Gidgegannup Equestrian Association 

 Adult Riding Club

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Sunday 7th October 2018

Gidgegannup Showgrounds, Old Coach Road, Gidgegannup

Contact: [email protected]


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The annual ARCA Dressage Challenge is a fabulous dressage filled day,  open to all ARCA Club Members! 

This year it will be hosted by Gidgegannup Equestrian Association and held at the Gidgegannup Showgrounds.


GEA aims to provide a relaxed, supportive day to suit all levels of rider!!  We hope to see you there!

This event is proudly sponsored by

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Conditions of Entry

Riders can participate in up to three classes - two individual tests and a Pas De Deux (pairs to music).

If you wish to ride two standard tests (no freestyle) they must be at consecutive level, or you can ride an EA test and a WD test of the same level.

You cannot ride the same test twice.

Note: to be eligible for the ARCA Individual Trophy you must ride an Individual Standard and Freestyle test of the same level.


Registrations will be on the club rooms veranda from 7am. The gates are always open so you can arrive as early as you please.

Best Presented Club:

Best Presented will be judged 30 minutes prior to the commencement of tests. Maximum 4 riders in a group. Start time to be advised. 

Bridle Numbers 

Bridle Numbers will be allocated at registration (please BYO is possible). 


If camping is required, please contact GEA to arrange.

Helper Duties:

Helper jobs will be allocated to each club entering ARCA challenge. 

An email of times will be sent to your club prior to the competition. 

It is your club’s responsibility to organise your members to fill these timeslots, ensuring they do not clash with draw times. GEA cannot guarantee that spots will not clash with rider times, so you may wish to request non-riding members come along to fill the helper duties! 

If your job is not completed by your club as allocated, the club will forfeit points towards Highpoint and Handicap trophies and the club will not be eligible for any prizes.


Your club uniform is essential attire for Standard Individual tests. Costumes are encouraged for your Freestyle or Pas De Deux! 

Plaiting is preferred but not compulsory for individual tests.

Stables and Manure: 

Limited stables are available via bookings only, $20 bond applies (cash return only on inspection of clean stable). 

Please ensure your stables are left clean after use. Please pick up your horse’s manure in stables and in the car park and drop at manure pit near stables or bring a bag and take it home. 

EA Rules & EA Dressage Tests:

We are running to EA National Dressage Rules, unless otherwise specified. 

If you have a question regarding equipment, please contact the organisers prior to the event. 

Tests and Rules can be downloaded here:

Western Dressage Tests

Western Dressage tests can be downloaded here:

Test Collection:

All tests will be available for collection during the Trophy and Prize Presentations.


Callers are permitted for Standard Individual tests only, ensure that only the printed text is read out.

Gear-Check Requirements:

All tack must be in good condition and pass a gear check prior to commencement of the test. It is your responsibility to ensure that you see the gear checker. 

  • Riders must wear an approved safety standards helmet at all times when riding 

  • Back protectors are permitted to be worn 

Saddles; Dressage / AP or a western style (including swinging fender) is permitted at the challenge. 

  • Bridles; Snaffle bridle up to and including Elementary. Optional double at medium. Bitless Bridles are permitted.
  • Neck straps/ monkey straps/ breastplates are permitted at all levels.
  • Boots/ Bandages can be used for warmup but must be removed for individual dressage tests (unless as part of costume for freestyle/ pas de deux)
  • Ear hoods are permissible, but ear plugs are not (you may be asked to remove the ear hood at end of test, by the gearchecker).
  • Riders must wear an approved safety standards helmet at all times when riding 
  • Bridle Numbers must be worn (please BYO if possible). Please check-in on arrival to recieve your number.


Entry fees will only be refunded less 50% after the closing date if a vet/doctors certificate is provided. 

To scratch: please contact GEA President (Beth Noble) on 0419 950 489 or email [email protected]


No lunging on the main arena or warm up area is permitted. 

There is a round yard available for lunging.

Duty of Care / Statement of liability:

It is the responsibility of the rider to promptly report unsafe or hazardous situations to the Event Organiser or attending steward. GEA does NOT accept any liability for any accident, damage, injury or illness to horses, owners, riders, grounds, and spectators or any other person or property whatsoever

Prizes & Ribbons: 

Placings will be awarded up to 6th place for all classes. 

There will also be prizes on offer from our sponsors.

1st place - blue - 6pts.

2nd place - red - 5pts

3rd place - white - 4pts

4th place - green - 3pts

5th place - yellow - 2pts

6th place - orange - 1pt

ARCA Trophies:

Individual Trophy:
To qualify for this trophy you must complete a standard test and an individual freestyle of the same level (Pas De Deux does not count).

Highpoint Trophy:

This trophy goes to the club with the highest number of total points, accumulated by all riders in the club
Wendy Aslett Perpetual Trophy:
This is awarded to the pair of riders that win the Pas De Deux
Handicap Trophy:
This trophy is calculated on the club’s total points divided by the number of riders they had competing on the day.

Freestyle & Pas De Deux:

Freestyle & Pas De Deux tests are timed. You must give the signal to start the music within 45 seconds of the bell being rung. You must enter the arena no later than 20 seconds after the music has started playing. 

Please submit your music on CD/USB on the morning of the event, ensure it is clearly marked with your name and your horses name as well as the level Freestyle/Pas De Deux you are riding.


Horses eligible for Off The Track awards include untrialled and unraced horses. If race name is unknown, brands must be supplied.

Canteen and Coffee Van:

Canteen will be open. Coffee Van will be available



The draw will be available from Monday 4th October and will be posted on the GEA Website and Cavalletti Classifieds.

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GEA would like to thank our generous event sponsors 

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Their support is greatly appreciated and should be recognised!

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