We know the first time competing at Interschools can be a little daunting and there is so much to know. For those that have been before there are always still common questions. We are more than happy to answer any question for you but also thought it would be helpful if we listed some of them here, along with some additional helpful information.

Equestrian Victoria runs the Interschool State Championships each year, over 5 days in the April school holidays, at Werribee Park (WPNEC) with over 400 young riders. At this event riders may qualify to compete at the Australian Interschool Championships. The schedule for the event is published at the commencement of each year.

Event Director: Wendy van Sonsbeek
e: isv.eventdirector@equestrianvictoria.com.au

ph: 0402 707 299 (after 5:30pm only)

Event Enquiries: Emily van Sonsbeek

e: isv@equestrianvictoria.com.au

Frequently Asked Questions

Entering and Membership

Who can ride at the State Championships?
Any student for Prep-Year 12, who is current enrolled in a school or is home schooled through Distance Education may compete. Families should inform their school that they may be riding under their school name and check if there are any requirements in regard to behaviour, dress or safety.
Do I have to qualify to enter the EV State Championships?
The combination of the horse and rider must compete at a “participation event” on the Interschool calendar between April of the previous year and the end of February in the year of entry. This excludes the Australian Championships. Riders do not technically need to “qualify” in a certain discipline.

Please Note: Due to the extenuating circumstances and difficulties COVID-19 has provided competitors in the 2020 early 2021 season the participant qualification requirement has been removed from the 2021 Victorian Interschool Equestrian Championships.

Does the competitor have to be a member of Equestrian Australia/Victoria to compete at the State Championships?
Yes, every competitor at the Equestrian Victorian Interschool State Championships needs to be a current financial competitive member of Equestrian Australia. Membership is renewable every year through Equestrian Victoria, either online or by contacting the office. Without a current EV Competitive Membership riders will not be allowed to compete.
How do we enter the State Championships if we are not a member when entries close?
Those riders who are not EV members at time of entry will need to take out membership for the year. At time of putting in your online entries on Nominate, enter the membership number as 99999 and contact the EV Office to process a membership renewal or process a new membership online via http://www.vic.equestrian.org.au. Memberships will be checked. Pro rata membership is offered to those joining for the first time between January and June 30th.
Do I need a school team?
Riders may enter the Championships as individuals with placings and prizes awarded. They may require an agreement from their school. The individual’s best four scores are used for deciding the Champion Secondary and Primary rider. The team component uses the best 4 scores of the best four riders from each school to award the Champion School Team. Some schools may have multiple campuses for team scoring purposes. These campuses must come under the same Governance/Board and same Principal (Head of School). For example a school may have a Senior Campus Year 7-12 and Primary Campuses Prep-Year 6. There are no composite teams.
I have never competed in Interschool events before and I am unsure of the level I should be riding at
Interschool events are in set year levels groups and have classes within this levels. Primary Prep-Year 6 and  Secondary Year 7-12 with Dressage divisions- Senior Year 10, 11, 12 and Intermediate Year 7, 8, 9.

In most competitions the rider selects a level that is suitable for their horse and themselves. This may be based on prior experience, a coach’s advice, a school coordinator’s assistance. It is best to commence at a safe and sometimes lower level than practised at home.  If the horse carries a performance card, has points or has competed at high levels this may set rules for entry. Equestrian Victoria would have further information available through the horse’s registration details.

Do horses have to be registered to compete in Interschool events?
Interschool horses DO NOT have to be registered to compete at the Equestrian Victorian Interschool State Championships, however, should the horse and rider combination qualify for the Australian Interschool Championships the horse will then need to be registered to compete.
What is the Refund Policy?
  • Refunds for scratching’s prior to the close of entries:
    Withdrawal of entries prior to the close of entries will have a refund of entry fees less a $25 administration fee.
  • Refunds for scratchings after the close of entries:
    There will be no refund of entry fees after close of entry, a substitution can only be made within 3 weeks of close of entry subject to conditions.
    Facility fees will be refunded on production of a veterinary or medical certificate (certificates must be received by 5pm Friday 16th April 2021. Requests for refunds of camping and stabling costs will be at their discretion of the Organising Committee.
  • Refunds for scratching after the commencement of the event:
    There will be no refund of any events fees after the commencement of the event.

Scratching’s will only be accepted in writing to isv@equestrianvictoria.com.au

Do I have to provide a volunteer to enter?
The running of equestrian events rely heavily on volunteers. As part of the terms and conditions of entering the competition we asked each rider to supply a volunteer at the event for a minimum 2.5 hour job.

In 2021 we will offer the option for entrants to pay a $50, PER RIDER, non-volunteering fee at the time of entry for parents who do not wish to perform a volunteer job.

This fee will allow us to employ appropriate persons to fill the roles of volunteers.

Entrants that have not paid the volunteer fee or sign-up for a job 7 days prior to the start of the competition will need to pay the $50 non-volunteer fee prior to competing. You cannot wait until the event.

If you do not report to the volunteer office to confirm your completion of your job your rider’s points and prizes, qualifications may be withheld, you will be deemed to be in breach of the conditions of entry.

Where can I find the schedule?
The schedule for the Victorian Interschool Equestrian State Championships can be found on this website under the heading State Championships > Competitor Information. Terms of conditions of entry can be found in the schedule.

Competing at the Event

What do I wear to compete in?
Interschool competitors need to wear light coloured jodhpurs and school equestrian uniform. This may be a sports shirt, windcheater or shirt tie and jumper. No riding jackets are allowed unless you are selected for the Victorian Interschool Team. Gloves are compulsory for Dressage, preferably light coloured.

Protective headgear must conform to one of the current approved safety standards:

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

Combined Training classes require all helmets to be inspected and tagged from January 2020.

Riding boots smooth-soled, low-heeled boots (short or long, except for Show Horse). Gaiters and long boots may be worn in all disciplines except Show Horse, where top boots and gaiters can only be worn by competitors 18 years and over.

EA rules for each discipline may have specific requirements in regard to dress and approved horse gear.

Do I have to wear an exhibitor number at the event?
Yes, each horse MUST wear a bridle or saddle number on each side of the horse. This must be worn at all times outside of the stable or yard.

Competitors will be designated a specific event number by the organising committee. Competitors are to print and provide their own number/number holders.

Can I use a whip in the dressage championship tests?
Yes, whips are permitted in the dressage championship classes. Whips must not exceed 1.2m including the tassel for horses and 1.0m including the tassel for ponies.
Can I have my dressage test called?
No – As this is a State Championship event, Dressage test cannot be called.

Exception Preparatory Dressage Tests can be called, see special conditions on the schedule for competitors looking to compete in the primary preparatory championships.

Can I enter more than 1 dressage championship level?
Yes, riders are permitted to enter two consecutive levels per horse. A maximum of three dressage tests per horse per day can be ridden.
Can I use a whip in the combined training championship?
No whip is allowed at any level in the dressage phase. A whip is permitted in the jumping phase but must not exceed 75cm including the tassel.

I am competing in the combined training, do I need to have my helmet tagged?

Yes, under the current EA Eventing Rules, all competitors competing in the combined training must have their helmet tagged.

Helmet tagging is available at Equestrian Victoria Affiliated Eventing Competitions and on the day of the competition at the State Championships. Keep an eye on the State Championships website and Interschool Victoria Facebook page for helmet tagging hours at the Victorian Interschool Equestrian State Championships.

Can I compete in two levels of combined training on the same horse?
No, riders are only permitted to compete in one combined training class per horse.
Do I have to compete in both phases of the combined training, or can my friend jump my horse?
No, the same horse and rider combination must complete both phases of the competition.

What class is Jumping Article 238.2.1?

Article 238.2.1 also known as One Round Table A.

Athletes with equality penalties for any place are placed in accordance with the time taken to complete the round. In the event of equality of penalties and time for first place, there may be a jump-off over a shortened course over obstacles, which may be increased in height and/or spread in accordance with the provisions of the schedule.

Please Note: this is only if faults and times are exactly the same so is very rare that this second round jump off is ever run.

What class is Jumping Article 274.5.3?

Article 274.5.3 also known as Two-Phase
This competition comprises two phases run without interruption, each at an identical or different speed, the finishing line for the first phase being identical with the starting line for the second phase.

This first phase is a course of 7 to 9 obstacles with or without combinations (Table A against the clock). The second phase takes place over 4 to 6 obstacles, which may include one combination (Table A against the clock).

Athletes penalised in the first phase are halted by the judge ringing the bell after they have jumped the last obstacle or when the time allowed for the first phase has been exceed ed, after crossing the finishing line of the first phase. They must stop after crossing the first finishing line.

Placing in according to the penalties and time in the second phase and, if necessary, to the penalties and time in the first phase. Athletes stopped after the first phase may only be placed after athletes who have taken part in both phases. In the event of equality for first place, the tied athletes will be placed equal first.

What class is Jumping Article 238.2.2?

This is a competition not against the clock, but in the event of equality of penalties for first place, there will be one jump-off against the clock.

Other athletes are placed according to their penalties and time in the first round.

All riders who jump clear in the first round will be invited back to complete the second round at a raised height (approx. 5cm).

Can I compete in more than one jumping level?
No, riders are only permitted to compete in one jumping height class per horse.

After the start of competition if riders wish to change height classes, this must be communicated to the committee by 7am on the day of competition. The rider will then compete HC in subsequent classes and be ineligible for points or placing.

Where can I find the course plan for jumping?
Course plans will be posted at the entry gate. The course will be opened for walking 20 minutes prior to class start time. Riders are to listen for announcements that their class is running to schedule, early or late and present when required.
Can I compete in more than one show horse class?
No, riders are only permitted to compete in one category per horse (i.e. they must choose which category between Show Horse, Show Hunter, or Working Hunter).
Can I compete in the different show horse phases with different horses?
No, riders must complete all three phases in the class on the same horse.