RoR AMATEUR Ridden Show Series (Formerly  TARRA)


RoR are delighted to announce they are updating the RoR TARRA show series in 2017. From 2017 the class will be called the RoR AMATEUR Ridden Show Series, there will be rosettes 1st-6th place and prize vouchers 1st £40 plus RoR jacket, 2nd £30, 3rd £20 and 4th £10 and an exciting final, which will take place at the RoR National Championship Show at Aintree. The Judge will not ride in the Qualifiers, but the judge will ride in the final.

The RoR AMATEUR Ridden classes will continue under the same rules where racing injuries and blemishes are ignored.  The series will be for AMATEURS ONLY – those employed in racing  will be allowed to compete. 

AMATEUR RULE : The rider must NOT have received any remuneration, from the showing, riding or production of show horses in the last 5 years, sponsorship included. Individuals employed in other equestrian disciplines shall be classified as amateurs for the sake of the RoR AMATEUR Show Series.  Horses must NOT have been stabled at or reside in a Professional Producer’s/Trainer’s yard in the current or previous season.

Each horse should complete an individual show of no longer than 1½ minutes to include the following movements: Walk, Trot, Canter showing change of leg, extended canter, halt and stand, walk off on long rein. You will not be asked to gallop your horse.

Horses will be stripped for conformation. Horses should be ridden in a snaffle, pelham or simple double bridle. Horses should be plaited.

All those entering horses and/or participating in the show agree to be bound by the RoR Rules and Regulations. Please be aware that the show will split the class on the horse’s last run in a race (NH or Flat) should the entries exceed 20. Please mark your entry form accordingly. Competitors must wear a safety/kite mark hard hat with a chinstrap.

RoR eligibility:  Horses should be a mare or gelding, four-years-old or over, any height. Riders must be 15 years or over on 1st January 2017. Thoroughbreds who have not raced but have been in training or raced overseas can compete as well as those who have raced in GB.   Horses must be registered with RoR (using their racing name or BHA registered name) and have an RoR or NR number.

RoR National Championship qualification: The 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed horses in the RoR AMATEUR ridden Show Series Qualifiers (formerly TARRA)  between 10th August 2016 and 31st July 2017 qualify for the finals at the RoR National Championships in August 2017.  Horses WILL BE ridden by the judge in the Final. Qualifiers must enter the RoR National Championships via the online system used by Aintree Equestrian Centre. All winners of the Veteran prize at each qualifying show, between 10th August 2016 and 31st July 2017, will qualify for the RoR VETERAN Final to be held at the RoR National Championships at Aintree in August 2017.

RoR AMATEUR Ridden Show Series Qualifiers  ( Formerly RoR TARRA) 2016/2017:

2016 Winner 
MASTER OF ARTS – Ridden by Deborah Newman





2nd April – Brook Farm EC Spring Show

6th April – The 27th North of England Spring Show

11st April – The South of England Spring Indoor Show

16th April – Urmston & District Riding Club Show

17th April – Newton Rigg Showing Show

23th April – Worlington Riding Club

30th April – South Devon Horse Show

30th April – H.O.P.E Spring Show

30th April – ISEC Ex-racehorse Day including RoR Classes


1st May – Keysoe Spring Show

1st May – Allens Hill Annual Showing Show

1st May – TSR Spring Show

13th May  – Nottinghamshire County Show

27th May – Heathfield and District Agricultural Show

27th May – Hambleton Show

29th May – Northumberland Show

29th May – Warrington Horse Show


9th June – South of England Show

10th-11th June – Derbyshire Festival Show

17th June – Cumberland County Show

24th June – Huby & Sutton Agricultural Show

24th/25th June – Equi-Trek Aintree National Show

25th June – HOPE Malvern Summer Festival


1st July – Horsham & District Riding Club’s Open Annual Horse Show

1st July – North of England Summer Show

2nd July – Malton Show

2nd July – Lanchester Agricultural Society Show

2nd July – The Cranleigh Show

8th July – Liskeard & District Agricultural Show

9th July – Denmead Horse Show

9th July – Ashby Show

15th July – Yeovil Show

15th July – TSR Summer Gala Show

19th July – Festival of Hunting

23rd July – Rugby Riding Club Summer Show

23rd July – Mid Herts Country Show


1st August – Bakewell Show

3rd August – Burwarton Show

3rd August – Honiton Show

5th August – Emley Show

5th August – Blakesley Show

6th August – Tockwith Show

9th August – Vale of Glamorgan Agricultural Show

13th August – Equifest 2017

15th August – Wales and West Hunter Show

17th August – Denbigh & Flint Show

19th August – Ashbourne Show

20th August – Gloucester Lodge Farm

25th/27th August – RoR National Championships – FINAL

26th August – Wensleydale Show

26th August – Bellingham Show

27th August – Blair Castle International Horse Trails

28th August – Edenbridge & Oxted Agricultural Show


2nd September – Moreton in Marsh Show

3rd September – Dorset County Show

9th September – RoR South East Region Championship show

9th September – Romsey Show

9th September – Kington Show

9th September – Usk Show

9th September – Frome Show

30th September – Gransden & District Agricultural Society Show


Showing FAQs

I do not have a proper showing saddle, can I use my GP?

Yes, use of a general purpose saddle is fine.

Can I use a numnah under my saddle?

Yes, you can use a numnah but it should be of a dark colour and not protrude too much around the saddle.

I have been told that for showing a bridle should be flat leather, not rolled. Is this correct?

Yes, the information you have been given is correct. Leatherwork should be plain i.e. flat.

My horse loves his Micklem bridle. Can he wear this to show in?

As the rules stand at the moment, use of a Micklem bridle is not allowed in showing classes, except for the RoR/TBA Retrained Racehorse Challenge.

Am I allowed to use a coloured browband?

Browbands should be plain for hunter-type horses but for riding horses and hacks a coloured browband can be used.

My horse is not happy with a double bridle; do I have to use 2 bits?

No it is perfectly acceptable to use a Pelham with a mouthpiece that your horse is happy with but you should use two reins. Alternatively you can use a snaffle.

What am I expected to do in a showing class?

When you enter the ring, everyone will walk, trot and canter round together after which the judge will make an initial line up.

Each competitor then does an individual show which should be about 1.30 minutes in length and should include walk, trot and canter on both reins (to show that your horse can pick up the correct leg lead in canter and halt (nice and square – and still for a few seconds.); you should then walk back to your place in the line on a long rein. You are not required to gallop.

You will then need to remove your horse’s tack and present him to the judge for closer inspection. You will also be asked to walk and trot your horse in hand.

So what is the judge actually looking for?

You need to demonstrate a horse that is safe, well-mannered,, obedient and a pleasure to ride so this means no pulling, no head-tossing and so on. He should work in a soft, consistent, rounded outline. The judge will assess whether he/she considers your horse has adapted well to life as a riding horse and is settled in the show ring.

Your horse will need to be taught to stand still whilst a rider unfamiliar to him mounts – via a leg up (so practise this too).

To help prepare your horse for this phase as part of your homework have numerous different people ride him as everyone rides differently so that he does not react on the day to a stranger on board.

Please note: The judge does NOT ride in The Jockey Club RoR Novice Thoroughbred Ridden Show Horse Class.

I am quite small so my stirrup irons may not suit the judge; what should I do?

If you prefer not to ride with larger stirrup irons, then it is perfectly acceptable for you to have a larger pair in your kit box. Also allow that the judge may be quite tall so your leathers need to be long enough too.

Do I need to plait my horse?

Manes should be plaited; tails should be pulled or plaited. Ears, noses and heels should be trimmed.

Am I allowed to use a flash noseband in showing classes?

No, the only type of noseband allowed for the showing classes is a cavesson.

My horse gets quite strong in company; how do I control him in the show ring?

Unfortunately there is no magic cure other than to bit him suitably, accustom him to working politely with other horses and take him for some outings without actually competing so he can get used to the goings on.

Our Training Consultants will be able to assist you with training suggestions so please do contact our Ask The Experts helpline on

I want to show my horse as he has very good conformation but he just won’t settle. Am I allowed to give him a calmer?

Some products contain substances prohibited by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) although not prohibited by the FEI. RoR classes run under BHA guidelines so look carefully at the ingredients.

Please contact the RoR office or the Ask The Experts Helpline if you are not sure about any calmer you may use.

What should I wear?

A hard hat (with safety/kite mark) with chin strap must be worn.

Ladies: If riding a horse of hack type you should ideally wear a navy/black jacket; for those riding a hunter or riding horse type, jackets should be tweed.
Gentlemen: Tweed jackets

Breeches should be plain, fawn or buff but not white
Collar and tie with an ordinary shirt

Boots should be black or brown.
Gloves should be plain, ideally leather or string.

Evening Performances:
White or cream stocks instead of ties; gentlemen to wear black or navy jackets.
You should carry a whip – plain Malacca or leather cane not exceeding 32” in length. Schooling whips are not allowed.

Spurs should be worn.

For in-hand classes dress is as for the equivalent ridden class.

Can I wear a skull cap?

Yes you can (with safety harness) but this should have a black or navy cover on it.

If I am dressed incorrectly will I be disqualified?

Not at all. However the judge or class steward will advise you on the correct dress code if deemed appropriate.

My horse has remedial shoes. What is the ruling on this?

Remedial shoes are not allowed in the Tattersalls or Jockey Club classes but are allowed in the Challenge and Amateur Ridden and Open In-Hand Showing classes.

What happens if my horse misbehaves?

It is entirely the judge’s decision whether you are asked leave the ring. Much will depend on what behaviour your horse is displaying and whether this is proving to be disruptive to the other competitors or considered to be a danger to you, itself or to others.

How do the Rules vary for the RoR/TBA Retrained Racehorse Challenge?

The Rules do vary for the Challenge as a Micklem bridle is allowed as is a martingale and/or breastplate. Front boots or bandages can also be used but these should be removed for the showing section. If used they should be dark in colour.

Racing injuries/blemishes are overlooked.

The judge will not ride.

Dress is as for hunting so that is tweed jackets.


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