be composite of horses and ponies.

3.6. The winning team will be the team with the highest aggregate percentage. In the case of equalities, the club with the best lowest score shall lead. If still equal, the better percentage in the highest test shall lead.

3.7. Nominations of Club Teams should be made by the club secretary no later than the 10th December 2019. 


Participation Preliminary and Novice classes are open to current financial members of EA, HRCAV or PCAV, and shall be conducted under EA Dressage rules except the following:

4.1.  Horses do not need to be registered with EA

4.2.  No qualifications are required to enter.

4.3.  HRCAV and PCAV members will be required to sign a waiver prior to competing. The waiver can be downloaded from the EQUESTRIAN AUSTRALIA WEBSITE.

4.4.  The numbers for each competition shall be strictly limited. The first 25 (twenty-five) nominations received shall be accepted, and a reserve list shall be made for further nominations in the order they were received.

4.5.  An additional 10 (ten) slots shall be assigned to the reserves of the championship competitions. In the event that there are less than 10 (ten) championship reserves, the remaining slots shall be allocated to Participation reserves.

4.6.  The EA Dressage Rules and Dressage Tests may be downloaded from

4.7. HRCAV and PCAV members should carefully note differences from their own rules, especially with regards to prohibited equipment, warm-up etiquette and bridle numbers. if you do not have a bridle number you will be assigned one which must be visible on both sides of the horse. 


5.1.  Entry fees shall, with the exception of the administration fee, be refunded in full for withdrawals before the closing date of entries.

5.2.  Horses shall not, in principal, be permitted to withdraw after the posting of the Acceptance lists without due cause. Entrants wishing to withdraw must declare in writing to the Event Secretary, Sue Taylor

  • Refunds shall not be offered unless an original (not copy, photo or faxed) medical or veterinary certificate is provided to the Event Secretary within 24 hours of the completion of the Event.
  • Such evidence must accompany the withdrawal form.
  • In such a case, the administration fee and 50 (fifty) percent of the nomination fee shall be retained by the Organising Committee.
  • Because of reserve lists and possible distances to be travelled by reserve riders, all riders are asked to consider their fellow competitors and notify the Event Secretary as soon as possible of their intention to withdraw.
  • Failure to comply with this rule shall result in all fees being withheld, and incur a maximum fine of AUD$200.00.

5.3.  Reserve list horses who are not offered a start in a competition, shall receive a full refund for that competition. However, stabling and administration fees shall not be refunded unless the horse is not offered a start in any competition at the event.


6.1. Any appeal or protest must be made in writing and accompanied by a bond of AUD$200.00. This must be handed to the Event Secretary within one hour of the occurrence (for score related protests, this must be within 1 hour of the test sheets being released).

6.2. Protests related to abuse of a horse shall be refunded unless considered to be spurious or malignant.

6.3. Attention is drawn to Rule 1.5 current EA National Dressage Rules and Articles 163 and 165 of the current EA General Regulations


7.1.  Please refer to Section 1 of the EA Dressage Rules.

7.2.  Horses and riders must compete under their full registered name. The OC reserves the right to truncate or abbreviate a horse’s name for printing purposes.


8.1. Two bridle numbers (as per listed competition number in program/draw), and stallion discs for stallions must be worn on each side of the horse (either on bridle or saddle cloth) at all times whenever the horse is out of its stable, whether led or ridden. Rule 4.8.5 

8.2.  Riders must notify the OC immediately if the wrong bridle number is printed on any draw or list.

8.3.  Riders shall provide their own bridle numbers

8.4.  In the event of an interstate horses’ number clashing with a Victorian number the OC shall issue the interstate horse with a temporary bridle number.


9.1.  The age of the rider shall be calculated from the beginning of the calendar year. Competition is open to riders in at least their 10th (tenth) year for horses, or 8th (eighth) year for ponies.

9.2.  Each horse entered must have the same rider as nominated on the entry form for all competitions

9.3. EA Dressage 4.2a: any change of rider must be notified, in writing, to the OC no later than 40 minutes prior to the start of the competition. The change must be for a legitimate reason and is at the discretion of the OC. However, a rider of a horse may not be changed if another rider has ridden the horse on the day, either in warm-up or in a competition 


10.1 Will be carried out in accordance with the current EA/FEI Equine Anti Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations, EA National Medication Control Policy and FEI Veterinary Regulations


11.1 All owners and competitors are personally responsible for damages to third parties caused by themselves, their employees, their agents or their horses. They are therefore strongly advised to take out a third‐party insurance providing full coverage for participation in equestrian events at home and abroad, and to keep the policy up to date.


12.1.  As per Section 5 current EA National Dressage Rules and the current EA Equipment Annex

12.2.  Note: Whips are not allowed at FEI level competitions at State Championships.


13.1. An approved helmet must be worn by ALL riders whilst training and practice at competition venue – refer EA Dressage Rule 5.2

13.2. Protective headgear must conform with one of the current approved safety standards outlined below. The EA General Regulations at rule 122.2 prescribe the current standards. It is the responsibility of the rider to ensure they are using a current standard safety helmet.

  • Current Australian standard AS/NZS 3838 (2006 onwards) provided they are SAI Global marked.
  • New Australian standard ARB HS 2012 provided they are SAI Global marked.
  • American standards ASTM F1163 (2004a or 04a onwards) provided they are SEI marked, or SNELL E2001.
  • British standard PAS 015 (1998 or 2011) provided they are BSI Kitemarked.
  • European Standard VG1 (01.040: 2014-12) with or without BSI Kitemark. 


14.1.  Para Equestrian riders must ride in classified grades.

14.2.  The tests will be run under FEI Rules in accordance with the FEI Para Equestrian Dressage Rules 2019.


15.1 Horses need to achieve 58.000% at the test level to be Eligible. Inter 1 Freestyle will be for the top 15 qualified horses from the Inter 1. The GP CDN Freestyle will be for the top 12 qualified horses (over 58% in the GP). Entry fees will be refunded to horses which do not qualify.

15.2 Submission of freestyle music must be made only via the online submission system. To submit your music, please click on the link below, or type the web address into your preferred web browser, follow the prompts to upload your music. 

15.3 Notes:

  • Please make sure the file name includes the name of the rider, horse and level when you submit your freestyle
  • Freestyles music is preferred in one of the following formats (we recommend that you use Windows Media Player or iTunes to extract music from your CD if you do not already have a digital copy).

Once your music has been submitted through the online portal, no further contact is required until your sound check, however, in the interests of due diligence, it is recommended that you contact Musikür at   if you do not receive confirmation of receipt of music within two days.


To qualify as an amateur owner rider, all riders must declare that they meet the criteria as outlined in the following document:

Ready to Enter?


All the info you need can be found on this website, or download a PDF of the Full Schedule using the button below.


Entries for the 2019 Serata Equine Dressage Festival have now Closed. Acceptance Lists will be available MON 25 NOV.


Caroline Coleby

Sue Taylor