Shows wishing to participate in the 2011 Championships and be eligible to hold qualifiers must have collected the Championship Fund (currently 5%) from Horse, Pony, Cattle & Sheep. Class prize money for the year 2010 and forwarded the amount so collected, in full to the Irish Shows Association within the stipulated period of not more than 30 days from the date of the 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 partipating shows and must be strictley observed.
Qualifying rounds will take place at shows designated by the Irish Shows Association.
- Selected Shows should hold a separate class for each qualifier from which the highest placed animals will qualify.
- The Qualifier class should be held as the first (1st) class in the relevant section of the show.
- Shows must ensure that the qualifiers are held strictly in accordance with the relevant Rules.
- No other sponsor maybe involved in qualifying classes.
- Shows may charge an entry fee for each qualifying class. The I.S.A. will award a rosette to the successful animal(s) on appearance at the final.
- No show may hold a qualifying class for that championship on the day of the final other than by agreement with the Irish Shows Association.
- Animals qualified for finals are not eligible to enter in any other show class where the final is held.
- Shows should appoint competent, well briefed persons to act as stewards, who must ensure that only animals (or other exhibits) which are eligible to compete and 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 inform the successful competitors to visit the Secretary’s Office at the show within one hour, and complete the necessary arrangements for entry to the final.
- The show must appoint a well briefed officer who will be available at the Secretary’s Office to assist exhibitors to complete the entry cards for participation in the final and collect the entry fee.
- Show Secretaries must forward completed result cards, together with appropriate fees to the Irish Shows Association within three days following the holding of the show.
- NB. 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. Where a dispute or case for complaint arises, the matter should only be dealt with under 6. below.
- Winners of Qualifiers are themselves responsible for entering their qualifiers (or exhibits) for the final in accordance with 10 & 11 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 the competition as may be necessary where appropriate.
- Shows and competitors must contact the ISA 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 and the Show Secretary within half an hour following the completion of judging, together with a fee of €50, or other stated fee, which is refundable in the event of the objection being upheld.
- Any exhibitor who makes a false declaration or misrepresents a fact regarding themselves or their exhibit are liable to disqualification and/or forfeiture of any prizes awarded.
- A deduction of 5% of the prize money will be collected by the show and forwarded to the I.S.A. within 30 days of the Final.
- Championship finals must start not later than 2pm on the day of the show and the advertised time must be adhered to as far as possible. If necessary, other show classes should be either posponed 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 that 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 of up to €3,000. All passports must be registered with the name of the current owner.
- Embryo Transfer: Where a foal is produced by this method, the dam’s passport must bear a declaration dated, stamped, and signed by the stallion owner (or accredited practitioner where AI is involved) stating the date on which the dam was last covered (or inseminated) and the name of the covering stallion.
- The owners of Champions and Reserve Champions are invited to submit the animals’ passports to the ISA head office where the placing will be endorsed and officially stamped with the seal if the ISA as a permanent record.
- It is in the interest of shows hosting championship finals that photographs and results are forwarded to the Irish Farmers Journal immediately following judging.
The movement of cattle to and from the show must be recorded on CMMS using form CMMS4 (forms available from your local DVO). Ultimate responsibility for fulfilling this requirement lies with the Show Secretary.
The keeper of the animal(s) should complete 2 and 3(a) of the CMMS4 form. Sections 3(b) should be completed by the Show Secretary and completed forms should be sent to the Cattle Movement Notification Agency within 7 days of movement in the pre-paid envelope supplied.
Special Notice to Calf Exhibitors 2011
Suckler Welfare Scheme.
Suckler exhibitors should forward receipts of attendance conformation at shows to the department.
Once department have got conformation the suckler welfare grant will be reissued.
All sheep must be individually identified with plastic eartags issued on accordance with the requirements of the National Sheep Identification System (NSIS).
All consignments of sheep being moved must be accompanied by the completed dispatch document. Individual details of each sheep in the consignment must be recorded.
All movements of sheep to and from shows must be recorded in your flock regiater. Use event code “S”.
Exports (to Member States of the European Union including Northern Ireland
All shep must be accompanied by certification a laid down in Directive 91/68/EEC as amended. Organisers are advised to contact their Local District Veterinary Office well in advance of any show where sales may take place to determine the suitability of the show for exports (e.g. premises and sheep status), availability of veterinary staff for export certification and to have the necessary arrangements out in place.
Attendance of sheep from scrapie monitored flocks at shows and sales in 2010
Shows between 1st May and 30th September
Sheep from scrapie monitored flocks will be permitted to attned agricultural shows taking place between May 1st and September 30th without restriction or separation from other categories of sheep.
Shows outside that period
For shows taking place before May 1st or after September 30th, sheep from scrapie monitored or probationary flocks must be separated from other sheep as follows:
- There must be complete separation of monitored/probationary sheep from other categories of sheep at the show. Ideally, this would mean a seperate entrance and exit for each group, seperate loading and unloading areas, seperate penning areas for each of the two groups.
- In locations where all of the above may not be possible, the minimum requirement would be the seperate loading and unloading and also of penning areas. The two areas should be seperated by a sheep-free alleyway, at least 12 feet wide. If only one showring is available, the sheep from the scrapie-monitored flocks must be shown first.