General Rules for ISA Championships 2019


Shows wishing to participate in the 2019 Championships and be eligible to hold qualifiers must have collected the Championship Fund Levy (currently 5%) from Horse, Pony, Cattle and Sheep class prize money for the year 2018 and forwarded the amount so collected, in full, to the Irish Shows Association Head Office within the stipulated period of not more than 30 days from the date of their show. Alternative methods of meeting this obligation are not acceptable. 

Any show or competitor in breach if the Rules set out below will be disqualified from participating or competing in these championships. 


  • Qualifying rounds will take place at eligible shows selected by the Irish Shows Association. 


  1. Selected shows should hold a separate class for each qualifier from which the highest placed animals will qualify. 
  2. The qualifier class should be held as the first (1st) class in the relevant section of the show. 
  3. Shows must ensure that the qualifiers are held strictly in accordance with the relevant rules. 
  4. No other sponsor may be involved in the qualifying classes. 
  5. Shows may charge an entrance fee for each qualifying class. The I.S.A. will award a rosette to the successful animal(s). 
  6. No show may hold a qualifying class for any championship in the day of the final. 
  7. Shows must appoint competent well-briefed persons to act as Stewards, who must ensure that only animals (or other exhibits) which are eligible to compete and whose documentation is in order are allowed to proceed to the judging ring. 
  8. Animal Passports must be read by a Veterinary Surgeon appointed by the show. 
  9. On completion of judging, Stewards must instruct the successful competitors to attend at the Show Secretary’s Office within one hour and to complete the necessary documentation for entry to the championship final. 
  10. The show must appoint a well-briefed officer, who will be in attendance at the Secretary’s Office, and who will assist exhibitors to complete the necessary documentation for participation in the final and to collect the relevant entrance fee. 
  11. Show Secretaries must forward completed result cards, together with appropriate fees to the Irish Shows Association within three (3) days following the holding of the show. 

N.B. Shows must return results card marked “No Qualifier” for any or all of the events for which no animal (or exhibit) has been selected. 


  1. Exhibitors accept that the Judges decision if final in all cases. Where a dispute or case for complaint arises the matter should only be dealt with under 6. below. 
  2. Winners of qualifiers are themselves responsible for entering their animals (or exhibits) for the final in accordance with 9. and 10. above, within one hour of qualifying. 
  3. Winners of qualifiers will compete in the final. 
  4. The Irish Shows Association in conjunction with the sponsor reserve the right to alter or amend the rules of any competition as may be necessary or appropriate. 
  5. Shows and competitors must contact the I.S.A. for details of any championships and not the sponsor involved. 
  6. Objections must be lodged in writing with the I.S.A. representative at the show or the Show Secretary within half an hour following the completion of judging, together with a fee of 50 euro, or other stated fee, which is refundable in the event of the objection being upheld.


  • A deduction of 5% of the prize money is to be collected by the show and forwarded to the Irish Shows Association within 30 days of the final. 
  • Championship finals must start no later than 3pm on the day of the show and the advertised time of starting must be adhered to as far as practicable. If necessary, other show classes should be either postponed or relocated to allow for this. 



Under Irish Law all horse moving from one location to another must be accompanied by their passports. It is in your own interest to ensure this is the case. Failure to do so is an offence under Irish Law and is liable on summary conviction to result in a fine up to €3000. All passports must be registered with the name of the current owner. 

  • Embryo Transfer: Where a foal is produced by this method the dams passport must bear a declaration dated, stamped and signed by the stallion owner (or accredited practitioner where AI is involved) station the date on which the dam was last covered (or inseminated) and the name of the covering stallion. 
  • The owners of Champions and Reserve Champions are invited to submit the animals’ passports to the I.S.A. head office where the placing will be endorsed and officially stamped with the seal of the Irish Shows Association as a permanent record. 
  • It is in the interest if shows hosting championship finals that photographs and results are forwarded to the Irish Farmers Journal immediately following judging. 

Important Notice to Animal Owners involved in showing animals 
The Irish Shows Association would advise all Animal Owners who have their Animals Insured to have the Insurance Cover extended to cover them while showing Animals at Shows, we understand that it costs very little or nothing at all depending on who you have insurance with. 

If you are one of the few who don’t have cover we would advise that you think about putting it in place for this purpose it may be well worthwhile. 

The reason for us giving you this advice is to protect yourself in the event of your animal lashing out, and injuring someone or damaging someone’s property, if that were to happen, and it is established that your animal was out of your control you may be held responsible, or partly responsible for any injury or damage caused & may end up paying all, or part of any settlement reached.