Games Rally


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  • Walk/Trot: 9 years of age or less, as of 1/1/14. 2 or 4 riders, D1 - D2 rated
  • Junior: 12 years of age or less, as of 1/1/14 , 4 or 5 riders
  • Senior: 13 - 15 years of age or less, as of 1/1/14 , 4 or 5 riders
  • Advanced: 15 - 18 years of age or less, as of 1/1/14. 
Handout on Bio-security, Concussions, & Heat Illnesses - 
A list of questions based on Delmarva handouts:
2013 Study Guide on Bio-security, Concussions, & Heat Illnesses
Note:  Not a rulebook, but competitors are expected to know this information and questions regarding it will be included.

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USPC 2012 Championships Qualifying Information

JUNIOR TEAM: All members of a junior team must be 12 years of age or less as of January 1 of the year in which they participate in Championships, at least 10 years of age and a D-2 rating.

4. SENIOR TEAM: All members of a senior team must be 15 years of age or less (but no younger than 10) as of January 1 in the year in which they will participate in Championships, all members of a senior team must have at least a D-3 rating.

5. ADVANCED TEAM: All members of an advanced team must be between 13 and 18 years of age as of January 1 in the year in which they will participate in Championships, all members of an advanced team must have at least a C-1 rating.

6. AGE LIMITATION: If any member of a team exceeds the age limitation as specified in these rules, or if a Junior team member is not a minimum of 10 years of age, or if any team members of any division are in any other way ineligible for competition, the team will be disqualified.

The "standard" ages for the divisions are viewed in this manner:

  • Junior: Ages 10-12
  • Senior: Ages 13-15
  • Advanced: Ages 16-18

Any junior player may "play up" on to a senior-level team, and any senior age player may "play up" on to an advanced level team. In each case, players must meet the minimum rating requirement for the level at which they are riding. In no instance may a player "play down" a level.

7. ADDITIONAL LIMITATIONS: A junior may compete as a member of a senior team, but at least one member of the senior team must be between the ages of 13 and 15. A senior may compete as a member of an advanced team, but at least one member of the advanced team must be between the ages of 16 and 18. Juniors may not compete in the advanced division. If a competitor competes at a higher level, (e.g., if a junior competes as a senior), that competitor may not again compete in his/her own division until the following calendar year, and then only if he/she meets the eligibility requirements in that year. A Regional Supervisor may request an exception to this from the Games Chair for unforeseen and reasonable circumstances (e.g., a junior played up as a senior at the qualifying rally; that team is unable to attend Championships, and the junior is needed to fill or make a junior team for Championships0

Article 2 - Eligibility of Mount: Each team shall be authorized one equine (which term includes: burros, donkeys, horses, miniature horses, mules and ponies) per rider on the team.

Mounts must be serviceably sound and well shod, or with their feet properly dressed and trimmed. Ponies must be groomed and well trimmed and they must be familiar with the Games being played. Manes and tails must not be braided. The Judging Committee shall disqualify any pony that is, in its opinion, lame, unruly or otherwise unsuitable for competition. In this case the Judging Committee's decision is final and may not be refuted.Article 19 - Team Formation for Championships:

Principles of team formation for Championships are as follows:

1. A properly formed team (See Article 18), consisting of the same rider/pony combinations which properly qualified at its Qualifying Regional Rally and remains intact, will represent its region at Championships. The rider must ride the same pony that he/she rode at the Qualifying Regional Rally to be considered a rider/pony combination.

2. Should a member of a team which has won the Qualifying Regional Rally not be able to travel to and compete at Championships, the RS is empowered to substitute a rider/pony combination which competed at the same Qualifying Regional Rally, and who are members of that Region, to complete the team. This may be done only if the requirements and limitations as stated in Article 22, Section A (Intra-regional rider/pony Combination Substitutions) are met and followed. Under no circumstances will more than 
two substitutions be allowed for a team. If less than three members remain, the "team" ceases to exist, and the second place team, provided it meets the requirements of Article 20, Number 2 (Championships) will represent the Region at Championships.

3. Should a region be utterly unable to complete a team which will represent that region at Championships, then the Regional Supervisor may request that additional players from outside of that region be added to complete the team.

This request is made to the USPC Games Chair. These substitutions are subject to approval by the VPA (see Substitution Rule requirements). A minimum of three original rider/pony combinations from that region's team must remain intact in order to make this request. Under no circumstances whatsoever will more than two rider/pony substitutions be permitted for any one team.

4. Individual players from regions which cannot send a regional team to Championships may be offered as additional players to be added to teams making a request for additional players. These applications must be approved by the DC and the RS, and be submitted to the USPC Games Chair by the RS.

5. Should a team desire to add additional players under the Substitution Rule, the DC must approve and submit the request to the RS. If the RS approves, the RS must submit their request to the USPC Games Committee Chair for approval by the Chair and the VPA.

6. The USPC Games Chair is designated to assign available individual players to teams requesting additional players. These assignments, once made, are irrevocable, and must be accepted all parties involved. Should a team or individual decline an assignment, they are no longer eligible to compete at Championships that year.

7. A region with an intact four-member team may, but is not required, to add a fifth rider. This addition should be made with a fifth rider from within the same region, and is subject to approval from the RS of that region. Only if there is no suitable additional rider from within the region, then the RS may submit a request to the USPC Games Chair for an additional player from outside of the region. This assignment, once made, is irrevocable, and must be accepted all parties involved.

Article 20 -- Championships: Championships will involve those teams that have won at the regional level. A second place team may attend if (1) the first-place team is unable to attend, or (2) if space is available. Teams must qualify in their own regional competition. If their region does not offer a Games Rally, their team(s) must qualify at another regional Games rally as arranged by their Regional Supervisor, and approved by the USPC Games Chair. All teams from a given region within the same division must qualify at the same rally. Once a player or team has thus participated in a Qualifying Games Rally, they may not again attempt to qualify by participating in another Qualifying Games Rally for the same Championships.

In order to be a Qualifying Rally, there must be at least two teams competing in each division offered. If a region is unable to host a rally with a minimum of two teams for each division offered, and/or if that same region has only one team in a division, then that team must travel to a another region to compete.SECTION I: General RegulationsThe winning team at a Qualifying Rally will automatically qualify for Championships. For any other team to be considered for Championships, the following criteria must be met:

1. A team which comes in last place in their regional Qualifying Rally cannot qualify for Championships.

2. Teams from the same region must finish first or second at their Qualifying Rally to be eligible for Championships.

The second place team must outscore at least one other team at that Qualifying Rally to be considered eligible for Championships. (For mixed-regional Qualifying Rallies, see additional criteria below).

3. Criteria #1 and #2 shall always be followed when considering additional criteria.

4. If teams from more than one region are competing in a rally, the sponsoring (host) region's first two finishing teams will be considered their first- and second-place finishing teams, provided they place no lower than fourth at that competition, and outscore at least one other team.

5. A region which sends its regional team to another region (visiting team) to compete must have its team finish in the top four, and outscore at least one other team, in order to qualify for Championships. In this instance, the visiting region's team, having fulfilled these criteria, will be considered the first-place team for their region and thus qualify for Championships. If second-place teams are permitted at Championships, the visiting Region's second team (if there is one) may be invited to Championships provided they finished no lower than fourth place and outscored at least one other team, and there is space available.

6. A Regional Supervisor may request an exception from the Games Chair to permit a team which has not outscored another team to attend Championships, provided that both the Overall Judge and the Technical Delegate from the Qualifying Rally certify that the team can safely and suitably compete at Championships, the Regional Supervisor agrees, and the Vice President for Activities gives final approval.

The team which competes at Championships must be the same team (rider/pony combinations) which won the Regional Qualifying Rally, unless a Substitution is permitted. In this instance, the Substitution Rule for Championships (See Article 22) must always be followed.

Article 22 -- Substitutions for Championships: The team that won at the regional rally (each rider with his/her qualifying pony) is the team that should compete at Championships.

The Games Committee recognizes, however, that circumstances can alter this and will allow substitution under the following circumstances:


Under the following circumstances, the RS may substitute a rider/pony combination:

1. In the event of illness or other legitimate absence (e.g., family vacation, death in family, inability to attend Championships, etc.), or

2. The team competed at the regional rally with only four members.

In either case, the substituted rider/pony combination or additional rider/pony combination must be a member of the same region, have competed at the same Qualifying Regional Rally on another team in the same year, and meet all the age and eligibility requirements for the division in which he/she intends to compete.

If the first-place team (or, by default, that team cannot attend Championships, the second-place team) can have a proper Substitution under this Article, the Regional Supervisor will give preference for this substitution to a rider/pony combination in the following sequence:

1. If the Club which will represent the Region at Championships had a second team at the same Qualifying Regional Rally, to a member of that team; if no one from that team is available or willing to go to Championships

2. A rider/pony combination from teams in the order in which their teams finished at the Qualifying Regional Rally. If none from the second-place team can or are able to go, the RS will move on to the third-place team, etc.

3. In any instance, the DC of the rider/pony combination must nominate them, and certify to the safety and suitability of that rider/pony combination to compete at Championships.

4. The RS having the ultimate authority to determine the safety and suitability, shall appoint the final team.


A substitution of a pony is allowed only with a veterinarian's certificate of unsoundness, proof of sale, or loss of lease of mount. In addition, a letter from the DC must certify to the safety and fitness of the pony to be substituted for competition, and to the safety of the new pony and rider combination as a pair. A safe pony has had a previous satisfactory performance at a regional or national level Games competition and has demonstrated the knowledge of Games and the ability to maintain its demeanor during the playing of the Games. A fit pony is one that has been in regular active work for at least four weeks prior to the Championships and will, therefore, be able to withstand the physical demands of the competition.


In both cases (inter-regional rider/pony substitution or any pony substitution), the DC will submit a request to the RS stating the reason for the substitution and requesting approval. All necessary documentation noted above should be submitted with this letter. The RS will then verify the reason for the substitution, and submit the supporting documents (including the DC letter), together with the RS's letter of approval, to the USPC Games Chair.

Any pony substitution is subject to final approval at the sole discretion of the USPC Games Committee Chair.

Any pony/rider combination substitution must be sent to, reviewed, and approved by the USPC Games Committee Chair. If the USPC Games Committee Chair approves the substitution, he/she shall forward the request to the USPC VPA for final review. Approval is decided at the sole discretion of the USPC VPA.

Under no circumstances shall a rider or pony be substituted after the official opening time of the Games.

Tri State Championships Qualifying Information