1. Entry Forms will not be accepted unless accompanied by appropriate fee.
2. Cheques and Postal Orders, etc., to be made payable to The Tinahely Show.
3. Exhibitors alone are responsible for entries.
4. Entries are only accepted on the understanding that there will be no appeal beyond the Committee
of the Show whose decision shall be final.
5. All exhibits entered in the Show, except entries for jumping must be in their places in the Show
Grounds not later than 10 a.m. jumping starts at 9a.m.
6. Exhibitors may enter the same exhibit in the Cattle and Horse Sections, in as many classes as they
are eligible for, provided that they pay the necessary entry fee in each class and can be on time for
7. The Committee reserves the right to refuse any entry unconditionally.
8. Ages of animals to be correctly stated on entry forms.
9. All exhibits must be the bona-fide property of the exhibitor.
10. The pedigree of purebred cattle must be stated in the case of bulls, the number of sire in the Herd
Book and the breeding of the dam to be set forth on entry forms.
11. Cattle and Horses must be provided with sufficient halters and caretakers must be in attendance at
all times during the day.
12. Rosettes, Cards or Indication Badges will not be allowed on any exhibit while being judged,
except in championship class.
13. No attendant will be admitted free with animals.
14. No exhibitor shall be allowed to enter ring while any entry is being judged unless he is in immediate
charge of such exhibit himself.
15. The decision of the judges will be final, and the instructions of stewards and officials must be obeyed at
16. No livestock exhibit to be removed from Show before 3 p.m. and other exhibits by 4.30 p.m.
17. All Prize winners in Livestock Classes may be subject to Veterinary examination.
18. Objections to the decisions of the stewards in charge of horse measurements must be lodged before
2 p.m. on the day of the Show.
19. Objections concerning Show Classes or any other matter relevant to the Show Society should be
made in writing with a deposit of €25 and lodged at the Secretary's tent not later than one hour after the incident has occurred.
20. While every reasonable precaution will be taken, the Organising Committee of the Show cannot
accept responsibility for any loss, or accident to exhibits or exhibitor while in the Show Grounds.
21. Any animal certified by the V.S. of the Show as suffering from a contagious disease must be removed immediately from the Grounds.
22. Cups and Trophies are Perpetual and must be returned in good condition one month before Show day.
23. Prizes will be forwarded within four weeks after the show. Children prizes will be paid out on Show day.
24. The Committee reserves the right to abandon or postpone the Show or cancel or alter any class.
25. Brood Mares must have a foal at foot, or produce a live foal within ten months, except where stated otherwise.
26. All Roots exhibited in the Show must be washed.
27. Exhibitors in the Produce Section must provide their own plates, boxes or tins as required.
28. All exhibitors and persons admitted to Show, and each Entry shall be subject to the Rules, Orders and Regulations of the Society.
29. Exhibitors must abide by Department of Agriculture rules and regulations.
30. No person will be permitted to solicit money for the sale of tickets or otherwise in the Grounds of the Society, except from a stall, with the prior permission of the Committee.
31. Any person to whom Premium has been awarded must be requested to satisfy the Committee, by declaration or otherwise, by such proof as the Committee may require, as to correctness of entry, etc., and upon refusal, such prize will be withheld.
32. Jumping competitors must be ready to jump when called by Ring Stewards.
33. In accordance with S.J.I. Rules, 5 per cent will be deducted from all winnings.
34. All Entries should declare to the starter 15 minutes before the Event of Class commences.
35. In accordance with I.S.A. Rules, 5 per cent, will be deducted from prize-winners in
Horse, Cattle and Sheep classes.
36. Exhibitors should have their own Insurance on Gazebos or sun shades over the Cattle ties.
37.Horse-Riding is a dangerous sport and all competitors in ridden classes are strongly advised for their own safety to wear appropriate head gear and back support/protection which complies with up to date safety standards.
TICKET SALES PROHIBITED
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.
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.
For full details refer to our 2018 yearbook or visit our website on
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 CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018
A: ELIGIBILITY OF SHOWS
Shows wishing to participate in the 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 previous year 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.
B: QUALIFYING ROUNDS (QUALIFIERS)
Qualifying rounds will take place at eligible shows selected by the Irish Shows Association.
C: RESPONSIBILITY OF SHOWS HOLDING QUALIFYING ROUNDS
Selected shows should hold a separate class for each qualifier from which the highest placed animals will qualify.
The qualifier class if possible 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 may be involved in qualifying classes.
Shows may charge an entrance fee for each qualifying class.
The I.S.A will award a rosette to the successful Qualifiers on appearance at the Final
No show hosting a Championship Final may hold a qualifier for that Championship on the day of the Final other than by agreement with the Irish Shows Association. “However Shows who hold qualifiers for Horses, Ponies & Cattle may ask exhibitors to enter the exhibit in at least one other class at their show on the day”.
Animals qualified for Finals are not eligible to enter in any other class at the Show where the Final is held other than a Qualifying Class for another Competition.
Shows should appoint competent well-briefed person 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 should be read by a Veterinary Surgeon appointed by the show.
On completion of judging, Stewards should 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.
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 the 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 card marked “No Competition” for any or all of the events for which no animal (or exhibit) has been selected.
RESPONSIBILITY OF EXHIBITORS
Exhibitors accept that the Judge’s decision is final in all cases.
Any abuse of Judge’s will not be tolerated. Where a dispute or case for complaint arises the matter should only be dealt with under f. below.
Winners or 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 with half an hour following the completion of judging, together with a fee of €50.00, 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 is liable to disqualification and or forfeiture of any prizes awarded.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF SHOWS HOSTING CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS
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.
Championship finals must start not later than 2 pm on the day of the show and the advertised time of starting must be adhered to as for as practicable, if necessary other show classes should be either postponed or relocated to allow for this.
NOTICES OF INTEREST TO CHAMPIONSHIP PARTICIPANTS
IRISH LAW (EU DIRECTIVE)
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 of up to €3,000.00. All passports must be registered with the name of the current owner.
Embryo Transfer: Where a foal is produced by this method the dams passport must bear a declaration dated, stamped and signed by the stallion owner (or accredited practioner 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 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.
It is in the interest of Shows hosting championship Finals that photograph’s and results are forwarded to the Irish Farmers Journal immediately following judging.
All passports must be read by a Veterinary Surgeon.
It is in the interest of shows hosting championship finals that photographs and results are forwarded to the Irish Farmers Journal immediately following judging.
Addendum to rules of Horse Sport Ireland
Eligibility to compete in championships that are part of the HSI National Showing Championship series will be determined by HSI. In the event that an exhibit is subsequently found to be ineligible following selection and the entry fee will be refunded
“Shows who hold qualifiers for Livestock may request exhibitors to enter the exhibit in at least one other class at their show on the day”
Tinahely Show Society acknowledges the Department of Agriculture and Food for their assistance towards Insurance costs.
40. a) Any dispute or complaint in respect of the Height Certificate must be referred to the I.P.S Measuring Scheme sub-committee at the I.P.S. Secretariat and will be dealt with in accordance with their rules. No height objection may be made against a pony measured in the current year except by the I.P.S. However, if a member wishes to make a complaint against a height certificate, said complaint must be lodged in writing with the Secretariat, I.T.B.A House, Greenhills, Kill, Co. Kildare within fourteen days of the alleged breach. This complaint must be sent by recorded delivery and must be accompanied by a fee of 100 Euro, which will be returned if the complaint is upheld. However, if the pony remeasures at its current height, the complainant will forfeit the €100 fee.
IMPORTANT NOTICE to Animal Owners involved in Showing Animals.
INTENDING EXHIBITORS ARE ADVISED TO ENSURE THAT THEIR PUBLIC LIABILITY POLICY COVERS THE EXHIBITION OF LOODSTOCK/LIVESTOCK AT PUBLIC SHOWS.
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 cost is very little or nothing at all. If you are one of the few who don’t have cover we would advise that you consider putting it in place for this purpose. The reason for this advice is to protect yourself in the event of your animal lashing out and injuring someone or damaging someone’s property.
Exhibit Numbers For General Section Must Be Collected In The Craft & Home Produce Marquee.
Exhibitors in the General Section will receive a duplicate exhibit number. Please attach one of these to your exhibit and retain the copy number. This number will be necessary when claiming property from the Stewards at 4.30 p.m.
People exhibiting are doing so at their own risk and the Show Society will not be responsible for any loss, damages or injuries. Exhibitors are responsible for looking after their own exhibits on Show Day.
DO NOT SEND GOODS FOR DISPLAY THROUGH POST
The person to whom a cup or trophy is awarded shall give security to the Society that the same will be delivered up in as good condition as it was received, at least one calendar month previous to the date of the succeeding Show, or in the event of no Show being held before 30th June following Show at which it was awarded. The Society reserves the right of altering the Conditions of Competition for any of the Cups, etc., for the future shows or of with-holding same if the judges do not find sufficient merit.
To: Rothwell Family, Mr. Anthony D'Arcy and Mr. Alfie Hill
for kindly presenting us with the use of their land.
The numerous firms, organisations, business people and individuals who contributed so generously towards our appeal for Sponsors and Trade Stands.
The many people who contributed in any way towards the organising and planning of special features, etc., for this year’s event.
To the Reporters, Photographers and all the Press for their help
and co-operation during the years.
To the Gardaí, Red Cross, Medical and Veterinary Personnel.
Supported by Wicklow Rural Partnership Ltd.
Affiliated to Irish Shows Association, Show Jumping Association Ireland, Side Saddle Association & Irish Pony Society.
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