Rules & Regulations

Details of Show Rules & Policies


Intending exhibitors are requested to peruse the rules and regulations and be prepared to comply with these.

The Society reserves the right to alter or cancel any class or competition at any time.

The Society takes no responsibility for any accident or loss.

The Society has the option of cancelling or amalgamating any class where less than three entries have been received

No prize awarded unless 2 compete; no 2nd prize awarded unless 3 compete and no 3rd prize unless 5 compete. This rule will be waived should the Judge consider there is special merit and record same in their book at the time of judging.

Any objection to any winner in any class or competition must be lodged with €50 to the Secretary in writing within one hour of the event.

Exhibitors are to understand that although every reasonable precaution will be taken to ensure the safety and welfare of the animals, the Society will not be responsible for loss or accidents, of any kind that may occur, neither will the Society be accountable for any accident that may occur to any person attending the show, whether as a visitor, exhibitor or otherwise.

The Society shall not in any way be liable for any claim for compensation or otherwise arising out of the holding, abandonment or postponement of the show, nor for any claim arising out of or connected with the show.

The decision of the judges will be final.

Anyone found interfering with any exhibit or disarranging any display will be asked to leave the Show Grounds.

For the convenience of exhibitors, the Society has arranged that a veterinary surgeon will be on call at short notice to attend to sick or injured animals but fees for his/her services will be payable by the owners concerned.

. The winner of each trophy will be presented with a Munster Agricultural Society Medal and the Cup or Trophy will be retained and inscribed by the Society with the details of the winners.


The Irish Shows Association would advise all Animal owners who have their animals insured to have the Insurance Cover extended to cover them while showing Animals at Shows, we understand that it costs very little or nothing at all depending on who you have Insurance Cover with.

If you are one of the few who don't have cover we would advise that you think about putting it in place for this purpose. It may well be worthwhile.

The reason for us giving you this advice is to protect yourself in the event of your animal lashing out and injuring someone or damaging someone's property. If that were to happen and it is established that your animal was out of your control you may be held responsible, or partly responsible for any injury or damage caused and may end up paying all, or part, of any settlement reached.

The Irish Shows Association are proud to present the following Championships and wishes to acknowledge the generous sponsorships, which make these competitions possible. For the Efficient running of the championships all concerned are requested to read and observe the Rules set out below.

GENERAL RULES FOR Irish Shows Association



Shows wishing to participate in the 2019 Championships and be eligible to hold qualifiers must have collected the Championship Fund Levy (currently 5%) from Horse, Pony, Cattle and Sheep class prize money for the year 2018 and forwarded the amount so collected, in full, to the Irish Shows Association Head Office within the stipulated period of not more than 30 days from the date of their show. Alternative methods of meeting this obligation are not acceptable.

Any show or competitor in breach of the Rules set out below will be disqualified from participating or competing in these championships.

These General Rules and those relating to individual championships (where applicable) should be published in the show schedule and catalogue of the participating shows and must be strictly observed.


Qualifying rounds will take place at eligible shows selected by the Irish Shows Association.



a. Selected shows should hold a separate class for each qualifier from which the highest placed animals will qualify.

b. The qualifier class should be held as the first (1st) class in the relevant section of the show.

c. Shows must ensure that the qualifiers are held strictly in accordance with the relevant rules.

No other sponsor may be involved in qualifying classes.

e. Shows may charge an entrance fee for each qualifying class. The I.S.A. will award a rosette to the successful animal(s) At the Final

No show may hold a qualifying class for any championship on the day of the final.

g. Animals qualified for finals are not eligible to enter in any other show class where the Final is held.

Shows must appoint competent well-briefed persons to act as Stewards, who must ensure that only animals (or other exhibits) which are eligible to compete and those whose documentation is in order are allowed to proceed to the judging ring.

Animal Passports must be read by a Veterinary Surgeon appointed by the show.

On completion of judging, Stewards must instruct the successful competitors to attend at the Show Secretary's Office within one hour

and to complete the necessary documentation for entry to the championship final.

k. The show must appoint a well-briefed officer, who will be in attendance at the Secretary's Office, and who will assist exhibitors to complete the necessary documentation for participation in the final and to collect the relevant entrance fee.

Show Secretaries must forward complete result cards, together with appropriate fees to the Irish Shows Association within three (3) days following the holding of the show.

N.B. Shows must return results card marked "No Qualifier" for any or all of the events for which no animal (or exhibit) has been selected.


Exhibitors accept that the Judges’ decision is final in all cases. Any abuse of Judges will not be tolerated. Where a dispute or case for complaint arises, the matter should only be dealt with under f. below.

Winners of qualifiers are themselves responsible for entering their animals (or exhibits) for the final in accordance with j. and k. above, within one hour of qualifying.

Winners of qualifiers will compete in the final.

The Irish Shows Association in conjunction with the sponsor reserve the right to alter or amend the rules of any competition as may be necessary or appropriate.

Shows and competitors must contact the National Irish Shows Office for details of any championships and not the sponsor involved.

Objections must be lodged in writing with the I.S.A. representative at the show or the Show Secretary within half an hour following the completion of judging, together with a fee of 50 euro, or other stated fee, which is refundable in the event of the objection being upheld.


A deduction of 5% of the prize money is to be collected by the

Show and forwarded to the Irish Shows Association within 30 Days of the final

b. Championship finals must start not later than 3pm on the day of the show and the advertised time of starting must be adhered to as far as practicable. If necessary, other show classes should be either postponed or relocated to allow for this.



Under Irish Law all horses moving from one location to another must be accompanied by their passports. It is in your own interest to ensure this is the case. Failure to do so is an offence under Irish Law and is liable on summary conviction to result in a fine up to €3000. All passports must be registered with the name of the current owner.

The owner of Champions and Reserve Champions are invited to submit the animals' passports to the I.S.A. Head Office where the placing will be endorsed and officially stamped with the seal of the Irish Shows Association as a permanent record.

Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine



Premises Registration

As from May 1 2012, any premises (which included shows, fairs and markets) where horses or other equines are gathered must be registered with the Department. Owners/persons in charge of such gatherings are required to submit a completed application form for registration and to keep records of movements on/off their premises. Records must by retained for at least 3 years as they may be required by the Department for the purposes of tracing disease.

Records required are:

The name and address of the owner/person in charge of the premises from which the equine came

Premises registration number from which the equine came

Passport number/UEL number of the animal.

It is important therefore that the Show organizers should contact their local District Veterinary office in advance so that consideration can be given to compliance with the requirements above. Any further information on the requirements for moving horses and equines to shows will be provided on the Department’s website.


Horse riding is a dangerous sport and all competitors in ridden classes are strongly advised, for their own safety, to wear appropriate head gear which complies with up to date safety standards.


The Irish Shows Association expects and will insist upon appropriate behaviour from all Exhibitors and others participating in any of the activities at our Member Shows and will not tolerate inappropriate behaviour.

Inappropriate behaviour shall include but not be limited to the following:

Profanity, coarse or vulgar language or gestures towards judges or other Show officials.

Harassment or bullying, including using words or actions that threaten, intimidate or undermine judges or other officials before, during or following Member Show activities.

Failure to follow rules and/or obey instructions.

Abusing any animal.

Disciplinary Procedures:

Complaints of misconduct against an Exhibitor or other participant at a Member Show shall be investigated and adjudicated upon by a subcommittee appointed by the Irish Shows Association. The said subcommittee shall consist of three members of the board of the Irish Shows Association and shall be known as the Disciplinary Committee. The Disciplinary Committee shall seek to ensure the existence of consistent, effective, fair and transparent complaint procedures and shall act in accordance with natural and constitutional justice.


A complaint of misconduct/inappropriate behaviour against an Exhibitor or other participant in a Member Show shall be made in writing and delivered to the Secretary of the relevant Member Show within 72 hours. A copy of the complaint shall be sent by the Secretary of the Member Show to the National Secretary of the ISA. A copy of the complaint will be sent by the National Secretary to the person or persons against whom the complaint is made. A person or persons against whom a written complaint is made shall have a period of 14 working days from the date of receipt of the claim to reply to the said complaint; such reply shall be made in writing.

Both parties shall state whether an oral hearing of the complaint is sought. The Disciplinary Committee shall be entitled to hold an oral hearing in regard to the complaint whether or not sought. The Disciplinary Committee shall decide in each case whether to hold such an oral hearing in respect of the complaint, or any part thereof and there shall be no appeal from such decision of the Disciplinary Committee. The Disciplinary Committee shall, at any time, seek further information from either party. In the event of either party refusing or failing to provide such further information within the time specified by the Disciplinary Committee, the Committee shall be entitled to make a decision on the complaint and/or to hold an oral hearing of the complaint in the absence of a copy of such further information being received by the Disciplinary Committee from either party. The Disciplinary Committee shall be entitled to reject a complaint where, in the opinion of the Committee, it finds there is no basis for it.


In the event of a first incident of inappropriate/unacceptable behaviour being deemed to be proved against the offender, the Disciplinary Committee shall issue a written warning to the offender. In the event of any subsequent incident, the Disciplinary Committee shall be entitled to impose sanctions on the offender, including a prohibition on such offender participating in any of the events/activities at any Member Show of the ISA, provided always that in the event of a first incident of inappropriate/unacceptable behaviour being deemed by the Disciplinary Committee to constitute gross misbehaviour, the Disciplinary Committee shall be entitled to impose such sanctions on the offender as it deems appropriate, including the prohibition on such offender from participating in any of the events/activities of any Member Show of the ISA.

The decision of the Disciplinary Committee shall be final.