EBTH stands for Everything But The Horse. It is
sometimes called a ‘Horseless Rally’.
Purpose: To provide unrated and ‘D’ Pony Club members
with a positive, fun, and educational introduction to a rally
without the stress of handling a horse.
Method: Using a team of 3-4, with or without a stable
manager, the competitors set up a tack room, go to a modified
turnout inspection, and depending on the location and weather,
‘ride’ a Dressage test and/or jump a stadium course, and possibly
jump a cross-country course.
Format: 1 or 2 divisions depending on the number of
competitors. The time between Turnout Inspections should be
about 4-5 minutes with 16-20 competitors for each station. Each
competitor goes to his or her TOI station at a specified time. If
there are more than 40-50 competitors, there may be two
divisions. Division A goes to Dressage while Division B goes to
stadium. Dressage may or may not be ridden with a stick mount.
Mounts may be shared or provided by the organizers. Either the
current Dressage tests for Eventing or the standard USDF tests
may be used. The test may be read. At stadium, an appropriate
question for their certificate level is asked at each jump. If the
competitor is incorrect, there is a 5 point penalty. If the answer
is correct, the competitor may jump over the jump. This is done
without their stick mount. Cross country jumping is similarly
Indoors- a school, rec center, or church with a gym,
cafeteria, classrooms, and/or several hallways.
Outdoors- a covered arena, stalls, and/or an open arena or
Size of facility depends on number of competitors and
choice of competition; Dressage only, combined test (Dressage
and Stadium Jumping) or all three (Eventing).
Example: 10 teams = 35-40 competitors. Each team would
require a 10’x10’ (minimum) tack room. Allowing for 2’ between
tack rooms and an aisle way of 10’; this would be an area
approximately 30’x60’. If you were using stalls, then 10 stalls
would be needed.
The Dressage arena would require approximately 10mx20m
or 32’x65’ (this is 1/2 scale). The size can be made smaller as
long as the proportions remain the same.
The Stadium Jumping course needs approximately a 6’x6’
area for each jump, but can fit any configuration. There are
usually 8-10 jumps and would need an area about 40’x40’.
Additional areas would be needed for formal inspections,
the Horse Management stall or station, spectators, and optional
Dressage - To create the arena, crates, cones, or turned
over pickle buckets with letters may be used. Caution tape, crepe
paper or poles can be used to enclose the ring. A table and two
chairs will be needed for the judge and scribe. Also needed are a
bell or whistle, Dressage tests, pencils and possibly decorations.
Stadium Jumping course - Milk crates or upside down
pickle buckets make simple standards with 1” or 1-1/2” PVC pipe
as rails. Regular jumps and standards set low or dog jumps can
also be used. Decorations as desired. One chair and a set of
questions per judge. Pencil, clipboard, and score sheets.
Tack Rooms - Rugs or tarps are recommended to protect
gym floors or to keep equipment clean in an arena or stall. There
are usually no walls, so freestanding racks for bridles are
necessary. Shelves and stools can be helpful.
Horse Management - Stations for Inspections will need a
chair for each judge, clipboard and pencils. A stall or area
designated as HM will need a table, several chairs, pencils, extra
clipboards, and required HM forms. The current USPC Rulebooks,
such as Eventing or Dressage, would govern the rally.
Non-Competitive Area - Tables, chairs, food, drinks, items
for sale, VCR/DVD and videos, bathroom facilities, and ‘down
Forms and miscellaneous - *official USPC forms
1. Entry form
2. Volunteer form
3. Jump judges score sheet
4. Overall score sheets
5. *Dressage tests
6. *Activity and Rally release
7. *Chaperone Form
8. *Medical Card
9. * Evaluation forms
10. *HM sheets - TOI sheets, Daily sheets, and Required
11. Name tags or pinneys
12. Packets for competitors w/ schedules
11. Questions for jumps
Personnel: Ideally, everyone is a volunteer, but required
positions may need to be reimbursed. These people are:
1. The Chief Horse Management Judge
a. A kid friendly, flexible adult with rally experience
and HM knowledge. A Full Chief or a Provisional
should be your first choice.
b. Their duties are to give the briefings, supervise the
assistants, score the TOI, daily and required
equipment sheets, and provide HM education
throughout the rally.
2. The Dressage Judge(s)
a. A recognized judge should be your first choice, but
any Dressage knowledgeable person who is approachable and
friendly is suitable. They must be able to translate the 4-
legged versions of walk, trot, and canter to 2 legs.
3. The Chief Scorer
a. An adult who preferably has some knowledge of
scoring or is good with numbers and/or a calculator.
Volunteers: The rally cannot function without enough
volunteers. A minimum of 3 volunteers is recommended with each
team entered- no experience is required. Depending on how many
competitors and available volunteers, the positions can be split
into 1/2 day or would be required for the duration of the rally.
Here is a list of positions, duties, and minimum of volunteers
1. Jump Judges – to ask questions at one of the jumps (8-
10) and mark the scores.
2. Ring Stewards – 1 for Stadium Jumping and/or 1 for
Dressage – makes sure the correct rider is competing at
the correct time, writes their number and rating on the
3. Scribes – 1-2 people who can neatly write the comments
made by the Dressage judge.
4. Scorers- 1-2 people who assist the Chief Scorer and want
to learn how to score.
5. Runners – 1 for Stadium Jumping and/or 1 for Dressage
and 1 for HM- collects the score sheets and gives them
to chief scorer.
6. Assistant HM Judges – C-1’s and above Pony Club
members and adults with some prior rally experience to
check equipment boxes, do TOIs, and educate the
competitors on HM. Ratio of at least 1 AHMJ to 15-20
Scoring: A Dressage rally is scored using the Dressage rulebook
and a CT rally is scored like an Eventing rally and uses negative
points. (See the Eventing Rulebook for details). In the stadium
phase, the competitor is given a score sheet (See figure 3). The
steward adds the competitor number and certificate level
(formerly rating level) to the sheet. The competitor hands the
sheet to each judge and is asked a question. The judge marks the
score and gives it back to the competitor who takes it to the next
jump judge. All score sheets stay with the last judge and are
collected by runners. The overall score sheet is modified from an
Eventing score sheet. The lowest individual Dressage and jumping
scores are dropped for team scores, but all HM scores are used.
Sample EBTH Schedule
8:00-9:00 – Arrive. Captains get packets.
9:00-9:30 – Tack room set up. Adults leave area at 9:00. HM
assistants meet with CHMJ for briefing.
9:30 – Rally briefing of Competitors by CHMJ
10:00 – First Turnout Inspections.
10:30 – First Dressage rides and/or Stadium Jumping rounds.
11:00 – Lunch available
2:00 – Last rides begin
2:30 – Fill out evaluations. Awards, turn in pinneys, and take
down tack rooms
‘Down time’ activities – To entertain and educate there might
be a need for assorted activities that run concurrent with the
Some examples are:
1. Hippology Table
2. PC search
3. VCR/DVD with videos
4. Barn Fair
Also, this is a good opportunity to have the regional HM Seminar
or training for potential AHMJs.