Balmoral Young Event Horse Qualifier

Event details

  • Tuesday | April 14, 2015
  • 10:00 am

The Balmoral Young Event Qualifier will take place in Mullingar on Tuesday April 14th .

Completed entries must be submitted by email

or fax 0449349004  before 5pm on Friday April 10th

Dressage times will be available from mid day on Monday ON OUR WEB SITE

Dressage tests are on the Balmoral Show Web Site 

Dressage will start at 10 am ( see times) followed by jumping at 11 ( 12/14 fences show jumps and natural fences )

RUAS Balmoral Young Event Horse Qualifier, 

Balmoral Show 13th – 15th May 2015

Aim: To identify high class horses bred in Ireland with the potential to become top class eventers, to create a medium for breeders and producers to display their quality young stock and to encourage breeders and trainers to produce and present the correct type of horse likely to make a top class three day eventer. 


Phase 1: Dressage, start time 10am.

Phase 2: Conformation and Type, start time 10.15am

Phase 3: Jumping, start time 11am.

Phase 4: Suitability and Potential


4 Year Olds, Maximum 18 jumping efforts – Maximum height of fences 90cm

5 Year Olds, Maximum 22 jumping efforts – Maximum height of fences 1m



Restricted to ‘Irish Bred’ horses. Only animals with named passports identifying sire, dam, dam sire, microchip and breeder may compete. Passports will be inspected before Phase 1.

Horses must exceed 148cms without shoes.

Open to horses foaled in 2011 and 2010

To be ridden by riders who have attained their 16th birthday by 1st January 2014.

Horses must have competed in one qualifier and attained at least 60% in one.

The top 4 horses in each class will qualify for the final on 13th and 15th May 2015 at Balmoral Park providing they have attained a minimum score of 60%. If any of the top 4 horses have already qualified, horses down the line may qualify providing they have also attained a minimum score of 60%

Entry fee £40/€50

Balmoral Young Event Horse.


Method of Judging:

In the dressage phase, unlike a normal dressage test, we are not assessing the state of training and marks are not given for individual movements.  It is the horse’s, and not the rider’s real potential we are looking for. Trainability should also be taken into account.

  • All movements should exhibit softness through the back and extend to a swinging tail.
  • Nose should remain in front of the perpendicular at novice level.
  • The Poll (not the third vertebrae) should be the highest point of the horse’s outline.
  • Neck extending forward -downward with engaged hind quarters.
  • Maintenance of an even and balanced rhythm throughout the performance
  • Sustaining regular paces through circles, turns and corners with correct bends.

In all phases horses will be rewarded for presenting an outline appropriate to their age, rather than presenting a restrained outline. The use of clear, consistent signaling by the rider to the horse and the absence of antagonistic hand and leg cues given simultaneously will be rewarded. The Riding Test is an exhibition of basic training and a preliminary to subsequent dressage performances

The horse’s conformation and type should enable him/her to withstand the demands of the sport in terms of soundness, speed and stamina.  Lack of quality and other defects which may prevent him/her being fast enough, should be penalized, even though the horse may make a nice dressage or show jumping horse.  However, a lack of size should not be held against him/her.  Equally one should not allow a possible prejudice against mares to affect any judgment.  It is essential to encourage producers to give mares more of a chance if we are to establish a better breeding policy using proven mares.

In the jumping phase we are looking for a bold athletic horse with good technique. Four year olds may find it easier to jump out of trot. However, 3 cumulative refusals or a fall of horse or rider will result in elimination.

In the Jumping Test, the horses will be assessed within the appropriate outline for their age group on their style, courage, balance and rhythm.