Entry Procedure

Entries must be in the hands of the show secretary by the closing date listed on entry forms. Entry forms must be accompanied by a cheque, money order or etransfer to cover all entry fees, office fees, stabling fees and any other applicable fees. Not sufficient funds / NSF cheques will result in an additional $40 service fee.

Competitors are responsible for their own errors or those of their agents in preparation of their entry forms. Juniors must have a parent or guardian sign their entry form. Entries received after the closing date will be subject to a $25 late fee. The Series management reserves the right to limit entries in any division and to refuse or decline any entry without being liable for compensation or damages.



Exhibitors cancelling their entries before the closing date will be issued a refund in full. After the closing date of entries but prior to the start of the tournament, shall, upon presentation of a valid veterinarian certificate, forfeit their stall and office fees, all other fees will be refunded. Non-veterinarian scratches will not be refunded after the closing date.

BRAVE Divisions
BRAVE Level 1:
Lead Line
Classes offered:
Lead line walk/trot equitation
Lead line trot pole equitation (walk or trot)
*Open to riders 8 years old and under. Trainers are permitted in the ring. Riders in this division may not show higher than Trot Poles at the same show.
BRAVE Level 2:
Trot Pole Division
Classes offered:
Trot pole equitation over fences
Trot pole equitation over fences
Flat equitation (walk/trot only)
*This division is walk/trot only. Open to beginner riders. Trainers permitted in the ring. Riders in this division may not show higher than X-Rail at the same show.
BRAVE Level 3:
Classes offered:
Flat equitation (walk, trot, canter)
X-Rail equitation over fences
X-Rail equitation over fences
*Trainers are permitted in the ring for over fences classes. Open to beginner riders. Riders in this division may not show higher than 18".
BRAVE Level 4:
18" Beginner
Classes offered:
Flat equitation (walk, trot, canter)
18" Equitation over fences
18" Over fences
Flat equitation (walk, trot, canter)
*Open to beginner riders. Riders in this division may not show higher then 2'3".
BRAVE Level 5:
2'3" Novice
Classes offered:
Flat equitation (walk, trot, canter)
2'3" Hunter over fences
2'3" Hunter over fences
2'3" Equitation over fences
*Open to all. No oxers. Riders in this division may not show higher than 2'6".
BRAVE Level 6:
2'6" Intermediate
Classes offered:
Flat equitation (walk, trot, canter)
2'6" Hunter over fences
2'6" Hunter over fences
2'6" Equitation over fences
Flat equitation (walk, trot, canter)
*Open to all. Riders in this division may not show higher than 2'9".
BRAVE Level 7:
0.70m (previously 2'3")
Classes offered:
0.70m Jumper (one-round)
0.70m Jumper (jump-off)
0.70m Jumper (jump-off)
**Open to all. Riders in this division may not show higher than 0.80m. (0.70m is 2'3.5").
BRAVE Level 8:
0.80m (previously 2'6")
Classes offered:
0.80m Jumper (one-round)
0.80m Jumper  (jump-off)
0.80m Jumper  (jump-off)
*Open to all amateur riders. (0.80m is 2'7").

BRAVE SHOWS may not offer all classes or divisions. Each individual show may offer classes that do not collect year-end points.

How are the classes judged?
All BRAVE level divisions will be judged with the main focus on the rider, including things such as; their position, ability to control the horse, and turn out. Horses and riders should be clean and tidy, be wearing proper helmets and footwear, show jackets are optional, but neutral colours are ideal (e.g. tan breeches, white shirt, black or navy vest or jacket). Braiding is optional. Straight lines and good corners are what judges will be looking for, points will not be deducted for adding extra strides in jumping lines if it is appropriate for the horse. Extreme speed will be penalized.

Who Can Ride On This Circuit?
Riders of any age or level of training can compete at a Brave show. All riders except lead liners must be a member of the Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF).

Why Should I Join the AEF?
Members of the AEF are automatically protected with a 5 million dollar liability insurance policy for horse sport.  The AEF supports provincial coaching and riding certification programs that are the foundation of our system.  The BRAVE shows are sanctioned under the AEF's Wild Rose provincial competition program which serves the grassroots level of competition.  Annual AEF memberships are available at a cost of $50 for an individual membership and $110 for a family membership.  You can purchase your membership online, through the local AEF office, or at the show.  For more information visit the AEF website at www.albertaequestrian.com.

What Are The Safety Rules?
1) No more than 10 horses may school or show in the competition ring at one time and limited jumps will be available during warm ups, per show organizers discretion.
2) A medic will be on site from one hour before the show until 15 minutes after the completion of the last class.

How Many Times Can Each Horse Compete?
The number of times a horse can compete over fences will be limited to 3 times in each class (with different riders) and a total of 12 times in total for the day.  This does not include flat classes or trot pole classes.

What are the Prizes and Awards?
Each show may vary in its types of awards and prizes. However, at all shows, ribbons will be awarded to 6th place. Flat classes with more than 10 entries will be split and ribbons awarded to each split section. Shows reserve the right to restrict entries after a certain number to prevent the day from being too long. Points are awarded in the BRAVE Divisions as follows: 1st place = 7 pts., 2nd  place = 5 pts., 3rd  place = 4 pts., 4th place = 3 pts., 5th place = 2 pts., 6th place = 1 pt.  Riders may accumulate points in a maximum of 2 divisions.

How are the Divisions Structured?
Each BRAVE Hunter division will have a flat equitation, one or two hunter over fences classes and one equitation over fences class. The judging emphasis in all classes will be on the rider's ability to safely control the horse/pony and to negotiate the course in good form. BRAVE Jumper divisions will have one speed class and two jump-off classes.

What Happens at the BRAVE Finals?
All riders that have competed in at least two shows (not including the finals show) on the BRAVE Circuit are eligible to collect DOUBLE points at the Finals. The year-end/finals show will feature all of the BRAVE Divisions and more!  Look forward to a fun show and great competition. Ribbons will be handed out in each class, and ribbons and prizes will be awarded to division champions and reserve champions.

BRAVE Year End Awards for Champions and Reserve Champions will be awarded to the high-point riders in each BRAVE Level. This event may or may not be held in conjunction with the year-end/finals show.

How Will I Know About Points and Upcoming Events?
Check the BRAVE Website at www.bravehorseshows.com for news about upcoming shows (including entry forms and class lists), BRAVE Points Standings and more.

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