Frequently Asked Questions



How do I join a club?

You’ll find information on how to become a member at this link.

How old do I have to be to join a riding club?

You must be aged at least 17 years of age to join a riding club. There is no upper limit.

Can I transfer my membership to another riding club?

No member may represent more than one club in inter-club competitions, qualifiers and championship competitions in any subscription year, which runs from 1st January to 31st December.

You may only transfer club during a calendar year if you haven’t competed at any inter-club, championship qualifier or national event.

If you wish to apply for a transfer of club, please complete this application form:

You do not need to complete the above form if you are transferring club when renewing your membership.

How much is it to join a club?

Each riding club sets its own membership fees and it can vary from club to club.  Our fees are outlined in this document:

Schedule of Fees 2021 (D01/11)

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Membership Cards

I’ve lost my membership card, how do I order a replacement?

You can order a duplicate membership card if you lose it.  You will need to get a replacement membership card otherwise you will be unable to participate in riding club activities.

You can order one online at and select Duplicate Membership Card.  A card will be posted to you shortly afterwards.

Do I need my membership card to participate in riding club activities?

Yes, you must be in possession of your membership card to participate in any riding club activity.



How are my grades determined?

Each member is graded in Dressage, Show Jumping and Cross-Country.

The grading of a member is determined by the club you chose to join. There are set guidelines and rules issued by the Association for the purposes of grading members such as equestrian exams completed, membership of other equestrian organisation, relevant experience, and so on.

Each club must grade there members fairly and in a sporting manner.

How do I change my grades?

You will need to contact your club secretary who will discuss your grade changes at club committee level. If your club committee approves your grading changes, they will propose your changes at a regional committee meeting.

Once the regional committee approves your grade changes, you can apply online at and select Change of Grade.  You will have to return your current membership card to National Office too before an new card will be issued.

If the regional committee does not approve your grade changes, then you must remain at your current grades.




Do I need my membership card to compete in riding club events?

Yes, under the rules of the A.I.R.C. you will not be allowed to compete without producing your membership card on the day of the show, if requested.

Can I compete at a grade different to that on my membership card?

You may only compete, in competitions, at the grade stated on your membership card unless the class clearly indicates that riders of a certain grade are eligible to enter.

You may not compete at a higher grade until your membership card has been changed (See grading for more information on upgrading and downgrading). If you compete in a grade lower than what your card states; you must compete horsconcours for the remainder of the show.

How do I enter a competition?

You can enter directly by logging into your membership online account. Never used this service before? Click here. Alternatively you should contact your club secretary.


Online Services


Membership Online

What is a membership online account?

Each member is given an online account when they are registered with the Association.

This portal allows you to view our details, amend your contact information, enter national events, horses registered to your account, etc.become a member of an affiliated club.

Club and regional officers are also given access to additional features.

To use your account for the first time, you must click on the Activate Account button.

How do I login to my account?

Click on the ‘Membership Online Login‘ link which located above the search bar at the top of this page.

I’ve forgotten my password, what should I do?

At the login page, click on forgotten password and follow the on-screen instructions.  A new password will be sent to the email address registered to your account.

I requested a new password but I didn’t receive an email, what should I do?

If you’ve requested a new password via the forgotten password feature and it hasn’t arrived, check your spam folder.

If it is not there, send an email to and ask for your email address to be updated on your account as you may have an old email address which you no longer use registered to your account.

Once your email address has been updated, click on the forgotten password feature to request a new password.

How do I renew my club’s memberships online?

You must be the registered club secretary of your club to have access to this feature.  If you have recently taken over as your clubs secretary, please contact National Office so your club’s officers can be updated.

Please take a few moments to read this guide on how to use the membership renewal features:


Club Mail

What is a Club Mail account?

Club Mail is an email service provided to all clubs in the Association.  Each club is issued with an email address which is the

This service is only available to club secretaries.

How do I reset my password for my Club Mail account?

Please email to request a new password.  Please note that a new password will only be issued to the Club Secretary.

Where can I download the user guide for my Club Mail account?

The user guide can be downloaded at this link:

Club Mail User Guide

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