Sierra Pacific

Dressage Rally


Dressage Rally 

Come back in 2024 for more information



Rally Organizer:

Rally Secretary: 

Mail entry forms to: 


General Information:  We are excited to invite you to our 2024 Qualifying Dressage Rally! This rally is open to all ages and
certifications (including uncertified members and western dressage).
Riders may have their tests read (no penalty).
Each team will set up a full rally tack room in a stall. There will be a briefing Saturday morning, a horse
inspection to ensure soundness, and turnout inspections. Riders will have specific times for their turnout
inspections and ride times. Timeliness is expected.

Rules: This rally will be governed by the 2024 USPC Horse Management Handbook, the 2024 USPC
Dressage Rulebook, and the associated Newsletters. All competitors must adhere to the rules. Parents
and adults must abide by the Adult Code of Conduct.

Teams: Each team will consist of 3-4 riders at any level, and a Stable Manager. Each team must have a
chaperone (21 or older, chaperones may also be volunteers). Senior competitors (18 and up) do not
require a chaperone. If a club does not have a complete team, the rally secretary will combine them with
members from another club.

Attire: Attire guidelines can be found in the 2024 Dressage Rulebook. If you have Competition Attire
for Dressage, we encourage you to turn out in your “show clothes”. It’s never incorrect to exceed
expectations! Please note: Anyone seeking eligibility for Championships in 2024 MUST turn out in
Competition Attire.

Dressage Tests: All Intro level tests will be ridden in short court (20m x 40m). Training level and up
will be ridden in the long court (20m x 60m). Riders not intending to Qualify can choose 2 tests and
perform a musical freestyle or Pas De Deux.
This rally will be qualifying for 2024 USPC National Championships.
Minimum age for modified is 10 (as of Jan 1st), and 12 for standard. Minimum certification for modified is D2, standard is C1 (must have

achieved the certification by the time of competing at championships, and also competed in the qualifying rally at that level). Members may
choose to “compete up” if they are not to the minimum certification at this rally for the championships division for which they are trying to
Intent to Qualify for Championships: Please see the text from Article 32 copies from the
Dressage Rulebook –
Article 32—Championships Eligibility Process: Each individual Pony Club member who desires to compete at Championships must compete
in a regional rally and be judged at the minimum HM level and same competition level in which they intend to compete at Championships.
This constitutes the “individual eligibility” of the competitor. Members wanting to become eligible for Championships must meet the below
division criteria. • Modified Training Level—Participate in a standard or modified Dressage rally at the competition level and earn a
minimum score of 55% on Test 2. • Training Level—Complete Test 2, Test 3, and a musical freestyle at a standard Dressage rally at the
competition level. Earn a minimum score of 60% on Test 3. • Modified First Level and Up—Complete a standard or modified Dressage rally
at the competition level and earn a minimum score of 55% on Test 2. • First Level and Up—Complete Test 2, Test 3, and a musical freestyle
at a standard dressage rally at the competition level. Earn a minimum score of 60% on Test 3.
Coaches: Coaches are not required but encouraged. A coach must sign and adhere to the Coaching
Form, and form must be submitted with your entry. A Chaperone is NOT permitted to coach.
Longeing: USPC rules for longeing apply: helmets, boots, gloves, and timepiece are mandatory.
Persons allowed to lunge are a competitor C-3 and higher, the owner/agent, person designated by the
owner/agent, or any competitor if directly supervised by a non-competing adult with approval of the
Medical Armband / Competitor Numbers: All competitors must be wearing a medical armband or
bracelet at all times during the rally. Competitor numbers/pinnies will be provided and must be returned
at the end of the rally.
Awards: There will be overall placing and ribbons to all teams. There are also Horse Management
awards to the top three teams. High-point ribbons will be awarded to the highest placing individuals in
each division (Introductory, Training, First/Up).
Rally Shirt: Collared, dri-fit shirts available
Facilities: There is an onsite shower and bathrooms available on the grounds. Overnight camping is
permitted. Campers must let the Rally Organizer know well before arriving on the property.
Other facility rules: No dogs allowed on the property. Warm up in designated warm up areas only.
Lunging areas will be clearly marked and are not in the riding arenas. Please be respectful of boarders
who will also be on the property. This is Michele Vaughn’s personal home. We expect all trash to be in
proper containers, facility rules to be followed, and stalls must be stripped at the end of the rally.
Volunteers: All teams must send a minimum of 2 volunteers to the rally. The team Chaperone may be
included as a volunteer. Volunteer positions will include a variety of tasks. Experience is not required as
training will be provided.

Parent responsibilities while at the rally: Parents can help unload heavy items but then must leave
the barn area during setup. The Neutral Zone will be clearly marked and will be enforced. This is a great
time to volunteer!
Parking: Horses can be dropped off near the barns, but all-day parking (including if you unhitch your
trailer) will be away from the barns near the covered arena. Note the 10 mph speed limit on the property
and try to be even slower! There is a specific area for those who are camping to park - please do not park
here if you are not camping. You will be asked to move.
Pony Club Members responsibilities while at the rally:
? Be prepared to work for the good of the team.
? Have a good attitude.
? Respect organizer’s efforts and the facility. Leave the area in better condition than you found it.
? Thank the organizers for their work in planning the competition.
? Have fun.
Schedule: We will send out a schedule prior to the rally. The schedule will be dependent upon the total
number of riders.
Cancellation policy: NO REFUNDS after close without a doctor/vet note, in which case fees
will be refunded minus $35 office fee and any shirt payments. NO REFUNDS if the date
must be changed to the rain date.
Entries may be submitted through your club rally coordinator, (individuals pay club and club
sends a club check), or individually, to Stephanie Nicora, 10474 Neiretto Ct, Rancho Cordova,
CA 95670. Club leaders please communicate with your members which option you would
like your members to do. For individual sign ups, the rally organizers will reach out to DCs regarding
team formation after the sign up deadline.
ENTRIES (INDIVIDUAL): Each Rider and Stable Manager MUST submit the following:
1. Individual Dressage Rally Registration Form
2. Dressage Rally Test Selection form (for Riders)
3. Starr Vaughn Rider/Visitor release Form – one for each rider/visitor
4. Payment: Check (to Deer Creek P.C.), or Venmo**: @DeerCreekPonyClub** MUST INCLUDE
1.9% TRANSACTION FEE and name of rider.
5. Additional forms where applicable: chaperone, coach, Junior/senior team, Member 18 years and
older Emergency Contact Form
ENTRIES (TEAM): Rally Coordinators - please submit the following:
1. All forms for each individual (individual rally registration, test selection, Starr Vaughn release)
2. Uniform Chaperone Rules/Duties Form signed by chaperones (Appendix III)
Note: if there is a junior/senior mixed team, the junior members still require a chaperone.
3. Dressage Coaching Guidelines Form (Appendix VI) signed by coach
4. USPC Sierra Pacific Regional Rally Entry Form
5. “Your” Club Check Payable to Deer Creek Pony Club. (or venmo, see above - WITH 1.9% FEE)
6. Members 18 and up: Emergency Contact Form (Appendix III)
7. Teams with both <18yr with >18yrs: Junior/Senior Team Formation Form (Appendix IV) signed
by parents of the junior members.