Qualifying Regulations, Risks & Conduct


  • Off The Track NSW is open to all Thoroughbreds that have been lodged in a stable return for pre training, race preps, & have officially raced or barrier trialled, locally, nationally or internationally. All horses are required to be 3 years and over and be no less than 14.2hh.
  • All horses will be Registered with Racing Australia. Registrations and stable returns for those that did not make it to the races will be checked.
  • Racing Name is to be used at all events and results sent into us immediately. For those  horses that were unnamed due to being to slow, injuries etc, during pre-training, In this instance, please contact us before entering classes for your clearance.
  • Qualifying shows must be affiliated with Agricultural Societies of NSW Ltd, or SHC. However, Off The Track NSW Inc, at it’s own discretion may allow some all breeds shows & riding clubs to run qualifiers upon written requests
  • All competitors MUST be a member of Off The Track NSW Inc. We have 2 tiers of membership. One is a paid membership that gives you voting rights and the option of entering the members only classes & discounts to merchandise & class entry fees at the Country Championships. Financial memberships DO NOT give you any of these entitlements if you join between the dates of the 1st of September-the 10th of November. The other is a free membership which does NOT give you the right to vote or allow you to enter the members only classes. No Members Card, NO entry. Off The Track NSW Qualifying classes will be judged as separate classes. Led, Ridden, Rider, Show Jumping, Dressage, Eventing & Polo. Any horse that has won Champion cannot compete in other qualifiers within the season, unless it is a different discipline. Example: Once a Newcomer has qualified, it is not allowed to qualify again. Once a Led has qualified, it is not allowed to qualify for the same class. However, you are able to qualify in our other classes. Newcomers are the only class in the hack ring that are able to compete in more than one class on any given day.. ex: Newcomer, horse that retired prior to 2019 etc.. You must be a Member to be able to compete in the Members class. Please be aware that there is only 1 Grand Champion in the Hack ring, which is the Off The Track NSW ridden class retired in a particular year. The rest of the classes on finals day are Supremes. Show Jumping will have Off The Track State Champions in each height Section. Dressage will have Off The Track State Champions in each level. EXample: State Champion In prelim, State Champion in Novice and so on.
  • All Definitions for Show Jumping & Dressage are under EA rules. Definitions for hack classes are under show horse council.
  • The season is from finals to finals. Any place getters from other organisations are NOT Permitted to enter the Off The Track NSW Inc Finals/Championships. Horses that have won Reserve Champion or Runner up may continue. Show jumping is scored on highest point score by 2. Dressage scored on highest percentage by 2.
  • Random drug testing may be carried out at any or all of our events.
  • The committee reserves the right to refuse an entry without assigning any reason for doing so and to alter the programme/schedule at their discretion.
  • Horses will be judged as a good example of a thoroughbred, with the following taken into consideration:
    • Thoroughbred qualities
    • Conformation
    • Manners
    • Paces and performance
  • Injuries caused through racing, such as blemishes, are allowed.
  • Judges decision is final in the qualifiers, and the State Country Championships. Once a class has started and or if a horse has been Sashed, no other entries are to enter the class.
  • Horse and owner must reside in NSW to compete in the Off The Track NSW Inc .
  • Every horse that enters the Country Championships must be ridden by the same rider that qualified the horse, unless the horse has been sold. In this case the new owner may apply to Off The Track NSW Inc at least one month prior to nominations. You must at all times be present at presentation to collect your prizes. This is the whole point of presentation. It is not the job of the organising committee to be chasing winners so that THEY can receive their prizes. If you leave before presentation, you will forfeit your prize/s.
  • NOTE: The handling and riding of horses is a dangerous activity
    and can result in serious injury and loss. Neither our Club, nor any member of our Club or Committee, accepts any responsibility for any loss or damage suffered by any person. All
    persons who handle or ride a horse, or who attend on, any premises at which our Club is
    conducting an event do so entirely at their own risk.


OFF THE TRACK NSW Special Show Jumping Championships Class

    • This event is open to all thoroughbreds that have/officially raced or barrier trialled
    • either locally, nationally or internationally.
    • For those that have had a race preparation, but did not make it to the races and are unnamed, please contact Off The Track NSW at least 7 days before the event to get your clearance.
    • All horses are required to be 3 years & over &be over 14.2hh. All horses will have been registered with Racing Australia. Registrations will be checked. All horses must use racing name unless your horse only made it to pre-training & was unnamed.
    • All of the Off The Track NSW Inc Show Jumping events will be under the rules/guidelines of EA.
    • The winner will be the most successful of 2 rounds at any hosting event/ag show 1st, 2nd  & 3rd Place are eligible for the Off The Track NSW Inc Finals.

All competitors MUST be a member of Off The Track NSW Inc. Whether it be free or paid membership. No member card, No entry.

                       General rules of conduct

  • Members and all persons are required to comply with the EA Member Protection Policy
    including Administrators, Directors, Officers, Officials, Coaches, Participants, Parents, Guardians and Spectators must meet the following requirements in regard to their conduct and behaviour in any way relating to the sport of equestrian (including without limitation during or in respect of any activity held or sanctioned by EA, and as part of any role held within EA or any of its affiliates)
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all people involved in equestrian (including all participants, officials and administrators) regardless of gender, ability, sexual orientation, age, cultural background or religion.
  • Be aware of and abide by the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI) Code of Conduct for the Welfare of the Horse.
  • Be fair, considerate, honest and act appropriately in all dealings.
  • Be professional in, and accept responsibility for your actions.
  • When providing a service, seek to provide quality service.
  • Be aware of, and comply with EA’s standards, rules, regulations, by-laws and policies
  • Avoid any conduct using privileged information to gain a personal or commercial advantage.
  • Respect the spirit of the rules of the sport (including, without limitation, national and international guidelines which govern Equestrian Sport, the member associations and the affiliated clubs) and fair play, and behave accordingly.
  • Not use your involvement with EA, its member associations or affiliated clubs to promote your own beliefs, behaviours or practices where these are inconsistent with those of EA.
  • Demonstrate a high degree of individual responsibility especially when dealing with persons under the age of 18 years, as your words and actions are an example.
  • Refrain from any form of harassment, bullying, abuse, violence, intimidation or vilification of others,
    including via the use of social media.
  • Refrain from any behaviour that may bring EA, its member associations, its affiliated clubs or the sport of
    equestrian into disrepute.
  • Not engage in conduct that is (in EA’s reasonable opinion) unethical, unbecoming or likely to cause harm to the reputation of EA, its member associations or affiliated clubs or the sport of equestrian.
  • When providing an environment for the conduct of an activity, seek to provide a safe environment.
  • Comply with all relevant Australian laws (Federal and State), including anti-discrimination, occupational
    health and safety and child protection laws.
  • Show concern and caution towards others who may be sick or injured.
  • Be a positive role model.
  • Contribute to a safe sporting environment and respectful culture which is accepting of individual
    differences, and behave accordingly.

• Use appropriately the facilities and equipment made available for events, administration, coaching and
• Understand the consequences if you breach EA’s standards, rules, regulations and policies.
• Condemn the use of violence or abuse in any form, whether it is by other spectators, participants, coaches,
officials, volunteers or athletes.
• Do not consume or be affected by alcohol or other substances such that it impairs your judgement or the
safety of yourself or others.
• Do not take, consume or be affected by illicit substances.

                 Code of Conduct for Participants

  • In addition to the General Code of Conduct, participants must meet the following requirements regarding their conduct and behaviour during or in respect of any activity held or sanctioned by Off The Track NSW Inc, or its affiliates:
    • Be aware of and abide by the principles of the Code of Conduct for the Welfare of the Horse.
    • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of others, including fellow participants, coaches, officials, volunteers
    and spectators.
    • Do not act inappropriately or aggressively.
    • Display and foster respect for officials, opponents, coaches, administrators, parents and spectators.
    • Respect the talent, potential and development of fellow participants.
    • Be frank and honest with your coach concerning illness and injury and your ability to train fully in
    accordance with relevant requirements.
    • Avoid inappropriate intimate relationships with your coach.
  •   Be courteous, kind and set a good example in dress and behaviour.
    • Maintain high personal behaviour standards at all times.
    • Abide by the rules and respect the decision of officials.
    • Make any appeals through the formal process and respect the final decision.
    • Be honest in your attitude and preparation to training.
    • Work equally hard for yourself and your team.
    • Cooperate with coaches and staff in development of programs.



Member: Whether you have a paid Membership or Free Membership, you must be a Member to compete in any Off The Track NSW Inc classes. No excuses will be entered into. Free Membership DOES NOT entitle you to Members only classes, discounts or voting rights. It is up to every competitor to keep an eye on our website for the events we are covering. All events on our website are Qualifying events. It is unprofessional of us to inform everyone of our rules on Social Media. You must be a resident in NSW to be able to apply for membership Child/Junior: is aged 17 yrs & Under. Adult: Is 18 yrs & Over. Senior: is a horse that is 13 yrs & Over.      Newcomer: A Horse which has not competed under saddle (except for racing) at any show prior to our calendar year unless otherwise stated. All Definitions for Show Jumping & Dressage are under EA rules. Definitions for hack classes are under show horse council. Rider Classes: Will be judged as a rider class. Qualifying Classes: The classes that Qualify for finals. Home Produced: Off The Track NSW Inc has introduced an opportunity for home produced horses that are exhibited by non-professional horse owners and riders. To be eligible for this award, the horse is to be ridden by a non-professional. The horse must not have been in a professional training stable or ridden by a paid professional. The horse must not have been exhibited in a leading rein class or ridden class by a professional at anytime. The home produced award will be awarded to the highest performed horse & owner with the highest grade/combination  in at least 2 different disciplines & (re-trained by the rider/owner) To receive this award, you must be present at the presentation after the completion of all competition. Professional: Accepts remuneration for riding, exercising, showing, training, clinics, and/or seminars. Accepts remuneration for giving riding, showmanship, and/or equitation lessons in a program, camp, or private stable. Trains horses or provides consulting services in riding, showmanship, equitation, and/or training horses and receives compensation for this activity.
Instructs, shows, trains, and/or schools horses that are owned, stabled, or trained by his employer, any member of this employer’s family, or a business in which his employer has an ownership interest.