New BSJA Whip & Spurs Ruling (effective 1 Jan 2020)


 WHIP - BSJA Rule 102.9 

No rider may carry, use or permit to be used a whip other than as detailed below, in the arena, the collecting ring or anywhere, on, or in the immediate vicinity of the showground. Only one whip may be carried and no substitute for a whip may be carried. A whip, if carried, must be held in the hand by the handle with the handle at the top. Also see BSJA rule Excessive use of the whip. 

1. The maximum length of the “Whip” is 70cm and must be no less than 45cm. 

2. There must be no “binding” within 17cm of the end of the “Pad”. 

3. The minimum diameter for a “Shaft” is 1cm and the “Shaft” should run through the entirety of the whip. 

4. The overall weight of the “Whip” must not exceed 160 grams and the weight should be evenly distributed throughout the full length of the “Whip”.

5. The “Contact area”, is considered to be 2/5’s (two fifths) of the overall length of the “Whip” and must be covered with a “Pad”. 

6. The “Pad” must be smooth, with no protrusion or raised surface, and be made of shock absorbing material throughout its circumference such that it gives a compression factor of at least 6mm. There is to be no wording, advertising or personalisation of any kind on the “Pad”. 


The “Whip” The singular term for the equipment in its entirety. 

The “Shaft” The term for the central core of the equipment. 

The “Handle” The term for the riders contact area. 

The “Contact Area” The term for the area that will contact or may potentially contact the horse. The “Pad” The term for the padded area that covers the shaft. 

The “Binding” The term given to the threaded area between the “shaft” and the “pad” that joins the two together.  

 SPURS - BSJA Rule 101.9  

1. Spurs of excessively severe design are not to be worn. Spurs must be of smooth material (metal or plastic). The end of  the shank must be blunt and must point only towards the rear. Only one pair of spurs are to be worn, secured to the  rider’s foot in the traditionally correct manner, with the curve of the neck of the spur directed downwards. 

2. The overall length of the spur is not to exceed 4cm, measured from the back of the boot to the end of the spur, in its entirety. 

3. Only Dummy, Rollerball, Impulse, Rowelled, hammerhead & Prince of Wales Spurs are allowed to be worn. 

4. Rowelled spurs if worn, must have smooth rowels, with a diameter of no less than 1cm and no greater than 2cm, with a minimum width of 2mm. The rowels must sit in the vertical plane, horizontal rowels are not allowed. 

5. Spurs with interchangeable/removable shanks, spurs with necks set on the inside of the heel, spurs with roughened or cutting edges, serrated spurs, with or without necks are not allowed. 

6. In pony competitions, in precedence to the above, the overall length is not to exceed 2.5cm measured from the back of the riders boot. Rowelled spurs are forbidden in these competitions 7. The misuse of spurs is an offence under Rule 82.4, but riders must also take care that the manner in which they use their spurs does not offend the public contrary to BSJA Rule 82.1.  


Thank you to all who came to support our Macmillan Coffee Morning and Clear Round Jumping.


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Adult Training Day March 2019

On 3rd March, 4 lovely adults took part in our second adult training day in 2019. 

During the riding sessions of the day, the adults were working in different lines into jumps. e.g. dog legs.  In the flat work session, it was all about different pole exercises. 

While the stable management session was all about equine first aid and treatment of common aliments/non-vet requiring treatments. This included how to clean injuries and wrapping after, poulticing, thrush etc. As well as what potions and lotions are handy to have in tack boxes. 

Snow 2019

Here is a video of what the Asti Team and Horses got up to in the Snow in February.  

Adult Training Day January 2019


On Sunday 20th January we had our first Adult training day of 2019. 

6 lovely adults took part in 2 sessions of both riding and stable management. 

The riding sessions consisted of lateral work e.g. leg yield, shoulder in and in general can the horses be straight? Can they bend correctly? As well as grid jumping with a focus on getting the horse into a bouncy canter to enable the horse to have the controlled power to jump nicely over the fences. 

While the stable management sessions were all about conformation of the horse. What makes it good. What to look out for. How to view your horse before you get on to give you clues as to what they might find more challenging, or what you need to do to support them in certain areas. Also, how you need to consider the breed of the horse when looking, as you’re not going to look for the same thing in a cob vs a warmblood. 


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