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 


Criteria taken from the EA Dressage Rules

4.6.1 Amateur Owner Rider (AOR)

Amateur Owner Rider (AOR) is a division of Official Competitive riders. All amateur owner riders must meet the following criteria:

a) the rider must be a Competitive member of their state branch of Equestrian Australia

b) the rider must not have competed in a FEI Sanctioned CDI (PSG- GP) or CDI-W in the prior 3 calendar years

c) the horse must have a life registration with Equestrian Australia

d) the horse/pony registration lodged with Equestrian Australia must reflect the name of the amateur owner rider as owner or part-owner of the horse. Leased horses are eligible if the amateur owner rider competitor is reflected as the lessee on the EA horse registration of that horse

e) the rider's principle source of income must not be obtained from sponsorship, breeding, breaking, training, riding and/or coaching any horse or rider for the previous 2 years

f) the rider must not have cash sponsorship per annum above the value of $500

g) 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 during the period 4 weeks prior to the event

h) the rider must be aged 21 and over – can enter in the calendar year in which they turn 21

i) the division is for Official Competitive competitions. The Organising Committees may run this division at any level (ideally at all levels Preliminary - GP) and it can be run either within the competition or separately

j) Organising Committees must designate the AOR on the draw if there is a separate competition conducted within the one competition

k) for a State/Regional/Club Leader Board it would be ideal to select several events at which scores will count towards the annual Leader Board



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


  • An AAOR is defined by the EA Dressage Rules, section 4.6.1.

  • Series events are allocated to DQ 1*, 2*, Qld Open State Championships and AAA Championships (if held) as noted 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