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Series RoR Online Open In-Hand Series

As coronavirus puts the brakes on public events and equestrian competitions, RoR are delighted to launch a new Open In-Hand Showing series, online.


RoR eligibility: Horses must be registered with RoR and handlers must be 15 years old on the 1st of January 2021 and is open to horses 3 years and over, fillies, mares and geldings. Open to GB raced horses, horses that have raced abroad or been in training. Racing injuries and blemishes are ignored.

Horses do not need to be shod to compete in this series and horses can be shown in a bitless/In hand bridle.

A total of six qualifiers starting on Monday 5th April 2021. The format will remain the same for each subsequent qualifier, ie. entries open each Monday and close on the following Friday for a total of six weeks. Entries close each Friday at midday or when twenty videos have been submitted. If your entry misses the deadline, it will automatically be entered for the following week. Email confirmation will be sent to all entrants.

Competitors are strongly advised to wear a safety/kite mark hard hat with a chinstrap. All those entering horses and/or participating in the show agree to be bound by the Retraining of Racehorses Rules and Regulations from time to time in force.

Format for video: Start by stating your horse’s racing name, age and what equine disciplines he/she has been retrained for (10 seconds max)

Individual show: In walk, circle (up to 20m) to the right and then again to the left. Stand your horse up from both sides and then trot away in a straight line from the judge (camera) and back again (one and a half minutes max)

Please e-mail your video to putting your name, horse’s racing name and age in the subject line.

The first and second placed former racehorse in each qualifier will automatically qualify for the RoR Online Open In Hand Championship. Please note: Once a horse has qualified they will not be allowed to enter any subsequent qualifiers in this series.

RoR Online Open In-Hand/RoR Online Open In-Hand Veteran Final: This can be a freestyle video up to 2 minutes long and must include the horse being stood up for the judge on both sides, walk and trot. We will also accept the video that has previously been submitted.

The highest placed veteran (15+) in each qualifier will go forward for the RoR Online Open In-Hand Veteran Championships.

Prizes: An RoR branded prize to the winner of each qualifying round.
Championships – RoR prizes will be awarded to the first three in both championships.

Judging: An RoR approved judge will be appointed each week. The judge will provide written feedback to each competitor.