ASAC Academy Rules and Handbook

Instructor Message

2018 Show Season

All Instructors should be familiar with the Academy Rules and Handbook. These rulebooks are available at every horse show. They are discussed at the annual riding instructors meeting held during the ASAC convention. It is your responsibility to read and understand the rulebook. In addition to notifying you about rule changes and new restrictions, we felt it necessary to encourage you to practice a very important part of the Academy classes.


All instructors are encouraged to have their stable own or lease the academy/lesson horses. If the horse is privately owned, this horse must be used for more lessons and be shown by other riders per show than only for the said owners and horses must not be in type of training. We all know the characteristics of a true lesson horse.

Horses in violation of this rule will result in disqualification of all academy entries at the show from barn of horse in violation. Please note that Academy entries are to follow all horse show entry rules. Any Academy changes must be made by 5:00 p.m. on Friday to avoid the individual horse show penalties. It is YOUR responsibility to be sure the show office has received your entries by the official deadline to avoid late fees.


A representative from Untied Professional Horsemen's Association (UPHA) Chapter 12 will be available to ensure the Academy session runs smoothly. If a problem or dispute arises, please contact this representative. The UPHA Chapter 12 Horse Show Representative’s name will be posted in the show office. The UPHA Chapter 12 Horse Show Representative, UPHA Chapter 12 Officers, ASAC Board of Directors/Officers along with Horse Show Management have the authority to enforce the ASAC Academy rules.

Please be aware that American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)/Safety Equipment Institute (SEI) helmets are required for all 17 & Under riders. These riders will not be allowed to show without a helmet. Helmets are strongly encouraged for Adult riders.  

In an effort to “practice what we preach,” please be aware that you are a role model for ASAC. Be aware of the image and impression you portray to spectators, parents, bystanders, other riders and instructors. The excitement and tension of coaching our riders can run high, but please be aware of the image and impression that distracting, excessive, or foul language and/or actions portray in the paddock and show ring!

In Addition, it is required that Instructors and Assistant dress appropriate. Conservative attire is suggested: Tank tops, graphic T-Shirts and exposed undergarments and straps are not the impression we want to portray.

While it may seem that we have strict rules in the Carolinas, our success can be attributed to instructors working together as a TEAM! Large participation in our Academy division is a result of our hard work and knowing what is expected of us. 

Good Luck to everyone in the upcoming show season. With your help and cooperation, the show season should run smoothly and successfully. Let’s make ASAC a role model for Academy!

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