ABHA Rule Book Revised 21/7/2021
Old Rule #12 - Turning down a run – When a competitor turns down a run they will be disqualified on that horse for the entire event (i.e.: no round money paid out) except in case of a veterinary certificate or the sighting of an unhealthy horse.
Rule #12. Turning down a run- When a competitor turns down a run they will be disqualified on that horse for the remainder of the event. Any money won prior to the turned down run will be awarded.
Old Rule #19 - Full course – Where a full course can be fitted in the arena it must be marked but cannot exceed maximum measurements. See diagram of Barrel Diagram on Page 7. Where distance must be reduced to suit the arena, barrels must be at least 5 meters from the fence.
Rule #19. Any record attempts must be ran on a marked full course but cannot exceed maximum measurements. See diagram on page 7.
No #19b. The stopping distance should be no less than 13.2 meters from finish line to back fence. Special attention must be made to the stopping distance and arena set -up for the safety of horse contestant and arena helpers.
Below statement has been introduced at the beginning on the rule book in the introduction.
If an issue arises that is not covered in the rule book, please use safety, animal welfare and common sense to achieve an outcome.
No #29 Rounds - In a 2-round event where competitor has option of 1 run only, all competitors must run in first round before any second runs are taken. If pre-arranged due to certain factors contestant with 1 run option could take their run in second round, to be determined by affiliate.
No #30. Draws to be adhered to and contestant must make an effort to know their position in the draw and be ready when called.
ABHA Rule Book Revised 1/07/2021
Barrel Racing rules
Old Rule #3 - Illegal pattern – Competitors will be disqualified for not following the pattern or not being ready when name is called. Touching the barrel is permitted.
Rule # 3. - Illegal pattern -Competitors will be disqualified for not following the pattern, consisting of a cloverleaf pattern, consisting of one right and two left turns, or vice versa. Touching the barrel is permitted by horse or competitor.
No 3.B - Addition info -Not following the clover-leaf pattern will receive a no time. A broken pattern shall be defined as breaking their forward motion to retrace their tracks to finish the pattern and /or passing the plane of the barrel on the offside. Example: Should a contestant run by a barrel and must back up or turn around to retrace their tracks, this would be considered a broken pattern.
Old Rule #5 - Score line – Thestarting and finishing line and the position for the barrels must be markedpermanently for the entire contest. The time starts when horses’ nose passesthe score line both ways
Rule # 5 - The starting and finishing line and the position for the barrels must be marked permanently for the entire contest. The time starts and finishes when horses’ nose passes between the two timers.
Old Rules #6 - Line position – The starting and finishing line must be in line with the first and second drums.
Rule # 6 - Line Position- The starting and finishing line must be parallel with the first and second barrels. The starting line is defined as the plane across the entire arena, fence to fence regardless of the position of the electric/manual timers. Crossing the start/finish line any time before horse breaks electric eye /manual timers to start run will result in a no time.
NO 6.B - If horse re crosses starting line at any time before the pattern is completed, pattern will be considered broken, and run will receive a no time.
Old Rule # 9 - Time set for re-run – Should this happen competitors and judges should be notified, judges and arena directors will set time for re-run.
Rule # 9 - If electric eye and back up times are missed in a divisional event. Contestant shall be granted a re -run with no penalties. When re-run is given, time will be set by the judge and the section will run in the order originally draw. In a non-divisional event if all times are missed a contestant shall be granted a re-run at a time designated by the judge plus any penalties. If the barrel race is moved, postponed or re-run for safety reasons due to ground conditions re-runs will be penalty free. No re-runs will be given due to faulty or broken equipment used by the competitor.
Old Rule #10 - Drums – Drums must be 44 gallon size (empty) and be closed at both ends.
Rule #10 - Barrels -Brightly coloured 200-litre empty, light metal barrels with both ends enclosed, there will be no rubber or plastic barrels, or barrel pads used. When setting barrels on the Markers, centre of barrel shall be positioned over where marker comes out of the ground. If barrel covers are used, they should be used in all the rounds of that event. Arena signage should remain in place for entire event. Barrel must be set back on marker if moved by a horse or competitor in a run.
Old Rule # 11 - Vet/Visual out – If a competitor desires to withdraw for any reason, e.g.: veterinary certificate, the decision will be left to the discretion of the Board of Directors.
Rule # 11 - Vet/Visual out -If a competitor desires to withdraw for any reason e.g. veterinary /injury the decision and process will be left to the discretion of the Affiliate.
Old Rule #8
Affiliates must have all paperwork and monies owed to the ABHA to the secretary within 21 days of the said event, should this not occur, any events approved will be cancelled and no other events approved until this has been received.
Amended Rule #8 10/5/21
Affiliates must have all paperwork and monies owed to the ABHA to the secretary within 7 days of the said event, should this not occur, any events approved will be cancelled and no other events approved until this has been received.
Old Rule #22
Whipping – More than two whips between entry and 1st drum, more than two whips between barrels and four whips coming home, or more than two contacts between entry and first drum, more than two contacts between drums and four contacts coming home with an over and under will result in disqualification. Ruled by Judge.
Amended Rule #22 10/5/21
Disqualification will occur if more than 2 contacts with equipment from start of run to first barrel.
Disqualification will occur if more than 2 contacts with equipment from barrel 1 to barrel 2 .
Disqualification will occur if more than 2 contacts with equipment from barrel 2 to barrel 3.
Disqualification will occur if more than 4 contacts with equipment from barrel 3 to end of run.
Definition of equipment (object, device) riding crop- over and under whip- quirt, reins.
Ruled by the Judge.
1. Affiliates can only retain a maximum of 30% of the entry fee to cover club expenses, trophies and administration fees.
Any Event with a minimum of $300.00 posted prize money, (including juniors) affiliates can retain up to 40% of the entry fee.
*Please note affliates can retain a lower % if they wish.
1. Open to horses 4, 5 and 6 years.
2. Can be run over 1, 2 or 3 rounds.
3. Affiliates have the option to allow a competitor to roll over their time from a classic event into a divisional barrel race, provided they are run on the same size course.
4. Any Classic with $500 prize money or more will count as a qualifying classic round for the ABHA Finals.
5. A horse’s age will be calculated based on a year starting 1 August every year (Horses Birthday). For example, a horse born any time between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2020 turns one (1) year old on 1 August 2020 and so on.
Rule 25 - Dress rules – Members competing at ABHA affiliated events must wear suitable long sleeved shirt, hat/ current Australian Standard’s helmet, (No Caps) boots and jeans in the arena at all times. They must be neat and presentable.
Rule 26 - Safety helmets – Junior or juvenile competitors under 18 years of age, must wear a Current Australian Standard’s approved helmet with the chin strap securely fastened when mounted and competing. Adult members that choose to wear a helmet must wear a Current Australian Standard’s approved helmet.
Helmets worn must conform with one of the current approved safety standards:
· Current Australian standard AS/NZ 3838 (2006 onwards) provided they are SAI global marked.
· Current American standards ASTM FI163 (2004a or 04a onwards) provided they are SEI marked, or SNELL E2001.
· Current British standard PAS 015 (1998 or 2011) provided they are BSI Kitemarked.
· Interim European Standard VGI (01.040: 2014-12) with or without BSI Kitemark.
Note *All competitors in junior events must wear Current Australian Standards approved helmet.
Rule No 6.
*Day memberships will be limited to 3 affiliated days per calendar year. Full ABHA membership fee will be required to be paid regardless of the number of day memberships paid should the member wish to take out a full ABHA membership. Day membership will not entitle the member to a qualifying event for the National Finals and will not qualify rider for club end of year awards for events competed at under a day membership
**Non-Competing membership is a non-riding person over 18 years of age.
***Life members wishing to compete must sign the ABHA Waiver form each membership year.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact a director near you.