Rules and Appeals
CHAPTER XVI INFORMATION ON PONY MEASURING RULES AND APPEALS
Article 312N GENERAL
1.1. It is compulsory for ponies to be measured at an official SJI Measuring Session, as prescribed hereunder, before being registered to jump in show jumping competitions, under SJI rules.
1.2. Specific measuring sessions in each region for this purpose are organised from time to time, to facilitate pony owners.
1.3. The pony owner or the person responsible for presenting the pony at the Measuring Session is responsible for making themselves familiar with the rules of measuring of ponies and those of Appeal, under SJI rules.
1.4. All ponies measured at an Official SJI Measuring centre, must have the height, as measured on that day, recorded in the passport and signed by the attending Veterinarian.
1.5. The Executive Committee through its relevant committee has the authority to ask for any pony to be re-measured.
1.6. Fees for measuring / micro-chipping, re-measuring etc., will be set by the Executive Committee from time to time as considered necessary, and recorded in the official publication. Fees as of January 2019 are €25 for members and €30 for non members or sterling equivalent. (subject to change). Fee for appeal measuring is €250 for members and €300 for non members
1.7. Temporary measuring’s can only be arranged through Regional Secretaries/ Pony Coordinator, at the expense of the owner, once all national measuring’s have concluded on 31st October. Points gained will be removed if pony does not measure in at subsequent SJI measuring.
Article 313N MICRO CHIPPING
1. Micro chipping is compulsory for all ponies prior to being measured.
2. The owner, by presenting his pony for measuring, agrees to the micro chipping of the pony, where this has not been done prior to attendance at the Measuring Venue.
3. There will be a fee for micro chipping in addition to the measuring fee.
4. It is advisable to have the pony protected against tetanus before being micro chipped. Tetanus Vaccination may be available at the Measuring Centres, at an additional fee, but owners are advised to consult their own veterinary surgeon prior to attending the Measuring Session.
Article 314N MEASURING
1. Ponies may be measured at any official SJI measuring venue in any Region
2. Ponies may only be presented once (x 1) for measuring in any one calendar year other than in one of the specific circumstances as listed below.
3.1. Through the Appeal System,
3.2. For verification of measurement if moving to a lower height category,
3.3. Ponies turned down at regional measuring sessions by the attending veterinary surgeon, as being in a physical unfit state.
4. If in the opinion of the attending measuring Veterinarian an animal presented for measuring is not under the control of the handler, the measuring Vet may refuse to measure the animal.
4.1. The right to present the pony at a subsequent Measuring Centre is at the discretion of the Veterinary Committee, to whom a written application must be made through the relevant Regional Secretary/Pony Co-ordinator. In the case of Article 314.N. 3.3 and 314N.4– attendance for measuring may only be at the Veterinary Clinic for Appeals.
4.2 At a Measuring Session, if the person responsible does not agree with the measurement given by the Veterinary surgeon, he/she has the right to be allowed a period of time (maximum of 30 minutes) from being notified of the initial measuring to re-present the pony for the second time. The passport must be retained by the vet/official. The Pony is not permitted to leave the measuring venue. If the pony does not return within the 30 minute period, the first (1st) measurement taken will be the measurement officially recorded on the passport. Should an owner wish to contest that measurement, they can appeal to attend the Veterinary Clinic for Appeals, confirmation of which must be received by SJI in 1 week (5 working days). The lowest measuring will be the measuring that will be recorded on the passport.
Article 315N PRESENTATION OF PONIES AT MEASURING SESSIONS
1. No allowance will be made for ponies wearing shoes at a Measuring Session and it is therefore recommended that ponies are presented unshod.
2. Ponies may not be ridden at the Measuring Sessions.
3. All ponies must be presented in a bridle.
4. All rugs, bandages and other articles of horse clothing must be removed, for identification purposes, prior to presentation.
5. All Ponies must be presented by a person over 16 years of age.
6. It is the owner’s responsibility to present their pony at the Measuring Centre in a physically healthy condition for measuring. Owners who have their pony rejected for measuring at a Measuring Centre, including the Veterinary Clinic for Appeals. on the grounds of a pony not being in a ‘healthy state’ may face disciplinary action from the SJI.
7. The Veterinary Surgeon at the Measuring Session has the right to test any pony presented for prohibitive substances.
8. Should the test be positive, the owner of the animal may face disciplinary action and the measurement of the pony and any relevant registration documents for that year will be declared null and void and the owner of the animal may face disciplinary action.
Article 316N REQUIREMENTS FOR MEASURING REGARDING AGE
1. The Passport identification chart and microchip, must be verified by the Veterinary Surgeons at the Measuring Centre. Re-aging of ponies will not be permitted. Animals under 4 years of age cannot be accepted for registration for show jumping purposes.
2. Ponies require an annual measurement prior to registration with the SJI until they are 8 years old or over.
3. Irish Ponies aged 8+ being registered for the first time must have two (2) consecutive height measurements from the age of 8 and over.
4. Owners should ensure, when their pony is 8 years old or over and has two (2) consecutive measurements, in the same height category, that before leaving the measuring session, their passport is signed by two (2) Veterinary Surgeons at the Centre. This permits the pony to be registered in future without further measurings, unless specifically requested to do so by the relevant SJI Committee.
5. Any pony registering with a temporary measurement will only keep the points earned during that period if it measures in the same height category at its next official measuring.
Article 317N MEASURING DOWN FROM ONE HEIGHT CATEGORY TO ANOTHER
1. Ponies measuring down from one category to another, including ponies measuring into the 148cm category from horses must have their measurement confirmed at the Veterinary Clinic for Appeals before registration is accepted. This includes animals that have previously been measured under the SJI measuring scheme, but have not been registered with the SJI, and on subsequent measurings have measured into a lower height category, and wish to be registered at the lower height category.
Article 318N PONIES COMING FROM OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY
1. All ponies, regardless of grade, entering the country must go to an official measuring session prior to registration until they are 8 years old or over.
2. A pony returning to Ireland which had fulfilled the two (2) height measurements at 8 years old or over, at the same height category, prior to leaving Ireland, does not require further measurements to re-register with the SJI.
3. The calculations of winnings of animals from the BSJA will be based on £2.50 stg = 1 SJAI point or according to their print out. Results from foreign based ponies will be required from the relevant Federation to assess grading bands. 4. All ponies aged 8+ being registered in Ireland for the first (1st) time must have two (2) consecutive SJI height measurements.
4.1 A pony with two consecutive measurings at 8 years or over in another jurisdiction, will only require one measurement in Ireland to be registered with the SJI. The measurements however, must be in the same height category as it is intended to compete in Ireland to give final measurement. All ponies entering Ireland that have been measured out in any other jurisdiction must present to the Veterinary Clinic for Appeals to be re-measured prior to registration with SJI. Where the pony measures in under the height in its relevant height category, the official height will be deemed to be the maximum height permitted for that category, i.e. 128cm, 138cm, 148cm.
Article 319N PONIES MEASURED AT THE VETERINARY CLINIC FOR APPEALS.
1. Any pony under the age of 8 that attended the Veterinary Clinic for Appeals as a result of an appeal from an SJI measuring, is obliged to re-present at an SJI measuring venue the following year
2. A height allowance is made for Ponies being measured under article 312N1.5 who are called by the relevant Committee to attend the Veterinary Clinic for Appeals. This only applies to ponies that are already registered in the current year. Allowance is as follows: - 128 ponies can measure 130 without shoes - 138 ponies can measure 140 without shoes - 148 ponies can measure 150 without shoes
Article 320N THE RIGHT OF APPEAL
1. At a Measuring Session, if the person responsible does not agree with the measurement given by the Veterinary Surgeon, he/she has the right to be allowed a period of time [maximum of 30 minutes] from being notified of the initial measuring to re-present the pony for the second time. (For conditions see Article No 314N.4.2)
2. The pony is not permitted to leave the measuring venue.
3. If, after the official measurement, the person responsible is still not satisfied with the height recorded, he/she has the right to make a formal appeal. A prescribed form will be required to be completed and forwarded with payment to the SJI office. The passport is retained by the owner and brought to the Veterinary Clinic for Appeals.
Article 321N TIME LIMIT OF APPEAL
1. Appeals must be made on either the day of the measuring or within one (1) week from the date of the measuring session and cannot otherwise be accepted except with the approval of the relevant committee. In all cases the pony under appeal will be presented at the Veterinary Clinic for Appeals, or place appointed by the SJI, at a time and date nominated by the SJI.
2. A fee will apply to all appeals, inclusive of a blood testing fee. A refund of 50% will be made where there is a successful outcome to the appeal. No refund will be made should an appointment be cancelled. Details of fees applicable will be available by contacting the SJI office.
4. The time and date of the appeal will be notified to the owner/ agent upon receipt of the measuring fee.
5. Shoes must be removed prior to presentation.
Article 322N PROCEDURE FOR MEASURING UNDER APPEAL
1. The pony under appeal will be presented to the Veterinary Clinic for Appeals whose decision is final. An SJI Official or member of the relevant SJI Committee will also be in attendance and will be responsible for the reporting procedures.
1.1. A disclaimer and code of conduct must be signed by the owner/agent before the animal is accepted for measuring. The owner/agent must agree that the Veterinary Clinic for Appeals or the SJI will not have any responsibility for any mishap at the measuring.
2. In all cases the owner will be entirely responsible for the presentation of the pony at the Veterinary Clinic for Appeals.
3. There will be no facility for lunging or exercising an animal at the Veterinary Clinic for Appeals, other than walking in hand.
4. Ponies attending the Veterinary Clinic for Appeals under appeal will be subject to testing for prohibitive substances and if subsequently found to be positive, the original measurement will stand for the year and the owner will be subject to disciplinary action by the SJI. Any relevant registration documents for that year will be declared null and void. 144
5. Should the Veterinary Surgeon at the Appeal consider the pony unfit for presentation, through clinical grounds, which will include excessive hoof trimming, lameness, ataxia, dehydration, abnormal heart rate or other conditions which the Veterinary Surgeon deems ‘unfit’ for presentation this animal will not be permitted to be presented. This judgement is made at the time of the presentation by the attending Veterinarian. The owner will be subject to disciplinary action which may lead to a criminal prosecution for cruelty.
6. No prohibited substances are permitted in ponies being presented.
7. The owner/agent will be notified of the outcome following the procedure by the attending SJI Officials.
8. A pony once rejected by the Veterinary Clinic for Appeals, as having been assessed unfit for measurement, cannot be represented at a later date to the Veterinary Clinic for Appeals or an SJI measuring session, in the same calendar year.
9. The decision of the Veterinary Surgeon at the Veterinary Clinic for Appeals is absolutely final.
10. The Veterinary Clinic for appeals will be a venue approved by the Executive Committee. The Pony and Veterinary Committees reserve the right to decide the venue from the approved list at which each individual appeal will take place 11. A Code of Conduct must be signed by the owner/handler prior to the appeal measuring taking place. The measuring will cease and be rendered null and void if the code of conduct is breached at any stage before or during the measuring