Horse Shows / Equestrian Special
Arenas and schooling corrals should be adequate in size to
adequately accommodate the riders that will be using the
- Separate areas for
parking, warm-up, competition, food service, and spectators must
be designated, marked, fenced and /or roped off as appropriate
and necessary. Areas where horses are being led or ridden should
be off limits for casual spectators, who may have no knowledge
of safe zones around horses.
number of horses in a warm-up or staging area must be controlled
to avoid potential accidents. Spectators must stay in assigned
observation areas a safe distance from horse activity.
Premises should be fenced with design and materials required for
horse exposures. Fence should be well constructed and in good
repair. The fence should be at least 4 feet high with " horse
proof " gate latches and difficult for children to open.
on fencing used for riding arenas must be attached inside the
- Dogs, if allowed at all
on the grounds, must be restrained on leads at all times. If
they are NOT allowed, signs should be posted on access roads and
in parking areas to give owners adequate warning. If dogs are
banned, this should be stated on any prize list or activity
- Premises owners, vendors
and independent contractors must carry insurance.
- Motorcycles, Mopeds,
All-Terrain Vehicles, Golf Carts, and Bicycles, if allowed,
should be restricted on the grounds to separate them from areas
where horses will be moving about, with signage to make clear
where they are and are not allowed. If the organizing committee
needs to use such vehicles for the running of the event, they
must make certain that the drivers are thoroughly familiar with
the vehicle's controls, as well as what a horse's reaction may
be to the vehicle.
- No alcoholic beverages
will be served or consumed at any AREA sanctioned event.
- Any horse or rider acting
in a reckless, unsafe or unreasonable manner will be required to
leave the premises or event.
Stable rules and emergency numbers should be posted in prominent
places throughout the stable area. Most states have equine
liability laws. Most of those laws have specific wording for
warning postings and contracts.
- Management must plan for
the logistics of emergency medical and veterinary support in
case of accident or illness. If the support people are on call
rather than on the grounds, access to the emergency site must be
kept clear and someone provided to guide them from the facility
entrance to where they are needed.
- Smoking must be banned
from bedding storage and stabling areas; for show or activity
areas fire and local government codes and laws must be observed.
- Any temporary electrical
lines must be checked and approved by a qualified electrician.
Public address and other communication equipment should also be
checked for safety, and should be able to be heard throughout
- All participants must
sign an acknowledgement of risk and liability release in a form
approved by AEEA and state in which activity takes place. A
copy of the release must be filed with AREA before the event
date. Failure to comply will void any insurance afforded
through the American Equestrian Alliance.
- Injury to athletic
participants are excluded from any insurance coverage. All
participants ride or participate at their own risk!
- ALL exhibitors in
over fences classes and hunter classes must wear protective head
gear passing testing standards. All junior exhibitors riding
anywhere on the grounds must wear protective head gear with
harnesses buckled or they will be prohibited from riding
anywhere other than the show ring.
Proper shoes with heels should also be required. No loose
- Volunteers for the event
must be thoroughly briefed about the nature of their jobs, and
how to provide help to participants and spectators in case of an
- Spectators must be
separated from all event activity at all time. Safety barriers
must be in place to prevent spectators from entering event
staging areas and arenas.
- Spectators who enter
areas of equine activities are considered participants and
excluded from any form of coverage.
- An adult must closely
supervise small children at all times. Signs to this effect
should be posted at entry points and in parking areas, and
particularly at all stabling entrances
Failure to comply with any American
Entertainment & Recreation Alliance safety group rules will
automatically and immediately void event sanctioning and any
associated endorsements or insurance. Failure to immediately report
any accident, injury or incident will void any insurance protection
extended under any AEA program. In the event coverage is voided by
Member's failure to comply with sanctioning requirements the maximum
liability of AEA will be the sanctioning fee paid by member