The Newcomer Scheme originally catered for the Riding Pony only. With the popularity of the RPSBS Show Hacks & Show Hunters over 14.2hh, the Victorian Committee have expanded the Newcomer Scheme.
Everyone with a RPSBS Show Hack or Show Hunter (those over 14.2h) who is about to embark on their first season under saddle, we now have a Newcomer RPSBS Show Hack & Show Hunter Championship. Rules are the same as the Newcomer Riding Pony Championship but it is a COMPLETELY SEPARATE Championship – it has its own classes and prize money pool.
So what is the Newcomer Riding Pony Championship and Newcomer RPSBS Show Hack/Show Hunter Championship?
Open to first season ridden exhibits registered with the RPSBS Ltd. A Riding Pony shall be eligible to be shown as a Newcomer if it has not been exhibited under saddle at any show or competition of any sort, prior to 1st January each year. Once entered into the scheme, the exhibit can compete until the 31st December in Riding Pony Newcomer classes.
The Victorian Committee run their Newcomer Riding Pony Championship Final and a RPSBS Newcomer Show Hack/Show Hunter Championship Final at the Equinade RPOTY Show in January each year. Qualifications are needed.
To be eligible to compete at the Newcomer Sweepstakes Final, qualifications are required and are outlined below:
- A first, second or third in Newcomer classes at a Victorian Committee run Show.
- A Champion or Reserve Champion ridden Newcomer or Open ridden at an Agricultural Show.
- First in a ridden stallion/colt class at an Agricultural Show.
- Competitors MUST have a Victorian Newcomer Card with them when competing in this class. Failure to do so will mean that the exhibit will be ineligible for judging. Results must be written on the card and signed by the Judge or show secretary.
- Championship Final Prizemoney is on offer – each sweepstakes pool to be divided as follows – First 45%, Second 35% and third 20% with the Victorian Committee donating an additional $300 towards the Pool.
- Exhibits entered in Riding Pony Newcomer classes are to be ridden in a snaffle bridle.
- Stallions may compete in the RPSBS Newcomer competition.
- A pony that has only competed in Leading Rein and has not competed off the lead is eligible to be considered a Newcomer.
- A Riding Pony Newcomer and RPSBS ShowHack/Hunter is eligible to compete in open Riding Pony / RPSBS Show Hack/Hunter ridden classes in their Newcomer Year.
Nomination Fee – $30 per exhibit. Nominations Close 1st October each year.
Late nominations will be accepted with a late fee of $60.
Please note – there are separate forms for the Riding Pony Newcomers and RPSBS Show Hack/Show Hunter Newcomers, so make sure you use the correct one!