The full league rules available in the following document: 2018 OPEN LEAGUE

All Open teams will take part in the League system for the 2018 season at the following shows

  • Spring Championships – 7th & 8th April
  • Northern Ireland Championships – 5th, 6th & 7th May
  • UK Masters – 26th to 28th May
  • Northern Challenge – 9th & 10th June
  • Southern Championships – 23rd & 24th June
  • Scottish Championships – 7th & 8th July
  • Intercounties – 28th to 30th July

The Premiership/Championship League split will come into place based on the results of the 2018 Spring Championships. At this show, all teams will compete against each other. If a team does not compete in the Spring Championships, they will be placed in the Championship League at the first League show that they compete at.

All teams will receive an additional 25 points for attending a league competition. This will encourage greater participation for all league shows. For example if there are 50 teams, then the championship winners will receive 75 league points and the lowest placed team will receive 26 points.

There will always be three Heats in the Premiership – remaining teams will ride in the Championship League. These places are decided by the Overall League Points accumulated throughout the season from League Shows.

Promotion from Championship to Premiership will take place for the top three teams in the Championship A Final. In the event of 2 teams being tied for 4th place there must be a run off. These teams will automatically get a place in the Premiership at the next League Show, except for Intercounties, as this will be split on Overall League positions only. All other positions will be based on Overall League points.

Teams will receive -5 League points for any guest/temporary rider they use at any League Show. The Show Organiser must be informed prior to the event of any guest/temporary riders. If a team uses a guest/temporary rider but does not declare this, they will be subject to disciplinary action.

If a team has to pull out for a medical or veterinary reason mid-event meaning that they cannot field at least 4 rider and pony combinations, they score the lowest League points available in the League they are in.

Any team which does not provide an Assistant Referee or Arena Party for any heat which they are scheduled to officiate in will be deducted 5 points from their heat score.

Any team which does not provide an Assistant Referee or Arena Party for the Final which they are scheduled to officiate in will be deducted 5 League points from the show, they will not start a Final on -5 scoring points.

Overall 2018 League Winners will be decided on results of Inter Counties and presented at Inter Counties. Championship Winners will be the Championship A Final Winners at Inter Counties, presented at Inter Counties.