This page contains information about, and downloads for, National, Provincial, and FEI rules plus the Guidelines for both barrel competitions and other unrecognized classes that may be offered in Canadian competitions. Also included are links to the FEI Guidelines and Code of Points.
The 2020 Equine Canada National Rules may be downloaded here or are available on the Equine Canada website.
Both Section A (General) and Section L (Vaulting) apply to EC Vaulting Competition
2019 Competition Policies are available for download here. There are no changes for 2020. These policies, referred to in the National Rules, offer direction to Officials and Competition Management concerning Eligibility Criteria, Division D freestyles, provisions for vaulters with a physical disability and Championships.
Note that the National Rules reference aspects of the FEI Guidelines for Judges and the FEI Code of Points, found below. Canadian specific Notices regarding the FEI Guidelines should also be reviewed.
Judging Codes - In case you are wondering about those mysterious abbreviations on your scoresheets, here's what they mean.
In 2014 the EVABC and Horse Council BC, with VaultCanada's blessing, successfully developed a pilot project to establish provincial rules for provincial events to replace our schooling shows. These competitions are not intended to compete or replace Equine Canada Bronze events and only include Walk, Trot, and Canter D. These events are licensed by Horse Council BC.
The most recent EVABC / HCBC Provincial Rules are available for download here. Please note the 2020 rules will be available soon. There are no changes from the 2019 rules.
Note that the Provincial Rules reference aspects of the National Rules and the VaultCanada Eligibility Criteria, found above, and also the FEI Guidelines for Judges and the FEI Code of Points, found below.
Vaulting organizations in Canada fundamentally believe that vaulting is an equestrian sport, and that the competitors (i.e. the horse, lunger, and vaulter) work as a team during training and competition. In other words, the horse is not a simple “apparatus” such as a balance beam in gymnastics, but is as integral to the sport as the vaulter – the essence of vaulting is the harmony that exists between the horse and the vaulter. While barrel classes are not recognized in the rules, we believes that the barrel plays an important part in the conditioning and training of vaulters in support of work on the horse. Some provinces have established official recommendations for these non-recognized barrel classes and these can be downloaded here:
At the discretion of the competition manager, unrecognized classes may be offered to encourage participation by those who are not entering the recognized classes included in our Rule Books. These guidelines are intended to clarify the requirements for the unrecognized classes which may be offered in Canadian competitions.