Amateur Owner Rider Scheme

Preamble: The National “Adult Amateur Owner Rider” (AAOR) Division administered by Equestrian Australia and the “Dressage Qld AAOR Series” are not mutually exclusive. Please read this fact sheet to familiarise yourself with the criteria surrounding each scheme.

The spirit of the AAOR scheme is to support non-professional riders to compete on a level playing field against their peers; to support grass roots riders; and to improve participation at competitive events

Frequently Asked Questions 



In order to qualify as an Adult Amateur Owner Rider (AAOR), all riders must declare that they meet the following criteria:

  1. The rider must be a Competitive member of their state branch of Equestrian Australia
  2. The rider must be aged 21 and over – can enter in the calendar year in which they turn 21.
  3. To qualify as an AAOR the rider must not have competed in an FEI Sanctioned CDI (PSG- GP ) or CDI-W in the prior 3 calendar years.
  4. The horse must have a life registration with Equestrian Australia.
  5. The horse/pony registration lodged with Equestrian Australia must reflect the name of the AAOR as owner of the horse. Leased horse are only permitted if the registration papers reflect the lessee as the “owner”
  6. An AAOR must not have sponsorship or remuneration (excluding prize money) above the value of $500/annum for any services connected with the breaking, training and riding of any horse or pony in the last 3 years.
  7. An amateur owner rider’s principle source of income is not obtained from sponsorship, breaking, training, riding or coaching any horse or rider.
  8. The horse/pony must be primarily ridden and trained by the rider/owner with only periodic ridden assistance by person(s) other than the owner. Specifically the horse/pony must not have been ridden or trained by anyone, other than the owner, from the closing date of entries to the day of the event, for any event in which the rider wishes to compete as an AAOR.


  • The division is for Official Competitive classes. The Organising Committees may run this division at any level (ideally at all levels Preliminary - GP) and it can be run either within the class or separately.
  • Organising Committees may choose to designate the AAOR on the draw.
  • For a State/Regional/Club Series it would be ideal to select a number of events at which scores will count towards the annual Series.


Note, this is an initiative of Dressage Queensland to encourage participation and support of EQ-affiliated dressage clubs running Championship-level events


  • An AAOR, as for the purpose of the Series, fulfills the same criteria as defined by the National Adult Amateur Owner Rider Division (see above)
  • Series events will be allocated to DQ 1*, 2*, QLD Open State Championships and AAOR Championship events only, except by application to DQ, and are published in the Dressage Qld Calendar
  • Horse/pony-rider combinations are required to achieve at least 6 scores at the same level (Preliminary, Novice, Elementary, Medium, Advanced, Small Tour, Medium Tour, Big Tour ) at nominated Series events to be eligible finalists. A combination’s 6 best percentages are averaged to give them their final percentage for the Series. Please note, at Small Tour level, combinations can achieve all 6 scores at only Prix St Georges level or only Intermediate 1 level or a combination of both; at Medium Tour level combinations can achieve all 6 scores at only Intermediate A level or only Intermediate B level or a combination of both; and at Big Tour level combinations can achieve all 6 scores at only Intermediate II level or only Grand Prix level or a combination of both.
  • The combination at each level (Preliminary, Novice, Elementary, Medium, Advanced, FEI Small Tour) with the highest average percentage at the end of the competition season will be the overall Series winner for the year (winners will be announced at the Dressage Queensland Awards Night at the end of the year)


  1. Competitors are to identify on their entry form at the time of entry if they wish to enter a horse as eligible for the AAOR Division
  2. Normal grading points apply as per current Equestrian Australian rules
  3. All horses will be placed in the same draw unless, at the discretion of the Organising Committee, the entries warrant a splitting of the class
  4. The result sheets will show the entire competition results. Ribbons, prizes and prize money will be presented as per normal for the entire class. The AAOR will be tagged on the entire results. The ‘extra award’ AAOR rosettes will be presented to the AAOR place getters
  5. There will be no prizes or prize money associated with placing as an AAOR, except at the discretion of the Organising Committee
  6. At the discretion of the Organising Committee, an overall AAOR champion prize may be awarded