- Horses are judged in their 4, 5, 6, or 7 years old age groups (age before 1 August 2016) over two separate rounds of jumping, receiving scores from 1 to 10 for Rideability, Scope, Technique, Education and Overall Impression expected for their particular age level.
- Heights will be as follows: 4-yr-old [90cm], 5-yr-old [1.05m], 6-yr-old [1.15m], and 7-yr-old [1.25m].
- Judging is done by an independent panel of three judges.
- Competitors must submit a Young Horse Profile (attached below) at least 10 days prior to the competition and before the close of entries.
- Rounds are not against the clock, but there is a maximum time allowed on course. Rails knocked down are noted, but not counted as penalties.
- Saturday: Round One starts with 60 seconds of designated flatwork when each horse enters the arena – including trot and canter on both reins, a flying change or simple change in each direction – to assess rhythm, balance, paces and obedience.When the bell rings after approximately 60 seconds, riders must commence their jumping round.
- Round Two (no flatwork – jumping only) After every competitor has completed Round One, all competitors (except those eliminated by a fall of the rider or elimination due to excess refusals) will return for Round 2 to jump a shortened, slightly heightened course (jumping rounds start after the standard 45-second bell).
- The winner and placegetters in the individual age classes are determined by their combined scores over both rounds, with marks for the jumping rounds more heavily weighted than confirmation and flatwork.
- ‘The Final Four’ winners from each age class will be ridden and assessed by the interstate guest judge to finalise which horse will become the 2016 Champion Horseland Young Showjumping Horse.
- As per FEI and EA regulations for all young horse ‘style’ competitions, all hind leg protections must have a maximum interior length of 16 cm. The width of the fastener must be at least 5 cm. Boots with the capacity to be tensioned are not allowed.
** As of 2017, grading points will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place getters in young horse classes at heights of 1.05m and above.