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Practical Advice

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The welfare of the horse must prevail above all.
Everyone who takes part agrees to act in fairness.
We therefore appeal to the honesty and sportsmanship of all participants.
All tests to be ridden sidesaddle.
Riders may ride more than one horse. Riders may not enter more than two horses in the same test.
The restrictions to riding in various classes apply to each horse-rider entry.
Once you have ridden the level of your choice and have been classified, it is not allowed to ride at a lower level in subsequent events. Therefore, it is advisable to choose a test lower than the one your horse usually performs in order to do well, so as to gradually grow, rather than to start with a test above your possibilities to achieve a poor result, only to find that you should have signed up to an easier test.

Attire and Tack

It is not compulsory to wear a formal or showing habit, but since AEMA encourages the appropriate sidesaddle riding attire, turnout will be judged in order to promote the appropriate dress code among Spanish sidesaddle riders.
We do recommend the correct dress for sidesaddle riding, although nobody will be left out for not wearing the perfect sidesaddle attire. Please wear riding clothes that are of restrained colours, avoiding unnecessary accessories and have your hair neatly tied back, preferably in a bun so that the hair does not touch the collar of the shirt.
Riding footwear, breeches, hat or helmet and gloves are mandatory; minors must wear an approved hard hat.
The rider must carry a cane or whip, that does not exceed 100cm when riding holding the reins with both hands and 70cm when riding with the reins only in the left hand.
Riders from other countries who have their own traditional tack and attire may use them according to their custom,preferably adapting the style of the full skirt to an apron.

All tests to be ridden sidesaddle.
Any type of bridle, English, Spanish, «Goyesca» or «vaquera» with a «reasonable»bit, snaffle, pelham, double bridle or sole curb, may be used.
However, avoid mixing different styles of tack, such as an English bridle with «vaquera» saddle.
Please avoid tightening the noseband to the maximum.
All kinds of draw reins, running, elastic or fixed reins, standing or running martingales, boots, bell boots or bandages are strictly forbidden.
The use of a running martingale, boots, bell boots or bandages is only allowed in Group 9 tests ≈ Prix Musy ≈
It is not essential to plait the horse.


The size of the arena should be 40m x 20m, approximately, unless the test sheet allows another size.
If possible, leave a clear strip of a couple of meters all around the arena so as not to restrict the view.
The letter markers and the corners of the arena must be marked or indicated in some way, so as to determine the perimeter, which can be done with flowerpots, stakes or something similar that is visible on the video, preferably with the corresponding letters.


To record the test, the person with the camera or mobile should stand a few meters from the letter B outside the arena. Recording can also be done with the Pivo system or similar.
The camera or mobile must be held in a landscape, horizontal position. We may decline your video if it’s in portrait, vertical position.
The recording must be done in one piece, continuously and without interruption, that is, without cuts.
The volume of the camera must be turned on to record live sound, so as to allow the hoofbeats to be heard when the horse passes near the camera.
The rider is not allowed to use her voice as an aid.
No indications, external help or instructions from people around is allowed during the course of the test.
Videos that have been edited, cut and pasted, or taken in parts, or videos with the direct sound muted, changed or with music added will not be accepted.
Recording should start a few seconds before entering the arena until the rider leaves the arena after the final salute.
The person recording has to verbally announce the rider’s and horse’s name and the test she is going to perform when she enters the arena. If the recording is done with the Pivo system, the rider will have to approach the camera, say her name, horse’s name and test, and then proceed towards the entrance of the arena and begin her test.
Try to avoid backlit or poorly lit recordings where the horse appears dark or dim. Keep horse and rider in full view without cutting off the his legs or the rider’s head. When the horse moves away, it is preferable to zoom gradually, without zooming in too quickly or too close, so as to loose the reference of his position in the arena or the marker.
If the person recording has a shaky hand, find something to rest the camera to keep it still.


The entry fee for NON-Members is 15€ per test. Free for AEMA Members.
Online Entries are available on this web. 〈Entries for AEMA members〉 – 〈Entries for non members〉
Please provide the name of the participant, the horse’s name and the test that you want to ride.
Entry fees will not be refunded once an entry has been accepted.
AEMA reserves the right to refuse an entry without stating a reason.

Sending in your video

Given the increasing exposure to the media and social networks, AEMA is of the opinion that people’s privacy should be respected. For this reason, we prefer that you send us your video directly without uploading it to any public platform.
Since the emails do not allow attaching a file of more than 25Mb, insufficient for a more than 3 minutes video in an acceptable resolution, we recommend using WeTransfer, through which uncompressed videos of up to 20Gb can be attached.
Just open the WeTransfer website in any browser, attach the video, indicating your name, horse´s name and test and send it to The upload time of the video will depend on the speed of your internet connection.
The video resolution should ideally be Full HD 1920 × 1080 or at least HD 1280 × 720. Videos in lower resolutions lack focus and quality enough to see details and may not be accepted.
Please, do not send your video through WhatsApp, or videos that have gone through this application, as it compresses the video automatically, since it does not support files larger than 64Mb and by reducing the quality so much, the result is too small.
Telegram is the best option to share large files through mobile messaging, allowing up to 2Gb for any file type. If you choose to send your video through Telegram, please remember to select the correct definition before pressing the send button to AEMA mobile number +34 692 192 777.
The participating AEMA Members can see their videos and the videos of the other sidesaddle riders who have taken part with them on our private platform, restricted to members and 100% controlled by AEMA.
The AEMA Videos-on-Demand section is available at Sala de Socias, in which the videos of the «Garbeos Virtuales» held to date and other videos of events carried out by AEMA or that are of interest to our members.

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