General Rules of the CPI Horse Show
If a rider participates in any capacity in the College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show (CPI), this participation constitutes an agreement and affirmation that the rider, and each of its coaches, trainers, parents and representatives shall accept and abide by the Rules and Regulations of the CPI and of the show, and that each rider is eligible as entered in the application and will accept as final all rulings of the CPI and the show steward (or committee) with respect to their conduct. Also, through participation, each rider, rider’s parents/legal guardians, coach, trainer, and participant acknowledges THAT HORSES ARE INTRINSICALLY DANGEROUS AND UNPREDICTABLE AND CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH, thus each agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the CPI, its officers, directors, members, employees, agents and representatives, the event host coordinator and facility, the show stewards, stewards committee members, the show judges, the show secretary, all show organizers and officials, and all persons, stables, and others providing facilities, horses or equipment for the show, other riders, coaches, sponsoring institutions, from any claim, action or suit, for injury, property damage or death sustained by the individual, rider, entity, coach, trainer, or participant while traveling to, from and around the show, while staying in the city for the show, during participation in the show and while at the show. This entry constitutes an acceptance of the hired officials at this event. By participating at the CPI Horse Show in any capacity, the rider, and parent/legal guardian of a rider under the age of 18, certify that they thoroughly read this and understand the Florida Statue; WARNING UNDER FLORIDA LAW, AN EQUINE ACTIVITY SPONSOR OR EQUINE PROFESSIONAL IS NOT LIABLE FOR INJURY TO OR DEATH OF A PARTICIPANT IN EQUINE ACTIVITIES RESULTING FROM INHERENT RISKS OF EQUINE ACTIVITIES and acknowledge that they have health and hospital insurance covering the rider and promise that they will maintain that insurance at all times while the rider is a participant of the CPI.
All riders must provide complete and accurate information concerning their past riding experience as part of their application. Applications must be submitted online, mailed in applications will not be considered. In order for an application to be considered, it must be paid in full and, if it is a hunt seat application, a video must be submitted no later than 5 days after the application. Hunt Seat riders are required to submit a video via a YouTube link to email@example.com. The video must display the rider's ability over fences and must be no longer than three minutesOnce the CPI Horse Show entries are complete, notice will be posted on the CPI website, and no more applications will be accepted.
The Formal Invitation to Participate will be sent via email to the riders of each class. On the occasion that the rider is invited to show at the CPI, class fees are due thirty (30) days after rider has been sent the Formal Invitation to Participate. If the Formal Invitation is sent to the rider after the application deadline, rider will have only seven (7) days to send in the payment for the class fees.
Once the CPI Horse Show Entries are complete, Wait-List Notice will be sent via email to the 5 riders that will be wait-listed for each class level. Application payments for Wait-List Riders are also non-refundable unless you request via email within seven (7) days of the Wait List Notice, that you do not want to be placed on the Wait-List.
Application Fees are Non-Refundable except in the following two instances:
1) If the Application and Payment is received after the CPI Horse Show entries are officially closed. Official Notice of Application Closure will be posted on the website.
2) If a wait-list rider requests within 7 days of wait –list notice that he/she would like to be removed from the wait-list.
Once show entries are officially closed, Wait-List Notices will be sent via email to the five (5) riders that will be wait-listed for each class level. Application Fees for Wait-List Riders are non- refundable, regardless of entry to the show, unless the applicant requests via email within seven (7) days of the Wait List Notice email, that he/she does not want to be placed on the Wait-List to participate at the CPI Horse Show. Please email your request to be removed from the wait-list to Jeanne Rouco-Conesa at JeanneRC@collegeprepinvitational.com It is important to note that being on the wait-list does not guarantee entry to compete at the CPI Horse Show..
Class Fees are refundable up to thirty (30) days prior to the first day of the CPI Horse Show. Please email JeanneRC@collegeprepinvitational.com to request a refund.
Application Fee, Class Fees and Rider Bio Fees are all Non-Transferrable.
If CPI Management must cancel classes at the event due to circumstances beyond the reasonable control of the CPI (including but not limited to, acts of God, war, terrorism, weather, accidents, fires), no refunds will be given for entry and class fees.
Riders are required to read the CPI Hunt Seat Equitation Class descriptions, and are requested to discuss their ability to perform on an unknown horse with their coach(s).Riders will be asked to affirm their class placement on the application. The CPI is not responsible for any rider misrepresentations of their equitation ability to show on an unknown horse. The CPI competition would not be possible without the generosity of horse providers. Not every draw will be ideal. Judges are expected to evaluate riders with a discerning eye and an understanding of the random draw format. Only in an extreme extenuating circumstance will a re-ride be granted.
Horses and Order of Go will be assigned by a random draw on the day of competition. Before jumping classes, each rider will be allowed only two warm-up fences, in the pattern posted by the show steward. Warm-up fences may only be changed by a steward or show official. All classes will be judged on equitation, and faults of the horse will not be judged. If a horse should perform so poorly that it is impossible to fairly judge the rider, the judge may request a re-ride. Any other requests for re-rides will be determined by the steward.
The CPI Horse Show Management reserves to itself the right to limit entries in any class or section; to refuse, accept conditionally, or to cancel any entries; to disqualify any riders; to prohibit exhibition of entries, and cancel award prizes, without any claims for damages; to change any course to add a dotted line, to change a rider’s horse draw; to reschedule classes, after due notice to exhibitors; to change rings or rotate judges.
It is the tradition of the show ring that riders are correctly attired for the class in question. It is mandatory for all riders to
use appropriate show attire, incliding boots and helmets at the horse draw. A show committee may, at its discretion, bar any entry or person from entering the ring if not suitably presented to appear before an audience, and must bar riders without protective headgear. At all times while mounted, riders must wear a harnessed and fully fastened protective ASTM approved safety helmet.
No substitution of tack or aids by exhibitors shall be permitted. It is the rider’s responsibility to check the tack before mounting; any tack concerns must be communicated to the horse handler or show steward for adjustment.
Riders are responsible for supplying their own crops, whips, bats and spurs. Crops, whips or bats may be carried only when specified. Crops, whips and bats are not to be used before entering the schooling or show rings. Stewards may rule that a rider be disqualified for improper use of crops, whips or bats. A list of aids appropriate to each horse will be posted or accompany each horse. Riders may only use spurs when indicated in the horse description. Riders shall comply with the suggested use of aids.
Designated schooling times for hunt seat and dressage horses will be made available at registration, if not earlier. Schooling sessions will be supervised by a designated member of the show committee. No rider that is showing in the CPI Horse Show may school any horse on the show grounds unless they have finished all possible phases of competition.
Riders may bring their trainer to coach them at the CPI Horse Show. Riders may opt to hire the CPI trainer to coach them at the show.
Good horsemanship and honorable participation are priorities at the CPI Horse Show. It is the responsibility of all attendees to foster an atmosphere of community enjoyment and respect for all participants and horses.
A rider must be prepared to perform the tests appropriate for the class in which the rider is participating. Riders may be requested to perform the following tests collectively or individually during a show or competition. No other tests may be used. The judge may choose only from the following list, and instructions for performance of the test must be publicly announced.
- Asked an appropriate horsemanship question that is tailored to the rider's ability level
- Sitting trot
- Two point position at the walk and/or trot
- Figure eight at trot, demonstrating change of diagonals
- Figure eight at canter on correct lead, demonstrating simple change of lead
- Change Horses
- Ride without stirrups
- Change leads down center of ring, demonstrating simple change of lead
- Canter on the counter lead. No more than eight horses may counter canter at one time
- Half-turn on forehand and/or half-turn on haunches
- Jump a shortened course
- Trot a jump not to exceed 2'6"
Open Equitation on the flat – These riders should be capable of performing Hunt Seat Tests 1 through 13.
Intermediate Equitation on the flat – These riders should be capable of performing Hunt Seat Tests 1 through 9.
Limit Equitation on the flat- These riders should be capable of performing Hunt Seat tests 1-9.
Novice Equitation on the flat – These riders should be capable of performing Hunt Seat Tests 1 through 8.
Open Equitation O/F – Riders should be capable of jumping 3'3"-3'6" on their usual mounts at home. Riders may have shown in any horse show, recognized or unrecognized, at 3'3" or above. Coaches should be confident these riders could safely perform over a 3'0" hunter or equitation course on an unfamiliar horse.
Intermediate Equitation O/F – Riders should be capable of jumping 2'9"-3'3"' on their usual mounts at home. Intermediate riders may have shown in any horse show, recognized or unrecognized, at 3'0" and above. Coaches should be confident these riders would be able to safely perform over 2'6" hunter or equitation course on an unfamiliar horse.
Limit Equitation O/F – Riders should be capable of jumping 2'6"-3'0" on their usual mounts at home. Limit riders may have shown in any horse show, recognized or unrecognized at 2'9'" and below. Coaches should be confident these riders would be able to safely perform over a 2'3" hunter or equitation course on an unfamiliar horse.
Novice Equitation O/F- Riders should be capable of jumping 2'0"-2'6" on their usual mounts at home. Novice riders may have shown in any horse show, recognized or unrecognized at 2'6" or below. Coaches should be confident these riders would be able to safely perform over a 2'0" hunter or equitation course on an unfamiliar horse..
Riders must be prepared to perform simultaneously in a group both at the medium walk, working trot and canter both ways of the ring. The size of the group will be limited to no more than 25 riders. Groups may be divided into even smaller sections and the number of horses asked to canter at one time limited, at the judges’ discretion, for safety and convenience. Only the rider is judged. The rider’s position, seat and specifically the correct use and effect of the aids will be judge. No change of horses shall be required.
Prizes are awarded to the top 6 riders. Final percentage scores will be announced only for the riders placing in the class along with two reserve scores.
1. The rider’s position, seat and use and effect of the aids will be judged as described in DR117 of the USEF Dressage manual (see below).
2. Movements shall be performed by the exhibitors simultaneously; however, the judges may ask for independent execution of certain tests. All instructions must be publicly announced.
3. Riders will be judged at the medium walk, working trot (sitting and rising), and working canter in both directions.
4. The following movements and exercises are required as a group at Training and First Level:
a. Free walk
b. Transitions from one gait to the next in both directions
c. Transitions from walk to halt and vice versa
d. Change of direction across the diagonal, down the centerline, across the arena, and/or by making a half-circle at the walk or trot
5. Additional tests from which judges may choose movements and exercises, as required at Training and First Level, to be ridden in small groups or independently:
b. Leg yield
c. Changes of lead through trot
d. Serpentine at the trot
e. Shallow loop serpentine with counter canter
f. Trot lengthening and/or canter lengthening
g. Riding without stirrups
USEF DRESSAGE RULE: DR117 The Position and Aids of the Rider.
- All the movements should be obtained without apparent effort of the rider. He should be well balanced with his loins and hips supple, thighs and legs steady and well stretched downward. The upper part of the body easy, free and erect with the hands low and close together without, however, touching either each other or the horse and with the thumb as the highest point; the elbows and arms close to the body enabling the rider to follow the movements of the horse smoothly and freely and to apply his aids imperceptibly. This is the only position making it possible for the rider to school his horse progressively and correctly.
- Not only are the aids of the hands and the legs but also of the seat of great importance in dressage.
- Riding with both hands is obligatory at all national and International Dressage Events. However, riding with one hand is permitted in the Freestyle Tests and when leaving the arena.
- The use of the voice in any way whatsoever or clicking the tongue once or repeatedly is a serious fault involving the deduction of at least 2 marks from those that would otherwise have been awarded for the movement where this occurred.
The College Coaches Reception is a private event for college and university coaches and the CPI sponsors. Neither minors nor prospective students/CPI athletes may attend.
During the College Preparatory Invitational events, photographers, photo journalist contestants, and video production crew will be capturing photos and video to be used for publicity. By attending the CPI, participants release any interests in images of photos and video taken of participants and acknowledge that no payment has been made or is due to participants