A number of changes to the Association of Irish Riding Clubs grading rules for dressage are being introduced with immediate effect.
The changes are taking into consideration concerns raised at the AGM earlier this year and follows a review by the Executive Committee, National Committee and also the Dressage Working Group.
The updated changes affect how riders are grading for dressage competitions within the Association while taking into account how they compete outside the organisation.
An advanced primary rider who obtains 60% or higher or the equivalent points on three occasions in a registered or unregistered Dressage Ireland competition at Preliminary will now be required to upgrade to Intermediate in dressage.
An intermediate rider will be required to upgrade to advanced intermediate should they obtain 72% or higher on three occasions in registered and unregistered Dressage Ireland competitions at Preliminary level.
An advanced intermediate rider who obtains 72% or higher on three occasions at Novice level in registered and unregistered Dressage Ireland competitions, they will be required to upgrade to Open.
Open riders may compete in registered and unregistered Dressage Ireland competitions up to and including Elementary level.
Elsewhere, the rule requiring the identifying label to be stitched into the lining of a riding helmet by the manufacturer has been removed from the rule book.
The rule book (D04/12) has been updated to reflect these changes.