Rules and Regulations for the CPI Horse Show Hunt Seat Equitation Competition
Student riders in high school currently enrolled in grades 9 – 12.
A hunt seat equitation rider is to compete in both the Over Fence Class and the corresponding CPI division Flat Class. A rider may choose to show in only one of the two classes, but a refund will not be given for any portion of the CPI fees.
It is the responsibility of the applicants to discuss their individual skill and experience levels with their coach/trainer and accurately apply to show in the proper division in compliance with the definitions and descriptions of the CPI Hunt Seat Divisions as set forth in the rules. The CPI is not responsible for any rider misrepresentations of their equitation ability to show on an unknown horse in the CPI Horse Show.
“Recognized competitions”, used for defining CPI Hunt Seat divisions, are any competitions that are sanctioned by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and/or the United States Eventing Association (USEA), and/or the Intercollegiate Equestrian Association (IEA), and/or the Riders Interscholastic Federation of North America (RIFNA).
CPI Advanced Equitation Division
This division is for riders who have won seven or more classes in any over fences class three feet, six inches (3’6”) or higher in competitions recognized by the CPI.
CPI Advanced Equitation Over Fences Class- To be shown on an unknown horse over six or more fences at least 2' 9" in height and not to exceed 3' in height and 3' in width, including at least one change of direction. Tests 1-13 may be asked.
CPI Advanced Equitation On The Flat Class – To be judged at the walk, trot and canter both ways of the ring. Tests 1 – 11 may be asked.
CPI Open Equitation Division
This division is for riders that have won no more than six classes in any over fences class three feet, six inches (3’6”) or higher in competitions recognized by the CPI.
CPI Open Equitation Over Fences Class - To be shown on an unknown horse over six or more fences at least 2' 6" in height and not to exceed 2’9”, including at least one change of direction. Fence width not to exceed height. Tests 1-9, and 12 & 13 may be asked.
CPI Open Equitation On The Flat Class – To be judged at the walk, trot and canter both ways of the ring. Tests 1- 9 may be asked.
CPI Intermediate Equitation Division
Riders in this division have won more than six classes in any over fences class three feet (3’) or higher in competitions recognized by the CPI.
CPI Intermediate Equitation Over Fences Class - To be shown on an unknown horse over six or more fences at least 2' 3" in height and not to exceed 2' 6", and including at least one change of direction. Fence width not to exceed height. Fences must have wings at least 12' higher than the highest rail. Tests 1-6, 9, and 12 & 13 may be asked.
CPI Intermediate Equitation On The Flat Class - To be judged at the walk, trot and canter both ways of the ring. Tests 1-9 may be asked.
CPI Limit Equitation Division
Riders in this division have won more than six classes in any over fences class two feet, six inches (2’6”) or higher in competitions recognized by the CPI.
CPI Limit Equitation Over Fences Class - To be shown on an unknown horse over six or more fences at least 2’ in height and not to exceed 2' 3", and including at least one change of direction. Fence width not to exceed height. Fences must have wings at least 12' higher than the highest rail. Tests 1-6, 9 may be asked.
CPI Limit Equitation On The Flat Class - To be judged at the walk, trot and canter both ways of the ring. Tests 1-6, 9 may be asked.
CPI Novice Equitation Division
Riders in this division have won more than six classes in any over fences class two feet (2’) or higher in competitions recognized by the CPI.
CPI Novice Equitation Over Fences Class - To be shown on an unknown horse over six or more fences at least 18” in height and not to exceed 2', and including at least one change of direction. Fence width not to exceed height. Fences must have wings at least 12' higher than the highest rail. Tests 1-6, 9 may be asked.
CPI Novice Equitation On The Flat Class - To be judged at the walk, trot and canter both ways of the ring. Tests 1-6, 9 may be asked.
A rider must be prepared to perform the tests appropriate for the CPI Division in which the rider elects to participate. Riders may be requested to perform the tests collectively or individually during a show or competition. The tests are as follows:
1. Ask an appropriate question.
3. Sitting Trot.
4. Two point position at the walk and/or trot.
5. Figure eight at trot, demonstrating change of diagonals.
6. Figure eight at canter on correct lead, demonstrating simple change of lead.
7. Ride without stirrups. Riders must be given the option to cross their irons.
8. Change leads down center of ring, demonstrating simple change of lead.
9. Change horses.
10. Canter on the counter lead. No more than eight horses may counter canter at one time.
11. Half-turn on forehand and/or half turn on haunches.
12. Jump a shortened course.
13. Trot a jump not to exceed 2' 6".
Three (3) pictures of the applicant are required in .jpg format for the application. One picture over fences, one picture on the flat, and a head shot picture without a helmet. The pictures can be no larger than 2 MB in total. To help you speed up the application process, make sure you have the three images saved in your computer files before you start completing your application. Your application will not submit without the pictures, and it will not submit if the three picture files are larger than 2 MB TOTAL. If your 3 images together exceed 2MB total, the application will not process. Applicants should have their images ready before starting the application.
Applications must be submitted online. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information concerning their riding experience as part of their application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to discuss the criteria to participate in the CPI with their trainers/coaches and to accurately apply to show in the proper division according to their experience level and in compliance with the definitions and descriptions of those levels as set forth in the rules.
The CPI has the right to refuse, accept conditionally, or to cancel any applications that are deemed ineligible. Notice of this action by the CPI will be sent to the applicant to the email indicated on the application. If a deposit has been paid on an application deemed ineligible, unacceptable or refused by the CPI, it will be refunded in full to the applicant at the time that notice of such action is made.
There is no fee to submit an application to the CPI. Once submitted, applicant will receive an email confirming the submission of the application. If the applicant does not receive an email confirming the receipt of the application, then the application was not received by the CPI. Once received, the application will be reviewed by the CPI (allow up to four weeks time for review), and if accepted, a Formal Invoice to Participate will be sent via email to the rider and parent/guardian email addresses on the application. When an applicant is invited to show at the CPI, payment is due 14 days after rider has been sent the invoice. If payment is not received within the 14 days, the application will be deleted without notice from the CPI database. Applicant may re-apply as long as the CPI is still accepting applications.
Included in the participation fee is the CPI Horse Show's Online Rider Resume. The Online Rider Resume allows the student riders to load their resumes on the CPI website. The resume includes the student’s riding and academic achievements, and the opportunity to load two YouTube videos to showcase their riding abilities or any other interests that they deem important to highlight for college admission. It will not include any personal contact information to preserve the student’s privacy. The participant will receive a user name and password to load the resume unto the CPI website after full payment of fees for participation is received.
There are absolutely no exceptions for applicant cancellations. We highly recommend travel insurance to protect the applicant, family members and trainers from travel penalties assessed for cancelling participation in the CPI Horse Show. The following policies shall apply to any and all applicant/rider cancellations. Cancellations must be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not receive an immediate acknowledgement response via email, please call 305-773-3810.
Depending upon when the cancellation is made, a cancellation charge may apply:
|Days Prior to First Day of Event
|0 – 21 days
||100% of total
|22 – 45 days
||75% of total
|46 – 90 days
||50% of total
|91 – 120 days
||25% of total
|121 or more days
||No fee, full refund
Fees are not transferrable between applicants.
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, safety concerns, no refunds will be given for fees.
Horses and Order of Go will be assigned by a random draw on the day of competition.
Only an exhibitor registered at the current CPI show is allowed to be riding the horse while on the show grounds. ʺTuning‐upʺ by persons other than the rider registered at the current CPI show is prohibited
Show management shall post courses to jump at least on one hour prior to the commencement of the class.
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.
Judges’ decisions shall be final and may not be protested.
The P.A. system is used to help the show move as smoothly as possible, but is only a courtesy. It is the responsibility of the contestants to know when they are required to be in the warm-up area or arena. Not hearing or understanding gate calls, etc. is NOT an excuse for missing one’s order of work or class.
The CPI Horse Show Management reserves to itself the right to limit entries in any class or division; 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, to alter or modify any class procedures, obstacles, patterns, or rules in this book for safety concerns, show facility restrictions, or other mitigating circumstances.
A rider is considered to have fallen when s/he is separated from their horse that has not fallen, in such a way as to necessitate remounting or vaulting into the saddle. In the event of a fall/accident where the rider is apparently unconscious or concussed, s/he is precluded from competing and will be evaluated by qualified medical personnel at the show. The fall/accident that results in unconsciousness or concussion shall be reported to the CPI Show Manager.
A horse is considered to have fallen when the shoulder and haunch on the same side have touched the ground or an obstacle on the ground. In the event of a horse fall, the Stewards determine if a re-ride is granted.
Three refusals will result in elimination.
No courtesy fences will be allowed after elimination.
The CPI competition would not be possible without the generosity of donors and horse providers. Not every draw will be ideal. Judges 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 by the show steward.
When through no fault of the rider, a horse performs so poorly that it is impossible to fairly judge the rider’s ability, a re-ride may be granted.
A re-ride must be requested prior to the lineup in a flat class or the last horse leaves the ring in an over fences class.
Only the coach of the rider may request a re-ride.
Although they may confer with show management and the judge, only the show stewards may grant or deny a re-ride.
If a re-ride is granted, it shall be judged as if the first ride never occurred.
If a re-ride is granted in a class in which riders compete individually, the re-ride shall take place after all other rides in that class have been completed.
If a re-ride is granted in a class in which riders compete together, the class shall be held over in its entirety, and no consideration shall be given to the performance during the original session.
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, including 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. Contestant numbers shall be worn on the exhibitor’s back.
Tack and equipment used is at the discretion of the horse provider. No substitution of tack or aids by exhibitors which could affect horse or tack shall be permitted. It is the responsibility of the rider and or coach to check the tack before mounting; any tack concerns must be communicated to the show steward for adjustment.
Riders are responsible for supplying their own crops, whips, and bats and may be carried only when specified. Crops, whips and bats are not to be used before entering the schooling or show rings. Spurs provided by the horse provider are permitted and it is up to each horse provider to determine if they will allow spurs to be used on their horse. 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 shall comply with the suggested use of aids.
Designated schooling times for horses will be made available at registration, if not earlier. Schooling sessions will be supervised by designated members 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 the mounted competition.
In order to compete at the CPI, a rider is required to have a trainer /coach present when competing and said trainer/coach must register with the CPI. A rider will not receive their back number and will not be allowed to participate if their coach does not sign the applicable CPI coach release forms. The rider may use their coach of choice or may hire a CPI coach.
Only the coach is allowed to accompany the rider into the horse mounting area at the show. No other person may accompany the rider into the mounting area or the in-gates and their surrounding areas. The coach is responsible to check and adjust the provided horse tack in the mounting area prior to entering the practice jump ring.
Only the assistance or coaching of the registered coach is permissible while rider is competing in a class. Assistance or coaching by any other individual may warrant disqualification. No electronic communication devices will be allowed by exhibitors while in the class.
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.
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.
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 and their family members 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.