ISA Rules & Regulations

Irish Shows Association

General Rules for 2020

Specific Requirements Horses & Other Equines
As from 1st May 2012, any premises (which includes shows, fairs and markets) where horses or other equines are gathered must be registered with the Department of Agriculture. Owners/persons in charge of such gatherings are required to submit a completed application form for registration and to keep records of movements on/off their premises. Records must be retained for at least 3 years as they may be required by the Department for the purposes of tracing disease. It is important therefore that Show organizers should contact their local District Veterinary Office in advance so that consideration can be given to compliance with the requirements.
Any further information on the requirements for moving of horses and equines to shows will be provided on the Department's website

Eligibility of Shows:
Shows wishing to participate in the 2020 Championships and be eligible to hold qualifiers must have collected the Championship Fund (currently 5%) from Horse, Pony, Cattle & Sheep. Class prize money for the year 2020 and forwarded the amount so collected, in full to the Irish Shows Association within the stipulated period of not more than 30 days from the date of the show. Alternative methods of meeting this obligation are not acceptable.
Any show or competitor in breach of the Rules set out below will be disqualified from participating or competing in these Championships.

These General Rules and those relating to individual championships (where applicable) should be published in the show schedule and cataloged of the participating shows and must be strictly observed.
Qualifying Rounds: (Qualifiers)
Qualifying rounds will take place at shows designated by the Irish Shows Association.
Responsibility of Shows holding qualifying rounds:

1. Selected Shows should hold a separate class for each qualifier from which the highest placed animals will qualify.
2. The Qualifier class should be held as the first (1st) class in the relevant section of the show.
3. Shows must ensure that the qualifiers are held strictly in accordance with the relevant Rules.
4. No other sponsor maybe involved in qualifying classes.
5. Shows may charge an entry fee for each qualifying class. The I.S.A. will award a rosette to the successful animal(s) on appearance at the final.
6. No show hosting a Championship Final may hold a qualifying class for that championship on the day of the final other than by agreement with the Irish Shows Association. However Shows who hold qualifiers for Horses, Ponies & Cattle may ask exhibitors to enter the exhibit in at least one other class at their show on the day.
7. Animals qualified for finals are not eligible to enter in any other show class where the final is held, other than a qualifying class for another Championship.
8. Shows should appoint competent, well briefed persons to act as stewards, who must ensure that only animals (or other exhibits) which are eligible to compete and whose documentation is in order, are allowed to proceed to the judging ring.
9. Animal Passports & 'Micro chips where applicable' should be read by a Veterinary Surgeon appointed by the show.
10. On completion of judging, Stewards must inform the successful competitors to visit the Secretary's Office at the show within one hour, and complete the necessary arrangements for entry to the final.
11. The show must appoint a well briefed officer who will be available at the Secretary's Office to assist exhibitors to complete the entry cards for participation in the final and collect the entry fee.
12. Show Secretaries must forward completed result cards, together with appropriate fees to the Irish Shows Association within three days following the holding of the show.
13. NB. Shows must return results card marked "No Competition" for any or all of the events for which no animal (or exhibit) has been selected.

Responsibility of Exhibitors:

a. Exhibitors accept that the Judges decision is final in all cases. Any abuse of Judges will not be tolerated. Where a dispute or case for complaint arises, the matter should only be dealt with under 6. below.
b. Winners of Qualifiers are themselves responsible for entering their qualifiers (or exhibits) for the final in accordance with 10 & 11 above, within one hour of qualifying.
c. Winners of qualifiers will compete in the final.
d. The Irish Shows Association in conjunction with the sponsor reserve the right to alter or amend the rules of the competition as may be necessary where appropriate.
e. Shows and competitors must contact the ISA for details of any championships and not the sponsor involved.
f. Objections must be lodged in writing with the I.S.A. representative at the show and the Show Secretary within half an hour following the completion of judging, together with a fee of €50, or other stated fee, which is refundable in the event of the objection being upheld.
g. Any exhibitor who makes a false declaration or misrepresents a fact regarding themselves or their exhibit are liable to disqualification and/or forfeiture of any prizes awarded.
Responsibilities of Shows hosting Championship Finals:
a. A deduction of 5% of the prize money will be collected by the show and forwarded to the I.S.A. within 30 days of the Final.
b. Championship finals must start not later than 2pm on the day of the show and the advertised time must be adhered to as far as possible. If necessary, other show classes should be either postponed or relocated to allow for this.

Notice of Interest to Championship Participants

Irish Law (EU Directive)
Under Irish Law, all horses moving from one location to another must be accompanied by their passports. It is in your own interest to ensure that this is the case. Failure to do so is an offense under Irish Law and is liable on summary conviction to result in a fine of up to €3,000. All passports must be registered with the name of the current owner.

• Embryo Transfer: Where a foal is produced by this method, the dam's passport must bear a declaration dated, stamped, and signed by the stallion owner (or accredited practitioner where AI is involved) stating the date on which the dam was last covered (or inseminated) and the name of the covering stallion.

• The owners of Champions and Reserve Champions are invited to submit the animals' passports to the ISA head office where the placing will be endorsed and officially stamped with the seal if the ISA as a permanent record.

• It is in the interest of shows hosting championship finals that photographs and results are forwarded to the Irish Farmers Journal immediately following judging.

Notification Cattle Movement

Important Information for Organizers of Show's & Exhibitors of Cattle 2020.
The following changes are being introduced for exhibitors/keepers of bovine animals who wish to show cattle - these changes apply for the 2020 showing season.
Exhibitors/Keepers of cattle are now required to obtain a Certificate of Compliance prior to the movement of an animal to a Show. Certificates of Compliance can be obtained online from the Animal Identification & Movement (AIM) system through the website facility or from the Cattle Movement Notification Agency. When applying for a Certificate of Compliance, keepers should not specify a destination herd.

On the day of the Show, the Certificate of Compliance should be presented to the Show Secretary along with the bovine passport for the animal. The Exhibitor/Keeper & the show secretary sign the movement notification section of the Certificate which will then be sent to the the local DVO for recording on the AIM system.

Please note that only cattle for which a valid Certificate of Compliance is provided to the Show Secretary will be allowed to be shown on the day of the show. These Certificates will replace the previously used CMMS 4 forms.

Recommendation for Cattle Classes

After a number of submissions from affiliated shows on the judging of calves and the need to have them judged by weight rather than by age at Shows. The Irish Show Association Cattle Sub Committee have put forward the following recommendation on use of live weight for calf classes eg Calves under 12 months not to exceed 460kg; Autumn born calves and calves under 6 months should not exceed 320kg.

Another suggestion is to use no more than 1.7kg live weight gain per day from the birth date to the show date. This proposal would also be suitable for interbreed pedigree calf championships.
Special Notice to Calf Exhibitors

Suckler Welfare Scheme.

Suckler exhibitors should forward receipts of attendance confirmation at shows to the department.
Once department have got confirmation the suckler welfare grant will be reissued.
Specific Requirements - Sheep


All sheep must be individually identified with plastic ear tags issued on accordance with the requirements of the National Sheep Identification System (NSIS).
Movement Documentation
All consignments of sheep being moved must be accompanied by the completed dispatch document. Individual details of each sheep in the consignment must be recorded. Sheep from non-restricted flocks only can be moved to shows. In the case of flocks restricted following diagnosis of scrapie, sheep possessing the ARR/ARR genotype only may be exhibited. The movement of these ARR/ARR genotype sheep must be accompanied with the relevant movement permit (SCR/10), which can be obtained from the Local District Veterinary Office in the county where the flock is located.

AIM Notification

The movement of sheep to and from an Agricultural Show within the State must be recorded on AIM. This is done using a copy of the owners dispatch document as follows:
1. The Owner/Keeper presents the signed and completed dispatch document to the show secretary who checks it to ensure that it is completed in full.
2. The Show Secretary fills in the MART section of the dispatch document with (i) the show number; (ii) the date of the move back to the source holding; (iii) stamps is with the show stamp; (iv) signs the dispatch document.
3. The Show Secretary then forwards the completed pink section of the dispatch document to the local DVO within 7 days of the show movement.
4. The Show Secretary keeps the white copy for his/her records,
5. The source/destination keeper keeps the bottom yellow copy to enter it into their flock registry.
6. Ultimate responsibility for fulfilling this requirement lies with the Show Secretary.

Flock Register

All movements of sheep to and from shows must be recorded in your flock register.
Exports (to Member States of the European Union including Northern Ireland
All sheep must be accompanied by TRACES intra community trade certificate for ovine animals.

A TRACES message, corresponding with the TRACES certificate, will be sent for each animal or consignment being dispatched to the show (this will be performed by Department officials of the DVO). Exhibitors are advised to contact their Local District Veterinary Office & the show society in Northern Ireland well in advance of any show where sales may take place to determine the suitability of the show for exports (e.g. premises and sheep status), availability of veterinary staff for export certification and to have the necessary arrangements out in place.

Attendance of sheep from scrapie monitored flocks at shows and sales in 2020.
Shows between 1st May and 30th September.
Sheep from scrapie monitored flocks will be permitted to attend agricultural shows taking place between May 1st and September 30th without restriction or separation from other categories of sheep.
Shows outside that period.
For shows taking place before May 1st or after September 30th, sheep from scrapie monitored or probationary flocks must be separated from other sheep as follows:

a. There must be complete separation of monitored/probationary sheep from other categories of sheep at the show. Ideally, this would mean a separate entrance and exit for each group, separate loading and unloading areas, separate penning areas for each of the two groups.

b. In locations where all of the above may not be possible, the minimum requirement would be the separate loading and unloading and also of penning areas. The two areas should be separated by a sheep-free alleyway, at least 12 feet wide. If only one showing is available, the sheep from the scrapie-monitored flocks must be shown first.