23 December 2021

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and all the very best for 2022.  Stay well and keep safe if travelling away.

RAS Head Office – will close for the Festive Season at 12noon on Thursday 23 December 2021, and re-open on Wednesday 5 January 2022.

20 December 2021

New Chief Executive Appointment: RAS Chief Executive Appointment 

15 December 2021

Land Rover Horse of the Year 2022 – entries are now open: https://www.evoevents.co.nz/ 

Showing Section Conditions and Qualification Information, and Declaration of Entry form: https://www.ras.org.nz/equestrian/horse-of-the-year-hoy/

13 December 2021

RAS Head Office – will close for the Festive Season at 12noon on Thursday 23 December 2021, and re-open on Wednesday 5 January 2022.

New Phone Number – Head Office has a new phone number, now operable – 022 567 7551.  Please update your contacts.  Thank you.

5 December 2021

Today on International Volunteer Day – the Royal Agricultural Society of New Zealand (RAS) want to thank all those people who work so hard to showcase rural excellence in their own time, both locally and nationally. The RAS has 93 A&P association and 67 breed and kindred society members, all of whom cannot run without the involvement of their passionate, dedicated volunteers. Without them, local communities wouldn’t have their show, in some cases their facilities, and be able to continue what for some is a history of well over 150 years. Thousands of people around the country are involved in connecting their local communities, and then there are those who further get involved at district level. We equally appreciate our judges and national officials who work across the country.

Thank you to each and every one of you, we appreciate you all.

7 July 2021 – additional Working Groups.
Golden Fleece: Terms of Reference – Golden Fleece
Home Industries: Terms of Reference – Home IndustriesEOI-form-2
Royal Shows:  Terms of Reference – Royal Shows and Events  
Expression of Interest Form: EOI-form-2

13 May 2021 – other Working Groups are yet to advertised but will follow in due course- Royal Shows & Events (including schedules), Rural Ambassador, Young Judges, Other Rules & Regulations

13 May 2021 – A further four (4) Working Groups have been advertised. Please see the following link for Terms of Reference (TOR) and Expressions of Interest (EOI) form – https://www.ras.org.nz/about-ras/nz-ras-job-descriptions/

10 May 2021 – Executive Members Brent Snellex and Malcolm McKerrow attended all District AGMs last week. The presentation as attached below in both pdf and Powerpoint files was a focal point of all AGMs.
RAS Strategic Case – April 2021 – FINAL

RAS Strategic Case – April 2021 – FINAL

As discussed several Working Groups will be formed over the coming weeks. The first Working Group to be advertised is the Equestrian Rule Review Working Group (ERRWG) – please see the following link for further information – https://www.ras.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Terms-of-Reference-Equestrian-Rules-Review.pdf

5 January 2021 – Happy New Year!

10 November – Together, We Can Move the Organisation Forward – November 2020

Steve Bramley Short Form Bio and Track Record – July 2020

9 October 2020 – Please find attached a joint communication from the HOY Board & the RAS

Joint Communication HOY Board & RAS


18 September 2020:  Matamata A&P Show – With the prospect of going into Covid 19 – Alert Level 1 prior to show day, we have extended the closing date until Friday 18th September (the original closing date).  After this date online entries will be accepted until the 2nd October but must be accompanied by a Late Entry Fee of $15.00 per animal. Should we stay in or return to Alert Level 2 after Monday 21st September, on-line entries will close immediately.  Entries on the day will be accepted with an additional fee of $5.00 per class provided we are in Alert Level One, with no restrictions on size of gatherings.

11 September 2020: The Matamata A & P Show committee had a meeting last night and have decided to run the event as competition only – no trade, food or entertainment. All entries must be received by 5.00pm 17th September. NO late entries or entries on the day will be accepted.  We will notify those who have entered in regard to final arrangements. Should the present restrictions be lifted, we will advise you as soon as possible of any changes.

19/3/20 – Reminder – while several RAS events have been cancelled, the Tri Nations Equestrian Youth Team is still seeking applications as the event is not until the end of the year. It is hoped by then the situation with Covid-19 has settled. Interviews can be conducted via Zoom or conference call. Entries close 3 April the link to the application information – https://www.ras.org.nz/equestrian/equestrian-youth/

19/3/20 – Reminder – while several RAS events have been cancelled, the RAS Rural Ambassador competition is still on. Interviews can be conducted via Zoom or conference call. Entries close 31 March the link to the application form – https://www.ras.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/2021-NZ-RAS-Rural-Ambassador-Award-Entry-Form.pdf


27/02/20 – Applications for the NZ Youth Equestrian Team now open

RAS EQYSC 2020 – Introductory Document

RAS EQYSC 2020 Application & Contract

20/01/20 – Entries now open for the 2021 RAS Rural Ambassador – see link for entry form – https://www.ras.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/2021-NZ-RAS-Rural-Ambassador-Award-Entry-Form.pdf


RAS Head Office will be closed from 12 noon Friday 20 December, re-opening Monday 6 January.  Any urgent enquiries between this time, please email [email protected]

5/12/19 – Details of upcoming Southern District activities

Skedgwell Cattle Camp

Stock Judging Day

7/10/19 – 03.10.2019 – Version 6 – MNDC Accumulator Equestrian Program (2019)

6/9/2019 – A list of RAS affiliated Shows (who have sent in their Schedules for verification) with 2020 HOY Qualifying sections/classes are listed on the HOY Page in Equestrian section of this website.  This is updated regularly.

29/8/2019 – Equestrian Competitors are reminded to send in their Change of Ownership/Lease/Replacement Certificate applications early, so they can be actioned prior to taking your horse/pony to the Measuring Stands and the new Show season getting underway – forms available to download –  https://www.ras.org.nz/equestrian/forms/

28/8/2019 – Mid Northern District – MNDC Accumulator Equestrian Program (2019)

9/5/19 – Mycoplasma bovis Biosecurity Advice for Cattle-Showing Events

17/4/19 – President’s Notes April 19

To help us improve and develop our meetings

17/4/19 – Biosecurity Levy consultation preamble

12/4/19 – 2019 HOY Forum Notes

22/2/19 – 2019 RAS Youth Equestrian Team Announcement

30/01/19 President’s Notes January 19

Newsletter from Harcourts – 201811 Lifestyle & Rural Property Focus RAS v4


5 September 2018
– Pukahu Show Cancelled due to ground and weather conditions

President Notes September18

President News July 18 (Public Ed)

28 May 2018

New Zealand Plans to Eradicate Cattle Disease Mycoplasma Bovis
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern releases government plan for eradication of cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis at news conference in Wellington.
Says govt and farmers have agreed phased eradication plan
Cost estimated at NZ$886m over 10 years
Govt to meet 68% of cost, Dairy NZ and Beef+Lamb NZ to meet 32%
Estimate 126,000 cattle will be culled in addition to 26,000 cull already under way
Estimate 192 properties “will be depopulated”
Most of eradication in first two years
NOTE: Mycoplasma bovis is a bacterial infection that affects the health of cattle but doesn’t infect humans; milk or beef from infected animals present no food safety risk
NOTE: New Zealand had about 6.5m dairy cattle in June 2017, according to government figures

Mark Fleming
Beef Chairman
Royal Agricultural Society
M: 027 298 0731
E: [email protected]

27 May 2018 – For those interested in Main Events produce – DISCOVERY promotion

23 May 2018

Equestrian Forums – following on from last years forums the dates for this year are as follows – get them in your diary
7th July – Mosgiel
14th July – Christchurch
21st July – Pukekohe
22nd July – Dannevirke
Times and meeting places will follow. If you have anything you would like to discuss please email me at [email protected] – I will not be entering in to any discussion on the Facebook Page
Agenda items will include two withdrawn remits from Waikato A&P. They were asked to withdraw them until they could be discussed more widely with Member Socities and competitors – First Ridden (Lead Rein) not being title classes at HOY
– Measuring three year olds twice (as happens with youngstock)
There will also be discussion on papers being tabled at conference and any other pertinent items raised at conference.

9 May 2018 – Mycoplasma Bovis

You can sign up to MPI here http://mpi.govt.nz/protection-and-response/responding/alerts/mycoplasma-bovis/ for regular updated information on mycoplasma bovis.

You can also sign up for a range of other information including  Consultation topics, Media Releases, Topics such as Dairy products and farm dairies, and Meat & meat products; Newsletters such as Agri-gate – about MPI’s investment programmes for anyone interested in primary sector innovation and investment and Welfare Pulse – for people interested in domestic and international animal welfare developments.

 3 May 2018
Congratulations to the following place-getters of the 2017.2018 RAS-Livamol Series.

1st – A & K Baxter & ‘Fourcees’
2nd – DeFilippi Family & ‘Citizen’
3rd – C Singer & N Lancaster & ‘Cahoncho’

Thank you to all who entered this series.

23 April 2018 – President News April 18 (Final)

29 March 2018

Raffle results – Fundraiser for RAS Youth Activities

1st prize – A Thomson, Palmerston North
2nd prize – Bay Of Islands, P & I Association
3rd prize – I Forrester, Rangiora

Thanks to all involved for your support

21 December 2017 – Wishing all a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.  RAS Head Office is now closed, and re-opens 8 January 2018

13 December 2017 – President News Dec 17 Illustrated (ii)

30 November 2017 – updated forms have been placed on the website for when doing change of ownership or lease, replacement certificate etc.  Please always go to the website to get the required form, as these are updated as required.  All parties need to be filling in the current forms not outdated ones.

21 November 2017 – 2018 HOY RAS Showing Section Schedule, Conditions of Entry, Qualification Information and Form can be found under the Equestrian section of our website / HOY Page.

18 November 2017 – Final Results of the RAS-UK Youth Equestrian Challenge at the following link – https://www.ras.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/RAS-UK-Equestrian-Youth-Challenge-website-2.pdf 

16 November 2017 – Check out the latest results and information regarding the RAS-UK Youth Equestrian Challenge at the following link – https://www.ras.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/RAS-UK-Equestrian-Youth-Challenge.pdf 

15 November 2017

Check out the latest results for the RAS-UK Youth Equestrian Challenge (hosted by Canterbury A&P Association) at the following link – https://www.ras.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/RAS-UK-Equestrian-Youth-Challenge-website.pdf 

Here is the link to their Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=ras%20equestrian%20youth%20squad%202016%20%26%202017

27 September 2017

Entries are now open for the RAS Mid-Northern District Youth Calf, Steer and Heifer Competition for the 2017/2018 Show season.

28th Oct: Waikato A&P Show – Beef and Sheep Class

Entry form through Google docs: https://goo.gl/forms/5EkoiEOfEnlE8sx63

4th Feb: KatiKati A&P Show – Dairy Class

Entry form through Google docs: https://goo.gl/forms/oy4uGZfgEiaXgPzt1

In addition we can also still take entries for our Steer & Heifer Competition for the following shows

25th Nov: Cambridge A&P Show
9th Dec: Te Kauwhata A&P Show
3rd Mar: Morrinsville A&P Show

Entry Form …

25 August 2017 – 2017 Equestrian Competitor Forums – Feedback v2

23 August – Remit Discussion Paper
The RAS wants feedback from member organisations and stakeholders such as competitors and volunteers. The discussion paper explains how we want to better involve everyone in the development of new ideas and initiatives which become remits to be voted on. The discussion paper gives the background to this discussion and explains what it is we are hoping to achieve. At the end of the paper are questions and a link to an online survey to provide us direct feedback. Please let others know about this and feel free to share the facebook post but do not comment on Facebook. All feedback to be through survey – Consultation on Remits V3

22 July 2017
Due to queries from competitors and A&P Shows regarding safety helmets, the following memo has been released – please share this

Safety Helmet Memo 2017

4 July 2017
NORTHERN MID NORTHERN DISTRICTS Judges Competitors Seminar_July2017

21 June 2016 – Notice of 2017 Equestrian Forums – Reposted due to error

2017 Equestrian Forums

21 June 2016 – NZ Youth Equestrian Team

Congratulations to the following people who have been selected for the NZ Youth Equestrian Team – Denby-Rose Tait, Rebecca Aplin, Grace Thomson & Kate Fleming.  We wish them well for the upcoming competition against the United Kingdom and Australia teams.  Thank you to Canterbury A&P Association for hosting the competition at their Show in November.


26 April 2017 – Link to Remits


RAS Equestrian Future V4

5 April 2017
Applications are now open for the RAS Equestrian Youth Team – applications close 12 May 2017.
RAS 2017 Youth Squad Announcement
RAS EQYSC 2017 – Introductory Document
RAS EQYSC 2017 Application & Contract

10 February 2017

  1. Breaking news…Harcourts Group Limited (HGL) has become a strategic partner of the RAS and the Showing Movement.  We welcome HGL and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership.
  2. Entries are now open for the Harcourts – RAS Rural Ambasaador Award – entry forms can be found at https://www.ras.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/2018-HNZ-RAS-Rural-Ambassador-Award.pdf

3 February 2017
2017 HOY Showing Section Workouts online now – www.ras.org.nz/equestrian/horse-of-the-year-hoy

2 February 2017 –
HOY have advised that entries are down in some breed sections for 2017 HOY Show, and they will not add the penalty on to the entry fee if you enter before tommorw, 3 Feb 2017.  HOY have also advised that Sections with low entries may result in loosing their spot at HOY.

1 February 2017 –

1. Please see revised ‘Showing Section Qualification Information’ on HOY Page.  An amendment has been made in the first bullet point paragraph wording – Show Attendance.

2. Reminder that entries for the Showing section close on 22 February 2017. Entries received after this date will be denied.

3. Showing Section HOY Qualification Forms must be emailed (as an attachment to the email not in the body of the email) or posted to RAS Head Office (not to SMC or Equestrian Entries) – to arrive no later than 5pm on 22 February 2017.  Forms received after this date/time will not be accepted and entry denied.

Thank you

24 January 2017 –
Horse of the Year Showing Section Judges
– David Bartram  UK
– Eva Best  NZ
– Marg Hendy  NZ
– Linzi Jobbitt  NZ
– Chris Lawton  UK
– Cara O’Connor  NZ
– Di Tunnicliffe  AUS
– Harry Tunnicliffe  AUS
– Julie Wilson  NZ

21 January 2017 –
Westland A&P Show, except for the Equestrian Section, has unfortunately been cancelled – please see full report on a link on their Show page.

24 December 2016 – Correction to the following HOY 2017 General Conditions

3.  All classes will be run under ESNZ rules and regulations except for the RAS Showing Classes, which will run under RAS rules.

4.  All entries close on 1st February 2017 for all disciplines except for Dressage & RAS Showing Classes.  Dressage closing date is 24 January 2017.  RAS closing date is 22 February 2017.  No entries or changes are accepted over the phone.

6: For entries closing on 1st February ONLY late entries will be accepted and will incur a charge of $10 per class entered. This does not apply to dressage and showing which have different closing dates.

 34.  Any appeals or dispute are in the first instance to be handled by your section Convenor in accordance with section, rules, regulations and consitions of entry.  If they cannot be rectified at this level, the section convenor will forward on to the Equestrian Office who will then activate the HOY Appeal Committee.

8 November 2016

Clevedon A&P Show – It is with great sadness that we have had to make the devastating decision to cancel this year’s show due to untenable ground conditions, following an exceptionally wet season.

This decision has not been made lightly and we are all heartbroken to have had to make it, but sadly it has had to be made. The ground conditions and the safety of our trade, competitors and visitors was paramount in our minds during the making decision.

We appreciate the affect this will have on everyone involved and please be assured we will contact each and every one of you directly to discuss the personal ramifications to you and any monetary transactions that need to be resolved.

We ask for your patience in this matter as we have thousands of people to contact so it will take time, but be assured we will get to you.

We as a committee are committed to the show whole heartedly and express again our sadness towards adding the third notch in the weather cancellation record of the shows 108-year history.

We look forward to turning our focus to a fantastic event in 2017.

 Sincerest Regards,
The Clevedon A&P Assn Committee

7 October 2016

Two further RAS Equestrian Competitive Forums scheduled in November for Pukekohe and Balclutha.  Clink on link for further details

6 October 2016

HOY Qualifiaction Forms & Information is on the website – Equestrian – Horse of the Year

9 September 2016

HOY 2017 RAS Showing Section Qualification

 The RAS HOY Qualification forms will be available to download from the website within the next few weeks.  Competitors please note – for 2017 HOY, RAS Shows/Events will not be required to sign off this form.  It will be up to the owner/competitor to complete and verify their qualification wins and show attendance

29 August 2016

Announcing RAS Competitor Equestrian Forums – https://www.ras.org.nz/equestrian/competitor-equestrian-forums/

5 August 2016


Winnings from their amazing time at NPS Summer Championships.

 RAS Equestrian Youth Squad United Kingdom Trip 2016's photo.
RAS Equestrian Youth Squad United Kingdom Trip 2016's photo.
RAS Equestrian Youth Squad United Kingdom Trip 2016's photo.

4 August 2016



Team Results
– New Zealand – 1st 
– Wales – 2nd
– Scotland – 3rd
– England – 4th
– Australia 5th

Congratulations –
Lily Moss – Gisborne.
Tyler Porteous – Kaiwaka
Chloe Roach – Cambridge
Amy Sage – Auckland
Denby-Rose Tait – Hastings
Maia Waretini – Christchurch
Team Manager – Megan Hawkins, Feilding
Team Chaperone – Typhena Carter, Riversdale
3 August 2016


Our team has done NZ Showing proud.

Results to date below.  Overall team result tomorrow following the In-hand phase .


Supreme Overall Junior Judge – Chloe Roach

Winner 19yrs & Over – Chloe Roach

Winner 14-18 yrs – Lily Moss

Third – Maia Waretini


Winner – Lily Moss

Third – Amy Sage

Quiz( over 19yrs)

Third – Chloe Roach

Dressage Phase ( out of 45 riders)

Third  – Amy Sage

Fifth – Maia Waretini

Eighth – Tyler Porteous

Showing Phase

Riding Pony up to 13hh

1st – Denby Rose Tait

Riding Pony up to 15.2hh

1st – Amy Sage

2nd – Lily Moss

Show Hunter up to 15.2hh

1st – Maia Waretini

2nd – Tyler Porteous

Overall Grand Champion – Maia Waretini

Reserve Champion – Amy Sage

First Runner up – Denby Rose Tait.


Comments from a UK Steward  – ‘what a talented team of riders from NZ, they could teach the UK riders a thing or two.

10 June 2016


The RAS recognise the future of the organisation rests with the youth of today.

The ‘Friends of the RAS Equestrian Youth’ has been formed to help fund and organise equestrian initiatives to identify and retain young people within the A&P organisation.

We will hold Equestrian initiatives that will help entice our young Competitors to continue Showing and have the opportunity to get involved with training for Judging, Measuring and Forbidden Substance. It would also be great to get our Young competitors involved with the A&P Shows.

Our first Initiative is the

RAS Equestrian Youth Squad UK Trip. This has come about talking with people involved in Showing from the United Kingdom and Australia, each Country identifying they have the same issues. A small band of dedicated Showing enthusiasts have come up with this fantastic opportunity to promote and recognise our young Show Riders.

19 applicants between ages 14 – 19 years applied to be one of six riders to represent NZ RAS and be part of this inaugural competition being held in the United Kingdom.

This event will be held on a rotation basis, 2017 Australia and 2018 New Zealand, Already we have another Country wanting to be included.

The chosen team will depart NZ mid- July returning home around August 15th. The team will attend both the Royal Welsh Show and the Royal International Show
(Hickstead) before competing against the UK and Australia at the National Pony Society Summer Show held at Three Counties – Malvern.

Each team member will be billeted with host families who are supplying their loan Horse/Pony prior to the competition.

The actual competition consists of three phases, ‘ Ridden, Inhand and Judging’.

NZ RAS are very excited to announce that our show team consists of the following riders-

Chloe Roach – Cambridge
Tyler Porteous – Kaiwaka, Northland
Amy Sage – Auckland
Maia Waretini – Christchurch
Denby-Rose Tait – Hastings
Lily Moss – Gisborne.

Team Manager – Megan Hawkins

We would like  you to support these young riders by becoming a ‘ Friend of the RAS Equestrian Youth’

This entails you making a $100 Donation.

Your name will be placed on the FOTRASY supporters page on the RAS Website. 

You will also be recognised at the Annual RAS Conference.

You will receive updates on Trips or competitions and Youth training Initiatives

If anyone would like to become a ‘Friend of the RAS Equestrian Youth’ Please make your $100 Donation to

The Royal Agricultural Society of NZ
Please use reference: RAS Equestrian Youth

Please send an email to [email protected] to confirm and let us know which name you would like acknowledged on the supporters page.

10 April 2016 – RAS Equestrian Youth Squad
Congratulations to the following equestrian youth (listed in alphabetical order) who have been chosen to represent RAS of NZ in the inaugural equestrian team event between the United Kingdom, Australia and NZ.

Lily Moss

Tyler Porteous

Chloe Roach

Amy Sage

Denby-Rose Tait

Maia Waretini

1 April 2016 – Equestrian Youth Initiative
 Entries have now closed.  The quality of the applicants has been outstanding, and the panel will have their work cut out to decide on the representative team.  The team will be announced later this month.
10 March 2016

ESNZ has advised dates for 2017 HOY are 6-12 March

RAS will be meeting with ESNZ and HOY representatives in the next month to discuss the 2017 Show.  Updates regarding all matters to do with the RAS Showing Section at HOY will be made available via the RAS website.

10 February 2016
Morrinsville A&P have cancelled the Dressage classes at their forthcoming Show.  Thank you

20 January 2016 –

Royal Agricultural Society Equestrian Youth Initiative


RAS of NZ invites applications for positions in the RAS of NZ Equestrian Youth Squad to visit the UK in July – August 2016.

To apply for this opportunity you must be a registered financial member of the RAS or an affiliated Society to the RAS of NZ, guide age 14 – 19 years inclusive.

We understand that four to six positions are available, for suitably qualified members.

The selection process will have some flexibility to ensure RAS of NZ sends a strong squad that meets the set criteria.

Information and Application Forms are available on the RAS website www.ras.org.nz – Equestrian – Youth

22 December 2015 – Qualifying Schedules for HOY
There has been some confusion over which shows are running which qualifying sections.  A new schedule has been placed on the website under the HOY listing. This lists the shows (that have submitted their schedules for qualification) with what sections qualify.  The qualifying sections relate to what is needed to qualify for that particular section at HOY.  For example.  To enter for one of the Rider title classes, you need to have received two firsts in the particular age group, plus have your three show attendance. (Your age class you are entering at HOY must reflect the age class you received a first placing in.) The Show Qualifying  Schedules have been split in to age groups so you can easily identify which shows are running which qualifying age groups.

11 December 2015 – Revised HOY Schedule
Revised HOY Showing Section Schedule is now available for viewing on the website – Equestrian Section / HOY Page.

20 November 2015 – Comment re Bearing Reins

Rule states; GR5 d); page 3 of General Rules – Bearing Reins or similar tackle shall not be used anywhere on the Show/Event’s grounds, nor shall martingales attached to the curb rein be allowed.

The question has been raised as to whether this means no side reins are allowed when lunging a pony or horse e.g. with a cold backed young horse or pony.

The Horse Steward’s Council Executive considered the following

  1. “What was the intent of the rule?”

It was resolved the intent of the rule was to prevent ponies having their heads tied to their chest via side reins and being lunged for hours on end.

  1. “Has the rule as it is written gone beyond the intent and interfered with what would otherwise be acceptable and reasonable practice?”

It was resolved some horses and ponies require lunging for health and safety reasons before being ridden and this should be allowed.

It was therefore resolved that for the purposes of interpretation, ruleGR5 d) allows the use of side reins for lunging purposes only, nothing else will be permitted; however regardless of the rule and its intent, if anyone observes what they feel is mistreatment of an animal, they should lodge a complaint with the show immediately.

The Horse Steward’s Council Executive made the following recommendation to the RAS Executive and this recommendation was accepted.

30 October 2015 – Details RAS Central District Stockman’s Weekend


29 October 2015 – Novice Qualification – HOY

Thank you to all those competitors and exhibitors who have sent in feedback regarding the novice ruling and how it affected qualifying for HOY.  When putting together the new equestrian rulebook and the new qualifying schedule, the impact this would have on novice horses and ponies had not been fully thought through.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused and advise the following policy will be applied for this year’s show season and the 2016 HOY in regard to novice horses and ponies qualifying for Rising Star Horse or Pony.Rising Star Horse or Pony

– A Rising Star Exhibit is a horse/pony that was a Novice as at August 1st 2015, excluding a Lead Rein Pony or a First Ridden Combination Pony.

 -A Rising Star is not to have competed in the Rising Star section at HOY Show more than twice.

 -A Rising Star is one that has not won a Rising Star Title at any previous HOY Show.

 A Rising Star may compete in open title classes if they have the necessary qualifications.

 -Adults may ride Rising Star ponies that have Novice Status at the time of Competition.

 QUALIFICATION: To have won 1 x Champion or 2 x Reserve Champions in Novice or Open Conformation classes in their respective sections at qualifying shows since 1st August 2015.

 A completed Certificate of Qualification must accompany entry

6 October 2015 – HOY

  • Showing Section Qualification Information and Form is now available to download – www.ras.org.nz / equestrian section / Schedule page.

9 September 2015 – Rule Update

All RAS affiliated Shows/Events were asked to send their Show Schedule to RAS Head Office to be reviewed by the Horse Stewards Council Executive (HSCEx), if they wished to run sections as per MSS and be a Horse of the Year Qualifier.  Show Schedules that have been received and reviewed, their HOY qualification section status are listed on our website – www.ras.org.nz / equestrian section / Schedule 

page.  This page is updated regularly, and it is the responsibility of the competitor/exhibitor to ensure that you check this prior to competing/exhibiting at a RAS affiliated Show/Event if you want your  win, Champion or Reserve Champion, to go towards your qualification status for HOY 2016.

  • CDE 1. d)  Equestrian Title Winners – means ‘Open Conformation Title’ winners.  Winners of Paced and Mannered, Newcomer, Rising Star or other similar classes, are not ‘Open Conformation Title’ wins.
  •  CDE 11.    Age of Riders/Handlers are as at 1 August – for all competitors/exhibitors at RAS Affiliated Shows/Events.

4 September 2015 – HOY 2016 Competitors


The new RAS Rulebook were voted in by members this year, and within this Rulebook there is a Minimum Standard Schedule (MSS) which RAS affiliated Shows/Events can run sections within this Schedule if they wish.   

If Shows/Events choose to run these sections as outlined in the Rulebook, then qualifications gained in these sections can go through to HOY 2016.  If Shows/Events choose not to run sections as outlined in the MSS, then any awards gained within those sections cannot qualify for HOY.  

As a result ‘Rising Star’ Titles are being replaced with ‘Novice’ Classes/Titles to fall in line with the new MSS.     There will be Novice lead up classes and you must be still be a Novice going into the Title Class. The Novice lead up classes will count for wins so it’s up to the individual competitor to manage this.    

5 August – RAS Equestrian Rules

The rules are available under Equestrian – Rulebook


22 July – HOY Update

As you are aware new event management has been appointed for Horse of the Year.  However they have yet to make an appointment for the Equestrian Director, and until they do, RAS’s hands are tied.  We cannot confirm times, dates, qualification forms or schedules until we have spoken directly to the Equestrian Director.  We are continuing to work quietly behind the scenes and when possible we will place updates and any other information on the website.

 7 July 2015 Equestrian Rule Change Notification – Stallions & Colts at A&P Shows/Events


  1. All stallions and colts (with the exception of Miniature horses and foals) must be shown in a bit.
  2. A Steward will order any stallion/colt considered out of control or to be causing undue disquiet to other horses from the ring without recourse from the stallion/colt’s owner/exhibitor/competitor.
  3. It is compulsory for all stallions and colts, except foals, to wear two (2) official ‘S” identification badges, one attached to each side of their bridle, at all Shows/Events at all times. The rider must also wear two RAS official (2) armbands (one on each arm) when in the ring. ‘S’ badges to be purchased from RAS Head Office or ESNZ; armbands from RAS Head Office.
  4. Handlers and Riders of stallions/colts must wear an approved Hi Viz vest at Shows/Events when outside the showing ring. Vests can be purchased from RAS Head Office.

6 July 2015 Equestrian Rule Change Notification – Age of Riders


  1. Rider/Handler’s age and eligibility is determined as per the 1 August i.e. Riders/handlers who are of age for any division/section on the 1 August complete the show year/ season in that division/section.
  2. Lead Rein classes are restricted to riders under eight (8) years of age with a minimum age of four (4) years, who are not competing in any other sections at any A&P Show/Event. To be led by an attendant fourteen (14) years of age or over.
  3. First Ridden classes are restricted to riders under ten (10) years of age, who are not competing in any other sections at any A&P Show/Event.
  4. Novice pony exhibits (except Novice Pony Stallions) may be ridden by a rider of any age.
  5. Novice pony stallions must be led or ridden by a rider fourteen (14) years and over.
  6. Open pony exhibits (also see CDE 12 h) must be ridden by riders under seventeen (17) years of age.
  7. Open pony stallions must be ridden by a rider fourteen (14), or fifteen (15), or sixteen (16) years of age, led handlers must be fourteen (14) years and over.
  8. Riders in horse rings (exhibits over 148cm) must be twelve (12) years and over.
  9. Stallions over 148cm must be led or ridden by a rider seventeen (17) years of age or older.

3 July 2015 –RAS Media Release – Rural Ambassador Winner

10 May 2015 – HOY Qualifiers for Werribee

 Congratulations to the winners of the following classes at HOY.  These riders/horses/ponies are eligible to compete at Werribee.  As the RAS does not collate or process the entries or results for HOY, we do not have access to the contact details of the winners; however by posting this on the RAS website, we hope it will be brought to the applicable people’s attention.
To date there has been no formal process for forming a team.  Individuals have either grouped together or gone over on their own initiative.  The RAS is investigating the possibilities of a support structure for the future; however it is not available at present.  We wish all the qualifiers that choose to go over, the best of luck and offer support in forwarding on any information that comes to hand.
At this time there is no further information from Werribee but when it becomes available, a notice will be placed on the RAS website.
Class 336 Senior Rider over 21 years
Class 337 Show Pony 128cm
Class 338 Show Pony 138cm
Class 339 Show Pony 148cm (In Australia this Pony qualifies for the Small Galloway Classification)
Class 340 Rider 15-21 years
Class 344 Saddle Hunter Pony 128cm
Class 345 Saddle Hunter Pony 138cm
Class 346 Saddle Hunter Pony 148cm (In Australia this Pony qualifies for the Small Galloway Show Hunter)
Class 350 Lead Rein Pony Rider
Class 362 Lead Rein Pony of the Year
Class 363 First Year Ridden Pony Rider
Class 355 First Ridden Pony
Class 367 Saddle Hunter
Class 358 Park Hack (Depending on the height of the winner this horse might qualify for the large galloway or hack category in Australia)
Class 360 Hack
Class 361 Junior Rider 12 years & under
Class 362 Intermediate Rider 13-16